With the North Bay fires causing poor air quality all around Northern California, many high school leagues have postponed this weekend’s football games.
The Central Coast Section is taking advantage of what was a vacant week in its schedule. Because the CCS playoffs have three rounds while other section playoffs have four, there were originally no games scheduled for the week of December 1. The section has moved all of its playoff games back one week, allowing for member leagues to postpone games this week.
Leagues choosing to postpone their games have three options: Move games to Saturday or Monday, reschedule this week’s games to the end of the season, or move all games back by one week.
While the poor air quality and rescheduled games have been an inconvenience, these problems pale in comparison to the hardships faced by many in the North Bay. Teams around Northern California will participate in fundraising efforts to help those affected by the fires.
As of Thursday night, here is the information that leagues and schools have confirmed:
Academic Athletic Association
The AAA, which comprises the San Francisco Section, does not have an open week in the schedule. As a result, commissioner Don Collins is taking things on a day-by-day basis.
The Lowell-Burton football game that was originally scheduled for Thursday at Burton is now scheduled for tonight at Lowell, and could be moved to Saturday or beyond if needed.
As of press time, Saturday’s Galileo-Balboa and Mission-Lincoln games are still set to be played.
Mission and Lincoln have met in the Turkey Bowl for the city championship in two of the past three seasons.
Peninsula Athletic League
All games for this week have been postponed and set for the weekend of November 10-11. This means that the traditional end-of-season rivalries, such as the Little Big Game, which will be played between Burlingame and San Mateo for the 90th time this year, will not be the final week of the year. However, the associated events that come with those rivalry games will continue as scheduled.
Those end-of-season rivalry games double as homecoming for many of those schools, so moving the game would also necessitate moving banquets, school dances and alumni association events.
The rescheduled games have been left to the discretion of the host schools.
Terra Nova has chosen to host Burlingame on Nov. 9 because the Jefferson Union High School District has Nov. 10 off for Veterans Day. Expect other schools and districts to do the same, meaning there should be games spread throughout that weekend.
The Knights’ 8-man football game, scheduled to take place Saturday afternoon at Boxer Stadium, will almost certainly not be played.
Stuart Hall was scheduled to host Calistoga, one of the areas most severely affected by the fires. It is not known at this time whether the game will be rescheduled or canceled.
West Catholic Athletic League
All games for this week have been rescheduled for the weekend of Nov. 10. This includes the Serra-Saint Francis game that may have league-title implications.
Prep Focus writer Ethan Kassel covers high school sports throughout the Bay Area. If you have a story tip, game to watch or player to track, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.