Home-field advantage hasn't been advantageous for Manteca High's football team the last two years.
Manteca High's committee approach has worked wonders. Ripon rolls with a potent thunder-and-lightning combination. And Ripon Christian boasts one dynamic back who has set school rushing records - as a sophomore. It's no coincidence that the three squads have qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs. Each is dangerous with the pass, but it all starts on the ground. Manteca has been spoiled at the running back position in recent seasons with 1,000-yard rushers such as ...
The junior varsity squad of the Ripon Chiefs was crowned Super Bowl champions last Sunday. In the Trans-Valley Youth Football League's AFC title game, the Chiefs edged the Central Saints in Mariposa, 14-13. Coached by Curt Daggett, Ripon came prepared to play. Indicative of that was Matthew DeDonatis making a deep tackle on the opening kickoff. Defense played a role throughout the game. Alex Padilla caused a fumble early on and Ryan Wilson recovered the ...
Eleven 5-5 teams qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs in the Division I-IV brackets.
The Manteca Buffaloes sophomore football team had one objective when they came into their season-ending contest with the East Union Lancers. Handling the Lancers 30-19 completed the objective and earned Manteca a piece of the Valley Oak League title.
Closing out a season with a Valley Oak League championship is difficult enough, but doing so and remaining perfect along the way is even more so. The Manteca Buffaloes freshman football team was able to do just that after closing the season with a 47-6 win over host East Union High.
Scoring 14 unanswered points to begin the second half not only lifted the East Union Lancers into a 14-14 tie with host Manteca, it raised some similar feelings Buffalo faithful experienced a season ago.
Just two days before Sierra's Valley Oak League finale against visiting Weston Ranch Friday, star running back Anthony Cota was in street clothes at practice with a cast protecting his left forearm.
LATHROP – Andrew Aquino wasn't about to mail it in and take the last game of his high school football career off.
Andrew Brown left nothing to chance Friday night. With his Ripon Christian Knights needing a win for their second trip to the playoffs in just eight years of the program's existence, the sophomore running back erupted for five touchdowns to lead Ripon Christian to a 62-9 Southern League win over host Gustine. "This was a playoff game for us," Knights coach John Vander Schaaf said. "If we lost, we went home. But since we won, ...
RIPON - The Ripon High Indians took care of business in Friday's Trans Valley League finale at Stouffer Field, disposing of Orestimba, 41-14.
Every other year the Sierra-Weston Ranch football rivalry game has meant something for one team or the other.
Two Manteca area teams are in, and three others are on the bubble. Sac-Joaquin Section football playoff spots are on the line Friday when the regular season comes to a close. Ripon Christian (5-4) is currently on the outside looking in but can vault itself into the Division-VI bracket with a road win over 1-8 Gustine Friday. The Knights have made just one postseason appearance (2005) since the program's inaugural varsity season in 2004. Only ...
Manteca High's freshman football team is one win away from perfection. Led by Hector Soto's four touchdowns and some big defensive plays by Chase McKee, the Buffaloes clinched at least a share of the Valley Oak League title with a 28-21 win over Oakdale. The first-place battle took place last Thursday at Guss Schmiedt Field, and the Buffs (6-0, 9-0 overall) were eager to get it on. "This was a game we've had circled on ...
The three high school sophomore football teams in town will have some say in who will be crowned champion of the Valley Oak League later this week.
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.