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Section releases football playoff brackets

By: Kurt Johnson
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There was good news at Granite Bay and Woodcreek when the Sac-Joaquin Section released its playoff brackets late Saturday afternoon. The new playoff structure, introduced for this season, expands the fields and divides divisional alignment for postseason play based on school enrollment. The section clearly recognized the quality of both the Sierra Foothill League and of the non-league schedules its teams’ play, Despite is 4-6 record, Woodcreek, who earned a spot in the Division II tourney with a third place finish in league play, escaped the bottom three seeding positions and avoided a trip to unbeaten powerhouses St. Mary’s and Grant. While the Timberwolves escaped with a No. 13 seed, that still means a trip to Folsom, an offensive juggernaut with a 9-1 mark. The winner of the first round game between Folsom and Woodcreek will play the survivor of the opener being played Friday night at Granite Bay. The Grizzlies (8-2) were awarded a No. 5 seed, and will host Sacramento (6-4) in the opening round. In other first round games in the Division II field Friday night, second-seeded SFL champion Rocklin will host No. 15 Elk Grove (4-6) and No. 8 Del Oro will host No. 9 Christian Brothers. A Del Oro win would likely result in an outstanding second round matchup between the Golden Eagles and top-seeded St. Mary’s (1-0). Unbeaten Grant is the No. 3 seed in Division II. Oak Ridge (7-3) is the sixth seed in the Division I field, and the Trojans will host No. 11 Sheldon Friday night. Lincoln (10-0) is the No. 1 seed in the eight-team Division IVA field. The Zebras host Livingston (6-4) in their opener. Whitney (7-3) is the No. 5 seed in that tourney, with a road game at fourth-seeded Sonora (8-2) standing between it and a possible second shot at Lincoln in round two. Third-seeded Placer (9-1) hosts No. 6 Foothill (7-3) in its opener. Colfax (6-4) drew the No. 8 seed in Division IVB and will make the trip to Modesto Christian (10-0) for its first postseason contest.