Youth football season nears kick-off


The youth football season is upon us.

The seven youth football organizations in the Manteca region have started training and will soon launch the 2022 campaign.

Nikko Juarez (6) of the Manteca Cowboys passes Noah Navarro (27) of the Jr. Buffaloes during the Central Valley Youth Football and Cheering Super Bowl November 13. The Cowboys won the college title, 34-8.
– photo by Dave Campbell

There are three local teams in Central Valley Youth Football and Cheer – the Manteca Cowboys, Lathrop Jr. Spartans, and Manteca Jr. Buffaloes.

On Saturday August 13, the three CVYFC teams will participate in two jamborees. The Jr. Buffaloes will host one and the Cowboys and Jr. Spartans will travel to Lodi for the other. The regular season begins Saturday, April 20, with the Cowboys hosting the Jr. Buffaloes and the Jr. Spartans traveling to the Central Valley Gladiators in Stockton.

The Delta Youth Football League has the former Manteca statesman and its newcomer. Manteca Chargers have been running continuously since 1993 and this is the second season of the River Islands Riptide.

Both teams will participate in jamborees on the weekend of Saturday August 13th. This Saturday, novice and junior varsity will be at Kimball High School in Stockton and on Sunday, novice and junior varsity will be at Chavez High in Stockton.

On Saturday, August 20, the Chargers kick off the regular season by hosting the South Stockton Bengals at Sierra High and the Riptide travel to Chavez to face the Jr. Titans.

The Ripon Knights participate in the Trans-Valley Youth Football League and host their jamboree on Saturday August 6 at Denair Middle School and travel to Patterson High to open the season against the Patterson Ravens on Saturday August 13.

The Ripon Chiefs are in the Mountain Valley Football League and travel to Hughson for their jamboree on Saturday August 13th with their home opener on Saturday August 20th at Summerville High School in Tuolumne against the Tuolumne Bears.


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