With two touchdown passes and another running, East Union sophomore quarterback Lucas Garcia helped pull his Lancers atop the Valley Oak League standings with a 28-7 win over Lathrop High in the league opener for both teams.
TRACY – Eric Reis has turned the style of Manteca High football into a brand.
With an opportunity to shake up early expectations in the Valley Oak League, Weston Ranch couldn't cash in on the chance, eventually crumbling to the visiting Sonora Wildcats 41-15 Friday in VOL action.
Ripon Christian made its statement loud and clear Friday.
Oakdale ran two plays in the fourth quarter - a punt to get the running clock going, and a kneel-down from quarterback Spencer Thomas on the Mustang 5-yard line as time expired at Sierra's Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium Friday.
Oakdale High has captured at least a share of eight of the last 10 Valley Oak League championships, including the previous five in succession.
The Trans-Valley League season kicks off tonight with four undefeated teams, one other with a winning record and two sitting at the .500 mark.
The Southern League championship still goes through Le Grand, the three-time reigning titlist.
Anthony Cota and the rest of the Timberwolves from Sierra High have unfinished business to attend to on a Friday night jam-packed with marquee matchups.
Things did not work out well for the visiting East Union Lancers sophomore football team, as Modesto High handled them thoroughly in a 41-7 loss on Friday.
After scoring on its opening possession for the second week in a row Manteca High watched Stagg answer its opening score with a 55-yard touchdown run of its own. That would be the only answer Stagg would find in the 62-6 drubbing last Thursday in freshman football.
Last week, a pulverizing ground-game plagued the Manteca Buffaloes.
LATHROP – The Lathrop Spartans had a variety of incentives to post a win in their final non-league matchup Friday night.
SALIDA - Jarad Mora was the first of three Modesto Christian defenders to pile on top of East Union quarterback Aaron Ramos in the end zone as time expired in Friday's nonleague tilt at Roy Blakeley Field.
STOCKTON - Weston Ranch High coach Mike Hale wasn't leaving anything to chance Friday against Bear Creek.
Mason James and Isaiah Sholund were responsible for more than 300 of the 400-plus yards that East Union racked up Friday in a 27-0 homecoming ...
East Union got the best of host Sierra on Thursday by winning a defensive battle 14-0 in Valley Oak League freshman action at Daniel Teicheira ...
Mark Paule Jr. knew that he had to get into the end zone.
STOCKTON - The Manteca High Buffaloes continue to find ways to win.
RIPON - Jonah Lewis returned the opening kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown to spark Ripon Christian in its 28-13 victory over Le Grand on Friday.
LATHROP - Central Catholic wasn't at its best, but neither was Lathrop in their Valley Oak League contest Friday night.
Junior quarterbacks Jack Weaver and Mark Vicente took their lumps in blowout losses last week.
Anthony Contreras had two long scoring plays Thursday to help lead East Union to a 34-0 win over visiting Lathrop in Valley Oak League freshman ...
Matthew Pilkay threw for one touchdown and ran for another Friday to lead East Union to a 22-6 win over host Lathrop in sophomore Valley ...
The Manteca Buffaloes unleashed Dakarai Charles.
LATHROP - It was more than a statement win for Lathrop.
NEWMAN - Travis Zuidervaart flipped a pass toward the corner of the end zone, and the stadium watched ... and waited ... and held its breath.
They've been the cellar dwellers of the Valley Oak League, but the East Union, Lathrop and Weston Ranch football teams are looking to ascend ...
Ripon Christian will find out right away where it stands in the Southern League tonight when it travels to Newman to take on favorite Orestimba.
The main event Friday night when Valley Oak League play begins is at The Coral in Oakdale … or is it?