TRACY – Lathrop came out in the third quarter and got two scores via the no-huddle offense and take a one-point lead, but an 80-yard scoring run by Kimball's Zack Johnson put the Jaguars ahead to stay in the 26-21 Valley Oak League win for Kimball at Don Nicholson Stadium.
Fourteen Sac-Joaquin Section playoff tickets have already been punched.
It's been a long time since the East Union-Manteca game, the oldest rivalry in the area, has meant something for all parties involved.
For Sierra it's for the right to continue its season.
Things were looking bleak for Ripon High's football team a month ago.
The Sierra High Timberwolves continued their winning ways Friday in a 34-7 Valley Oak League win over the Lathrop Spartans.
After just nine offensive plays Sierra had put up five touchdowns Thursday on the way to a 51-13 Valley Oak League freshman win over Lathrop at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
It was a game of inches (and pounds): Manteca High cornerback David Farrington, generously listed at 5-foot-7, 154 pounds, versus behemoth Oakdale fullback A.C. Brown - all 6-2, 215 pounds of him.
LATHROP - Trailing by two touchdowns with less than a minute remaining in the first half, Lathrop had an opportunity from the Sierra High 15-yard-line to pull within a score, but that opportunity passed by and so did the Spartans chance at victory in a 49-7 blowout.
Sonora High was coming off back-to-back Valley Oak League losses, and that was all the motivation the Wildcats would need in a 68-20 blowout of the visiting East Union Lancers Friday.
RIPON – Alex Gustin wanted to test his ailing leg.
WATERFORD – Ripon Christian had a game plan that keyed on containing Wildcat quarterback Wade Hawkins.
When was the last time all three Manteca schools were in the playoffs for football?
The future could be sooner rather than later for Kimball High.
East Union High kept hope alive on Friday.
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.