American Canyon football

American Canyon quarterback LaVar Seay (2) is brought down behind blocker Kama Aalona (4) against Woodland in a nonleague game in August.

Shawna Gardner,

It’s Thursday night football for two Napa Valley teams this week, as the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs begin for schools in seven different divisions.

There are two games on Thursday:

* In the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II bracket, it’s No. 15 seed Vintage (7-2 overall, 3-1 Monticello Empire League) at No. 2 seed Inderkum-Sacramento (10-0 overall, 6-0 Tri-County Conference) in a first-round game.

It’s a 7 p.m. kickoff.

* In the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III bracket, it’s No. 7 seed American Canyon (6-3 overall, 4-0 Solano County Athletic Conference) at home for a first-round game against No. 10 seed River Valley-Yuba City (7-3 overall, 3-3 Tri-County Conference) at Wolf Den Stadium.

It’s a 7 p.m. start.

American Canyon won the SCAC title.

KVON-1440 AM will carry the River Valley-American Canyon game, with the broadcast starting at 6:45 p.m.

This is the 46th year of the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.

Justin-Siena is also in the playoffs.

Justin-Siena (3-5 overall, 3-1 Marin County Athletic League) is the No. 12 seed and plays a first-round North Coast Section Division 4 playoff game on Saturday at No. 5 seed Moreau Catholic-Hayward (5-5 overall, 5-0 Mission Valley League).

Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

Inderkum is No. 3 in The Sacramento Bee’s Top 20. River Valley is listed among the bubble teams in the rankings.

Inderkum is No. 5 in The Sacramento Bee’s Sac-Joaquin Section Top 20.

Inderkum is also No. 10 in the Sac-Joaquin Section Rankings.

Napa’s streak of 15 straight playoff appearances came to an end, according to the SJS.

Vintage is in the playoffs for the first time since the 2014 season. The Crushers have lost their last eight playoff games.

Inderkum is in the postseason for the 12th straight year.

American Canyon advanced to the D3 semifinals a year ago.

NorCal Rankings

De La Salle-Concord (9-1) is No. 1 in the Top 20 rankings.

De La Salle is followed by No. 2 Folsom (10-0), No. 3 Pittsburg (7-1), No. 4 Oak Ridge-El Dorado Hills (9-1), No. 5 Serra-San Mateo (7-2), No. 6 Milpitas (9-0), No. 7 Oakdale (9-1), No. 8 Central Catholic-Modesto (8-1), No. 9 St. Mary’s-Stockton (8-2), No. 10 Valley Christian-San Jose (7-2), No. 11 St. Francis-Mountain View (7-2), No. 12 Marin Catholic-Kentfield (8-0), No. 13 Inderkum (10-0), No. 14 San Ramon Valley-Danville (9-1), No. 15 Granite Bay (8-2), No. 16 Vacaville (6-3), No. 17 Liberty-Brentwood (8-2), No. 18 Freedom-Oakley (7-2), No. 19 Sacramento (6-4), and No. 20 Cardinal Newman-Santa Rosa (7-2).


Executive Sports Editor Marty James has been with the Napa Valley Register since 1979. He is a member of the Associated Press Sports Editors, California Prep Sportswriters Association, and the California Golf Writers Association. He was inducted into the