Rested high seeds meet up­set-minded teams in sec­ond round

Lodi News-Sentinel - - SPORTS - By Joe David­son

Rest and re­cov­ery is over. It’s go time now.

Teams with byes in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Sec­tion foot­ball play­offs were awarded a dou­ble lux­ury of heal­ing any wounds or hurts and scout­ing their next op­po­nent, as the top four seeds in Di­vi­sions I-VI had last week off.

Here’s a peek at games of note in Di­vi­sions I-V. Num­bers are sec­tion seeds.

Di­vi­sion I

No. 8 Edi­son (9-2) at No. 1 Fol­som (91) — The up­start, speedy and dan­ger­ous Vikings of Stock­ton take on the es­tab­lished Bull­dogs, who have been to eight con­sec­u­tive sec­tion fi­nals, win­ning six. Edi­son has won play­off games in two sea­sons to­tal, the last be­fore this sea­son com­ing in 2003. How Edi­son deals with Fol­som’s of­fense led by QB Kaiden Ben­nett and a sti­fling de­fense headed by DL Tyler Harde­man, De­Shawn Lynch, Caleb Free­land and Chan­don Pierre is the key.

No. 6 Tur­lock (8-3) at No. 3 Oak Ridge (7-3) — The vis­it­ing Bull­dogs won’t likely post a third suc­ces­sive shutout be­cause the Tro­jans are pro­lific be­hind QB Matt Jen­ner and a fleet of ter­rific skill play­ers. Tur­lock has been led by San Diego State-bound DE Gar­rett Foun­tain, who may lock up against Ne­vada-bound tackle Zac Welch.

No. 5 Shel­don (10-1) at No. 4 St. Mary’s (6-4) — The Rams of Stock­ton elim­i­nated Shel­don in a thriller last sea­son af­ter Shel­don QB Fran­cisco Sali­nas went out with an in­jury. Sali­nas is back, and also play­ing D, as he had an in­ter­cep­tion to help seal a 27-14 win over Modesto last week. Shel­don is led by RB Tyrell Smith, look­ing to reach a semi­fi­nal for the first time. St. Mary’s is look­ing to ad­vance to the sem­in­fi­nals for the fifth year in a row.

No. 7 Pit­man (10-1) at No. 2 Mon­terey Trail (10-0) — The field finds out fast how strong the vis­it­ing Pride are as they brace for the speed and fe­roc­ity of the Mus­tangs, who have not been chal­lenged this sea­son be­hind QB ace Zach Lar­rier, WR An­dre Crump and RB Je­hiel Bud­gett.

Di­vi­sion II

No. 8 Tracy (9-3) at No. 1 Del Oro (91) — The host Golden Ea­gles are ea­ger to get back on track of­fen­sively and fig­ure to do so with QB Car­son Jar­ratt, RB Shel­don Conde and WRs Matt Smart, Johnny Guz­man and Daw­son Hurst. Also, Del Oro aims to un­leash DL Tatuo Martin­son.

No. 5 Je­suit (7-3) at No. 4 Gran­ite Bay (5-5) — The host Griz­zlies, the de­fend­ing D-II cham­pion, beat the Ma­raud­ers 27-12 on the road ear­lier this sea­son, though both teams were thinned by in­juries, in­clud­ing Je­suit com­pet­ing with­out Notre Dame-bound DB/RB Isa­iah Ruther­ford, who has been healthy and in a groove since the sea­son’s fourth game. Je­suit stop­pers Cade Browholtz and Laitu Latu have com­bined for 45 tack­les for loss.

No. 11 Downey (7-4) at No. 3 In­derkum (10-0) — In beat­ing Grant 57-27 last week, Downey be­came the first Modesto City Schools team to win a road play­off game since 1999. Now the vis­it­ing Knights brace for the skill, speed and force of OL Bran­don Knott of the Tigers, who seeks a semi­fi­nal ap­pear­ance for the sev­enth time in eight years.

No. 10 Elk Grove (6-5) at No. 2 Cen­tral Catholic (9-1) — In beat­ing Va­cav­ille 28-21 last week, Elk Grove re­ceived a stel­lar ef­fort from DB Kha­lani Riddick, who had nine tack­les and three in­ter­cep­tions. The vis­it­ing Thun­der­ing Herd face a dif­fer­ent an­i­mal, though, in the Raiders of Modesto, who are a sto­ried pro­gram with 19 sec­tion ban­ners.

Di­vi­sion III

No. 8 Buhach Colony (9-2) at No. 1 Cap­i­tal Chris­tian (10-0) — The vis­it­ing Thun­der of At­wa­ter don’t just have to brace for the churn­ing legs of RB D’Mar­cus Ross, but they have to deal with the force of the Cougars’ lines, in­clud­ing Will Buck, Shane Se­meit and Jonathan Boyd.

No. 5 Man­teca (8-3) at No. 4 An­te­lope (6-4) — The vis­it­ing Buf­faloes have won sec­tion ti­tles the past two sea­sons in dif­fer­ent di­vi­sions and are rid­ing a seven-game win­ning streak as it pre­pares for a Ti­tans team led by QB Nathan Lucero.

No. 11 River Val­ley (6-5) at No. 3 Merced (10-0) — The up­start Fal­cons just won the play­off game in school his­tory and now hit the road to take on the sto­ried Bears, a power since the 1980s. QB Daw­son McPeak, a 4.0 stu­dent headed to North­ern Ari­zona, leads River Val­ley.

No. 7 Yuba City (6-4) at No. 2 Placer (10-0) — The Honkers sur­vived an open­ing 30-28 win over Chris­tian Broth­ers in an opener be­hind RB Erik Palmquist and now face a team loaded in the back­field as the Hill­men of­fer up 1,000-yard rush­ers Hans Grass­man and Mar­shall Chap­man.

Di­vi­sion IV

No. 8 Pacheco (9-2) at No. 1 Rio Linda (8-2) — The vis­it­ing Pan­thers are com­ing off the pro­gram’s first play­off vic­tory and brace for the Knights’ run­ning at­tack of Cameron Skat­tebo and QB Tyson Ybarra.

No. 6 Pat­ter­son (7-4) at No. 3 Casa Roble (9-1) — The host Rams are rolling be­hind QB Mar­ciano Hus­ton and RBs Devin Car­mona and Austin Gandy.

No. 10 Cordova (6-5) at No. 2 Van­den (7-3) — The vis­it­ing Lancers won a play­off game last week for the first time since 2003, thanks to QB Johnele San­ders and RB Ray­mond Fite.

Di­vi­sion V

No. 8 Los Banos (8-3) at No. 1 Col­fax (10-0) — Los Banos has the high­est en­roll­ment in the field with 1,388 stu­dents and Col­fax the small­est at 601, but the top-seeded Fal­cons fear no one un­der coach Tony Martello.

No. 5 Foothill (8-3) at No. 4 Sonora (64) — The Mus­tangs are giddy af­ter win­ning a rare play­off game, their first since 2006 while the host Wild­cats seek their fifth con­sec­u­tive semi­fi­nal ap­pear­ance.

No. 6 Cen­ter (8-3) at No. 3 Bear River (9-1) — Bear River beat Cen­ter 16-7 in a ter­rific game ear­lier this sea­son be­hind QB Calder Kunde, RBs Tre Ma­ronic and Hunter Daniels, and WR Dy­lan Scott.

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