After beating Hilmar 41-27 in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI championship game, the Escalon Cougars are just two wins away from celebrating the ultimate prize -- a CIF state championship. (Samantha Schmidt/Front Row Preps)

Five teams in Front Row region learn their NorCal fate

Joe Cortez

The CIF announced the regional bowl game matchups on Sunday and five teams from the Front Row region will play for a berth in a state championship game.

In Division 2-A, Manteca (11-2), fresh off it’s 33-14 victory over Placer in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III title game, will travel to face 10-0 McClymonds — champion of the Oakland City Section — on Saturday at 6 p.m.

Manteca’s crosstown rival Sierra (11-3) will be the second Valley Oak League team to play in a regional bowl, hosting Rancho Cotate (10-3), champion of the North Coast Section’s D-III title The Timberwolves earned their berth in the 3-A regional by upsetting Oakdale 22-19.

In Division 4-AA, Ripon (12-1), which beat heavily favored Center 21-13 for the Sac-Joaquin Section’s D-V title, earns a home game against Northern Section D-III champ Sutter (12-1) on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

And, like the VOL, the Trans-Valley League will have two entrants competing for a Northern California title as Escalon (12-1), the Sac-Joaquin Section’s D-VI champ, travels to Chico to take on Pleasant Valley (7-5) for the in 4-A contest. Escalon beat TVL rival and two-time defending champ Hilmar 41-27 on Saturday, while the Vikings beat crosstown rival Chico 24-3 for the Northern Section’s D-II crown.

Finally, in Division 7-AA, Mariposa (8-4) earned the right to host Lincoln of San Francisco (10-1) — champion of the San Francisco City Section — on Friday at 7:30 p,m. at Golden Valley High School in Merced, by beating reigning state champ Denair 17-14 in overtime to win the Sac-Joaquin Section D-VII banner.