RIPON – In a game desecrated with stoppage, after stoppage, after stoppage Ripon Christian exercised the same strengths that allowed them to dictate the first half, in closing out Elliot Christian's last-ditch effort namely a Brandon Dotinga interception.
RIPON - Before Ripon High kicked off its home opener against Linden Friday night, a ceremony was staged to recognize the efforts of the Ripon Community Athletic Foundation and many others who helped get most of Phase 1 of the Stouffer Field Revitalization Project finished in time for kickoff.
STOCKTON – An intense dose of Eddie Smith, superior secondary play from Manteca combined with an overmatched Edison Vikings squad and the Buffaloes cruised to a 34-6 season-opening win Friday.
After matching intensity through the first quarter, East Union simply could not keep pace with host Orestimba High, falling to the Warriors 31-13 Friday in Newman.
The Weston Ranch Cougars were able to do something the squad hasn't done since 2005, edging out Franklin in double-overtime for a 28- 26 win.
The first time that Anthony Cota found the end zone Friday night, he made it look easy.
Ripon High's football team finally stepped foot on Stouffer Field's new Bermuda Grass last Thursday, Aug. 16.
For the better part of four quarters the Sierra High sophomore football team held visiting Tracy High in check, but in the game's final minutes the Bulldogs did the unthinkable, scoring with four seconds left for a 14-13 come-from-behind win.
STOCKTON - The East Union Lancers took on a heavyweight in week zero.
Ripon racked up nearly 450 yards of total offense and rolled to a 45-0 victory over Bret Harte in Angels Camp Friday, but the coaches didn't leave entirely satisfied.
East Union High's freshman football team got a boost of confidence despite suffering a season-opening loss to St. Mary's Thursday at Dino Cunial Field.
With the beginning of the season mere days away, Ripon High had a tad bit more at stake than the host Manteca Buffaloes who have no week zero assignment.
Sierra High's boys and girls swim teams picked up two easy wins over Lathrop and Weston Ranch Friday.
The North/South Rotary All-Star Football Classic, played annually in Chowchilla, will feature Ripon High players for the first time.
T.J. Williams caught just 13 passes during East Union's Cinderella 2010 football season.
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.
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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.