Will he or won't he play? That's the burning question surrounding Manteca High's football team these days. Quarterback Alex Martinez missed last Friday's contest at Sierra with an injured thumb, and after the game coach Eric Reis didn't rule him out for the Buffaloes' next big showdown: a homecoming date with Sonora Friday's Week-7 matchup at Guss Schmiedt Field is the first of three involving the Valley Oak League's traditional "big three." In Week 9, ...
RIPON - Fake point-after kicks, wildcat formations, pre-snap shifts and halfback tosses.
Sierra High's sophomore football team overcame a halftime deficit to beat visiting crosstown rival Manteca 25-16 and remain undefeated in the Valley Oak League Friday.
In a battle of two high-powered offenses, it was the defenses that shined Thursday when Manteca High's freshman football team hosted intra-city foe Sierra.
RIPON – It's easy to see why Ripon would have come out bright-eyed Friday night in its home Trans Valley League matchup against defending CIF Small School State champion Escalon.
Oakdale High's football team welcomed Lathrop's varsity to The Corral for the first time Friday.
WESTON RANCH - Willie Cervantes had a homecoming he'll long remember. The Weston Ranch High senior had pestered his coaches into letting him play fullback. Against East Union, they finally gave in. Cervantes made good on that decision on Friday, scoring his first-ever touchdown in the fourth quarter while helping his team to a 42-36 victory over the Lancers. "I'm feeling good right now," he said. Cervantes, who, according to acting head coach Jerry Cook, ...
The intense football rivalry between Manteca and Sierra resumes Friday at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium, but two of the area's brightest stars may not play a part in it.
Good news first: Ripon Christian standout quarterback Danny Vos suffered whiplash during the Knights' 27-7 loss at Mariposa last Friday.
Sierra High's sophomore football team held on to hand East Union its first loss 41-28 at Dino Cunial Field Friday.
STOCKTON - It had the makings of a shootout and a possible upset. Then Manteca High poured in 34 unanswered points over the final three quarters to upend Weston Ranch 48-14 on Friday. Weston Ranch (0-2 Valley Oak League, 1-4 overall) put the undefeated Buffaloes in a bind early on, first with an 80-yard catch-and-run from James Simerly to Oshari Dunn on third-and-10. After Simerly hooked up with Alex Esan for another scoring play through ...
It was a tale of two halves of football on Friday night. Playing in front of a festive homecoming crowd at Dino Cunial Field, the East Union High varsity squad was locked in a battle with rival Sierra for much of the first two quarters. The Timberwolves (1-1, 2-3), however, scored 25 unanswered points in the third quarter to break open the Valley Oak League affair, winning rather convincingly, 46-12. The win was Sierra's eighth ...
LATHROP - Sonora scored in spurts Friday night, and Lathrop could only answer the first Wildcat touchdown.
MARIPOSA - Ripon Christian standout quarterback Danny Vos was rushed to a nearby hospital for a possible concussion during the Knights' 27-7 loss to Mariposa.
The head coaches of East Union and Sierra's football teams aren't downplaying the significance of their Week-5 contest.
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.
Lathrop has certainly earned the respect of its opponents this year, but that hasn't translated into any wins so far.
The epic Week-1 clash between inter-section opponents Manteca and Wilcox of Santa Clara could be revisited in December, though much would have to happen between now and then for them to meet in a CIF NorCal Regional Bowl Game.
The success of Hilmar High's spread offense has been tied to two of the Valley's top quarterbacks.
Manteca gets a bump up to No. 8 in the Cal-Hi Sports Division II NorCal Bowl rankings after beating previous No. 7 Oakdale, 35-20. Ripon remains at No. 6 in Division III, while Ripon Christian moves up a spot to No. 9 in Division IV/Small Schools. See Thursday's edition of the Bulletin for additional information.