OK, so there is some football news to be discussed in both the Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League and the Monterey Bay League. I’ll have more on Thursday, but wanted to get both these items posted.
First, in the SCCAL, league representative Dave Poetzinger emailed late Wednesday night that the league is now a “B” league in the Central Coast Section. Which is huge.
Without jumping too much into the details, moving up to a “B” league classification will essentially earn teams in the SCCAL more power points for each league game, more power points for being a league champion, because the CCS now views the league as a stronger league. (You can partially thank Aptos and Soquel for this, as each team’s performance in this year’s CCS playoffs only helped the SCCAL).
In the end, teams in the SCCAL will likely compile more power points than they have the last two seasons, when the league was viewed as a “C” league, increasing the chances of earning an at-large berth toward the postseason.
Which is what it’s all about.
The SCCAL has been viewed as a “C” league for the last two seasons, and only the two automatic qualifiers from the league advanced to the playoffs both seasons — no at-large teams. That will likely change next season.
The WCAL was again classified as the “A+” league, while the De Anza, Mount Hamilton and Gabilan Division of the MBL were classified as “A” leagues.
Joining the SCCAL with “B” league status is the PAL-Bay, PAL-Ocean, MBL-Pacific and the Santa Teresa.
“C” league status went to the MTAL, El Camino, PAL-Lake and West Valley.
As for the news out of the MBL, the league finalized its realignment for next season and Monte Vista Christian is moving up to the Gabilan Division. It will be competing with Palma, San Benito, Salinas, Seaside, Monterey and Alisal.
That will be a tall task for the Mustangs, who, for what it’s worth, have an enrollment of 638 students. San Benito, for instance, has an enrollment of more than four times that, of 2,864 students.
Not that 2,864 students play football. But you get the idea.
Having covered San Benito for five years before arriving in Santa Cruz, I can say one of the best weapons the Balers have — like Salinas — is their sheer volume of players. They have numbers. Injuries can hurt them, but they usually won’t derail an entire season.
What David Reese has done at MVC is impressive. But he also had less than 30 players on his varsity roster this season.
Moving down to the Pacific Division will be Christopher, Gilroy and Alvarez, which will join Pajaro Valley, Watsonville, North Monterey County and North Salinas.
More to come.