Joe Davidson

Seven high school football playoff games to watch Friday night

Inderkum’s Nu’umotu Falo tackles Rio Linda’s Marcel Brown in the Tigers’ 62-21 win on Oct. 31. Inderkum will host Sacramento and Rio Linda will visit Oakdale in tonight’s Division III semifinals.
Inderkum’s Nu’umotu Falo tackles Rio Linda’s Marcel Brown in the Tigers’ 62-21 win on Oct. 31. Inderkum will host Sacramento and Rio Linda will visit Oakdale in tonight’s Division III semifinals. Special to The Bee

The Bee’s Joe Davidson previews seven football playoff games involving area teams:

MONTEREY TRAIL (8-4) AT FOLSOM (12-0)

▪ What: Division I semifinal

▪ When: 7 p.m.

▪ Outlook: These one-time league rivals face off in the playoffs for the first time. Monterey Trail, the 12th seed, runs the veer with running back Trey Nahhas, who had a Sac-Joaquin Section playoff-record 398 yards in last week’s 51-45 victory over Merced and has 2,534 yards this season. Folsom counters with quarterback Jake Browning, who has passed for 4,300 yards and 70 touchdowns and needs just five more touchdown passes to tie the state season record he set last year.


TRACY (9-3) AT GRANITE BAY (9-3)

▪ What: Division I semifinal

▪ When: 7 p.m.

▪ Outlook: Tracy, behind three touchdown passes from Michael Brown and 145 rushing yards and two touchdowns from Nate Jones, upset second-seeded Jesuit 48-38 last week to reach a semifinal for the first time in more than 20 years. Granite Bay, which won section titles in 2011 and 2012, beat Napa 28-13 in a quarterfinal behind Justin Yeaton, who passed to Cameron Smith for a touchdown, and Lucas Baiocchi, who ran for two scores.


VACAVILLE (10-2) AT GRANT (12-0)

▪ What: Division II semifinal

▪ When: 7 p.m.

▪ Outlook: Vacaville, which used a late defensive stop to beat defending section champion Del Oro 35-28, has a prolific wing-T attack that includes quarterback Chad Hekking and leading rushers Damonte Moore and Kane Cunningham. In Grant’s two playoff victories, the Pacers had 11 sacks against Patterson and 12 against Downey. Grant’s Donovan Brown passed for four touchdowns last week. The Pacers also feature 2,000-yard rusher DeShawn Collins.


ST. MARY’S (11-1) AT ELK GROVE (10-2)

▪ What: Division II semifinal

▪ When: 7 p.m.

▪ Outlook: Elk Grove wears out teams with its running attack of Eltoro Allen, Manny Scott-Anderson and Spencer Sheff, but can the Thundering Herd slow another prolific passing attack after allowing Wood to pass for 432 yards and five touchdowns in last week’s 59-34 victory? St. Mary’s loves to pass, too. Noah Righetti has eight touchdown passes in two playoff wins, including three in last week’s 56-14 rout of Rocklin.


SACRAMENTO (10-2) AT INDERKUM (11-1)

▪ What: Division III semifinal

▪ When: 7 p.m.

▪ Outlook: Sacramento, fresh off the program’s first road playoff win, is led by Caden Voges, who passed for 320 yards and four touchdowns, including a late 89-yarder to Talik Ellis, to help beat defending champion Manteca 34-28 last week. Sacramento linebacker Lonny Powell (22 sacks) will try to disrupt Inderkum’s wing-T, led by speedy backs Larry Hardy and Austin Thurman and steady quarterback Jonathan Henry. Inderkum’s only loss this season was to Monterey Trail, 29-27 in early September.


RIO LINDA (10-2) AT OAKDALE (11-1)

▪ What: Division III semifinal

▪ When: 7 p.m.

▪ Outlook: This game matches Rio Linda’s balance against the run-heavy wing-T of Oakdale, a longtime section power that is difficult to beat at home. Rio Linda features quarterback Zak Burden, who passed for four touchdowns in last week’s 49-44 victory over Sierra, and running back Marcel Brown, who scored six touchdowns in a playoff opener at Placer. Oakdale is led by running back Frankie Trent.


BEAR RIVER (10-2) VS. COLFAX (8-4)

▪ What: Division V final

▪ When: 7 p.m.

▪ Outlook: This is a rematch of an Oct. 17 Pioneer Valley League game, won by Bear River 21-20. Colfax is led by the program’s all-time leading rusher, Tim Rawlins (1,782 yards, 34 touchdowns this season). Bear River counters with brothers John Voter, a running back and linebacker, and Jason Voter, a quarterback. Colfax has won four section titles in seven title game appearances. Bear River won its lone title 20 years ago and nearly repeated in 1995.

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