The intense football rivalry between Manteca and Sierra resumes Friday at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium, but two of the area's brightest stars may not play a part in it.
Good news first: Ripon Christian standout quarterback Danny Vos suffered whiplash during the Knights' 27-7 loss at Mariposa last Friday.
Sierra High's sophomore football team held on to hand East Union its first loss 41-28 at Dino Cunial Field Friday.
STOCKTON - It had the makings of a shootout and a possible upset.
It was a tale of two halves of football on Friday night.
LATHROP - Sonora scored in spurts Friday night, and Lathrop could only answer the first Wildcat touchdown.
MARIPOSA - Ripon Christian standout quarterback Danny Vos was rushed to a nearby hospital for a possible concussion during the Knights' 27-7 loss to Mariposa.
The head coaches of East Union and Sierra's football teams aren't downplaying the significance of their Week-5 contest.
East Union's sophomore football team made it clear from the start what it was going to try and do at Lathrop High Friday.
It all happened so quickly for Manteca High captain Joe Trout Friday night.
LATHROP -East Union head coach Willie Herrera was in search of some leaders on the team at the start of the season.
OAKDALE - Oakdale scored the game's last 35 points Friday night to come from behind and defeat visiting Sierra 45-14 at The Corral to open the Valley Oak League campaign.
Ripon High's fantastic start to the season was derailed by a 49-13 loss to host Hilmar Friday in a battle between two Trans-Valley League contenders.
RIPON – The Knights had enough of an offensive arsenal to put a scare in Southern League favorite Le Grand on Friday.
Lathrop High will try and notch its first Valley Oak League win in varsity play Friday when it hosts East Union on homecoming night.
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Kyle Reis was 1 when his father, Eric, took over as head coach of the Manteca High football team.
Sierra was two wins away from its first 10-0 regular-season finish.
Mason James and Isaiah Sholund were responsible for more than 300 of the 400-plus yards that East Union racked up Friday in a 27-0 homecoming ...
East Union got the best of host Sierra on Thursday by winning a defensive battle 14-0 in Valley Oak League freshman action at Daniel Teicheira ...
Mark Paule Jr. knew that he had to get into the end zone.
STOCKTON - The Manteca High Buffaloes continue to find ways to win.
RIPON - Jonah Lewis returned the opening kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown to spark Ripon Christian in its 28-13 victory over Le Grand on Friday.
LATHROP - Central Catholic wasn't at its best, but neither was Lathrop in their Valley Oak League contest Friday night.
Junior quarterbacks Jack Weaver and Mark Vicente took their lumps in blowout losses last week.
Anthony Contreras had two long scoring plays Thursday to help lead East Union to a 34-0 win over visiting Lathrop in Valley Oak League freshman ...
Matthew Pilkay threw for one touchdown and ran for another Friday to lead East Union to a 22-6 win over host Lathrop in sophomore Valley ...
The Manteca Buffaloes unleashed Dakarai Charles.
LATHROP - It was more than a statement win for Lathrop.
NEWMAN - Travis Zuidervaart flipped a pass toward the corner of the end zone, and the stadium watched ... and waited ... and held its breath.
They've been the cellar dwellers of the Valley Oak League, but the East Union, Lathrop and Weston Ranch football teams are looking to ascend ...
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