It wasn't until the second half that the Patterson Tigers got roaring.
Sergio Hinojosa provided the go-ahead goal midway through the second half of the Division V game as the Tigers (24-4) charged back from a 2-0 halftime deficit to defeat Ripon 5-2 on Thursday. James Santana sparked the comeback with his first of his two goals.
The Indians (17-6-2) outshot Patterson 13-2 in the first half and scored on goals by Eric Cavanaugh and Christian Hernandez. In the end, it wasn't enough.
"We never give up," said Patterson coach Greg Hartsell, whose team will play Livingston at noon on Saturday at Lincoln High in Stockton for the section title.
LIVINGSTON 2, ESCALON 0, at Escalon -- Arturo Pulido assisted on the first goal, then scored the second goal via penalty kick as the Wolves (12-4-2) advanced to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V championships game for the third consecutive time.
Escalon (20-3-3), the Trans-Valley League champion, got a big game from goalkeeper Bill Cervantes (10 saves) but couldn't muster much of an offensive attack against Livingston's swarming defense.
WATERFORD 6, SAN JUAN 1, at Waterford -- David Alvarez's three goals and an assist helped the Wildcats (22-0-4) win the Division VI playoff game. Waterford was up 3-0 on San Juan (8-8-2) after just 15 minutes.
Carlos Navarette had a goal and two assists -- he has 55 goals and trails the state leader by just two. But it was Alvarez, who has six goals and three assists in two playoff games -- who led the way Thursday.
"He has just been a workhorse for us," Waterford coach Barry Wixom said of Alvarez. "He has taken the load off of Navarette and that's nice to see.
"The school is excited, just excited. It's our first final for any sport in school history. We had a great crowd out there supporting us, probably the most in school history."
BIG VALLEY CHR. 0, SACRAMENTO COUNTY DAY 0 (BVC won on penalty kicks), at Sacramento -- The Lions (18-2-1) got 12 saves on the day from goalie Jordan Hogan and after two overtimes won the shootout 5-4 on penalty kicks.
"It was pretty evenly matched," said BVC coach Ryan Poling of the Division VII duel. "Both sides battled unrentlessly.
"Our defense shut down quite a bit of action up top."
BVC will play Faith Christian at Folsom on Saturday for the section title.
HUGHSON 42, RIPON CHR. 14, at Ripon -- Aaron Stice ran 17 times for 137 yards and Zach Adams threw for two scores as the Huskies (8-2, 4-1 TVL) routed the Knights.
Adams threw just seven times, but his four completions totaled 116 yards and included first-quarter scoring passes to Kyle Birchall (69 yards) and Stice (13 yards). Hughson led 21-0 after one quarter and 35-0 at the half.
Senior linebacker James Schaapman was a standout for RC (0-10, 0-5) with 16 tackles and a sack.
SIERRA RIDGE 36, BIG VALLEY CHR. 29, at Modesto -- Junior Blake Sturdivan ran for 178 yards on 28 carries, including a 27-yard touchdown in the Lions' 16-point first quarter. Sturdivan became the first running back in Big Valley Christian's five-year history to rush for more than 1,000 yards in one season. He has 1,032.
Sturdivan's heroics weren't enoug because the Rams scored twice in the final three minutes to defeat the Lions (3-7, 0-5 Harvest Christian League).