The Golden Gate Bridge as seen from The Presidio is mired in smog as smoke from the Camp Fire in Northern California drifts down into the Bay Area on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

SF Preps: High school football postponed due to poor air quality in San Francisco

Updated at 2:30 to include latest postponement.

According to a call received by coaches in the Academic Athletic Association, all varsity football games in the city of San Francisco will be postponed to Saturday, due to poor air quality caused by the Camp fire in Butte County, the Examiner has learned.

The San Francisco Section of the CIF — which coincides with the AAA — has an air quality index standard of 125, above which teams are not allowed to play. As of noon, the air quality index in the city of San Francisco was 172.

“As we do not have lights, we can’t wait to see if conditions change at night,” San Francisco Section commissioner Don Collins said in an email.

At just past noon, head coaches were informed that all games slated for Friday — which included Mission (5-4, 3-2 in AAA) visiting Burton (6-3, 2-3) at 2 p.m. and Galileo (7-2, 4-1) hosting Balboa (5-3, 3-2) at 2 p.m. — would be played on Saturday, with Mission playing at Burton at 2 p.m., and Galileo once again hosting Balboa at 2 p.m. Lincoln was set to face Lowell, but the Cardinals had only 17 healthy players, fewer than the 18 required to suit up. That game was forfeited.

There is a chance that the air quality will be too poor to play on Saturday, as well, Collins said. That could impact the league playoffs.

“If we play on Saturday, we will move the semi-finals back to Friday,” Collins said via e-mail. “If we don’t play on Saturday, we will keep the semifinals on Thursday.”

If the AAA does not play on Saturday, the first four teams in the standings as of Friday will be the four playoff teams: Lincoln (9-0, 5-0 in AAA), Galileo, Mission (5-4, 3-2) and Balboa, in that order. Mission would finish ahead of Balboa because they beat the Buccaneers head to head, even though they are tied in the standings.

If the AAA does play Saturday, the league has held the drawings for the possible tiebreaks in advance.  Mission won a drawing between Mission, Burton and Balboa.  If there is a three-way tie between those teams for third place, Mission would finish third and Balboa would finish fourth by virtue of its head-to-head win over Burton.  Also, Mission won a drawing between Mission, Balboa and Galileo.

If there is a three-way tie between those teams for second place, Mission would finish second, Balboa would finish third, and Galileo would finish fourth. Burton is not mathematically eliminated, as they could win, and Balboa could beat Galileo.

The Central Coast Section has also postponed a raft of games, but Sacred Heart Cathedral’s game at Live Oak at 7 p.m. has been rescheduled to Saturday at 6 p.m., as of a Twitter update at 2:26 p.m. on Friday.

St. Ignatius, which is visiting Sacred Heart Prep on Saturday at 1 p.m. in the Central Coast Section playoffs, is still a go, but contingency plans are being developed. The Central Coast Section cross country championships at Crystal Springs Cross Country Course were postponed from Saturday, Nov. 10 to Monday, Nov. 12.

Marin Catholic’s Division 2 home North Coast Section playoff game against Granada was moved to Monday, as were more than two-thirds of the NCS games scheduled.

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