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Buhach Colony football top seed in Division II

SUN-STAR PHOTO BY LISA JAMES
Buhach's Jarrell Davis outruns a tackle by Dominic Dalmaso of Atwater in the 2nd quarter of their game at Falcon Field Friday night.
November 5, 2010
SUN-STAR PHOTO BY LISA JAMES Buhach's Jarrell Davis outruns a tackle by Dominic Dalmaso of Atwater in the 2nd quarter of their game at Falcon Field Friday night. November 5, 2010

The season of firsts will continue for the Buhach Colony football team.

After winning its first Central California Conference championship and a perfect 10-0 regular season, Buhach Colony will host its first home playoff game on Friday.

The Thunder received the No. 1 seed in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs and will host No. 16 seed Vallejo Bethel (6-4) at Falcon Field.

The road to its first-ever section title won't be easy.

Not only is nationally ranked Grant standing in the way, the Division II bracket features nine conference champions. It's one of the toughest fields in the state with teams like St. Mary's, Folsom and Vacaville.

If BC gets by Bethel, it will likely face No. 8 Del Campo (8-2) in the second round. The Capital Valley Conference champions feature a dominant defense that has given up less than 12 points per game.

Los Banos also finds itself in the D-II field.

The Tigers seemed destined for the Division III playoffs, but Woodland's 27-26 upset of Pioneer (8-2) on Friday earned a playoff spot in Division III and bumped Los Banos to Division II. Los Banos is the smallest school in the D-II playoffs.

The No. 14 Tigers will get a familiar foe in No. 3 St. Mary's. The Rams knocked Los Banos out of the playoffs in 2008.

Livingston and Hilmar both advanced to the Division IV playoffs.

Livingston will play in the larger Division IV-A bracket as the No. 5 seed. The Wolves (7-3) will make the long drive to Folsom to face Vista del Lago (7-3).

Hilmar (6-4) will travel to Jackson to face Argonaut (8-2) in the Division IV-B bracket.

The winner of the IV-A and IV-B brackets will play for the Division IV section title at Lincoln in Stockton on Dec. 3.

Le Grand was the only other area team to earn a top seed. After winning the Southern League title, the Bulldogs (8-2) are No. 1 in Division V and will receive a first-round bye. There is a possibility of back-to-back games against rival Mariposa. The Grizzlies (6-4) are No. 4 and will host No. 5 Golden Sierra (5-5) in the first round.

Football Pairings

The Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs begin Friday.

Division I

(16) Stagg (6-4) at (1) Pleasant Grove (9-1)

(9) Oak Ridge (7-3) at (8) Lincoln (7-3)

(12) Lodi (7-3) at (5) Turlock (8-2)

(13) McNair (7-3) at (4) Elk Grove Franklin (8-2)

(14) Rodriguez (6-4) at (3) Enochs (8-2)

(11) Pitman (7-3) at (6) Granite Bay (7-3)

(10) Monterey Trail (7-3) at (7) Modesto (8-2)

(15) Burbank (6-4) at No. 2 Napa (9-1)

Division II

(16) Bethel (6-4) at (1) Buhach Colony (10-0)

(9) Rosemont (7-3) at (8) Del Campo (8-2)

(12) Antelope (6-4) at (5) Vacaville (9-1)

(13) Roseville (6-4) at (4) Folsom (9-1)

(14) Los Banos (6-4) at (3) St. Mary's (9-1)

(11) Benicia (7-3) at (6) Inderkum (9-1)

(10) Rocklin (7-3) at (7) River City (9-1)

(15) Wood (6-4) at (2) Grant (10-0)

Division III

(16) Vanden (6-4) at (1) Manteca (9-1)

(9) Sacramento (7-3) at (8) Casa Roble (7-3)

(12) Christian Brothers (6-4) at (5) Oakdale (7-3)

(13) Woodland (6-4) at (4) Placer (8-2)

(14) Whitney (6-4) at (3) Pioneer (8-2)

(11) Del Oro (6-4) at (6) East Union (7-3)

(10) Lincoln (6-4) at (7) Yuba City (7-3)

(15) Sierra (6-4) at (2) Patterson (9-1)

Division IV-A

(8) Dixon (4-6) at (1) Calaveras (8-2)

(5) Livingston (7-3) at (4) Vista Del Lago (7-3)

(6) Bear River (7-3) at (3) Marysville (7-3)

(7) Sonora (6-4) at (2) Union Mine (8-1)

Division IV-B

(8) Amador (6-4) at (1) Escalon (9-1)

(5) Central Catholic (6-4) at (4) Summerville (7-3)

(6) Hilmar (6-4) at (3) Argonaut (8-2)

(7) Orestimba at (2) Colfax (8-2)

Division V

(1) Le Grand (8-2), bye

(5) Golden Sierra (5-5) at (4) Maripoa (6-4)

(6) Millennium (5-5) at (3) Highlands (7-3)

(2) Waterford (8-2), bye

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