TRACY - Two of the Valley Oak League's top young quarterbacks were supposed to square off at Don Nicholson Stadium Friday in a battle of two 1-6 squads.
Manteca High's football team is the only one representing seven area schools to have clinched a Sac-Joaquin Section playoff berth so far.
One down, three to go.
After a defensive battle in the first half, a kickoff return ignited a back-and-forth scoring barrage in Manteca High's 26-20 sophomore victory over Sonora Friday.
HUGHSON - Ripon scored 28 first-half points before host Hughson even got on the board, and the Indians rode the hot hand of Kyle Wengel to a 34-12 Trans-Valley League.
Tyler Clark came through with the big stop for Sierra High Friday against Kimball.
East Union could have looked at the opening kickoff of its game against unbeaten Valley Oak League powerhouse Oakdale Friday night one of two ways.
LATHROP - Donnell Simms ran for more than 200 yards, and Tremain Buntan also eclipsed the century mark to lead Weston Ranch to a 42-14 Valley Oak League over host Lathrop on Friday night.
Will he or won't he play?
RIPON - Fake point-after kicks, wildcat formations, pre-snap shifts and halfback tosses.
Sierra High's sophomore football team overcame a halftime deficit to beat visiting crosstown rival Manteca 25-16 and remain undefeated in the Valley Oak League Friday.
In a battle of two high-powered offenses, it was the defenses that shined Thursday when Manteca High's freshman football team hosted intra-city foe Sierra.
RIPON – It's easy to see why Ripon would have come out bright-eyed Friday night in its home Trans Valley League matchup against defending CIF Small School State champion Escalon.
Oakdale High's football team welcomed Lathrop's varsity to The Corral for the first time Friday.
WESTON RANCH - Willie Cervantes had a homecoming he'll long remember.
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Kyle Reis was 1 when his father, Eric, took over as head coach of the Manteca High football team.
Sierra was two wins away from its first 10-0 regular-season finish.
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 ...
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