Video/Taco Bell Athlete of Week #1: Manteca QB Gino Campiotti Caps Stunning Section Playoff Run With A Title & NorCal Bowl

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High school football in The 209 and an education, it’s a great combination.
That’s the message that Taco Bell is promoting, with Black Hat Football, as we prepare for the 2016 season. We’ll select 3 Taco Bell Athletes of the Week each Monday during the football season, through the Sac-Joaquin Section Section playoffs, and each earns a $20 gift card for tasty treats and a Taco Bell Athlete of the Week patch.
The 3-year varsity celebrated his second consecutive Sac-Joaquin Section championship, as his Buffaloes stunned state-ranked Oakdale and avenged a regular-season loss with a 34-17 victory in Friday night’s title game. Oakdale had won the Valley Oak League meeting 36-15, and the ‘revenge victory’ means Manteca will host Central Coast Section Open Division runnerup St. Francis of Mountain View in a Saturday night NorCal Bowls at 6 p.m.
Campiotti completed 20 of 28 throws for 301 yards, with 5 TDs and one interception – and the QB also ran for 52 yards. In last year’s D4 final, he completed 13 of 22 for 318 yards with 4 TDs and no INTs.
Friday’s performance capped a remarkable 2017 Section playoff run for Campiotti: He completed 69 of 96 throws (70% rate) for 1,051 yards with 12 TDs and 2 INTs, and he ran 50 times for 351 yards and 10 TDs. That’s 1,402 yards offense with 22 TDs in four games.

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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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