For the better part of four quarters the Sierra High sophomore football team held visiting Tracy High in check, but in the game's final minutes the Bulldogs did the unthinkable, scoring with four seconds left for a 14-13 come-from-behind win.
STOCKTON - The East Union Lancers took on a heavyweight in week zero.
Ripon racked up nearly 450 yards of total offense and rolled to a 45-0 victory over Bret Harte in Angels Camp Friday, but the coaches didn't leave entirely satisfied.
East Union High's freshman football team got a boost of confidence despite suffering a season-opening loss to St. Mary's Thursday at Dino Cunial Field.
With the beginning of the season mere days away, Ripon High had a tad bit more at stake than the host Manteca Buffaloes who have no week zero assignment.
Sierra High's boys and girls swim teams picked up two easy wins over Lathrop and Weston Ranch Friday.
The North/South Rotary All-Star Football Classic, played annually in Chowchilla, will feature Ripon High players for the first time.
T.J. Williams caught just 13 passes during East Union's Cinderella 2010 football season.
The numbers are staggering:
Ripon High's Jake McCreath was recognized with a major award while selected to both the first-team offense and defense by the Trans-Valley League.
The Oakdale High football team reaped the rewards of a dominant run through the Valley Oak League this past fall.
SACRAMENTO - The loss wasn't what hurt. The taxing physical struggle with the stout Pride of Bradshaw Christian wasn't the cause of the pain.
RIPON – There was little doubt as to who was the superior team after Ripon Christian's crushing 60-26 victory over Sierra Ridge Saturday in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V playoff opener. Just as there was little doubt as to who was the game's most dominant player.
Manteca High's Guss Schmiedt Field was a sloppy, slippery mess Friday, and the cold wind made for even harsher conditions.
RIPON – It all came down to a single drive.
Zak Burden made big plays with his arms and legs, and on the game's final sequence it was he who fittingly punctuated No. 10 Rio Linda's 49-44 upset of No. 2 Sierra in Friday's Sac-Joaquin Section Division III quarterfinal at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
SACRAMENTO -The better athletes won out on this day.
Down to their final play, Dakarai Charles threw toward the corner of the end zone with confidence.
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A year ago, Manteca put an emphatic stamp on its fourth Sac-Joaquin Section championship with a runaway victory over a first-time finalist.
Ripon Christian is well aware of what it's up against tonight.
Sophomores have long been a part of Sierra's winning formula this season, but when Brandon Arreola burst around the corner and into the end zone this was something new.
Behind the goal posts, shagging footballs blasted through the uprights during warm-ups, Sierra's Marissa LaQuaglia makes no illusions about her role on Friday nights.
Ripon Christian appeared to have an Andrew Brown clone in the form of junior tail back Brian Sytsma.
The third time was the charm for Eric Reis and his Manteca High football team.
Confetti wafted in the air above the home bleachers and players were met with hugs and high-fives at every turn.
GARDEN VALLEY – The Ripon Christian Knights relied on a strong second-half surge to roll past Golden Sierra in Friday's Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI playoff opener.
It was the kind of moment that can take the air out of a stadium.
By now, the Sac-Joaquin Section football playoff brackets have been dissected and analyzed by anyone with a rooting interest or a job to do.
Eric Reis has been known to share stories of Manteca High's grid-iron glory of years past with his players.