High school sports

A football season unlike others

NICO BROWN caught three TD passes for Edison, which narrowly lost to Los Alamitos for the Sunset League crown. Nevertheless, the Chargers finish atop our final High Five ranking (OC Tribune photo).

The COVID-shortened high school football season is over and with no playoffs, the 2020-2021 campaign is in the books.

Five teams in our area won league championships. Here’s how the league races ended up for area squads. Overall record listed first, followed by league mark. In some cases they are the same.

  • Big 4: Marina is the champion, finishing with an overall record of 5-1, 3-0 in league. Following were Segerstrom (2-1,2-1), Garden Grove (3-3, 1-2) and Katella (2-3, 0-3)
  • Empire: There was three-way tie for the title among Pacifica, Cypress and Tustin, all with 4-1 league marks. Pacifica was 4-2 overall.
  • Garden Grove: Rancho Alamitos (5-0, 3-0) is league champ. Following were Loara (4-1, 3-1), La Quinta (2-3, 2-2), Bolsa Grande (1-2, 1-2), Santiago (1-2, 1-2) and Loa Amigos (0-3, 0-3).
  • Orange: Western (5-0) won the league title, followed by Anaheim (4-1), Savanna (3-2), Magnolia (2-3), Century (1-4), Santa Ana Valley ((0-5).
  • Orange Coast: Santa Ana (6-0, 3-0) won the title with a 36-34 victory over Orange (5-1, 1-1). Following were Estancia (3-3, 1-2), Costa Mesa (0-5, 0-2). Calvary Chapel and Saddleback did not field teams.
  • Pac-4: Ocean View (4-2, 3-0) grabbed this banner. Westminster finished second (1-4, 1-1) in a conference reduced to three teams. Laguna Beach was 1-4 and 0-2.
  • Sunset: Los Alamitos (6-0, 5-0) won the crown, followed by Edison (5-1, 4-1), Corona del Mar (4-2, 3-2), Newport Harbor (2-4, 2-3), Huntington Beach (2-4, 1-4), Fountain Valley (0-6, 0-5).

Some final extra points

Considering the complications brought about by the coronavirus pandemic, the schools – including their administrators, coaches, teachers and students – did a remarkable job of being cautious but also keeping high school athletics alive in these very difficult circumstances. This was – we hope – a once in a century event, so our best wishes to the folks in 2120-21.

Our final High Five for prep football for The Tribune’s coverage area – schools serving Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Stanton and Westminster – has Edison as the number-one ranked team, followed by Pacifica, Marina, Rancho Alamitos and then Orange and Western tied for fifth. Almost making it are Ocean View and Garden Grove.

It’s ridiculously early to look ahead to the fall 2021 football season, but Pacifica and Garden Grove look well-stocked with sophomores and juniors to contend for league titles and more next year.

It will also be interesting to see how Orange will make up for the loss at quarterback of senior quarterback Daylen Pedroza, who led the Panthers to glory since he was a sophomore.

Poll watchers, attention

Here are the latest CIF-SS polls for spring sports as released on Monday. We are listing local teams serving the communities of Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Stanton and Westminster.


Division 6: La Habra is ranked number one. Garden Grove is eighth.


Division 1: Los Alamitos is ranked number one. Pacifica is third, Huntington Beach is seventh and Marina is ninth.

Division 6: Orange Vista is ranked number one. Rancho Alamitos is fifth. Garden Grove is seventh.


Division  1: Peninsula is ranked number one. Huntington Beach is fourth.

Division 5: Northview is ranked number one. Rancho Alamitos is fifth. Ocean View is seventh.


Division 1: Cathedral is ranked first. Edison received some votes.

Division 2: Valencia/Placentia is ranked first. Huntington Beach is second and Santiago is third.


Division 1: Harvard Westlake is ranked number one. Pacifica is tied for tenth (with San Juan Hills).

Division 2: Etiwanda is ranked number one. Marina is seventh.

Division 6: Desert Mirage is ranked number one. Bolsa Grande is ninth.

“Prep Sport Spotlight” is posted on Tuesdays during the high school athletic year. Coaches, parents, players, etc. are encouraged to send news, results, photos, etc. to us at orangecountytribune@gmail.com .



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