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Manteca, Sierra hosting 1st-round games

Summerville gets rematch with Ripon in Division IV-B

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POSTED November 15, 2009 2:20 a.m.
Manteca head coach Eric Reis tried to anticipate whom his team would face in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs, narrowing it down to a handful of candidates.

Casa Roble wasn’t one of them.

The section released the postseason brackets Saturday evening, revealing that eighth-seeded Manteca (7-3) will meet No. 9 Casa Roble (6-4) and is one of four Valley Oak League teams that earned a first-round home game.

Conference co-champions Sierra (9-1) and Oakdale (9-1) are No. 3 and 5, respectively. Sonora (8-2) is No. 4 in the Division IV-A bracket.

Sierra is matched up with No. 14 Mira Loma (6-4).
“It’s just a testimony to how solid the Valley Oak League is,” Harbison said.

Harbison figured his Timberwolves would be the No. 2 or 3 seed.

No. 1 Inderkum and Vanden were the only Division III teams to go into the final week of the regular season with perfect records, but Rodriguez (5-5) upset Vanden to steal a share of the Solano County Athletic League championship and the final playoff spot.

Del Campo leapfrogged Sierra for the second seed, getting the nod via the “combined wins of defeated opponents” tiebreaker.

“It was pretty much where we expected to be,” Harbison said. “Del Campo earned the No. 2 spot. Either way, our bracket is pretty solid, and now we have to get back to the drawing board and get ready for Mira Loma.”

As for Manteca, assistant coaches got to scout out its opponent before knowing for certain whom that would be.

“In reading the brackets, we thought there was no way we were going to play (Casa Roble),” Reis said. “But we got a little hint when we saw their whole coaching staff at our game Friday night (a 69-21 victory over East Union).

“We kind of thought, ‘Why are they all here?’ We found out they have a game (Saturday), so we had some people go up and see them just in case.”

Reis was also surprised to get the home game, even though he knew the possibility existed.

El Camino (4-6) did the Buffaloes a huge favor by stunning Mira Loma, 23-0. El Camino was winless going into the Capital Athletic League finale, while Mira Loma was expected to clinch the conference’s third of three automatic berths.

As a result, Manteca gets to play at Guss Schmiedt Field, where it hadn’t hosted a postseason game since 2006. That was also the year the Buffaloes won their third of three section championships (2001, 2005).

Manteca is 5-0 at home.

“We’re excited for that, because over the years we’ve had to do a lot of traveling for the playoffs,” Reis said. “We’ve played well at home this year, and it’s a good thing for the school and the community.”

In Division IV-B, No. 6 Ripon (7-3) will have a rematch with Mother Lode League champion No. 3 Summerville (9-1).

Ripon is responsible for Summerville’s lone loss, 32-23 in non-league play, but the Indians were at home then. They haven’t held a playoff game at home since the early 1990s.
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