The rain-soaked field did little to help third-seeded Sierra slow down No. 6 Inderkum's powerful wing-T offense Friday at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
RIPON – In order to move on in the Sac-Joaquin Section IV playoffs, the Ripon High Indians needed to play a near-perfect game Friday against visiting Central Catholic.
Ripon Christian was able to post four unanswered touchdowns in the second half, but spotting Foresthill High a 32-0 lead proved to be insurmountable in the Knights' 32-26 Sac-Joaquin Section Semifinal loss to Foresthill Friday in Placer County.
They have to beat the No. 1 seed.
Sierra is hoping past experiences prove helpful in its Sac-Joaquin Section Division III quarterfinal with visiting Inderkum this Friday.
RIPON – Ripon High played the part of the magic eraser Friday night.
The Sierra High Timberwolves received a wake-up call of sort in Friday's Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoff opener against Rosemont.
SACRAMENTO - It wasn't 40 days or 40 nights, it was just 40 long seconds.
SALIDA - Danny Vos threw two interceptions in the first half, and on Ripon Christian's impressive first drive (which started on its own 11 and ate up nearly 6:30 off the clock) in the third quarter he lost a fumble on the Elliot Christian 1-yard line while trying to reach for the end zone.
Measuring how two teams fared against common opponents is one way to gauge how they match up against each other.
City rivals Manteca High and Sierra could lock up in the second-round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs if they get by two Sacramento schools they have never previously faced.
The Weston Ranch Cougars sophomore football team closed out an impressive season with a lopsided 46-0 Valley Oak League victory over the Sierra Timberwolves Friday.
The Manteca Buffaloes freshman football team had to bounce back from a loss.
WESTON RANCH – Conventional wisdom says that when your best player leaves the game in the second quarter you're more than likely in for trouble.
Ripon Christian hasn't had a meaningful volleyball match with neighboring rival Ripon High since leaving the Trans-Valley League after the 2009-10 season.
There is domination and then there is Ripon High sophomore football domination.
RIPON – For months, Sierra head coach Jeff Harbison and offensive coordinator Jeff Abrew have been inside the laboratory, retooling one of the area's most explosive offenses.
TRACY – The Lathrop High Spartans opened the season with a hard-fought 20-7 non-league loss to West Friday at Steve Lopez Stadium.
SANTA CLARA - Maybe it was a good thing that Friday's Manteca-Wilcox football game did not take place at Levi's Stadium as originally planned.
MODESTO – They did what they were supposed to do.
Victor Polanco stood on the sidelines, a sun hat pulled low on his brow.
The last day to purchase tickets for the Manteca High football team's rooters' buses is Wednesday, Aug. 20.
Lathrop Jr. Spartans president Jaime Hernandez has a vision.
LATHROP - To borrow a phrase from John Denver's "Rocky Mountain High," the Lathrop Lions are coming home to a place they have never been before.
So, how does Sierra replace one of the Sac-Joaquin Section's most prolific passers of 2013?
Keith Jackson is picking up where he left off last fall, when he rallied generations of Manteca High alumni to cheer the Buffaloes' historic postseason run.
Second-year Lathrop coach Steven Wichman has a better idea of what his team can do with pads on this time around.
The Sac-Joaquin Section's preseason Dead Period doesn't begin until Monday.
Weston Ranch's football players weren't the only ones hard at work this offseason.
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