The road to the Valley Oak League championship still goes through The Corral.
If defense wins championships, don't tell that to Sierra head coach Jeff Harbison.
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.
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.