Chico High football hosts Shasta Friday with playoffs on its mind

After Pleasant Valley defeated Foothill in week nine to clinch the Eastern Athletic League title, a win for Chico High is still important in week 10. The Panthers (6-3, 2-2 Eastern Athletic League), who sit in third place in the Division II standings released Tuesday, will host Shasta at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Chico.

Chico High will most likely still be without its star running back Dion Coleman, who injured his knee deflecting a pass away on defense in week seven against Foothill.

With week 10 being the final week of regular season play, the seeding meeting for playoffs is Saturday.

The top two teams in D-II receive a first round bye. PV (6-3, 4-0 EAL) is currently ranked No. 2 with 24 points behind only Enterprise (8-1, 3-1 EAL), which has 25.11 points.

Chico High is third with 23 points, Foothill (6-3, 2-2 EAL) is fourth with 20 points, Shasta (3-5, 1-3 EAL) fifth with 16.25 points, Las Plumas (4-4, 3-2 Butte View League) sixth with 15.25 points, Red Bluff (3-6, 0-4 EAL) seventh with 13.11 points and Corning (1-8, 1-4 BVL) eighth with 7.56 points.

The third place team hosts the sixth place team and the fourth place team hosts the fifth place team — meaning Chico High will host a first round playoff game Nov. 12. If Chico High loses to Shasta it moves to the fourth seed and will host Las Plumas. If Foothill defeats Enterprise and the Panthers defeat Shasta, Chico High and Shasta will face off for a second straight week in Chico on Nov. 12.

An update on playoff seedings will be posted whenever it becomes available.

Other games

Pleasant Valley (6-3, 4-0 EAL) continued to stay unbeaten in league play in week nine as it defeated Foothill. PV will play in Red Bluff in the final week of the regular season. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

The No. 6 seed in D-II Las Plumas will host No. 8 Corning. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Las Plumas has seemingly secured a playoff spot, but that could change if Red Bluff defeats the No. 2 seed PV on Friday.

In Division III, Paradise (6-1, 4-0 Sacramento Valley League) will host Live Oak (1-7, 0-5 SVL) with no playoff implications in place. Paradise has secured a first round bye with the No. 2 seed and Live Oak is out of playoff contention. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

The No. 3 seed in D-III Orland (7-2, 3-1 Northern Athletic League) will host No. 8 Central Valley (4-5, 2-2 NAL) Friday. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. The Trojans need a win to secure the three seed over Gridley.

Also in D-III Gridley (5-3, 4-1 BVL) will host West Valley (3-6, 2-3 BVL).  Gridley’s No. 4 spot is seemingly locked up, but with a win and an Orland loss the Bulldogs could move up a spot to No. 3. The No. 5 West Valley could drop to six with with a loss and a Lassen win against University Prep.

In Division IV, the No. 8 seed Willows (4-4, 3-1 Mid-Valley League) will host No. 10 seed Trinity. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. Willows has locked in the eight seed and Trinity is out of playoff contention, however the Honkers could move up a spot to No. 7 with a win and a Winters (4-5) loss to Pierce (6-3).

Also in D-IV, the No. 5 seed Durham (5-4, 3-3 SVL) will wrap regular season play against non-league opponent Stellar Prep of Hayward. A win for the Trojans would secure the No. 5 spot, while a loss could drop them to six with Anderson being the No. 5 seed.

The final D-IV competition in Butte and Glenn Counties will be No. 3 Williams playing at No. 12 Hamilton. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Hamilton is out of playoff contention, however a win for Williams could put them in the two seed or three seed. A loss for Williams could mean a No. 2, No. 3 or No. 4 seed depending on the outcome of Colusa and Pierce’s matchups Friday.

Lastly, in Division V, at 7:30 p.m. Biggs (4-3, 2-3 Cascade Valley League) will host Portola (1-7, 0-5 CVL). Based on points, Biggs has secured the No. 4 seed over Maxwell and the No. 3 seed Modoc is out of reach. Portola sits 2.75 points behind Weed and is out of the playoffs.

Again, an update on playoff seedings will be posted whenever it becomes available. The full Northern Section CIF standings for Division II, III, IV and V can be viewed by visiting https://bit.ly/3mK5joT.

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