Folsom & Grant in different divisions so possibility of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section getting a big payday for the two to play each other isn’t going to happen. Inderkum, Central Catholic, Bear River and Capital Christian are other top seeds.
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The CIF Sac-Joaquin Section football playoffs are conducted in seven divisions. The divisions are determined by enrollment and leagues are split.
Division I: Folsom is the top seed as expected and heavy favorite to repeat. Two teams that just lost in league title deciding games – Jesuit of Carmichael and Granite Bay – are seeded No. 2 and No. 3. Watch out for Monterey Trail, the No. 12 seed, which has a win over D3 No. 1 seed Inderkum. Monterey Trail plays No. 5 seed Cosumnes Oaks in the first-round.
Division II: Grant had to slide down to D2 since there were more schools with larger enrollments that were playoff qualifiers. The Pacers are in a tougher division other than Folsom not being involved. St. Mary’s of Stockton and Del Oro of Loomis perhaps should have been seeded higher than Elk Grove (lost to both Grant and Jesuit) but some in the section seem shocked that Del Oro at 5-5 was seeded fourth. We’re not. No one in the field played both De La Salle and Folsom and no one (maybe not even Grant) played and beat a team as good as Vista Murrieta. St. Mary’s needs to be wary of playing Rocklin in the quarterfinals. In recent years, the Rams have struggled in the playoffs against teams like Del Oro and Rocklin.
Division III: Kudos to the seeding committee for not backing away from the unusual order of Manteca Sierra, Oakdale and Manteca going to the 2-3-4 seeds even though they’re all from the same league. Inderkum took the No. 1 slot but probably will have to play 11-0 El Dorado of Placerville in the quarterfinals. El Dorado arguably could have gone in higher than a No. 8 and in front of No. 5 Sacramento, but also didn’t play anyone as good as Rocklin or Burbank either.
Division IV: Central Catholic of Modesto is expected to begin its quest for a third straight CIF D4 state bowl game title by winning this section crown. The Raiders’ toughest competition probably will come from No. 2 seed Sonora, which has only lost to D3 playoff team Oakdale (which just beat Central Catholic by a bigger margin). Congrats to Natomas for making the playoffs after starting the season with a 32-game losing streak, the longest in the state.
Division V: Top four seeds are Bear River of Lake of the Pines, Colfax, Mariposa County and Hughson. Hughson won last Friday 42-21 over Ripon despite the program being involved in a hazing scandal. Head coach George Harp was not at the game.
Division VI: Capital Christian of Sacramento (10-0) and Modesto Christian should face in the final. It was a one-point win for the Cougars when the two played earlier. And if Sonora were to knock off Central Catholic in D4 or if Oakland McClymonds were be hit with forfeit losses, the projected winner between Cap Christian and Mod Christian probably would go to the CIF D4 NorCal bowl game.
Division VII: Elliot Christian of Lodi is the top seed.