Defense was optional throughout Sac-Joaquin Section football playoff openers, with some scores more like basketball results despite coaches preaching that defenses win championships.
In Division II, Sacramento beat McNair of Stockton 85-46 behind Caden Voges’ four touchdown passes and two touchdown runs. McNair’s Osai Brown passed for six touchdowns and ran for another. Seventh-seeded Sacramento (8-3) plays at No. 2 Antelope (11-0) on Friday.
Also in Division II, Wood of Vacaville beat American Canyon 59-33, with Marcus Howard passing for six touchdowns. No. 4 Wood (10-1) hosts No. 5 Del Oro (5-6) on Friday.
In Division I, Cosumnes Oaks beat Lincoln of Stockton 67-27 behind Maurice Hayden’s three touchdown passes and Dante Davis’ 194 rushing yards and three scores. The No. 6 Wolfpack (8-3) plays at No. 3 Oak Ridge (9-2) on Friday.
Division III had the most outlandish scores. Placer beat River Valley 56-41, with Owen Scott sealing the win with a 93-yard touchdown run. He ran for 300 yards and four scores, giving him 717 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns in his last three games.
27 Consecutive victories by Folsom, the longest streak in the state
No. 5 Placer (11-0) plays at No. 4 Patterson (11-0) on Friday in what should be another shootout. Patterson beat Yuba City 73-42.
Inderkum (11-0), led by Raekwon Turner’s 166 rushing yards and three touchdowns and Jimmie Johnson’s 194 rushing yards and two scores, beat Lincoln 82-32. The Tigers’ defense also produced points, with Nate Tupai returning an interception 50 yards for a touchdown. No. 3 Inderkum hosts No. 6 Manteca (9-2) on Friday.
Defending champion and second-seeded Oakdale (10-1) beat El Dorado 63-33 and will host No. 10 Benicia (8-3) on Friday.
Rematches – In Division I, Franklin will play Folsom for the third consecutive season in the playoffs.
Top-seeded Folsom (11-0) last lost to a section team in 2011 and has won 13 consecutive section playoff games and 19 of 20. The Bulldogs also have won 27 consecutive games, the longest streak in the state. But they could be challenged by Franklin (7-4) and Lamar Jackson, an elusive quarterback who passed for two touchdowns and ran for two scores in the No. 9 Wildcats’ 41-24 win over Turlock. Jackson is the region’s second most highly touted prospect after Folsom tackle Jonah Williams, a five-star recruit headed to Alabama.
Another rematch pits No. 3 Rocklin (8-3) against No. 6 Del Campo (9-2) in Division II. On Sept. 4, William Floyd passed for 354 yards and six touchdowns to lead the Thunder over the Cougars 54-34. Now Del Campo must deal with red-hot Evyn Holtz, who rushed for 292 yards and three touchdowns and caught a 54-yard scoring pass from Floyd in a 34-14 win over Burbank.
Division V showdown – Defending Division V champion Bear River (8-3) beat Ripon 20-7 to end a three game losing streak. Jason Voter led the sixth-seeded Bruins (8-3) with touchdown passes to Toran Maronic, Dave Mastrella and Ben O’Lena to set up a second-round game at No. 2 Capital Christian (11-0).
The Cougars, who won the Division VI title last season, crushed Highlands 49-6 , receiving stellar defensive efforts from Jack Haney, Bryce Leach and D’Marcus Ross.
717 Rushing yards for Placer’s Owen Scott in the last three games
Et cetera – Granite Bay’s Ryan MacIntosh, who missed a Week 10 game against rival Del Oro because of injury, returned to contribute on both sides of the ball in a 42-31 Division II victory over Downey of Modesto. He ran for three touchdowns – his first carries since his freshman season – and played every defensive snap at linebacker.
▪ Sacramento-area teams won all seven games against schools from the southern part of the section in Divisions I and II on Friday and Saturday, continuing a trend of dominance. The last Division I champion from the south was St. Mary’s of Stockton in 2008. In Division II, the last champion from the south was Manteca in 2001. The smaller schools in the south have dominated those brackets, including Central Catholic of Modesto with 18 section titles. The Raiders are the top seed in Division III after winning the last three CIF State Division IV titles.