There's a lot at stake for Sierra tonight during its Valley Oak League showdown against Manteca at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
Word on the street is that there is a big game in town Friday night.
They've been on a collision course for months, but Ripon Christian and Le Grand still have one game left before their worlds collide.
The biggest of the Jr. Buffaloes got the win, but program-wide bragging rights go to the Manteca Jaguars.
Marcus Rivera raced for 149 yards Friday and his Manteca Buffaloes put up 29 first-quarter points on the way to a 52-12 Valley Oak League sophomore victory over host Weston Ranch.
Brandon Arreola threw two touchdown passes for Sierra on Thursday in a 14-6 win over visiting East Union at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium in Valley Oak League freshman action.
East Union went to its placekicker to give the Lancers and their home crowd at Dino Cunial Field a spark Friday against intra-city rival and Valley Oak League contending Sierra.
RIPON – A year ago, Waterford denied Ripon Christian its first outright Southern League football championship with a stunning late-season defeat.
STOCKTON - Every time the Manteca High offense was entrusted with the ball against the Weston Ranch Cougars it scored.
RIVERBANK – Ripon's 21-game Trans Valley League winning streak came to a halt last week against Hilmar, but that didn't faze the Indians Friday night.
LATHROP – The Lathrop Spartans were hoping to build on last week's momentum against Sonora.
Sierra and Ripon aim to rebound from tough Week 7 losses, while Manteca and Ripon Christian are rolling along in their quests for outright league championships.
A pair of fourth-quarter fumbles returned for touchdowns helped key East Union High's stunning 36-22 come-from-behind victory over host Lathrop in Valley Oak League sophomore action at Paul Wiggin Stadium.
HILMAR – Nick Price shouted until his voice went hoarse, imploring his defense to come up with one last stop.
OAKDALE - Trent Merzon saw something that wasn't quite right.
For three years, Billy Sharmoug and Isaac McClain were the big men on the Manteca High campus.
It looks like the Manteca High football team will have its big stars for the big game.
A suffocating defense and high-octane offense led the Manteca offense to a 34-0 drubbing of visiting Lathrop on Thursday in Valley Oak League freshmen action at Guss Schmiedt Field.
L.J. Alofaituli grimaced as he struggled to catch his breath.
Jeff Harbison pointed to the scoreboard hanging over the crowd at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium, inviting everyone to take one last look.
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.