Closing out a season with a Valley Oak League championship is difficult enough, but doing so and remaining perfect along the way is even more so. The Manteca Buffaloes freshman football team was able to do just that after closing the season with a 47-6 win over host East Union High.
Scoring 14 unanswered points to begin the second half not only lifted the East Union Lancers into a 14-14 tie with host Manteca, it raised some similar feelings Buffalo faithful experienced a season ago.
Just two days before Sierra's Valley Oak League finale against visiting Weston Ranch Friday, star running back Anthony Cota was in street clothes at practice with a cast protecting his left forearm.
LATHROP – Andrew Aquino wasn't about to mail it in and take the last game of his high school football career off.
Andrew Brown left nothing to chance Friday night. With his Ripon Christian Knights needing a win for their second trip to the playoffs in just eight years of the program's existence, the sophomore running back erupted for five touchdowns to lead Ripon Christian to a 62-9 Southern League win over host Gustine. "This was a playoff game for us," Knights coach John Vander Schaaf said. "If we lost, we went home. But since we won, ...
RIPON - The Ripon High Indians took care of business in Friday's Trans Valley League finale at Stouffer Field, disposing of Orestimba, 41-14.
Every other year the Sierra-Weston Ranch football rivalry game has meant something for one team or the other.
Two Manteca area teams are in, and three others are on the bubble. Sac-Joaquin Section football playoff spots are on the line Friday when the regular season comes to a close. Ripon Christian (5-4) is currently on the outside looking in but can vault itself into the Division-VI bracket with a road win over 1-8 Gustine Friday. The Knights have made just one postseason appearance (2005) since the program's inaugural varsity season in 2004. Only ...
Manteca High's freshman football team is one win away from perfection. Led by Hector Soto's four touchdowns and some big defensive plays by Chase McKee, the Buffaloes clinched at least a share of the Valley Oak League title with a 28-21 win over Oakdale. The first-place battle took place last Thursday at Guss Schmiedt Field, and the Buffs (6-0, 9-0 overall) were eager to get it on. "This was a game we've had circled on ...
The three high school sophomore football teams in town will have some say in who will be crowned champion of the Valley Oak League later this week.
OAKDALE - The game did not live up to the hype. Oakdale did. Manteca High could not get its balanced attack untracked at The Corral Friday while struggling to stop the Mustangs' powerful Wing-T in a 49-14 Valley Oak League loss - the Buffaloes' first overall defeat of the season. Still-unbeaten Oakdale trampled its way to 475 rushing yards, and junior quarterback Spencer Thomas led a 21-0 surge to start the contest. Its only two ...
In order to have a shot at the playoffs, the Sierra Timberwolves must win out what's left of their schedule.
TRACY - Tremain Buntan and Donnell Sims each scored a pair of touchdowns for Weston Ranch in a 33-12 Valley Oak League win over Kimball at Don Nicholson Stadium Friday.
RIPON - Ripon Christian celebrated senior night Friday with a 34-7 Southern League win over Waterford.
How about this juicy matchup to kick off the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV football playoffs?
RIPON – Two running backs chasing each other in the stat book found themselves on opposite ends of the emotional spectrum Friday evening.
It was a mismatch from the start.
Use any of the clichés you want to describe the situation that Sierra High found itself in going into Friday's regular season finale at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium, but its back was against the wall.
For the better part of the first two quarters, the Lathrop High Spartans stood toe to toe with Kimball.
Andrew Brown this. Andrew Brown that.
Christian Williams might be the most dynamic return man in the nation. On one leg even.
Lathrop, East Union and Weston Ranch didn't produce the results they hoped for prior to the start of the season.
Manteca is in at Division III.
Make it seven straight shutouts for the Ripon Chiefs junior varsity.
The lights to Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium remained lit hours after a rivalry was put to rest early Saturday morning.
Down but not out.
Alex Laurel didn't disappoint a capacity crowd Friday at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium, a game that would decide the Valley Oak League champion.
Isaac McClain and Billy Sharmoug led Manteca out of the locker room and through a banner that read "Roll on you Buffs" - the team's rallying cry on first-down conversions.
STOCKTON - The Weston Ranch Cougars escaped Friday with a 20-19 Valley Oak League victory over East Union.
RIPON – Nothing Michael Morris ever does is easy.