Football: Bear River, Colfax grab top seeds in D-V playoffs |

Football: Bear River, Colfax grab top seeds in D-V playoffs

Bear River's John Voter finds some running room around the right side during a game against Lincoln. Voter and the Bruins earned the No. 1 seed in the Sac-Joaquin Section prep football D-V playoffs, which begin Friday.
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The Sac-Joaquin Section prep football playoff brackets were released Saturday evening, revealing that four Pioneer Valley League teams will compete for section titles.

Taking the top two seeds in the Division-V bracket are Bear River and Colfax. Placer earned a playoff bid in the D-III bracket, and Center is the No. 5 seed in D-IV.

The Bruins earned the No. 1 seed in D-V after finishing the season 8-2 overall and 4-1 in PVL play (second place). Bear River’s only losses this season were to playoff teams Pacheco (No. 14 seed in D-III) and PVL champ Placer (No. 7 seed in D-III).

“Very exciting,” said Bear River co-head coach Terry Logue. “We thought this could happen, but we needed some things to happen, and with a little bit of luck, we got that No. 1 seed.”

The Bruins will open the playoffs Friday at home against No. 8 seed Orestimba (6-4) which finished fifth in the Southern League. Should the Bruins continue to win, they will be at home for every round of the playoffs except for the title game which is held at the Lodi Grape Bowl.

Logue noted that the last time Bear River had two home playoff games was 2005.

The Falcons earned the No. 2 seed in the D-V bracket with a 6-4 record and a fourth-place finish in the PVL. Like Bear River, Colfax’s only losses this season have been to playoff teams (Placer, Center, Bear River, Winters).

Colfax will host No. 7 Summerville (6-4), which took fourth in the Mother Lode League, Friday.

The Falcons are coming off a tough loss, 45-21, to Placer, but head coach Tony Martello is confident in his team.

“We have been in the playoffs a lot and had a lot of success,” Martello said. “We look at it like a clean slate, a new season and we’re excited.”

Bear River co-head coach Scott Savoie said the Bruins are battle tested and ready for a deep run into the playoffs.

“We’ve had two big wins in the last four weeks,” he said. “The Colfax game, where we came back in the fourth quarter, and obviously the Center game was a big one. And after last game, I feel like we are clicking on all cylinders. Friday night, offensively, defensively and on special teams our guys delivered. They executed.”

Martello and Savoie both agreed that playing in the PVL, in which Bear River and Colfax are the smallest schools (enrollment size), has prepared them for the brutality of the playoffs.

“I got to believe that battle test has to help,” said Martello.

“It certainly can’t hurt,” said Savoie.

All the coaches were also aware that their teams can meet in the championship.

“It’s a ways away but I think it could be an all PVL final.” said Logue. “Wouldn’t that be something?”

The other games in the D-V bracket are No. 4 Hughson (7-3) hosting No. 5 Le Grand (7-3) and No. 3 Mariposa (7-3) hosting No. 6 Amador (6-4). The winner of the Hughson/Le Grand game would play Bear River in the second round, should the Bruins take care of business against Orestimba.

The Sierra Foothill League is also sending four teams to the playoffs with Folsom (10-0) earning the No. 1 seed in the D-I bracket, Granite Bay (7-3) is the No. 3 seed in D-I, Rocklin (8-2) is the No. 6 seed in the D-II bracket and Del Oro (5-5) is the No. 4 seed in D-II. At one point in the season Del Oro was 2-5, but wins over Oak Ridge, Woodcreek and Granite Bay down the stretch got them in. The Golden Eagles will play former SFL foe Roseville in the first round.

Other notable teams and seeds are Jesuit (No. 2 seed in D-I), Grant (No. 1 seed in D-II), Elk Grove (No. 2 seed in D-II), Yuba City (No. 12 seed in D-II), Inderkum (No. 1 in D-III), El Dorado (No. 8 in D-III), Central Catholic (No. 1 seed in D-IV) and Marysville (No. 7 in D-IV).

For full brackets for all seven of the divisions visit

To contact Sports Editor Walter Ford, call 530-477-4232 or email

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