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?
"Somebody's 'O' has got to go." That's what legendary ring announcer Michael Buffer says to help build excitement moments before two undefeated boxers go toe to toe in the squared circle. It also applies to the gridiron of The Corral this Friday when Oakdale hosts Manteca High in an anticipated matchup between 8-0 Valley Oak League heavyweights. "Both these programs are the bullies on the block," said Manteca coach Eric Reis, who is 3-6 against ...
RIPON – The Indians nearly came away with their first Trans Valley League win of the season against Modesto Christian last Friday.
They bumped, they bruised and they rolled all over the visiting Sonora Wildcats in a 44-14 blowout for the Sierra High freshman football team in recent Valley Oak League action.
The game that unfolded at Guss Schmiedt Field Friday night was anything but pretty. Host Manteca High, still battle-bruised and wounded from its war with the Sonora Wildcats the week before, seemed to struggle with filling the gaps that their absent team captains left on both sides of the ball. And Lathrop made the kind of on-field mistakes that one would expect from a young football program trying to gain its footing against one of ...
RIPON – Chalk up a satisfying Trans Valley League victory for the Indians. Thanks to Friday's 40-33 win over Modesto Christian at Stouffer Field, the Ripon High varsity football squad all but assured itself of a post season berth. "We're in a nice spot," said Indians coach Chris Johnson, whose team improved to 2-2 in league, 6-2 overall. Ripon fought a formidable foe in the Crusaders, who boasted University of Arizona-bound quarterback Nate Sudfeld. He ...
SONORA - Needing a win to have a realistic shot at the playoffs, Sierra saw a fourth-quarter lead evaporate Friday against host Sonora, as the Wildcats downed the Timberwolves 51-37 in Valley Oak League action at Dunlavey Field.
DELHI - Ripon Christian scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter to break open a close game and defeat Delhi 35-7 in Southern League action Friday.
TRACY - Two of the Valley Oak League's top young quarterbacks were supposed to square off at Don Nicholson Stadium Friday in a battle of two 1-6 squads.
Manteca High's football team is the only one representing seven area schools to have clinched a Sac-Joaquin Section playoff berth so far.
One down, three to go. The postseason before the postseason resumes for Sierra High's football team Friday at Sonora's renowned Dunlavy Field. For the second straight season, the Timberwolves are forced to win their final four Valley Oak League contests for a berth to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-III playoffs. Their biggest late-season threat last year was Sonora, which they soundly beat, 28-7. That was at home. On Friday, Sierra (2-2, 3-4 overall) plays where Sonora ...
After a defensive battle in the first half, a kickoff return ignited a back-and-forth scoring barrage in Manteca High's 26-20 sophomore victory over Sonora Friday.
HUGHSON - Ripon scored 28 first-half points before host Hughson even got on the board, and the Indians rode the hot hand of Kyle Wengel to a 34-12 Trans-Valley League.
Tyler Clark came through with the big stop for Sierra High Friday against Kimball. His quarterback sack in the closing minutes helped the Timberwolves escape with a 27-22 Valley Oak League victory over visiting the Jaguars. "We needed that stop," said Clark, who had several open field tackles to his credit. "We needed to force (Kimball) into a passing situation on fourth and long." The Jaguars' last-ditch effort ended with Kayson Matela and Tim Brown ...
Lathrop has certainly earned the respect of its opponents this year, but that hasn't translated into any wins so far.
The epic Week-1 clash between inter-section opponents Manteca and Wilcox of Santa Clara could be revisited in December, though much would have to happen between now and then for them to meet in a CIF NorCal Regional Bowl Game.
The success of Hilmar High's spread offense has been tied to two of the Valley's top quarterbacks.
Manteca gets a bump up to No. 8 in the Cal-Hi Sports Division II NorCal Bowl rankings after beating previous No. 7 Oakdale, 35-20. Ripon remains at No. 6 in Division III, while Ripon Christian moves up a spot to No. 9 in Division IV/Small Schools. See Thursday's edition of the Bulletin for additional information.
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.