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NCS football playoffs: Clayton Valley gets No. 3 seed in Open

SAN RAMON — The North Coast Section football selection committee made its decision Sunday, choosing Clayton Valley Charter over Pittsburg for the third seed in the Open Division playoffs.

 

Pittsburg drew the dreaded fourth seed — the one held by Clayton Valley the past two years — and will visit De La Salle in a semifinal Nov. 9.

Clayton Valley will play at No. 2 seed Liberty on Nov. 10 in the other semifinal.

Pittsburg had hoped the committee would be swayed by the Pirates’ superior strength of schedule, their decisive win Saturday over Antioch — the only team to beat Clayton Valley — and the fact they were not allowed to scrimmage (didn’t meet the practice requirements) before their season-opening, double overtime loss to Clayton Valley, which did scrimmage.

It wasn’t to be for Pittsburg, which could have changed its fate had it won at home Oct. 19 against Liberty. But the Pirates committed five turnovers, including a fourth-quarter fumble at the goal line with a chance to take the lead, and lost 24-21.

Liberty completed a 10-0 regular season and outright Bay Valley Athletic League championship Friday with a 49-0 rout of Heritage.

“I’m not surprised,” Pittsburg coach Vic Galli said of Clayton Valley being seeded third. “I was hoping for the number three seed, I thought we had a pretty good argument, but this is where we’re at.”

De La Salle cemented the Open’s top seed with early-season victories over the likes of Folsom, Bishop Gorman-Las Vegas, St. Francis, Buchanan-Clovis and Bishop O’Dowd and then cruised to four consecutive victories in the East Bay Athletic League’s Mountain Division.

 

The other No. 1 seeds were Antioch (Division I), Rancho Cotate (Division II), Cardinal Newman (Division III), Moreau Catholic (Division IV) and Kelseyville (Division V).

Division I was the toughest to seed. After Antioch was made No. 1, California, Freedom, San Ramon Valley and Monte Vista followed.

Coaches rankings played a huge role in that outcome, NCS commissioner Gil Lemmon said.

“Problem was if you used head-to-head, you’d be landlocked,” Lemmon said. “So we looked at each of the coach’s rankings. Antioch came out ahead.”

The committee felt the three top seeds had stronger schedules than San Ramon Valley and Monte Vista. Antioch, California and Freedom were credited with two solid wins compared to only one for Monte Vista and San Ramon Valley. The Wolves’ solid win was Friday night’s 17-10 victory over Monte Vista.

SRV’s victory was clearly the tiebreaker in the battle over the fourth seed.

As for the solid victory criteria, it was a bit of a head-scratcher. Monte Vista’s victories included road wins at Granite Bay, San Leandro and California. The Mustangs also posted a 27-7 win against Granada, the No. 4 seed in Division II.

Asked for his opinion of the seeding, Monte Vista coach Matt Russi said, “Just say we’re excited to be playing San Ramon Valley again.”

Monte Vista and San Ramon Valley have byes in the first round, then will play in the quarterfinals on Nov. 10 at SRV. in what should be a highly anticipated rematch.