Never mind the final score.
There are three regular-season games that Manteca High's senior class has mentally earmarked, and the first one is this Friday.
As the Weston Ranch Cougars march into their second contest of the 2010 season, garnering the squad's first win over the past six games will not come easy with the San Joaquin Athletic Association's Tokay Tigers coming to battle the Cougars.
The Manteca High sophomore football team could not have opened its 2010 football season any better, blasting the visiting Galt Warriors 55-0 in non-league action Friday at Manteca High.
Anyone anticipating the unveiling of what could be an explosive passing attack for Manteca High, known over the years more for its punishing ground-and-pound running game, might have been disappointed Friday at Guss Schmiedt Field.
MODESTO – East Union and Beyer exchanged punches for the better part of 44 minutes, but when it was time to win a football game the visiting Lancers' defensive unit landed the deciding blow.
RIPON - Ripon High coach Chris Johnson may have a potentially good team.
LATHROP - The Lathrop Spartans were hoping to get their first varsity football season with seniors off on a positive note.
SAN ANDREAS - Weston Ranch High was outnumbered, outmatched and ultimately outmuscled in its 34-7 season-opening loss to Calaveras Friday.
MODESTO - Sierra was in no celebratory mood on a muggy Thursday night following a 38-28 win over Grace Davis at Downey High's Chuck Hughes Stadium.
The ride to the Valley Oak League season won't be a smooth one for Manteca High.
MODESTO – The Ripon Christian sophomore football teamed kicked off its 2010 football season in style, pounding host Big Valley Christian 33-0 in both school's season opener.
With just 1.5 seconds remaining in the game Enochs intercepted a tipped ball at the goal line that thwarted any last-second heroics for the Timberwolves in a 13-8 non-league win for the visiting Eagles at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
After the first 24 minutes of the 2010 season, Sierra High held a 25-14 lead heading into halftime.
MODESTO – They say strike when the iron is hot.
There is domination and then there is Ripon High sophomore football domination.
RIPON – For months, Sierra head coach Jeff Harbison and offensive coordinator Jeff Abrew have been inside the laboratory, retooling one of the area's most explosive offenses.
TRACY – The Lathrop High Spartans opened the season with a hard-fought 20-7 non-league loss to West Friday at Steve Lopez Stadium.
SANTA CLARA - Maybe it was a good thing that Friday's Manteca-Wilcox football game did not take place at Levi's Stadium as originally planned.
MODESTO – They did what they were supposed to do.
Victor Polanco stood on the sidelines, a sun hat pulled low on his brow.
The last day to purchase tickets for the Manteca High football team's rooters' buses is Wednesday, Aug. 20.
Lathrop Jr. Spartans president Jaime Hernandez has a vision.
LATHROP - To borrow a phrase from John Denver's "Rocky Mountain High," the Lathrop Lions are coming home to a place they have never been before.
So, how does Sierra replace one of the Sac-Joaquin Section's most prolific passers of 2013?
Keith Jackson is picking up where he left off last fall, when he rallied generations of Manteca High alumni to cheer the Buffaloes' historic postseason run.
Second-year Lathrop coach Steven Wichman has a better idea of what his team can do with pads on this time around.
The Sac-Joaquin Section's preseason Dead Period doesn't begin until Monday.
Weston Ranch's football players weren't the only ones hard at work this offseason.
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