Will he or won't he play? That's the burning question surrounding Manteca High's football team these days. Quarterback Alex Martinez missed last Friday's contest at Sierra with an injured thumb, and after the game coach Eric Reis didn't rule him out for the Buffaloes' next big showdown: a homecoming date with Sonora Friday's Week-7 matchup at Guss Schmiedt Field is the first of three involving the Valley Oak League's traditional "big three." In Week 9, ...
RIPON - Fake point-after kicks, wildcat formations, pre-snap shifts and halfback tosses.
Sierra High's sophomore football team overcame a halftime deficit to beat visiting crosstown rival Manteca 25-16 and remain undefeated in the Valley Oak League Friday.
In a battle of two high-powered offenses, it was the defenses that shined Thursday when Manteca High's freshman football team hosted intra-city foe Sierra.
RIPON – It's easy to see why Ripon would have come out bright-eyed Friday night in its home Trans Valley League matchup against defending CIF Small School State champion Escalon.
Oakdale High's football team welcomed Lathrop's varsity to The Corral for the first time Friday.
WESTON RANCH - Willie Cervantes had a homecoming he'll long remember. The Weston Ranch High senior had pestered his coaches into letting him play fullback. Against East Union, they finally gave in. Cervantes made good on that decision on Friday, scoring his first-ever touchdown in the fourth quarter while helping his team to a 42-36 victory over the Lancers. "I'm feeling good right now," he said. Cervantes, who, according to acting head coach Jerry Cook, ...
The intense football rivalry between Manteca and Sierra resumes Friday at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium, but two of the area's brightest stars may not play a part in it.
Good news first: Ripon Christian standout quarterback Danny Vos suffered whiplash during the Knights' 27-7 loss at Mariposa last Friday.
Sierra High's sophomore football team held on to hand East Union its first loss 41-28 at Dino Cunial Field Friday.
STOCKTON - It had the makings of a shootout and a possible upset. Then Manteca High poured in 34 unanswered points over the final three quarters to upend Weston Ranch 48-14 on Friday. Weston Ranch (0-2 Valley Oak League, 1-4 overall) put the undefeated Buffaloes in a bind early on, first with an 80-yard catch-and-run from James Simerly to Oshari Dunn on third-and-10. After Simerly hooked up with Alex Esan for another scoring play through ...
It was a tale of two halves of football on Friday night. Playing in front of a festive homecoming crowd at Dino Cunial Field, the East Union High varsity squad was locked in a battle with rival Sierra for much of the first two quarters. The Timberwolves (1-1, 2-3), however, scored 25 unanswered points in the third quarter to break open the Valley Oak League affair, winning rather convincingly, 46-12. The win was Sierra's eighth ...
LATHROP - Sonora scored in spurts Friday night, and Lathrop could only answer the first Wildcat touchdown.
MARIPOSA - Ripon Christian standout quarterback Danny Vos was rushed to a nearby hospital for a possible concussion during the Knights' 27-7 loss to Mariposa.
The head coaches of East Union and Sierra's football teams aren't downplaying the significance of their Week-5 contest.
Was it an aberration?
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.