For Manteca High, there were baby steps in the right direction.
Eddie Melero at least slowed the train that was Kimball running back Evan Owens when he scooped up a fumble and returned it for a touchdown in the second quarter.
Andrew Brown was nearly unstoppable on the ground Friday night for Ripon Christian.
The East Union Lancers outscored Sonora in the fourth quarter.
LATHROP – It was business as usual for the Sierra High Timberwolves.
Before he ever gained a yard for the Manteca High football program, Eddie Smith knew what he wanted.
A scheduling oddity has Ripon High's football team ending its regular season a week earlier than most teams in the Sac-Joaquin Section this Friday.
SONORA - The Sierra Timberwolves freshman football team scored 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter, stunning the Sonora Wildcats with a 35-34 come-from-behind win Thursday in Sonora.
Sierra High's sophomore football team had an opportunity to seize control of the inside track to the Valley Oak League championship, but could not take advantage in a 31-21 loss to the Sonora Wildcats Friday at home.
Kimball High might be the best two-win team in the entire state.
The only thing that could slow down Anthony Cota, Sierra High's dynamic running back, in Friday's Valley Oak League contest with visiting Sonora was a momentary bout with a stomach illness.
RIPON – Everything looked to be humming along quite nicely for the Ripon Indians at the end of the first quarter.
LATHROP – After opening the contest with a 14-play, 80-yard scoring drive, the Manteca Buffaloes' defensive unit provided a stop on fourth-and-4 from midfield and the rout was on. When it was all said and done, Lathrop High was left coping with a 56-0 Valley Oak League loss Friday at Bennie Gatto Field.
It was nearly mission impossible for Weston Ranch High Friday.
Ripon Christian can reach unprecedented heights this Friday.
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.
TRACY – Sierra remained undefeated Friday and opened the Valley Oak League campaign with a 55-20 shellacking of host Kimball at Don Nicholson Stadium.
For the first time ever, the Lathrop High Spartans took home the prize.
OAKDALE – The East Union football team had a tough opening assignment on Friday evening.
Eric Reis believes his Manteca football team to be the underdog for Friday's Valley Oak League opener at Central Catholic - just the way he likes it.
Ask Manteca coach Eric Reis what impresses him most about Central Catholic and the answer stretches on and on.