While the high school football playoffs begin this week with the championship games scheduled for November 23-24, the youth football teams have championship games on Saturday.
In the Sierra Athletic Conference, the Folsom Jr. Bulldogs advanced all five teams to the championship round. The conference is patterned after the Sierra Foothill League, as six of the seven teams in the league (Granite Bay, Folsom, Oak Ridge, Rocklin, Whitney and Del Oro) have youth teams in the conference, along with teams from Lincoln and Roseville.
The championship games will be played at Granite Bay High School. The Mighty Mite game will be played at 10 a.m. Saturday, featuring the Jr. Bulldogs against the Rocklin Jr. Thunder. The Jr. Bulldogs advanced to the game courtesy of a 40-0 win over Lincoln.
Playing at noon in the Jr. Peewee title game will be the Jr. Bulldogs against the Jr. Trojans. The Jr. Trojans’ only loss this season came at the hands of the Jr. Bulldogs, as they will be looking to avenge that loss. Folsom blanked Rocklin 14-0 to reach the title game, while Oak Ridge got by Del Oro, 18-8.
Folsom’s peewee team, undefeated like Folsom’s Mighty Mite and Jr. Peewee teams, will face Del Oro in the title game beginning at 2 p.m. Like Oak Ridge at the Jr. Peewee level, Del Oro’s only loss this season came against the Jr. Bulldogs. Folsom got the best of Lincoln, 38-0, to make the championship round.
At 4 p.m. the Jr. Midget teams will do battle, as the Jr. Bulldogs face the Jr. Thunder from Rocklin, who upset previously unbeaten Granite Bay to reach the title game. Folsom beat Del Oro 24-8 to advance to the title game.
Finally at 6 p.m., the Jr. Bulldogs will face undefeated Del Oro for the championship. One of two losses the Jr. Bulldogs suffered this season came at the hands of Del Oro. The other came against Oak Ridge, who Folsom defeated 24-0 in the semifinals to reach the title game.
The Vista del Lago Jr. Eagles, members of the Sacramento Youth Football organization, has one team in the championship game.
The Midget team will play the Jesuit Jr. Marauders at 4 p.m. Saturday at Vista del Lago High School for the championship. Jesuit defeated the Jr. Eagles in the regular season, so the Eagles will be looking to avenge that defeat and finish their youth football careers as champions. Vista reached the title game by blanking the Ponderosa Jr. Bruins, 36-0, in the semifinals last Saturday.