OAKDALE – Eric Reis closed his postgame speech on Friday evening with three very apt words for his program:
HUGHSON - It has been a while since an opponent punched Ripon on the nose on its opening drive.
It was a metaphor for East Union's entire season. Three plays into its Friday-night contest with Sonora at Dino Cunial Field, two-way starter Victor Lopez went down with an ankle injury that sidelined him for the duration. No more workhorse back to help carry the offense. No more outside linebacker to crash on the vaunted Sonora dive. Whether it would have helped prevent the 49-0 thrashing that the visiting Wildcats doled out is uncertain, but ...
Manteca High football coach Eris Reis is on the cusp win No. 100 in a decorated coaching career that has spanned 12 seasons at his alma mater.
The "any given Friday" mantra is used and abused by prep football coaches on pretty much every given Friday night.
The East Union sophomores battled back to score two late touchdowns but came up short on the go-ahead two-point conversion attempt as host Kimball held on for a 14-13 win in Valley Oak League action at Don Nicholson Stadium, the first-ever high-school win for the Jaguars sophomore class.
The Manteca Buffaloes used a methodical, punishing ground game on Thursday to roll to a 42-7 Valley Oak League freshman football win over host Lathrop at Bennie Gatto Field.
RIPON - The Ripon Indians improved to 6-0 for the season by handling Modesto Christian Friday at Stouffer Field, 35-13.
SONORA - The final horn signaled a historic moment for Sierra. Head coach Jeff Harbison had other things in mind. "Where's my sweater?" he hollered while following his players to the 50-yard line. It wasn't an ideal time to be doused by a jug full of sports drink on this chilly night in the Mother Lode, but minutes later Harbison didn't seem to mind. That is because for the first time in school history his ...
Joe Menzel's numbers weren't gaudy. The Manteca High quarterback didn't complete double-digit passes and his box score likely isn't going to send shivers down the spine of VOL rivals that Manteca will face in the coming weeks. But the only number that he really needs to hang his hat on is five – the number of touchdowns he threw in only one half of play in the Buffaloes' 56-7 homecoming rout of the Lathrop Spartans ...
TRACY – East Union dug itself a deep hole early Friday night and couldn't climb out as host Kimball smacked the Lancers 42-21.
MODESTO – It would be understandable if one thought Ripon Christian High's football team was simply Andrew Brown and his Band of Renown, but the Knights' standout running back disagrees as he explained Friday night at Modesto Christian High.
STOCKTON – Weston Ranch High's top playmaker sat in the stands, dressed in street clothes with an undisclosed injury.
Sierra head coach Jeff Harbison will relish every second of what could be his last visit to Sonora High's storied Dunlavy Field on Friday.
When it comes to comparing coaching careers, others are green with envy. Few have done it better and for longer than Manteca High football coach Eric Reis, who goes hunting for yet another milestone this Friday evening. The Buffaloes continue their push for a Valley Oak League title with a homecoming tilt against Lathrop High and first-year coach Steven Wichman. The two represent opposite ends of the coaching spectrum in the Valley Oak League. Wichman ...
Eric Reis isn't buying all the message-board chatter and talk about Enterprise's supposed soft schedule. And he is making sure his Manteca Buffaloes aren't putting stock into comparative scores with one common opponent.
Jake LeDon shuffles the defense around with a broken hand wrapped in padding and bandages.
Manteca High seniors Alex Laurel and Billy Sharmoug were both selected to the Sacramento Valley Chapter's National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame All-Sac-Joaquin Section football team.
Alex Laurel was locked in competition with Lonny Powell, Kalen McDonald and the rest of the Sacramento defense, but everything he chased was standing on the sideline.
Alex Laurel has broken Manteca High records and won championships in his ongoing breakthrough senior season.
STOCKTON - Rain. Running clock. Ring.
Jacob LeDon is arguably the best player that few outside of Manteca High's football team know about.
Ripon Christian senior Andrew Brown pieced together a historic season that came to a heart-breaking end in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI championship game at Lodi's Grape Bowl on Saturday.
Brandon Dabney hopes to be the speed bump that slows down the lightningrod receiver nicknamed "Wheels."
Andrew Brown scored eight touchdowns as a freshman on Ripon Christian's sophomore team in 2010.
Manteca High's football team is playing a 14th game for the first time ever.
LODI – Normally, the team that maintains its composure is the one that wins the big game. Such was not the case Saturday.
LODI – Billy Marr's final pass of his junior season was a little high to the left sideline.
Strength trumped speed Friday at Guss Schmiedt Field.
MODESTO – For the second straight year, Ripon High had its season end at the hands of Central Catholic.