Closing out a season with a Valley Oak League championship is difficult enough, but doing so and remaining perfect along the way is even more so. The Manteca Buffaloes freshman football team was able to do just that after closing the season with a 47-6 win over host East Union High.
Scoring 14 unanswered points to begin the second half not only lifted the East Union Lancers into a 14-14 tie with host Manteca, it raised some similar feelings Buffalo faithful experienced a season ago.
Just two days before Sierra's Valley Oak League finale against visiting Weston Ranch Friday, star running back Anthony Cota was in street clothes at practice with a cast protecting his left forearm.
LATHROP – Andrew Aquino wasn't about to mail it in and take the last game of his high school football career off.
Andrew Brown left nothing to chance Friday night. With his Ripon Christian Knights needing a win for their second trip to the playoffs in just eight years of the program's existence, the sophomore running back erupted for five touchdowns to lead Ripon Christian to a 62-9 Southern League win over host Gustine. "This was a playoff game for us," Knights coach John Vander Schaaf said. "If we lost, we went home. But since we won, ...
RIPON - The Ripon High Indians took care of business in Friday's Trans Valley League finale at Stouffer Field, disposing of Orestimba, 41-14.
Every other year the Sierra-Weston Ranch football rivalry game has meant something for one team or the other.
Two Manteca area teams are in, and three others are on the bubble. Sac-Joaquin Section football playoff spots are on the line Friday when the regular season comes to a close. Ripon Christian (5-4) is currently on the outside looking in but can vault itself into the Division-VI bracket with a road win over 1-8 Gustine Friday. The Knights have made just one postseason appearance (2005) since the program's inaugural varsity season in 2004. Only ...
Manteca High's freshman football team is one win away from perfection. Led by Hector Soto's four touchdowns and some big defensive plays by Chase McKee, the Buffaloes clinched at least a share of the Valley Oak League title with a 28-21 win over Oakdale. The first-place battle took place last Thursday at Guss Schmiedt Field, and the Buffs (6-0, 9-0 overall) were eager to get it on. "This was a game we've had circled on ...
The three high school sophomore football teams in town will have some say in who will be crowned champion of the Valley Oak League later this week.
OAKDALE - The game did not live up to the hype. Oakdale did. Manteca High could not get its balanced attack untracked at The Corral Friday while struggling to stop the Mustangs' powerful Wing-T in a 49-14 Valley Oak League loss - the Buffaloes' first overall defeat of the season. Still-unbeaten Oakdale trampled its way to 475 rushing yards, and junior quarterback Spencer Thomas led a 21-0 surge to start the contest. Its only two ...
In order to have a shot at the playoffs, the Sierra Timberwolves must win out what's left of their schedule.
TRACY - Tremain Buntan and Donnell Sims each scored a pair of touchdowns for Weston Ranch in a 33-12 Valley Oak League win over Kimball at Don Nicholson Stadium Friday.
RIPON - Ripon Christian celebrated senior night Friday with a 34-7 Southern League win over Waterford.
How about this juicy matchup to kick off the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV football playoffs?
Manteca put up 13 second-half points to offset two first-quarter scores for host Oakdale on the way to a 20-12 come-from-behind Valley Oak League sophomore football win at The Corral.
Sierra needed just 22 offensive plays Thursday to defeat host Lathrop 58-0 in Valley Oak League freshman action at Bennie Gatto Field.
OAKDALE – Eric Reis closed his postgame speech on Friday evening with three very apt words for his program:
HUGHSON - It has been a while since an opponent punched Ripon on the nose on its opening drive.
It was a metaphor for East Union's entire season.
Manteca High football coach Eris Reis is on the cusp win No. 100 in a decorated coaching career that has spanned 12 seasons at his alma mater.
The "any given Friday" mantra is used and abused by prep football coaches on pretty much every given Friday night.