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Paradise earns No. 4 seed as Northern Section football brackets released

West Valley, Sutter, Lassen, Paradise earn top four seeds in Division III playoffs

Cade Lambert and the West Valley Eagles earned the Division III No. 1 playoff seed and host Wheatland on Friday. The D-III bracket is stacked with Sutter, Lassen, Paradise, Live Oak, Corning, U-Prep and Wheatland all chasing the top-seeded Eagles. (Photo by Mike Daly / Shasta County Sports)

The scenarios that kept 10-0 Paradise from making the Northern Section Division III playoffs never materialized and the Bobcats, one day after the one-year anniversary of the Camp Fire, learned they’ve earned a No. 4 seed and home game after the football playoff committee met Saturday at Red Bluff High School.

The Bobcats needed Sutter, which earned the D-III No. 2 seed, to beat Orland last night, which they did 33-6. That earned Paradise enough overall points to land in the top eight, and the committee, which it said it would, then stripped the league points from the three-pronged formula and the Bobcats landed at No. 4. Paradise played a freelance schedule this season and thus didn’t earned league points – one of the three criteria for playoff seeding along with overall record and strength of schedule.

“This is how we thought it would play out. I didn’t think any other way,” Paradise coach Rick Prinz said after the meeting, which was attended by national media, including the Los Angeles Times. “I didn’t lose any sleep over it. It was interesting, if I start over analyzing, I’d get anxious, but I just didn’t let that happen.”


The Division III bracket is stacked with 10-0 West Valley earning the No. 1 seed, followed by 9-1 Sutter at the two-seed. Lassen (8-2) earned the No. 3 seed followed by Paradise.

The Eagles host No. 8 Wheatland on Friday, the Huskies host No. 7 U-Prep (8-2), Lassen hosts Corning and Paradise seed No. 5 Live Oak hear up The Ridge.

Despite all the hand-wringing about possible scenarios, the playoff projections by Shasta County Sports earlier in the week played out as predicted.

In Division II, winless Las Plumas and Red Bluff each opted out of the postseason on Thursday, thus the Division II bracket contains five teams, all in order of Eastern Athletic League finish.

Chico and Shasta at the Nos. 1 and 2 seeds and have byes this week. No. 3 Pleasant Valley also gets a bye after the six-seed was vacated by the opt-outs. No. 4 Foothill hosts No. 5 Enterprise, which finished the season 1-9 with a 28-27 win on Friday over Red Bluff.

In Division V, Fall River earned the No. 1 seed as the postseason goes through MacArthur as the Bulldogs look for back-to-back section titles.

Biggs is the No. 2 seed, while Los Molinos (originally fourth in points) earned a three-seed by virtue of its head-to-head win over Portola, which becomes the No. 4 seed. Etna and Maxwell round out the six-team bracket as Weed opted out of the postseason.

Fall River and Biggs each earn byes as Los Molinos hosts Maxwell and Portola hosts Etna on Friday.

In Division IV, East Nicolaus earned a one-seed after winning the Mid-Valley League with a 26-7 win over U-Prep. Pierce is the two-seed, followed by Winters and Colusa at the No. 4 seed after it flipped with Mount Shasta based on the Redhawks’ win over the Bears.

Mount Shasta, Williams, Modoc and Willows round out the eight-team bracket.

East Nic hosts Williams, Pierce draws Modoc, Winters and Williams square off and Colusa and Mount Shasta get a rematch.

Aaron Williams has been involved in the North State sports scene for nearly two decades. He spent eight years as the Sports Editor for the local newspaper and another four more as the voice of high school football on the radio. Williams has coached various sports at the high school level over the past decade, most recently at Shasta High, and is also the public address announcer for the Shasta College football and basketball teams.

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