The qualifiers for the California Community College Athletic Association football playoffs will be determined in final regular season games Saturday, Nov. 14. The CCCAA football playoff/bowl committee will seed the eight National Division teams (four each north and south) on Sunday. Three conference No. 1 teams and one at large team (based on power ranking) qualify for state playoffs from each region.
The final Northern California Football Conference berths should be determined when City College of San Francisco (8-1, 4-0 Bay 6) visits co-second College of San Mateo (7-2, 3-1) Saturday at 1 p.m. They are also the top two teams in the current NCFC power rankings. So the loser will be a leading candidate for the north’s at-large playoff spot. Butte (6-3, 4-0 NorCal) and Chabot (7-2, 4-0 Valley) have already clinched playoff berths.
The Southern California Football Association has a similar title decider with Golden West (8-1, 4-1 Southern) at league-leader Saddleback (7-2, 5-0) Saturday at 6 p.m. in Mission Viejo.
–Here’s how each National (state championship) Division league race shapes up entering final games Sat. (Nov. 14):
Southern league finales: Co-second Golden West (8-1, 4-1) is at leader Saddleback (7-2, 5-0) in the 6 p.m. title decider. Grossmont (3-6, 1-4) plays at co-second Orange Coast (6-3, 4-1) at 1 p.m. A 3-way title tie is possible if Golden West wins. In that case GW, at 9-1 overall, would “compare” with the other two at 7-3.
Central: A 3-way title tie is in the offing since the three teams having already split with each other. Defending state champion Mt. San Antonio has finished at 7-3, 5-1. Other finales: Long Beach (8-1, 4-1) at El Camino (3-6, 2-3), 5 p.m., and Riverside (7-2, 4-1) at Citrus (2-7, 1-4), 1 p.m… Long Beach has the best overall mark and higher power ranking (according to the last figures, on Nov. 2).
Northern: Co-third Canyons (6-3, 3-2) finishes at co-leader Cerritos (7-2, 4-1) at 7 p.m. Bakersfield (2-7, 2-3) plays at co-leader Ventura (6-3, 4-1), at 6 p.m.. Allan Hancock (4-5, 2-3) closes at co-third Moorpark (4-5, 3-2) at 6 p.m. Moorpark dropped Canyons out of a 3-way tie for the lead last week. A 4-way title tie is possible. Cerritos, which heads the (preliminary) SCFA Power Rankings (see below), also has the state playoff edge over Ventura — having defeated the Pirates on Sept. 26.
Bay 6 finales: Leader San Francisco (8-1, 4-0) closes at co-second San Mateo (7-2, 3-1) at 1 p.m. (live HD webcast on Fourth place Diablo Valley (4-5, 2-2) finishes at co-second Santa Rosa (6-3, 3-1) at 5 p.m. A 3-way title tie is possible.
NorCal: Butte (6-3, 4-0) clinched a state berth on a game-ending 65-yard “Hail Mary” TD pass to beat American River (6-3, 3-1), 27-24, last Saturday. Butte closes at Siskiyous (4-5, 1-3) at 1 p.m. At-large candidate ARC hosts Sacramento (3-6, 2-2) at 6 p.m.
Valley: Chabot (7-2, 4-0) has clinched a state berth and was scheduled to finish at Laney (4-5, 1-3) in the lone Friday game (7 p.m.). Co-third Modesto (5-4, 2-2) closes at second place San Joaquin Delta (5-4, 3-1) at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Current NCFC Power Rankings: 1. CCSF; 2. San Mateo; 3. Butte; 4. American River; 5. Chabot; 6. Delta; 7. Modesto; 8. Fresno. 9. Santa Rosa.
SCFA Power Rankings (Nov. 2 – next update Nov. 15): 1. Cerritos; 2. Golden West; 3. Long Beach; 4. Saddleback; 5. Fullerton; 6. Riverside; 7. Mt. San Antonio; 8. Ventura; 9. Orange Coast; 10. Canyons.
State playoff quarterfinals will be played regionally on Nov. 21 and semifinals (region championships) on Nov. 28.
The NCFC champ hosts the CCCAA state championship game on Dec. 12.
AMERICAN DIVSIION / NCFC: Golden Coast title showdown is Saturday: Hartnell (9-0, 5-0) at West Hills (8-1, 5-0).
Pacific 7 finales feature co-third Yuba (5-4, 3-2) at co-leader Shasta (7-2, 4-1) at 5 p.m. and co-leader Contra Costa (8-1, 4-1) at San Jose (2-7, 2-3), 3 p.m. Shasta has beaten Contra Costa and has the playoff edge. A 4-way title tie is possible.
SCFC: Mountain league has a 3-way tie and the teams have split.  A 4-way deadlock is still possible. Co-leader Desert (5-4, 5-1) closes at fourth place Mt. San Jacinto (5-4, 4-2), 1 p.m. Also: Victor Valley (8-1, 5-1) finishes at SD Mesa (3-6, 1-5), 1 p.m. and co-leader San Bernardino Valley (8-1, 5-1) at East Los Angeles (2-7, 1-5), 1 p.m.
Pacific: Leader Santa Monica (9-0, 6-0) hosts third place LA Pierce (5-4, 4-2) at 1 p.m. Santa Monica has clinched the No. 1 spot, having beaten second place LA Valley (7-2, 5-1), which finishes at West LA (2-7, 1-5), 1 p.m.
Playoffs: There will be regional American Division championship bowl games, matching the top teams from each league — but no state finals. There will be a total of 14 bowl games statewide, including the playoff bowls.
Information/Contact: Fred Baer               mobile/txt: 650.483.3733
Friday, November 13
Chabot at Laney, 7 pm (HD webcast,
Saturday, November 14
Foothill at De Anza, 1 pm
San Francisco at San Mateo, 1 pm (HD webcast,
Diablo Valley at Santa Rosa, 5 pm (Live – KSRO Radio 1350AM, 103.5FM)
Butte at Siskiyous, 1 pm
Sierra at Feather River, 1 pm
Sacramento at American River, 6 pm
Modesto at San Joaquin Delta, 1 pm
Sequoias at Fresno, 1 pm
Hartnell at West Hills, 1 pm
Merced at Cabrillo, 6 pm
Monterey Peninsula at Reedley, 6 p,
Los Medanos at Mendocino, 1 pm
Contra Costa at San Jose, 3 pm
Yuba at Shasta, 5 pm
Redwoods at Gavilan, 1 pm (Gilroy HS)
Bakersfield at Ventura 6pm
Hancock at Moorpark 6pm
Canyons at Cerritos 7pm
LA Harbor at Chaffey 1pm
Riverside at Citrus 1pm
Long Beach at El Camino 5pm
Grossmont at Orange Coast 1pm
Palomar at Santa Ana 1pm
Golden West at Saddleback 6pm
Desert at Mt. San Jacinto 1pm
San Bernardino at East Los Angeles 1pm
Victor Valley at San Diego Mesa 1pm
Compton at Southwestern 6pm
LA Pierce at Santa Monica 1pm
LA Southwest at Antelope Valley 1pm
LA Valley at West LA 1pm
Santa Barbara at Glendale 1pm
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