Who plays better football, the Sac-Joaquin Section or the Bay Area?
The debate never ends.
The Bay Area has 330 schools that field football teams in four sections compared to the 174 in the Sac-Joaquin, so score one for the Bay Area for overall numbers. Score one for the Sac-Joaquin overall for when intersectional meetings really count.
This season, the Bay Area is 12-11 against the Sac-Joaquin, and that could factor into the CIF Northern California Regional playoff selection discussion come December. The Bay Area was 14-13 against Sacramento in 2012, but in NorCal playoff games, the Sac-Joaquin topped the Bay Area in three of four games with Granite Bay rolling St. Ignatius of San Francisco 45-17 in D-I, Oakdale topping Clayton Valley Charter 27-24 in D-II and Central Catholic beating McClymonds of Oakland 42-12 in D-IV. De La Salle beat Folsom in the Open game.
The Bay Area, of course, is home to De La Salle of Concord, which rules over the entire state, if not most of the country. It's 37-0 against the Sac-Joaquin, including this season's resounding wins over Del Oro (41-3) and St. Mary's of Stockton (40-13). De La Salle will likely return to the NorCal Open game against the Sac-Joaquin's Division I or II champion.
Top-ranked Folsom and No. 6 Grant could be in either the D-I or II section playoffs, depending on enrollment breakdowns that won't be decided until the playoff brackets are released.
Last Friday, Folsom beat Bay Area playoff regular San Ramon Valley 67-36 as Jake Browning had eight touchdown passes and threw for 596 yards, third-most in NorCal history.
Fifth-ranked Granite Bay plays longtime Bay power Pittsburg this week in an intriguing intersection matchup. Granite Bay beat Freedom of Oakley 47-20 on Sept. 13 in another Sac-Joaquin-Bay Area contest. Pittsburg is the last NorCal team to beat De La Salle in 1991 243 games ago.
Leading voice Trent Buenzli approached his Oak Ridge coach, Eric Cavaliere, on Friday night just before taking the field against Grant and said, "I've got this."
The Trojans' senior linebacker/tight end and a 4.5 GPA student offered a spirited talk, and No. 4 Oak Ridge went on to win 20-17.
"He's one of the best leaders we've ever had," Cavaliere said. "He's got a résumé that's off the charts. He said he'd speak, and I said, 'Absolutely.' "
QB resolve Colfax quarterback Michael Wilson entered Friday's game against Woodland with a 3-0 record and no interceptions or sacks. After three sacks and three interceptions on early drives, Wilson settled in and passed for 275 yards and three touchdowns in a 30-0 triumph.
The No. 20 Falcons have recovered from a trying 2012 campaign. Colfax (4-6 in 2012) returned all 11 offensive starters, including Wilson, who has 1,099 passing yards and 15 touchdown passes this season.
Follow Joe Davidson on Twitter @SacBee_Joe D and The Bee's Preps Plus Insiders at www.sacbee.com/preps.