WESTON RANCH – It was a contest both programs had circled on their calendars, but Weston Ranch was the program with something to celebrate after its 15-3 Valley Oak League win over the Lathrop Spartans Friday during the Cougars' homecoming week.
East Union High football coach, Mike James, didn't need to comb The Corral with a metal detector and headphones to find the reason for his teams' 63-21 defeat at the hands of the reigning co-Valley Oak League champions.
Anthony Cota got the Sierra offense clicking in the first quarter and the Timberwolves never slowed down, blasting the Kimball Jaguars 58-20 in Valley Oak League action Friday in Tracy.
RIPON – The Indians made changes Friday out of necessity.
DELHI – Ripon Christian registered its first victory of the season on Friday.
Don't expect much traffic within city limits Friday night.
The season didn't open as smoothly as the Sierra Timberwolves sophomore football team would have liked, but the squad surely is getting hot at the right time, blowing out the Manteca Buffaloes 34-6 Friday at Manteca High.
MANTECA – Matt Wilkerson and Michael Gonzales combined to rack up over 300 rushing yards Thursday to score the three Manteca touchdowns in a 22-12 come-from-behind win for the Buffaloes over Sierra in Valley Oak League freshman football action at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
Manteca High has been at its best in the second half of its big games this season, while Sierra tends to struggle over the final 24 minutes.
ESCALON - Early in the first quarter, Ripon High met the challenge of stopping Escalon's potent offense on first and second down, but its excellence shined through when the Cougars needed it most during their 45-13 blowout over Ripon Friday at Engle Field.
East Union High kept pace in the Valley Oak League race, but needed a big play by Teejay Gordon to secure the hard-fought 31-21 win over Weston Ranch at Dino Cunial Field.
The Lathrop Spartans got a visit from the defending co-Valley Oak League champion Oakdale Mustangs and it got out of control in a hurry, with Oakdale laying a 49-0 beating on Friday.
The Ripon Christian Knights were no strangers to the Denair Coyotes.
Eric Reis couldn't wait to watch last week's epic East Union-Sierra rivalry game on film, perhaps more so as a football fan than as Manteca High's head coach scouting for strengths and weaknesses.
Misfortune has played an unfair role in Ripon High's less-than-stellar start to the season, but the Indians have an ample opportunity in front of them when they make the 13-mile trip to Escalon to take on the Cougars Friday at Engle Field.
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.
East Union coach Willie Herrera put the future of the football program on the shoulders of a sophomore quarterback.
LATHROP - Ripon showed what it can do against a team of athletes its own size Friday at Lathrop's Bennie Gatto Field.
The Manteca High defense rarely had a chance to see the field in the first quarter of Friday's game against Enochs High School at Guss Schmiedt Field.
STOCKTON – The Sierra High Timberwolves continued its early season dominance Friday, rolling past Chavez, 63-24.
The Lathrop and Ripon football teams are at a crossroads heading into their pivotal Week 2 matchup at Bennie Gatto Field.
Willie Herrera knows just how close his East Union football team came to winning its season opener two weeks ago.
Manteca and Sierra are looking to carry undefeated records going into their bye week and Valley Oak League schedule, but standing in the way are upset-minded opponents looking to make a splash of their own.
Sonora found out the hard way that it does not pay to give the Manteca soccer team second chances.
The Lathrop freshmen gave up two first-quarter touchdowns on interceptions Thursday to Bradshaw Christian's Marina Altamura and Altamura scored on a long run early in the second quarter to lead the Pride to a 19-6 non-league win over the Spartans at Bennie Gatto Field.
Manteca High coach Eric Reis put the headphones away at the half.