SOURCE: Northern California Football League

Northern California Football League

April 29, 2010 13:52 ET

Top-Ranked Minor League Football Teams Meet May 1 to Determine Number One in the Country

Northbay Rattlers and Pacifica Islanders, Ranked One and Two Respectively in 2009, Will Compete for 2010 Top National Ranking

BURLINGAME, CA--(Marketwire - April 29, 2010) -  The Northern California Football League (NCFL) announced today that their top two nationally ranked teams from the 2009 season, the Northbay Rattlers and the Pacifica Islanders, are both undefeated again at 4-0 and will play on May 1 in Santa Rosa, California.

The Northbay Rattlers quarterback, Albert Higgs, has already thrown for 548 yards on 36 completions in the first four games this season. Clint Merz, who has recorded 28 tackles and seven sacks this season, leads the top-ranked Rattlers defense.

The Pacifica Islanders offense has burned up the turf this season, leading the league with 1,508 yards of total offense. The Islanders passing attack is led by quarterback Jimmy Collins, who has passed for 497 yards on 34 completions.

"This is the biggest game of the year between the two best teams in the nation," said League Commissioner Gus Lopez. "If you are a football fan and want to see minor league football played at its highest level, this game cannot be missed."

The game will be played at Elsie Allen High School in Santa Rosa. Kickoff is at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available and can be purchased through the NCFL website or on the official team sites. For more information on the NCFL visit www.ncflfootball.com.

About the Northern California Football League (NCFL)
The NCFL was founded in 1996 as the Golden Coast Football League (GCFL) with four independent teams. It was renamed the Northern California Football League and has become the preeminent minor league football association in the country. The 2010 season includes 15 teams competing in two divisions during a 12-week season beginning in March. It is the goal of the NCFL to use sports to promote great sportsmanship and clean, family oriented football entertainment for everyone to enjoy in a safe environment. The League also contributes to the local communities that have allowed its teams to become a part of their families. Whether it's raising funds for a children's hospital or the American Red Cross, or making appearances in local schools to promote education, the NCFL lends a helping hand.

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