If defense wins championships, don't tell that to Sierra head coach Jeff Harbison.
LATHROP - A win tonight would mark several milestones for Lathrop High, which hosts Weston Ranch for homecoming and their Valley Oak League opener tonight.
Ripon didn't face the stiffest of competition this preseason.
LATHROP - The "Battle of I-5" actually began in a small town off of Highway 99 in the late 80s.
Led by Michael Frisby's 100-yard rushing effort and a suffocating defense, the Manteca Jr. Buffaloes rolled to a 28-0 win over the Ceres Seahawks and are still perfect in the Central California Junior Football League.
The Manteca Jaguars and Los Banos Wildcats put on a defensive display at every level Saturday at Sierra High.
The Sierra and Weston Ranch girls golf teams capped the first half of the Valley Oak League season playing against each other last Thursday and teed off the second half on Monday.
The Lathrop sophomore football hung with the Indians on Ripon High's homecoming night but couldn't keep up with their balanced rushing attack in a 28-7 loss last Friday.
RIPON – Technically, the Cannon Club's first blast came after Michael Ysit crossed the goal line just 15 seconds into the game.
Modesto Christian can do plenty with what little it has.
SALIDA – Ripon Christian's run defense was as stingy as could be Friday night under the lights at Modesto Christian High.
STOCKTON – Seth Davis was thrilled to get that first victory as the Weston Ranch head coach.
LATHROP – Often times, game films are like paintings.
RIPON – With a punishing running style and deceptive speed, Michael Ysit plays with the destructive force of a bowling ball.
East Union (1-1) caps its nonleague schedule this Friday at Dino Cunial Field where it will face its stiffest test so far in Modesto Christian (2-1).
Sierra hasn't had a losing record since 2005, Jeff Harbison's first year as the school's head football coach, and advanced to the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs in five of the last six years.
It might be the best matchup no one's talking about, and that's OK with East Union coach Willie Herrera.
LATHROP – On Friday, there wasn't much that went right for the Lathrop football team and its daring quarterback, Diego Chavez
Ripon Christian was shut out in the second halves of its first two Southern League games - a closer-than-it-needed-to-be 21-20 win over Orestimba followed by a 15-14 heartbreaker at Le Grand.
SANTA CLARA – Luis Reyes saw a loose ball bouncing around and knew that he had to make a play.
Jacob Peterson scored two touchdowns for the Sierra freshmen in a 20-6 win over visiting Lathrop on Thursday in Valley Oak League action at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
Lathrop held Sierra scoreless until the fourth quarter Friday in a 32-7 win over the Timberwolves in Valley Oak League sophomore action at Bennie Gatto Field.
RIPON - To Ripon, the 2014 season started for real on Friday night.
LATHROP – Statistically, it might have been Devin Nunez's worst performance under center for Sierra.
MODESTO – East Union, meet Justin Rice.
STOCKTON – A time-consuming drive late in the game Friday helped the Weston Ranch High Cougars slip past visiting Kimball, 18-14.
RIPON – Billy Marr engineered two scoring drives in the final three minutes as Ripon Christian completed a come-from-behind victory on Friday evening.