Weston Ranch slipped to a 42-0 first half deficit amidst heavy rains at The Corral at Oakdale High on Friday. When the downpour subsided, the Cougars regained their footing with a pair of exciting touchdowns before falling in a 42-14 defeat.
As a guy who feels it's more important to finish a season with a 3.0 GPA than it is to finish a season 13-0, it's hard to imagine a high school football game being a must-win contest, but that is exactly what the Sierra Timberwolves have waiting on them Friday night when Sonora High comes to town.
The Weston Ranch football program was the toast of the Valley Oak League just five years ago, and now the program is trying to reestablish its identity and the sophomore program is continuing to do its part with a 26-6 win over Lathrop High Friday.
LATHROP – It took just one play for Lathrop to get on the board Thursday and the Spartans never trailed in a 21-6 Valley Oak League freshman win over visiting Weston Ranch.
The Valley Oak League season is no longer in its beginning stages and the Manteca Buffaloes took a step towards distancing themselves from the rest of the league, pouncing on the host Sonora Wildcats 42-13 Friday for a VOL statement.
WESTON RANCH – It was a contest both programs had circled on their calendars, but Weston Ranch was the program with something to celebrate after its 15-3 Valley Oak League win over the Lathrop Spartans Friday during the Cougars' homecoming week.
East Union High football coach, Mike James, didn't need to comb The Corral with a metal detector and headphones to find the reason for his teams' 63-21 defeat at the hands of the reigning co-Valley Oak League champions.
Anthony Cota got the Sierra offense clicking in the first quarter and the Timberwolves never slowed down, blasting the Kimball Jaguars 58-20 in Valley Oak League action Friday in Tracy.
RIPON – The Indians made changes Friday out of necessity. Jake McCreath stepped in for injured Alex Gustin at quarterback against Hughson. The result was a much-needed 35-7 Trans Valley League win at Stouffer Field. "Jake did a nice job," said Ripon High coach Chris Johnson. "It was tough on him last week when he got thrown into the fire. "It was great to see him bounce back after a good week of practice." McCreath ...
DELHI – Ripon Christian registered its first victory of the season on Friday. More importantly, it was a Southern League win. The Knights needed a second-half surge to roll past Turlock Christian at Delhi High, 39-13. "We finally got the monkey off our backs," RC coach John Vander Schaaf said. The Knights trailed at half-time, but received a boost on Zach Davis' 20-yard field goal that kept things close. Behind 13-10, Ripon Christian (1-4, 1-7) ...
Don't expect much traffic within city limits Friday night. All three of the high school football teams will be out of town. Sierra High (1-2, 2-4 overall) has it the easiest with a short jaunt to Tracy for a Valley Oak League contest with winless and first-year varsity Kimball. East Union (2-1, 5-1) and Manteca (3-0, 6-0), on the other hand, face their toughest tests of the season so far. Manteca High's Buffaloes will log ...
The season didn't open as smoothly as the Sierra Timberwolves sophomore football team would have liked, but the squad surely is getting hot at the right time, blowing out the Manteca Buffaloes 34-6 Friday at Manteca High.
MANTECA – Matt Wilkerson and Michael Gonzales combined to rack up over 300 rushing yards Thursday to score the three Manteca touchdowns in a 22-12 come-from-behind win for the Buffaloes over Sierra in Valley Oak League freshman football action at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
Manteca High has been at its best in the second half of its big games this season, while Sierra tends to struggle over the final 24 minutes.
ESCALON - Early in the first quarter, Ripon High met the challenge of stopping Escalon's potent offense on first and second down, but its excellence shined through when the Cougars needed it most during their 45-13 blowout over Ripon Friday at Engle Field.
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.
Ripon Christian's first-year defensive coordinator Eddie Erdelatz has coaching in his ancestry.
Ripon Christian has reached the pinnacle of success for its 10th-year varsity football program under first-year head coach Randy Fasani.
Alex Laurel jumped over the goal line, splitting two defenders on the way to his fourth touchdown of the evening.
RIPON – Michael Ysit sat on the bench on Ripon's sideline and caught his breath.
WOODLAND – Andrew Brown only needed 117 yards to capture this year's Sac-Joaquin Section rushing title during Friday night's semifinal matchup against Woodland Christian.
Was it an aberration?
Upon further review, Manteca High's wild 69-55 win over Central Valley in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs was one for the ages.
Hunched over, Eric Reis pulled two of his strongest linemen out of the crowd and pointed to his back.
RIPON – Michael Ysit ran toward the corner, and it appeared as if he was going to pick up 4 or 5 yards before the defensive backs would catch up and force him out of bounds.