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Spartans look to nail down 5th seed Friday night

Vikings can clinch second seed with win against looking for 4th straight win to Foothill, Los Molinos

Jose Chavez, here in a game against University Prep on September 8, gained 130 yards on 18 carries in last Friday's 42-7 loss to Pleasant Valley. The Spartans will look to solidify their hold on the 5th seed in the Northern Section playoffs when they play at Shasta Friday night to close out the 2023 season.  (Rick Silva/Daily News)
Jose Chavez, here in a game against University Prep on September 8, gained 130 yards on 18 carries in last Friday’s 42-7 loss to Pleasant Valley. The Spartans will look to solidify their hold on the 5th seed in the Northern Section playoffs when they play at Shasta Friday night to close out the 2023 season. (Rick Silva/Daily News)
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The Red Bluff High School varsity football team will be looking to solidify its spot in the postseason on Friday night when they travel to Shasta.

The Spartans, who are coming off a 42-7 loss to Pleasant Valley last Friday night, are currently fifth in the seedings. The top six schools in Division II will make the playoffs and Red Bluff has 17.33 points.

The Spartans are 1-3 in Eastern Athletic League play, with their win coming over Enterprise, which sits 6th in the point standings with 16.89 points.

If the Spartans (5-4) are able to defeat the Wolves (2-2 in EAL, 6-3 overall) and Pleasant Valley (3-1, 6-3) defeats Foothill (2-2, 5-4), all three schools will be tied for third place in the Eastern Athletic League at 2-3. The Vikings would clinch the second seed with the victory.

Currently, Chico High (4-0, 8-1) has already clinched the Eastern Athletic League championship and will play Enterprise (0-4, 4-5) on Friday night with the opportunity to nail down the top seed in the Division II playoffs.

Chico has 26.33 points in the Division II seeding points released on October 30 by the section. Pleasant Valley has 23.11, followed by Shasta with 20.44. Foothill is fourth with 19.78 points, while Red Bluff is in fifth. Enterprise is sixth with 16.89 points, followed by Las Plumas at 14.67 points and Corning at 11.78.

If the points battle ends as currently constructed, Chico and Pleasant Valley would get a first-round bye, while Shasta would host Enterprise, and Red Bluff would make a return trip to Foothill. The winner of the Bulldogs-Cougars match-up would play at Chico in a semifinal matchup, while Enterprise or Shasta would take on Pleasant Valley in Chico.

Division III

This division consists of 12 teams, so eight schools will qualify for the playoffs and is the only division in the Northern Section that has an eight-team postseason.

It’s also the division that is home to the defending state champion 7-1 Orland Trojans (24.63 points), who are currently seeded second in the division behind 8-1 University Prep (25.89). The Trojans will close out the season against at Gridley (7-2), which is currently seeded third at 22.44. The Panthers are at Central Valley on Friday night.

Gridley is followed by Pierce (6-3, 19.78 pts), and Live Oak (6-4, 18.90), in fourth and fifth place, respectively. Lassen (4-5) is sixth with 18.56 points, while Central Valley is in seventh with 15.78 points. Yreka (5-4) is holding on to the eighth and final playoff spot with 15.56 points, while 3-6 Paradise sits in ninth with 14.89 points.

Any chance for the Bobcats to make the playoffs may well depend on this Friday night’s season finale at Corning. A West Valley upset at Yreka Friday night would help the Bobcat cause.

Division IV

Colusa leads the nine-team Division 4 as the unbeaten Redhawks (9-0) have 29.67 points and even a loss on Friday at 5-4 East Nicolaus would not bump the Sacramento Valley Champions from its top spot.

Winters, at 7-2, is in second with 25 points, while Hamilton which is also 7-2, Is currently seeded three with 22.78 points. Winters hosts Pierce on Friday night, while Hamilton is home to Williams.

East Nicolaus is fourth (22.56), while 3-6 Williams is fifth (15.33) and Trinity has the 6th and final playoff spot with 14.44 points. Willows, 2-7, is in the 7th spot but has to win Friday night at 3-6 Trinity to gain its third win of the year, which is the minimum to qualify for the Section Playoffs.

Division V

In Division V play, the Los Molinos Bulldogs are currently sitting fourth in the point standings and coming off an upset win at Fall River on Friday night. The 32-28 win was not only the first time that Fall River had lost at home in eight years, it was the first time that the Bulldogs had ever beaten Fall River, Los Molinos coach Kol Suppan said.

The Bulldogs (4-3 in Cascade Valley League, 6-3 overall) have won three straight for the second time this year and it follows a three-game losing streak that was preceded by Los Molinos’ first three-game winning streak of the year.

The Bulldogs will look to close out the season with a win Friday night at home against 1-8 Etna. Currently, they have 22.44 playoff points, and a win would keep them ahead of Fall River, which has 21.67 points.

Unbeaten Portola leads Division V with 29.22 points, followed by 7-2 Weed at 24.22. Biggs is currently at the third spot, with 23.78, followed by Los Molinos.

In the sixth and final playoff spot sits Maxwell with 20.22 points and Modoc is at seven with 17.78 points.

If the playoff points stay the same, Weed and Portola would get a first-round bye, while Biggs would host Maxwell, and Los Molinos would host Fall River in the first round.

In that scenario, the winner of Biggs and Maxwell would travel to Weed, while Portola would host the winner of Los Molinos and Fall River.