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Bulldog coach Kris Richardson huddles with his team after the Spartans went ahead 31-3 in the third quarter on Saturday night, December 14, 2013 in the NorCal CIF 2013 Football State Championships - Open Division between Folsom High school and De La Salle.


Do teams that make football state bowls play too many games?

Leading Off: Weekend bowl games cap long prep season

Published: Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 - 8:32 pm
Last Modified: Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 - 2:59 pm

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 weekend’s Northern California Regional games, which brings us to this weekend’s CIF State Bowl championships in Carson.

For those teams fortunate to advance all the way, that’s 16 games – more than colleges play and the same as the NFL’s 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 wouldn’t 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 state’s winningest program in the Division I bowl championship game.

Today’s poll

Do teams that make football state bowls play too many games ?

• Yes, 16 games is too many.

• No, it adds to the excitement.

Vote above, or go to

Thursday’s results

Where would you prefer the 49ers play in an NFC opener ?

• Chicago: 65%

• Green Bay: 35%

Total votes: 159

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