Weekend bowl games cap long prep season
The high school football season started in August with Zero Week openers, just days after scrimmages. It stretched over 11 regular-season weeks, followed by four weeks of the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs, then last weekends Northern California Regional games, which brings us to this weekends CIF State Bowl championships in Carson.
For those teams fortunate to advance all the way, thats 16 games more than colleges play and the same as the NFLs regular season.
Is that too many games? Well, sure, if every school in the state endured such a season.
But only the best are left four teams from Northern California and four from the south. Coaches are wise enough to ease up considerably during the last month of practices, knowing dead legs and weary bodies in title games generally lead to defeats.
California is the last state in the country to adopt a state playoff. For decades, the season ended after the regular season. The section playoffs started 40 years ago, the CIF Bowl format eight years ago and the NorCal Regional round last season. The interest has never been greater, the playoffs more entertaining.
And there could be another wrinkle ahead. Sac-Joaquin Section Commissioner Pete Saco, who played a key role in the addition of the CIF Bowls and Regional games, has suggested that every section champion advance to a regional game (not all do now).
That means more teams would extend their seasons, but it wouldnt add additional weeks.
To that, I raise a helmet and say the more the merrier.
What to watch
High school football, Del Oro vs. Bakersfield, 8 p.m., CSNBA: The Golden Eagles take on the states winningest program in the Division I bowl championship game.
Do teams that make football state bowls play too many games ?
• Yes, 16 games is too many.
• No, it adds to the excitement.
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