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Sports Chatter: Playoff time in sight

By: Mike Ray, Colfax Record Sports Editor
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With three weeks left in the high school football regular season, teams are starting to line-up to knock at the playoff door. In the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section’s newly expanded playoff format — now in its second year — 64 teams will qualify in post season play in Div. I through Div. IV. Although the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section has increased the number of teams that reach the post season, there still will be some disappointed teams when the berths are handed out. As it goes now, 40 of the 64 berths are awarded to the 20 league champion and 20 league runners-up. The remaining 24 teams are at-large teams that qualify through total wins. This past Monday the CIF office released its “Win Total” statistics to help keep coaches, teams and fans abreast of what lies head. Going into this weekend’s games, a total of 50 teams — Colfax being one of them — have five or more wins. A total of 21 teams have six or more wins. However, of the 50 teams with five or more victories, there are sixteen teams that have not yet secured at least two league wins – another criteria for being playoff eligible. If you are a follower of prep football, hang on to your hats it should be an exciting last three weeks. Orange October Had the pleasure of joining No. 1 son at AT&T Tuesday to take in the Giants’ scintillating 3-0 win over the Phillies. The build up and Giants frenzy for the day — all the way from the Vallejo ferry building to McCovey Cove — was electric. If it means anything, Sports Chatter is now 2-0 in NLCS games. The first was Game 4 in 1987 when the Giants used HRs from Jeff “One Flap Down” Leonard, Bob Brenley and Robbie Thompson to down the Cardinals, 4-2. Winning pitcher that day was Mike Krukow who went the distance. That was 23 years ago, my how time flies when your having fun. Grid picks Last week’s 6-2 record was highlighted by hitting one of two upset specials (Roseville over Rocklin) and also nailing Del Oro over Nevada Union. The season record now reads 54-20. This week: Placer 35, Colfax 30 — If the Falcons stay away from the turnover bugaboo, turn this score around. Lincoln 25, Bear River 21 — Zebras were manhandled by Placer. Meanwhile, Bruins didn’t exactly throttle 17-player Center squad. Foothill 33, Center 17 — Mustangs need two league wins to be playoff eligible. Elsewhere: Granite Bay 21, Del Oro 20; Roseville 19, Nevada Union 16; Rocklin 33, Woodcreek 26; Fresno City 35, Sierra 31.