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.
Manteca High pummeled East Union 56-8 on Friday to wrap up the Valley Oak League sophomore campaign at Dino Cunial Field.
STOCKTON – The Sierra High Timberwolves wrapped up a share of the Valley Oak League championship on Friday thanks to a convincing 49-7 victory at Weston Ranch.
After sputtering midway through the season, the Green Machine has reached top speed just in time for another postseason run.
RIPON – It had all of the makings of a senior night for the ages.
MODESTO - As Ripon Christian's fullback, Seth Silveira is usually the one paving the way for others to get the glory.
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SAN ANDREAS - Daniel Wyatt was supposed to have had the football cleats switched out for the high-top basketball shoes by now.
SACRAMENTO - Manteca came into this Sac-Joaquin Section Division III quarterfinal clash believing it could dash Inderkum's perfect season
HILMAR – It was a situation that every high school quarterback dreams of.
RIPON - Ripon Christian has its own reasons to feel confident going into its Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI semifinal with Trans-Valley League co-champion Hilmar.
Eleven teams have tried, and all have failed to slow down Inderkum's high-tempo Wing-T offense.
Sierra players heard the rumblings from near and far.
It took Manteca just two minutes to score a pair of touchdowns and gain what appeared to be the momentum necessary to glide past visiting ...
LATHROP - Los Banos quarterback Adam Herrera was dropped for a 39-yard loss and a safety as time expired, but it was he and the Tigers ...
Sierra High advanced in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV opener, edging visiting Union Mine of El Dorado Friday, 24-21.
The season came to an end for Ripon High on Friday.
RIPON - Ripon Christian rolled up 478 yards of offense to just 139 for Golden Sierra-Garden Valley as the Knights scored in every quarter to pummel ...
LATHROP - Diego Chavez has been part of more wins in one season than his older brothers in three combined.
In a battle for the Valley Oak League championship, Dezmin Ware raced for three East Union touchdowns and the Lancers held off a late charge ...
Manteca's Matt Ender hit Ben Rea for a 76-yard completion on the third play of the game to get to the ball to the ...
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