Video highlights of this North Coast Section playoff match up at Bailey Field in Santa Rosa.
If there was one thing you could rely on in this high school football season, it was that the Rancho Cotate football team would score some points. They may have had issues stopping teams at times, but the offense was pretty much unstoppable.
Rancho Cotate went into the NCS Division 3 semi-final game at Marin Catholic, averaging 40 points in a 9-3 season. Even in the three losses, the Cougars averaged 30 points a game.
The winner plays Campolindo in the finals next week. Rancho has won two straight road playoff games, and both teams are co-champs of their respective leagues.
Number 4 seed Analy at 11-1 takes on the number 1 seed Campolindo at 13-0 in the North Coast Sectin Semi-Finals.
The games involving the local teams on Saturday should be pretty good.
Rancho Cotate (9-3) is heading south to meet Division 3 power Marin Catholic (9-3).
Meanwhile St. Helena is heading north to meet St. Bernard Catholic, where both teams go into the game 11-1.
Something seemed wrong with this high school football season two months ago.
For over the past decade, one thing that has been a weekly story in the Fall is what the Casa Grande football team is doing, because they have always been in the middle of things.
This season, it was the 0-5 start, which turned to 1-6. It wasn’t that they didn’t earn that start. Every game was decisive. There was no thinking about “if” this would have happened, maybe the game would have been different.
Actually it might be already.
That is unless you believe it is all about winning a championship, which I don’t.
It appears that this is the most teams the NBL has ever had in the NCS Football playoffs. The playoffs have changed over the years, but in the Cal Preps era, which started in 2001, six is the record.
This was quite a week for yours truly. With the arrival of the playoffs, like the players themselves try to do, I was going to try to pick up my game. Considering the pay scale for this, some would call this stupid, which I wouldn’t have a leg to stand on to argue. Whether I did pick up my game or not is up to you to decide.
Anyway, last week I wrote the North Coast Section football previews, which were the longest drawn out presentations I have written at this website and I did one for Friday and one for Saturday.
Before getting to the weekly rankings, here are a couple of comments about the NCS playoffs.
Anytime a playoff is announced there are going to be complaints. I’m not sure who is on this committee, but I heard a couple of things about it that is disturbing.
No. 1: A reliable source that would know told YSN365.com that the committee doesn’t use power rankings. If true, that answers some question right there. I do have a hard time believing that, because how they can keep track over 100 teams?
If I have learned anything about the North Coast Section Football playoffs, which were announced on Sunday, it would be- although the power rankings are a fun thing to look at as the season is going on, they don’t mean much. The committee is going to do what the committee is going to do.