When Isaiah Gordon galloped into the end zone for East Union's first touchdown, it was a good play.
STOCKTON – Andrew Brown had a night to remember.
Miscues on special teams led to a heartbreaking loss for Weston Ranch, which otherwise had a promising start to the season under new supervision Friday night.
Eric Reis is pulling no punches, sparing no superlative when it comes to his opponent from Santa Clara.
Grace Davis may not be the walkover Sierra has stomped on in recent seasons.
With the game slipping away, East Union football coach Willie Herrera turned his attention to the ambulance near the north end zone.
Sometimes it pays to give the other team the ball back.
Fumbles proved to be the difference Thursday in a 12-0 loss for the Manteca freshman against visiting Central Valley at Guss Schmiedt in non-league football action on Thursday.
Zach Magana has studied from the best in the country, quarterbacks with champion pedigrees and shelves full of trophies.
TRACY- The halftime show at the newly-christened Wayne Schneider Stadium was a fitting metaphor for Sierra High's season opener at Tracy.
CERES – There were a lot of things going against Manteca High Friday night.
RIPON – Nick Price took one step out of the shadow Friday night.
Sierra's 2013 opener is more than a game for zero-week opponent Tracy High.
East Union won't be straying far from home for the next month.
Past meets present tonight as Manteca's newest high school takes on the city of Tracy's oldest.
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.