November 29, 2013
Sizing up the Sac-Joaquin Section D-III, V, VI football playoff games

The Bee's Joe Davidson previews Saturday's Sac-Joaquin Section football games

Christian Brothers (9-3) at Sacramento (10-2)

Where: Oak Park, 1 p.m.

Outlook: It used to be for Metro League titles when these teams squared off in the 1960s and '70s at Hughes Stadium, and the schools last played for something truly significant in 1992, for the Metro title, won by Sacramento.

Now the schools, barely two miles apart, meet in a Division III semifinal after spirited playoff runs. Sacramento had never won a playoff game before beating Benicia in an opener and then eliminating defending champion Oakdale. CBS won D-I section titles with 13-1 teams in 1981 and '83 and reached the 1986 finals, and then didn't win another playoff game until this month.

The quarterbacks are key here, CBS with junior Chris Guillen (2,346 yards passing, 20 TDs, 528 rushing yards, 12 TDs) and Sacramento with sophomore Caden Voges (3,610 passing, 41 TDs, 663 rushing, 10 scores). Voges has deep-threat targets in Damen Wheeler (1,460 yards, 18 TDs) and Kyree Stephens (1,047, 12). The Dragons can run with power behind Lonny Powell (726 yards, nine TDs), and he and teammate West Simpson each have 20 sacks. CBS LB/TE Hayden Jones could make a difference as a kicker, too.

Bradshaw Christian (9-2) vs Ripon Christian (10-2)

Where: Grape Bowl, Lodi, 1 p.m.

Outlook: Bradshaw Christian seeks a fourth championship since 2008 and third in D-VI since 2009 under coach Drew Rickert. The Pride have three standouts in QB Kevin Williams (1,688 yards passing, 25 TDs), RB Jakobe Hawkins (1,228 yards, 12 TDs) and Kyle Betts, who can do it all. He has 946 yards receiving and 17 TDs, 477 yards rushing and nine scores and six interceptions from his safety spot.

Ripon Christian is a running team, having scored 63 times on the ground, 45 of those TDs from RB Andrew Brown, who leads all section backs with 2,626 yards for coach Randy Fasani, the former Del Oro quarterback star from the mid-1990s.

Golden Sierra (7-5) vs. Le Grand (11-0)

Where: Grape Bowl, Lodi, 6 p.m.

Outlook: Golden Sierra started the season 0-4, facing larger programs such as Capital Christian, Rio Americano and Casa Roble, and now finds itself in its first section title game since 1994, this time in D-V. RB Brian Cann (915 yards, 12 TDs) powers the run-heavy offense, and Sam Steward leads the defense with 10.7 tackles a game.

Le Grand has emerged as a small-school power, seeking a fourth consecutive D-V championship. QB Frank Contreras (1,177 yards passing, 15 TDs) and RB Ryan Martinez (2,010 yards, 31 TDs) lead the way.



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