East Union's sophomore football team made it clear from the start what it was going to try and do at Lathrop High Friday.
It all happened so quickly for Manteca High captain Joe Trout Friday night. First it was plowing his way into the end zone for the Buffaloes' first score of the Valley Oak League season in their contest against the visiting Kimball Jaguars. Then it was simply outrunning the Kimball defense from 23 yards away to make the night his first with more than one touchdown. But when he intercepted a pass and returned it 66 ...
LATHROP -East Union head coach Willie Herrera was in search of some leaders on the team at the start of the season.
OAKDALE - Oakdale scored the game's last 35 points Friday night to come from behind and defeat visiting Sierra 45-14 at The Corral to open the Valley Oak League campaign.
Ripon High's fantastic start to the season was derailed by a 49-13 loss to host Hilmar Friday in a battle between two Trans-Valley League contenders.
RIPON – The Knights had enough of an offensive arsenal to put a scare in Southern League favorite Le Grand on Friday.
Lathrop High will try and notch its first Valley Oak League win in varsity play Friday when it hosts East Union on homecoming night.
No real scoop here: Oakdale High is the favorite to win the Valley Oak League, and with good reason.
The Trans-Valley League has long been considered one of the toughest, if not the toughest, small-school football conferences in the state.
The path to the California Interscholastic Federation State Championship Bowl Games is set for Le Grand, the runaway favorite in the Southern League.
Four different Buffaloes reached the end zone in a complete team effort on Thursday by defeating Stagg 42-0 as Manteca High's freshmen moved its nonleague record to 3-0 and begins the Valley Oak League season next week.
RIPON - The Ripon High sophomore football team's comeback bid was thwarted near midfield, where quarterback Riley Clark was sacked on fourth-and-5 with 56 seconds left.
East Union visited Ceres Friday with hopes of leaving with a little momentum going into the Valley Oak League season.
RIPON - Jordan Sullivan is one of Ripon High's bigger linemen, checking in at 6 feet, 2 inches and 225 pounds.
STOCKTON - The Manteca High varsity football squad closed out the preseason Friday with a rather impressive 32-12 win at Stagg.
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.