With two games left, all six Mother Lode League football programs, including Sonora, Amador, Argonaut, and Calaveras, still have a lot to play for to decide which team will represent the league in the 2019 California Interscholastic Federation Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.
Summerville and Bret Harte are both 0-3 in Mother Lode League play so far this season. The Bears from Tuolumne and the Bullfrogs from Angels Camp will still have chances to play big-time spoilers before league play concludes Nov. 1.
Sonora at Amador
The Sonora Wildcats, 3-0 in league play and 4-4 overall, go to Sutter Creek this Friday night to face the Amador High School Thundering Herd. The Thundering Herd are in second place in Mother Lode League standings, 2-1 in league play and 7-1 overall.
Sonora is riding a four-game winning streak, heading into their final two games on the road against Amador and Summerville.
Wildcats coach Bryan Craig said Wednesday, “Every league game is important, these two are just as important as the previous ones. . . . We have treated every game as a championship game since starting the season 0-4 and we will do that with the last two games as well.”
The Wildcats have dominated Mother Lode League opponents so far, beating Argonaut in Jackson 34-3, Bret Harte 69-0 at home, and Calaveras 35-7 at home.
Seniors like quarterback Nick Crockett, center Mark Camara, and running back Aidan Kostlivy, and juniors including backs Owen Bauer, Justin Morgan, and end Gabe Milbourn, have helped lead the way for Sonora.
The Wildcats are undefeated over their past five-and-a-half seasons in the Mother Lode League, 29-0 entering the 2019 season and 3-0 so far this year.
Sonora at Amador is scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m. Friday at Amador High School, 330 Spanish St. in Sutter Creek, about 1 hour and 10 minutes drive northwest of Sonora High School.
Argonaut at Calaveras
Argonaut and Calaveras are both 2-1 in Mother Lode League play, right behind Sonora and Amador.
Argonaut has lost in league play on the road at Sonora, 34-3, beaten Summerville 7-0 in double overtime in Tuolumne, and defeated Bret Harte 35-0 in Jackson.
Calaveras in league play has defeated Summerville 42-0 in San Andreas and Amador 17-10 in Sutter Creek, and they’ve lost to Sonora, 35-7, at Sonora High School.
Depending on results this week and next week, Argonaut and Calaveras could overtake Sonora and Amador or vie for a share of the Mother Lode League title.
Argonaut at Calaveras is scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m. Friday at Frank Meyer Field, 350 High School St. in San Andreas.
Summerville at Bret Harte
The two basement dwellers in Mother Lode League standings face off Friday night at Dorroh Field in Angels Camp.
Summerville has been beaten in league play 42-0 by Calaveras in San Andreas, 7-0 at home by Argonaut, and 49-7 at home by Amador.
Bret Harte has been defeated 42-0 at home by Amador, 69-0 by Sonora at Sonora High School, and 35-0 by Argonaut in Jackson.
Regardless of what happens in their matchup this Friday night, both the Bears and the Bullfrogs will have opportunities to influence postseason chances of other Mother Lode League teams in their final games of the season, when Summerville hosts Sonora and Bret Harte takes on Calaveras in San Andreas.
Summerville at Bret Harte kicks off at 7 p.m. Friday at Dorroh Field, 364 Murphys Grade Road in Angels Camp.
Mother Lode League standings
Sonora 3-0 league, 4-4 overall: games remaining at Amador and at Summerville
Amador 2-1 league, 7-1: host Sonora, at Argonaut
Argonaut 2-1, 3-5: at Calaveras, host Amador
Calaveras 2-1, 5-3: host Argonaut, host Bret Harte
Summerville 0-3, 2-6: at Bret Harte, host Sonora
Bret Harte 0-3, 2-6: host Bret Harte, at Calaveras
According to California Interscholastic Federation Sac-Joaquin Section 2019 scheduling, first round playoff games will be played Nov. 8 at home sites. Second round games will be Nov. 15 at home sites. Section finals will take place Nov. 29 and Nov. 30.
Each league, including the Mother Lode League, will automatically qualify one team for the playoffs. If a league has multiple league champions they will all qualify for the playoffs.
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