STOCKTON - In an entertaining game that featured momentum-swinging plays between evenly-matched teams, it will be one moment of controversy that will haunt Manteca High and its fans.
Manteca has seen several variations of the spread offense in recent weeks.
Eric Reis isn't buying all the message-board chatter and talk about Enterprise's supposed soft schedule. And he is making sure his Manteca Buffaloes aren't putting stock into comparative scores with one common opponent.
Jake LeDon shuffles the defense around with a broken hand wrapped in padding and bandages.
Manteca High seniors Alex Laurel and Billy Sharmoug were both selected to the Sacramento Valley Chapter's National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame All-Sac-Joaquin Section football team.
Alex Laurel was locked in competition with Lonny Powell, Kalen McDonald and the rest of the Sacramento defense, but everything he chased was standing on the sideline.
Alex Laurel has broken Manteca High records and won championships in his ongoing breakthrough senior season.
STOCKTON - Rain. Running clock. Ring.
Jacob LeDon is arguably the best player that few outside of Manteca High's football team know about.
Ripon Christian senior Andrew Brown pieced together a historic season that came to a heart-breaking end in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI championship game at Lodi's Grape Bowl on Saturday.
Brandon Dabney hopes to be the speed bump that slows down the lightningrod receiver nicknamed "Wheels."
Andrew Brown scored eight touchdowns as a freshman on Ripon Christian's sophomore team in 2010.
Manteca High's football team is playing a 14th game for the first time ever.
LODI – Normally, the team that maintains its composure is the one that wins the big game. Such was not the case Saturday.
LODI – Billy Marr's final pass of his junior season was a little high to the left sideline.
In his three years as head coach of the East Union High Lancers, Willie Herrera had yet to celebrate a homecoming victory.
OAKDALE – Weston Ranch stayed poised and battled through the night but left Oakdale on the short end of a 48-0 score.
The compliments have come rushing in for the Sierra High football team and its defensive leader, Trevon McCray. He's been called "the best player on the field" by Ripon coach Chris Johnson following the Timberwolves' season-opening 54-7 victory. Teammates often refer to the middle linebacker as an "animal" for his tenacious play on Friday evenings.
Jeff Harbison's well-intentioned pre-league schedule produced favorable results, but not the type of games he had hoped for his Sierra football team.