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Sacred Heart Prep earns No. 1 seed for CCS Division IV playoffs

Sacred Heart Prep will defend its Central Coast Section Division IV football title as the No. 1 seed. The Gators (9-1) will open Saturday at home against No. 8 Seaside (5-5) at 1 p.m.

While Sacred Heart Prep won last year's title with a victory over rival Menlo School, that matchup won't happen in this year's bracket. Should No. 4 Menlo (6-4) get past No. 5 Monterey (7-3) in Friday's opener at Sequoia High, the Knights most likely will face SHP in the semifinals.

Two other local teams, Palo Alto and Menlo-Atherton, could meet in the Division II playoffs. However, that wouldn't be until the championship game. Before that, both squads have some work to do.

Third-seeded Menlo-Atherton (7-3) will open Friday by hosting No. 6 Oak Grove (5-5) while No. 5 Palo Alto (5-5) will travel to San Jose to face No. 4 Leland (7-3), both at 7 p.m.

Should the Bears advance, they'll likely face No. 2 Los Gatos in the semifinals while the Vikings probably would face No. 1 St. Francis.

2013 CCS FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS

Open Divison

Friday's games

No. 8 Valley Christian (7-3) at No. 1 Terra Nova (10-0), 7 p.m.

No. 5 Mitty (9-1) vs. No. 4. Palma (7-3), Friday at Robobank Stadium in Salinas, 7 p.m.

No. 6 Bellarmine (7-3) at No. 3. Wilcox (9-1), 7 p.m.

Saturday's game

No. 7 Pioneer (7-3) at No. 2. Serra (8-2), 1 p.m.

Division I

Friday's games

No. 8 Monta Vista (7-2) at No. 1 Alvarez (10-0), 7 p.m.

No. 5 Independence (5-5) at No. 4 San Benito (5-5), 7 p.m.

No. 7 Homestead (8-1) at No. 2 Milpitas (8-2), 7 p,m.

No. 6 Salinas (5-5) at No. 3 Piedmont Hills (7-3), 7 p.m.

Division II

Friday's games==

No. 8 Andrew Hill (8-2) at No. 1 St. Francis (7-3), 7 p.m.

No. 7 North Salinas (7-3) at No. 2 Los Gatos (7-3), 7 p.m.

No. 6 Oak Grove (5-5) at No. 3 Menlo-Atherton (7-3), 7 p.m.

Saturday's game

No. 5 Palo Alto (5-5) at No. 4 Leland (7-3), 7 p.m.

Division III

Friday's games

No. 8 Hillsdale (7-3) at No. 1 Burlingame (10-0), 7 p.m.

No. 5 St. Ignatius (2-8) vs. No. 4 Christopher (7-3) at Gilroy High, 7 p.m.

No. 7 Aragon (7-3) at No. 2 Aptos (7-3), 7 p.m.

Saturday's game

No. 6 Willow Glen (5-5) at No. 3 Leigh (8-2), 7 p.m.

Division IV

Friday's games

No. 5 Monterey (7-3) vs. No. 4 Menlo (6-4) at Sequoia High, 7:30 p.m.

No. 7 Pacific Grove (9-1) at No. 2 Live Oak (9-1), 7 p.m.

No. 6 Scotts Valley (8-2) vs. No. 3 Carmel (10-0) at Pacific Grove, 7 p.m.

Saturday's game

No. 8 Seaside (5-5) at No. 1 Sacred Heart Prep (9-1), 1 p.m.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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