Video/Central Catholic’s D2 Status Means Raiders Have Joined NorCal’s Elite Parochial School Ranks

Filed in Uncategorized by on January 9, 2018

We told ya Sunday night that Central Catholic High was revamping its schedule now that it’s a Division 2 for the next two years, and that a Friday Night with national power De La Salle of Concord would be the centerpiece of the Raiders’ potent 2018 schedule.

While De La Salle is the headline here, the real news is the rest of the schedule: The annual Holy Bowl vs St. Mary’s (in Modesto in 2018), then a non-league game vs. Lincoln of Stockton and its pass-focused attack – one of the top early games next fall.

The Valley Oak League games against Oakdale and Manteca will be just as critical to the Raiders’ season, and their eventual seed in the Sac-Joaquin Section D2 playoffs.

Here’s what we learned about Central Catholic: With a high seed, it can challenge for a berth in the Section D2 final. That formula includes a soft first-round foe and a home quarterfinal against a team that likes to throw. Central will always have one of the smallest rosters in D2, so it needs to stay healthy in the postseason.

The last two seasons also showed Central needs to develop a reliable passing attack for the playoffs. Sacramento’s D2 teams like Del Oro, Granite Bay, Del Campo and others have the large enrollments and well-stocked rosters to bang away week after week and still perform at the highest level — it’s difficult to do that with a smaller roster.

There are a number of reasons Lincoln fits nicely in the schedule: It gives the Raiders a look at a potent passing attack early in the season, and the Trojans have quickness at running back. The Trojans also give up plenty of points, though, which will provide opportunities for Central to work on its passing game in this early season game.

St. Mary’s provides another passing threat, and Central will get plenty of work playing run defense when it faces Oakdale, Manteca and the rest of the Valley Oak League. By the time the playoffs arrive, Central will have seen plenty of diverse offenses operating at very high levels. That’s how football schedules are supposed to be designed.

There’s one more non-league game to be announced: With Lathrop shifting to the Western Athletic Conference, the remaining VOL schools will now have four non-league games. No surprise Riordan of San Francisco has left the schedule: It was a horrible mismatch during Central’s 68-7 win last fall.

Marin Catholic’s out of there, too …





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