CIF-SS football playoff pairings

OK, here are Eastern, Inland, Central and West Valley Division playoffs. Not all alternate sites not available yet, although I’ve heard Barstow-Norte Vista will be played Thursday.

North vs. No. 1 Redlands East Valley at Citrus Valley HS; Jurupa Hills at Elsinore; Paloma Valley at Rancho Verde; Citrus Valley at No. 4 Citrus Hill; Tahquitz vs. No. 3 Riverside Poly at King HS, Cajon at San Gorgonio; San Jacinto at Carter; Rim at No. 2 Heritage.
La Canada at No. 1 Colony, Summit at Glendora at Citrus College; Colton at Charter Oak; Claremont at No. 4 San Marino; Bonita at No. 3 Kaiser; Chaffey at West Covina; Los Altos at South Hills; Don Lugo at No. 2 Monrovia.
Apple Valley at No. 1 La Quinta; Patriot at Vista Del Lago; Barstow at Norte Vista (Thursday); Palm Desert at No. 4 Serrano; Hesperia at No. 3 La Sierra; Moreno Valley at Palm Springs; Rubidoux at Silverado; Cathedral City at No. 2 Oak Hills.
San Juan Hills at No. 1 Upland; Hart at Edison; Canyon Country Canyon at Vista Murrieta; Newport Harbor at No. 4 Tesoro; Great Oak at No. 3 Chino Hills; El Toro at Los Alamitos; Rancho Cucamonga at Valencia; Temecula Valley at No. 2 Mission Viejo.
Mission Prep at No. 1 Maranatha; Arrowhead Christian at Cantwell Sacred Heart; Heritage Christian at Templeton; Rio Hondo Prep vs. No. 4 Big Bear at Big Bear MS, Saturday 1:30 p.m.; Riverside Notre Dame at No. 3 Shadow Hills; Bishop Montgomery at Nipomo; Cerritos Valley Christian at Linfield Christian; Morro Bay at No. 2 Pasadena Poly.

CIF-SS football: my prediction on how the Inland Division will look

The pairings don’t come out until tomorrow morning, but as I like to try and do each year, I try and predict who will play who.
Here is the Inland Division bracket as I think it will look. But 2 things before I give you the bracket. 1) I changed this Sunday morning when I learned Citrus Valley got the at-large team, not Hemet. In a previous blog post, I wrote how close it is between the 3 teams in the running: Hemet, Citrus Valley and Temescal Canyon, at least based on CIF criteria. 2) I really want to see a Cajon-San Gorgonio matchup, but it never seemed to work out

My prediction on how the Inland Division bracket will look:

Tahquitz (Mountain Pass No. 3, 4-6) at No. 1 seed REV (Citrus Belt No. 1, 9-1)
Jurupa Hills (San Andreas No. 2, 5-5) at Elsinore (Sunbelt No. 2, 8-2)
Cajon (Citrus Belt No. 3, 7-3) at Rancho Verde (Inland Valley No. 2, 8-2)
Rim of the World (San Andreas No. 3, 5-5) at No. 4 seed Citrus Hill (Mountain Pass No. 1, 9-1)
Citrus Valley (Citrus Belt at-large, 4-6) at No. 3 seed Riverside Poly (Inland Valley No. 1, 10-0)
Paloma Valley (Sunbelt No. 3, 6-4) at San Gorgonio (San Andreas No. 1, 9-1)
Carter (Citrus Belt No. 2, 8-2) at San Jacinto (Mountain Pass No. 2, 9-1)
North (Inland Valley No. 3, 3-7 at No. 2 seed Heritage (Sunbelt No. 1, 10-0).

Citrus Valley football will be considered for at-large CIF-SS playoff berth

Yucaipa went into Friday’s regular season finale looking like a good shot to grab the CIF-SS Inland Division’s one at-large playoff berth.
All Yucaipa needed to do was to beat Redlands.
But, things didn’t go according to plan and Yucaipa lost to Redlands, creating a three-way tie for fourth with Citrus Valley, Yucaipa and Redlands. While fourth place in an eight-team does not get an automatic berth into the playoffs anymore, the tie did need to be broken in order for one of the teams to be considered for the at-large berth.
And it was Citrus Valley that won the coin flip. That leaves the Blackhawks (4-6) likely vying with Hemet (6-4) from the Mountain Pass League and Temescal Canyon (3-7) of the Sunbelt League for the division’s lone at-large berth.
We will know early on Sunday morning which team made it in, and then later on Sunday the playoff draws will be announced.
Who will get it? I don’t know for sure. On the surface, you would think Hemet based on overall record.
But, there are other factors.
Here is the at-large criteria from the football playoff bulletin:

Criteria utilized by the At-Large Selection Committee:
(a) Head-to-head competition of teams under consideration (4 points)
(b) Overall strength of the league from which the team is entered (1 point)
(c) Overall win-loss record (1 point)
(d) Strength against common opponents (1 point)
(e) Strength of schedule (2 points, using overall win-loss record of opponents)
(f) Free lance teams will be part of the pool for the filling of at-large berths

Head-to-head competition? There was none.
Common opponents? I think Temescal Canyon and Hemet shared one, and both teams lost to Temecula Valley.
Strength of league? The Citrus Belt is considered the strongest league in the division, so Citrus Valley would have the advantage there.
Strength of opponents? That advantage goes to Temescal Canyon. Record of TC’s opponents are 61-39, Citrus Valley’s are 56-44 and Hemet’s are 44-56.
So, with strength of schedule weighing more (two points) than other criteria, the pick could be Temescal Canyon.