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Prep football playoff capsules

The Bee’s Joe Davidson forecasts the Sac-Joaquin Section football playoffs for regional teams:

DIVISION I

FAVORITE

Folsom (10-0)

The passing game with Jake Browning is the state’s best, and the offensive line, run game and defense have been strong. A NorCal berth seems inevitable.

CONTENDERS

Oak Ridge (9-1)

The Trojans’ only loss was to Folsom, 35-0, but a rematch in the title game would be interesting with emerging sophomore quarterback Ian Book.

Granite Bay (7-3)

The Grizzlies have been hampered by injuries, but they vow a run at a D-I three-peat behind quarterback Josh Neal.

Pleasant Grove (8-2)

The Eagles have an excellent leader/playmaker, Dre Terrell, and dangerous speed on defense.

Stagg (9-1)

The program’s top team since the 1970s is explosive behind quarerback Wayne Brooks and confident after a win over St. Mary’s.

Tracy (9-1)

The lone loss was to Franklin of Elk Grove, another threat, but the Bulldogs’ momentum erases the setback.

DARKHORSE

Jesuit (7-3)

The Marauders likely must beat Folsom, which beat them 56-14 last month, but quarterback Jason Elenberger has been hot.

DIVISION II

FAVORITE

Del Oro (8-2)

The Golden Eagles run, stop the run and prepare as well as any team.

CONTENDERS

Elk Grove (9-1)

Is there a better runner in the section than Wadus Parker? Are there defenders as active as Noah Letuligasenoa and B’won Canada?

Rio Linda (9-1)

The Knights have the best 1-2 run game in the section with Leo Skattebo and Marcel Brown, and they have dominant lines.

Grant (7-3)

The youngest team in the field is also the biggest and grinds teams with a power/speed running game.

Burbank (8-2)

All-purpose stars Calvin Green and Ernest Jenkins are ultra-quick, and defensive tackle Ngalu Tapa is the section’s most dominant stopper.

Yuba City (9-1)

The Honkers, who lost only to Inderkum, draw traditional power St. Mary’s after opening against powerhouse Del Oro a year ago.

Rocklin (7-3)

The Thunder can pass with Logan Webb, run with Evyn Holtz and defend with Skyler Gonzalez.

DARKHORSE

Cosumnes Oaks (7-3)

The Wolfpack has the section’s most electrifying non-quarterback skill player, wide receiver Alex Van Dyke, and an offensive-line leader, Kameron Schroeder.

DIVISION III

FAVORITE

American Canyon (9-1)

The newest school in Napa County has a prolific running back, Jomon Dotson (1,517 yards, 23 TDs).

CONTENDERS

Manteca (9-1)

The runaway winner of the tough Valley Oak League is led by running back Alex Laurel (17 TDs).

Inderkum (8-2)

Quarterback C.J. Spencer can run or throw and has perhaps the fastest team in the section field.

Sacramento (8-2)

The Dragons can air it out with quarterback Caden Voges and wide receiver Damen Wheeler, and they have an active defense.

Vista del Lago (7-3)

The Eagles are hungry to return to the final behind quarterback Matt Jimison despite a rash of injuries.

Casa Roble (7-3)

The Rams can stretch teams with quarterback Peyton Wilfley, a pass/run threat, though the opener against Rosemont will be tough.

DARKHORSE

Christian Brothers (7-3)

The Falcons have star power in tight end-linebacker Hayden Jones, quarterback Chris Guillen and running back Mason Stahley.

DIVISION IV

FAVORITE

Central Catholic (9-1)

The Raiders have a section-record 16 titles in 18 appearances – and it seems inevitable that they will win more.

CONTENDERS

Hilmar (10-0)

The Yellowjackets have their best team since the 1980s.

Capital Christian (9-1)

The Cougars have two of the section’s top talents, all-purpose Justice Shelton-Mosley and two-way lineman Nifae Lealao.

Center (7-3)

The Cougars feature a superb 1-2 punch in quarterback Tyrell Anderson and running back Joe Swen Both are playmakers on defense, too.

Amador (9-1)

The Sutter Creek team, which beat Capital Christian 14-9, is led by running back Donald White (1,016 yards, 12 TDs).

DARKHORSE

Placer (5-5)

Forget the record; the Hillmen are prolific behind running back Todd Valliere.

DIVISION VI

FAVORITE

Bradshaw Christian (8-2)

The Pride is led by seniors Kevin Williams, a quarterback-defensive back, and Kyle Betts, a running back-defensive back.

CONTENDER

Woodland Christian (9-1)

Despite injuries, the inspiration comes from coach Bruce Pielstick. His wife – Lisa, Woodland Christian’s principal – is battling cancer.

Editor’s note: This story was changed Nov. 12 to correct the location of American Canyon High School. The school is in Napa County.

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