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Quarterfinal playoff action on Friday's docket

By: Nick Pecoraro
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There were some big opening-round upsets, including a 12-5 to provide some extra excitement. From here, there are no more days off. It’s win or go home every week. Here’s a sneak peek at Friday’s quarterfinal action:

 

NO. 5 JESUIT (8-3) AT NO. 4 GRANITE BAY (5-5), 7 P.M.

Jesuit showed what it can do when its at full-strength against Woodcreek in the opening round with a 49-7 rout. The Marauders will look to avenge an Aug. 31 loss to the Grizzlies on their home turf. Since that game, Jesuit has gone 8-1 with its only loss coming to Delta League champ Sheldon in overtime.

Granite Bay gets to host the rematch after earning a first-round bye. The Grizzlies won three of their last four to close the regular season, including a 25-24 overtime thriller against Oak Ridge. This one should be a doozy of a 4-5 matchup.

NO. 7 YUBA CITY (7-4) AT NO. 2 PLACER (10-0), 7 P.M.

The Hillmen had an extra week to get back to full strength. Placer is hoping to suit up Marshall Chapman, who was averaging 125 yards per game before a leg injury forced him to sit out the final two weeks of the season. But the Hillmen didn’t miss a beat as junior Jesse Whigam filled in magnificently, rushing for 276 yards and five touchdowns in Chapman’s absence.

The Honkers narrowly defeated Christian Brothers last week after erasing a 10-point third-quarter deficit. Capital Valley Conference Underclassman of the Year, Eric Palmquest, scored the game-winning TD in the fourth quarter for Yuba City, who also features the CVC’s Lineman of the Year, Logan Arnold and his six quarterback sacks.

NO. 6 CENTER (8-3) AT NO. 3 BEAR RIVER (9-1), 7 P.M.

No team wants to play a second game in Lake of the Pines more than the Cougars. After the high-scoring Bruins proved they could win a defensive battle in the Sept. 28 Pioneer Valley League-opener against Center, Bear River finished the season undefeated at home – its only loss coming at Colfax Oct. 19.

Center exploded for 28 first-quarter points against No. 11 Dixon in the opening playoff round last week. Center and Bear River combined to boast 19 players on the All-PVL team. This Division V quarterfinal will not be for the faint of heart.

NO. 8 LOS BANOS (8-3) AT NO. 1 COLFAX (10-0), 7 P.M.

Los Banos scored the last 14 points in the fourth quarter against No. 9 Orestimba to avoid an early playoff exit. Before last week, the Tigers were just 1-3 against teams who made the playoffs this year.

Colfax, meanwhile, secured the Pioneer Valley League’s Offensive MVP, Jake Green, the Defensive MVP, Tucker Klopotek, and the Coach of the Year, Tony Martello. The Falcons wrapped up a perfect 10-0 regular season for the first time since 2011.

NO. 8 TRACY (8-3) AT NO. 1 DEL ORO (9-1), 7 P.M.

Despite a Sierra Foothill League championship blowout loss to Folsom on Oct. 26, Del Oro proved to the selection committee that they had a strong enough schedule to still earn a No. 1 seed in Division II. But there is a potentially worrisome trend for Golden Eagle faithful.

During the first seven games of the season, Del Oro outscored the opposition by an average score of 50-13. During the last three weeks of the season, however, the Golden Eagles were outscored by opponents by an average of 24-14.

Tracy has a balanced ground attack that accounted for 442 rushing yards and seven touchdowns in last week’s 49-28 victory over Lincoln. The Bulldogs’ three losses came to teams who are still in the postseason.

NO. 8 EDISON (9-2) AT NO. 1 FOLSOM (9-1), 7 P.M.

The Bulldogs’ quest for a seventh Sac-Joaquin Section championship this decade begins on the blue turf Prairie City Stadium Friday against No. 8 Edison, who easily dispatched Gregori, 52-7, last week. Folsom went undefeated in the Sierra Foothill League for the fifth straight season. The Bulldogs are 140-12 since 2009, and Maxpreps has them ranked in the nation’s Top 25.

After their best season in over 15 years, the Vikings have a lot to look forward to, especially with young freshman phenom Raleek Brown in the backfield, but they will suffer some growing pains Friday in Folsom.

NO. 6 TURLOCK (8-3) AT NO. 3 OAK RIDGE (7-3), 7 P.M.

Oak Ridge has a tough road to the Section final, but perhaps they can use some of the championship mojo that its girls volleyball team used to become the D-I Section champs as a 7-seed.

Turlock shut out Cosumnes Oaks, 28-0, at home last week. A tough preseason schedule helped the Bulldogs to a No. 6 seed. They feature 6-foot-6-inch, 290-pound junior lineman Everett Johnson, who has already committed to play at Cal, per 247sports.com.