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A year ago, Manteca put an emphatic stamp on its fourth Sac-Joaquin Section championship with a runaway victory over a first-time finalist.
Ripon Christian is well aware of what it's up against tonight.
Sophomores have long been a part of Sierra's winning formula this season, but when Brandon Arreola burst around the corner and into the end zone this was something new.
Behind the goal posts, shagging footballs blasted through the uprights during warm-ups, Sierra's Marissa LaQuaglia makes no illusions about her role on Friday nights.
Ripon Christian appeared to have an Andrew Brown clone in the form of junior tail back Brian Sytsma.
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.
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LATHROP - Diego Chavez has been part of more wins in one season than his older brothers in three combined.
In a battle for the Valley Oak League championship, Dezmin Ware raced for three East Union touchdowns and the Lancers held off a late charge ...
Manteca's Matt Ender hit Ben Rea for a 76-yard completion on the third play of the game to get to the ball to the ...
It took Manteca High School less than 15 seconds to score the first touchdown of its annual rivalry game with East Union Friday night Guss ...
LATHROP - The Lathrop High Spartans are going to the playoffs.
HUGHSON – For the second week in a row the Ripon Indians played a game that came down to the wire.
Three are in, and three others are on the cusp of a Sac-Joaquin Section playoff berth.
SHARON SPRINGS, Kan. (AP) - A Kansas high school football player who collapsed on the sideline during a game died Wednesday after being taken off of ...
Eleven carries for 167 yards with two touchdowns is not a bad outing for a quarterback. But it is an even better half.
Damon Duran scored two touchdowns for Sierra in a 33-8 win over Lathrop in Valley Oak League sophomore action at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
MARIPOSA – At first it looked like it was going to be another Southern League slugfest.
East Union had the tough task at hand Friday against Central Catholic.
Lathrop High posted its biggest win ever in the short history of the program, edging out Sierra on Friday, 37-35.
It's the scenario that every high school football player dreams of.
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