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Mother Lode League football playoffs begin Thursday at Sonora


Friday night marked the beginning of the postseason for Calaveras, Sonora and Summerville high schools’ varsity football teams.

With final stats and records in hand, a CIF Sac-Joaquin Conference committee met in Modesto Saturday afternoon to decide rankings and playoff game matchups.

Here’s what to expect from Mother Lode League teams and Week 1 of their postseason games.



Calaveras, No. 2 Division V

Calaveras High School finished the 2017 season with a 49-0 win over a winless Linden Lions team.

They did it behind solid play from their entire roster.

Senior Triston Madsen led the way on all-purpose yards with 80. Senior Tanner Joses added 52 and junior Logan Weatherby contributed 46.

Defensively, senior Cesar Vazquez had five solo tackles and an assist.

On offense, eight Calaveras players contributed points Friday night. And senior kicker Kyle Alfred was perfect on point after attempts going five for five.

Calaveras has the No. 2 ranking in Division V.

Their regular season record is 9-1 overall, and 5-1 in the Mother Lode League.

Their solo defeat this year came from at the hands of Sonora High School where they lost 59-50 in Week 5.

Now they’re matched up against No. 7 Ripon High School.

Ripon finished their regular season 7-3 overall and 4-1 in league play.

Their one league loss of the season? Also to Sonora High School. The ‘Cats won that game 48-33 in Week 3 action.

Calaveras plays Ripon Friday night at home. The game begins at 7 p.m.

Sonora, No. 1 Division V

Sonora High School handed Bret Harte High School a drubbing Friday night, 70-15.

The Wildcats are responsible for snuffing out a perfect MLL record for Summerville and Calaveras.

Sonora finished their season 8-2 overall and 6-0 in league play.

All this despite losing their standout Kane Rodgers to an ACL injury earlier in the season.

Junior quarterback Jake Gookin, who earned his starting spot days before the season began, has been one key.

Seniors Rico Sanchez and Jack Camara have also been steady on both sides of the ball.

The Wildcats may have dropped their first two games of the season, but those kinks and adjustments have long since been worked out.

They’ll take on No. 8 Highlands Thursday at Dunlavy Field.

The Scots squeaked by an injury-laden Bret Harte team 28-21 in Week 3.

They finished their season 7-3 overall and 4-2 in the MLL.

Sonora plays Highlands Thursday night at home. The game begins at 7 p.m.

Summerville

Summerville, No. 3, Division VI

Summerville High School will take a solid 35-10 win over Amador into their first playoff game. They’ll play Hilmar in Tuolumne Friday.

The Bears have had the relative luxury of having a deep enough roster to be able to rely on a number of players.

Senior Luke Fulkerson has been a dominant force this season. He’s a sturdy target for junior quarterback Mike Litzler.

Fulkerson has seven receiving touchdowns and more than 1,700 all-purpose yards.

Senior Dominic Esquivel has more than 1,300 rushing yards.

Sophomore Nicholas Veach has had a breakout year with his eight rushing touchdowns.

Senior Kyle Mccarver leads the team in tackles with 45.

The Bears ended the season with 8-2 overall and 4-2 in league play.

Friday they play No. 6 Hilmar.

The Yellowjackets went 5-5 overall and 2-3 in league play.

The game will be played at Summerville High School and begins at 7 p.m.

Contact Melissa Blanton at (209) 588-4543 or mblanton@uniondemocrat.com . Follow her on Twitter @downtownmelissa.