PREP FOOTBALL: Upsets lead to home game for Bruins
November 12, 2017
When the dust from the first round of the Division V Sac-Joaquin Section football playoffs settled late Friday night, three of the top four seeds had fallen and the Bear River Bruins had landed a home game for the semifinals.
After the No. 6 seed Bruins powered past No. 3 seed Capital Christian, 26-7, last Thursday, No. 7 seed Ripon topped No. 2 seed Calaveras, 28-13, to set up a Bruins vs. Indians semifinal matchup at 7 p.m. Friday at Bear River's J. David Ramsey Stadium.
Bear River (8-3) and Ripon (8-3) faced off in the first round of the 2015 playoffs, with the Bruins pulling out a 20-7 win on the road.
Colfax was the third team to earn a road playoff victory in D-V last week, topping No. 4 seed and previously unbeaten Orestimba, 43-20. The Falcons (8-3) will now travel Friday to face No. 1 Sonora (9-2), which outlasted No. 8 Highlands, 70-48.
PVL, SFL dominate first round
Out of the 13 Pioneer Valley League and Sierra Foothill League teams, 10 made the playoffs. Those 10 didn't disappoint in the first round.
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Teams from the SFL (Folsom, Oak Ridge, Granite Bay, Rocklin and Del Oro) went 5-0 in their opening roudn games. The PVL playoff teams (Bear River, Colfax, Center, Lincoln) went 4-1 in the first round, with the only loss coming by Lincoln, who fell to SFL team Del Oro, 16-14, in the D-II bracket.
Other than the Del Oro/Lincoln bout, the PVL and SFL teams won their playoff games convincingly. In D-I, No. 1 Folsom beat No. 16 River City, 76-9, and No. 2 Oak Ridge crushed Lincoln of Stockton, 63-12. In D-II, No. 1 Granite Bay bounced Burbank, 42-20, and No. 6 Rocklin downed Downey, 37-7. In Division IV, Placer knocked off Natomas, 53-6, and Center cruised past Dixon, 34-14.
For a complete look at the Sac-Joaquin Section playoff brackets visit http://www.cifsjs.org.