For two programs that struggled mightily throughout the 2009 season, that is not the case thus far this campaign. Lathrop High is enjoying back-to-back victories for the first time in school history and the East Union Lancers have not been 3-0 since Bill Clinton was president.
Graduation turnover along with some injuries to key players has suddenly made the always-competitive Trans Valley League race a wide-open one - for second place.
WESTON RANCH - The Cougars (2-1) finally put together a solid overall effort at Podesto Field.
Pigs are not flying and the cows are nowhere near home.
LATHROP - With a solid lead in the fourth quarter, it looked like Lathrop High was well on its way to a second straight victory.
MODESTO – After turning a two-touchdown deficit into a one-point lead late in the fourth quarter, Manteca High senior Michael Timmons intercepted Christian Kahler's pass at midfield, prefacing Manteca's final defensive stand in the Buffaloes' second consecutive come-from-behind victory, 34-33 over Enochs, at Johansen High.
Early mistakes and all-around youth hurt Ripon High in its non-league finale against Argonaut in Jackson Friday.
STOCKTON - In the final seconds of Friday's non-league game at Podesto Field, Weston Ranch High was hoping for overtime.
There is a lot riding on East Union High's final non-league contest Friday against Ceres, but head coach Mike James feels no need to place additional emphasis on this one.
If the Manteca Buffalos are going to open the Valley Oak League season with an unblemished 3-0 mark they are going to have to stop a talented and proven Enochs High offensive unit.
Jesse Rodriguez has won many games as a head coach in the East Bay. His first varsity victory as Lathrop High's head coach ranks highly on his list.
With the first few weeks of his senior season in the bag, Manteca High's football squad is off to a solid 2-0 start, and the team is rejoicing in a big decision its leading rusher made after his freshman season at Escalon High.
Scenes from Saturday's homecoming game against Ripon and Ripon Christian.
The Manteca freshman football team found out no lead is safe Thursday in a 30-21 loss to Tracy in non-league action at Guss Schmiedt Field.
RIPON – Ripon Christian realized that they were in for a huge challenge, but that did not detour the Knights from holding the Ripon Indians at bay over the first 20 minutes of the 5th Annual Ripon Bowl. Its ability to hold Ripon wouldn't last, as the Indians' defensive unit sparked the squad, led by a pair of interception returns for touchdowns by Cole Herrin in a 44-0 blowout home win for the Indians Saturday.
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.