Few in the area match the pregame ambiance of East Union High home football games.
Manteca High opened its season Friday with a lopsided 55-7 non-league win at Galt.
LINDEN - With 1:37 remaining Friday night and visiting Ripon clinging to a seven-point lead and facing a fourth down and 15 yards to go from the Linden 28-yard line, Kyle Wengel spotted Cole Herrin with a touchdown pass to put the game out of reach and give the Indians a 42-28 win.
There are similarities between the East Union and Orestimba 2010 football teams.
RIPON – Ripon Christian High's colors are blue and gold.
After putting together a solid team effort in its season-opener against Enochs, Sierra High was forced to cope with a 33-20 loss to the Eagles on its home field Friday.
Games such as the one played at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium Friday are labeled "defensive struggles," but the defenses weren't doing the struggling.
RIPON – It was far from perfect, but good enough. Ripon High pushed across its third touchdown just before halftime, jumping out on the Ceres Bulldogs 21-7 and never looked back in a 28-7 victory to open the season.
Three area squads got a head start in the 2010 season when the Sac-Joaquin Section revamped the football schedule to include Week Zero contests, but they combined for zero wins going into Week 1.
The Manteca Junior Buffaloes varsity squad opened its 2011 season with a 14-6 victory over the Denair Lions Saturday in the Trans Valley Youth Football League.
Week after week there was a growing belief in Lancer Land that East Union High's football team could actually make a run at a postseason berth.
The Valley Oak League's top two offensive players of 2010 graduated from Manteca High's co-championship team last May.
At one point in the 2010 season Sierra High stood with a dismal 2-4 record and its postseason hopes were fading fast. The Timberwolves would get it going, running the table and landing a postseason berth. This season, Sierra is hoping to get it going right from the start.
Varsity football at Lathrop High School is nothing new.
Throughout Mike Hale's four-year tenure as Weston Ranch head coach, the Cougars have been plagued by minimal player turnout. This season, the issue still remains, yet Hale and the Cougars are adamant about their chances to improve on last season's struggles.
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.
Sierra has built a reputation on offense in recent years.
RIPON – The Ripon High Indians are 0-2 to start the season after falling to Patterson at Stouffer Field Friday, 38-14
LATHROP – Steve Wichman wanted to see crisp.
Despite heavy graduation losses, the Manteca High football team has begun the season on the watch list for a CIF State Bowl berth.
Coming off impressive road wins, the Manteca and Sierra football teams welcome visiting squads led by new head coaches with credentials.