The Oakdale High football team reaped the rewards of a dominant run through the Valley Oak League this past fall.
SACRAMENTO - The loss wasn't what hurt. The taxing physical struggle with the stout Pride of Bradshaw Christian wasn't the cause of the pain.
RIPON – There was little doubt as to who was the superior team after Ripon Christian's crushing 60-26 victory over Sierra Ridge Saturday in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V playoff opener. Just as there was little doubt as to who was the game's most dominant player.
Manteca High's Guss Schmiedt Field was a sloppy, slippery mess Friday, and the cold wind made for even harsher conditions.
RIPON – It all came down to a single drive.
Home-field advantage hasn't been advantageous for Manteca High's football team the last two years.
Manteca High's committee approach has worked wonders.
The junior varsity squad of the Ripon Chiefs was crowned Super Bowl champions last Sunday.
Eleven 5-5 teams qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs in the Division I-IV brackets.
The Manteca Buffaloes sophomore football team had one objective when they came into their season-ending contest with the East Union Lancers. Handling the Lancers 30-19 completed the objective and earned Manteca a piece of the Valley Oak League title.
Closing out a season with a Valley Oak League championship is difficult enough, but doing so and remaining perfect along the way is even more so. The Manteca Buffaloes freshman football team was able to do just that after closing the season with a 47-6 win over host East Union High.
Scoring 14 unanswered points to begin the second half not only lifted the East Union Lancers into a 14-14 tie with host Manteca, it raised some similar feelings Buffalo faithful experienced a season ago.
Just two days before Sierra's Valley Oak League finale against visiting Weston Ranch Friday, star running back Anthony Cota was in street clothes at practice with a cast protecting his left forearm.
LATHROP – Andrew Aquino wasn't about to mail it in and take the last game of his high school football career off.
Andrew Brown left nothing to chance Friday night.
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.