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November 26, 2008 > NCS playoffs are underway

NCS playoffs are underway

Kennedy advances, Washington and James Logan ousted

By Giovanni Albanese Jr.

Round one of the football playoffs for the North Coast Section kicked off Friday, Nov. 21. Three teams from the Mission Valley Athletic League took the field, but only made it through to the second round.

John F. Kennedy High went into their Division III playoff match up at the 8-seeded El Cerrito (6-4) as the number 9 seed, sporting a record of five up, five down. Kennedy's play on the field was leaps and bounds better than their record showed, as a tight game was broken wide open in the second half, winning their first playoff game in school history, 34-9.

Next up for the Titans is a date with top-seeded Encinal (10-0) on Friday, Nov. 28, at 7 p.m. at Encinal High School.

While Kennedy lived to see another day in the NCS tournament, the same could not be said for Washington and James Logan in the Division I bracket.

Number 11-seeded Washington played host on Friday night to the 6-seeded California High. There was no advantage to the home field on this night, as California left a sour taste in the Huskies' mouths, to the count of 41-0.

Washington, who was on a streak of six wins going into the game versus California, will look to improve off its MVAL championship; California moves on to play at number 3-seeded Pittsburg (9-1) on Saturday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m.

Number 12-seeded James Logan (5-5) traveled to number 5-seeded Freedom (9-1) on Friday night with upset on their mind. Those thoughts were quickly erased, as Freedom showed Logan how they managed to accumulate a 9-1 record. Solid play on both sides of the ball led Freedom to a 33-14 victory. Next week for Freedom: at 4-seeded Foothill (8-2), Saturday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m.

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