If Manteca football teams see another horse in shoulder pads, it will be far too soon.
The Oakdale Stampede youth football program continued the Mustangs’ high school run of freshman, junior varsity and varsity victories over Manteca High with four consecutive wins over the Manteca Jaguars in CEN-CAL Football League action at Sierra High’s Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium on Saturday.
The rookies won 30-24 in a thrilling double overtime while the pee wee topped the Jaguars, 39-12. The Stampede JV won, 22-19, and the varsity cruised to a 52-12 victory to complete the seven-game Oakdale vs. Manteca sweep.
The pee wee squad was led by a sharp three-headed attack from Zach Thomas, Michael Everett, and Tristan Stegmann-Bevill — an eerie resemblance to Oakdale High’s varsity trio of Devin Brooks, Tim House and Blake Raham.
Thomas ran for over 200 yards while fullback, Everett, picked up over 100 and wingback, Stegmann-Bevill, provided a nice change of pace on the outside.
The Stampede tied for third place in the overall standings, but were eliminated from the playoff qualification because of tiebreaker criteria.
The team had dedicated the game to Stegmann-Bevill’s grandmother, who passed away the night prior. It was a special moment for both the wingback and coach Derek Lasiter when Stegmann-Bevill reached the end zone for the first time early in the game.
“It was so great when Tristan scored an extra point after our first touchdown and leaped into my arms with tears in his eyes because he scored for his grandmother,” Lasiter said. “An unbelievable moment that I and Tristan will never forget. I am so proud of our pee wee Stampede for their effort all season long.”