SALIDA – Ripon Christian's run defense was as stingy as could be Friday night under the lights at Modesto Christian High.
STOCKTON – Seth Davis was thrilled to get that first victory as the Weston Ranch head coach.
LATHROP – Often times, game films are like paintings. Two people can spend hours studying the same canvas, examining its intricacies, searching for the deeper meaning in every brush stroke, only to walk away with different takes. Steven Wichman and Chris Johnson have reviewed Lathrop High's game film in preparation for today's regional showdown, and – go figure – each has a different interpretation of the Spartans' 0-2 start. Wichman is Lathrop's first-year coach, which ...
RIPON – With a punishing running style and deceptive speed, Michael Ysit plays with the destructive force of a bowling ball.
East Union (1-1) caps its nonleague schedule this Friday at Dino Cunial Field where it will face its stiffest test so far in Modesto Christian (2-1).
Manteca High's sophomores racked up more than 500 total offensive yards and rolled to a 40-0 win over host Los Banos on Friday night in non-league play. It was Manteca's first shutout of the season.
The East Union freshmen did not give up a score until late in the game Thursday and crushed visiting El Capitan-Merced 39-7 in non-league play at Dino Cunial Field..
RIPON – Michael Ysit doesn't run in an offense that affords him the opportunity to touch the ball 30 times every game.
A game played primarily in the hands of its quarterbacks was decided by the foot of Joshua Gonzalez.
LOS BANOS - Joe Menzel's Colin Kaepernick impersonation wasn't pretty. Nor did it count.
SACRAMENTO – Lathrop threw punches with Capital Christian for four quarters Friday night.
LODI – Despite a 37-8 non-league loss at Tokay, Weston Ranch displayed effort throughout the game.
RIPON – Spencer Hower pushed himself around the skate park, building speed and confidence as he went.
East Union and Sierra both rebounded from tough losses last week with resounding wins. Manteca looks to do the same on Friday. The Buffaloes (1-1) head to Los Banos following their Week 1 thriller that ended in defeat. Wilcox of Santa Clara visited Guss Schmiedt Field and escaped with a 28-27 overtime win with help from a botched snap on Manteca's attempt to win it with a 2-point conversion. Manteca will also have revenge in ...
The Sierra freshmen could not find the end zone Thursday and could not keep host Central Catholic out of it as the Raiders rolled to a 33-0 non-league win at David Patton Memorial Field.
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.