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?
"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.
Upon further review, Manteca High's wild 69-55 win over Central Valley in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs was one for the ages.
Hunched over, Eric Reis pulled two of his strongest linemen out of the crowd and pointed to his back.
RIPON – Michael Ysit ran toward the corner, and it appeared as if he was going to pick up 4 or 5 yards before the defensive backs would catch up and force him out of bounds.
COLFAX - Sierra's season came down to the final play of its Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV opener Friday at Colfax.
SALIDA - The Ripon Christian Knights advanced in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI playoffs with a 50-20 opening win over visiting Stone Ridge Christian at Modesto Christian on Friday.
Friday night will mark the fifth time in six years that Sierra head coach Jeff Harbison and his football squad will make a Sac-Joaquin Section postseason appearance.
By JONAMAR JACINTO
Ja'Quan Gardner has had the attention of the Manteca High football team since the start of summer camp.
Three of the four Manteca Cowboys youth football teams survived the second round of the DYSA NorCal East Conference playoffs this past Saturday in Galt.
One streak ended, but the one that mattered more did not.
Sometimes you have to take a chance – and sometimes the chance pays off. Such was the case for the East Union freshman football team on Thursday.
Three Manteca-Ripon area teams are hosting first-round playoff football games next Friday, and another is heading to Placer County.
Ripon Christian kept the Le Grand sophomores off the score board for the final three quarters Friday night and rolled to a second-place finish in the Southern League on Friday with a 36-6 win at Stouffer Field.
RIPON – Two running backs chasing each other in the stat book found themselves on opposite ends of the emotional spectrum Friday evening.