LATHROP - And that's how you start a rivalry. The inaugural Battle of I-5 was just that on Friday night, an absolute tug-of-war battle between Weston Ranch and Lathrop until its riveting conclusion. This Valley Oak League opener came down to the final seconds at Bennie Gatto Field, as Lathrop quarterback Kenny Garrett overthrew tight end Nathan Ogunbanwo, who was blanketed by double coverage, in the end zone on fourth-and-7 from the Weston Ranch 16 ...
The Sierra High Timberwolves celebrated homecoming Friday by drubbing Kimball, 44-7. Senior quarterback Jake Pruitt led the way by throwing for four touchdowns and running for another. Hunter Johnson hauled in three TD passes, finishing with nine catches for 199 yards. "It's great to come into homecoming and have every player contribute to the victory," said Sierra coach Jeff Harbison. The Timberwolves (1-0 Valley Oak League, 3-1) were coming off a bye week. "So we ...
Though his team suffered its third loss in four games, East Union coach Willie Herrera celebrated the positives following Friday's 28-8 loss to the always-tough Oakdale Mustangs.
MARIPOSA – An onside kick had given the Mariposa High Grizzlies hope. But just as he had done throughout the game, Will Kamps proved to be a drive-killer. The sophomore lineman's final sack came at an opportune time for Ripon Christian in their Southern League opener. The Grizzlies had pulled within 27-21 with less than 3 minutes left and recovered the onside kick. On fourth-and-10, Mariposa quarterback Aaron Lerma was dropped by Kamps and teammate ...
There will be a hint of sadness and nostalgia amid all the excitement of Manteca and Sonora's Valley Oak League opener tonight.
The road to the Valley Oak League championship still goes through The Corral. Literally. According a media poll conducted by The Bulletin, Oakdale High is favored to garner a seventh straight title despite losing 10 starters on both sides of scrimmage. So why the vote of confidence? Answer: The Corral, where the Mustangs have lost just twice to league opponents in 14th-year head coach Trent Merzon's tenure. This year they will have visits from their ...
If defense wins championships, don't tell that to Sierra head coach Jeff Harbison. The T'Wolves (2-1) are giving up 34.6 points a game this year including 58 during a three-point win over Chavez of Stockton Sept. 13. After a week off last Friday, Sierra along with East Union will open up Valley Oak League play Friday night at home. Sierra (2-1) will bump heads with Kimball Tracy at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium at 7 p.m., ...
LATHROP - A win tonight would mark several milestones for Lathrop High, which hosts Weston Ranch for homecoming and their Valley Oak League opener tonight.
Ripon didn't face the stiffest of competition this preseason. That doesn't seem to matter much to head coach Chris Johnson, whose Indians (4-0) will be looking to knock off traditional Trans-Valley League powerhouse Escalon for a second straight season Friday at Stouffer Field in the league opener. Ripon Christian (2-1), meanwhile, makes its longest trip of the regular season as Mariposa awaits for a battle of Southern League contenders. Last year was the first time ...
LATHROP - The "Battle of I-5" actually began in a small town off of Highway 99 in the late 80s.
Led by Michael Frisby's 100-yard rushing effort and a suffocating defense, the Manteca Jr. Buffaloes rolled to a 28-0 win over the Ceres Seahawks and are still perfect in the Central California Junior Football League.
The Manteca Jaguars and Los Banos Wildcats put on a defensive display at every level Saturday at Sierra High.
The Sierra and Weston Ranch girls golf teams capped the first half of the Valley Oak League season playing against each other last Thursday and teed off the second half on Monday.
The Lathrop sophomore football hung with the Indians on Ripon High's homecoming night but couldn't keep up with their balanced rushing attack in a 28-7 loss last Friday.
RIPON – Technically, the Cannon Club's first blast came after Michael Ysit crossed the goal line just 15 seconds into the game.
STOCKTON - The Weston Ranch Cougars escaped Friday with a 20-19 Valley Oak League victory over East Union.
RIPON – Nothing Michael Morris ever does is easy.
It's officially Le Grand week for Ripon Christian.
OAKDALE - Lathrop dropped to 1-8 after a 56-21 loss to 5-4 Oakdale at The Corral.
Their relationship started on the baseball diamond.
Neil MacDannald fired a deep ball down the sideline, leaving just enough air underneath it for safety Elijah Cooper to slide over.
East Union's football program took a hit in 2003 when Manteca Unified opened Weston Ranch, its fourth comprehensive high school, in Stockton.
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. Early in the second quarter Arreola spotted Christopher Mortano-Monterroso with a short pass that turned into a 42-yard touchdown play and a 7-0 lead. Late in the third period Nashon Tamiano pulled in an 16-yard toss from Arreola and followed a crushing block by Mortano-Monterroso into ...
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.