Comprised of schools from the Modesto Metro Conference, Valley Oak League, Central California Conference and Western Athletic Conference.
1. (1) Central Catholic (8-0, 5-0 VOL): The Raiders avenged last year’s loss at Sierra in a big way, beating the Timberwolves 51-0. Showdown with No. 2 Oakdale looms. Next: at East Union
2. (2) Oakdale (8-0, 5-0 VOL): The Mustangs had little trouble with Weston Ranch and now gear up for a tough stretch drive that will determine the VOL championship. Next: vs. Manteca
3. (3) Turlock (6-1, 3-0 CCC): The Bulldogs cruised past Atwater to set up what should be a winner-take-all showdown for the Central California Conference. Next: at Merced
4. (4) Patterson (8-0, 4-0 WAC): Pacheco put up a decent fight in what was the last best chance to hand the Tigers a regular-season loss in 2015. Next: at Livingston
5. (5) Merced (5-3, 3-0 CCC): The Bears took care of Buhach Colony and have an eye on their third consecutive Central California Conference title. Next: vs. Turlock (Veterans Stadium)
6. (6) Manteca (7-1, 4-1 VOL): The Buffaloes shook off a stinging loss to No. 1 Central Catholic by walloping Lathrop and are very much alive for a share of the VOL title. Next: at Oakdale
7. (7) Los Banos (6-2, 3-1 WAC): Already a lock for the postseason with six wins, and with virtually no chance to catch Patterson, the Tigers need wins to improve playoff seeding. Next: at Central Valley
8. (8) Modesto (6-2, 4-0 MMC): The Panthers got past Enochs and need just one win over the next two weeks to claim at least a share of the Modesto Metro Conference crown. Next: vs. Beyer (Chuck Hughes Stadium)
9. (9) Downey (6-2, 3-1 MMC): The Knights will be rooting for Beyer to beat Modesto so that they can grab a piece of the MMC crown for a fourth consecutive year, provided they take care of their business, as well. Next: at Davis (MJC)
10. (10) Pitman (5-3, 2-1 CCC): With a loss already to Merced, the Pride needs crosstown rival Turlock to beat the Bears to make the Nov. 6 Harvest Bowl a showdown for a piece of the CCC crown. Next: vs. Atwater
Others to watch: Beyer (4-4, 3-1 MMC), Central Valley (5-3, 3-1 WAC).
Comprised of schools from the Trans-Valley League, Mother Lode League, Southern League and the Central California Athletic Association.
1. (1) Sonora (8-1, 5-0 MLL): The Wildcats ran wild over Amador to lock up the Mother Lode League’s No. 1 seed; with a bye slated for Nov. 6, Sonora will be rested for its playoff opener. Next: vs. Bret Harte
2. (2) Ripon (5-3, 3-0 TVL): The Indians are definitely in the driver’s seat after thumping defending Trans-Valley League champion Modesto Christian 49-14. Next: vs. Escalon
3. (5) Hilmar (5-3, 2-1 TVL): Followed up Escalon win with a victory over Hughson. The Yellowjackets are a cinch to pick up playoff-qualifying win No. 6 no later than Nov. 6 against Mountain House, but the TVL’s No. 2 seed is within their grasp. Next: at Modesto Christian
4. (4) Orestimba (8-0, 5-0 SL): The Warriors keep on rolling, heading toward a mammoth showdown with rival Gustine on Nov. 6. Both teams figure to be undefeated for that colossal matchup. Next: vs. Waterford
5. (3) Modesto Christian (3-5, 2-1 TVL): The Crusaders’ loss to Ripon makes reaching the playoff-qualifying six-win plateau impossible; there’s work ahead to grab one of the TVL’s three automatic berths. Next: vs. Hilmar
6. (6) Hughson (6-2, 1-2 TVL): Huskies suffered their second consecutive overtime defeat. They’re in the playoffs but their seed is slipping. Next: at Mountain House
7. (7) Gustine (8-0, 5-0 SL): The Redskins keep on rolling, heading toward a mammoth showdown with rival Orestimba on Nov. 6. Both teams figure to be undefeated for that colossal matchup. Seems like we’ve heard this before. Next: at Delhi
8. (8) Escalon (4-4, 1-2 TVL): The Cougars have their work cut out for them if they’re going to extend their streak of 17 consecutive playoff appearances. Next: at Ripon.
9. (9) Stone Ridge Christian (7-1, 3-0 CCAA): The Lions extended their shutout streak to six consecutive games, outscoring foes 317-0 dating to Sept. 4 – an average score of 53-0. Next: at Turlock Christian (Hilmar)
10. (10) Ripon Christian (6-2, 3-2 SL): The Knights got back on the winning track, after falling to Gustine on Oct. 16, with a 54-0 whitewashing of Denair. Next: at Mariposa
Others to watch: Mariposa (4-3, 3-2), Calaveras (5-3, 3-1), Amador (5-3, 2-2), Big Valley Christian (7-2, 3-1)