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November 14, 2007 > CIF High School Sectional football playoffs begin

CIF High School Sectional football playoffs begin

By Biff Jones

Teams from the North Coast Section (NCS) and Central Coast Section (CCS) of the California Interscholastic Federation begin first round play this Friday and Saturday, Nov. 16-17. For the most part, schools are divided by size into eight team divisions according to school enrollments, and then are seeded one through eight.

In NCS, the division with the largest schools is 4A, and James Logan of Union City is seeded number two while sporting a 10-0 regular season record. They will play number seven seed, Foothill of Pleasanton, with a record of 6-4, at Logan High, Friday at 7 p.m.

This year, Logan will not have to play the "juggernaut" of Northern California football, number one seed De La Salle of Concord, until the 4A finals, provided they both get there. In previous years, Logan hoped to receive at least a number seven seed or higher, so they did not have to face De La Salle in the first round. Another team in the 4A division is San Leandro, 8-2, and seeded number five. Their opponent is 7-3 Monte Vista of Danville, the four seed. That game will be on Saturday, 7 p.m., at Burrell Field in San Leandro.

Division 3A, next largest in NCS, includes several local high schools. Number eight seed, American of Fremont at 6-4, will travel to Danville Friday night and play 8-1-1 San Ramon Valley at 7 p.m., while Newark Memorial, 9-1, hosts 4-5-1 Washington of Fremont at the same time on Friday. At 7 p.m. on Saturday, see Arroyo, 6-4, of San Lorenzo hit the road and play at Pinole Valley, 8-1-1.

Logan, Newark, American and Washington play out of the Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL) and San Leandro and Arroyo participate in the Hayward Area Athletic League (HAAL).

Since Milpitas is located in Santa Clara County, they are members of CCS and play in the De Anza Division of the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League (SCVAL). Milpitas qualified as the number seven seed, with a 5-5 record, in the CCS Large School Division. The top division in CCS is the Open Division in which schools can apply to participate regardless of enrollment. The top eight schools from CCS that applied are then selected based on record and points gained during the regular season. Milpitas did not qualify for the Open Division this year. Last year, Milpitas was also seeded number seven in the Large School Division and ended up winning CCS for large schools.

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