East Union High football coach, Mike James, didn't need to comb The Corral with a metal detector and headphones to find the reason for his teams' 63-21 defeat at the hands of the reigning co-Valley Oak League champions.
Anthony Cota got the Sierra offense clicking in the first quarter and the Timberwolves never slowed down, blasting the Kimball Jaguars 58-20 in Valley Oak League action Friday in Tracy.
RIPON – The Indians made changes Friday out of necessity. Jake McCreath stepped in for injured Alex Gustin at quarterback against Hughson. The result was a much-needed 35-7 Trans Valley League win at Stouffer Field. "Jake did a nice job," said Ripon High coach Chris Johnson. "It was tough on him last week when he got thrown into the fire. "It was great to see him bounce back after a good week of practice." McCreath ...
DELHI – Ripon Christian registered its first victory of the season on Friday. More importantly, it was a Southern League win. The Knights needed a second-half surge to roll past Turlock Christian at Delhi High, 39-13. "We finally got the monkey off our backs," RC coach John Vander Schaaf said. The Knights trailed at half-time, but received a boost on Zach Davis' 20-yard field goal that kept things close. Behind 13-10, Ripon Christian (1-4, 1-7) ...
Don't expect much traffic within city limits Friday night. All three of the high school football teams will be out of town. Sierra High (1-2, 2-4 overall) has it the easiest with a short jaunt to Tracy for a Valley Oak League contest with winless and first-year varsity Kimball. East Union (2-1, 5-1) and Manteca (3-0, 6-0), on the other hand, face their toughest tests of the season so far. Manteca High's Buffaloes will log ...
The season didn't open as smoothly as the Sierra Timberwolves sophomore football team would have liked, but the squad surely is getting hot at the right time, blowing out the Manteca Buffaloes 34-6 Friday at Manteca High.
MANTECA – Matt Wilkerson and Michael Gonzales combined to rack up over 300 rushing yards Thursday to score the three Manteca touchdowns in a 22-12 come-from-behind win for the Buffaloes over Sierra in Valley Oak League freshman football action at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
Manteca High has been at its best in the second half of its big games this season, while Sierra tends to struggle over the final 24 minutes.
ESCALON - Early in the first quarter, Ripon High met the challenge of stopping Escalon's potent offense on first and second down, but its excellence shined through when the Cougars needed it most during their 45-13 blowout over Ripon Friday at Engle Field.
East Union High kept pace in the Valley Oak League race, but needed a big play by Teejay Gordon to secure the hard-fought 31-21 win over Weston Ranch at Dino Cunial Field.
The Lathrop Spartans got a visit from the defending co-Valley Oak League champion Oakdale Mustangs and it got out of control in a hurry, with Oakdale laying a 49-0 beating on Friday.
The Ripon Christian Knights were no strangers to the Denair Coyotes. In recent years, the two teams clashed in non-conference play. But this one Friday counted in the Southern League standings. Host Denair (2-1, 3-3 overall), led by Dylan Souza, who had a game-high 198 yards on 19 carries and five touchdowns, rolled to a 64-33 victory over visiting Knights. Ripon Christian (0-2, 0-6) made it a game, 33-26, closing to within a touchdown after ...
Eric Reis couldn't wait to watch last week's epic East Union-Sierra rivalry game on film, perhaps more so as a football fan than as Manteca High's head coach scouting for strengths and weaknesses.
Misfortune has played an unfair role in Ripon High's less-than-stellar start to the season, but the Indians have an ample opportunity in front of them when they make the 13-mile trip to Escalon to take on the Cougars Friday at Engle Field.
The Sierra High sophomore football team provided its varsity teammates with a perfect intro to set up their thrilling victory over East Union, posting a dominating 55-6 thrashing of the Lancers sophomore team Friday at Sierra.
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.