Six local schools qualify for NCS football playoffs

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By Ray Hamill — As expected, six local teams have been included in the North Coast Section football playoffs, four of which will open at home next weekend.

The highest seed for an H-DNL team went to St. Bernard’s, which closed out the regular season with a shutout victory over the Eureka Loggers on Saturday to clinch a share of the Big 4 championship.

The Crusaders received the No. 2 seed in Division 5 behind only No. 1 Miramonte and will play No. 7 Terra Linda on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m.

Fortuna, Arcata and South Fork will each also open in front of a home crowd on Friday night.

The Huskies, who ended Del Norte’s five-year unbeaten run in the Big 4 in their regular season finale, are seeded No. 4 in Division 6 and will play No. 5 Middletown.

Little 4 champion Arcata received the No. 7 seed in the same bracket and will play No. 2 Moreau Catholic at McKinleyville High.

The Tigers will host the game against the higher seed because they are league champions.

Also in Humboldt County on Friday night, South Fork will open against California School for the Deaf in Miranda.

The Cubs are seeded No. 2 in the four-team eight-player Division-1 bracket behind No. 1 Stuart Hall, while California School for the Deaf is No. 3.

All of the Friday night games kick off at 7.

Del Norte and Ferndale also made the playoffs.

The Warriors received the No. 6 seed in the Division-4 bracket and will open on the road at No. 3 Vallejo on Friday night, while the Wildcats are seeded No. 5 in Division 7 and will open at No. 4 St. Helena, also on Friday night.

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  1. A pretty balanced Big 4 this year. Fortuna and St B came on strong at the end. I am Warrior all the way, and glad they got a phenomenal #4 in a row. But kudos to Fortuna for stepping up. They knocked off Eureka in ’94 allowing us to tie for the title before winning outright in ’95. A lot of History here. I think St B and Fort will make a deep run.

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