How about this juicy matchup to kick off the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV football playoffs?
"Somebody's 'O' has got to go." That's what legendary ring announcer Michael Buffer says to help build excitement moments before two undefeated boxers go toe to toe in the squared circle. It also applies to the gridiron of The Corral this Friday when Oakdale hosts Manteca High in an anticipated matchup between 8-0 Valley Oak League heavyweights. "Both these programs are the bullies on the block," said Manteca coach Eric Reis, who is 3-6 against ...
RIPON – The Indians nearly came away with their first Trans Valley League win of the season against Modesto Christian last Friday.
They bumped, they bruised and they rolled all over the visiting Sonora Wildcats in a 44-14 blowout for the Sierra High freshman football team in recent Valley Oak League action.
The game that unfolded at Guss Schmiedt Field Friday night was anything but pretty. Host Manteca High, still battle-bruised and wounded from its war with the Sonora Wildcats the week before, seemed to struggle with filling the gaps that their absent team captains left on both sides of the ball. And Lathrop made the kind of on-field mistakes that one would expect from a young football program trying to gain its footing against one of ...
RIPON – Chalk up a satisfying Trans Valley League victory for the Indians. Thanks to Friday's 40-33 win over Modesto Christian at Stouffer Field, the Ripon High varsity football squad all but assured itself of a post season berth. "We're in a nice spot," said Indians coach Chris Johnson, whose team improved to 2-2 in league, 6-2 overall. Ripon fought a formidable foe in the Crusaders, who boasted University of Arizona-bound quarterback Nate Sudfeld. He ...
SONORA - Needing a win to have a realistic shot at the playoffs, Sierra saw a fourth-quarter lead evaporate Friday against host Sonora, as the Wildcats downed the Timberwolves 51-37 in Valley Oak League action at Dunlavey Field.
DELHI - Ripon Christian scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter to break open a close game and defeat Delhi 35-7 in Southern League action Friday.
TRACY - Two of the Valley Oak League's top young quarterbacks were supposed to square off at Don Nicholson Stadium Friday in a battle of two 1-6 squads.
Manteca High's football team is the only one representing seven area schools to have clinched a Sac-Joaquin Section playoff berth so far.
One down, three to go. The postseason before the postseason resumes for Sierra High's football team Friday at Sonora's renowned Dunlavy Field. For the second straight season, the Timberwolves are forced to win their final four Valley Oak League contests for a berth to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-III playoffs. Their biggest late-season threat last year was Sonora, which they soundly beat, 28-7. That was at home. On Friday, Sierra (2-2, 3-4 overall) plays where Sonora ...
After a defensive battle in the first half, a kickoff return ignited a back-and-forth scoring barrage in Manteca High's 26-20 sophomore victory over Sonora Friday.
HUGHSON - Ripon scored 28 first-half points before host Hughson even got on the board, and the Indians rode the hot hand of Kyle Wengel to a 34-12 Trans-Valley League.
Tyler Clark came through with the big stop for Sierra High Friday against Kimball. His quarterback sack in the closing minutes helped the Timberwolves escape with a 27-22 Valley Oak League victory over visiting the Jaguars. "We needed that stop," said Clark, who had several open field tackles to his credit. "We needed to force (Kimball) into a passing situation on fourth and long." The Jaguars' last-ditch effort ended with Kayson Matela and Tim Brown ...
East Union could have looked at the opening kickoff of its game against unbeaten Valley Oak League powerhouse Oakdale Friday night one of two ways.
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.
STOCKTON - Every time the Manteca High offense was entrusted with the ball against the Weston Ranch Cougars it scored.
RIVERBANK – Ripon's 21-game Trans Valley League winning streak came to a halt last week against Hilmar, but that didn't faze the Indians Friday night.
LATHROP – The Lathrop Spartans were hoping to build on last week's momentum against Sonora.
Sierra and Ripon aim to rebound from tough Week 7 losses, while Manteca and Ripon Christian are rolling along in their quests for outright league championships.
A pair of fourth-quarter fumbles returned for touchdowns helped key East Union High's stunning 36-22 come-from-behind victory over host Lathrop in Valley Oak League sophomore action at Paul Wiggin Stadium.
HILMAR – Nick Price shouted until his voice went hoarse, imploring his defense to come up with one last stop.
OAKDALE - Trent Merzon saw something that wasn't quite right.
Manteca High coach Eric Reis warned his team about a possible letdown Friday against Kimball.
LATHROP – Kenny Garrett not only led Lathrop High to its first victory of the season, but he also helped the Spartans record their first-ever win over a Manteca Unified rival, snapping an 18-game intra-district losing streak.
DELHI – Due to a fire alongside Highway 99 that slowed traffic to a crawl, it took Ripon Christian High's football team and its large contingent of fans an unusually long time to make the trek to Delhi High School Friday night.
Early turnovers and Sonora's physical triple-option offense were too much for Weston Ranch to overcome in a 55-16 loss Friday.
To narrow a team's game plan down to a single player would be unfair.
Chris Johnson and Frank Marques' relationship extends beyond the painted sidelines and stands of the football field.