What was arguably the most exciting high school football season in Manteca was officially put to rest during the year-end coaches meeting at Chez Shari Monday.
The Lancers' magical season came to abrupt halt. During the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs, No. 6 seed East Union was trounced Friday by visiting Del Oro, 58-7. "My hat goes off to Del Oro," Lancers coach Mike James said. "They're a well-coached team, a well-oiled machine." The Golden Eagles have been in playoff mode for several weeks. "We had to win four straight (Sierra Foothill League) games just to get ...
Manteca High head coach Eric Reis said he knew that Vanden was better than its playoff seeding indicated.
PATTERSON - Lady Luck sided with Patterson High when the Tigers needed her most in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-III postseason opener Friday at Patterson Community Stadium.
A quick peek at the statistical accomplishments of these three playoff quarterbacks and it's easy to see how their respective squads found their way into the second season.
Eric Reis knows that football games aren't played on paper. The 6-4 Vanden squad that his Manteca team will face on Friday in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs would appear to be a matchup that the 9-1 Buffaloes would have no problem handling - especially with the Vikings bringing up the rear in the D-III bracket as the 16th seed. But Reis lost to Vanden in his first year at ...
If you're going to play with a chip on your shoulder, it might as well be boulder. So says East Union High varsity football coach Mike James as his team gears up for its first Sac-Joaquin Section playoff game since 1992. The No. 6 seeded Lancers (7-4) will face Del Oro (6-4) in the Division III opening round contest at Dino Cunial Field. Kickoff is 7 p.m. It was nearly 18 years ago when East ...
The 2009 season marked the end of Sierra and Patterson's annual non-league meeting. Sierra won 17-6 last year after Patterson had claimed three in a row against the Timberwolves. This Friday, they will reunite at Patterson Community Stadium for an interesting first-round showdown in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs. It's unlikely an opening matchup that either team was hoping for, partially because of their familiarity with each other, and partially because both teams are ...
RIPON – It was the first Sac-Joaquin Section appearance in school history for Venture Academy. Unfortunately Ripon High is on a quest to reach the Division-IV final for the fifth consecutive season, and the difference was obvious in a 25-5, 25-5, 25-10 first-round Indians win Tuesday.
The close to the Valley Oak League season played a major role in the formation of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-III Football Championships bracket, but nothing could alter the extended seasons for Manteca, East Union and Sierra high's football programs once the brackets were revealed Saturday evening.
Manteca High had little trouble coming back from a close loss to the Oakdale Mustangs, taking care of business in the Valley Oak League finale with a convincing win over the East Union Lancers Friday.
MANTECA – Although Manteca freshman football coach Jon Shaefer was concentrating on his team's 40-8 win over visiting East Union on Thursday in the Valley Oak League finale, he couldn't help but look over the Lancers' bleachers to the east at Guss Schmiedt Field and wonder what was happening up the hill at Dunlavy Field where Oakdale was visiting Sonora.
Manteca High and East Union were locked in a classic battle Friday at Dino Cunial Field. In recent years, this longstanding Valley Oak League rivalry belonged to the Buffaloes. But this night was different. From the opening kickoff, the Lancers rode a wave of emotions that eventually led to a 10-7 upset win over previously unbeaten Manteca (5-1, 9-1). In the process, the Buffaloes went from sole possession of first place in the VOL to ...
NEWMAN - Almost everything went right for Ripon High in the first half Friday against Orestimba in a game that both teams needed for a Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoff berth.
WESTON RANCH - The Sierra Timberwolves had one opportunity to close out their season with a win and continue into the Sac-Joaquin Section postseason, and they didn't forfeit the chance, jumping out to a seven-touchdown first half lead on their way to a 53-6 win Friday over Weston Ranch.
OAKDALE - Trent Merzon saw something that wasn't quite right.
Manteca High coach Eric Reis warned his team about a possible letdown Friday against Kimball.
LATHROP – Kenny Garrett not only led Lathrop High to its first victory of the season, but he also helped the Spartans record their first-ever win over a Manteca Unified rival, snapping an 18-game intra-district losing streak.
DELHI – Due to a fire alongside Highway 99 that slowed traffic to a crawl, it took Ripon Christian High's football team and its large contingent of fans an unusually long time to make the trek to Delhi High School Friday night.
Early turnovers and Sonora's physical triple-option offense were too much for Weston Ranch to overcome in a 55-16 loss Friday.
To narrow a team's game plan down to a single player would be unfair.
Chris Johnson and Frank Marques' relationship extends beyond the painted sidelines and stands of the football field.