Joe Davidson

Balanced attacks key Sac-Joaquin Section football title contenders

Breaking down this weekend’s Sac-Joaquin Section championship football games:

Folsom (12-1) vs. St. Mary’s (12-1)

Division: I

When: Saturday at Sacramento State, 6 p.m.

Outlook: The Rams of Stockton have been itching for a rematch with Folsom since falling 56-49 to the Bulldogs in last season’s section semifinals. Folsom will face a fierce test in its quest to win its fifth consecutive championship, and St. Mary’s must counter the balanced attack of the Bulldogs that features Joe Curry (3,511 passing yards, 50 touchdown passes) and running backs Davin Simmons and Kaiden Bennett (14 rushing touchdowns combined). St. Mary’s has scored 98 touchdowns, 38 passing by Jake Dunniway and 33 rushing by Dusty Frampton. The Rams have scored 55 or more points eight times.

Del Oro (11-2) vs. Inderkum (11-2)

Division: II

When: Friday at Sacramento State, 7 p.m.

Outlook: Del Oro, in a title game for the fifth time in seven seasons, seeks its 11th section championship since 1989. Inderkum is playing for its first banner after three close losses in D-III since 2008. Inderkum has dual-threat quarterback Trajon Cotton, nationally recruited tight end Josh Falo and speedy wide receiver Isaah Crocker, presenting the Golden Eagles with the most explosive 1-2-3 attack they have faced all season. Del Oro is paced by quarterback Stone Smartt, one of seven three-year starters for the defending section and CIF State Division II-AA champion.

Christian Brothers (11-2) vs. Oakdale (11-2)

Division: III

When: Friday at Lincoln High School-Stockton, 7 p.m.

Outlook: Oakdale is in a title game for the sixth time in seven seasons and seeks its third banner since 2012. Christian Brothers last won a title in 1983 and last played for one in 1986. The Falcons must stop Oakdale’s wing-T offense and leading rusher Will Semone, but the playoffs have offered encouraging signs for CB’s defense. The Falcons eliminated run-heavy teams Cordova (30-20), Burbank (21-14) and American Canyon (29-0) to stretch their win streak to 11 games. Oakdale must contend with the 1-2-3 attack of quarterback Tyler Vander Waal, running back Jamarri Jackson and wide receiver Matt Marengo.

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