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San Diego Section 2021 high school football preview: Top 10 teams, players to watch, top new coaches, new playoff format

From new coaches to a new playoff format to players and teams to watch, here’s everything you need to know about San Diego Section football heading into the season.
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The fall 2021 CIF San Diego Section high school football season kicks off on Friday, and there are multiple storylines to follow. From new coaches to a new playoff format to players and teams to watch, here’s everything you need to know about San Diego Section football heading into the season.

(Lead photo by Josh DaFoe)

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NEW PLAYOFF FORMAT

The San Diego Section Football Advisory committee voted to use the CIF Power Rankings system to seed the teams this postseason. The chart below illustrates how teams will collect points throughout the season. The number of "power ranking" points achieved is then divided by the amount of games played to create an average.

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REIGNING CHAMPIONS

Here are the seven reigning CIF San Diego Section football champions from 2019.

  • 2019 Open Division champion: Helix
  • 2019 Division 1 champion: Oceanside
  • 2019 Division 2 champion: El Camino
  • 2019 Division 3 champion: La Jolla
  • 2019 Division 4 champion: Serra
  • 2019 Division 5 champion: Francis Parker
  • 2019 Division 6 (8-man) champion: Foothills Christian