PREP FOOTBALL: Bear River will be on the road in playoffs
The Sac-Joaquin Section football playoff brackets were released Saturday, and the Bear River Bruins landed the No. 6 seed in the Division V bracket.
The Bruins (7-3, 2-3 Pioneer Valley League) will face No. 3 seed Ripon (6-4, 4-1 Trans Valley League) on the road in the first round Friday.
Ripon won a share of the Trans Valley League championship, but comes into the playoffs on the heels of a loss to Hughson, who is the No. 5 seed in the D-V bracket.
The Bruins are the reigning Sac-Joaquin Section D-V champs, but back into the playoffs after three straight Pioneer Valley League losses to playoff bound teams Placer, Center and Lincoln.
The top seed in the D-V bracket is Sonora (9-1, 6-0 Mother Lode League).
PVL in the playoffs
In addition to the Bruins, the PVL had three other teams break into the playoffs. PVL champ Placer (10-0, 5-0 PVL) earned the No. 5 seed in the D-III bracket and will face No. 12 seed River Valley, which is coached by Nevada Union grad Brennan McFadden. Lincoln (6-4, 3-2 PVL) is the No. 14 seed in the D-III bracket and will face No. 3 Inderkum. Center (6-4, 2-3 PVL) is the No. 7 seed in the D-IV bracket and will face No. 2 Calaveras.
Strong showing by SFL
The Sierra Foothill League is well represented in the playoffs with five of the seven teams earning berths. League champ and reigning CIF Division I state champ Folsom (10-0, 6-0) earned the No. 1 seed in the D-I bracket and will face No. 16 Kennedy. SFL runner up Oak Ridge (8-2, 5-1 SFL) is the No. 3 seed in the D-I bracket and will host No. 14 Monterey Trail. Rocklin (7-3, 4-2 SFL) is the No. 3 seed in the D-II bracket and will host No. 14 Burbank. Del Oro (4-6, 3-3 SFL) earned the No. 5 seed in the D-II bracket and will host No. 12 Whitney. Granite Bay (5-5, 2-4 SFL) is the No. 9 seed in the D-II bracket and will travel to face No. 8 seed Downey.
For a look at all the Sac-Joaquin Section playoff brackets visit http://www.cifsjs.org/sports/fball/Playoffs.
To contact Sports Editor Walter Ford, call 530-477-4232 or email email@example.com.
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