Video/Taco Bell Athlete of Week #3: Manteca WR Kyle Rachels Provides Decisive TDs In Upset of State-Ranked Oakdale

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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.
TACO BELL ATHLETES OF THE WEEK 15
WR KYLE RACHELS, MANTECA BUFFALOES
It’s been an interesting season for the 6-foot-3, 185-pounder, who started the season with a bang and finished the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs with another. He provided the two biggest plays in Friday’s 34-17 upset of state-ranked Oakdale. 
Manteca (12-2) hosts St. Francis of Mountain View (9-4) Saturday at 6 pm in the Division 2-A game, with the winner advancing to play the survivor of the SoCal game between 14-0 Aquinas and 12-2 Grace Brethren.
Rachels’ role in securing that game involved two touchdowns in the first quarter, and both plays were decisive. On fourth-and-one just outside the Oakdale 13-yard line, Rachels worked free from his defender to catch a touchdown pass and Manteca’s lead to 12-0.
A few minutes later, Rachels dashed past Oakdale’s secondary and hauled in a 59-yard touchdown for a 20-0 lead – a lead that Oakdale could never recover from.
In the season opener, a 22-20 win over parochial power Valley Christian of San Jose, he had 4 catches for 62 yards and 2 TDs.

About the Author ()

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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