Scenes from Saturday's homecoming game against Ripon and Ripon Christian.
The Manteca freshman football team found out no lead is safe Thursday in a 30-21 loss to Tracy in non-league action at Guss Schmiedt Field.
RIPON – Ripon Christian realized that they were in for a huge challenge, but that did not detour the Knights from holding the Ripon Indians at bay over the first 20 minutes of the 5th Annual Ripon Bowl. Its ability to hold Ripon wouldn't last, as the Indians' defensive unit sparked the squad, led by a pair of interception returns for touchdowns by Cole Herrin in a 44-0 blowout home win for the Indians Saturday.
It seemed like it would take forever for Lathrop High to record the first football victory, but it surely didn't take long this season, as the Spartans rolled up to Sacramento and came home with a 28-21 victory over McClatchy High Saturday for the first win in Lathrop history.
Tracy High was on its way to beating traditional rival Manteca Friday at Guss Schmiedt Field for the second straight year, and this one was going to be a shocker.
STOCKTON - East Union did just enough Friday to escape Podesto Field with a 16-13 non-league victory over Bear Creek.
Things were looking mighty bleak for Sierra High when the visiting Granada Matadors of Livermore jumped out to an early two-touchdown lead.
WESTON RANCH – With four minutes remaining in the third quarter Weston Ranch flexed its muscle, cutting Tokay High's lead to 21-14, but the Tigers responded instantly with quarterback Zac McCurdy racing 80-yards on the ensuing snap, distancing Tokay for good in a 42-21 win Friday at Weston Ranch.
Never mind the final score.
There are three regular-season games that Manteca High's senior class has mentally earmarked, and the first one is this Friday.
As the Weston Ranch Cougars march into their second contest of the 2010 season, garnering the squad's first win over the past six games will not come easy with the San Joaquin Athletic Association's Tokay Tigers coming to battle the Cougars.
The Manteca High sophomore football team could not have opened its 2010 football season any better, blasting the visiting Galt Warriors 55-0 in non-league action Friday at Manteca High.
Anyone anticipating the unveiling of what could be an explosive passing attack for Manteca High, known over the years more for its punishing ground-and-pound running game, might have been disappointed Friday at Guss Schmiedt Field.
MODESTO – East Union and Beyer exchanged punches for the better part of 44 minutes, but when it was time to win a football game the visiting Lancers' defensive unit landed the deciding blow.
RIPON - Ripon High coach Chris Johnson may have a potentially good team.
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.
MODESTO – East Union, meet Justin Rice.
STOCKTON – A time-consuming drive late in the game Friday helped the Weston Ranch High Cougars slip past visiting Kimball, 18-14.
RIPON – Billy Marr engineered two scoring drives in the final three minutes as Ripon Christian completed a come-from-behind victory on Friday evening.
For three years, Billy Sharmoug and Isaac McClain were the big men on the Manteca High campus.
It looks like the Manteca High football team will have its big stars for the big game.
A suffocating defense and high-octane offense led the Manteca offense to a 34-0 drubbing of visiting Lathrop on Thursday in Valley Oak League freshmen action at Guss Schmiedt Field.
L.J. Alofaituli grimaced as he struggled to catch his breath.
Jeff Harbison pointed to the scoreboard hanging over the crowd at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium, inviting everyone to take one last look.