Jeff Smith 4 p.m., Dec. 20
Top four seeds receive first round bye
(1) Cathedral Catholic (9-1)
(8) Ramona (1-9) vs (9) Lincoln (1-8-1)
(5) Mt. Carmel (6-4) vs (12) El Capitan (3-7)
(4) Point Loma (7-2-1)
(3) Olympian (7-3)
(6) Kearny (8-2) vs (11) Serra (3-7)
(7) Mar Vista (9-1) vs (10) Montgomery (5-5)
(2) St. Augustine (9-1)
First Round Friday, Nov. 18, 7 p.m. (top four seeds receive bye)
Quarterfinals Friday, Nov. 25, 7 p.m. at home site of higher seed
Semifinals Thursday, Dec. 1, 7 p.m. at home site of higher seed
Finals Monday, Dec. 5, 1 p.m. at Qualcomm Stadium
Favorite (1) Cathedral Catholic
Cathedral Catholic enters the playoffs as the four-time defending Division III champions, and the top-seeded Dons are slight favorites to make it five in a row after stifling St. Augustine in the Holy Bowl. Cathedral Catholic has a strong defense, a steady offense and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Dons lifting the trophy in Qualcomm Stadium once again.
Sleeper (7) Mar Vista
One-loss Mar Vista swept through the Metro South Bay League, but is only seeded higher than one-win Ramona among first round hosts. In addition to that motivation the ground-oriented Mariners run the Double Wing, an offense tricky to prepare for and play against. Mar Vista will be a tough out in the postseason.
Star Watch QB Shawn Boose, Kearny, Sr.
Few quarterbacks in the section possess the playmaking ability of Boose, who has a strong arm, can throw on the run and has the ability to take off from the pocket. The 5’11” righty can gash opposing defenses is one of the main reasons the Komets are hoisting the Central League banner.
Early Upset (9) Lincoln over (8) Ramona
Division III is not terribly deep, as evidenced by this first round matchup between two one-win teams. Lincoln comes in to the playoffs on a high note with a win in its season finale while Ramona has lost six straight. The Hornets’ athleticism will present a challenge for the Bulldogs, and this game could go either way.
Potential Matchup to See Finals – (1) Cathedral Catholic vs (2) St. Augustine
Cathedral Catholic and St. Augustine ended the regular season with a defensive-minded Holy Bowl, and if the Division III brackets hold true the religious rivals would get another shot at each other in the finals. An encounter in Qualcomm Stadium would add a championship chapter to one of the best rivalries in the section.
Pictured: Top-seed Cathedral Catholic’s defense has allowed 10 points or less in each of its nine victories