Manteca High took Los Banos' best punch early, wobbled to its feet and for a short time turned the tide in this battle of tradition-rich heavyweights Friday at Guss Schmiedt Field.
At one point Ripon Christian had landed its second punch, trailed by a point and seemed to be in for a fight for the Ripon Rivalry Bowl Trophy. By the end of the night, Ripon High asserted itself in a big way, extending its Ripon Bowl victory streak to seven games with a 62-13 win Friday.
LATHROP – The Spartans had finally got their groove back.
The Sierra Timberwolves came out firing on all cylinders Friday against Laguna Creek of Elk Grove.
WESTON RANCH – It took Gary Norwood 18 seconds to erase a perfect Weston Ranch defensive first half. Returning the second half kickoff 91 yards and erasing a 6-0 Tokay deficit and erasing the Tigers' deficit for good.
Manteca's regular-season record of 25-5 over the past three years is matched or bettered by few in the Sac-Joaquin Section.
Manteca High's freshman football team overcame a sloppy start with a dominating second-half effort that culminated into a 35-14 win over visiting Capital Christian's sophomore squad last Thursday.
The Manteca Buffaloes sophomore team was able to open the 2012 season in grand fashion, jumping to an early lead and cruising to a 41-8 blowout of Edison High in both teams' season opener in Stockton.
RIPON – In a game desecrated with stoppage, after stoppage, after stoppage Ripon Christian exercised the same strengths that allowed them to dictate the first half, in closing out Elliot Christian's last-ditch effort namely a Brandon Dotinga interception.
RIPON - Before Ripon High kicked off its home opener against Linden Friday night, a ceremony was staged to recognize the efforts of the Ripon Community Athletic Foundation and many others who helped get most of Phase 1 of the Stouffer Field Revitalization Project finished in time for kickoff.
STOCKTON – An intense dose of Eddie Smith, superior secondary play from Manteca combined with an overmatched Edison Vikings squad and the Buffaloes cruised to a 34-6 season-opening win Friday.
After matching intensity through the first quarter, East Union simply could not keep pace with host Orestimba High, falling to the Warriors 31-13 Friday in Newman.
The Weston Ranch Cougars were able to do something the squad hasn't done since 2005, edging out Franklin in double-overtime for a 28- 26 win.
The first time that Anthony Cota found the end zone Friday night, he made it look easy.
Ripon High's football team finally stepped foot on Stouffer Field's new Bermuda Grass last Thursday, Aug. 16.
The compliments have come rushing in for the Sierra High football team and its defensive leader, Trevon McCray. He's been called "the best player on the field" by Ripon coach Chris Johnson following the Timberwolves' season-opening 54-7 victory. Teammates often refer to the middle linebacker as an "animal" for his tenacious play on Friday evenings.
Jeff Harbison's well-intentioned pre-league schedule produced favorable results, but not the type of games he had hoped for his Sierra football team.
R.J. Tisdell racked up nearly 150 all-purpose yards to lead the Lathrop sophomores to a 36-0 win over host Weston Ranch to open the Valley Oak League campaign on Friday.
The Manteca freshmen embarked on a 16-play, six-minute drive late in the fourth quarter Thursday capped by a 1-yard scoring plunge by Michael Frisby to defeat Central Catholic 14-13 in the Valley Oak League opener at Guss Schmiedt Field.
MODESTO - No Montell Bland?
MODESTO – Dakarai Charles stood near the 40-yard line, watching Central Catholic chew up the fourth quarter clock.
TRACY – Sierra remained undefeated Friday and opened the Valley Oak League campaign with a 55-20 shellacking of host Kimball at Don Nicholson Stadium.
For the first time ever, the Lathrop High Spartans took home the prize.
OAKDALE – The East Union football team had a tough opening assignment on Friday evening.
Eric Reis believes his Manteca football team to be the underdog for Friday's Valley Oak League opener at Central Catholic - just the way he likes it.
Ask Manteca coach Eric Reis what impresses him most about Central Catholic and the answer stretches on and on.