How about this juicy matchup to kick off the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV football playoffs?
"Somebody's 'O' has got to go." That's what legendary ring announcer Michael Buffer says to help build excitement moments before two undefeated boxers go toe to toe in the squared circle. It also applies to the gridiron of The Corral this Friday when Oakdale hosts Manteca High in an anticipated matchup between 8-0 Valley Oak League heavyweights. "Both these programs are the bullies on the block," said Manteca coach Eric Reis, who is 3-6 against ...
RIPON – The Indians nearly came away with their first Trans Valley League win of the season against Modesto Christian last Friday.
They bumped, they bruised and they rolled all over the visiting Sonora Wildcats in a 44-14 blowout for the Sierra High freshman football team in recent Valley Oak League action.
The game that unfolded at Guss Schmiedt Field Friday night was anything but pretty. Host Manteca High, still battle-bruised and wounded from its war with the Sonora Wildcats the week before, seemed to struggle with filling the gaps that their absent team captains left on both sides of the ball. And Lathrop made the kind of on-field mistakes that one would expect from a young football program trying to gain its footing against one of ...
RIPON – Chalk up a satisfying Trans Valley League victory for the Indians. Thanks to Friday's 40-33 win over Modesto Christian at Stouffer Field, the Ripon High varsity football squad all but assured itself of a post season berth. "We're in a nice spot," said Indians coach Chris Johnson, whose team improved to 2-2 in league, 6-2 overall. Ripon fought a formidable foe in the Crusaders, who boasted University of Arizona-bound quarterback Nate Sudfeld. He ...
SONORA - Needing a win to have a realistic shot at the playoffs, Sierra saw a fourth-quarter lead evaporate Friday against host Sonora, as the Wildcats downed the Timberwolves 51-37 in Valley Oak League action at Dunlavey Field.
DELHI - Ripon Christian scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter to break open a close game and defeat Delhi 35-7 in Southern League action Friday.
TRACY - Two of the Valley Oak League's top young quarterbacks were supposed to square off at Don Nicholson Stadium Friday in a battle of two 1-6 squads.
Manteca High's football team is the only one representing seven area schools to have clinched a Sac-Joaquin Section playoff berth so far.
One down, three to go. The postseason before the postseason resumes for Sierra High's football team Friday at Sonora's renowned Dunlavy Field. For the second straight season, the Timberwolves are forced to win their final four Valley Oak League contests for a berth to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-III playoffs. Their biggest late-season threat last year was Sonora, which they soundly beat, 28-7. That was at home. On Friday, Sierra (2-2, 3-4 overall) plays where Sonora ...
After a defensive battle in the first half, a kickoff return ignited a back-and-forth scoring barrage in Manteca High's 26-20 sophomore victory over Sonora Friday.
HUGHSON - Ripon scored 28 first-half points before host Hughson even got on the board, and the Indians rode the hot hand of Kyle Wengel to a 34-12 Trans-Valley League.
Tyler Clark came through with the big stop for Sierra High Friday against Kimball. His quarterback sack in the closing minutes helped the Timberwolves escape with a 27-22 Valley Oak League victory over visiting the Jaguars. "We needed that stop," said Clark, who had several open field tackles to his credit. "We needed to force (Kimball) into a passing situation on fourth and long." The Jaguars' last-ditch effort ended with Kayson Matela and Tim Brown ...
East Union could have looked at the opening kickoff of its game against unbeaten Valley Oak League powerhouse Oakdale Friday night one of two ways.
Ripon Christian kept the Le Grand sophomores off the score board for the final three quarters Friday night and rolled to a second-place finish in the Southern League on Friday with a 36-6 win at Stouffer Field.
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.