For Manteca High, there were baby steps in the right direction.
Eddie Melero at least slowed the train that was Kimball running back Evan Owens when he scooped up a fumble and returned it for a touchdown in the second quarter.
Andrew Brown was nearly unstoppable on the ground Friday night for Ripon Christian.
The East Union Lancers outscored Sonora in the fourth quarter.
LATHROP – It was business as usual for the Sierra High Timberwolves.
Before he ever gained a yard for the Manteca High football program, Eddie Smith knew what he wanted.
A scheduling oddity has Ripon High's football team ending its regular season a week earlier than most teams in the Sac-Joaquin Section this Friday.
SONORA - The Sierra Timberwolves freshman football team scored 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter, stunning the Sonora Wildcats with a 35-34 come-from-behind win Thursday in Sonora.
Sierra High's sophomore football team had an opportunity to seize control of the inside track to the Valley Oak League championship, but could not take advantage in a 31-21 loss to the Sonora Wildcats Friday at home.
Kimball High might be the best two-win team in the entire state.
The only thing that could slow down Anthony Cota, Sierra High's dynamic running back, in Friday's Valley Oak League contest with visiting Sonora was a momentary bout with a stomach illness.
RIPON – Everything looked to be humming along quite nicely for the Ripon Indians at the end of the first quarter.
LATHROP – After opening the contest with a 14-play, 80-yard scoring drive, the Manteca Buffaloes' defensive unit provided a stop on fourth-and-4 from midfield and the rout was on. When it was all said and done, Lathrop High was left coping with a 56-0 Valley Oak League loss Friday at Bennie Gatto Field.
It was nearly mission impossible for Weston Ranch High Friday.
Ripon Christian can reach unprecedented heights this Friday.
East Union considered last week's game with Lathrop to be its "Super Bowl."
When Manteca coach Eric Reis sat Dakarai Charles for the first half against Lathrop, he hoped to rest his quarterback's banged-up knee.
Oakdale refused to let Hunter Johnson, a preseason all-Sac-Joaquin Section selection at wide receiver, beat them through the air.
RIPON – When Ryan Fugit looks at film of Modesto Christian, the Ripon star sees flashes of monsters past.
RIPON – The air of confidence has been sucked out of the Ripon Christian locker room.
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.