No. 1 Denair (9-1) v. No. 4 Gustine (6-5), 7 p.m.
Last week: BYE
Preview: This is the “Blitz” game of the week. The Denair Coyotes are on the verge of achieving something special. Something that a Coyotes team hasn’t done since 2006 — reach the Sac-Joaquin Section final. They first must get through Gustine, which topped Millennium in the first round of the Division-VII bracket last Friday, 28-27. Steffin Winston, Hunter Musgrave and Dylan De Silva along with Drew Pritchard have been able to light up oppositions for the Denair offense that has been rolling with head coach Anthony Armas paving the way with his motivated assistants. Quarterback Elvis Silva has proven to be a big contributor leading a running attack that has been arguably one of the best in the Southern League this year. Following a first round bye, Denair must now take on a Gustine squad that has won two of its last three heading into this second round match. Denair just needs to win and they will be in the section final for the first time in over a decade and that is something that coach Armas and the whole Coyotes squad has in their sights. Denair has outscored opponents 400-183. Gustine, on the other hand, has been outscored 270-184. None of it matters as the Coyotes need to continue what they have been doing all season long and just run the ball. If they do so, Gustine will have a difficult time despite their more than above average regular season schedule.
No. 2 Hilmar (8-2) v. No. 10 Amador (8-3), 7 p.m.
Last week: BYE
Preview: Hilmar has a history of successful playoff runs, however, the Yellowjackets cannot underestimate Amador. Amador toppled Trans-Valley League foe Hughson High in the first round of the Division-VI Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs on Friday. The Yellowjackets are coming off a bye week and prior to that took on two of the bottom teams in the TVL to end the regular season. This will be one of the most interesting matchups because anything can happen — as Hilmar has proved last season when they ended the regular season at 5-5 but still won the section title. Amador has won two of its last three games. Hilmar has won four of its last five games. Hilmar has outscored their opponents 386-120. Amador looks similar, outscoring its 11 opponents 369-194. This could be one of the biggest lower division games to look out for.
No. 6 Turlock (8-3) @ No. 3 Oak Ridge (7-3), 7 p.m.
Last week: Turlock defeated Cosumnes Oaks, 28-0
Preview: The Bulldogs of Turlock are coming off their
seventh playoff victory in program history after they shutout Cosumnes Oaks
last Friday from Joe Debely, backed by Lucas Curtis’ three touchdown
performance. Following the win, coach James Peterson said that with their next
opponent it will be a tough week of practice to prepare. He wasn’t kidding as
they take on No. 50 in California, Oak Ridge, which is coming off a regular
season ending win over Elk Grove, 31-13. Oak Ridge also has the luxury of two
quarterbacks who have combined to toss for 21 touchdowns and 1,833 yards in 10
total games. The rushing game for OR was consistent throughout the year as they
accumulated 1,442 yards on the ground in 10 games. They average over 34 points
per game, while allowing just over 21. Turlock’s defense has notched two
consecutive shutouts but this will be a different monster when they take on OR.
While anything is possible, the ‘Dogs must bring more than just their ‘A’ game
if they wish to move on and perhaps make history themselves. Turlock has rushed
for 2,467 yards while holding opponents to 1,190 so far. Turlock has also
outscored opponents 385-246. This results in 35 points scored per game and
No. 7 Pitman (10-1) @ No. 2 Monterey Trail (10-0), 7 p.m.
Last week: Pitman defeated Davis, 40-21
Preview: The Pride notched their 10th win of the year on Thursday in the opening round of the Division-I Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs, tying the most wins in a single season while advancing to the quarterfinal round to face one of the best teams in the section. Monterey Trail just completed a perfect regular season and are currently ranked No. 26 in the state and 221 in the country. MT has outscored its opponents 496-90 in those 10 games while Pitman has outscored their opponents 383-199. The Pride are currently No. 119 in the state, but are ready to pull off what would be a tremendous upset. It’s more than a tall task but it’s a doable one — if they execute and play mistake-free as they did in their first-round victory over Davis. With Denzel Steckwren back for the Pride, they need to utilize him with Treyton Fair’s arm to open up the run game. If they are able to do so, then the Pride will be tough to handle. Without Steckwren, they are limited, as Steckwren has proven to have the speed to compete with the best in the area. Look for this game to be a wild one, with the possibility of it being close one if the Pride keep it clean and execute both their run and passing game. The unexpected could also result if they do what they do and play ball. Jakob Partida and Payton Bass, along with a strong line play, will be crucial for the Pride in this contest.