A game played primarily in the hands of its quarterbacks was decided by the foot of Joshua Gonzalez.
LOS BANOS - Joe Menzel's Colin Kaepernick impersonation wasn't pretty. Nor did it count.
SACRAMENTO – Lathrop threw punches with Capital Christian for four quarters Friday night.
LODI – Despite a 37-8 non-league loss at Tokay, Weston Ranch displayed effort throughout the game.
RIPON – Spencer Hower pushed himself around the skate park, building speed and confidence as he went.
East Union and Sierra both rebounded from tough losses last week with resounding wins. Manteca looks to do the same on Friday. The Buffaloes (1-1) head to Los Banos following their Week 1 thriller that ended in defeat. Wilcox of Santa Clara visited Guss Schmiedt Field and escaped with a 28-27 overtime win with help from a botched snap on Manteca's attempt to win it with a 2-point conversion. Manteca will also have revenge in ...
The Sierra freshmen could not find the end zone Thursday and could not keep host Central Catholic out of it as the Raiders rolled to a 33-0 non-league win at David Patton Memorial Field.
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.
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.
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.
Joe Menzel's numbers weren't gaudy.
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.