Ripon Christian was able to post four unanswered touchdowns in the second half, but spotting Foresthill High a 32-0 lead proved to be insurmountable in the Knights' 32-26 Sac-Joaquin Section Semifinal loss to Foresthill Friday in Placer County.
They have to beat the No. 1 seed.
Sierra is hoping past experiences prove helpful in its Sac-Joaquin Section Division III quarterfinal with visiting Inderkum this Friday.
RIPON – Ripon High played the part of the magic eraser Friday night.
The Sierra High Timberwolves received a wake-up call of sort in Friday's Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoff opener against Rosemont.
SACRAMENTO - It wasn't 40 days or 40 nights, it was just 40 long seconds.
SALIDA - Danny Vos threw two interceptions in the first half, and on Ripon Christian's impressive first drive (which started on its own 11 and ate up nearly 6:30 off the clock) in the third quarter he lost a fumble on the Elliot Christian 1-yard line while trying to reach for the end zone.
Measuring how two teams fared against common opponents is one way to gauge how they match up against each other.
City rivals Manteca High and Sierra could lock up in the second-round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs if they get by two Sacramento schools they have never previously faced.
The Weston Ranch Cougars sophomore football team closed out an impressive season with a lopsided 46-0 Valley Oak League victory over the Sierra Timberwolves Friday.
The Manteca Buffaloes freshman football team had to bounce back from a loss.
WESTON RANCH – Conventional wisdom says that when your best player leaves the game in the second quarter you're more than likely in for trouble.
Ripon Christian hasn't had a meaningful volleyball match with neighboring rival Ripon High since leaving the Trans-Valley League after the 2009-10 season.
TRACY – With 3:42 remaining the Lathrop Spartans needed a stop.
Ripon's postseason ticket is punched with its 10-game regular-season schedule already wrapped up.
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.