So Ben spent yesterday talking about teams throughout the state that might be contending for state bowl games. But today, I think we should bring our focus back to the North Coast Section and the playoffs happening here. Last year we got to see a big shift in how those playoffs were structured.
Was the NCS playoff realignment in 2008 a success?
Without question, I would say the restructuring was a rousing success. Not only did it create some very good playoff matchups (Las Lomas-Eureka comes to mind, as does Encinal-Novato), but it also gave us a true section championship in each division.
For the most part, the new system also provided a clearer picture on which section champions would be eligible for certain CIF Bowl games. But that also leds to a small drawback, in that the volume of schools throughout the state (and the huge discrepancy in size between SoCal schools and NorCal schools) makes it difficult for the NCS to be completely in line with the CIF Bowl enrollment divisions. Still, if a team is good enough, plays a tough enough schedule, and wins a section title under this format, than it should get decent mention on CIF Selection Sunday.
As for this year’s divisions, it looks like Division I gained the most teams. American, Arroyo and Heritage are all in the top bracket this season. Dougherty Valley is now up to Division III after one year at Division IV. Campolindo is also now in Division III, falling back after reaching the semifinal in Division II a year ago.