The Sierra High sophomore football team provided its varsity teammates with a perfect intro to set up their thrilling victory over East Union, posting a dominating 55-6 thrashing of the Lancers sophomore team Friday at Sierra.
Garrett DeVillianueva set up a touchdown with a long punt return and scored on another to lead Sierra High to a 21-6 Valley Oak League freshman football victory over host East Union High on Thursday at Dino Cunial Field.
The big-time players made some big-time plays, but an unlikely hero emerged in Sierra High's 30-28 heart-pumping and much-needed win over persistent East Union Friday at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
When the preseason schedules ended and the East Union Lancers were toting around a perfect 3-0 record, some people felt that being 3-0 is only a big deal to the teams that aren't expected to be 3-0.
The game plan went accordingly for Manteca High on Friday. The Buffaloes entertained the homecoming crowd at Guss Schmiedt Field by displaying a balanced attack against Weston Ranch. More importantly, Manteca's impressive 36-0 victory maintained its share of the top spot in the Valley Oak League with crosstown rival Sierra up next back at Guss Schmiedt Field. "We played consistent football from the opening kickoff," Buffalo coach Eric Reis said. "We were able to keep ...
Dunleavy Field is one of the more special venues in the Valley Oak League, but the Sonora Wildcats are never gracious hosts.
Things got off to a favorable start for Ripon Christian, but its good luck would not hold. The Knights could only watch as Mariposa High reeled off 51 unanswered points in a 51-8 Southern League defeat Friday at Ripon High. The Knights (0-2 SL, 0-5 overall) got on the board early in the first quarter when Isaac Norman scored from 7 yards out. The Knights' defensive unit was up for the challenge early, holding Mariposa ...
East Union thought it could win its season opener against Beyer at Modesto Junior College Sept. 3.
Mike James isn't buying the hype. Jeff Harbison is. James and his 4-0 East Union High Lancers will travel across town to face rival Sierra this Friday for a meaningful Valley Oak League contest. To James, the 2009 VOL co-champion Timberwolves, who are fighting to keep their playoff hopes alive, are not as bad as their 1-3 record indicates. All of Sierra's losses have come against quality teams - Enochs of Modesto, Granada of Livermore ...
After putting together a weak performance over the first two quarters of their Valley Oak League football opener, the Sierra Timberwolves sophomores fought back, only to make it interesting in a 40-22 loss to Oakdale High Friday at Sierra High.
MANTECA – Late in the second quarter Thursday Matt Wilkerson got a bit more than the 8 yards he needed for a first down when he lumbered 36 yards for a touchdown to give the Manteca freshmen the lead for good in a 22-8 Valley Oak League football victory over Kimball at Guss Schmiedt Field.
The beginning of the end started when the Oakdale Mustangs opened the second half at their own 10-yard line and methodically chewed up nearly the entire third quarter, marching 90 yards for an eventual A.C. Brown touchdown that stripped Sierra High of a chance at victory in a 33-15 defeat Friday at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
Homecoming is often a time for celebration. East Union was certainly enjoying the good times following Friday's 31-0 Valley Oak League victory over Lathrop High. "Just to see the smiles on the faces of all 45 players is priceless," Lancer coach Mike James said as his team improved its mark to 4-0. East Union (1-0) had trouble getting started against the upstart Spartans (0-1, 2-2). "Lathrop did an outstanding job against us," James said. "You ...
The Manteca Buffaloes could not have drawn up a more perfect opening to the Valley Oak League season, blasting the Kimball Jaguars 62-0 in their first-ever VOL contest Friday at Kimball High.
RIPON - Hilmar High's grand return to the Trans Valley League wasn't so grand.
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.