The ride to the Valley Oak League season won't be a smooth one for Manteca High.
MODESTO – The Ripon Christian sophomore football teamed kicked off its 2010 football season in style, pounding host Big Valley Christian 33-0 in both school's season opener.
With just 1.5 seconds remaining in the game Enochs intercepted a tipped ball at the goal line that thwarted any last-second heroics for the Timberwolves in a 13-8 non-league win for the visiting Eagles at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
After the first 24 minutes of the 2010 season, Sierra High held a 25-14 lead heading into halftime.
MODESTO – They say strike when the iron is hot.
CERES - The streak is over.
It had been a while since East Union's varsity football players got to hit others from another team.
When Sierra head coach Jeff Harbison opened last season in a one-sided victory over Lathrop High. His toughest decision was settling on a starting quarterback. Now, Sierra will open this season's title defense against Enochs High and deciding on the starting signal caller didn't come any easier.
Based on 2009 records, Ripon's zero-week pairing with host Ceres looks like a mismatch.
One of the best football teams in East Union school history didn't even make the playoffs back in 1993 when it triumphed in eight of 10 games.
The 2009 season was one marked by gut-wrenching losses for the Manteca Buffaloes.
The pressure of getting that first Valley Oak League championship in school history is finally lifted after sharing the title with Oakdale in 2009 - Sierra's 15th varsity season.
Walking off the field for the first time victorious is not going to be a walk in the park for the Lathrop Spartans.
The challenges that await Weston Ranch have not varied too much since head coach Mike Hale's inaugural season two years ago.
After suffering a crushing defeat at the hands of Summerville in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Division IV playoffs last season, Ripon High is poised to bounce back in a big way.
R.J. Tisdell racked up nearly 150 all-purpose yards to lead the Lathrop sophomores to a 36-0 win over host Weston Ranch to open the Valley Oak League campaign on Friday.
The Manteca freshmen embarked on a 16-play, six-minute drive late in the fourth quarter Thursday capped by a 1-yard scoring plunge by Michael Frisby to defeat Central Catholic 14-13 in the Valley Oak League opener at Guss Schmiedt Field.
MODESTO - No Montell Bland?
MODESTO – Dakarai Charles stood near the 40-yard line, watching Central Catholic chew up the fourth quarter clock.
TRACY – Sierra remained undefeated Friday and opened the Valley Oak League campaign with a 55-20 shellacking of host Kimball at Don Nicholson Stadium.
For the first time ever, the Lathrop High Spartans took home the prize.
OAKDALE – The East Union football team had a tough opening assignment on Friday evening.
Eric Reis believes his Manteca football team to be the underdog for Friday's Valley Oak League opener at Central Catholic - just the way he likes it.
Ask Manteca coach Eric Reis what impresses him most about Central Catholic and the answer stretches on and on.
Malik Vegatatum stripped the ball from a Grace Davis ball carrier late in the fourth quarter on Friday to set up the winning 40-yard touchdown pass from Terry Snipes to De'Jon Chambers for a thrilling 18-12 come-from-behind victory for the Weston Ranch sophomores.
Michael Frisby ran for 85 yards and scored two touchdowns Thursday to lead Manteca to a 42-6 win over Ceres in non-league freshman football action at Guss Schmiedt Field.
RIPON – The Ripon Christian Knights were fueled by a tough defense in a one-sided victory over Stone Ridge Christian at Stouffer Field on Friday.
MODESTO - The East Union defense was able to bottle up Gregori's high-octane attack and its star running back for a half Friday night at Don Lanphear Stadium.
MODESTO – Two high school football programs looking to change their stars collided on Friday evening at Modesto Junior College.
SONORA – If the game could have been summed up by a single play, this was it.