Weston Ranch slipped to a 42-0 first half deficit amidst heavy rains at The Corral at Oakdale High on Friday. When the downpour subsided, the Cougars regained their footing with a pair of exciting touchdowns before falling in a 42-14 defeat.
As a guy who feels it's more important to finish a season with a 3.0 GPA than it is to finish a season 13-0, it's hard to imagine a high school football game being a must-win contest, but that is exactly what the Sierra Timberwolves have waiting on them Friday night when Sonora High comes to town.
The Weston Ranch football program was the toast of the Valley Oak League just five years ago, and now the program is trying to reestablish its identity and the sophomore program is continuing to do its part with a 26-6 win over Lathrop High Friday.
LATHROP – It took just one play for Lathrop to get on the board Thursday and the Spartans never trailed in a 21-6 Valley Oak League freshman win over visiting Weston Ranch.
The Valley Oak League season is no longer in its beginning stages and the Manteca Buffaloes took a step towards distancing themselves from the rest of the league, pouncing on the host Sonora Wildcats 42-13 Friday for a VOL statement.
WESTON RANCH – It was a contest both programs had circled on their calendars, but Weston Ranch was the program with something to celebrate after its 15-3 Valley Oak League win over the Lathrop Spartans Friday during the Cougars' homecoming week.
East Union High football coach, Mike James, didn't need to comb The Corral with a metal detector and headphones to find the reason for his teams' 63-21 defeat at the hands of the reigning co-Valley Oak League champions.
Anthony Cota got the Sierra offense clicking in the first quarter and the Timberwolves never slowed down, blasting the Kimball Jaguars 58-20 in Valley Oak League action Friday in Tracy.
RIPON – The Indians made changes Friday out of necessity.
DELHI – Ripon Christian registered its first victory of the season on Friday.
Don't expect much traffic within city limits Friday night.
The season didn't open as smoothly as the Sierra Timberwolves sophomore football team would have liked, but the squad surely is getting hot at the right time, blowing out the Manteca Buffaloes 34-6 Friday at Manteca High.
MANTECA – Matt Wilkerson and Michael Gonzales combined to rack up over 300 rushing yards Thursday to score the three Manteca touchdowns in a 22-12 come-from-behind win for the Buffaloes over Sierra in Valley Oak League freshman football action at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
Manteca High has been at its best in the second half of its big games this season, while Sierra tends to struggle over the final 24 minutes.
ESCALON - Early in the first quarter, Ripon High met the challenge of stopping Escalon's potent offense on first and second down, but its excellence shined through when the Cougars needed it most during their 45-13 blowout over Ripon Friday at Engle Field.
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.
By JAMES BURNS
Lathrop held Oakdale scoreless in the first half Friday night and coasted to 26-14 win over the visiting Mustangs in sophomore Valley Oak League action at Bennie Gatto Field.
A touchdown in the final minutes of the first half and three in three offensive plays to start the second half kept the freshmen Manteca Buffaloes rolling in a 60-7 win over Sierra on Thursday in Valley Oak League action at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
The rain roused a tamed beast, grounded a team reaching for history and kept the Valley Oak League title chase in flux for one more week.
Rain is supposed to help neutralize fast athletes on a slippery football field.