Ripon Christian made its statement loud and clear Friday.
Oakdale ran two plays in the fourth quarter - a punt to get the running clock going, and a kneel-down from quarterback Spencer Thomas on the Mustang 5-yard line as time expired at Sierra's Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium Friday.
Oakdale High has captured at least a share of eight of the last 10 Valley Oak League championships, including the previous five in succession.
The Trans-Valley League season kicks off tonight with four undefeated teams, one other with a winning record and two sitting at the .500 mark.
The Southern League championship still goes through Le Grand, the three-time reigning titlist.
Anthony Cota and the rest of the Timberwolves from Sierra High have unfinished business to attend to on a Friday night jam-packed with marquee matchups.
Things did not work out well for the visiting East Union Lancers sophomore football team, as Modesto High handled them thoroughly in a 41-7 loss on Friday.
After scoring on its opening possession for the second week in a row Manteca High watched Stagg answer its opening score with a 55-yard touchdown run of its own. That would be the only answer Stagg would find in the 62-6 drubbing last Thursday in freshman football.
Last week, a pulverizing ground-game plagued the Manteca Buffaloes.
LATHROP – The Lathrop Spartans had a variety of incentives to post a win in their final non-league matchup Friday night.
SALIDA - Jarad Mora was the first of three Modesto Christian defenders to pile on top of East Union quarterback Aaron Ramos in the end zone as time expired in Friday's nonleague tilt at Roy Blakeley Field.
STOCKTON - Weston Ranch High coach Mike Hale wasn't leaving anything to chance Friday against Bear Creek.
For Ripon Christian it was a perfect bounce-back performance.
This Friday marks a special moment in Lathrop High history.
The Manteca High sophomore team put together an impressive showing, hanging tough with a talented Los Banos squad before pulling away with a 47-30 win Friday at Manteca High.
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.
SALIDA – Ripon defensive backs Mario Roach and Nick Price arrived late to their mark, crashing into one another at the goal line.
DENAIR - Billy Marr threw for a season-high 256 yards and four touchdowns as the Ripon Christian offense finally found its groove in a 31-0 rout of Denair.
East Union considered last week's game with Lathrop to be its "Super Bowl."
When Manteca coach Eric Reis sat Dakarai Charles for the first half against Lathrop, he hoped to rest his quarterback's banged-up knee.
Oakdale refused to let Hunter Johnson, a preseason all-Sac-Joaquin Section selection at wide receiver, beat them through the air.
RIPON – When Ryan Fugit looks at film of Modesto Christian, the Ripon star sees flashes of monsters past.