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.
Weston Ranch slipped to a 42-0 first half deficit amidst heavy rains at The Corral at Oakdale High on Friday. When the downpour subsided, the Cougars regained their footing with a pair of exciting touchdowns before falling in a 42-14 defeat.
As a guy who feels it's more important to finish a season with a 3.0 GPA than it is to finish a season 13-0, it's hard to imagine a high school football game being a must-win contest, but that is exactly what the Sierra Timberwolves have waiting on them Friday night when Sonora High comes to town.
The Weston Ranch football program was the toast of the Valley Oak League just five years ago, and now the program is trying to reestablish its identity and the sophomore program is continuing to do its part with a 26-6 win over Lathrop High Friday.
LATHROP – It took just one play for Lathrop to get on the board Thursday and the Spartans never trailed in a 21-6 Valley Oak League freshman win over visiting Weston Ranch.
The Valley Oak League season is no longer in its beginning stages and the Manteca Buffaloes took a step towards distancing themselves from the rest of the league, pouncing on the host Sonora Wildcats 42-13 Friday for a VOL statement.
Lathrop has certainly earned the respect of its opponents this year, but that hasn't translated into any wins so far.
The epic Week-1 clash between inter-section opponents Manteca and Wilcox of Santa Clara could be revisited in December, though much would have to happen between now and then for them to meet in a CIF NorCal Regional Bowl Game.
The success of Hilmar High's spread offense has been tied to two of the Valley's top quarterbacks.
Manteca gets a bump up to No. 8 in the Cal-Hi Sports Division II NorCal Bowl rankings after beating previous No. 7 Oakdale, 35-20. Ripon remains at No. 6 in Division III, while Ripon Christian moves up a spot to No. 9 in Division IV/Small Schools. See Thursday's edition of the Bulletin for additional information.
Manteca put up 13 second-half points to offset two first-quarter scores for host Oakdale on the way to a 20-12 come-from-behind Valley Oak League sophomore football win at The Corral.
Sierra needed just 22 offensive plays Thursday to defeat host Lathrop 58-0 in Valley Oak League freshman action at Bennie Gatto Field.
OAKDALE – Eric Reis closed his postgame speech on Friday evening with three very apt words for his program:
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.