The Red Bluff preview should in print on Thursday and online Wednesday evening.
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.
I will post a few photos in a couple of minutes but I was mainly there today to do the 2014 team preview, which won't run for another week. I'm trying to stay ahead of schedule.
We'll get there later. That game is Week 10 on Nov. 7. Let's get through August first.
Hopefully Thursday next week. Enterprise is the only local football team that doesn't play Week 0 on Aug. 29 so I am focusing on the teams that play that week first.
Again with the hypotheticals between these 2 schools? Don't know yet. I haven't been out to Enterprise's practice this fall.
There's no question West Valley is the top. Reigning section champs helps. Anderson looked pretty solid, great energy at practice and numbers. CV has more play-makers than I thought.
Yes I will be out there. I also hear CV will be out there too. Can't wait to get some summer football in there.
Soon. We're still working with other media outlets on the all-section teams and then the all-RS teams will be out.
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.
Enterprise, Red Bluff, Foothill/Shasta. (Haven't seen Chico, PV or Paradise b/c their in the south).
Not until August with the preseason all-section team which is about 25 players based on position, not overall ranking.
There are way too many to name. Orland has a top-notch runner in Arthur Flynn, Sutter and Chico have top two QBs in the section, Chico also has a std RB that will be a junior, Sutter has a top WR in Prince. Those are a just a few off the top of my head. Stay tuned for blogs this summer.
Unfortunately yes, because I don't see Orland, Sutter, Chico, PV and others as often. It's in our coverage area: south to Red Bluff, north to Mount Shasta, west to Trinity and east to Fall River & Burney.
Here is a link to my last year's No. 1 player and at the bottom of the story there are links to all 50 players. Link: http://tholmes.blogs.redding.com/2013/08/countdown_to_fo_30/
Yes - my annual top 50 football players countdown will begin in July and it will be for all players that have played varsity football w/ past success and potential impact. It starts July 11 when there are 50 days left until the first football game of the year. 50 days, 50 players.
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.
I wouldn't count on it.
Hard to tell after 1 day of watching non-padded practice. Can't tell how physical each team would be. But I think it would be close. Both teams have to replace 4 OL, QB, RB and have a handful of key defenders back. It's a coin flip at this point.
Foothill was just posted. Shasta will be later tonight. Red Bluff Wed, Enterprise Thurs, West Valley, CV, Anderson and U-Prep should all be either the end of this week or next week.
I'm in bed as well. Can't make it to those 6 a.m. practices with our schedules.
Yes, Enterprise is slotted for Thursday.
As far as newcomers go, Silas Miranda and Ray Arreola are the top two that stood out to me.
Not in wrestling mode right now but been a solid program for years. Ask again when winter rolls around.
Thomas is planning on being out there Wednesday. Not enough days for both of us to catch every team this year (Holidays/spring playoffs/championships have made it tougher).