MODESTO -- Now that the first round, with its requisite routs, has passed, its time for the serious football to get under way with the quarterfinals. Lots of familiar faces here, and a new one with Downey and Hawaii commit QB Aaron Zwahlen:
DIVISION 1 (Click here for bracket)
Quarterfinal pairings: #8 Lincoln-Stockton (8-3) at Franklin-Elk Grove (11-0), #5 Granite Bay (8-3) at #4 Downey (10-1), #6 Pitman (10-1) at #3 Oak Ridge (10-1), #10 Pleasant Grove (7-4) at #2 Burbank (11-0).
Quarterfinal projected winners: Franklin-EG, Downey, Oak Ridge, Burbank.
Franklin plays defense like no one else in the section. Not a lot of excitement when it has the ball, but what fun when the defense is on the field. Lincoln RB Justin Davis looked like a USC recruit with 300-yard game & 5 TDs in 52-7 rout of Merced that was one of the most surprising scores of the weekend and Franklin wont see a better player in the section playoffs.
Maybe Downeys a wishful pick? Be fun to see him try to throw against Franklins secondary in a semifinal. So long as Zwahlen is upright and has four receivers, the Knights are in position to spring an upset but theyll need a few turnovers and minimize drops.
Oak Ridge just pounded Enochs 49-21, and now it gets Pitman which is a lot like Enochs. Having won the practice game so handily, Trojans gotta feel good their chances here. ORs loss was 49-21 to Folsom (No. 1 seed in D2) in league opener and its got some nice Ws (Grant, Pleasant Grove, Ponderosa, Vista Del Lago- its only loss Vacavile).
I want to see Burbank win just to match the Titans with Franklin or Downey in the final. Talk about fun: Burbanks great runners vs. Franklin defense or Burbank running wild on Downey and Zwahlen flinging balls the whole night against Titans secondary. That would be entertaining.