The Bulletin-Thursday, September 1, 2016
SMASH & DASH New-look offense a ‘multi-faceted animal’ for Buffs B y JO NAMAR JACINTO Th e Bu lletin
These aren’t your older brothers’ Buffaloes. A program that has long prided itself in smash-mouth football starring hulking linemen and punishing ball carriers, Manteca’s attack will unveil a new look with secondyear junior quarterback Gino Campiotti spearheading the herd. “We’re a multi-faceted animal this year,” 15th-year Manteca head coach Eric Reis said. “With the quarterback and receivers we have — it’s different. We have some explosive guys.” Manteca is just three seasons removed from winning the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III title and making its first appearance in a CIF Northern California Regional Bowl Game. The Buffs have aspirations to make it back with an experienced core of players joined by a talented junior class that went 9-1 at the sophomore level last year — and that was without five of its top players. Campiotti was one of four sophomores elevated to the varsity, while running back Michael Frisby missed the entire season with an ACL injury. “Starting varsity early makes this year a lot easier,” Manteca’s 6-foot-3 signal caller said. “In a sense I feel like a senior with that year under my belt and I’m much more mature than I was last year. I had a real good offseason program. I went to about four or five camps, I always in the gym or working on footwork on my own. I have big goals for this year. I want this team to win a championship more than anything.” Campiotti (53.1 completion percentage, 912 yards, 15 touchdowns) split snaps with then-senior Dakarai Charles for much of his sophomore campaign before taking over as the full-time starter late. Two-way standout Ronaldo Tijero (708 receiving yards, seven TDs) has graduated, but returner Jose Garcia (393 yards, five TDs) is primed for a breakout season after an impressive summer. Complementing the 6-foot Garcia is 5-7 speedster Joel Olmos, a transfer from San Jose. “(Garcia) never left the gym all offseason,” Campiotti said. “He’s really strong, really fast and really good. We played travel 7-on-7 together this summer, and I’ve been throwing to him pretty much since the end of last season. “I have great receivers. I’m excited with Jose and Joel, and we also have an amazing line.” Fellow second-year juniors Kyle Reis (6-2, 260) and Justin Kakala (6-4, 270) anchor the left side of the line at tackle and guard, respectively. Tyler Welch (5-8, 170) and William Maddox (5-11, 245) are back at center and right guard, while junior Mateo Fernandez (6-1, 240) is at the other tackle spot. With that kind of size, Manteca hasn’t fully committed to a pass-happy attack. “We are still who we are,” Reis said. “We like running the ball and we have some guys who can do that.” Kameron Beamon (572 yards, 5.8 per carry, five touchdowns) could get the most touches, but Reis said James Thomas and Ferrin Manuleleua will also get theirs to grind out the tough yards. “It’s Mixture of different dudes, but Kameron is good. They’re all good, but he has something a little special in him so we’re excited to see what he can do with the ball.” Speaking of Thomas and Manuleleua, the fourth second-year junior, they lead a talented group of linebackers that include seniors Devyn Gonzales and Andrew Thomas on the outside. James Thomas (no relation to Andrew) had a breakout junior year in which he led the team with 11 tackles for losses. Manuleleua had a team-high 62 tackles and earned a spot on the All-VOL first team. “We have a great front seven this year,” James Thomas said. “We just like to hit. We’re ready to smack.” Noe Salivar (6-0, 284), the lone sophomore this season, starts in the middle of Manteca’s space-eating defensive line with Kyle Reis and Kakala flanking him. The secondary is relatively inexperienced with cornerbacks Damon Lynch and Tijero
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Manteca High varsity players run through plays during a practice under the lights in preperation for thier Week Zero game is this weekend.
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Manteca High varsity starting quarterback Gino Campiotti runs offensive drills during practice. BOTTOM PHOTO: Manteca High ‘s Devyn Gonzales (31) during practice.
SCHEDULE Aug. 27 at Buhach Colony (Atwater High), 7 p.m. Sept. 3 vs. Christian Brothers, 7 p.m. Sept. 9 vs. Enochs, 7 p.m. Sept. 23 at Kimball, 7 p.m. Sept. 30 vs. Weston Ranch, 7 p.m. Oct. 7 vs. Sierra, 7 p.m. Oct. 14 at Central Catholic, 7 p.m. Oct. 21 at Lathrop, 7:15 p.m. Oct. 28 vs. Oakdale, 7 p.m. Nov. 4 at East Union, 7 p.m.
gone, but Campiotti returns to quarterback the group at free safety. Quarterbacks aren’t typically two-way players, but the Buffaloes have another talented junior in Kyle Rachels to fill either or both roles if needed. “He definitely pushes me, he’s really good,” Campiotti said of Rachels. “He’s going to make me better and I’ll try to make him better. If anything were to happen to one of us we can fill the spot.”
No. Player 2 Jacob Tolbert 3 Gino Campiotti Jose Garcia 4 5 Ferrin Manuleleua 7 Joel Olmos 8 Vincent Ferro 9 Andrew Thomas Kyle Rachels 12 14 Charles Mitchell 15 Benjamin Rea 16 James Thomas 17 Rayshon Dozier 21 Michael Sarmento 22 Zachary Chamberlain 24 Kameron Beamon 25 Matthew Ender 26 Deandre Craft Gerson Gomez 28 30 Angel Montoya 31 Devyn Gonzales 32 Seth Owings 33 Kobe Shippley 34 Michael Frisby 42 Rafael Calzada 43 Jacob Welch 44 Joey Goodman 45 Michael Blades Domingo Vargas 50 51 Tyler Welch 54 Noe Saldivar 55 Rodrigo Gonzalez 58 Presley Aguiar Jodbir Mahal 60 61 Justin Kakala 65 Jacob Gonzalez 66 Mateo Fernandez 70 Kyle Reis 71 William Maddox 72 Gagandeep Chouhan 74 Austin Klinesmith 75 Daniel Nevarez 76 Shahram Reese 77 Francisco Salcedo 78 Nic Antuna 80 Eddie Santos 84 Caden Ramsey 87 Cameron Reis 88 Presley Keltner
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COACHES Eric Reis (head coach, 15th year), Neil MacDannald (OC/QB), Rick James (DC/LB), Dan Eavenson (OL), Ken Menasco (DL), Bobby Fryer (DB), Beau Fryer (DB), Sean Ward (ST/DB), Jerry Walser (TE), Jason Dukes (WR/IT), T.J. Galdos (WR), Paul Nelson (RB/LB).
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