The Del Norte football team has had its spot in the North Coast Section Division IV semifinals locked up since a 37-21 win over Justin-Siena on Nov. 9, and the rest of the section playoffs have finally caught up.
Due to rampant wildfires producing poor air quality in the Bay Area, each of the other three quarterfinal games ended up being postponed two full weeks before playoffs were able to resume on Saturday.
The No. 2 seeded Warriors will be hosting No. 6 Fortuna in the semifinal round. That game is scheduled to be played on Saturday, kicking off at 7 p.m.
Fortuna grabbed the other semifinal spot with an impressive 42-18 victory on the road over No. 3 Kennedy on Saturday.
The Warriors and Huskies know each other well. It will be the third and final meeting between Del Norte and Fortuna this season, and each game has had more on the line than the last.
The Huskies picked up a 62-32 victory over the Warriors in Fortuna in what was officially a non-league contest. Del Norte rebounded in a big way for a 49-42 win over Fortuna in Crescent City a couple weeks later in the first Big 4 league game for both teams.
On the other side of the bracket, No. 1 Moreau Catholic advanced to host No. 4 San Marin after a 53-28 quarterfinal victory over St. Patrick-St. Vincent. San Marin edged out No. 5 St. Bernard’s 49-47 in the other quarterfinal game.
Although the winner of both semifinal games will advance to the championship game, it is likely that there will not be an official NCS Championship game played this year due to the delay in the section tournament and conflicts with the start of the California Interscholastic Federation State Tournament next week.
The North Coast Section has announced that the NCS Championship will be played if both teams agree to forfeit their spot in the NorCal Championships and the State Tournament. If one team wants to pursue a shot at NorCal it will go to criteria.
The first criteria is a head to head result between the two teams, but neither Del Norte nor Fortuna have played Moreau Catholic or San Marin yet this year. That means that the NCS Championship game will likely be decided by the second criteria — a coin flip.