Down to their final play, Dakarai Charles threw toward the corner of the end zone with confidence.
Fade to black.
A year ago, Manteca put an emphatic stamp on its fourth Sac-Joaquin Section championship with a runaway victory over a first-time finalist.
Ripon Christian is well aware of what it's up against tonight.
Sophomores have long been a part of Sierra's winning formula this season, but when Brandon Arreola burst around the corner and into the end zone this was something new.
Behind the goal posts, shagging footballs blasted through the uprights during warm-ups, Sierra's Marissa LaQuaglia makes no illusions about her role on Friday nights.
Ripon Christian appeared to have an Andrew Brown clone in the form of junior tail back Brian Sytsma.
The third time was the charm for Eric Reis and his Manteca High football team.
Confetti wafted in the air above the home bleachers and players were met with hugs and high-fives at every turn.
GARDEN VALLEY – The Ripon Christian Knights relied on a strong second-half surge to roll past Golden Sierra in Friday's Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI playoff opener.
It was the kind of moment that can take the air out of a stadium.
By now, the Sac-Joaquin Section football playoff brackets have been dissected and analyzed by anyone with a rooting interest or a job to do.
Eric Reis has been known to share stories of Manteca High's grid-iron glory of years past with his players.
Manteca High pummeled East Union 56-8 on Friday to wrap up the Valley Oak League sophomore campaign at Dino Cunial Field.
STOCKTON – The Sierra High Timberwolves wrapped up a share of the Valley Oak League championship on Friday thanks to a convincing 49-7 victory at Weston Ranch.
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It's the scenario that every high school football player dreams of.
OAKDALE - Eric Reis walked toward the scoreboard and gave it a quick glance for one last reminder of what had just transpired at The Corral.
League championships and playoff berths are at stake in the penultimate chapter of the 2015 regular season.
Tealen Gaines set up East Union's first touchdown, scored its last and added one more in the middle as the Lancers demolished visiting Kimball ...
Matt Ender had two touchdowns and two interceptions for Manteca on Friday in a 42-6 thumping of Lathrop in Valley Oak League action at Guss ...
RIPON - In a dead sprint Modesto Christian has the edge over its Trans-Valley League foes.
Not even the lingering impacts of last week's Valley Oak League showdown with Central Catholic could keep the Manteca Buffaloes from returning to their ...
TRACY -East Union came close to notching its first Valley Oak League win on Friday.
RIPON - Senior-heavy Ripon Christian honored its veteran players Friday in what was their final Southern League home game and a 54-0 rout of Denair.
Joe Pirillo returns to familiar territory this Friday, but there will be a level of unfamiliarity for him and his Lathrop football team.
Central Catholic led by just a score at halftime Friday but the visiting Raiders had a goal-line stand to start the second half and then ...
MODESTO – Manteca came out on top of a wild second quarter Thursday and handed Central Catholic its first loss of the season with a 34-15 ...
Central Catholic may have been saving its best offensive weapon for Friday's Valley Oak League showdown of unbeaten teams at Manteca High's Guss ...
LATHROP - The Battle of I-5 trophy is remains in Lathrop for a second straight year.
RIPON – The opening drive of a football game rarely affects the outcome.
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