FAIRFIELD — The Sac-Joaquin Section released its first football wins list of the season on Monday and surprising Will C. Wood and Rio Vista find themselves in solid positions.
The Wildcats, who have one-point wins over Vanden and Benicia and a three-point victory over Napa, are tied with Capital Christian of the Golden Empire League for 10th in divisions I-IV with six wins each and 25 wins by their opponents.
The Rams, meanwhile, are first among division V-VI schools with seven wins and 17 opponents’ wins, though they have a bye remaining on its schedule which allow other teams to gain ground.
The wins list will be used to seed the upcoming Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs. To qualify, teams must also have at least two wins in their league, which both Wood and Rio Vista already accomplished.
The top two finishers in each of the section’s 14 large-school leagues automatically earn berths with the next 34 teams also qualifying.
The brackets will then be seeded with the 16 largest schools in Division I and the next 16 largest in Division II with the same formula used for divisions III and IV.
The top 12 small-school teams will go into divisions V and VI, the six largest schools into the former, the remainder into the latter.
Wood has qualified for the playoffs just three times in its 23-year history, in 1995, 1996 and 2010.
Vacaville, the four-time defending Monticello Empire League champion, is next among area large school teams at 53rd (four wins, 27 opponents’ wins, two league wins), followed by Vanden, which is tied for 62nd (four wins, 28 opponents’ wins, one league win).
There’s a good chance Vacaville and Wood will play for the MEL title at Zunino Stadium on Nov. 8.
Essentially eliminated are Fairfield (2-5, tied for 101st), Armijo (1-6, tied for 109th) and Rodriguez (1-6, tied for 113th).
Vacaville Christian is 16th in divisions V-VI, though it’s only one win out of the top 12.
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