The Stanislaus District has 90 years of rich football tradition, going back to the 1920's.
Turlock and Modesto got it going with their first game in game in 1921, and a year later Oakdale and Sonora played.
Just two years after those rivalries began, however, most of the players who had delivered the first licks were gone.
That's a typical career for a high school player: two years with the varsity and it's over.With such constant turnover, why is it that some schools always seem to enjoy success?
"Players are always coming and going, but tradition never graduates," Escalon coach Mark Loureiro says. "The tradition is what motivates kids on this year's team to be better than the team a year ago."
The Bee kicks off its 2010 football preview Sunday, and we'll recognize the district's 10 winningest programs from the last decade. Each day includes conference previews, predictions and much more.
There are even more goodies on modbee.com, including video interviews with top players.