It's officially Le Grand week for Ripon Christian.
OAKDALE - Lathrop dropped to 1-8 after a 56-21 loss to 5-4 Oakdale at The Corral.
Their relationship started on the baseball diamond.
Neil MacDannald fired a deep ball down the sideline, leaving just enough air underneath it for safety Elijah Cooper to slide over.
East Union's football program took a hit in 2003 when Manteca Unified opened Weston Ranch, its fourth comprehensive high school, in Stockton.
There's a lot at stake for Sierra tonight during its Valley Oak League showdown against Manteca at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
Word on the street is that there is a big game in town Friday night.
They've been on a collision course for months, but Ripon Christian and Le Grand still have one game left before their worlds collide.
The biggest of the Jr. Buffaloes got the win, but program-wide bragging rights go to the Manteca Jaguars.
Marcus Rivera raced for 149 yards Friday and his Manteca Buffaloes put up 29 first-quarter points on the way to a 52-12 Valley Oak League sophomore victory over host Weston Ranch.
Brandon Arreola threw two touchdown passes for Sierra on Thursday in a 14-6 win over visiting East Union at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium in Valley Oak League freshman action.
East Union went to its placekicker to give the Lancers and their home crowd at Dino Cunial Field a spark Friday against intra-city rival and Valley Oak League contending Sierra.
RIPON – A year ago, Waterford denied Ripon Christian its first outright Southern League football championship with a stunning late-season defeat.
STOCKTON - Every time the Manteca High offense was entrusted with the ball against the Weston Ranch Cougars it scored.
RIVERBANK – Ripon's 21-game Trans Valley League winning streak came to a halt last week against Hilmar, but that didn't faze the Indians Friday night.
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.