SACRAMENTO - It wasn't 40 days or 40 nights, it was just 40 long seconds.
SALIDA - Danny Vos threw two interceptions in the first half, and on Ripon Christian's impressive first drive (which started on its own 11 and ate up nearly 6:30 off the clock) in the third quarter he lost a fumble on the Elliot Christian 1-yard line while trying to reach for the end zone.
Measuring how two teams fared against common opponents is one way to gauge how they match up against each other.
City rivals Manteca High and Sierra could lock up in the second-round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs if they get by two Sacramento schools they have never previously faced.
The Weston Ranch Cougars sophomore football team closed out an impressive season with a lopsided 46-0 Valley Oak League victory over the Sierra Timberwolves Friday.
The Manteca Buffaloes freshman football team had to bounce back from a loss.
WESTON RANCH – Conventional wisdom says that when your best player leaves the game in the second quarter you're more than likely in for trouble.
Ripon Christian hasn't had a meaningful volleyball match with neighboring rival Ripon High since leaving the Trans-Valley League after the 2009-10 season.
TRACY – With 3:42 remaining the Lathrop Spartans needed a stop.
Ripon's postseason ticket is punched with its 10-game regular-season schedule already wrapped up.
Back in August, Ripon Christian soccer was taking the necessary steps to become a team.
Manteca High's sophomore football team trailed at the half, after the third and the first 10 minutes of the fourth. Hector Soto's touchdown and two-point conversion completed the Buffaloes' 29-28 come-from-behind win over visiting Oakdale last Friday.
Weston Ranch's sophomore football team continued its best run in school history with an 18-14 win over visiting Kimball last Friday.
The Sierra High sophomore football team did just about everything right in a 44-8 Valley Oak League blowout win over Lathrop on Friday.
NEWMAN - Anthony Baciocco and Cole Herrin returned to Warrior Stadium Friday, the backdrop of a heartbreaking night two years ago.
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.