LATHROP - A win tonight would mark several milestones for Lathrop High, which hosts Weston Ranch for homecoming and their Valley Oak League opener tonight.
Ripon didn't face the stiffest of competition this preseason.
LATHROP - The "Battle of I-5" actually began in a small town off of Highway 99 in the late 80s.
Led by Michael Frisby's 100-yard rushing effort and a suffocating defense, the Manteca Jr. Buffaloes rolled to a 28-0 win over the Ceres Seahawks and are still perfect in the Central California Junior Football League.
The Manteca Jaguars and Los Banos Wildcats put on a defensive display at every level Saturday at Sierra High.
The Sierra and Weston Ranch girls golf teams capped the first half of the Valley Oak League season playing against each other last Thursday and teed off the second half on Monday.
The Lathrop sophomore football hung with the Indians on Ripon High's homecoming night but couldn't keep up with their balanced rushing attack in a 28-7 loss last Friday.
RIPON – Technically, the Cannon Club's first blast came after Michael Ysit crossed the goal line just 15 seconds into the game.
Modesto Christian can do plenty with what little it has.
SALIDA – Ripon Christian's run defense was as stingy as could be Friday night under the lights at Modesto Christian High.
STOCKTON – Seth Davis was thrilled to get that first victory as the Weston Ranch head coach.
LATHROP – Often times, game films are like paintings.
RIPON – With a punishing running style and deceptive speed, Michael Ysit plays with the destructive force of a bowling ball.
East Union (1-1) caps its nonleague schedule this Friday at Dino Cunial Field where it will face its stiffest test so far in Modesto Christian (2-1).
Manteca High's sophomores racked up more than 500 total offensive yards and rolled to a 40-0 win over host Los Banos on Friday night in non-league play. It was Manteca's first shutout of the season.
RIPON – For months, Sierra head coach Jeff Harbison and offensive coordinator Jeff Abrew have been inside the laboratory, retooling one of the area's most explosive offenses.
TRACY – The Lathrop High Spartans opened the season with a hard-fought 20-7 non-league loss to West Friday at Steve Lopez Stadium.
SANTA CLARA - Maybe it was a good thing that Friday's Manteca-Wilcox football game did not take place at Levi's Stadium as originally planned.
MODESTO – They did what they were supposed to do.
Victor Polanco stood on the sidelines, a sun hat pulled low on his brow.
The last day to purchase tickets for the Manteca High football team's rooters' buses is Wednesday, Aug. 20.
Lathrop Jr. Spartans president Jaime Hernandez has a vision.
LATHROP - To borrow a phrase from John Denver's "Rocky Mountain High," the Lathrop Lions are coming home to a place they have never been before.
So, how does Sierra replace one of the Sac-Joaquin Section's most prolific passers of 2013?
Keith Jackson is picking up where he left off last fall, when he rallied generations of Manteca High alumni to cheer the Buffaloes' historic postseason run.
Second-year Lathrop coach Steven Wichman has a better idea of what his team can do with pads on this time around.
The Sac-Joaquin Section's preseason Dead Period doesn't begin until Monday.
Weston Ranch's football players weren't the only ones hard at work this offseason.
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