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Section Title Game In Stockton Friday

It will be an all-Valley Oak League battle for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division 3 football title.

Top seed Oakdale and No. 3 seed Manteca will do battle in a 7 p.m. contest Friday, Nov. 26 at St. Mary’s High School in Stockton.

Oakdale defeated No. 5 Patterson, 33-7, in the semifinal on Friday, Nov. 19 at The Corral (See story, photos in Sports, Page A11) while the No. 3 seed Manteca Buffaloes were on the road and ran away from No. 2 Lincoln, 28-3.

“Great team win over Patterson; Jackson Holt with two touchdown passes, Kevin Camelin with three touchdowns, two rushing and one receiving,” noted Mustangs head coach Trent Merzon.

Mick Merzon caught a touchdown pass and Garrison Gerber rushed for a score.

Defensive standouts, added Merzon, included Zach Stott at inside backer and Jake Kettering with an interception.

But the Mustangs have to put that win over Patterson behind them and focus solely on their familiar foe as they prepare for the after-Thanksgiving battle.

Both teams have had plenty of success over the years and the Valley Oak League squads finished third and fourth in the tough VOL this season. Oakdale went 4-2 in league, Manteca was 3-3. The Mustangs come in to the Section final on a five-game winning streak.

In the playoffs, both Oakdale and Manteca had first round byes. Oakdale handled No. 9 Roseville, 40-0 in the quarterfinals on Nov. 12 while Manteca dismantled No. 6 Sacramento, 54-14.

Tickets for the Friday night match up must be purchased online, in advance of the Nov. 26 contest. All tickets must be purchased online through

Admission prices are $15 for adults; $12 for seniors, age 60 and above, and military; $8 for students K through 12; children age 5 and under are admitted free.

St. Mary’s High School will also be charging $5 per car for parking. St. Mary’s is at 5648 N. El Dorado St., Stockton.

As far as nailing down a win over the Buffs and bringing home the blue banner, Merzon said the formula is simple: “Need to play great!”