CCS Football Playoffs: What WCAL Powers Don’t Want To See

Given that the Central Coast Section sends the three champions and two of the three runners-up from its Open divisions to the state football playoffs, one might assume that the West Catholic Athletic League’s

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heavyweights in Open Division II — Serra, Valley Christian, St. Francis — will advance provided they reach the final.

Uh, do not assume.

If you’re a fan of St. Francis and Valley Christian, here is what you do not want to see:

  1. Salinas and its 30.5 section power points play Milpitas and its 31.5 points in the Open I final. The loser is moving on.
  2. Half Moon Bay, with its 29.5 points, to lose if it reaches the Open III final.

The section has criteria in its bylaws to choose the runners-up for the regionals and none has to do with human or computer rankings.

The first criteria is head-to-head results if all three runners-up played each other, which rarely is the case.

The second criteria is section points presented at the seeding meeting, which is a more likely scenario.

St. Francis has 27 points. Valley Christian has 26.5.

That’s not enough to overtake Milpitas, Salinas or Half Moon Bay in a runner-up tiebreaker.

Serra (30 points) is a lock to move on if it reaches the Open II final.


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