We’ve reached the section championship weekend of the high school football playoffs, with title games being held at neutral sites across the Bay Area.
In the North Coast Section’s Division I bracket, Pittsburg will meet Clayton Valley Charter in a matchup filled with storylines.
San Ramon Valley and Campolindo will battle in what should be a high-scoring thriller, and Pinole Valley will try to beat Justin-Siena to complete a surprising run with its first section championship since 1979.
In Oakland, McClymonds will strive for its 87th consecutive win against OAL competition and a 12th straight league championship (not counting the shortened 2021 spring season).
As we’ve done all season, the Bay Area News Group will have coverage throughout.
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Here is the championship preview:
North Coast Section
PITTSBURG, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 16: Pittsburg quarterback Jaden Rashada (5) looks to pass against Folsom during the first quarter of their game at Pittsburg High School in Pittsburg, Calif., on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)
No. 2 Pittsburg (10-2) vs No. 3 Clayton Valley Charter (8-4) at Heritage High School, Friday, 7 p.m.: A year ago, Christian Aguilar started in place of injured Pittsburg QB Jaden Rashada and threw three touchdowns to beat Clayton Valley 28-14, an outcome that gave coach Victor Galli his only NCS title. A year later, Aguilar suits up for the other side and will try to send Clayton Valley to the NorCal regionals with a victory over his former team. Every Pittsburg game from this point forward could be the last for Galli, who announced before the playoffs that he will retire after the season. Pittsburg is aiming for a storybook finish to Galli’s 21-year career leading the Pirates. While Aguilar’s departure strengthened Clayton Valley, Pittsburg remained strong under center with Florida commit Rashada taking snaps and throwing to a bevy of talented receivers such as Rashid Williams and Zachary Card. Pittsburg was able to stay competitive with De La Salle last week in a physical Open Division championship before losing 30-23, and Clayton Valley held off spirited Liberty 21-13. If Pittsburg can prevail over the Ugly Eagles, Galli’s hopes of winning an elusive state championship will stay alive for at least another week. — Joseph Dycus
Campolindo coach Kevin Macy addresses his team after Campolindo defeated Rancho Cotate 42-41 in the second round of the 2022 NCS playoffs in Moraga on Friday, Nov. 18 2022. (Joseph Dycus/Bay Area News Group)
No. 1 San Ramon Valley (10-2) vs No. 2 Campolindo (12-0) at Dublin High School, Friday, 7 p.m.: The rematch of last year’s epic 17-14 struggle in the semifinals should be another exciting matchup, but don’t expect a defensive battle in the 2022 edition. No. 2 seed Campolindo outlasted Rancho Cotate 42-41 in a brilliant offensive performance as Dashiell Weaver ran for four touchdowns and threw for two against a …read more
Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment