The big-time players made some big-time plays, but an unlikely hero emerged in Sierra High's 30-28 heart-pumping and much-needed win over persistent East Union Friday at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
When the preseason schedules ended and the East Union Lancers were toting around a perfect 3-0 record, some people felt that being 3-0 is only a big deal to the teams that aren't expected to be 3-0.
The game plan went accordingly for Manteca High on Friday. The Buffaloes entertained the homecoming crowd at Guss Schmiedt Field by displaying a balanced attack against Weston Ranch. More importantly, Manteca's impressive 36-0 victory maintained its share of the top spot in the Valley Oak League with crosstown rival Sierra up next back at Guss Schmiedt Field. "We played consistent football from the opening kickoff," Buffalo coach Eric Reis said. "We were able to keep ...
Dunleavy Field is one of the more special venues in the Valley Oak League, but the Sonora Wildcats are never gracious hosts.
Things got off to a favorable start for Ripon Christian, but its good luck would not hold. The Knights could only watch as Mariposa High reeled off 51 unanswered points in a 51-8 Southern League defeat Friday at Ripon High. The Knights (0-2 SL, 0-5 overall) got on the board early in the first quarter when Isaac Norman scored from 7 yards out. The Knights' defensive unit was up for the challenge early, holding Mariposa ...
East Union thought it could win its season opener against Beyer at Modesto Junior College Sept. 3.
Mike James isn't buying the hype. Jeff Harbison is. James and his 4-0 East Union High Lancers will travel across town to face rival Sierra this Friday for a meaningful Valley Oak League contest. To James, the 2009 VOL co-champion Timberwolves, who are fighting to keep their playoff hopes alive, are not as bad as their 1-3 record indicates. All of Sierra's losses have come against quality teams - Enochs of Modesto, Granada of Livermore ...
After putting together a weak performance over the first two quarters of their Valley Oak League football opener, the Sierra Timberwolves sophomores fought back, only to make it interesting in a 40-22 loss to Oakdale High Friday at Sierra High.
MANTECA – Late in the second quarter Thursday Matt Wilkerson got a bit more than the 8 yards he needed for a first down when he lumbered 36 yards for a touchdown to give the Manteca freshmen the lead for good in a 22-8 Valley Oak League football victory over Kimball at Guss Schmiedt Field.
The beginning of the end started when the Oakdale Mustangs opened the second half at their own 10-yard line and methodically chewed up nearly the entire third quarter, marching 90 yards for an eventual A.C. Brown touchdown that stripped Sierra High of a chance at victory in a 33-15 defeat Friday at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
Homecoming is often a time for celebration. East Union was certainly enjoying the good times following Friday's 31-0 Valley Oak League victory over Lathrop High. "Just to see the smiles on the faces of all 45 players is priceless," Lancer coach Mike James said as his team improved its mark to 4-0. East Union (1-0) had trouble getting started against the upstart Spartans (0-1, 2-2). "Lathrop did an outstanding job against us," James said. "You ...
The Manteca Buffaloes could not have drawn up a more perfect opening to the Valley Oak League season, blasting the Kimball Jaguars 62-0 in their first-ever VOL contest Friday at Kimball High.
RIPON - Hilmar High's grand return to the Trans Valley League wasn't so grand.
LE GRAND – Ripon Christian received a rude Southern League welcome from the host Le Grand Bulldogs on Friday.
Over the past decade, there has been one constant amongst the elite teams in the Valley Oak League and that's the fact that to become the champion, one usually has to beat the champion. In Friday's VOL opener for Sierra and Oakdale highs, that hurdle will be cleared immediately by the winning squad.
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.