It was a tough week for Stanislaus District football teams during the opening round of the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.
Twenty-six teams from The Bees 52-team district qualified for postseason play 24 of which played games last week and 15 of those teams took it on the chin.
The Central California Conference, Modesto Metro Conference and Central California Athletic Alliance combined to go 0-7 last week, while the Western Athletic Conference went 1-2, with only No. 1 seed and reigning state champ Central Catholic advancing.
The Valley Oak League was a respectable 2-2 with Manteca and Oakdale moving on.
The Trans-Valley League was the big winner, with three of its five entrants Hilmar, Ripon and Escalon advancing to tonights second round.
Three of the eight second-round games feature a pair of district teams facing one another, so that means no more than eight teams will remain next week. Heres a look at tonights seven playoff matchups, and Saturdays lone game.
No. 10 Casa Roble (8-2) at No. 2 Manteca (10-1) The Buffaloes were happy just to survive last week when they outlasted No. 15 Central Valley (Ceres) in a 69-55 thriller that wasnt decided until the final minutes. Manteca needs to work out the kinks defensively, having given up more than 600 yards of offense to the Hawks, if it plans to reach the semifinal round. Then again, the Buffs were facing the Stanislaus Districts all-team leading rusher in JaQuan Gardner.
No. 13 Oakdale (7-4) at No. 5 Sacramento (9-2), 1 p.m., Saturday Until last weeks 42-35 win over Benicia, the second oldest public high school west of the Mississippi River had never won a postseason game. Now, the Dragons will go for their first 10-win season in school history. Theyre led by sophomore quarterback Caden Voges, whos completed better than 64 percent of his passes for more than 3,330 yards and 43 touchdowns. He has, however, thrown 20 interceptions.
No. 8 Colfax (9-2) at No. 1 Central Catholic (10-1) When discussing the playoff brackets before last weeks opening-round, Raiders coach Roger Canepa pointed out that Colfax was a dangerous team at No. 8. The Falcons are led by senior quarterback Michael Wilson, who has completed about 65 percent of his passes this season for more than 3,200 yards and 43 touchdowns.
No. 10 Escalon (7-4) at No. 2 Hilmar (11-0) These teams met in Week 8, with the Yellowjackets earning a hard-fought 28-14 victory. The game was close early and turned on a roughing-the-kicker penalty with the game tied 7-7 in the second quarter. Without that infraction, Escalon may have gone in for a go-ahead score before halftime. Instead, Hilmar got the ball inside the 10 and immediately took a 14-7 lead it never relinquished.
No. 5 Calaveras (9-2) at No. 4 Ripon (10-1) The Redskins are back in the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2010, when they reached the title game and lost to Escalon on a Hail Mary pass in the games final seconds. Ripon is back in the second round for a second consecutive season. They bowed out at this point last season, falling to eventual state champ Central Catholic.
No. 5 Waterford (6-5) at No. 1 Le Grand (10-0) The Bulldogs received a bye last week while the Wildcats defeated Rio Vista 35-28. These teams are meeting for the second time this season Le Grand beat Waterford 52-14 in Week 6 and the third time in less than a calendar year. The Bulldogs beat the Wildcats 30-12 in last years section title game.
No. 3 Golden Sierra (6-5) at No. 2 Mariposa (8-2) The Grizzlies received the other D5 bye last week, and theyll be rested up for a Golden Sierra team that started 0-4, but finished on a hot streak.
No. 3 Ripon Christian (9-2) at No. 2 Woodland Christian (9-1) The Cardinals get the higher seed by virtue of their first-place finish in the Sacramento Metropolitan Athletic League Ripon Christian was the Southern League runner-up but the Knights are the favorite here. Woodland Christian hasnt seen a running back like Andrew Brown (2,341 rushing yards, 41 TDs) this season.