Scenes from Saturday's homecoming game against Ripon and Ripon Christian.
The Manteca freshman football team found out no lead is safe Thursday in a 30-21 loss to Tracy in non-league action at Guss Schmiedt Field.
RIPON – Ripon Christian realized that they were in for a huge challenge, but that did not detour the Knights from holding the Ripon Indians at bay over the first 20 minutes of the 5th Annual Ripon Bowl. Its ability to hold Ripon wouldn't last, as the Indians' defensive unit sparked the squad, led by a pair of interception returns for touchdowns by Cole Herrin in a 44-0 blowout home win for the Indians Saturday.
It seemed like it would take forever for Lathrop High to record the first football victory, but it surely didn't take long this season, as the Spartans rolled up to Sacramento and came home with a 28-21 victory over McClatchy High Saturday for the first win in Lathrop history.
Tracy High was on its way to beating traditional rival Manteca Friday at Guss Schmiedt Field for the second straight year, and this one was going to be a shocker.
STOCKTON - East Union did just enough Friday to escape Podesto Field with a 16-13 non-league victory over Bear Creek.
Things were looking mighty bleak for Sierra High when the visiting Granada Matadors of Livermore jumped out to an early two-touchdown lead.
WESTON RANCH – With four minutes remaining in the third quarter Weston Ranch flexed its muscle, cutting Tokay High's lead to 21-14, but the Tigers responded instantly with quarterback Zac McCurdy racing 80-yards on the ensuing snap, distancing Tokay for good in a 42-21 win Friday at Weston Ranch.
Never mind the final score.
There are three regular-season games that Manteca High's senior class has mentally earmarked, and the first one is this Friday.
As the Weston Ranch Cougars march into their second contest of the 2010 season, garnering the squad's first win over the past six games will not come easy with the San Joaquin Athletic Association's Tokay Tigers coming to battle the Cougars.
The Manteca High sophomore football team could not have opened its 2010 football season any better, blasting the visiting Galt Warriors 55-0 in non-league action Friday at Manteca High.
Anyone anticipating the unveiling of what could be an explosive passing attack for Manteca High, known over the years more for its punishing ground-and-pound running game, might have been disappointed Friday at Guss Schmiedt Field.
MODESTO – East Union and Beyer exchanged punches for the better part of 44 minutes, but when it was time to win a football game the visiting Lancers' defensive unit landed the deciding blow.
RIPON - Ripon High coach Chris Johnson may have a potentially good team.
R.J. Tisdell ground out 106 yards on 10 carries with a 45-yard touchdown run to help lead Lathrop to a 24-13 win over host East Union on Friday in sophomore Valley Oak League action at Dino Cunial Field.
Keonnee Linnell directed the Lathrop freshmen to a 40-6 win over visiting East Union on Thursday in Valley Oak League at Dino Cunial Field.
Jeff Harbison put his full trust in his players.
Let's play a word association game, shall we? When I say "Sierra High football," what adjectives and superlatives spring to mind?
It doesn't work just to pressure Jack Weaver.
Since the start of Trans Valley League play, the Ripon High Indians have elevated their play.
Manteca showed no ill effects from a short week and its second loss of the season in Friday's 55-7 clobbering of Kimball at Don Nicholson Stadium in Tracy.
In nearly a decade at his post, Sierra head coach Jeff Harbison has rarely dipped into his lower-levels for talent.
Sierra hasn't had a losing record since 2005, Jeff Harbison's first year as the school's head football coach, and advanced to the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs in five of the last six years.
It might be the best matchup no one's talking about, and that's OK with East Union coach Willie Herrera.
LATHROP – On Friday, there wasn't much that went right for the Lathrop football team and its daring quarterback, Diego Chavez
Ripon Christian was shut out in the second halves of its first two Southern League games - a closer-than-it-needed-to-be 21-20 win over Orestimba followed by a 15-14 heartbreaker at Le Grand.
SANTA CLARA – Luis Reyes saw a loose ball bouncing around and knew that he had to make a play.
Jacob Peterson scored two touchdowns for the Sierra freshmen in a 20-6 win over visiting Lathrop on Thursday in Valley Oak League action at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
Lathrop held Sierra scoreless until the fourth quarter Friday in a 32-7 win over the Timberwolves in Valley Oak League sophomore action at Bennie Gatto Field.