By Ray Hamill — The championship game lineups have been set in the Six Rivers Youth Football playoffs, with three title games in three different divisions at the Redwood Bowl on Sunday.
And so far the playoffs have not been without their upsets.
In the AA bracket, No. 5 seed Del Norte Blue, which won just three of eight games in the regular season, upset No. 1 seed Eureka Junior League in Sunday’s semifinal.
There’s something to be said for peaking at the right time, and after losing four straight games to close out the regular season, Del Norte Blue has now won back-to-back playoff games.
The Del Norte players edged out a 14-13 win over the top seeds to set up an all-Crescent City affair against Del Norte Gold for the championship next weekend.
No. 2 Del Norte Gold defeated No. 3 McKinleyville 13-0 in the other semifinal.
Big showdown for Mack, Ferndale
In AAA, No. 1 Ferndale took care of business on Sunday, defeating No. 4 Hoopa 13-0 to secure a place in the championship game.
Ferndale is perfect on the season at 8-0 and will play No. 3 seed McKinleyville for the championship.
Ferndale defeated McKinleyville 27-19 when the two teams met back in early September, but Mack is on bit of a roll after posting back-to-back impressive playoff wins to reach the championship.
After dominating Redwoods 48-6 in the first round, No. 3 McKinleyville shut out No. 2 Del Norte 30-0 on Sunday.
In single-A, meanwhile, No. 1 seed Eureka Junior League kept its unbeaten season going with a 19-13 win over Redwood.
The Eureka players improved to 9-0 on the season and will play No. 3 Del Norte in the championship game after the Crescent City team defeated No. 2 Eel River Valley 19-6 in the weekend’s other semifinal.
All three of Sunday’s championship games will be played at the Redwood Bowl, with single-A getting things started at 9:30 a.m., followed by AA at noon and AAA at 2:30 p.m.