Four different Buffaloes reached the end zone in a complete team effort on Thursday by defeating Stagg 42-0 as Manteca High's freshmen moved its nonleague record to 3-0 and begins the Valley Oak League season next week.
RIPON - The Ripon High sophomore football team's comeback bid was thwarted near midfield, where quarterback Riley Clark was sacked on fourth-and-5 with 56 seconds left.
East Union visited Ceres Friday with hopes of leaving with a little momentum going into the Valley Oak League season.
RIPON - Jordan Sullivan is one of Ripon High's bigger linemen, checking in at 6 feet, 2 inches and 225 pounds.
STOCKTON - The Manteca High varsity football squad closed out the preseason Friday with a rather impressive 32-12 win at Stagg.
LINDEN – Ripon Christian's Andrew Brown broke a 91-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and found the end zone three other times to complement his 116 rushing yards Friday night against the Linden Lions.
WESTON RANCH – Throw the common opponent theory out the window.
The area's two remaining undefeated football teams will be put to the test Friday.
Right when Manteca High's sophomore football team picked up some needed momentum the sound of thunder and sight of lightning screeched it to a halt.
Head coach Willie Herrera felt that his East Union High varsity football team was well prepared for Friday's non-league home game against Bear Creak.
RIPON – If football games were won and lost in the first quarter, Ripon Christian would have had some serious celebrating to do on Friday night.
Thunder and lightning threatened to cancel Friday's football game between Manteca and visiting Edison.
LATHROP – It may not have been a great win for the Lathrop High football team.
John Alba made the tough game-time decision Friday.
LODI - Kenny Williams made four interceptions for Weston Ranch - three in the second half – to help lead the visiting Cougars to a 41-25 win over Tokay at the Grape Bowl.
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.
Eric Reis has been known to share stories of Manteca High's grid-iron glory of years past with his players.