Conference Titles On The Line This Weekend

Conference football titles are at stake in regular season finales that will take place on Friday and Saturday...

The No. 1 teams from the NorCal and Valley Conferences will meet in a bowl game on Nov. 30 to determine the Northern California Football Association champion and the host team for the California Community College Athletic Association championship game on Dec. 14.

Here is how the two NORTH DIVISION conference races stack up, with all of their final games Saturday at 1 p.m.

NORCAL CONFERENCE -- Butte, College of San Mateo, City College of San Francisco: State top-ranked Butte College (9-0, 4-0 NorCal) controls its own destiny, hosting defending champion and ninth-ranked San Francisco (7-2, 3-1). At the same time, co-second and No. 4 ranked College of San Mateo (8-1, 3-1) entertains No. 11 Santa Rosa JC (6-3, 2-2).

If CSM and CCSF win, there would be a 3-way title tie -- which would be broken by power ranking points. Butte and San Mateo would have identical league and overall records. CCSF would have one more overall season loss but would have the advantage in a two-way tie by beating Butte (if CSM loses to Santa Rosa). If Butte and Santa Rosa win, Butte would be outright champion and SRJC would be part of a 3-way tie for second.

VALLEY CONFERENCE – American River, Fresno City, Sierra, Modesto: No. 7 American River College (8-1, 3-1 Valley) and No. 13 Fresno City College (6-3, 3-1) share the conference lead. ARC has already defeated Fresno (31-7 on Oct. 26), so has the tie-breaker.

ARC closes at co-third and 22nd ranked Sierra (5-4, 2-2) and Fresno finishes at rival College of the Sequoias (6-3, 1-3).

If the co-leaders both fall, a three-way or four-way title tie is possible. Co-third and 25th-ranked Modesto JC (4-5, 2-2) also remains in the hunt and hosts San Joaquin Delta College (2-7, 1-3). Modesto gave American River its only season setback, 43-42, on Nov. 2.

The top teams from the Mid-Empire and Golden Gate Conferences will meet in the Central Division title bowl on Nov. 23. College of the Siskiyous and Chabot College have clinched those berths.

MID-EMPIRE CONFERENCE -- College of the Siskiyous, Feather River, Diablo Valley: Siskiyous (8-2, 3-1 Mid-Empire), 12th ranked in the state, has finished regular season play and will be co-champion with the winner of Friday's 7 p.m. conference finale between No. 17 Feather River College (6-3, 2-1) and Diablo Valley College (4-5, 2-1) in Pleasant Hill.

Siskiyous has the tiebreaker, having defeated both teams: Diablo Valley (24-21 in overtime on Nov. 2) and Feather River (15-14 on Nov. 9). Siskiyous' lone conference loss came in a crossover at Laney (44-14 on Oct. 11).

GOLDEN GATE CONFERENCE – Chabot & Laney: State No. 15 Chabot (6-3, 3-0 Golden Gate) has clinched at least a conference title tie and has the tiebreaker over No. 16 Laney College (6-3, 3-1), which has finished conference play. Chabot defeated Laney, 28-22, on Oct. 26.

Chabot closes with visiting Reedley College (2-7, 1-2) Saturday at 3 p.m. Laney entertains Sacramento CC (1-8, 0-4) in a non-conference contest Friday at 7 p.m.

The No. 1 teams from the Bay Valley and Coast Conferences will meet in the Living Breath Foundation Bowl (at Monterey Peninsula or Cabrillo) on Nov. 23 for the South Division title.

BAY VALLEY CONFERENCE – Contra Costa, Los Medanos, Shasta: Leader Contra Costa College (7-2, 4-0 Bay Valley) hosts co-second Los Medanos College (6-3, 3-1) Saturday at 3 p.m. Co-second Shasta College (5-4, 3-1) closes at College of the Redwoods (3-6, 1-3) at 1 p.m.

Shasta defeated Los Medanos, 52-38, on Oct. 19 and lost to Contra Costa, 25-14, on Oct. 26. So a 3-way title tie would go to power rankings to determine.

COAST CONFERENCE – Hartnell & Monterey Peninsula: Second place Monterey Peninsula College (4-5, 3-1 Coast) visits leader Hartnell College (7-2, 4-0) Saturday at 6 p.m. in the finale NCFA title decider of the weekend. MPC would advance with a win despite a 32-22 loss to Cabrillo on Nov. 2.

MORE BOWLS NOV. 23: In addition to the three division championship bowl games, there will be four more bowl games on Nov. 23, matching NCFA teams with winning records. Pairings will be announced late Sunday afternoon.

The California Community College Athletic Association state championship game will be hosted by the NCFA champion on Dec. 14.

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