The close to the Valley Oak League season played a major role in the formation of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-III Football Championships bracket, but nothing could alter the extended seasons for Manteca, East Union and Sierra high's football programs once the brackets were revealed Saturday evening.
Manteca High had little trouble coming back from a close loss to the Oakdale Mustangs, taking care of business in the Valley Oak League finale with a convincing win over the East Union Lancers Friday.
MANTECA – Although Manteca freshman football coach Jon Shaefer was concentrating on his team's 40-8 win over visiting East Union on Thursday in the Valley Oak League finale, he couldn't help but look over the Lancers' bleachers to the east at Guss Schmiedt Field and wonder what was happening up the hill at Dunlavy Field where Oakdale was visiting Sonora.
Manteca High and East Union were locked in a classic battle Friday at Dino Cunial Field.
NEWMAN - Almost everything went right for Ripon High in the first half Friday against Orestimba in a game that both teams needed for a Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoff berth.
WESTON RANCH - The Sierra Timberwolves had one opportunity to close out their season with a win and continue into the Sac-Joaquin Section postseason, and they didn't forfeit the chance, jumping out to a seven-touchdown first half lead on their way to a 53-6 win Friday over Weston Ranch.
RIPON – The Knights closed out the season in spectacular fashion Friday at Stouffer Field.
TRACY – Lathrop came out in the third quarter and got two scores via the no-huddle offense and take a one-point lead, but an 80-yard scoring run by Kimball's Zack Johnson put the Jaguars ahead to stay in the 26-21 Valley Oak League win for Kimball at Don Nicholson Stadium.
Fourteen Sac-Joaquin Section playoff tickets have already been punched.
It's been a long time since the East Union-Manteca game, the oldest rivalry in the area, has meant something for all parties involved.
For Sierra it's for the right to continue its season.
Things were looking bleak for Ripon High's football team a month ago.
The Sierra High Timberwolves continued their winning ways Friday in a 34-7 Valley Oak League win over the Lathrop Spartans.
After just nine offensive plays Sierra had put up five touchdowns Thursday on the way to a 51-13 Valley Oak League freshman win over Lathrop at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
It was a game of inches (and pounds): Manteca High cornerback David Farrington, generously listed at 5-foot-7, 154 pounds, versus behemoth Oakdale fullback A.C. Brown - all 6-2, 215 pounds of him.
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.
Mason James averaged more than 10 yards per carry for East Union High in a Lancers ground game that racked up 275 yards in a 37-0 non-league win for Johansen on Friday.
A long wait did not bother the Lathrop High freshman football team on Thursday.
Weston Ranch used a balanced attack while the defense forced five turnovers to upend host Galt 33-20 Friday night at Erv Hatzenbuhler Field.