The Sierra Foothill League continued its dominance in the Sac-Joaquin Section football playoffs on Friday night.
Four of the five teams from the league in the postseason won quarterfinal games.
Top-seeded Folsom led the way with a 49-21 win over No. 9 Franklin in Division I, setting up a semifinal playoff against No. 5 St. Mary’s of Stockton Friday night in Folsom. St. Mary’s defeated No. 4 Napa 28-14.
Oak Ridge also won in D-I and Rocklin and Del Oro, which entered the postseason 4-6, prevailed in D-II
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No. 9 Granite Bay, the SFL’s fifth playoff qualifier, will try to keep the power league unbeaten when it plays Saturday night at Grant, the D-II top seed.
No. 2 Elk Grove 58, No. 7 Merced 16 in Elk Grove – Ryan Robards rushed for a school-record 375 yards on 28 carries and five touchdowns and boomed a 37-yard field goal as the Thundering Herd (12-0) rolled up 671 yards of offense to batter the Bears (8-4). Robards now has 2,501 rushing yards, shattering James Kidd’s single-season mark of 2,358 set in 14 games in 1991. Jayden Machado passed for 139 yards and hit Gavin Reinwald for a touchdown, and Damario McClean had two interceptions for Elk Grove, which advances to the semifinals against No. 3 Oak Ridge. The Elk Grove-Merced game was a battle of two of the section’s most venerable football programs. The two have combined to win 71 section postseason games, and Elk Grove will make its fifth consecutive trip to the semifinals.
No. 3 Oak Ridge 30, No. 6 Cosumnes Oaks 7 in El Dorado Hills – Ian Book threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Tommy Dunnigan and a four-yard scoring strike to Michael Pittman, and Pittman also had a six-yard touchdown run and Justin Poerio booted a 37-yard field goal to lead the Trojans (9-3) past the Wolfpack (8-4). Book, who has committed to Notre Dame, now has accounted for 40 touchdowns this season, including 28 passing scores.
No. 5 Del Oro 59, No. 4 Wood 49 in Vacaville – Camrion Davis rushed for three touchdowns; Trey Udoffia rushed for two touchdowns; and Mason Hurst had a 20-yard touchdown reception and returned an interception 40 yards for a touchdown to lead the Golden Eagles (6-6) over the Wildcats (10-2) in a wild game. Hurst had four interceptions, but Wood also scored on four long pass plays, including a 95-yarder, and DeShawn Parks return a blocked field-goal attempt 62 yards for another score for the Wildcats. Del Oro will play the winner of Saturday’s Granite Bay at Grant game. This was Del Oro’s 49th postseason win.
No. 3 Rocklin 42, No. 6 Del Campo 6 in Rocklin – Evyn Holtz rushed for four touchdowns, including a 50-yarder, and William Floyd threw touchdown passes of 33 and four yards to Kier Gibson as the Thunder (9-3) rolled over the Cougars (9-3) and moved on to the semifinals next Friday at No. 2 Antelope. Rocklin also beat Del Campo 53-35 in September and eliminated the Cougars in the first round of last year’s playoffs.
No. 1 Central Catholic 63, No. 9 Christian Brothers 0 in Modesto – Justin Rice rushed for three touchdowns and Montell Bland had two as the Raiders (12-0) rolled over the Falcons (9-3) to advance to the semifinals against No. 5 Placer on Friday. Central Catholic is looking to add to its section-leading 18 titles.
No. 5 Placer 65, No. 4 Patterson 52 in Patterson – Owen Scott scored four touchdowns, including a run of 84 yards, a kickoff return of 80 yards and a pass reception of 65 yards; Waylen Cozard rushed for three touchdowns; and Jared Halbert added two late rushing touchdowns as the Hillmen (12-0) held off the Tigers (11-1) in a battle of unbeatens. The Placer-Patterson game was the first meeting of two undefeated teams in the section postseason since Grant and Rocklin met in the 2009 D-I semifinal.
No. 3 Inderkum 43, No. 6 Manteca 18 in Natomas – Trajon Cotton threw three touchdown passes, including two to Isaiah Crocker as the Tigers (12-0) defeated the Buffaloes (9-3) to advance to the semifinals against No. 2 Oakdale, a 42-14 winner over Benicia.
No. 4 Liberty Ranch 44, No. 8 Los Banos 42 in Galt – Rick Van Houten threw 70- and 65-yard touchdown passes to Christian Torgerson; Kamil Jones rushed for a 71-yard score; Mario Bautista recovered a fumble in the end zone; and Devin Hardaway booted three field goals, including a fourth-quarter 33-yarder that proved the game winner, as the Hawks (8-4) withstood a thrilling rally by the Tigers (7-5) to advance to the championship game. Adam Herrera accounted for six total touchdowns for Los Banos. Liberty Ranch will play No. 3 Sierra of Manteca for the championship 6 p.m. Nov. 28 at Elk Grove High School.
No. 6 Bear River 31, No. 2 Capital Christian 21 in Rosemont – Austin Baze rushed for three touchdowns and Jason Voter threw 26- and four-yard touchdown passes to Dave Mastrella as the Bruins (9-3) rallied to beat the Cougars (11-1) and advance to the D-V championship game for the second consecutive season. DeMarcus Ross had a 49-yard touchdown run and Jacob Norville threw a 30-yard scoring strike to Jaysson Taylor to lead Capital Christian. Bear River will play No. 1 Sonora 1 p.m. Nov. 28 at Elk Grove High School. The Bear River-Capital Christian game was a battle of defending section champions. Bear River won the D-V title and Capital Christian won the D-VI last season.
No. 2 Bradshaw Christian 55, No. 3 Gustine 13 in South Sacramento – Coach Drew Rickert’s Pride (10-2) won handily over the Redskins (10-2) to advance to the championship game against top-seeded Hilmar 6 p.m. Nov. 28 at Lincoln High School of Stockton.