The Bee's Joe Davidson breaks down today's playoff games:
* Pleasant Grove (7-4) at Burbank (11-0), 1 p.m.
The teams met in a grueling scrimmage a week before the regular
season, and here they are meeting for the first time in Division I
play. PG is coming off a 22-21 victory over 9-1 Stagg, thanks to
defense (five sacks, three by Earl Chism, four interceptions), the
versatility of Dre Terrell (passing, running, cornerback, special
teams) and a late 22-yard field goal by sophomore Chad Phillips.
Burbank fields its finest team team since opening nearly 50 years ago,
thanks to the triple-option run game that averages 547 yards and
features Isaiah Williams (1794 yards, 24 touchdowns), Ernest Jenkins
(1,244, 12) and Calvin Green (1,087 and 11). Burbank defensive tackle
Ngalu Tapa leads the state with 22 sacks.
* Vacaville (8-3) at Folsom (11-0), 7 p.m.
Teams that go by Bulldogs meet for the third successive seasons in
D-II, each owning a victory. Folsom lives by the pass out of the
spread with Jake Browning (50 touchdown passes) and the Bulldogs of
Solano County prefer to run out of the wing-T, a scheme that allows
them to rush for 343 yards a game. Curtis Goins (1,132 yards, 11
touchdowns) and Daniel Mewborn (857, 10 and Jacob Te'o (507, 9) lead
the ground attack, with quarterback Nic Ardave also a threat,
having passed for 14 touchdowns. Folsom has unsung runners in Harry
Lipnosky (599 yards rushing, five scores), Bailey Laolagi (520, nine)
and Josiah Deguara (251 and 1) who expect to be a factor in a rain