For Ripon Christian it was a perfect bounce-back performance.
This Friday marks a special moment in Lathrop High history.
The Manteca High sophomore team put together an impressive showing, hanging tough with a talented Los Banos squad before pulling away with a 47-30 win Friday at Manteca High.
Manteca High took Los Banos' best punch early, wobbled to its feet and for a short time turned the tide in this battle of tradition-rich heavyweights Friday at Guss Schmiedt Field.
At one point Ripon Christian had landed its second punch, trailed by a point and seemed to be in for a fight for the Ripon Rivalry Bowl Trophy. By the end of the night, Ripon High asserted itself in a big way, extending its Ripon Bowl victory streak to seven games with a 62-13 win Friday.
LATHROP – The Spartans had finally got their groove back.
The Sierra Timberwolves came out firing on all cylinders Friday against Laguna Creek of Elk Grove.
WESTON RANCH – It took Gary Norwood 18 seconds to erase a perfect Weston Ranch defensive first half. Returning the second half kickoff 91 yards and erasing a 6-0 Tokay deficit and erasing the Tigers' deficit for good.
Manteca's regular-season record of 25-5 over the past three years is matched or bettered by few in the Sac-Joaquin Section.
Manteca High's freshman football team overcame a sloppy start with a dominating second-half effort that culminated into a 35-14 win over visiting Capital Christian's sophomore squad last Thursday.
The Manteca Buffaloes sophomore team was able to open the 2012 season in grand fashion, jumping to an early lead and cruising to a 41-8 blowout of Edison High in both teams' season opener in Stockton.
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.
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?
Manteca held off a late surge by visiting Hilmar on Thursday and defeated the Yellowjackets 20-14 in non-league football action at Guss Schmiedt Field.
Sierra kept things close Wednesday but was swept 25-17, 25-19, 25-20 by visiting Edison in non-league volleyball action.