With a win, Johansen will be in

Johansen High football can clinch at least a share of the Modesto Metro Conference title and move a step closer to a Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoff berth tonight when it faces Beyer at 7:30 p.m. at Downey High.

The Vikings (5-3, 3-0) have rolled through three conference foes -- the average score was 38-16 -- and are alone in first place entering Week 9.

If Johansen wins, it's guaranteed no worse than a co-title. A Johansen victory, combined with a Modesto win over Downey on Friday, gets the Vikings into the playoffs.

Johansen's backfield duo of Deven Cannon (1,186 yards, 14 touchdowns) and William Corbin (661, nine TDs) have been unstoppable the past few weeks. Beyer (1-7, 0-3) has lost five in a row and is giving up an average of 40 points per game.

The MMC has two playoff berths and Beyer is the only team that's out of the race.

BOYS SOCCER -- Pitman (14-6-4) visits Stagg of Stockton (14-4-7) at 3 p.m. and Johansen (14-4-4) plays Tracy (13-3-2) tonight at 6 in the Division I playoffs. Central California Conference champ Merced (18-1-2) hosts Franklin of Stockton (11-7-2) on Friday at 3. The tournament favorite is Jesuit of Carmichael (25-0-1), but the Marauders are in the northern bracket and a Stanislaus District team wouldn't face them until the section final.

WATER POLO -- The last of the 16 teams in the girls tournament was selected Wednesday when Oakdale won a coin toss with Downey to secure the MMC's No. 3 berth. The Mustangs beat Downey on Tuesday -- the game had been postponed with 3 minutes remaining because of a lightning storm last Thursday -- and that left the teams tied for third at 9-5.

Johansen and Modesto tied for the MMC title, and Johansen won more than the No. 1 seed in a coin toss earlier this week. It opens with Golden Valley, the CCC's No. 3, while Modesto plays defending section champion Davis of Yolo. Play begins Saturday at Johansen.

The boys tournament gets under way Friday at Johansen, with Davis of Yolo County and Jesuit of Carmichael favored to reach the final. Downey, the No. 2 team from MMC, draws Jesuit in its 9 a.m. opener.

Bee staff writer Richard T. Estrada can be reached at or 578-2300.