The success of Hilmar High's spread offense has been tied to two of the Valley's top quarterbacks.
Manteca gets a bump up to No. 8 in the Cal-Hi Sports Division II NorCal Bowl rankings after beating previous No. 7 Oakdale, 35-20. Ripon remains at No. 6 in Division III, while Ripon Christian moves up a spot to No. 9 in Division IV/Small Schools. See Thursday's edition of the Bulletin for additional information.
Manteca put up 13 second-half points to offset two first-quarter scores for host Oakdale on the way to a 20-12 come-from-behind Valley Oak League sophomore football win at The Corral.
Sierra needed just 22 offensive plays Thursday to defeat host Lathrop 58-0 in Valley Oak League freshman action at Bennie Gatto Field.
OAKDALE – Eric Reis closed his postgame speech on Friday evening with three very apt words for his program:
HUGHSON - It has been a while since an opponent punched Ripon on the nose on its opening drive.
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.
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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