Section football seedings sure to sprout various reactions
The Sac-Joaquin Section playoff brackets for football were released late Saturday afternoon, and the results were sure to elicit a gamut of emotions – from elation for a perceived favorable draw to steam blowing out the ears to, “Well, at least we’ll get to check out Grant.”
The new selection process, its results and reactions could resemble those of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament each year. And while it isn’t a perfect system, it isn’t a complete joke like the BCS.
Titles are waiting to be won on the field, not spit out by a computer.
There are some interesting seedings and matchups in the first round:
Grant, 10-0 this season, ranked in the top five in the nation and powerful enough to lure ESPN to Sacramento to televise one of its games, isn’t even the top seed. That honor goes to Buhach Colony of Atwater (10-0), which averages more than 40 points per game. Second-seeded Grant plays host to Will C. Wood (6-4) of Vacaville in the first round.
And then there’s Rocklin (7-3), a No. 10 seed. The Thunder travels to West Sacramento to play No. 7 River City (9-1). The winner plays the Grant-Wood winner. Yes, a Rocklin-Grant rematch is possible in the second round. The Thunder upset the Pacers in the section semifinals last year on its way to a berth in a state title game.
Several football followers – well, many? Most? ALL? – in the area believe Folsom (9-1) is the second-best team to Grant. The Bulldogs destroyed everyone in their path as they blew through the talented Delta River League without so much as a hiccup but are seeded just fourth. St. Mary’s of Stockton (9-1) is No. 3.
And who does Folsom get in the first round? Roseville (6-4), which it defeated 55-7 in Week 2. The Tigers, 3-0 in the Sierra Foothill League at one point, lost to Del Oro and Granite Bay in back-to-back weeks and are seeded 13th.
The winner could get Vacaville in the second round. The Bulldogs open with No. 12 Antelope (6-4). Vacaville claimed Granite Bay as one of its nine victims, has scored 70, 69, 76 and 76 points in its last four games and has lost only to Valley Christian of San Jose.
No. 6 Granite Bay (7-3), the SFL co-champ, plays No. 11 Pitman (7-3) of Turlock at home. No. 9 Oak Ridge (7-3) travels to Stockton to play No. 8 Lincoln (7-3). DRL runner-up Pleasant Grove (9-1) of Elk Grove is the No. 1 seed.
Del Oro (6-4) drew a No. 11 seed and travels to Manteca to play East Union (7-3). The Golden Eagles overcame a 2-4 start to win four in a row in the SFL to share the title with Granite Bay. East Union has struggled for several years, its athletic pool sapped by the opening of new schools. But the Lancers improved enough this season to knock off crosstown rival Manteca on Friday. The Buffaloes (9-1) still earned the No. 1 seed.
Also, No. 4 Placer (8-2) plays host to No. 13 Woodland (6-4), and No. 14 Whitney (6-4) is at No. 3 Pioneer (8-2) in Woodland.
No. 2 Union Mine (8-1), No. 4 Vista del Lago (7-3) and No. 6 Bear River (7-3) are in the A bracket. Calaveras (8-2) is the top seed.
Escalon (9-1) is the top seed in the B bracket and is joined by No. 2 Colfax (8-2).
Union Mine plays host to No. 7 Sonora (6-4), Vista del Lago is home against No. 5 Livingston (7-3), Bear River plays at No. 3 Marysville (7-3), and Colfax is home against No. 7 Orestimba (6-4).
The championships games for Divisions I through III will be either Dec. 3 or 4 at Sacramento State. The Division IV final is scheduled for 7 p.m. Dec. 3 at Lincoln High School in Stockton.
No. 5 Foresthill (6-4) opens at No. 4 Big Valley Christian (8-2) in Modesto.
The full brackets are posted at www.cifsjs.org.