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 in football 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.

Justin Poerio from Oak Ridge is one of the most versatile players in the SJS. Photo:

(After results of Saturday, Oct. 14)
(Previous rank in parentheses)

1. (1) Folsom 8-0

2. (2) Oak Ridge (El Dorado Hills) 7-0

3. (3) Oakdale 6-1

4. (4) Central Catholic (Modesto) 6-0

5. (6) St. Mary’s (Stockton) 5-2

6. (5) Granite Bay 5-2

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

8. (8) Sacramento 5-1*

9. (9) Manteca 5-2

10. (10) Jesuit (Carmichael) 5-2

11. (17) Rocklin 5-2

12. (11) Del Oro (Loomis) 4-4

13. (13) Vacaville 3-3

14. (12) Sheldon (Sacramento) 5-2

15. (14) Franklin (Elk Grove) 6-1

16. (16) Del Campo (Fair Oaks) 7-0

17. (15) Antelope 7-0

18. (18) Tracy 5-2

19. (19) Downey (Modesto) 8-0

20. (20) Turlock 5-2

Dropped Out: None.

Teams That Have Losses (On The Field): 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 & 14-7 in OT to Oak Ridge); 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 & 22-12 to Rocklin); 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 & 37-29 to Jesuit); Turlock (34-16 to Freedom of Oakley & 29-22 to Tracy).

Small Schools Top Teams: 1. Sonora 6-2; 2. Calaveras (San Andreas) 6-1; 3. Colfax 5-2; 4. Summerville (Tuolomne) 6-1; 5. Orestimba (Newman) 7-0; 6. Capital Christian (Sacramento) 4-3; 7. Bear River (Lake of the Pines) 6-1.
Note: These are schools projected to be Division 5, D6 or D7 in the section playoffs. For D4 teams, Placer of Auburn (6-1) may drop down from D3 and Woodland (5-2 and just beat River Valley but lost big to Inderkum) is another team to watch. Manteca could also drop to D4 from D3. Colfax was a small school team that lost last week but it was 48-42 to Lincoln, which is D3.

Big Games This Week (involving both teams from the section): Del Oro at Oak Ridge; Tracy at St. Mary’s; Franklin at Jesuit on Saturday afternoon; Antelope at Del Campo.

Note of the Week: The strange season at Sac High continued with the report on Monday of the team having to take three forfeit losses due to the use of a player who should have been ineligible on the 30-day transfer sit out period. The Dragons earlier had a forfeit win over Kennedy but that game wasn’t played. Officially, the team is 3-4 heading into this week’s game against Johnson. On the field, which is what we go by for rankings and state record files at Cal-Hi Sports, the team is 5-1. The Dragons still look like a heavy favorite to win the Metro League and by winning that they would then be in the D2 section playoffs. One of the worst aspects of the SJS league divisions is the Valley Oak League designated as D3. With Central Catholic, Oakdale and Manteca, it’s actually the third-best league in the section and is significantly stronger than many designated as D2.

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  1. Slickboy00
    Posted October 16, 2017 at 11:09 pm | Permalink

    I keep hearing that Manteca could possibly drop again to D-4. I thought their enrollment had increased. Is that correct or is the section website incorrect. Or what is the reasoning behind it.

    • Mark Tennis
      Posted October 17, 2017 at 7:20 am | Permalink

      Has to do more with the teams that have higher enrollments than Manteca getting into the playoffs so yes it could happen again.

  2. James Schultz
    Posted October 17, 2017 at 8:29 pm | Permalink

    If Sonora wins it’s next two league games and finishes 8-2 do you see them as the number one seed in D-5?

    • Mark Tennis
      Posted October 17, 2017 at 9:00 pm | Permalink

      I would do that, but some other teams will have better records and haven’t studied SJS trends enough to make a prediction.

  3. TinyTim
    Posted October 19, 2017 at 10:28 am | Permalink

    When you stated that the VOL is #3 in strength, I assume that’s behind the Sierra Foothill and the Delta 8 (I call it that ’cause I think that moniker has more pizzazz than just Delta). ‘Dunno if I agree it’s #3. Central, Oakdale, and Manteca are certainly superior teams this year, and East Union is more than “respectable”. However the other 4 teams in the Valley Oak haven’t shown much at all. I think top to bottom the Cap Valley, Tri County, and Pioneer Valley are overall stronger. I think the VOL is about even with the Tri City where St. Mary’s is superior, Tracy excellent, and Lincoln good with the other 3 not showing much (it’s only a 6 team league).

    Anyway, my question for you is what the heck is with the SJS and Central Catholic? Last year the team got stuck in D-2 (and was knocked out in the 2nd round by Jesuit 42-21), and I’ve heard talk of shoving the Raiders up to D-1 for ’17! Heck, the school enrollment is less than 400 (unless it’s grown a fair amount since ’16), and the VOL is only rated as a D-3 league for football.

    I thought the “rules” for SJS playoff division placement are that after the regular season, each league rated D1 -D6 gets 2 A.Q.’s (I believe the SFL and Delta 8 get 3 each), then the rest of the teams’ in D1-D6 season records are looked at to determine the best teams so there are 72 teams in the playoffs for D1-D6. Then, all 72 teams are lined up in order of their enrollments with the biggest 16 going into D1, next 16 into D-2, next 16 into D-3, then the next 8 for D-4, next 8 for D-5, and smallest 8 for D-6. However, a league winner must play in the division that has the same rating as its league and no team may play any more than 1 division lower than its league rating, regardless of the team’s school enrollment.( I have no idea on what the “formula” for determining seeding is.) Based on this, Central should be in D-3 if they’re the VOL champs, and D-4 if in a lower league ending place.

    Central Catholic suits up less than 40 guys and in no way are they loaded with highly recruited “super stars”. They’re just extremely well coached and disciplined. The Raiders deserve a shot at a state championship, but I doubt very much if they’ll get very close to that in D-1 or even D-2.

    • Mark Tennis
      Posted October 19, 2017 at 4:45 pm | Permalink

      Central Catholic was in D3 for more than one year I believe and won the section title, which is why they had to move up to D2. The big question recently has been if Oakdale was going to have to move up to D2 and Capital Christian to D3. Neither move is happening. I haven’t heard that CC was going to have to move up to D1 in the section next year, but if you look at how they do in games vs. St. Mary’s (won D1 title last year) you can see that enrollments have little to do with it.

  4. James Schultz
    Posted October 19, 2017 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

    When it comes to private schools I think you throw enrollment out the window.

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