High school sports

Two locals advance to semis

BOLSA GRANDE’S Phu Nguyen is chased by Whittier Christian players in CIF-SS quarterfinal playoff game Friday night (Orange County Tribune photo by Jim Tortolano).

Two of the remaining five high school football teams in The Tribune’s coverage area won their quarterfinal games Friday night and will advance to the CIF-SS semifinals on Nov. 18.

Orange defeated San Juan Hills 34-18 in Division 6 play. The Panthers (10-2) will meet Loyola, a 17-14 winner over Culver City.

Western (10-1) beat Martin Luther King High of Riverside, 26-14 in a Division 7 contest. The Pioneers will take on Laguna Hills, which beat Ontario Christian 35-14.

In a high-scoring Division 9 game, Norte Vista of Riverside outlasted Garden Grove 33-27 in overtime. The Argonauts finish the season with a 9-2 mark and as champions of the Big 4 League.

Westminster fell to Rim of the World of Lake Arrowhead 20-13 in Division 11. The Lions finish the season at 9-2 and runners-up in the Big 4 League.

Bolsa Grande led twice in the first half but ended up losing 28-21 to Whittier Christian. The Matadors compiled a 6-6 record, the best for the school in over a decade. With a third-place finish in the Garden Grove League, Bolsa made history by qualifying for the CIF-SS football playoffs for the first time in 34 years.

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