RIPON - Fake point-after kicks, wildcat formations, pre-snap shifts and halfback tosses.
Sierra High's sophomore football team overcame a halftime deficit to beat visiting crosstown rival Manteca 25-16 and remain undefeated in the Valley Oak League Friday.
In a battle of two high-powered offenses, it was the defenses that shined Thursday when Manteca High's freshman football team hosted intra-city foe Sierra.
RIPON – It's easy to see why Ripon would have come out bright-eyed Friday night in its home Trans Valley League matchup against defending CIF Small School State champion Escalon.
Oakdale High's football team welcomed Lathrop's varsity to The Corral for the first time Friday.
WESTON RANCH - Willie Cervantes had a homecoming he'll long remember.
The intense football rivalry between Manteca and Sierra resumes Friday at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium, but two of the area's brightest stars may not play a part in it.
Good news first: Ripon Christian standout quarterback Danny Vos suffered whiplash during the Knights' 27-7 loss at Mariposa last Friday.
Sierra High's sophomore football team held on to hand East Union its first loss 41-28 at Dino Cunial Field Friday.
STOCKTON - It had the makings of a shootout and a possible upset.
It was a tale of two halves of football on Friday night.
LATHROP - Sonora scored in spurts Friday night, and Lathrop could only answer the first Wildcat touchdown.
MARIPOSA - Ripon Christian standout quarterback Danny Vos was rushed to a nearby hospital for a possible concussion during the Knights' 27-7 loss to Mariposa.
The head coaches of East Union and Sierra's football teams aren't downplaying the significance of their Week-5 contest.
East Union's sophomore football team made it clear from the start what it was going to try and do at Lathrop High Friday.
LATHROP – It was a game of momentum. And a game of inches.
In his three years as head coach of the East Union High Lancers, Willie Herrera had yet to celebrate a homecoming victory.
OAKDALE – Weston Ranch stayed poised and battled through the night but left Oakdale on the short end of a 48-0 score.
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.