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Div. IV Title Game Site Still Undecided On Yet

Oakmont, Folsom are in the running
By: Mike Ray Gold Country News Services
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If there’s one thing that the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section office has become historically known for over the years is that the scheduling of its championship events is usually down to the minute and precise. But because of a quirk in this year’s Division IV football playoff schedule which saw one first round game and two semi-final games pushed back a week, the CIF office is staying mum on just where next the Friday, Dec. 12 championship game will be played at. Originally scheduled at A.A. Stagg Memorial Stadium in Stockton for Sat. Dec. 5, the section was forced to scratch the University of Pacific facility when they revamped its playoffs by a week and the Stockton stadium was not available. Now, the section office may take a wait and see attitude - waiting until the results of Friday’s semi-finals are in - before announcing where the title game will be played at. However, if there’s one thing that appears to be set in concrete, the game will be played at a stadium that has artificial turf. “We’re in the process of checking out all the options,” said CIF Sac-Joaquin Section assistant commissioner John Williams Monday. “We have to make sure we have all of our gate people, ticket takers, security and medical people all lined up.” Williams did note that because three of this year’s semi-finalists – Placer, Whitney and Dixon – are considered “north” schools, sites in the Sacramento area for the finals are being looked at. While not confirming one facility over another, Williams did say that Folsom, Oakmont and Lincoln of Stockton appear at the top of the CIF’s list. “If we have two north schools in the finals it would make sense to have it around Sacramento,” said Williams. The Div. II championship game between Grant and Burbank is set for Friday night at Folsom while the Casa Roble-Inderkum Div. III title contest is slated for Saturday afternoon at Oakmont. Lincoln of Stockton, meanwhile, is being held as an option if Sierra of Manteca defeats Whitney on Friday in one-semi-final. Placer visits Dixon in the other semi on Friday. In an added twist to the championship game venue story, the CIF has been in the process of phasing out Stagg Memorial Stadium has a football playoff site because of its shabby state and has planned that starting in 2010 to not schedule any games there.