For three years, Billy Sharmoug and Isaac McClain were the big men on the Manteca High campus.
It looks like the Manteca High football team will have its big stars for the big game.
A suffocating defense and high-octane offense led the Manteca offense to a 34-0 drubbing of visiting Lathrop on Thursday in Valley Oak League freshmen action at Guss Schmiedt Field.
L.J. Alofaituli grimaced as he struggled to catch his breath.
Jeff Harbison pointed to the scoreboard hanging over the crowd at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium, inviting everyone to take one last look.
LE GRAND – Billy Marr never saw the rush.
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.
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.
By JAMES BURNS
Lathrop held Oakdale scoreless in the first half Friday night and coasted to 26-14 win over the visiting Mustangs in sophomore Valley Oak League action at Bennie Gatto Field.
A touchdown in the final minutes of the first half and three in three offensive plays to start the second half kept the freshmen Manteca Buffaloes rolling in a 60-7 win over Sierra on Thursday in Valley Oak League action at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
The rain roused a tamed beast, grounded a team reaching for history and kept the Valley Oak League title chase in flux for one more week.
Rain is supposed to help neutralize fast athletes on a slippery football field.
RIPON – It's hard to distinguish between which of the two stats is more telling.
ESCALON – The Ripon High football team battled wet conditions, a sloppy field and a tough Escalon squad at Engel Field.
OAKDALE – The stage is set.
It's Halloween, and the spookiest holiday of the year has given football fans a real treat: defending Valley Oak League champion Manteca versus unbeaten Sierra, with more than just bragging rights at stake.
The Manteca-Sierra football rivalry smolders and smokes throughout the spring and summer months, before bursting into flames each autumn.
David Reyes pulled in a 62-yard scoring pass from Caden Worth for the Sierra freshmen on the game's first play from scrimmage Thursday to set the tone in a 46-0 Valley Oak League freshman win over East Union at Dino Cunial Field.
Following a scoreless first half the Sierra Timberwolves scored two third-quarter touchdowns to claim a 14-6 victory over East Union High in Valley Oak League sophomore football action.
Smiling faces after a losing football game?
East Union lined up in victory formation on its own 5, down 35-21 in the final seconds of its intra-city duel at Sierra's Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
Eric Reis was thrilled to be back at Guss Schmiedt Field.