The field in Division II - like the Open/Division 1 field - has a similar cast of characters in the top four seeds only in a slightly different seeding order. San Ramon Valley is still the top seed like last year when they were defeated by No. 4 seed and eventual champion Campolindo in the semifinals, the No. 2 seed this year.
Rancho Cotate draws the No. 3 seed after being defeated last year in the semifinals as the No. 2 seed by last year’s No. 3 seed Foothill, the No. 4 seed this year. San Ramon Valley, which will be looking for a second D2 title since 2018 and fourth overall, won’t see Campolindo unless both teams make the title game. The Wolves will be huge favorites over No. 8 seed Berkeley and with a win, will host the winner of Foothill-Vintage in what could be an interesting matchup.
Campolindo opens with visiting No. 7 seed Granada while Rancho Cotate hosts sixth-seeded Livermore. Rancho Cotate blew out Granada last year in the first round and now gets the other school from Livermore this season. A Campolindo hosting Rancho Cotate matchup in the semifinals could be an interesting affair.
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PLAYERS TO WATCH
San Ramon Valley: QB Luke Baker, WR Trevor Scott, RB/DB John Pau Mendoza, TE Zack Dodson, LB/TE Marco Jones
Campolindo: QB Dashiell Weaver, WR/DB Robbie Mascheroni, RB/WR Brendan Comerford, WR/DB Tim Daugherty, RB/WR/DB Lucas Concepcion
Rancho Cotate: WR/DB Sailasa “Sai” Vadrawale, WR/DB Ananias Walker, QB Jacob Pruitt, RB/DB Tupotu Hale, WR/DB Dylan Gagnon
Foothill: QB Erik Olsen, RB/DB Samear Lattier, WR/DB Chris Lawson, LB/TE Graham Zander
Vintage: RB/DB Jeffrey Page, QB/DB Si Sabbagha, LB Domanic Mendoza
Livermore: RB Elijah Hodgers, WR Dominic Johnson
Granada: QB Quinn Boyd, WR Kekoa Barcinas
Berkeley: QB Drew Henderson, WR Jackson Harris
Being a No. 3 seed doesn’t necessarily qualify as a sleeper, but Rancho Cotate is playing its fifth game with Jacob Pruitt at quarterback after the injury to Liam Keaney and his dual-threat abilities could be a factor.
TITLE GAME PREDICTION