Video/Manteca High’s Gang of 4 foundation for Buffaloes’ Section title run in 2017

Filed in Uncategorized by on January 7, 2017

It’s always nice to build the foundation for your football team at the key positions – quarterback, linebacker and both sides of the line. Manteca High Coach Eric Reis will enjoy that luxury next fall, with four returners from the 2016 Starbucks/Black Hat Football Team.

The Buffs earned a share of the Valley Oak League title and went on to add a Sac-Joaquin Section Division 4 title before being overmatched by Menlo-Atherton in the NorCal Division 3-AA Bowl:

** Quarterback Gino Campiotti opened eyes with that breakout performance in the Section final rout of Placer, and he’s capable of putting up those numbers four or five times in 2017. The VOL’s Offensive MVP is 6-foot-3 and 185 pounds, making him an ideal size for a QB. He threw 24 TDs to 5 INTs – a turnaround from 17 TDs and 12 INTs in 2015.

** Lineman Justin Kakala, a 6-foot-4 270-pounder who plays more enthusiastically on the defensive side of the ball. He didn’t have a bundle of tackles, just 56 (total solo tackles and assists)  in 12 games – though 10 were behind the line. He also played on Manteca’s state championship basketball team last spring. so he’s got the feet. His height, weight and skills make him a valuable prospect.

** Linebacker Ferrin Manuleleua, a 6-foot, 215-pounder who led the Buffaloes with 116 tackles (44 solo, 72 assist), had 19 tackles behind the line of scrimmage. His performance against Placer in the Section final — in on 16 tackles, including five behind the line – might have been the best individual defensive game from any of the seven section finals.

** Lineman Kyle Reis, a 6-foot-2, 260-pound coach whose dad coaches the team. That’s almost always a positive, especially if you’re talking about linemen.  He’s also a two-way linemen, and the better of the two offensive linemen between these two.

 

 

 

 

 

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Richard T. Estrada has been covering high school football in The 209 area code for more than 30 years and is the voice of authority on the game in California's Central Valley. He oversaw The Modesto Bee's high school sports coverage for a couple of decades, and also was a national award-winning business and agriculture writer. Black Hat Football not only covers the game, but emphasizes education and the need for The 209's student-athletes to prepare for college.

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