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 ...
The Sierra High Timberwolves celebrated homecoming Friday by drubbing Kimball, 44-7. Senior quarterback Jake Pruitt led the way by throwing for four touchdowns and running for another. Hunter Johnson hauled in three TD passes, finishing with nine catches for 199 yards. "It's great to come into homecoming and have every player contribute to the victory," said Sierra coach Jeff Harbison. The Timberwolves (1-0 Valley Oak League, 3-1) were coming off a bye week. "So we ...
Though his team suffered its third loss in four games, East Union coach Willie Herrera celebrated the positives following Friday's 28-8 loss to the always-tough Oakdale Mustangs.
Manteca put up 13 second-half points to offset two first-quarter scores for host Oakdale on the way to a 20-12 come-from-behind Valley Oak League sophomore football win at The Corral.
Sierra needed just 22 offensive plays Thursday to defeat host Lathrop 58-0 in Valley Oak League freshman action at Bennie Gatto Field.
OAKDALE – Eric Reis closed his postgame speech on Friday evening with three very apt words for his program:
HUGHSON - It has been a while since an opponent punched Ripon on the nose on its opening drive.
It was a metaphor for East Union's entire season.
Manteca High football coach Eris Reis is on the cusp win No. 100 in a decorated coaching career that has spanned 12 seasons at his alma mater.
The "any given Friday" mantra is used and abused by prep football coaches on pretty much every given Friday night.
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.