Matchups, pre­dic­tions for Fri­day night games

The Modesto Bee - - Sports - BY JU­LIAN A. LOPEZ jalopez@mod­bee.com

Eight Stanis­laus Dis­trict teams had byes dur­ing the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Sec­tion play­offs last week. Now, they are back in ac­tion. Here are the top games to watch Fri­day night.

DIVI­SION I

Tur­lock (8-3) at Oak Ridge (7-3), 7 p.m.

Tur­lock shut out Co­sumnes Oaks 28-0 last week while Oak Ridge had a bye. The Tro­jans fin­ished third in the tough Sierra Foothill League. Se­nior quar­ter­back Matt Jen­ner had 1,690 yards and 19 touch­downs dur­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son. Bull­dogs se­nior run­ning back Lu­cas Cur­tis had three rush­ing touch­downs last week.

X-Fac­tor: Score quickly Tur­lock needs to take a page out of what Downey did last week against Grant and score early. The Knights jumped out to a 21-0 lead in their win over the Pac­ers and if the Bull­dogs can gain a lit­tle mo­men­tum in what should be a phys­i­cal game, they could find them­selves in a good spot.

Pre­dic­tion: Tur­lock 28

Oak Ridge 24

Pit­man (10-1) at Mon­terey Trail (10-0), 7 p.m.

Af­ter a 40-21 win over Davis Sr., the Pride will travel to face the Mus­tangs. To say the task will be dif­fi­cult for the Pride is an un­der­state­ment since the Mus­tangs have only one game de­cided by 14 points or less this year and have al­lowed six points in their last six games. This is the sec­ond play­off meet­ing be­tween the two schools with Mon­terey Trail win­ning in 2009 and Pit­man win­ning in 2016.

X-Fac­tor: Con­vert­ing on first and sec­ond down

With their Wing-T of­fense, Pit­man is not go­ing to be throw­ing the ball a lot and in­stead will be re­ly­ing on se­nior run­ning backs Jakob Par­tida and Pay­ton Bass. Their of­fense is not built to throw the ball on third and long so it will be key for the Pride to get 4 or 5 yards on their first two downs.

Pre­dic­tion: Mon­terey Trail 42 Pit­man 28

DIVI­SION II

Downey (7-4) at In­derkum (10-0), 7 p.m.

Downey’s per­for­mance against Grant might have been its best game played all year. They jumped out to a 21-0 lead and led 35-7 af­ter the first quar­ter. Now, they will face the Tigers, who won the Cap­i­tal Val­ley Con­fer­ence. Downey is look­ing to ad­vance to the semi­fi­nals for the first time since 1985.

X-Fac­tor: Downey’s rush de­fense against In­derkum rush of­fense

In­derkum av­er­ages 393 rush­ing yards a game and has 60 rush­ing touch­downs. Se­nior Ray­mond Brown has 1,332 yards and 18 touch­downs and se­nior Johnny Wil­liams has 14 rush­ing touch­downs. Downey has 87 tack­les for a loss this year with 15 com­ing from se­nior de­fen­sive line­man Khapri Hunter. They prob­a­bly won’t be able to stop the Tigers rush­ing of­fense, but can they slow it down?

Pre­dic­tion: In­derkum 31 Downey 28

Elk Grove (6-5) at Cen­tral Catholic (9-1), 7 p.m.

The Raiders had a bye last week while Elk Grove beat Va­cav­ille, 28-21. Cen­tral Catholic is in the sec­ond round of the play­offs for the 18th straight year and won its last six games by at least 41 points. Both teams are run-heavy so this game could be quick.

X-Fac­tor: Bye Week Blues

Af­ter their bye week, the Raiders strug­gled early on against Kim­ball on Oct. 19 be­fore win­ning 70-19. They trailed 19-7 be­fore scor­ing 63 an­swered points. Cen­tral Catholic can’t af­ford an­other slow start.

Pre­dic­tion: Cen­tral Catholic 48 Elk Grove 14

DIVI­SION IV

Oak­dale (8-3) at Wood (7-3), 7 p.m.

Af­ter a 54-6 win over Val­ley, the Mus­tangs travel to face the Wild­cats. Oak­dale is in the sec­ond round for the 10th straight year while the Wild­cats, who had a bye last week, have made the semi­fi­nals in nine of the last 11 years.

X-Fac­tor: Oak­dale run­ning backs Max Moore and Zeke Saf­far against Wood linebacker Alex Ruiz

Max Moore and Zeke Saf­far have com­bined for over 2,000 rush­ing yards and 27 touch­downs. Wood se­nior linebacker Alex Ruiz has 125 tack­les this year. Ruiz will have to slow down the dy­namic duo or it could be a long night for the host Wild­cats.

Pre­dic­tion: Oak­dale 35 Wood 24

DIVI­SION V

Moun­tain House (10-1) at Ripon (9-1), 7 p.m.

The Mus­tangs were in the Trans Val­ley League for three years be­fore mov­ing to the West­ern

Ath­letic Con­fer­ence. They will face off against fa­mil­iar foeRipon. The In­di­ans beat Modesto Chris­tian in the fi­nal game of the reg­u­lar sea­son to clinch a share of the TVL ti­tle and had a bye last week. Moun­tain House is 0-3 all-time against Ripon.

X-Fac­tor: Moun­tain House se­nior quar­ter­back Jesse Jor­dan vs Ripon se­nior quar­ter­back Ryan Daggett

Two mo­bile quar­ter­backs will be a bat­tle to watch on Fri­day. Jor­dan has 21 touch­downs this year while Daggett has 23. Jor­dan had eight turnovers while Daggett had four.

Pre­dic­tion: Ripon 24 Moun­tain House 14

DIVI­SION VI

Arg­onaut (8-3) at Modesto Chris­tian (9-1), 7 p.m.

Af­ter fall­ing to Ripon in the fi­nal game of the reg­u­lar sea­son, the Cru­saders open their play­off sea­son against the Mus­tangs, who beat Bradshaw Chris­tian, 58-42 last week.

X-Fac­tor: Mus­tangs ball pos­ses­sion

Arg­onaut runs the ball more than they pass and are led by se­nior run­ning back Ma­son Flores, who has 1,082 yards and 22 touch­downs. Arg­onaut will need to keep the ball away from the Modesto Chris­tian of­fense. That might be a chal­lenge con­sid­er­ing the Cru­saders al­lowed only 10 points twice this sea­son and had 49 tack­les for a loss and 15 sacks.

Pre­dic­tion: Modesto Chris­tian 35 Arg­onaut 7

Water­ford (7-4) at Ripon Chris­tian (10-0), 7 p.m.

This game will be a re­match of the South­ern League matchup on Sept. 14 (Ripon Chris­tian won 42-6.) The Knights had a bye last week while the Wild­cats over­came a 24-point deficit with seven min­utes left to de­feat Rio Vista, 51-44.

X-Fac­tor: Water­ford’s run de­fense

In the first meet­ing, the Wild­cats gave up 280 rush­ing yards and al­lowed 7.4 yards per carry. Last week, Water­ford gave up 323 rush­ing yards. The Wild­cats will need to con­tain Knights se­nior run­ning back Michael Kamps (141 car­ries, 1,275 yards, 23 TDs) in or­der to have a chance to pull off the up­set.

Pre­dic­tion: Ripon Chris­tian 38 Water­ford 28

Calav­eras (7-4) at Escalon (8-2), 7 p.m.

Th­ese schools have met 10 times in the play­offs with Escalon win­ning the last eight. Escalon also beat Calav­eras, 21-7 on Aug. 24. Calav­eras beat High­lands, 44-7 last week.

X-Fac­tor: Can Calav­eras con­tain Escalon ju­nior run­ning back Kaden Chris­ten­son

Chris­ten­son had 165 to­tal yards and a touch­down in the first meet­ing and is com­ing off his best game of the sea­son when he rushed for 273 yards and three touch­downs in a 41-26 win over Hugh­son on Oct. 26.

Pre­dic­tion: Escalon 28 Calav­eras 14

Div. VII Pre­dic­tions

De­nair 44 Gus­tine 21

Big Val­ley Chris­tian 28 Golden Sierra 24

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