Alex Laurel followed the herd of Buffalo-sized blockers in front of him, veering outside the tackle box.
LATHROP - And that's how you start a rivalry. The inaugural Battle of I-5 was just that on Friday night, an absolute tug-of-war battle between Weston Ranch and Lathrop until its riveting conclusion. This Valley Oak League opener came down to the final seconds at Bennie Gatto Field, as Lathrop quarterback Kenny Garrett overthrew tight end Nathan Ogunbanwo, who was blanketed by double coverage, in the end zone on fourth-and-7 from the Weston Ranch 16 ...
The Sierra High Timberwolves celebrated homecoming Friday by drubbing Kimball, 44-7. Senior quarterback Jake Pruitt led the way by throwing for four touchdowns and running for another. Hunter Johnson hauled in three TD passes, finishing with nine catches for 199 yards. "It's great to come into homecoming and have every player contribute to the victory," said Sierra coach Jeff Harbison. The Timberwolves (1-0 Valley Oak League, 3-1) were coming off a bye week. "So we ...
Though his team suffered its third loss in four games, East Union coach Willie Herrera celebrated the positives following Friday's 28-8 loss to the always-tough Oakdale Mustangs.
MARIPOSA – An onside kick had given the Mariposa High Grizzlies hope. But just as he had done throughout the game, Will Kamps proved to be a drive-killer. The sophomore lineman's final sack came at an opportune time for Ripon Christian in their Southern League opener. The Grizzlies had pulled within 27-21 with less than 3 minutes left and recovered the onside kick. On fourth-and-10, Mariposa quarterback Aaron Lerma was dropped by Kamps and teammate ...
There will be a hint of sadness and nostalgia amid all the excitement of Manteca and Sonora's Valley Oak League opener tonight.
The road to the Valley Oak League championship still goes through The Corral. Literally. According a media poll conducted by The Bulletin, Oakdale High is favored to garner a seventh straight title despite losing 10 starters on both sides of scrimmage. So why the vote of confidence? Answer: The Corral, where the Mustangs have lost just twice to league opponents in 14th-year head coach Trent Merzon's tenure. This year they will have visits from their ...
If defense wins championships, don't tell that to Sierra head coach Jeff Harbison. The T'Wolves (2-1) are giving up 34.6 points a game this year including 58 during a three-point win over Chavez of Stockton Sept. 13. After a week off last Friday, Sierra along with East Union will open up Valley Oak League play Friday night at home. Sierra (2-1) will bump heads with Kimball Tracy at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium at 7 p.m., ...
LATHROP - A win tonight would mark several milestones for Lathrop High, which hosts Weston Ranch for homecoming and their Valley Oak League opener tonight.
Ripon didn't face the stiffest of competition this preseason. That doesn't seem to matter much to head coach Chris Johnson, whose Indians (4-0) will be looking to knock off traditional Trans-Valley League powerhouse Escalon for a second straight season Friday at Stouffer Field in the league opener. Ripon Christian (2-1), meanwhile, makes its longest trip of the regular season as Mariposa awaits for a battle of Southern League contenders. Last year was the first time ...
LATHROP - The "Battle of I-5" actually began in a small town off of Highway 99 in the late 80s.
Led by Michael Frisby's 100-yard rushing effort and a suffocating defense, the Manteca Jr. Buffaloes rolled to a 28-0 win over the Ceres Seahawks and are still perfect in the Central California Junior Football League.
The Manteca Jaguars and Los Banos Wildcats put on a defensive display at every level Saturday at Sierra High.
The Sierra and Weston Ranch girls golf teams capped the first half of the Valley Oak League season playing against each other last Thursday and teed off the second half on Monday.
The Lathrop sophomore football hung with the Indians on Ripon High's homecoming night but couldn't keep up with their balanced rushing attack in a 28-7 loss last Friday.
Ripon Christian has reached the pinnacle of success for its 10th-year varsity football program under first-year head coach Randy Fasani.
Alex Laurel jumped over the goal line, splitting two defenders on the way to his fourth touchdown of the evening.
RIPON – Michael Ysit sat on the bench on Ripon's sideline and caught his breath.
WOODLAND – Andrew Brown only needed 117 yards to capture this year's Sac-Joaquin Section rushing title during Friday night's semifinal matchup against Woodland Christian.
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.