After putting together a solid team effort in its season-opener against Enochs, Sierra High was forced to cope with a 33-20 loss to the Eagles on its home field Friday.
Games such as the one played at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium Friday are labeled "defensive struggles," but the defenses weren't doing the struggling.
RIPON – It was far from perfect, but good enough. Ripon High pushed across its third touchdown just before halftime, jumping out on the Ceres Bulldogs 21-7 and never looked back in a 28-7 victory to open the season.
Three area squads got a head start in the 2010 season when the Sac-Joaquin Section revamped the football schedule to include Week Zero contests, but they combined for zero wins going into Week 1.
The Manteca Junior Buffaloes varsity squad opened its 2011 season with a 14-6 victory over the Denair Lions Saturday in the Trans Valley Youth Football League.
Week after week there was a growing belief in Lancer Land that East Union High's football team could actually make a run at a postseason berth.
The Valley Oak League's top two offensive players of 2010 graduated from Manteca High's co-championship team last May.
At one point in the 2010 season Sierra High stood with a dismal 2-4 record and its postseason hopes were fading fast. The Timberwolves would get it going, running the table and landing a postseason berth. This season, Sierra is hoping to get it going right from the start.
Varsity football at Lathrop High School is nothing new. The Spartans are now gearing up for their third straight year at high school football's pinnacle level – turning to sophomores during the first two years to help field a squad during the program's infancy. But there's something special about the 2011 team that gives head coach Jesse Rodriguez a good feeling. It's the first time in the history of the program that the school will ...
Throughout Mike Hale's four-year tenure as Weston Ranch head coach, the Cougars have been plagued by minimal player turnout. This season, the issue still remains, yet Hale and the Cougars are adamant about their chances to improve on last season's struggles.
RIPON – There's a pretty good chance this season that Jake McCreath will connect with Cole Herrin on a touchdown pass.
RIPON - They call themselves a "Band of Brothers." Over the years, they've grown together, starting from kindergarten on up. They're the 2011 Ripon Christian High varsity football squad. "Some of us have played football together since our freshman year. Some of us go back to seventh and eighth grade," said Jordan Goslinga. A 6-6, 265-pound right tackle, Goslinga anchors an impressive offensive line consisting of James Holdren (center), Thomas Van Vliet (left guard), Jacob ...
ZERO WEEK The Sac-Joaquin Section added a "Zero Week" to the football schedule for the first time, but it didn't go well for the three area teams that opted to start the season earlier than what they were used to. At Sierra, eventual Modesto Metro Conference champion Enochs reeled off 21 unanswered points in the second half for a 35-23 come-from-behind victory. While the Timberwolves struggled offensively for three quarters - all of their ...
After taking his talents to Modesto Junior College and investing them with a bowl championship club, Sierra High graduate Jarrod Daniels will continue his climb into the NCAA Division I ranks after signing on to attend Idaho State University on a football scholarship.
Mike James is calling it quits as the head varsity football coach of the East Union High Lancers.