Unhealthy air from the Camp Fire near Chico did not improve in much of the Bay Area on Monday, causing administrators to reschedule many of the postponed playoff football games until this weekend. The decision puts Bay Area section commissioners in a ...and more »
Unhealthy air from the Camp Fire near Chico did not improve in much of the Bay Area on Monday, causing high school sports administrators to reschedule many of the postponed playoff football games until this weekend.
The decision puts Bay Area section commissioners in a difficult spot if the California Interscholastic Federation does not push back its state games by a week.
The state’s 10 section commissioners will hold a conference call Tuesday morning, and the CIF will issue a statement with more information about its regional and state championships by noon, according to a CIF news release.
The North Coast Section will not interfere with the regional championships if the schedule is not changed, commissioner Gil Lemmon told the Bay Area News Group on Monday, which means it is possible that the section playoffs in some divisions would not be completed.
“At this point based on the state schedule, unless there is some adjustment, we’re going to have to start looking at how do we select teams that advance,” Lemmon added. “We’re not going to schedule football games on the same weekend that they have state regional championships. We can’t do that. We have to conclude prior to that. The only way we’re going to be able to play on that particular weekend is if the state moves their games back.”
Central Coast Section commissioner Duane Morgan said his top priority is his section playoffs.
“I’ve already told the state this — and everybody feels like this — we’ve got to take care of the CCS first,” Morgan said. “That’s kind of where my stance is on this.”
The NCS has wiggle room in its Open Division because the final between the winner of the Liberty-Clayton Valley game and De La Salle is not scheduled until the weekend of Nov. 23-24.
The section also conceivably has flexibility in its Division I bracket because the champion will not advance to a regional game, replaced by the Open runner-up.
With three Division I quarterfinals now scheduled for Saturday, the final could be pushed back until the weekend of Nov. 30-Dec. 1, the same weekend as the regionals.
But the NCS will need a schedule adjustment by the CIF to complete its playoffs in Divisions II through V.
To have teams in place for the regional weekend, it must complete the playoffs in those divisions Nov. 23-24.
“This is unprecedented,” Lemmon said. “I just have to keep my focus on the fact that while this is unfortunate and difficult, it’s nothing compared to the disaster that is creating the poor air quality.”
The air quality in San Jose was better Monday morning than in the East Bay at 114.
But the reading in Mountain View and Atherton, where games were scheduled to be played Monday between Aragon and St. Francis and Milpitas and Menlo-Atherton, was 158.
Sunday, the NCS announced on Twitter that football games scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday — San Marin vs. St. Bernard, Salesian vs. St. Helena and Stellar Prep vs. Berean Christian — are postponed, with new dates and times to be announced.
The CCS rescheduled its cross championships again, from Monday to Saturday.
Here are the CCS football games, as of now, that have been postponed Monday, with new dates and times:
Los Gatos at Palo Alto, Friday, 7 p.m.
Milpitas at Menlo-Atherton, Friday, 5 p.m.
Aragon at St. Francis, Friday, 7 p.m.
Aptos at Terra Nova, Friday, 7 p.m.
St. Ignatius at Sacred Heart Prep, Saturday, 1 p.m.
Here are the NCS games that have been moved from Monday to Saturday:
No. 3 Clayton Valley Charter (9-1) at No. 2 Liberty (10-0), 7 p.m.
No. 5 Monte Vista (7-3) at No. 4 San Ramon Valley (6-4), 7 p.m.
No. 6 Amador Valley (8-2) at No. 3 Freedom (7-3), 7 p.m.
No. 7 San Leandro (6-5) at No. 2 California (7-3), 7 p.m.
No. 8 American Canyon (6-5) at No. 1 Rancho Cotate (10-1), 7 p.m.
No. 5 Marin Catholic (8-3) at No. 4 Granada (9-2), 7 p.m.
No. 7 Benicia (8-3) at No. 2 Bishop O’Dowd (9-2), 7 p.m.
No. 6 Ukiah (8-3) at No. 3 Campolindo (9-2), 7 p.m.
No. 8 Encinal (8-3) at No. 1 Cardinal Newman (10-1), 7 p.m.
No. 5 Miramonte (8-3) at No. 4 El Cerrito (8-3), 7 p.m.
No. 11 Terra Linda (7-4) at No. 3 Las Lomas (11-0), 7 p.m.
No. 8 St. Patrick-St. Vincent (6-5) at No. 1 Moreau Catholic (10-0), 7 p.m.
No. 5 St. Bernard’s (7-4) at No. 4 San Marin (7-3), 1 p.m.
No. 6 Fortuna (6-5) at No. 3 Kennedy-Richmond (8-2), 7 p.m.
No. 5 Middletown (8-3) at No. 4 Fort Bragg (7-4), 7 p.m.
No. 8 Cloverdale (7-4) at No. 1 Kelseyville (9-1), 7 p.m.
No. 7 St. Helena (7-4) at No. 2 Salesian (6-4), 1 p.m.
No. 3 Stellar Prep (3-6) at No. 6 Berean Christian (5-4), 1 p.m.
Check back for updates.