Will C. Wood High School football team rolls in playoffs; Vanden, Dixon, Rio Vista all fall out

A one-quarter hiccup certainly was better than a four-period defeat.

While three local high school football teams fell out of the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs on Friday night, Will C. Wood lived up to its high-scoring reputation … after least after the first nine minutes.

The Wildcats fell behind by two touchdowns before a 35-point second-quarter barrage paved the way for a 59-33 Division II victory over American Canyon.

No. 4 seeded Wood improved to 10-1 overall, the first time in school history a Wildcat squad has won 10 games in a season. Wood has a chance to improve on that mark next week when it hosts No. 5 Del Oro, which defeated Whitney 34-28.

In other playoff games, Christian Brothers of Sacramento edged Vanden 27-26, Liberty Ranch of Galt downed Dixon 45-22, and Gustine outscored Rio Vista 70-54.

Wood 59, American Canyon 33 >> The Wolves jumped out to a 13-0 lead less than nine minutes into the contest before the Wildcats took over.

Wood finally scored on a 10-yard pass play from Marcus Howard to Arthur Jackson with five seconds left in the first quarter. Howard added a 2-point conversion pass to Jackson, just the beginning of a three-minute barrage that yielded 28 points and put Wood comfortably in front for good.

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