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Prep Roundup

Plenty of routs came with playoff expansion

Rocklin moves Div. II playoff game to Whitney
By: Mike Ray, Gold Country News Services
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65-0. 64-7. 62-12. 59-6. Those were just a small sampling of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section first round football playoff scores that started to come across the television sports ticker last Friday that drew gasps and shock from Mariposa in the south to Yuba City in the north. But what did you expect? When the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section expanded its playoff brackets this season from 58 to 76 teams it meant that more teams reached the post season. It also meant there was more margin of error for first round drubbings that proved to be more than the norm. In 15 of the 36 first round games played in all divisions, the winning team scored 40 or more points. Six more contests had the victor tallying 30 or more. All total, 21 of the 36 first round games were decided by three or more touchdowns. At Modesto Christian, the Crusaders put a running clock on Colfax in the third quarter. It’s the first time ever that the Falcons had succumbed to the CIF rule to end runaway games. The final: 64-7. At Lincoln, the Zebras built a 43-0 halftime lead over out-manned Livingston. It could have been expected. The Wolves had surrendered 62 and 52 points respectively in their last two losses. At Placer, pre-game hype had Foothill sounding like the second coming of De La Salle. No so. The Hillmen scored so quick and combined with a 7 p.m. start and bad weather, late arriving fans saw the score and turned around and went home. A game between a No. 8 and 9 seed is usually a toss up. That never happened in Loomis as the Golden Eagles ended Christian Brothers’ season, 42-13. Pioneer’s late-game triple lateral two weeks ago that pulled out a last second win over Woodland got the Patriots and Yuba City into the playoffs and prevented Bear River from making it. Finals: Del Campo 36 Pioneer 0, Vanden 48 Yuba City 14. Speaking of Bear River, you can probably hear co-coaches Scott Savoie and Terry Logue’s teeth grinding this week when Calaveras, a team the Bruins shut out in Week Two, plays at Placer Friday in a Div. IV quarter-final round game. Site Change Because its playing field is starting to show the wear and tear of a long season and the elements, Rocklin will host its second round Div. II playoff game against Atwater Friday at Whitney High. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. The CIF has already announced that if Rocklin and Grant meet in a semi-final game on Dec. 4, the contest will be moved to a neutral site with an artificial playing surface. If Folsom High is not hosting a playoff game that night, look for the contest to be played there. Hoop Time CIF Sac-Joaquin Foundation Game doubleheaders will kick off the basketball season Monday. Most are doubleheaders with girls playing at 6 p.m. followed by boys tilts at 7:30. These are varsity only games. The gate receipts from these games go to support CIF scholarships. Area teams in action include Del Oro at Colfax, Foresthill at Golden Sierra, Placer at Roseville, Bear River at Forest Lake, Union Mine at Lincoln and Vista del Lago at Whitney. Speaking of Del Oro, the latest is mum is the word from everyone involved on the eligibility of a 6-7 Div. I caliber boys player from France that transferred into the Loomis area this year. Stay tuned.