The only thing that could slow down Anthony Cota, Sierra High's dynamic running back, in Friday's Valley Oak League contest with visiting Sonora was a momentary bout with a stomach illness.
RIPON – Everything looked to be humming along quite nicely for the Ripon Indians at the end of the first quarter.
LATHROP – After opening the contest with a 14-play, 80-yard scoring drive, the Manteca Buffaloes' defensive unit provided a stop on fourth-and-4 from midfield and the rout was on. When it was all said and done, Lathrop High was left coping with a 56-0 Valley Oak League loss Friday at Bennie Gatto Field.
It was nearly mission impossible for Weston Ranch High Friday. The Valley Oak League's top-team rolled out the welcome mats for the Cougars, yet they were hardly gracious hosts, setting the blowout in motion with four touchdowns in the game's first 11 minutes and finishing off Weston Ranch with a 54-0 VOL loss. The Cougars did not help their cause, turning the ball over in the first quarter and eliminating any shot ...
Ripon Christian can reach unprecedented heights this Friday. Neighboring Ripon High looks to snap a 16-year drought on the same night. It's a big week for all area squads that are in contention for league championships and playoff berths. For the undefeated Indians of Ripon (4-0, 8-0 overall), a win over last-place Riverbank clinches at least a share of the Trans-Valley League crown. Their last title was earned in 1996, when they ...
RIPON – The Delhi Hawks had no interest in leaving Ripon without a win. Late game antics from the once-beaten Ripon Christian Knights gave the Hawks hope, but it would go no further in a 37-21 Southern League victory Saturday at Ripon High. The Knights used a sterling effort from Andrew Brown to peel away from the Hawks late in the final period. Brown scored on a one-yard plunge to culminate a night where he ...
In a game marred by penalties and mistakes, the Sierra High Timberwolves were able to hang on for a 21-6 Valley Oak League football win Friday in sophomore league action against Kimball.
TRACY – It took less than four minutes Friday night to see the game plan of both the Sierra Timberwolves and the host Kimball Jaguars unfold.
It's never an easy game at Sonora High's Dunlavy Field for opposing teams, especially when the Wildcats are celebrating homecoming.
Oakdale High got all it needed with a 28-point outburst in the opening quarter before letting the reserves take over from there in a 54-6 drubbing of East Union Friday at The Corral.
WESTON RANCH - The Cougars found a way to get the job done. Still mathematically alive for a playoff spot, Weston Ranch (2-2, 4-3) defeated Valley Oak League rival Lathrop Spartans at Friday's homecoming game, 15-6. "Lathrop always plays us tough," said Cougars coach Mike Hale, who was spotted with an early 2-0 lead thanks to a safety. The Spartans (0-4, 0-6) were pinned back to their end zone on their ...
An action-packed 3-3 tie felt like a win for both Manteca High and visiting rival Sierra at Guss Schmiedt Field Friday night.
Manteca faces a must-win situation in Sonora on Friday, when the Buffaloes tangle with a squad just as desperate for a victory.
The Manteca and Sierra freshman football teams traded three-touchdown scoring runs, but it was the former that came out on top of a resounding 32-20 victory at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium last Thursday.
For four quarters on Friday both Manteca and Sierra high school sophomore teams battled in Valley Oak League action, but when time was complete the two clubs were tied 13-13.
Brandon Dabney hopes to be the speed bump that slows down the lightningrod receiver nicknamed "Wheels."
Andrew Brown scored eight touchdowns as a freshman on Ripon Christian's sophomore team in 2010.
Manteca High's football team is playing a 14th game for the first time ever.
LODI – Normally, the team that maintains its composure is the one that wins the big game. Such was not the case Saturday.
LODI – Billy Marr's final pass of his junior season was a little high to the left sideline.
Strength trumped speed Friday at Guss Schmiedt Field.
MODESTO – For the second straight year, Ripon High had its season end at the hands of Central Catholic.
Ripon Christian's first-year defensive coordinator Eddie Erdelatz has coaching in his ancestry.
Ripon Christian has reached the pinnacle of success for its 10th-year varsity football program under first-year head coach Randy Fasani.
Alex Laurel jumped over the goal line, splitting two defenders on the way to his fourth touchdown of the evening.
RIPON – Michael Ysit sat on the bench on Ripon's sideline and caught his breath.
WOODLAND – Andrew Brown only needed 117 yards to capture this year's Sac-Joaquin Section rushing title during Friday night's semifinal matchup against Woodland Christian.
Was it an aberration?
Upon further review, Manteca High's wild 69-55 win over Central Valley in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs was one for the ages.
Hunched over, Eric Reis pulled two of his strongest linemen out of the crowd and pointed to his back.