For Sierra it's for the right to continue its season. For Weston Ranch, it's simply about respect. The two squads will meet in the Valley Oak League finale Friday at Weston Ranch and with a playoff berth in the balance, Sierra will be playing for more than just another road win. It will take a strong showing, as the Cougars, winners of two of their past three contests, will look to a resurgent rushing attack ...
Things were looking bleak for Ripon High's football team a month ago. The Indians lost their chief playmaker, Alex Gustin, to a leg injury while getting routed by Trans Valley League champion Escalon 45-13 on Oct. 8. Ripon suffered its third straight defeat, which put it at 2-4 on the season. Three victories later, including an impressive 20-0 win over 2009 champion Modesto Christian, the Indians find themselves in a do-or-die scenario with an all-important ...
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. The Ripon High senior injured it a few games ago. On Friday, he returned to the backfield, but this time he was taking the handoff from Jake McCreath, his replacement at quarterback. Against Riverbank, Gustin's leg passed the test with flying colors. He touched the ball four times, scoring each time in the 51-8 rout of the Bruins. More importantly, Ripon kept its playoff hopes ...
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? Keep those thinking caps stored, because it has never before happened. History could be in the making for in town over the final two weeks of the regular season. Manteca High (5-0, 8-0 overall) is already has its ticket punched, but the perfect record, Valley Oak League title and Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoff bracket's top seed will all be ...
The future could be sooner rather than later for Kimball High. In the sophomore game, the Jaguars came into Dino Cunial Field on Friday, registering a 39-12 Valley Oak League victory over East Union. The Lancers kept things close early on as Mark Aguilar had a kickoff return in the first quarter, tying the game at 6-6. With the varsity squad made up mostly sophomores and juniors, Kimball's lower level squad displayed plenty of promise, ...
East Union High kept hope alive on Friday. Against Kimball, the Lancers showed their fortitude at Dino Cunial Field, scoring twice in the final six minutes while rolling to a 40-26 Valley Oak League win. In the process, East Union (3-2, 6-2) inched closer toward securing its first post-season berth in 18 years. But coach Mike James said his team would rather win out in its final games. "We'll see what adjustments we have to ...
Sierra High walked into the locker room during Friday's Valley Oak League showdown with Sonora clutching a 14-7 lead, but that lead would expand behind an impressive effort from quarterback Adrian Valencia for a Timberwolves 28-7 win over the visiting Wildcats.
Manteca High has a clear understanding of what it needs to accomplish to finish the Valley Oak League season with a league title, and the Buffaloes continued along that path with a one-sided 47-19 win over the Lathrop Spartans Friday.
Isaac Norman scored four touchdowns Friday to lead Ripon Christian High past Delhi at Stouffer Field, 33-6.
HUGHSON - It has been a while since an opponent punched Ripon on the nose on its opening drive.
It was a metaphor for East Union's entire season.
Manteca High football coach Eris Reis is on the cusp win No. 100 in a decorated coaching career that has spanned 12 seasons at his alma mater.
The "any given Friday" mantra is used and abused by prep football coaches on pretty much every given Friday night.
The East Union sophomores battled back to score two late touchdowns but came up short on the go-ahead two-point conversion attempt as host Kimball held on for a 14-13 win in Valley Oak League action at Don Nicholson Stadium, the first-ever high-school win for the Jaguars sophomore class.
The Manteca Buffaloes used a methodical, punishing ground game on Thursday to roll to a 42-7 Valley Oak League freshman football win over host Lathrop at Bennie Gatto Field.
RIPON - The Ripon Indians improved to 6-0 for the season by handling Modesto Christian Friday at Stouffer Field, 35-13.
SONORA - The final horn signaled a historic moment for Sierra.
Joe Menzel's numbers weren't gaudy.
TRACY – East Union dug itself a deep hole early Friday night and couldn't climb out as host Kimball smacked the Lancers 42-21.
MODESTO – It would be understandable if one thought Ripon Christian High's football team was simply Andrew Brown and his Band of Renown, but the Knights' standout running back disagrees as he explained Friday night at Modesto Christian High.
STOCKTON – Weston Ranch High's top playmaker sat in the stands, dressed in street clothes with an undisclosed injury.