Saturday, December 05, 2015

Understanding The New Regional Football Championships

Looking a bit past tonight's Sac-Joaquin Section Division I championship game between 13-0 clubs Folsom and Elk Grove is an interesting setup statewide for the CIF Football Championships.

For the first time, California will have 13 state champions and how they will seed the Section champions for a NorCal and a SoCal Regional Championship is a big confusing. A very good explanation along with a prediction where the Folsom/Elk Grove winner will play next Friday is on the Cal Hi Sports website. (click here to watch the video)

The site's writer/reporter, Mark Tennis, told me this morning he could see Elk Grove host Bellarmine of San Jose should the Herd win tonight. If Folsom pulls off its fourth straight Section title tonight at Hornet Stadium, Tennis believes the Bulldogs will have a re-match against Clayton Valley, a team Folsom defeated by one point in the season opener.

The CIF Board will convene Sunday to set up the NorCal and SoCal Regional games.

Tennis also thinks Division VI champion Bradshaw Christian could travel to Sierra of Manteca, the Division IV winner in the NorCal 4A game. Again, he explains how CIF will set the regional games on the video.

And what does he think about tonight's Section Division 1 battle?

"If (Folsom) can actually stack the box and stop Elk Grove's running attack and force them to throw, then they may win it," Tennis predicted. "But, no one has been able to do that this year."

He believes tonight contest, which kicks off at 6 p.m. at Hornet Stadium, is a real toss-up.

The game will be shown online on the NFHS Network.

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