Participation in high school football rises for the first time in five years

Perhaps due to strides in concussion awareness, high school football saw an increase in participation nationwide last season for the first time in five years, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations.

An additional 6,607 boys participated in 11-man football during the 2013-14 season, making the total number of players in the country 1,093,234. Aiding that number was an additional 184 girls playing high school football, bringing the total number of girls to 1,715 nationwide.

Technology continues to improve the safety measures of football equipment and tangible progress in preventing concussions also includes a recently approved assembly bill in California limiting full contact high school football practices to three hours per week. AB 2129 will take effect on Jan. 1, 2015.

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Prep football playoff prediction: CIF-SS Inland Division

First Round
No. 1 Vista Murrieta over West Covina South Hills
Norco over Redlands East Valley
Rancho Cucamonga over Corona Santiago
Temecula Chaparral over No. 4 Covina Charter Oak
No. 3 Upland over Temecula Great Oak
Chino Hills over Redlands
Eisenhower over Murrieta Valley
No. 2 Corona Centennial over Los Osos

No. 1 Vista Murrieta over Norco
Rancho Cucamonga over Temecula Chaparral
No. 3 Upland over Chino Hills
No. 2 Corona Centennial over Eisenhower

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CIF-SS football playoff brackets released: Summit and OCHS earn No. 1 seeds, Carter No. 2, Upland No. 3

West Covina South Hills (6-4) at No. 1 Vista Murrieta (10-0)
Norco (6-4) at Redlands East Valley (5-4)
Corona Santiago (5-4) at Rancho Cucamonga (8-2)
Chaparral (7-3) at No. 4 Covina Charter Oak (9-1)
Temecula Great Oak (5-5) at No. 3 Upland (10-0)
Redlands (7-3) at Chino Hills (7-2-1)
Eisenhower (7-2) at Murrieta Valley (9-1)
Los Osos (5-5) at No. 2 Corona Centennial (9-1)

Paloma Valley (7-3) at No. 1 Summit (9-1)
La Quinta (4-6) at Colony (6-4)
Colton (7-3) at Elsinore (7-3)
Chaffey (5-5) at No. 4 Rancho Verde (7-3)
Riverside North (6-4) at No. 3 Kaiser (9-1)
Temescal Canyon (5-5) at Palm Springs (8-2)
Arlington (6-4) at Chino (8-2)
Palm Desert (3-7) at No. 2 Heritage (9-1)

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