The close to the Valley Oak League season played a major role in the formation of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-III Football Championships bracket, but nothing could alter the extended seasons for Manteca, East Union and Sierra high's football programs once the brackets were revealed Saturday evening.
Manteca High had little trouble coming back from a close loss to the Oakdale Mustangs, taking care of business in the Valley Oak League finale with a convincing win over the East Union Lancers Friday.
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.
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.
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.
Things were looking bleak for Ripon High's football team a month ago.
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.
Smiling faces after a losing football game?
East Union lined up in victory formation on its own 5, down 35-21 in the final seconds of its intra-city duel at Sierra's Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
Eric Reis was thrilled to be back at Guss Schmiedt Field.
SALIDA – Ripon defensive backs Mario Roach and Nick Price arrived late to their mark, crashing into one another at the goal line.
DENAIR - Billy Marr threw for a season-high 256 yards and four touchdowns as the Ripon Christian offense finally found its groove in a 31-0 rout of Denair.
East Union considered last week's game with Lathrop to be its "Super Bowl."
When Manteca coach Eric Reis sat Dakarai Charles for the first half against Lathrop, he hoped to rest his quarterback's banged-up knee.
Oakdale refused to let Hunter Johnson, a preseason all-Sac-Joaquin Section selection at wide receiver, beat them through the air.
RIPON – When Ryan Fugit looks at film of Modesto Christian, the Ripon star sees flashes of monsters past.
RIPON – The air of confidence has been sucked out of the Ripon Christian locker room.
R.J. Tisdell ground out 106 yards on 10 carries with a 45-yard touchdown run to help lead Lathrop to a 24-13 win over host East Union on Friday in sophomore Valley Oak League action at Dino Cunial Field.
Keonnee Linnell directed the Lathrop freshmen to a 40-6 win over visiting East Union on Thursday in Valley Oak League at Dino Cunial Field.
Jeff Harbison put his full trust in his players.
Let's play a word association game, shall we? When I say "Sierra High football," what adjectives and superlatives spring to mind?
It doesn't work just to pressure Jack Weaver.