By Ray Hamill — A great season in football is showing no signs of slowing down for Ferndale.
And the success is not limited to the high school team, which clinched a first league title in six years this past weekend and is expected to be among the top seeds for the North Coast Section Division-7 playoffs.
The Cream City’s youth football teams are also on a roll this fall, with all three seeded either No. 1 or 2 for the Six Rivers Youth Football playoffs, which kick off on Sunday with a pair of triple-headers at Hoopa and Del Norte.
And that gives all three Ferndale teams an opening-round bye.
In the AAA bracket, the defending champion Mustangs are seeded No. 1 after a 6-1 regular season, with their only loss coming against No. 3 seed Del Norte Gold earlier this month.
McKinleyville, which placed second to the Mustangs a year ago, is seeded No. 2 for this year’s postseason and will also have an opening-round bye after also posting a regular season record of 6-1.
Getting things started on Sunday, Del Norte (5-2) and No. 6 Redwood (1-6) play in Crescent City, while No. 4 Eureka (4-3) and No. 5 Eel River Valley (3-4) will play at Hoopa High School.
Both games will cap a triple-header of action at each location, with kickoff set for 2:30 p.m.
Earlier in the day, the Single-A teams will get the playoffs under way at 9:30 a.m.
The only local undefeated team in the regular season in all three divisions is Eel River Valley A, which is 7-0 and seeded No. 1 for the postseason.
The No. 2 seed is Ferndale (6-1), which will also enjoy an opening-weekend bye.
Getting the action under way on Sunday, No. 3 Del Norte (4-4) will open in Crescent City against No. 6 Eureka (1-6), while No. 4 Mack (3-3) will open against No. 5 Redwood (3-4) in Hoopa.
In a competitive AA bracket, No. 1 Eureka and No. 2 Ferndale will each have an opening-round bye after identical 7-1 regular seasons.
No. 3 Redwood (6-2) will play No. 6 Del Norte Gold (3-5) in Crescent City, while No. 4 Hoopa (4-4) will play No. 5 Del Norte Blue (3-5).
Both AA games are set for noon.
All three championship games will be played at the Redwood Bowl on Sunday November 10.