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It is time to move to Stage Two of the High School Football season.  Stage 1 was the beginning of practice, which for most teams started on Monday, August 11th.  After nearly two weeks of workouts and working on the game against teammates, the teams get to hit another team for one day or night during scrimmage weekend.
 
Some of the match-ups would make for a pretty good regular season games or even playoff games.  Actually, one was a pretty good playoff game not too long ago.  That is Cardinal Newman and Marin Catholic, who meet Friday Afternoon in Marin County.   Both teams are annually a contender for a league championship, not to mention a section championship and that doesn’t appear to be any different this season. Since 2010, when Cardinal Newman starting playing in Division 3, it is usually a race between these two teams for the No. 1 seed and once the playoffs start, which one will win it.   Since 2009, Marin Catholic has been the No. 1 seed four of the five seasons and won two section championships.   Cardinal Newman won it all in 2010.  In 2012, the two teams met in the semi-finals with Marin Catholic taking a 42-37 win.  In that game, Marin Catholic rallied from two 17 point deficits to win the game.   The last was 31-14 midway through the third quarter.  The Marin Catholic quarterback that day was Jared Goff, who as a freshman, almost rewrote the record book for quarterbacks at the University of California.
 
Another good matchup and a potential Division 3 playoff, that doesn’t sound like a Division 3 play game, is the scrimmage on Saturday when Analy is at Rancho Cotate.    It might not still be the potential Division 3 matchup.   That is basically depending on Rancho Cotate, who until this season has been a Division 2 team and usually a contender for a section championship.  School size and change of Division classification means Rancho Cotate can be a Division 3 school.   The question is now, what division will they play in?  They have until the second game to decide.
 

It was quite a night for Rancho Cotate sophomores Gunner Mefferd and Chris Taylor-Yamanoa
Rancho returns quarterback Gunner Mefferd and receiver Chris Taylor-Yamanoha but will they be Division 2 or 3 this season?

Whatever division Rancho Cotate ends up in, if this was a regular season game, this would be a headline game that would have an effect on the local rankings.
 
Another NBL-SCL matchup is Piner at Casa Grande.   The two teams are coming off big years with Casa Grande, after a decade of dominating the SCL, winning its first championship in its second season in the NBL.
 
Meanwhile Piner continues the move toward respectability.    Actually they jumped past that, making the NCS playoffs and winning their first NCS playoff game in a decade.
 
Besides having in common that both teams had standout seasons, they have something else in common.   That is they both lost quarterbacks to graduation, quarterbacks that each passed for over 2,220 yards and 20 plus touchdowns.
 
There is one other NBL-SCL scrimmage which is Sonoma Valley at Santa Rosa.
 
THE SCHEDULE WE HAVE
FRIDAY
Cardinal Newman at Marin Catholic
Piner at Casa Grande… 4 pm
Montgomery, Maria Carrillo, San Marin at Petaluma…7 pm
Sonoma Valley at Santa Rosa
FRESHMAN…Casa Grande at Petaluma in four team jamboree…5 pm
SATURDAY
Analy at Rancho Cotate…7:30
Elsie Allen at St. Helena….7 pm
Windsor at American Canyon…7pm
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