Unlike most section playoffs, the CIF-San Francisco Section-Academic Athletic Association playoffs are unique in one major way — every game is a rematch.
It’s that familiarity that is at the forefront of top-seeded Mission High School’s consciousness, when they face fourth-seeded Balboa in the semifinals today.
“It’s tough to beat a team twice, so I’m a little nervous,” Mission head coach Joe Albano said. Read More
Open DivisionNo. 6 Serra at No. 3 Valley Christian, Saturday, 7 p.m.
The first round of the playoffs will be awfully familiar for the two West Catholic Athletic League clubs. Valley Christian (9-1) beat up on the Padres (6-3-1) 52-23 on Oct. 2.Division I
No. 8 Menlo-Atherton at No. 1 Piedmont Hills, Friday, 7 p.m. Read More
In 2005, the last time the Half Moon Bay High School football team qualified for the playoffs, the Cougars captured a Central Coast Section championship banner with a win over Seaside.
Since then, the Cougars have suffered four seasons of frustration that has finally come to an end: Half Moon Bay (7-3) is back in the CCS playoffs. Read More
With both teams separated by two points in the Academic Athletic Association’s X division, Mission High School and Lincoln High School knew a win would provide a big boost to making the postseason.
The visiting Bears (14-6-3, 11-2) took a big step toward claiming a playoff spot as they scored three first-half goals en route to a 4-1 victory over Lincoln (9-7, 9-3) on Tuesday. Read More
Marin Academy set the tone early, scoring three goals in the first 20 minutes as the visiting Wildcats shut out University High School on Monday at Crocker Amazon Playground.
Marin controlled all 80 minutes of the game, ultimately pulling away for a 7-0 rout. The ending score was especially surprising, because the two teams played to a scoreless tie in their first meeting on Oct. 6.
The Wildcats (13-2-1, 7-0-1) are leading the Bay Counties League West, with University (6-9-6, 4-2-1) in second. Read More
Both Archbishop Mitty and St. Ignatius entered their WCAL football contest the victims of heartbreaking losses the previous week.
On Saturday, Mitty responded with an all-out dominant performance.
How dominant? Try 329 yards of total offense for Mitty (3-3, 2-1) with only 59 for St. Ignatius in a 30-0 road victory. Read More
Lowell at Galileo, 3 p.m.Galileo standout senior running back Quincy Nelson will look for another impressive performance against the Cardinals (0-4, 0-2). Nelson ran for a staggering 349 yards and six touchdowns in the Lions’ (3-3, 2-0) win over Balboa last week. The Cardinals have struggled on offense, but may get back on track against Galileo’s defensive unit, which has been a weak link.
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Three teams sit atop the Academic Athletic Association’s football standings at 2-0, but one team stands out.
Maybe one of the most unlikely stories of the still-early league season is Mission High School’s (2-3, 2-0) place at the top of the league, tied with powers Washington and Galileo, which split the regular-season title last year.
What makes it more impressive is the state of the program prior to this season. Mission canceled its 2009 season after three games due to poor player turnout and injuries. Read More
St. Ignatius High School head football coach Steve Bluford has temporarily stepped away from his coaching and teaching duties at the school effective Tuesday.
“Steve Bluford has agreed to temporarily step away from his duties as head football coach, and teacher and assistant coach John Regalia has assumed his duties as head coach,” a statement issued by the school’s athletic and public relations departments read. Read More
Menlo-Atherton at Aragon, 3 p.m.
After an 0-3 start to the season, Menlo-Atherton has turned things around just in time for PAL Bay Division play. The Bears have won two straight and now hit the road to meet a reeling Aragon team fresh off a 42-7 loss.
San Mateo at Menlo, 3 p.m. Read More