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New playoff rules announced today 8/25/14, with no regional game, will that help EHS and other Norcal teams get to stat?

I'd like to answer this really quickly instead of on my blog to clarify. CIF announced it eliminated the OPEN Division Regional game, not the rest of the divisions. There will still be D1, 2, 3, 4, NorCal and SoCal bowl games where the winners will meet in state championship. Only the Open Division, which can be any team from any division (usually D1, the best of the best) will be selected to play for a state title without a NorCal or SoCal game.

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Even with a brand new offensive line, do you think EHS runningback Izzy Matthews will live up to the success he had his junior season? A big part of his success was because of Evers, Gunter, and Ferguson

They were a large part of his success but he's still one of the strongest RBs in the section. I'm not sure another 2,000yd, 30-TD campaign is possible w/ teams stacking the box to stop him but he should still find success. A 1,500yd, 20-TD season is a realistic expectation.

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Football- How do you think Red Bluff matches up with Shasta and Foothill this year?

So far I've only seen those three teams one day each and as of right now I would say Red Bluff would be the favorite in both of those games. There are questions about the o-line and injuries have plagued the Spartans in the past, but they have the right energy and playmakers to be considered favorites at this point, IMO.

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