Central Catholic may have been saving its best offensive weapon for Friday's Valley Oak League showdown of unbeaten teams at Manteca High's Guss Schmiedt Field.
LATHROP - The Battle of I-5 trophy is remains in Lathrop for a second straight year.
RIPON – The opening drive of a football game rarely affects the outcome.
A defensive struggle turned into an offensive explosion in a Valley Oak League tilt pitting Kimball and host Sierra at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium on Friday.
Austin Miller's big night wasn't enough for East Union to overcome mighty Oakdale.
MOUNTAIN HOUSE – Ripon's defense wasn't happy about surrendering 35 points last week to a very good Hilmar team.
For the first time in its short history, the "Battle of I-5" has something up for grabs.
Much of the attention in the Valley Oak League has been on Central Catholic and Oakdale this season and understandably so.
Turnovers can be deadly – just ask the Sierra freshman football team.
Kyle Rachels threw for nearly 300 yards to go with four touchdowns, as the visiting Manteca sophomore football team crushed rival Sierra 64-13 Friday at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
Manteca's strong-as-steal defense was dented.
HILMAR - Jacob Duxbury put the finishing touches on his big night with a 52-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter with 3 minutes, 10 seconds left, and Ripon celebrated a 52-35 win over Hilmar to open the Trans-Valley League schedule Friday.
Erron Duncan finished out strong for Weston Ranch.
OAKDALE - For the first 21 minutes of the 1st half, the Lathrop High football engaged in a tight defensive duel with Valley Oak League powerhouse Oakdale.
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Eric Reis can't wait to see how his players fare in pads.
Many of its stars have graduated since its historic 2015 run, but Sierra has had little trouble getting players to participate in its summer program.
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