The Wildcats of SI are ready to take on Palma
SI ended their 2012 regular season with a 21-6 win over Mitty last Saturday afternoon. The Wildcats finished fourth in the toughest league in California, the WCAL. They move on to play down in Salinas against a higher seed Palma.
Mitty on the other hand finished third behind two top notch teams in the CCS, Bellarmine and Serra. The Monarchs will play the undefeated Oak Grove Eagles on the same night.
Here’s what our very own Alex Simon had to say about the Open Division match up:
#8 Terra Nova (6-4) @ #1 Bellarmine (9-1) [San Jose City College], Friday at 7pm.
#5 Serra (8-2) @ #4 Palo Alto (8-2), Friday at 7pm.
#6 St. Ignatius (7-3) @ #3 Palma (8-2) [Salinas Sports Complex], Friday at 7pm.
#7 Archbishop Mitty (7-3) @ #2 Oak Grove (10-0), Friday at 7pm.
The one thing about CCS that stands out is the Open Division. The best 8 teams in the league, playing for the ultimate prize: being classified as the best in CCS. Bellarmine has shown no signs of rebuilding, beating every opponent after their opening week lost to De La Salle. Oak Grove had close calls bookend their season (21-20 @ SF, 49-35 vs. Leland) but remain flawless. Palma faced stiff competition in their two losses, but have been strong again down in Salinas. Palo Alto almost beat Mitty early and had one slip-up versus Milpitas, but otherwise have high hopes. Serra only lost to Bellarmine on a missed 2-point conversion in OT (35-34) yet they had one major upset this weekend at home (24-0 Saint Francis). SI’s offense, led by QB Jack Stinn, hope to repeat last year’s miracle CCS championship run, but this time in Open rather than DIII. Mitty will get to play relatively close to home, and has an offense that could outrun the fast Eagles. However, even with great matchups, I still have to lean heavily to the WCAL teams. Only the best teams that CCS has had (2007 Oak Grove, 2009 Palo Alto) have knocked off multiple WCAL teams on their way to winning Open Division, and I don’t see any of the non-WCAL teams being strong enough to do it. However, my one upset may shock some folks.
Round 1: Bellarmine over TN, Serra over PA, SI over Palma, Mitty over OG.
Round 2: Serra over Bellarmine, SI over Mitty.
Championship: Serra over SI.
The best part about playoff football: All the pregame hype and predictions don’t matter when the teams line the sidelines and the football kicks off. Enjoy these playoffs; I know I will.