American Canyon High School did not turn the ball over in its 17-10 win over River Valley-Yuba City in the first round of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs last week.
“I think that’s what won us the game,” coach Larry Singer said on Monday. “I was real happy with our effort.”
Eddie Byrdsong scored two touchdowns and Kama Aalona ran for 112 yards to lead the Wolves’ offense, which had 289 yards rushing and 68 yards passing. It was the seventh straight win for American Canyon (7-3 overall), the Solano County Athletic Conference champion.
Byrdsong had 83 yards rushing. Brenden Johnson and LaVar Seay had had 47 yards rushing.
American Canyon, the No. 7 seed, continues its season on Friday with a second-round playoff game at No. 2 seed Manteca (9-2 overall, 5-2 Valley Oak League). It’s a 7 p.m. kickoff.
American Canyon allowed just the one touchdown and a field goal to River Valley (7-4 overall, 3-3 Tri-County Conference), the No. 10 seed. River Valley had 316 yards rushing and 162 yards passing.
The defense for American Canyon recovered two fumbles and intercepted a pass. Kekoa Wilson recovered both fumbles and Brenden Johnson intercepted a pass with 1:05 to go.
“I think our tackling still needs work,” said Singer. “I think that’s something that needs to improve for us to be successful. There’s things that we can improve on.”
It’s a busy week for the Wolves, with Singer saying that there’s a lot to cover and prepare for against Manteca.
“The boys come to work and whatever we ask them to do, they’re willing to put in the effort,” said Singer. “We’ve got another big week ahead of us. Manteca is a power. It’s going to take everything in our arsenal to stop them.
“When you can finish second to Oakdale, you’re doing something right. Manteca is very, very balanced in what they do. We’re just trying to find any little key that we can to help us out.”
Manteca opened the playoffs by blowing out Rio Americano-Sacramento, the No. 15 seed, 62-21.
Manteca is also listed as among teams on the bubble in the CalHiSports.com State Top 50.
This is the second straight year that American Canyon has advanced to the second round of the playoffs.
Manteca is in the second round for the fifth straight season and it won the Sac-Joaquin Division IV title last year. Manteca is a five-time Sac-Joaquin champion, having won titles in 2001, 2005, 2006, 2013 and 2016.
Brandon Weaver, a Justin-Siena graduate, had seven total tackles for UC Davis in the Aggies’ 47-27 Big Sky Conference loss last week to Southern Utah.
Weaver started at defensive end and had two sacks for five yards. Three of his stops were unassisted.
Weaver is a senior for the Aggies (5-5 overall, 3-4 Big Sky).
UC Davis honored its 14-member graduating class in a pregame Senior Day ceremony, according to a press release.
* Vintage High graduate Jordan Greenlee, a sophomore defensive lineman, started and had four tackles, including two sacks, and was credited with two hurries for Santa Rosa Junior College in a 39-32 National-Bay 6 Conference overtime win over DeAnza College-Cupertino last week.
* Fullerton College, the defending state champion, and American River College-Sacramento, the runner-up, have been named as the top regional seeds for the California Community College Athletic Association playoffs.
Fullerton (10-0) will face Saddleback (8-2) in a Southern California Football Association semifinal game on Saturday.
American River (9-1), which has Vintage High graduate Caleb Tremblay, will host Laney-Oakland on Saturday. The start time is still to be determined.
College of the Siskiyous-Weed (8-2) will play at College of San Mateo (9-1) on Saturday.
The higher seeds will host regional finals on Nov. 25.
American River won the National-NorCal Conference title.
The CCCAA State championship game is on Dec. 9 at Hughes Stadium in Sacramento.