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.
CERES - The streak is over.
It had been a while since East Union's varsity football players got to hit others from another team.
When Sierra head coach Jeff Harbison opened last season in a one-sided victory over Lathrop High. His toughest decision was settling on a starting quarterback. Now, Sierra will open this season's title defense against Enochs High and deciding on the starting signal caller didn't come any easier.
Based on 2009 records, Ripon's zero-week pairing with host Ceres looks like a mismatch.
One of the best football teams in East Union school history didn't even make the playoffs back in 1993 when it triumphed in eight of 10 games.
The 2009 season was one marked by gut-wrenching losses for the Manteca Buffaloes.
The pressure of getting that first Valley Oak League championship in school history is finally lifted after sharing the title with Oakdale in 2009 - Sierra's 15th varsity season.
Walking off the field for the first time victorious is not going to be a walk in the park for the Lathrop Spartans.
The challenges that await Weston Ranch have not varied too much since head coach Mike Hale's inaugural season two years ago.
After suffering a crushing defeat at the hands of Summerville in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Division IV playoffs last season, Ripon High is poised to bounce back in a big way.
RIPON – The Ripon High Indians are 0-2 to start the season after falling to Patterson at Stouffer Field Friday, 38-14
LATHROP – Steve Wichman wanted to see crisp.
Despite heavy graduation losses, the Manteca High football team has begun the season on the watch list for a CIF State Bowl berth.
Coming off impressive road wins, the Manteca and Sierra football teams welcome visiting squads led by new head coaches with credentials.
The Manteca High freshman football team has filled the vacancy on its schedule.
Costco has just about anything you could ever imagine, including compliments.
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.