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High school football playoff bids, league titles to be decided tonight

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The Sacramento Bee's Joe Davidson breaks down some Bee Player of the Year candidates, with a reminder that success throughout the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs is a deciding factor.
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The Sacramento Bee's Joe Davidson breaks down some Bee Player of the Year candidates, with a reminder that success throughout the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs is a deciding factor.

For a lot of area high school teams, the season ends Friday night.

Others are scrambling to qualify for the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs that start next week. League championships are also on the line. A closer look at five big games:

No. 1 Folsom (9-0) at Woodcreek (5-4)

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: A Woodcreek victory would mark the biggest upset in Northern California this season and perhaps the region’s biggest this decade – certainly the biggest win in school history. It’s this simple for the Timberwolves: win and secure a playoff berth out of the Sierra Foothill League. Folsom seeks its fourth successive 10-0 regular season in riding state-leading winning streaks of 40 for the regular season and 25 overall. Woodcreek must slow down SFL Player of the Year favorite Jake Jeffrey, a senior quarterback who has 26 touchdowns passing and five rushing while averaging 292 yards of offense. Matt Torres and Roger Neal lead Folsom in tackling, averaging a combined 24.2 a game.

No. 10 Granite Bay (5-4) at Del Oro (3-6)

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: The winner of this spirited rivalry that started when Granite Bay opened in 1996 often won the SFL championship. Both teams need victories to ensure a playoff berth as the fourth-place finisher behind Folsom, Oak Ridge and Rocklin. Granite Bay has an SFL Player of the Year candidate in Sam Cusano, who has been a 100-yard rusher and has made big plays on defense. Del Oro has a potent passing combination with quarterback Stone Smartt and Colorado-bound receiver Trey Udoffia, one of the fastest players in the section.

No. 16 Christian Brothers (8-1) vs. No. 17 Vista del Lago (7-2)

When: Friday, 7:15 p.m. at Folsom

Outlook: A year ago, Vista del Lago beat CBS on a last-second touchdown pass in Week 10 to win the Capital Athletic League. This is a rematch to decide the championship in a battle of unsung quarterbacks. Brent Schaeffer of Vista has passed for 1,756 yards and 22 touchdowns, while Braeden Bourke has thrown for 1,842 yards and 21 TDs for the Falcons. CBS runs behind Jamarri Jackson (763 yards, 16 touchdowns), and Vista uses three backs in Dylan Hackett (789, 11), Ney Vencer (540, four) and Colby Carrera (476, six). Vista has won four league championships since 2010.

No. 18 Capital Christian (9-0) at Marysville (8-1)

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: Capital Christian seeks a Golden Empire League four-peat, coming off a school-record 13-1 season that concluded in a NorCal championship loss to Central Catholic of Modesto. Marysville got off to its best start since 1967. Quarterback Chase Tarr (11 touchdowns passing, four rushing) and running back Marlon Figueroa (eight scores) lead the Indians against a Capital Christian defense that has allowed nine points in five league games. Jacob Norville has passed for 1,360 yards and 19 touchdowns, and Marcus Fowler, Jack Haney and D’Marcus Ross have combined for 19 touchdowns for Capital Christian, which has gone 41-5 since 2012 under coach Phil Grams.

Burbank (5-4) at No. 20 Kennedy (8-1)

When: Friday, 7:15 p.m.

Outlook: Kennedy would make history with a victoryover Burbank. The Cougars would finish with the school’s best record since the section postseason era started in 1976 and share the Metropolitan League title if McClatchy upsets Sacramento. Four-time defending league champion Burbank can win at least a share of the crown with Sacramento with a victory, and after the Titans were overwhelmed by Sac High 56-20 last week, it’s hard to gauge which team will show up. Ramar Crump and Terrell Barron have been tackling machines for Kennedy, and they’ll have to be on their game against Burbank’s quick triple-option run offense.

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