Manteca faces a must-win situation in Sonora on Friday, when the Buffaloes tangle with a squad just as desperate for a victory.
The Manteca and Sierra freshman football teams traded three-touchdown scoring runs, but it was the former that came out on top of a resounding 32-20 victory at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium last Thursday.
For four quarters on Friday both Manteca and Sierra high school sophomore teams battled in Valley Oak League action, but when time was complete the two clubs were tied 13-13.
Anthony Cota laughs last.
LATHROP – In what would have been a Lathrop High School Homecoming miracle, the Spartans did their best to pull off the unthinkable but couldn't come close in a 42-0 Valley Oak League loss Friday to the Oakdale Mustangs.
RIPON – The Indians were locked in a dog-fight of a homecoming game battle against Hughson.
Sierra's freshman football team fired on all cylinders in its crosstown confrontation at East Union last Thursday.
There was no mistaking the more dominant team Friday as the Sierra Timberwolves followed an impressive win over the Oakdale Mustangs with a one-sided blowout of the visiting East Union Lancers.
For the better part of the Manteca-Weston Ranch freshman football game the squads played close in an intense Valley Oak League match up. The Buffaloes held an ever so slim12-8 at the intermission.
It only took Manteca 3 minutes and 40 seconds to start celebrating its first touchdown, but Weston Ranch had no desire to be a Homecoming blowout. The Cougars showed a bit of resiliency yet still fell to Manteca High 34-6 Friday.
The Sierra High Timberwolves made plenty of the right reads at Friday's homecoming game against East Union.
SALIDA - Modesto Christian capped the school's 50-year anniversary celebration and Homecoming festivities with a fireworks show immediately after Friday's Trans-Valley League showdown with Ripon.
Andrew Brown has had his fair share of success throughout his brief varsity career, but his performance Friday in a 50-14 win over Denair is not something even Ripon Christian fans have grown accustomed to.
The Valley Oak League schedule is in full-stride and the Weston Ranch Cougars put themselves in a slightly better position Friday with a 3-1 victory over host Kimball High in Tracy.
Sierra High's sophomore football team definitely earned its first Valley Oak League victory of the season, holding off a determined Oakdale squad in a 21-20 victory Friday at Sierra High.
The third time was the charm for Eric Reis and his Manteca High football team.
Confetti wafted in the air above the home bleachers and players were met with hugs and high-fives at every turn.
GARDEN VALLEY – The Ripon Christian Knights relied on a strong second-half surge to roll past Golden Sierra in Friday's Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI playoff opener.
It was the kind of moment that can take the air out of a stadium.
By now, the Sac-Joaquin Section football playoff brackets have been dissected and analyzed by anyone with a rooting interest or a job to do.
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.