Ripon Christian is well aware of what it's up against tonight.
Sophomores have long been a part of Sierra's winning formula this season, but when Brandon Arreola burst around the corner and into the end zone this was something new.
Behind the goal posts, shagging footballs blasted through the uprights during warm-ups, Sierra's Marissa LaQuaglia makes no illusions about her role on Friday nights.
Ripon Christian appeared to have an Andrew Brown clone in the form of junior tail back Brian Sytsma.
The third time was the charm for Eric Reis and his Manteca High football team.
Confetti wafted in the air above the home bleachers and players were met with hugs and high-fives at every turn.
GARDEN VALLEY – The Ripon Christian Knights relied on a strong second-half surge to roll past Golden Sierra in Friday's Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI playoff opener.
It was the kind of moment that can take the air out of a stadium.
By now, the Sac-Joaquin Section football playoff brackets have been dissected and analyzed by anyone with a rooting interest or a job to do.
Eric Reis has been known to share stories of Manteca High's grid-iron glory of years past with his players.
Manteca High pummeled East Union 56-8 on Friday to wrap up the Valley Oak League sophomore campaign at Dino Cunial Field.
STOCKTON – The Sierra High Timberwolves wrapped up a share of the Valley Oak League championship on Friday thanks to a convincing 49-7 victory at Weston Ranch.
After sputtering midway through the season, the Green Machine has reached top speed just in time for another postseason run.
RIPON – It had all of the makings of a senior night for the ages.
MODESTO - As Ripon Christian's fullback, Seth Silveira is usually the one paving the way for others to get the glory.
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Mark Paule Jr. knew that he had to get into the end zone.
STOCKTON - The Manteca High Buffaloes continue to find ways to win.
RIPON - Jonah Lewis returned the opening kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown to spark Ripon Christian in its 28-13 victory over Le Grand on Friday.
LATHROP - Central Catholic wasn't at its best, but neither was Lathrop in their Valley Oak League contest Friday night.
Junior quarterbacks Jack Weaver and Mark Vicente took their lumps in blowout losses last week.
Anthony Contreras had two long scoring plays Thursday to help lead East Union to a 34-0 win over visiting Lathrop in Valley Oak League freshman ...
Matthew Pilkay threw for one touchdown and ran for another Friday to lead East Union to a 22-6 win over host Lathrop in sophomore Valley ...
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