Three Manteca-Ripon area teams are hosting first-round playoff football games next Friday, and another is heading to Placer County.
Ripon Christian kept the Le Grand sophomores off the score board for the final three quarters Friday night and rolled to a second-place finish in the Southern League on Friday with a 36-6 win at Stouffer Field.
RIPON – Two running backs chasing each other in the stat book found themselves on opposite ends of the emotional spectrum Friday evening.
It was a mismatch from the start.
Use any of the clichés you want to describe the situation that Sierra High found itself in going into Friday's regular season finale at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium, but its back was against the wall.
For the better part of the first two quarters, the Lathrop High Spartans stood toe to toe with Kimball.
Andrew Brown this. Andrew Brown that.
Christian Williams might be the most dynamic return man in the nation. On one leg even.
Lathrop, East Union and Weston Ranch didn't produce the results they hoped for prior to the start of the season.
Manteca is in at Division III.
Make it seven straight shutouts for the Ripon Chiefs junior varsity.
The lights to Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium remained lit hours after a rivalry was put to rest early Saturday morning.
Down but not out.
Alex Laurel didn't disappoint a capacity crowd Friday at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium, a game that would decide the Valley Oak League champion.
Sierra hasn't had a losing record since 2005, Jeff Harbison's first year as the school's head football coach, and advanced to the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs in five of the last six years.
It might be the best matchup no one's talking about, and that's OK with East Union coach Willie Herrera.
LATHROP – On Friday, there wasn't much that went right for the Lathrop football team and its daring quarterback, Diego Chavez
Ripon Christian was shut out in the second halves of its first two Southern League games - a closer-than-it-needed-to-be 21-20 win over Orestimba followed by a 15-14 heartbreaker at Le Grand.
SANTA CLARA – Luis Reyes saw a loose ball bouncing around and knew that he had to make a play.
Jacob Peterson scored two touchdowns for the Sierra freshmen in a 20-6 win over visiting Lathrop on Thursday in Valley Oak League action at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
Lathrop held Sierra scoreless until the fourth quarter Friday in a 32-7 win over the Timberwolves in Valley Oak League sophomore action at Bennie Gatto Field.
RIPON - To Ripon, the 2014 season started for real on Friday night.
LATHROP – Statistically, it might have been Devin Nunez's worst performance under center for Sierra.
MODESTO – East Union, meet Justin Rice.
STOCKTON – A time-consuming drive late in the game Friday helped the Weston Ranch High Cougars slip past visiting Kimball, 18-14.
RIPON – Billy Marr engineered two scoring drives in the final three minutes as Ripon Christian completed a come-from-behind victory on Friday evening.