First playoff points released: Division III is getting interesting
West Valley is the lone undefeated football team in Shasta County and the 9-0 Eagles are atop Division III in the first edition of the playoff points, released by the Northern Section office Monday.
But the rest of the field gets a little murky with a total of 11 teams with a .500 record or better vying for eight playoff spots. Below are a breakdown of each division along with the playoff points.
- Playoff spots: 6
- The whole division is basically ordered in the way the EAL finishes up. Red Bluff and Enterprise play in Week 10 so the winner is guaranteed a playoff spot. It is likely the No. 6 seed could be winless but the No. 5 seed will have at least one win.
- If Chico beats PV and Shasta beats Foothill this week then Chico locks up the EAL title as the No. 1 seed while Shasta locks up the No. 2 seed. The Wolves would have wins over PV and Foothill to finish second behind Chico — its only EAL loss.
- If Foothill beats Shasta and Chico to end the regular season and Chico beats PV then Foothill can end up with the No. 1 seed. If Foothill beats Shasta only then it is locked into the No. 3 seed.
- Playoff spots: 8
- West Valley would earn the No. 1 seed with a win over Lassen this week to finish the regular season 10-0. If Lassen wins, the whole top 4 seeds in D-III will be a muddled mess heading into Week 10.
- It is unknown where Paradise will land being in a Freelance conference and not being attached to a league. The seeding committed proposed to initially seed the teams with all points shown above and also stripping league points away to come up with some sort of a consensus. Through Week 8, Paradise’s strength of schedule is the fourth-best in the division and if they stripped away league points then Paradise would end up fourth. The Shasta County Sports staff believes Paradise could end up in the No. 3-5 range. But the Paradise issue is definitely something that makes the D3 playoff race interesting from a seeding perspective. Stay tuned.
- U-Prep’s lone loss is to Live Oak so if it came down to flipping based on head-to-head, as long as the two teams are initially seeded next to each other, U-Prep will be seeded lower.
- Based on total points and the table above, Anderson is actually slotted No. 9 over Orland (14.29 to 13.58). However, if the two were battling to get into the playoffs, Orland holds the head-to-head tiebreaker. The Cubs have to win their final two games at Corning and against Yreka to reach the playoffs.
- Playoff spots: 8
- It is likely East Nicolaus ends up as the No. 1 seed, even if the Spartans lose to U-Prep in Week 10.
- Durham and Willows are vying for that No. 8 spot, though Willows won the head-to-head last week.
- Playoff spots: 6
- Fall River has the head-to-head over No. 1 ranked Biggs so as long as the two win outright, the Bulldogs should flip to the top seed. However, Fall River could drop down if third-ranked Los Molinos wins their Week 10 matchup and not receive a first round bye.
- Only six teams make the playoffs, meaning Weed is likely out.
Division VI (8-man)
- Seeds: 4S at 1N, 3S at 2N, 3N at 2S, 4N at 1S
- South: Burney locked up the No. 2 seed in the South 6-3 with wins over Greenville and Princeton — the No. 3 and No. 4 teams in the league. Chester, which has two wins over Burney and is 6-0, is the South No. 1 seed.
- North: The winner between Redding Christian and Big Valley this week gets the No. 1 seed in the North, the loser gets the No. 2 in the North. Third-place Tulelake plays fourth-place Butte Valley this week. Butte Valley
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