Downey, 5 other locals in title tilts

It's been more than four decades since Downey High celebrated a Sac-Joaquin Section boys' championship, a drought the soccer team hopes to snap today when it faces Davis of Yolo County for the Division I title.

The Knights (12-5-5) have three consecutive wins over league champs, but today's task dwarfs those challenges: Davis is 26-0-2, has five shutouts in a row and has allowed seven goals total.

Downey, which won a boys' track title in 1965, has more than its own history to overcome.

Since 1980, only one team from the southern half of the section -- Beyer in 1996 -- has won the Division I soccer crown. Prior to this season, Beyer was the only Modesto team to make the final, losing in four of its five trips.

The match begins at 2 p.m. and is one of three championships that will be decided today at Lincoln High in Stockton.

Waterford (21-0-5), which has outscored its last seven foes 45-3, faces Lindhurst of Olivehurst (16-1-2) for the Division VI title at 10 a.m. As a sidelight, Waterford's Carlos Navarette is No. 2 in the state with 55 goals and needs three to finish as the undisputed scoring champion.

Livingston (12-4-2), after losing in the final the last two seasons, hopes to avoid the hat trick when it plays Western Athletic Conference rival Patterson (23-4) for the Division V title at noon.

Patterson won the WAC title and the teams split their matches: Patterson lost 2-0 on Oct. 8 before winning 2-1 on Oct. 24.

Two other Stanislaus District teams head to Folsom High today to play for section crowns.

Oakdale (19-7-4), which has captured three section titles in the last four years, plays El Dorado of Placerville (16-5-2) in Division IV at noon.

Big Valley Christian (18-2-1), which has won 12 in a row but has never won a boys' section title, faces Faith Christian of Yuba City (13-6-5) in Division VII. The teams tied 2-2 in September.