CIF postpones football playoffs due to air quality

By: Nick Pecoraro
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Friday’s scheduled Sac-Joaquin Section semifinal playoff football games have been postponed until next weekend, it was announced by the California Interscholastic Federation Wednesday, due to increasingly poor air quality from the California fires.

Thirteen of the section’s football games, including the Division VII championship game between Golden Sierra and Denair have been pushed a week out in hopes that the playing conditions will improve.

“We reviewed the schedules with the 10 CIF Sections and came to a unanimous agreement that the best course of action is to cause as least disruption as possible for all those participating in our Regional and State Championship events,” said CIF Executive Director Roger L. Blake in a press release Tuesday. “We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding during a time where schedules need to be fluid due to unfortunate events beyond our control.”

The CIF has already rescheduled the Section Final meet for cross-country from Nov. 10 to Nov. 17 and section final games for boys and girls water polo were moved from Woodcreek High School in Roseville to Tokay High in Lodi Saturday.

If Saturday’s cross-country section finals cannot be held due to the air quality, the CIF will take the top qualifying times from the Subsection meet to advance to the state championships Nov. 24 in Fresno.

The CIF also postponed the NorCal and SoCal water polo tournament starting dates to this Friday from an original start date of Nov. 13.

The football section finals were originally set for Nov. 24, the NorCal games Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 and the state championship bowl games for Dec. 7–8. Each respective round will now be moved one week later.

The SoCal football brackets have, however, remained with their initial scheduling, meaning Southern California teams will essentially have two weeks to prepare for a state championship game with a Northern California team.

State championship-round girls golf, SoCal state water polo tourneys, NorCal and SoCal girls tennis championships, State girls volleyball championships and State cross-country championships have, for now, remained with the same schedule but are subject to change with the conditions of the air quality.