With many teams on first-round playoff byes and those that did play winning quite easily, there was only one move made on this week’s CIF Bowl Boards. Instead of doing a new feature post, this week we’ll just go over that one change in a blog post and direct people to look at last week’s Gold Club post with all divisions broken down.
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The only change was in the north and involved teams from the CIF Northern Section, which last week ended its regular season and doesn’t begin playoffs until this week.
On the previous board, we had West Valley of Cottonwood highest among those teams because of a head-to-head win over Paradise, which entering the week was leading the Eastern Athletic League with no league losses. The Bobcats, however, got throttled in their regular season finale by Pleasant Valley of Chico 38-6. That created a three-way tie for the EAL crown between PV, Chico High (which beat the Vikings two weeks ago 17-10) and Paradise (which had an earlier win over Chico).
In the Northern Section pairings that were done last weekend, Chico took the top seed in D2 with Pleasant Valley at No. 2 and Paradise at No. 3. The Panthers also have a win over Sutter (defending D3 champions). They won in their last regular season game 42-7 against Foothill of Palo Cedro.
For this week’s NorCal bowl board, we placed Chico in the same slot that West Valley was in last week (D4-A opposite Rio Linda representing Sac-Joaquin D4) and just lowered West Valley to D5-AA (opposite of Colfax representing Sac-Joaquin D5). It looks like Chico or Pleasant Valley is going to win the Northern Section D2 title and that either West Valley or Sutter will win in D3. There clearly isn’t a team like Shasta of Redding from last year (unbeaten until losing to Bishop Diego of Santa Barbara in D3-AA state final) or even Sutter from last year (which lost to Half Moon Bay). Whichever section teams win are going to be lower on the board than last season.
In the south, meanwhile, there would be zero changes to any of the placements we had from the previous week.