If it’s mid-November, it must be CIF-SS playoff and finals times. All six of our local football teams for the Garden Grove-Huntington Beach-Westminster area won their first round games and will be in action again on Friday.
A quick look at the lineup for this week for quarterfinal action. Stadium locations are not firm yet; we’ll have more information later in the week. All games on Friday … probably.
- Division 2: Edison (7-3) will host Oaks Christian (9-2), probably at Huntington Beach High.
- Division 6: Fountain Valley (7-4) at Golden Valley (6-5) at Canyon/Canyon Country High.
- Division 8: Garden Grove (8-3) will host Silverado (10-1).
- Division 10: Pacifica (10-1) at Valley View (8-3).
- Division 11: Westminster (8-3) at Covina (9-2).
- Division 13: Rio Hondo Prep (7-3) at Orange (9-2), at Fred Kelly Stadium at El Modena High. Webb (9-2) at La Quinta (10-1), probably at Bolsa Grande High.
The best second-round draw for any of our locals is probably La Quinta’s game against The Webb Schools. If that name sounds familiar, it’s probably because those two teams played earlier this season, with the Aztecs crushing the Gauls 51-14.
That’s not the only rematch coming up on Friday. Edison will face Oaks Christian again, having lost to the Lions 24-19 back on Sept. 1. Is that an advantage or a handicap? We will see.
The team which seems to have the best path to a CIF title is Pacifica, especially after the Mariners’ 57-21 mauling of Whittier last Friday,
But, of course, coaches have to play down their chances; don’t want the team to get over-confident.
“It’s a win. We’ll take it,” said Vinnie Lopez after the one-sided contest. “But we have to play a little bit better football than we did tonight, that’s for sure.”
He added “We made a couple of mistakes on offense, we gave them that first touchdown. We didn’t move the ball as fluidly in the first half as I would have liked. That’s just us playing a little tight. I think the guys had nerves. On defense, we have to get better at swarming and wrapping up.”
We also think Westminster could be in for a good run. The Lions have already beaten two teams that are in the playoffs and come very close against two others. They have a very balanced offense and a strong defense.
Mariners moving and moving up
The Pacifica boy’s water polo team won the CIF-SS Division 6 crown on Saturday in Irvine, and both the PHS cross country teams did well in CIF prelims on Friday and Saturday to advance to the finals this coming Saturday in Riverside.
Shea Smith finished with a time of 16:24 and Adrian Acosta at 16:43 in the boys’ Division 3. Audrey Simpson finished with 19:11 and Emily Leeb with 19:17 in girls Division 3.
The boys’ team finished 12th in their division and the girls’ 11th.
For more on that, go to: https://cifss.org/sport-news/2017-cifss-ford-cross-country-prelims-finals-general-information/.
Cry me a Rivers, once again
If there’s a football team more snake-bit than my fantasy football team (losers of three close games in a row) it’s got to be the Los Angeles Chargers.
How do you intercept the other team’s quarterback twice in the closing minutes and manage to still lose the game? And to make matters worse, the winning kick was made by a guy that the Chargers had cut earlier in the season.
As our president would say – or tweet – “Sad. Very sad.”
Monday Morning Coach is written by Pete Zarustica.