Pressure's on Patterson.
All that was missing was Boise State's blue carpet.
It's beginning to look like the Manteca Buffaloes year, not just in the Valley Oak League, but beyond.
No true tradition.
Much like their NFL counterparts, the San Francisco 49ers who had also started the season 1-2, Oakdale High jogged onto East Union's football field with a chip on its respective shoulders and something (more) to prove.
They hardly ever see it coming.
Brock Whiting took the handoff from Dillon Tamburrino and lunged toward the goal line, his shoulder pads slicing into an apparent hole in the Enterprise High defensive line.
When your fingers are buried in a three-point stance, you don't tend to get that much ink. And when all your hard work is basically in the center of the field instead of a leaping catch in the end zone or a sweep around the left side, you don't often get to be in the photo.
An historic and inspirational campaign by Oakdale High's varsity football team came to an end at the 2012 California Interscholastic Federation Division II State Football Championship Bowl Game at the Home Depot Center in Carson on Saturday, where the size, speed and talents of Serra (Gardena) proved too great an obstacle, ending in a 42-15 defeat of the Mustangs.
Nestled between a dozing Dr. Jerold Polterock and a giant window that revealed the sprawling Central California countryside, I began to drift into a peaceful slumber aboard one of the charter buses containing Oakdale football fans neared the final stages of its journey.
It's no coincidence that 10 of the 11 defensive starters on Oakdale High's varsity football team received first team All-Valley Oak League selections. The Oakdale defense has been spectacular in 2012, and landed tremendous performances in both conference play and the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.
It's no coincidence that the University of Southern California sports not one, not two, but three former players from Serra High of Gardena on their active roster.
As a quarterback known for his accuracy, there isn't much Oakdale High senior Spencer Thomas misses.
Nestled less than five miles from the historic Concord campus of California's best Division I high school football team, De La Salle, is the campus of the Spartans' younger brother - Division II Clayton Valley Charter.
An hour had passed since a heroic march across Lincoln High's artificial turf had granted Oakdale High's football team a Sac-Joaquin Section title, but a large contingent of the Mustang faithful were still lingering about the field on Friday night.