Good news first: Ripon Christian standout quarterback Danny Vos suffered whiplash during the Knights' 27-7 loss at Mariposa last Friday.
Sierra High's sophomore football team held on to hand East Union its first loss 41-28 at Dino Cunial Field Friday.
STOCKTON - It had the makings of a shootout and a possible upset.
It was a tale of two halves of football on Friday night.
LATHROP - Sonora scored in spurts Friday night, and Lathrop could only answer the first Wildcat touchdown.
MARIPOSA - Ripon Christian standout quarterback Danny Vos was rushed to a nearby hospital for a possible concussion during the Knights' 27-7 loss to Mariposa.
The head coaches of East Union and Sierra's football teams aren't downplaying the significance of their Week-5 contest.
East Union's sophomore football team made it clear from the start what it was going to try and do at Lathrop High Friday.
It all happened so quickly for Manteca High captain Joe Trout Friday night.
LATHROP -East Union head coach Willie Herrera was in search of some leaders on the team at the start of the season.
OAKDALE - Oakdale scored the game's last 35 points Friday night to come from behind and defeat visiting Sierra 45-14 at The Corral to open the Valley Oak League campaign.
Ripon High's fantastic start to the season was derailed by a 49-13 loss to host Hilmar Friday in a battle between two Trans-Valley League contenders.
RIPON – The Knights had enough of an offensive arsenal to put a scare in Southern League favorite Le Grand on Friday.
Lathrop High will try and notch its first Valley Oak League win in varsity play Friday when it hosts East Union on homecoming night.
No real scoop here: Oakdale High is the favorite to win the Valley Oak League, and with good reason.
Jeff Harbison put his full trust in his players.
Let's play a word association game, shall we? When I say "Sierra High football," what adjectives and superlatives spring to mind?
It doesn't work just to pressure Jack Weaver.
Since the start of Trans Valley League play, the Ripon High Indians have elevated their play.
Manteca showed no ill effects from a short week and its second loss of the season in Friday's 55-7 clobbering of Kimball at Don Nicholson Stadium in Tracy.
In nearly a decade at his post, Sierra head coach Jeff Harbison has rarely dipped into his lower-levels for talent.
Sierra hasn't had a losing record since 2005, Jeff Harbison's first year as the school's head football coach, and advanced to the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs in five of the last six years.
It might be the best matchup no one's talking about, and that's OK with East Union coach Willie Herrera.
LATHROP – On Friday, there wasn't much that went right for the Lathrop football team and its daring quarterback, Diego Chavez
Ripon Christian was shut out in the second halves of its first two Southern League games - a closer-than-it-needed-to-be 21-20 win over Orestimba followed by a 15-14 heartbreaker at Le Grand.
SANTA CLARA – Luis Reyes saw a loose ball bouncing around and knew that he had to make a play.
Jacob Peterson scored two touchdowns for the Sierra freshmen in a 20-6 win over visiting Lathrop on Thursday in Valley Oak League action at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
Lathrop held Sierra scoreless until the fourth quarter Friday in a 32-7 win over the Timberwolves in Valley Oak League sophomore action at Bennie Gatto Field.
RIPON - To Ripon, the 2014 season started for real on Friday night.
LATHROP – Statistically, it might have been Devin Nunez's worst performance under center for Sierra.