NEW CIF Sac-Joaquin Sec Top 20

Once again, since the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section is the one for our home base in Stockton, we’ll put together a weekly Top 20 for that section this season. Watch the FOX40 Final Quarter on Fridays at 11 p.m. for all the highlights and to see our latest SJS Top 5 List.

(After results of Saturday, Oct. 7)
(Previous rank in parentheses)

Oakdale head coach Trent Merzon had one of his youngest teams in 2016 but by the end of the season was one of his best. Photo:

1. (1) Folsom 7-0

2. (2) Oak Ridge (El Dorado Hills) 6-0

3. (4) Oakdale 5-1

4. (3) Central Catholic (Modesto) 5-0

5. (5) Granite Bay 5-1

6. (7) St. Mary’s (Stockton) 4-2

7. (8) Inderkum (Sacramento) 7-0

8. (10) Sacramento 4-1*

9. (6) Manteca 4-2

10. (11) Jesuit (Carmichael) 4-2

11. (9) Del Oro (Loomis) 4-3

12. (13) Sheldon (Sacramento) 5-1

13. (15) Vacaville 3-3

14. (14) Franklin (Elk Grove) 5-1

15. (17) Antelope 6-0

16. (18) Del Campo (Fair Oaks) 6-0

17. (12) Rocklin 4-2

18. (19) Tracy 4-2

19. (20) Downey (Modesto) 7-0

20. (NR) Turlock 5-2

Dropped Out: Previous No. 16 Elk Grove.

Teams That Have Losses: St. Mary’s (lost 20-7 to Central Catholic & 52-14 to Santa Ana Mater Dei); Oakdale (45-29 to Folsom); Granite Bay (35-14 to Folsom); Sacramento (28-19 to Folsom); Franklin (28-24 to Sheldon); Vacaville (lost 24-23 to Oak Ridge & 21-20 to Granite Bay & 35-13 to Pittsburg); Del Oro (lost 30-13 to Timpview of Utah @ 28-21 to Granite Bay & 51-10 to Folsom); Rocklin (lost 42-14 to Clovis West & 27-10 to Oak Ridge); Jesuit (31-21 to Granite Bay & 55-9 to Folsom); Tracy (27-7 to San Ramon Valley & 24-21 to Liberty of Brentwood); Sheldon (28-21 to Reno); Turlock (34-16 to Freedom of Oakley & 29-22 to Tracy).

Small Schools Top Teams: 1. Sonora 5-2; 2. Calaveras (San Andreas) 6-1; 3. Colfax 5-1; 4. Summerville (Tuolomne) 5-1; 5. Orestimba (Newman) 6-0; 6. Capital Christian (Sacramento) 3-3; 7. Bear River (Lake of the Pines) 5-1.
Note: These are schools projected to be Division 5, D6 or D7 in the section playoffs. For D4 teams, Placer of Auburn (5-1) may drop down from D3 and Woodland (5-1 and just beat River Valley) is another team to watch.

Big Games This Week (involving both teams from the section): Oak Ridge at Granite Bay; Sheldon at Jesuit; Rocklin at Del Oro.

Note of the Week: A section committee met on Monday and decided to keep Oakdale in D3 and not move up the Mustangs to D2. Capital Christian also was not elevated in its division. That makes the projected D2 section bracket a bit less interesting and makes the Mustangs a favorite in D3, especially after their 36-15 win last Friday over Manteca, which also is D3. If Central Catholic beats Oakdale to end the regular season, it may be the frontrunner in D2. Granite Bay is on the bubble for D1 and D2 and probably will be in D2. If the Grizzlies were to beat Oak Ridge and then end 9-1 with just the one loss to Folsom, they could be the top seed in D2 as well. Folsom is far and away the favorite in D1.

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  1. Jim Schultz
    Posted October 10, 2017 at 7:22 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for showing some love to the smaller schools and of course great to see my Wildcats #1. It pays to play a tough pre-league.

  2. Dani
    Posted October 11, 2017 at 7:25 am | Permalink

    I understand the section “rule” but, I’m trying to understand the logic when the section voted to keep Oakdale in D3 for playoffs. CC is the favorite in D2 ” if they beat Oakdale”, which is NOT going to happen. Oakdale is the heavy favorite in D3. Just doesn’t make since to me for the stronger team
    ” Oakdale” to stay in D3 . If CC can compete in D2 then Oakdale can definitely compete. Another bad decision by section. Another boring year for mustang playoffs. Another boring state championship game. No competition.

    • Jim Schultz
      Posted October 11, 2017 at 8:49 am | Permalink

      Dani Central is stuck in D-2 at least this year due to past success. Other than maybe Sacramento I agree that the Mustangs should walk through D-3 playoffs. Hard for a Wildcat fan to say that but true. Oakdale could compete in D-2 no question in my mind.

    • Mark Tennis
      Posted October 11, 2017 at 10:53 am | Permalink

      If Oakdale beats CC and ends with its only loss to Folsom, it’s not going to be playing in a division with the likes of Sutter and Bishop’s. Could be as high as fourth on NorCal bowl board, which means D-2AA or D2-A and a possible final at Sac State. Believe me, the CIF would love to have Oakdale and its expected crowd at Sac State for a state final there.

      • Dani
        Posted October 12, 2017 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

        Good to hear. Oakdale should win another section title. Not to many threats in D3. Indy vs Oakdale would have been a good game, but Indy is staying in D2. I just don’t see anyone coming close to beating Oakdale through playoffs or in a section title game. Hope to see a good matchup for Oakdale in a Nor Cal bowl game and, if they should win, I’m looking forward a good match up for State. Hopefully a D2AA or D2A game at Sac state! Thanks for the info!!

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