DeleteJacari Thompson intercepted a Liberty Ranch pass on the game's opening drive and returned it for a Lathrop touchdown as the junior varsity Spartans posted a 26-9 non-league road win on Friday night.
Manteca football coach Eric Reis wanted the ball in the hands of quarterback Joe Menzel. Simple as that.
LATHROP - It is evident that Lathrop has made strides to be a more competitive football team.
LINDEN – So far, so good. In two weeks, Ripon High's rampaging football team has ripped off two one-sided wins. And it seems as though the Indians are just getting started. Ripon followed up last week's 52-0 win with another runaway victory Friday night, this time 41-0 over a Linden team that simply had no chance. Running behind a powerful offensive line, Michael Ysit blasted his way to 164 yards on only six carries, scoring ...
MODESTO – Sierra resurrected its running game Friday night. The T'Wolves scored six of their eight touchdowns on the ground during a 55-14 thrashing of Grace Davis at Dan Gonsalves Stadium. Sierra seniors Reid Maestas and Jonathan Montoya combined for 214 rushing yards and five scores. "Everybody is doubting us because Anthony Cota left," said Montoya, who had three TDs and 120 yards on just eight carries. "They say we don't have a running game, ...
When Isaiah Gordon galloped into the end zone for East Union's first touchdown, it was a good play.
STOCKTON – Andrew Brown had a night to remember. The senior running back had a hand in all seven first-half scores to lead Ripon Christian to a convincing 69-6 non-league victory over Jim Elliot Christian at Lincoln High's Spanos Stadium. He also racked up 117 yards on nine carries. "We did a great job executing tonight," said Brown, who was quick to praise his offensive line of Jake Schollenberg, David Henderson, Tyler Driesen, and Eric ...
Miscues on special teams led to a heartbreaking loss for Weston Ranch, which otherwise had a promising start to the season under new supervision Friday night.
Eric Reis is pulling no punches, sparing no superlative when it comes to his opponent from Santa Clara.
Grace Davis may not be the walkover Sierra has stomped on in recent seasons. Led by junior quarterback Zach Magana's breakout performance, the Spartans raced to a 26-13 win at East Union in Week Zero. It had been nearly a decade since the Modesto-based squad opened with a 'W." They no doubt have some momentum built up for their Friday night showdown with Sierra, which has marched to three straight wins over Davis by an ...
With the game slipping away, East Union football coach Willie Herrera turned his attention to the ambulance near the north end zone.
Sometimes it pays to give the other team the ball back. With the Sierra sophomores clinging to a two-point lead Friday against host Tracy early in the third quarter, the Bulldogs booted a punt that came to rest near midfield. Tracy was called for a penalty and rather than take the ball at midfield, the Timberwolves backed the Bulldogs up 5 yards and following another 5-yard penalty Tracy found itself punting from near its own ...
Fumbles proved to be the difference Thursday in a 12-0 loss for the Manteca freshman against visiting Central Valley at Guss Schmiedt in non-league football action on Thursday.
Zach Magana has studied from the best in the country, quarterbacks with champion pedigrees and shelves full of trophies.
TRACY- The halftime show at the newly-christened Wayne Schneider Stadium was a fitting metaphor for Sierra High's season opener at Tracy.
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.