Division III football playoff notes

Posted by Staff Writer Eric Branch:

Friday’s games
No. 16 Sonoma (4-6) at No. 1 Encinal (9-1), 7 p.m.
No. 12 Miramonte (4-6) at No. 5 Healdsburg (6-4), 7 p.m.
No. 10 Analy (6-4) at No. 7 Acalanes (5-5), 7 p.m.

* Healdsburg coach Tom Kirkaptrick was pleased with his team’s hard-fought 25-14 loss to Casa Grande two weeks ago. But the Greyhounds’ 62-15 loss to Petaluma last week wasn’t exactly what he had in mind. He said he doesn’t quite know where his team stands entering the postseason, “It’s hard to say when you come off a game like the Petaluma game,” Kirkpatrick said. “We were feeling very good after the Casa game. But I think overall we’re where we need to be.”
* Healdsburg is making its sixth straight playoff appearance. The Greyhounds lost to Miramonte, 27-20, in the Division III quarterfinals last year in Orinda.
* Encinal is the defending section champion and has won 22 of its past 23 games.
* Notable Encinal alums: Willie Stargell, Jimmy Rollins, Dontrelle Willis and Isaiah Rider.
* Notable Acalanes alum: Norm Van Brocklin.
* Analy is seeking its first postseason win since 2003. The Tigers have three first-round losses since 2005.