The East Union sophomores battled back to score two late touchdowns but came up short on the go-ahead two-point conversion attempt as host Kimball held on for a 14-13 win in Valley Oak League action at Don Nicholson Stadium, the first-ever high-school win for the Jaguars sophomore class.
The Manteca Buffaloes used a methodical, punishing ground game on Thursday to roll to a 42-7 Valley Oak League freshman football win over host Lathrop at Bennie Gatto Field.
RIPON - The Ripon Indians improved to 6-0 for the season by handling Modesto Christian Friday at Stouffer Field, 35-13.
SONORA - The final horn signaled a historic moment for Sierra. Head coach Jeff Harbison had other things in mind. "Where's my sweater?" he hollered while following his players to the 50-yard line. It wasn't an ideal time to be doused by a jug full of sports drink on this chilly night in the Mother Lode, but minutes later Harbison didn't seem to mind. That is because for the first time in school history his ...
Joe Menzel's numbers weren't gaudy. The Manteca High quarterback didn't complete double-digit passes and his box score likely isn't going to send shivers down the spine of VOL rivals that Manteca will face in the coming weeks. But the only number that he really needs to hang his hat on is five – the number of touchdowns he threw in only one half of play in the Buffaloes' 56-7 homecoming rout of the Lathrop Spartans ...
TRACY – East Union dug itself a deep hole early Friday night and couldn't climb out as host Kimball smacked the Lancers 42-21.
MODESTO – It would be understandable if one thought Ripon Christian High's football team was simply Andrew Brown and his Band of Renown, but the Knights' standout running back disagrees as he explained Friday night at Modesto Christian High.
STOCKTON – Weston Ranch High's top playmaker sat in the stands, dressed in street clothes with an undisclosed injury.
Sierra head coach Jeff Harbison will relish every second of what could be his last visit to Sonora High's storied Dunlavy Field on Friday.
When it comes to comparing coaching careers, others are green with envy. Few have done it better and for longer than Manteca High football coach Eric Reis, who goes hunting for yet another milestone this Friday evening. The Buffaloes continue their push for a Valley Oak League title with a homecoming tilt against Lathrop High and first-year coach Steven Wichman. The two represent opposite ends of the coaching spectrum in the Valley Oak League. Wichman ...
Lathrop's Diego Chavez threw for two touchdowns and ran for one to lead the sophomore Spartans to a 37-12 Valley Oak League win over visiting Weston Ranch on Friday.
There may not have been five laterals and there was no Stanford band on the field, but after Thursday the Sierra freshmen football team will forever have its own version of "The Play."
RIPON – Ripon quieted the non-believers with a performance for the ages during its Trans Valley League opener at Stouffer Field.
Alex Laurel followed the herd of Buffalo-sized blockers in front of him, veering outside the tackle box.
LATHROP - And that's how you start a rivalry. The inaugural Battle of I-5 was just that on Friday night, an absolute tug-of-war battle between Weston Ranch and Lathrop until its riveting conclusion. This Valley Oak League opener came down to the final seconds at Bennie Gatto Field, as Lathrop quarterback Kenny Garrett overthrew tight end Nathan Ogunbanwo, who was blanketed by double coverage, in the end zone on fourth-and-7 from the Weston Ranch 16 ...
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.