Before he ever gained a yard for the Manteca High football program, Eddie Smith knew what he wanted.
A scheduling oddity has Ripon High's football team ending its regular season a week earlier than most teams in the Sac-Joaquin Section this Friday.
SONORA - The Sierra Timberwolves freshman football team scored 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter, stunning the Sonora Wildcats with a 35-34 come-from-behind win Thursday in Sonora.
Sierra High's sophomore football team had an opportunity to seize control of the inside track to the Valley Oak League championship, but could not take advantage in a 31-21 loss to the Sonora Wildcats Friday at home.
Kimball High might be the best two-win team in the entire state.
The only thing that could slow down Anthony Cota, Sierra High's dynamic running back, in Friday's Valley Oak League contest with visiting Sonora was a momentary bout with a stomach illness.
RIPON – Everything looked to be humming along quite nicely for the Ripon Indians at the end of the first quarter.
LATHROP – After opening the contest with a 14-play, 80-yard scoring drive, the Manteca Buffaloes' defensive unit provided a stop on fourth-and-4 from midfield and the rout was on. When it was all said and done, Lathrop High was left coping with a 56-0 Valley Oak League loss Friday at Bennie Gatto Field.
It was nearly mission impossible for Weston Ranch High Friday.
Ripon Christian can reach unprecedented heights this Friday.
RIPON – The Delhi Hawks had no interest in leaving Ripon without a win.
In a game marred by penalties and mistakes, the Sierra High Timberwolves were able to hang on for a 21-6 Valley Oak League football win Friday in sophomore league action against Kimball.
TRACY – It took less than four minutes Friday night to see the game plan of both the Sierra Timberwolves and the host Kimball Jaguars unfold.
It's never an easy game at Sonora High's Dunlavy Field for opposing teams, especially when the Wildcats are celebrating homecoming.
Oakdale High got all it needed with a 28-point outburst in the opening quarter before letting the reserves take over from there in a 54-6 drubbing of East Union Friday at The Corral.
Eric Reis has been known to share stories of Manteca High's grid-iron glory of years past with his players.
Manteca High pummeled East Union 56-8 on Friday to wrap up the Valley Oak League sophomore campaign at Dino Cunial Field.
STOCKTON – The Sierra High Timberwolves wrapped up a share of the Valley Oak League championship on Friday thanks to a convincing 49-7 victory at Weston Ranch.
After sputtering midway through the season, the Green Machine has reached top speed just in time for another postseason run.
RIPON – It had all of the makings of a senior night for the ages.
MODESTO - As Ripon Christian's fullback, Seth Silveira is usually the one paving the way for others to get the glory.
OAKDALE – In a much anticipated Valley Oak League showdown between Oakdale and Central Catholic, the Mustangs galloped to a 48-28 home win and earned a split of the league championship.
Jack Weaver didn't mince his words.
Sierra and Weston Ranch are both looking to finish out the regular season strong but under entirely different circumstances.
The Manteca-East Union freshman football game has been cancelled.
By JAMES BURNS
Lathrop held Oakdale scoreless in the first half Friday night and coasted to 26-14 win over the visiting Mustangs in sophomore Valley Oak League action at Bennie Gatto Field.
A touchdown in the final minutes of the first half and three in three offensive plays to start the second half kept the freshmen Manteca Buffaloes rolling in a 60-7 win over Sierra on Thursday in Valley Oak League action at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
The rain roused a tamed beast, grounded a team reaching for history and kept the Valley Oak League title chase in flux for one more week.
Rain is supposed to help neutralize fast athletes on a slippery football field.