CERES - The streak is over.
It had been a while since East Union's varsity football players got to hit others from another team.
When Sierra head coach Jeff Harbison opened last season in a one-sided victory over Lathrop High. His toughest decision was settling on a starting quarterback. Now, Sierra will open this season's title defense against Enochs High and deciding on the starting signal caller didn't come any easier.
Based on 2009 records, Ripon's zero-week pairing with host Ceres looks like a mismatch.
One of the best football teams in East Union school history didn't even make the playoffs back in 1993 when it triumphed in eight of 10 games.
The 2009 season was one marked by gut-wrenching losses for the Manteca Buffaloes.
The pressure of getting that first Valley Oak League championship in school history is finally lifted after sharing the title with Oakdale in 2009 - Sierra's 15th varsity season.
Walking off the field for the first time victorious is not going to be a walk in the park for the Lathrop Spartans.
The challenges that await Weston Ranch have not varied too much since head coach Mike Hale's inaugural season two years ago.
After suffering a crushing defeat at the hands of Summerville in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Division IV playoffs last season, Ripon High is poised to bounce back in a big way.
A change of scenery might be exactly what the Ripon Christian football team needs to drive towards a winning season.
Mason James averaged more than 10 yards per carry for East Union High in a Lancers ground game that racked up 275 yards in a 37-0 non-league win for Johansen on Friday.
A long wait did not bother the Lathrop High freshman football team on Thursday.
Weston Ranch used a balanced attack while the defense forced five turnovers to upend host Galt 33-20 Friday night at Erv Hatzenbuhler Field.
East Union coach Willie Herrera put the future of the football program on the shoulders of a sophomore quarterback.
LATHROP - Ripon showed what it can do against a team of athletes its own size Friday at Lathrop's Bennie Gatto Field.
The Manteca High defense rarely had a chance to see the field in the first quarter of Friday's game against Enochs High School at Guss Schmiedt Field.
STOCKTON – The Sierra High Timberwolves continued its early season dominance Friday, rolling past Chavez, 63-24.
The Lathrop and Ripon football teams are at a crossroads heading into their pivotal Week 2 matchup at Bennie Gatto Field.
Willie Herrera knows just how close his East Union football team came to winning its season opener two weeks ago.
Manteca and Sierra are looking to carry undefeated records going into their bye week and Valley Oak League schedule, but standing in the way are upset-minded opponents looking to make a splash of their own.
Sonora found out the hard way that it does not pay to give the Manteca soccer team second chances.
The Lathrop freshmen gave up two first-quarter touchdowns on interceptions Thursday to Bradshaw Christian's Marina Altamura and Altamura scored on a long run early in the second quarter to lead the Pride to a 19-6 non-league win over the Spartans at Bennie Gatto Field.
Manteca High coach Eric Reis put the headphones away at the half.
Sierra has built a reputation on offense in recent years.
RIPON – The Ripon High Indians are 0-2 to start the season after falling to Patterson at Stouffer Field Friday, 38-14