Category Archives: High school football

Tracy’s Russell, McNair’s Brown, Calaveras’ Hamilton named State Stat Stars

Brandon Russell’s all-around week, Osai Brown’s aeronautical assault and Connor Hamilton’s ground gashing all deserved some props. And they all got it. The Tracy senior Russell, the McNair junior Brown and the Calaveras senior Hamilton all made the latest Cal-Hi Sports State Stat Stars list for their Week 8 performances. Russell, who plays wide receiver, [...]

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Recent History: Sierra-Manteca football rivalry

For a rivalry that’s less than 20 years old, the football rivalry between Sierra and Manteca high schools feels incredibly deep-rooted. The Buffaloes (6-2, 3-2 VOL) host the Timberwolves (8-0, 5-0 VOL) Friday night at 7 p.m. Sierra clinches a share of a Valley Oak League championship with a victory, puts itself in line to [...]

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Players to Watch/X-Factors: Sierra at Manteca

Well, first things first. An X-Factor for our prep football Game of the Week, Sierra at Manteca? Well, how about 70 percent chance of rain, according to AccuWeather.com. Considering the Buffaloes’ natural Guss Schmiedt Field is prone to have a bit of mud, at least on the sidelines, it could be a bad-weather, old-school football [...]

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NorCal Bowl Rankings (Cal-Hi Sports and MaxPreps): Week 9

Sierra High football remained strong in the NorCal Division II bowl rankings, after topping East Union 35-21 at home. The Timberwolves are 8-0 overall and 5-0 in the Valley Oak League, and moved up a spot in Cal-Hi Sports’ rankings, after No. 1 Concord-Clayton Valley beat No. 3 Concord. Here’s a look at both sites’ [...]

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Sac-Joaquin Section football Top 25 Rankings: Week 9

The Rams, Timberwolves, Buffaloes and Bulldogs are all back. MaxPreps.com and The Sacramento Bee’s Joe Davidson released their Week 9 edition of the Sac-Joaquin Section Top 25 football rankings today. And St. Mary’s, Sierra, Manteca and Tracy all return. Here’s a look at the Top 25, with local teams bolded. It goes ranking, team, last [...]

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“If They Started Today” – Sac-Joaquin Section football playoffs

  On Saturday, Nov. 8, the Sac-Joaquin Section office in Lodi will be abuzz with compiling the football playoff brackets for Divisions I-VII. For now, eight weeks in, I’ve come up with who would be in the postseason if it started today, with some notes about local teams and their future. Who’s probably in? Who [...]

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Helmet Stickers: Prep Football Week 8

My weekly prep football “Helmet Stickers” blog isn’t just here to celebrate statistical wonders. It’s here to celebrate heroics and clutch moments too. CULLEN CORNAGA (Tokay K, Jr.) Tokay junior Cullen Cornaga had lost his starting kicker job. And with Tokay down 21-19 at Lincoln Friday, teammate Modesto Cruz missed a potential game-winning field goal, [...]

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Prep Football Power Rankings: Week 9

  St. Mary’s High football proved it’s still very much dog top in my local power rankings. The Rams dismantled host Tracy High 49-29 at Wayne Schneider Stadium. And with Tokay’s stunning 22-21 win over Lincoln, St. Mary’s has sole possession of first place in the Tri-City Athletic League. Here’s a look at my latest [...]

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Stagg’s Taylor commits to Eastern Washington

The first of the top local prep football players have chosen their college. Tristen Taylor, Stagg High’s 6-foot-7, 310-pound offensive lineman, verbally committed to Eastern Washington yesterday, an NCAA Division I FCS program in the Big Sky Conference with schools like Sacramento State, UC Davis and Cal Poly. Eastern Washington has produced plenty of NFL [...]

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Stats and Breakdown: St. Mary’s smokes Tracy

Noah Righetti was near perfect in the first half of his Rams’ win over the Bulldogs Friday. Righetti, St. Mary’s High football’s senior quarterback, completed his first seven pass attempts for 190 yards and two touchdowns, and finished with a 12 for 16 night with 240 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. And St. Mary’s [...]

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