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November 30, 2023

Football | King City’s Manriquez has career night with 4 touchdown passes

KING CITY — After failing to score a point in the football game against Stevenson, the King City Mustangs’ young quarterback Junior Manriquez had a career night when they went up against Rancho San Juan last Friday.

So far this season, the Mustangs’ offense hasn’t been able to find their rhythm in their first four games, scoring only 26 points combined.

The good news for King City is the start of league play means that it’s the start of a second season, and their first opponent was Rancho San Juan on Sept. 29. Last season Rancho came back from behind to beat the Mustangs, so this year they were looking for some payback.

In the first half of Friday’s game, King City’s offense scored 28 points. Manriquez accounted for three touchdown passes, while wide receiver Adrian Garcia had two receiving touchdowns and one rushing touchdown.

In the second half, the Mustang offense added another 14 points. They beat Rancho, 42-7, and getting payback from last year’s loss.

Manriquez was 14-19 in passing for 205 yards with four touchdown passes. Garcia finished with nine receptions for two touchdowns and one rushing touchdown.

On top of a great win, the Mustangs also got word they would receive a win against the Palma Chieftains after they used an illegal player during their game.

With the Mustangs now 3-2, they will face North Salinas at home on Friday.

Jason Gallardo
Jason Gallardo
Jason Gallardo is the sports reporter for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers high school sports for South Monterey County.


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