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A year ago, Manteca put an emphatic stamp on its fourth Sac-Joaquin Section championship with a runaway victory over a first-time finalist.
Ripon Christian is well aware of what it's up against tonight.
Sophomores have long been a part of Sierra's winning formula this season, but when Brandon Arreola burst around the corner and into the end zone this was something new.
Behind the goal posts, shagging footballs blasted through the uprights during warm-ups, Sierra's Marissa LaQuaglia makes no illusions about her role on Friday nights.
Ripon Christian appeared to have an Andrew Brown clone in the form of junior tail back Brian Sytsma.
The third time was the charm for Eric Reis and his Manteca High football team.
Confetti wafted in the air above the home bleachers and players were met with hugs and high-fives at every turn.
GARDEN VALLEY – The Ripon Christian Knights relied on a strong second-half surge to roll past Golden Sierra in Friday's Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI playoff opener.
It was the kind of moment that can take the air out of a stadium.
By now, the Sac-Joaquin Section football playoff brackets have been dissected and analyzed by anyone with a rooting interest or a job to do.
Eric Reis has been known to share stories of Manteca High's grid-iron glory of years past with his players.
Manteca High pummeled East Union 56-8 on Friday to wrap up the Valley Oak League sophomore campaign at Dino Cunial Field.
STOCKTON – The Sierra High Timberwolves wrapped up a share of the Valley Oak League championship on Friday thanks to a convincing 49-7 victory at Weston Ranch.
After sputtering midway through the season, the Green Machine has reached top speed just in time for another postseason run.
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Austin Miller's big night wasn't enough for East Union to overcome mighty Oakdale.
MOUNTAIN HOUSE – Ripon's defense wasn't happy about surrendering 35 points last week to a very good Hilmar team.
For the first time in its short history, the "Battle of I-5" has something up for grabs.
Much of the attention in the Valley Oak League has been on Central Catholic and Oakdale this season and understandably so.
Turnovers can be deadly – just ask the Sierra freshman football team.
Kyle Rachels threw for nearly 300 yards to go with four touchdowns, as the visiting Manteca sophomore football team crushed rival Sierra 64-13 Friday at ...
Manteca's strong-as-steal defense was dented.
HILMAR - Jacob Duxbury put the finishing touches on his big night with a 52-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter with 3 minutes, 10 seconds ...
Erron Duncan finished out strong for Weston Ranch.
OAKDALE - For the first 21 minutes of the 1st half, the Lathrop High football engaged in a tight defensive duel with Valley Oak League powerhouse ...
WATERFORD – Ripon Christian scored more touchdowns on Friday night than Waterford had in total offensive yardage.
Kyle Reis was 1 when his father, Eric, took over as head coach of the Manteca High football team.
Sierra was two wins away from its first 10-0 regular-season finish.
Mason James and Isaiah Sholund were responsible for more than 300 of the 400-plus yards that East Union racked up Friday in a 27-0 homecoming ...
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