From left, coaches James Peterson of Turlock (vs. Freedom), Jeremy Plaa of Downey (at East Union) and Roger Canepa of Central Catholic (vs. Clovis West) have tough opening night tests, but the most intriguing game on Aug. 23, 2019 belongs to Oakdale-Sonora, according to a fan vote.

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James Burns
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The FrontRowPreps.com crew picks winners for this weekend's Sac-Joaquin Section and CIF State finals.

The region clings to four teams as the fall season winds to a close. Central Catholic battles Del Oro in the Division II final at 2 p.m. Saturday at Sacramento State, while Denair looks to cap its historic run with a CIF State Division VII-AA championship. The Coyotes welcome Santee of Los Angeles on Saturday at 6 p.m.

On Friday, reigning Division VI section champion Hilmar looks to protect its throne against a fast-rising pivate-school program. Ripon Christian rides a season-long 12-game winning streak into Friday's clash at Turlock High's Joe Debely Stadium.

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