What Those “Big” Pre-League Games Mean Now
The pre-league part of the schedule is viewed in a different way. Schedule up and hope it helps, win or lose, come playoff time
Let’s look back at how some of the games look now.
August 30th…Analy 37 Pittsburg 21
At the time: One of the best wins in school history. YSN called it a forgone conclusion Analy would lose.
Since then: Pittsburg has shown why they were big favorites by winning three of four against a strong schedule. The lone loss was last week to Granite Bay 39-35, who is a top thirty team in the state. Pittsburgh running back Harris Ross, who missed the first half of the game against Analy because of disciplinary reasons, rushed for 464 yards and seven touchdowns in one game and then last week he rushed for 302 yards and four touchdowns. For the season he has 1,271 and 17 touchdowns.
Now: The value of the win is just as good as the beginning of the season. Actually the later loss to Miramonte might hurt more because they are in the same division.
September 7th…Middletown 21 Salesian 14
At the time: A huge win against a power in the Division 5 world.
Since then: The outcome was reversed because Middletown had to forfeit the game for using an ineligible player.
Now: Even though it is a loss on the record, Middletown would be a No. 1 seed if the playoffs were beginning today.
September 13th…Santa Rosa 25 Antioch 14
At the time: A road win against a Division 1 team was called one of the biggest wins in school history.
Since then: Antioch has lost four straight…Santa Rosa has lost three in a row.
Now: If Santa Rosa makes the playoffs, this game could be the only reason. Santa Rosa is 1-1 vs. Division 1 teams so that makes them eligible.
September 13th…Benicia 35 Maria Carrillo 7
At the time: Let down after heartbreak loss to Analy or thing doesn’t look so good.
Since then: Maria Carrillo has won three straight. Benicia went 4-0 before losing to Wood of Vacaville last week 35-34.
Now: Power ranking wise the loss isn’t a bad one, if the committee deciding the playoffs can forget the score.
September 14th…El Cerrito 35 Cardinal Newman 7
At the time: Headline game between Division 3 powers that was for a No. 2 seed in the Division 3 playoffs.
Since then: The following week El Cerrito lost to Campolindo which now appears to be the real game for the No,. 2 seed.
Now: Cardinal Newman overtime loss to Montgomery puts them in middle of Division 3 pack.
September 14th…Casa Grande 31 Napa 19
At the time: Casa Grande goes on the road and gets a huge win against a quality team.
Since then: Napa has won two straight including as impressive of road win last week against Vanden.
Now: The win still looks the same and will come in handy to brag about a good playoff seeding.
September 14th…Tamalpais 21 Piner 20
At the time: In an attempt to go 3-0 Piner scores 20 fourth quarter points after trailing 21-0. A missed extra point after the third touchdown was the difference.
Since then: Piner’s results have gone to form. After losing to the two top teams in the Marin County League, Tamalpais pulled off a win over highly touted Justin Siena.
Now: This loss will not hurt Piner in the seedings, that is if they make the playoffs. Still work to do.
September 20th…American Canyon 56 Rancho Cotate 12
At the time: Two of the top teams in the area in a one side game.
Since then: Rancho Cotate has recovered with two wins. American Canyon has had one game since and dominated. It is being report that American Canyon running back Jomon Dotson, who had an 82 yard run for a score on the first play of the game and is over the 1,000 yard mark on the season, has committed to Colorado.
Now: Rancho Cotate moves on in NBL play and will meet two teams higher in the power rating in the next two weeks plus a game against Cardinal Newman. So they have games to help the NCS committee forget about this game.
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