The Trans-Valley League has long been considered one of the toughest, if not the toughest, small-school football conferences in the state.
The path to the California Interscholastic Federation State Championship Bowl Games is set for Le Grand, the runaway favorite in the Southern League.
Four different Buffaloes reached the end zone in a complete team effort on Thursday by defeating Stagg 42-0 as Manteca High's freshmen moved its nonleague record to 3-0 and begins the Valley Oak League season next week.
RIPON - The Ripon High sophomore football team's comeback bid was thwarted near midfield, where quarterback Riley Clark was sacked on fourth-and-5 with 56 seconds left.
East Union visited Ceres Friday with hopes of leaving with a little momentum going into the Valley Oak League season.
RIPON - Jordan Sullivan is one of Ripon High's bigger linemen, checking in at 6 feet, 2 inches and 225 pounds.
STOCKTON - The Manteca High varsity football squad closed out the preseason Friday with a rather impressive 32-12 win at Stagg.
LINDEN – Ripon Christian's Andrew Brown broke a 91-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and found the end zone three other times to complement his 116 rushing yards Friday night against the Linden Lions.
WESTON RANCH – Throw the common opponent theory out the window.
The area's two remaining undefeated football teams will be put to the test Friday.
Right when Manteca High's sophomore football team picked up some needed momentum the sound of thunder and sight of lightning screeched it to a halt.
Head coach Willie Herrera felt that his East Union High varsity football team was well prepared for Friday's non-league home game against Bear Creak.
RIPON – If football games were won and lost in the first quarter, Ripon Christian would have had some serious celebrating to do on Friday night.
Thunder and lightning threatened to cancel Friday's football game between Manteca and visiting Edison.
LATHROP – It may not have been a great win for the Lathrop High football team.
The Manteca freshmen embarked on a 16-play, six-minute drive late in the fourth quarter Thursday capped by a 1-yard scoring plunge by Michael Frisby to defeat Central Catholic 14-13 in the Valley Oak League opener at Guss Schmiedt Field.
MODESTO - No Montell Bland?
MODESTO – Dakarai Charles stood near the 40-yard line, watching Central Catholic chew up the fourth quarter clock.
TRACY – Sierra remained undefeated Friday and opened the Valley Oak League campaign with a 55-20 shellacking of host Kimball at Don Nicholson Stadium.
For the first time ever, the Lathrop High Spartans took home the prize.
OAKDALE – The East Union football team had a tough opening assignment on Friday evening.
Eric Reis believes his Manteca football team to be the underdog for Friday's Valley Oak League opener at Central Catholic - just the way he likes it.
Ask Manteca coach Eric Reis what impresses him most about Central Catholic and the answer stretches on and on.
Malik Vegatatum stripped the ball from a Grace Davis ball carrier late in the fourth quarter on Friday to set up the winning 40-yard touchdown pass from Terry Snipes to De'Jon Chambers for a thrilling 18-12 come-from-behind victory for the Weston Ranch sophomores.
Michael Frisby ran for 85 yards and scored two touchdowns Thursday to lead Manteca to a 42-6 win over Ceres in non-league freshman football action at Guss Schmiedt Field.
RIPON – The Ripon Christian Knights were fueled by a tough defense in a one-sided victory over Stone Ridge Christian at Stouffer Field on Friday.
MODESTO - The East Union defense was able to bottle up Gregori's high-octane attack and its star running back for a half Friday night at Don Lanphear Stadium.
MODESTO – Two high school football programs looking to change their stars collided on Friday evening at Modesto Junior College.
SONORA – If the game could have been summed up by a single play, this was it.
East Union, Ripon and Weston Ranch each garnered their first victory of 2014 last week, but backing it up with another won't be easy as all three hit the road this Friday to meet opponents with winning records.