By Ray Hamill — The playoffs essentially begin for the Hoopa Warriors this weekend, as they get set to play California School for the Deaf in their regular season finale on Saturday.
The two schools arranged the game last week after the NCS announced it was pushing back the playoff openers by one week, and they were able to do so because neither had played a maximum 10-game schedule.
And it’s a simple case of do or die for each heading into the clash, with the eighth and final playoff spot in the Division-7 bracket up for grabs.
“We needed to fill our schedule and they needed to fill their schedule,” Hoopa head coach Sonny Ryles said.
Hoopa is 3-6 coming into the game, after finishing up league play 2-4 with a 56-16 loss to Arcata a week ago.
The Eagles, meanwhile, come into Saturday’s showdown with a record of 6-3.
The Fremont school is ranked No. 11 among NCS Division-7 schools, according to MaxPreps, two spots behind the Warriors.
The Eagles have won five of their last six games, including beating Oakland Military Institute 40-18 last week.
Saturday’s kickoff is set for 1 p.m. and it is the only local football game this weekend.