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Five Empire football teams still alive

Beginning with Analy's semifinal game tonight against top-ranked El Cerrito, five Redwood Empire high school football teams will take the field this weekend in the North Coast Section playoffs.

After the Tigers' game Friday night, Rancho Cotate, Cardinal Newman and St. Helena will play semifinals Saturday. But only Petaluma's St.Vincent de Paul will be playing for a section championship.

Rolling with confidence, the Mustangs must play their best game yet to beat top seed Ferndale in Saturday's Division 5 championship game at Humboldt State in Arcata.

The peaking Mustangs must slow the Wildcats' ground game, limit big plays, and find a way to win the North Coast Section Division 5 championship.

Riding an offense that's been strong in the air and on the ground, St. Vincent has won seven straight. Last week's victory over California School for the Deaf reflected the Mustangs' hot hand — St. Vincent won late after losing big to the same Eagles squad earlier this season.


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