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.
A change of scenery might be exactly what the Ripon Christian football team needs to drive towards a winning season.
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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