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October 22, 2013Playoff breakdowns and projected brackets are starting to come into focus as teams take on big league tests. How does the Sac-Joaquin Section playoff plan affect the Division II rankings? Which Division III teams have a chance to move up? Get those answers and more.
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Granite Bay falls out of the Division I rankings for the first time this season after losing to Rocklin 31-14. Everyone moves up a spot and Oak Ridge (6-1) moves in. The Trojans have a non-league win over Rocklin, but fell to No. 2 Folsom 35-0 in Delta River League play.
Six of the top 10 teams are from the SJS with plenty of more section teams on the bubble. Two of the four spots in the Open Division and Division I regional bowl games will come from the SJS. Playoffs breakdowns with enrollments will have a major impact on the bowl picture.
In the SJS, Division I and II teams are placed in Division I for the bowl games while DIII teams are placed in Division II. A pair of ranked teams (Inderkum and Cosumnes Oaks) could be moved out of Division II when the playoffs are announced in three weeks. This is welcomed news for teams like Enterprise in the Northern Section and Milpitas/Wilcox in the Central Coast Section.
Meanwhile in the North Bay, Casa Grande continues to truck along to a 7-0 start. Outside of a win over Heritage, Casa Grande has scored at least 30 points in each game behind dual threat quarterback JaJuan Lawson. The Gauchos will host Ukiah and Windsor before ending the year at Cardinal Newman.
Sutter and Terra Nova have a pair of intriguing games this week as they look to move up into the contingent of NCS teams atop Division III. Sutter will host Division II No. 3 Enterprise is a matchup featuring two of the best in the Northern Section. The Huskies' only loss this year is to El Cerrito, which is ranked No. 3 in Division III. A win on Friday could put Sutter on track to potentially get back to a regional bowl.
Terra Nova will travel to Menlo in a game featuring a pair of standout quarterbacks. Terra Nova boasts junior Anthony Gordon countered by Jack Heneghan for the Knights. Menlo's only loss this year is to San Angelo Central of Texas and the Knights have a win over Division IV No. 2 McClymonds.
Three of the top 10 teams were on bye last week, but Ripon Christian joined the rankings in place of Chester. The Knights have 1,416 rushing yards and 27 touchdowns from Andrew Brown and their only loss was against Division III Ripon.
McClymonds survived a close league contest to beat Fremont-Oakland 20-14. The Warriors trailed 14-6 heading into the fourth quarter.
In Marysville, Capital Christian junior Justice Shelton-Mosley had almost 400 total yards with six touchdowns. The Cougars held on for a six point win to stay at No. 3.