Live blog tonight: Clayton Valley vs. Rancho Cotate, NCS Div. II title game, 7 p.m.

Join us for a live blog Friday at 7 p.m. as Clayton Valley High and Rancho Cotate meet for the North Coast Section Division III football championship.

Jon Becker

  • Section Championship Projections
    CIF State Championship(Cal Bowls) D3 Divisions
    North Region

    NCS D3: Marin Catholic over El Cerrito. A few days ago I had the Gauchos on top. But I doubt whether NCS or the Richmond School District has the means to tarp the field at Pinole Valley so EC’s speed, speed, and more speed won’t be so speedy on the wet field tomorrow night. MC’s superior size, bench, and controlled passing should prevail. Wet games usually elicit a lot of procedure and holding. Hopefully, the 6 zebras will be in a “if in doubt, don’t” mood so the game (and most others this weekend) won’t be too penalty plagued.

    NCS D4: Justin-Sienna over San Marin. San Marin was 4-6 going into the playoffs including a 15-42 MCAL loss to the Braves. Game should not be too close.

    SJS D4: Escalon over Central Catholic. Escalon thrives on wet fields. The Cougars are also on a real role right now and get up for big playoff games as well as any team in the land. Too bad for the North if the Raiders lose because Central would be a formidable Cal Bowl D4 opponent.

    CCS D3: Valley Christian over Aptos. Hopefully, CCS will keep WCAL teams out of any playoff division lower than D2 next year.

    CCS D4: Menlo School over Sacred Heart Prep. This should be a close one, but Menlo knocked off Seaside 47-27 last week; no easy task.
    South Region

    SS D9(Southern): Corona del Mar over Garden Grove. Sea Kings have more depth and balance than the Argonauts.

    SS D10(Northwest): Nordhoff over North Torrance. North has had a banner year, but the Rangers are like the Escalon of the South: they thrive on wet fields and get up for the big ones.

    SS D11(Mid Valley): Paraclete over Monrovia. Monrovia’s somewhat like El Cerrito with lot’s of speed, but it’t been raining in LA some. Paraclete is very well balanced. Winner should get a D3 South Regional bid.

    SS D12(East Valley): Ontario Christian over Rim of the World. Rim has had a great year with a great running game, but the “Knights” are really loaded for this division. Game is in Redlands so the field shouldn’t be very wet.

    SS D13(Northeast): Mission Prep at Rio Hondo Prep. A tough one to call, but the Kares home field advantage should give them the edge. Winner should get a Cal Bowl D4 South Regional birth.

    SDS D4: St. Augustine over Madison. The Saints were 2nd only to Cathedral Catholic in the tough Eastern League. Usually SA bumps itself up to SDS D3, but the Saints probably thought they had a good shot at a state title in D3 this year. Madison was undefeated in the fairly tough Western League, losing 28-42 on the road only to SDS D2 semi-finalist Valhalla (who only lost to Oceanside 28-31 on the road in the semis). If the field at Escondido stays relatively dry, this may be the best Cal Bowl D3 Division Section playoff game in the state. Winner may get a Cal Bowl D3 South Regional bid.

    SDS D5: Santa Fe Christian over Francis Parker. The Eagles were 5-0 in the Coastal League while Parker was 3-2 losing 17-35 to the Eagles in the final regular season game on the road. Parker seems to be on a roll but overall the Eagles have too much for them. Santa Fe Christian should get a Cal Bowl D4 South Regional birth if they win. Actually this game started at 3:30 and should be about over as I write this but I have no idea how the game is going.

    CS D4: Wasco over Bakersfield Christian. Wasco is undefeated winning the South Sequoia League Championship including a 49-0 romp over Bakersfield Christian in league play on Oct. 12. The Tigers’ closest game all season was 56-28 against Arvin on the road Oct. 26. A decisive Wasco win should get them a Cal Bowl D3 South Regional bid.

    CS D5: Liberty(Madera) over Corcoran. Liberty’s only regular season loss was 25-48 to Washington Union(who’s now CS D3) in North Sequoia League play Oct. 19. The Hawks beat Corcoran 13-10 Sept. 21.

  • There will probably be a lot of upsets this weekend due to the wet fields.

  • FB Guru

    NCS D3: PV is field turf.

  • concrete17

    CIF-SS: Vista Murrietta leads Corona Centenial 7-0, 1st qtr

  • Clayton Valley…..07…21…07…00…35
    Rachno Cotate……00…00…07…00…07

    The wet field didn’t make much difference to the Eagles..but it cost the Cougars three fumbles and things went bad right from the start…A CV interception opened the gates and the Eagles O/D went to work and the Cougars could never get started as Clayton Valley built up a 28-0 lead at half times…to make things worse…Joe Prolherose took the opening kickoff in the second half and galloped 94 yards…After that….the RC defense clamped down and stopped two drives in the red zone while RC was able to put a drive together and score their lone TD….The Eagle line came thru for clayton Valley..