MANTECA – Although Manteca freshman football coach Jon Shaefer was concentrating on his team's 40-8 win over visiting East Union on Thursday in the Valley Oak League finale, he couldn't help but look over the Lancers' bleachers to the east at Guss Schmiedt Field and wonder what was happening up the hill at Dunlavy Field where Oakdale was visiting Sonora.
Manteca High and East Union were locked in a classic battle Friday at Dino Cunial Field. In recent years, this longstanding Valley Oak League rivalry belonged to the Buffaloes. But this night was different. From the opening kickoff, the Lancers rode a wave of emotions that eventually led to a 10-7 upset win over previously unbeaten Manteca (5-1, 9-1). In the process, the Buffaloes went from sole possession of first place in the VOL to ...
NEWMAN - Almost everything went right for Ripon High in the first half Friday against Orestimba in a game that both teams needed for a Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoff berth.
WESTON RANCH - The Sierra Timberwolves had one opportunity to close out their season with a win and continue into the Sac-Joaquin Section postseason, and they didn't forfeit the chance, jumping out to a seven-touchdown first half lead on their way to a 53-6 win Friday over Weston Ranch.
RIPON – The Knights closed out the season in spectacular fashion Friday at Stouffer Field.
TRACY – Lathrop came out in the third quarter and got two scores via the no-huddle offense and take a one-point lead, but an 80-yard scoring run by Kimball's Zack Johnson put the Jaguars ahead to stay in the 26-21 Valley Oak League win for Kimball at Don Nicholson Stadium.
Fourteen Sac-Joaquin Section playoff tickets have already been punched. After the final regular-season games are played out this week, 50 more berths will be claimed in the Divisions I-IV brackets. The Bulletin took on the painstaking task of mapping out the current postseason seeds in each division, including the six-team Division V and IV brackets, only to find out that nothing is close to be settled. The complexion of the playoffs could change dramatically this ...
It's been a long time since the East Union-Manteca game, the oldest rivalry in the area, has meant something for all parties involved.
For Sierra it's for the right to continue its season. For Weston Ranch, it's simply about respect. The two squads will meet in the Valley Oak League finale Friday at Weston Ranch and with a playoff berth in the balance, Sierra will be playing for more than just another road win. It will take a strong showing, as the Cougars, winners of two of their past three contests, will look to a resurgent rushing attack ...
Things were looking bleak for Ripon High's football team a month ago. The Indians lost their chief playmaker, Alex Gustin, to a leg injury while getting routed by Trans Valley League champion Escalon 45-13 on Oct. 8. Ripon suffered its third straight defeat, which put it at 2-4 on the season. Three victories later, including an impressive 20-0 win over 2009 champion Modesto Christian, the Indians find themselves in a do-or-die scenario with an all-important ...
The Sierra High Timberwolves continued their winning ways Friday in a 34-7 Valley Oak League win over the Lathrop Spartans.
After just nine offensive plays Sierra had put up five touchdowns Thursday on the way to a 51-13 Valley Oak League freshman win over Lathrop at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
It was a game of inches (and pounds): Manteca High cornerback David Farrington, generously listed at 5-foot-7, 154 pounds, versus behemoth Oakdale fullback A.C. Brown - all 6-2, 215 pounds of him.
LATHROP - Trailing by two touchdowns with less than a minute remaining in the first half, Lathrop had an opportunity from the Sierra High 15-yard-line to pull within a score, but that opportunity passed by and so did the Spartans chance at victory in a 49-7 blowout.
Sonora High was coming off back-to-back Valley Oak League losses, and that was all the motivation the Wildcats would need in a 68-20 blowout of the visiting East Union Lancers Friday.
STOCKTON - Rain. Running clock. Ring.
Jacob LeDon is arguably the best player that few outside of Manteca High's football team know about.
Ripon Christian senior Andrew Brown pieced together a historic season that came to a heart-breaking end in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI championship game at Lodi's Grape Bowl on Saturday.
Brandon Dabney hopes to be the speed bump that slows down the lightningrod receiver nicknamed "Wheels."
Andrew Brown scored eight touchdowns as a freshman on Ripon Christian's sophomore team in 2010.
Manteca High's football team is playing a 14th game for the first time ever.
LODI – Normally, the team that maintains its composure is the one that wins the big game. Such was not the case Saturday.
LODI – Billy Marr's final pass of his junior season was a little high to the left sideline.
Strength trumped speed Friday at Guss Schmiedt Field.
MODESTO – For the second straight year, Ripon High had its season end at the hands of Central Catholic.
Ripon Christian's first-year defensive coordinator Eddie Erdelatz has coaching in his ancestry.
Ripon Christian has reached the pinnacle of success for its 10th-year varsity football program under first-year head coach Randy Fasani.
Alex Laurel jumped over the goal line, splitting two defenders on the way to his fourth touchdown of the evening.
RIPON – Michael Ysit sat on the bench on Ripon's sideline and caught his breath.
WOODLAND – Andrew Brown only needed 117 yards to capture this year's Sac-Joaquin Section rushing title during Friday night's semifinal matchup against Woodland Christian.