Manteca High's freshman football team is one win away from perfection.
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.
OAKDALE - The game did not live up to the hype.
In order to have a shot at the playoffs, the Sierra Timberwolves must win out what's left of their schedule.
TRACY - Tremain Buntan and Donnell Sims each scored a pair of touchdowns for Weston Ranch in a 33-12 Valley Oak League win over Kimball at Don Nicholson Stadium Friday.
RIPON - Ripon Christian celebrated senior night Friday with a 34-7 Southern League win over Waterford.
How about this juicy matchup to kick off the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV football playoffs?
"Somebody's 'O' has got to go."
RIPON – The Indians nearly came away with their first Trans Valley League win of the season against Modesto Christian last Friday.
They bumped, they bruised and they rolled all over the visiting Sonora Wildcats in a 44-14 blowout for the Sierra High freshman football team in recent Valley Oak League action.
The game that unfolded at Guss Schmiedt Field Friday night was anything but pretty.
RIPON – Chalk up a satisfying Trans Valley League victory for the Indians.
SONORA - Needing a win to have a realistic shot at the playoffs, Sierra saw a fourth-quarter lead evaporate Friday against host Sonora, as the Wildcats downed the Timberwolves 51-37 in Valley Oak League action at Dunlavey Field.
DELHI - Ripon Christian scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter to break open a close game and defeat Delhi 35-7 in Southern League action Friday.
TRACY - Two of the Valley Oak League's top young quarterbacks were supposed to square off at Don Nicholson Stadium Friday in a battle of two 1-6 squads.
Will Kamps found solace in his teammates following the Ripon Christian Knights' Sac-Joaquin Section VI playoff loss to No. 1 seed Capital Christian.
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.
Fade to black.
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.