Comprised of teams from the Central California Conference, Modesto Metro Conference, Valley Oak League and Western Athletic Conference.
1. (1) Oakdale (7-1, 5-0): Josh Jacobson (114 yards, touchdown) and Oscar Ramos (81 yards, two touchdowns) carried the Mustangs to a 42-0 victory over Kimball. Friday: vs. Lathrop.
2. (2) Central Catholic (7-0, 5-0): Senior quarterback Theo Azevedo returned to the field after missing four games with a shoulder injury. Azevedo entered a 42-6 victory at Lathrop in the second quarter. Friday: vs. Kimball.
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3. (4) Manteca (6-2, 3-2): Carter Williams and Trabon Russell scored three touchdowns apiece as the Buffaloes made quick work of Weston Ranch, 60-14. Friday: at Sierra.
4. (5) Gregori (8-0, 4-0): Student got the best of teacher as Gregori quarterback Bobby Avina shredded offseason QB coach Tim Garcia and the Davis Spartans. Avina was 19 of 24 for 392 yards and four touchdowns. Friday: vs. Modesto.
5. (6) Turlock (6-2, 4-0): Tyler Etharidge rushed for 121 yards and scored three TDs, and the defense forced three turnovers in the Bulldogs' 56-0 victory over Atwater. Turlock has won five consecutive games and can clinch at least a share of the CCC title with a win ... Friday: at Merced.
6. (8) Patterson (7-1, 3-0): James Perez hauled in two touchdown receptions and Joseph McGarry shined in place of suspended two-way talent Joe Okitukunda, racking up five tackles, two forced fumbles, an interception and rushing TD. Friday: at Central Valley.
7. (nr) Modesto (6-2, 4-0): Norvale Howard and the Panthers delivered the biggest upset of the season, snapping Downey's 14-game league winning streak with a 38-28 victory. Howard accounted for 307 yards of total offense and three touchdowns, and then punctuated the win with a statement: "We rep Modesto." Friday: at Gregori.
8. (3) Downey (8-1, 4-1): With a stunning loss to Modesto, the Knights no longer control their own destiny in the MMC. If they're going to grab a piece of their sixth straight title, the Knights need 1) Gregori to beat Modesto Friday and 2) a Week 10 win against Gregori to force a potential three-way split. Friday: Bye.
9. (9) East Union (6-2, 3-2): Levi Huffman (154 yards, two TDs) was a force on both sides of the ball as the Lancers qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section postseason for a second straight year with a rare victory over Sierra. The 41-17 win was East Union's first in 13 years against their crosstown rival. Friday: at Weston Ranch.
10. (10) Buhach Colony (6-3, 4-1): Owen Thomas rushed for 102 yards and three touchdowns and the defense forced six turnovers as the Thunder routed Merced to clinch a postseason berth. Buhach can do no worse than second in the CCC and locked up one of the conference's two automatic berths. Friday: Bye.
Dropped out: Los Banos (7-1, 3-1).
Comprised of teams from the Central California Athletic Alliance, Mother Lode League, Southern League and Trans-Valley League.
1. (1) Orestimba (8-0, 5-0): Jacob Bettencourt was nearly perfect in a 44-27 win over Waterford, completing 12 of his 15 passes for 247 yards and three touchdowns. Southern League-leading rusher Tymon Bolden crossed the 1,000-yard mark with 188 yards. Friday: vs. Delhi.
2. (2) Sonora (6-2, 4-0): Idle. Friday: at Argonaut.
3. (3) Calaveras (7-1, 3-1): Calaveras won a sloppy game against Amador – both teams combined for nine fumbles, according to the Calaveras Enterprise – and coach Jason Weatherby said his team can ill-afford another lackadaisical effort Friday at Summerville, a team looking to crack the top five. Friday: at Summerville.
4. (5) Modesto Christian (4-4, 3-0): Davion Gates and Isaac Schinmann scored two touchdowns apiece for the surging Crusaders, who throttled two-time defending TVL champion Hilmar, 41-13. Modesto Christian can clinch a share of the league title with one more win. Friday: at Escalon.
5. (nr) Ripon (5-3, 2-1): Roland Davis had a 48-yard touchdown reception and returned a blocked field goal 76 yards for another score as the Indians knocked Escalon out of the top five and remained in the hunt for a TVL title. Friday: at Hughson.
Dropped out: Escalon (4-4, 2-1).
Others to watch: Big Valley Christian (8-0, 4-0); Summerville (7-1, 3-1); Escalon (4-4, 2-1); Gustine (7-1, 5-0).