For Sierra it's for the right to continue its season. For Weston Ranch, it's simply about respect. The two squads will meet in the Valley Oak League finale Friday at Weston Ranch and with a playoff berth in the balance, Sierra will be playing for more than just another road win. It will take a strong showing, as the Cougars, winners of two of their past three contests, will look to a resurgent rushing attack ...
Things were looking bleak for Ripon High's football team a month ago. The Indians lost their chief playmaker, Alex Gustin, to a leg injury while getting routed by Trans Valley League champion Escalon 45-13 on Oct. 8. Ripon suffered its third straight defeat, which put it at 2-4 on the season. Three victories later, including an impressive 20-0 win over 2009 champion Modesto Christian, the Indians find themselves in a do-or-die scenario with an all-important ...
The Sierra High Timberwolves continued their winning ways Friday in a 34-7 Valley Oak League win over the Lathrop Spartans.
After just nine offensive plays Sierra had put up five touchdowns Thursday on the way to a 51-13 Valley Oak League freshman win over Lathrop at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
It was a game of inches (and pounds): Manteca High cornerback David Farrington, generously listed at 5-foot-7, 154 pounds, versus behemoth Oakdale fullback A.C. Brown - all 6-2, 215 pounds of him.
LATHROP - Trailing by two touchdowns with less than a minute remaining in the first half, Lathrop had an opportunity from the Sierra High 15-yard-line to pull within a score, but that opportunity passed by and so did the Spartans chance at victory in a 49-7 blowout.
Sonora High was coming off back-to-back Valley Oak League losses, and that was all the motivation the Wildcats would need in a 68-20 blowout of the visiting East Union Lancers Friday.
RIPON – Alex Gustin wanted to test his ailing leg. The Ripon High senior injured it a few games ago. On Friday, he returned to the backfield, but this time he was taking the handoff from Jake McCreath, his replacement at quarterback. Against Riverbank, Gustin's leg passed the test with flying colors. He touched the ball four times, scoring each time in the 51-8 rout of the Bruins. More importantly, Ripon kept its playoff hopes ...
WATERFORD – Ripon Christian had a game plan that keyed on containing Wildcat quarterback Wade Hawkins.
When was the last time all three Manteca schools were in the playoffs for football? Keep those thinking caps stored, because it has never before happened. History could be in the making for in town over the final two weeks of the regular season. Manteca High (5-0, 8-0 overall) is already has its ticket punched, but the perfect record, Valley Oak League title and Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoff bracket's top seed will all be ...
The future could be sooner rather than later for Kimball High. In the sophomore game, the Jaguars came into Dino Cunial Field on Friday, registering a 39-12 Valley Oak League victory over East Union. The Lancers kept things close early on as Mark Aguilar had a kickoff return in the first quarter, tying the game at 6-6. With the varsity squad made up mostly sophomores and juniors, Kimball's lower level squad displayed plenty of promise, ...
East Union High kept hope alive on Friday. Against Kimball, the Lancers showed their fortitude at Dino Cunial Field, scoring twice in the final six minutes while rolling to a 40-26 Valley Oak League win. In the process, East Union (3-2, 6-2) inched closer toward securing its first post-season berth in 18 years. But coach Mike James said his team would rather win out in its final games. "We'll see what adjustments we have to ...
Sierra High walked into the locker room during Friday's Valley Oak League showdown with Sonora clutching a 14-7 lead, but that lead would expand behind an impressive effort from quarterback Adrian Valencia for a Timberwolves 28-7 win over the visiting Wildcats.
Manteca High has a clear understanding of what it needs to accomplish to finish the Valley Oak League season with a league title, and the Buffaloes continued along that path with a one-sided 47-19 win over the Lathrop Spartans Friday.
Isaac Norman scored four touchdowns Friday to lead Ripon Christian High past Delhi at Stouffer Field, 33-6.
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.
RIPON – Two running backs chasing each other in the stat book found themselves on opposite ends of the emotional spectrum Friday evening.
It was a mismatch from the start.
Use any of the clichés you want to describe the situation that Sierra High found itself in going into Friday's regular season finale at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium, but its back was against the wall.