Manteca High's football team is playing a 14th game for the first time ever.
LODI – Normally, the team that maintains its composure is the one that wins the big game. Such was not the case Saturday.
LODI – Billy Marr's final pass of his junior season was a little high to the left sideline.
Strength trumped speed Friday at Guss Schmiedt Field.
MODESTO – For the second straight year, Ripon High had its season end at the hands of Central Catholic.
Ripon Christian's first-year defensive coordinator Eddie Erdelatz has coaching in his ancestry.
Ripon Christian has reached the pinnacle of success for its 10th-year varsity football program under first-year head coach Randy Fasani.
Alex Laurel jumped over the goal line, splitting two defenders on the way to his fourth touchdown of the evening.
RIPON – Michael Ysit sat on the bench on Ripon's sideline and caught his breath.
WOODLAND – Andrew Brown only needed 117 yards to capture this year's Sac-Joaquin Section rushing title during Friday night's semifinal matchup against Woodland Christian.
Was it an aberration?
Upon further review, Manteca High's wild 69-55 win over Central Valley in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs was one for the ages.
Hunched over, Eric Reis pulled two of his strongest linemen out of the crowd and pointed to his back.
RIPON – Michael Ysit ran toward the corner, and it appeared as if he was going to pick up 4 or 5 yards before the defensive backs would catch up and force him out of bounds.
COLFAX - Sierra's season came down to the final play of its Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV opener Friday at Colfax.
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.