All games kick off at 7
GRANITE BAY at DOWNEY: The Grizzlies (8-3) won the demanding Sierra Foothill League and had one of the top schedules in the section. QB Grant Caraway has thrown 20 TDs, while four defenders have at least two picks. Downey's Aaron Zwahlen is second in the state with 46 TDs, but how will an expected storm impact the Knights' (10-1) precision pass game?
HIGHLANDS at WATERFORD: The best player here is Highlands (7-4) QB John Abalos (1,364 yards rushing, 16 TDs; 917 yards passing, 7 TDs ), who has been on fire the last three weeks with 1,289 yards offense, 14 TDs. The Wildcats (8-2) used RBs Dylan Gonzalez and Branson Angle (1,852 yards, 27 TDs combined) to secure the SL title. Averaging 20 carries a game, Gonzalez likely will have 25-30 if the gameplan goes Waterford's way.
INDERKUM at SIERRA: Inderkum (10-1) is battling injuries and other personnel issues, but QB C.J. Spencer added an air game to the Wing-T offense with three TD passes and 197 yards. Sierra (10-1) QB Jake Pruitt has become a downfield threat, but the offense still revolves around Anthony Cota (1,876 yards, 36 TDs).
PITMAN at OAK RIDGE: The Pride (9-2) is battling one of Sacramento's elite programs in Oak Ridge (10-1) which played five playoffs teams in its non-league and beat each of them. The best player on the field might be Oak Ridge linebacker Zack Claiborne (20½ sacks).
ESCALON at PLACER: Which gives way, the irresistible force (Escalon RB Nathan Chunn, 1,858 yards, 29 TDs) or the immovable object (Placer's Eddie Vanderdoes, a 6-4, 305 pounds)? Top-seeded Placer (10-0) is the largest team in D4, but Escalon (9-2) hasn't won its eight section titles by being afraid of folks.