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Birmingham looks to defend its City Open Division title with the No. 1 seed

It was one of the strangest Saturdays of Jim Rose’s coaching career. He is the head soccer coach of defending City Section Open Division champion Birmingham as well as the head coach of the girls flag soccer team. So there he waited to see what playoff seeding his teams would get while pulling double duty.

“It’s kind of cool,” he said.

The 11-member football team, as expected, received the No. 1 seed for the Open Division. Birmingham have not lost to a City Section opponent since 2017, winning 39 games in a row. Birmingham opens the eight-team tournament at home on November 9 against No. 8 Narbonne. No. 5 Granada Hills is located at No. 4 Carson, No. 6 Palisades is located at No. 3 Gardena and No. 7 San Pedro is located at No. 2 Garfield.

The Patriots flag football team drew the No. 7 seed in the first Open Division championship tournament.

The flag football tournament with sixteen teams starts on Wednesday. San Pedro is seeded No. 1 and Crenshaw is seeded No. 2. Birmingham will play No. 10 Bell at 3 p.m. Rose will schedule an 11-man workout after that game.

Banning was ranked No. 1 in Division I in eleven-man football, with Arleta ranked No. 1 in Division II and Bell ranked No. 1 in Division III.

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This story originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times.