It was a rough night last Friday for area high school football teams in the first round of the CIF-SS playoffs.
Six of eight teams suffered defeats, but two survived and will play this Friday in second round action.
Garden Grove High (10-1), the Big 4 champion, defeated West High of Torrance 46-22 and will travel to south county to play Aliso Niguel (10-1), the second place team from the Sea View League, in a Division 9 contest.
The Wolverines are mostly a passing team. They are led by Kyle Robertston, who has thrown for 2026 yards this year and 26 touchdowns with just one interception. The chief running threat for Aliso is Eduardo Maven, with 708 yards rushing and seven running scores.
Aliso’s sole loss was a 38-0 shellacking from San Juan Hills, a team that beat Edison in the opening playoff round.
The winners of Friday’s clash will advance to the semifinals on Nov. 16 against the winners of the Palm Desert-San Gorgonio clash.
Western High (9-2), co-champs of the Pac-4, will journey to Fontana to play Jurupa Hills (8-3) in a Division 11 matchup. The Pioneers won their first round game 56-21 over Patriot High of Riverside.
The Spartans are the third place team from the San Andreas League. Zane Scarbrough has passed for 1607 yards and 15 touchdowns, but has been intercepted five times and had a completion percentage of .483. But he is also a threat to run. He’s rushed for 594 yards and 13 scores.
The prize for the winner of that game will be a trip to the semifinals against the winner of the Beaumont-Pasadena game.
Wetter luck next time
The last two local teams involved in CIF-SS boys’ water polo playoffs were knocked out on Saturday.
In Division 3, Edison lost 15-4 to Los Osos and in D-6, Culver City slipped past Los Amigos 12-10.
Bye, bye Bolsa Stadium
After more than a half-century of service, the stadium at Bolsa Grande High School in Garden Grove will be coming down. The 5,000-seat bowl will be replaced by a much more modern facility, similar to – but not identical to – Michael Monsoor Stadium on the Garden Grove High School campus.
Monsoor is said to seat 4,000 people; the new Bolsa facility will accommodate 5,000.
According to Abby Milone, public information officer for the Garden Grove Unified School District, construction will start immediately, as all the schools which use that facility for home football games – Bolsa, Rancho Alamitos and La Quinta – have completed their seasons.
No proposals for a special name have been submitted. Monsoor is named after a 1999 GGHS grad that won a posthumous Medal of Honor for bravery in Iraq in 2006.
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