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.
TRACY – With 3:42 remaining the Lathrop Spartans needed a stop.
Ripon's postseason ticket is punched with its 10-game regular-season schedule already wrapped up.
Jeff Harbison put his full trust in his players.
Let's play a word association game, shall we? When I say "Sierra High football," what adjectives and superlatives spring to mind?
It doesn't work just to pressure Jack Weaver.
Since the start of Trans Valley League play, the Ripon High Indians have elevated their play.
Manteca showed no ill effects from a short week and its second loss of the season in Friday's 55-7 clobbering of Kimball at Don Nicholson Stadium in Tracy.
In nearly a decade at his post, Sierra head coach Jeff Harbison has rarely dipped into his lower-levels for talent.
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.