SALIDA - The Ripon Christian Knights advanced in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI playoffs with a 50-20 opening win over visiting Stone Ridge Christian at Modesto Christian on Friday.
Friday night will mark the fifth time in six years that Sierra head coach Jeff Harbison and his football squad will make a Sac-Joaquin Section postseason appearance.
By JONAMAR JACINTO
Ja'Quan Gardner has had the attention of the Manteca High football team since the start of summer camp.
Three of the four Manteca Cowboys youth football teams survived the second round of the DYSA NorCal East Conference playoffs this past Saturday in Galt.
One streak ended, but the one that mattered more did not.
Sometimes you have to take a chance – and sometimes the chance pays off. Such was the case for the East Union freshman football team on Thursday.
Three Manteca-Ripon area teams are hosting first-round playoff football games next Friday, and another is heading to Placer County.
Ripon Christian kept the Le Grand sophomores off the score board for the final three quarters Friday night and rolled to a second-place finish in the Southern League on Friday with a 36-6 win at Stouffer Field.
RIPON – Two running backs chasing each other in the stat book found themselves on opposite ends of the emotional spectrum Friday evening.
It was a mismatch from the start.
Use any of the clichés you want to describe the situation that Sierra High found itself in going into Friday's regular season finale at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium, but its back was against the wall.
For the better part of the first two quarters, the Lathrop High Spartans stood toe to toe with Kimball.
Andrew Brown this. Andrew Brown that.
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.