Football: Bishop Amat, Tesoro are in, Crespi out of Pac-5 playoffs [Updated]
The Southern Section seeding committee decided on Sunday to grant at-large berths to the Pac-5 Division playoffs to Bishop Amat and Tesoro, leaving Crespi out.
Crespi was 8-2 and tied for third place in the Serra League with Bishop Amat. Tesoro was 7-3 and was given third place in the South Coast League after tying with San Clemente and Trabuco Hills based on coin flips.
The key decision was that Tesoro made it ahead of Crespi on a point system. Bishop Amat owned a win over Crepsi, so it goes ahead of the Celts for the last at-large spot.
Among the ways the seeding committee decides at-large berths are overall strength of league, strength against common opponent, strength of schedule, won-loss record, head-to-head competition. Tesoro had a 3-1 edge over Crespi based on strength of schedule and strength of league. The Serra League was voted fourth-best league in the Pac-5 behind the Trinity, South Coast and Marmonte.
The football advisory committee that decided the strength of leagues was made up of Jim Benkert of Westlake, Raul Lara of Long Beach Poly and Jason Negro of St. John Bosco.
Lara said he supported the Serra League being ranked second best to the Trinity but got outvoted.
-- Eric Sondheimer