Ripon, Hilmar football teams meet tonight with Trans-Valley League supremacy on the line

TVL supremacy will be on the line

jcortez@modbee.comOctober 17, 2013 

Stanislaus Football Weekly 10-16-13 Sports reporters Joe Cortez, Ron Agostini, and Brian VanderBeek talk about local high school football, unbeaten teams, helmet rules, game predictions and more.

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— For complete coverage of tonight's games, including stories, photos and video, visit www.modbee.com.If you're a fan of high school football, there's really only one place you should be tonight.

Hilmar.

Undefeated Ripon (7-0, 3-0 in the Trans-Valley League) travels to take on the undefeated Yellowjackets (7-0, 3-0) in a game that should decide the conference title.

Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m.

The Ripon-Hilmar rivalry dates back to when both teams were members of the Southern League in the 1970s. Ripon hasn't won in Hilmar since 1996.

Both teams average about 40 points per contest — 41.7 for the Indians and 39.7 for the Yellowjackets — and both give up less than 10 points.

Both teams are led by young quarterbacks. Ripon sophomore Nick Price has thrown eight touchdown passes and just one interception — but it's running back Michael Ysit that makes this team go, averaging 18.2 yards per carry — while Hilmar junior Jonathan O'Brien has 15 TD passes and only two interceptions.

Still, expect the defenses to carry the day in this one. These are two of the fastest defenses, sideline to sideline, in all the Stanislaus District, and Ripon defensive tackle Cody Day is an absolute beast.

Modesto vs. Enochs (at Johansen), 7:30 p.m. — Three weeks ago, these teams were going nowhere. Now, they're playing for a chance to stay in the chase for the Modesto Metro Conference title.

Basically, it's win or go home.

The Eagles have overcome an 0-5 start to their season and are 2-1 in league play, riding a modest two-game winning streak. The Panthers (3-3, 1-1), meanwhile, seem to be steadying after an up-and-down start to their season.

Sierra at Oakdale, 7:30 p.m. — Sierra's timing could've been a little better, perhaps.

Oakdale is coming off a 35-21 loss to Manteca last week. It was only Oakdale's third Valley Oak League loss at The Corral in the last 13½ seasons.

Let's see … one league loss at home every four and half years. And now Sierra gets the task of trying to make it two league losses in a row … against an Oakdale team (3-3, 2-1) that's sure to be hopping mad.

Not an enviable task, but the Timberwolves (5-1, 3-0) will give it a try.

Merced at Buhach Colony (Atwater), 7 p.m. — The Bears (4-2, 1-0 in the Central California Conference) are the No. 1 ranked large-school team in the Stanislaus District. They'll face a Buhach Colony squad (3-3, 1-0) that has won the last three conference titles and 16 consecutive league games.

That doesn't sound much like a team that's ready to give up its crown.

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