My worst week of football predictions came right smack dab in the middle of the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.
Talk about the opposite of clutch, I’m becoming the Buffalo Bills of NorCal sports writers.
Yet I digress.
The No. 2 St. Mary’s football team battles No. 1 Folsom for the section’s Division I crown at 6 p.m. Saturday at Sacramento State’s Hornet Stadium. I’ll be there updating live on Twitter, with scores, photos and videos.
Here are my picks for that game, and two CIF NorCal play-in games
DIVISION I FINALS
St. Mary’s 41, Folsom 28
The Rams complete dismantling of El Dorado Hills-Oak Ridge was an eye opener even for me, someone who picked St. Mary’s to win immediately after their semifinals loss to Folsom last season. Local confidence is so high in St. Mary’s, though, that Folsom is almost being a tad disrespected.
The Bulldogs just took a very good Elk Grove team and blasted them 41-3. They are not to be overlooked. Quarterback Joe Curry has 50 touchdown passes to seven picks, Drake Stallworth is an excellent wide receiver and as always, they have a stable full of skill position talent.
But St. Mary’s is too big, too motivated, and its defense seems to be peaking at exactly the right time. That Oak Ridge game was 61-21, but it could’ve been 70-0 if the Rams wanted. St. Mary’s wins its third section title, and first since 2008, and should host either Freedom-Oakley or Concord-De La Salle in the CIF NorCal Division I-AA bowl game on Dec. 9.
CIF NorCal play-in games
Amador 38, San Francisco-Lincoln 14
The Sac-Joaquin Section’s Division VI is undoubtedly tougher than the San Francisco Section’s AAA, and Amador, despite a record-long 130-mile road trip for the program, will hold onto the ball and make it happen behind tailback Daylan Thetford. Amador is playing with house money at this point, after winning the program’s first section banner, and will live to see another week.
Brookside Christian 35, Biggs 28
The Knights (8-4) will have to play sound defense against the Wolverines (10-2) and cannot turn the ball over. Biggs will sustain long drives behind its power running game, but in the end, I feel that the Brookside Christian skill position players will overwhelm Biggs and ultimately put more points on the board.
In a strange, but enthralling game, the Knights nip the Wolverines to advance to the program’s first NorCal bowl game.
Loomis-Del Oro over Sacramento-Inderkum
Oakdale over Sacramento-Christian Brothers
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