The final four for next week’s CIF Southern Section D1 playoffs was set up nicely as No. 1 Mater Dei, No. 2 St. John Bosco, No. 3 Servite and No. 4 Corona Centennial all had big wins on Friday. There were a couple of near-upsets, but nothing among the top group of squads. Saturday results have now been included as well.
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(Rankings based on State Top 50 released last Monday)
(Through reported results of Friday, Nov. 12)
(Thanks to Northern California correspondent Daniel Poulter for contributions)
1. Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 9-0
Defeated No. 10 Norco 49-14 in CIF Southern Section D1 quarterfinals. Super soph Elijah Brown threw for six TDs on a reported 20 of 25 for 364 yards (OC Register). Monarchs travel to No. 4 Centennial (Corona) for next week’s semifinals.
2. St. John Bosco (Bellflower) 10-1
Defeated No. 12 Los Alamitos 63-38 in CIFSS D1 quarterfinals. The defense gave up some passing plays, but run game on offense was at spectacular level with nearly 600 yds (according to LA Times). Rayshon Luke had 235 yards on just nine carries. Braves play No. 3 Servite next in rematch of game from just two weeks ago that Bosco won 24-10.
3. Servite (Anaheim) 9-2
Defeated No. 11 Santa Margarita (Rancho SM) 34-3 in CIFSS D1 quarterfinals. Tetairoa McMillan continues to look like top two-way (offense-defense) standout in California with three interceptions, including an 87-yard pick six. Up next: Bosco in the semis.
4. Centennial (Corona) 11-0
Defeated No. 5 Mission Viejo 62-16 in CIFSS D1 quarterfinals. The separation between the Huskies and the Diablos wasn’t portrayed as being that great in recent weeks, but it was huge when they finally played. Isaiah Carter ran for two TDs and threw for two more. Centennial will now look to pull a surprise next week vs. Mater Dei and the game will be at home.
5. Mission Viejo 9-2
LOST to No. 4 Centennial (Corona) 62-16 in CIFSS D1 quarterfinals. Despite the score, the Diablos may stay fifth in the next rankings with the wins they have and a less-than-impressive win by No. 6 St. Francis.
6. St. Francis (Mountain View) 9-0
The Lancers survived 56-28 in a first round CIF Central Coast Section D1 contest with Aptos. It was 28-28 heading into the fourth quarter. Viliami Teu had 281 yards on 24 carries and Camilo Arquette had 111 on 12. St. Francis advances to CCS D1 semis vs Menlo-Atherton.
7. De La Salle (Concord) 9-2
The Spartans had little issue in a 49-13 victory over James Logan (Union City). They were up 35-3 at halftime. DLS now plays Pittsburg for CIF North Coast Section Open Division title. The team has not lost in an NCS title game since 1991.
8. Rocklin 11-0
Top CIF Sac-Joaquin Section D1 side rolled to a 42-0 victory over Sheldon (Sacramento). Thunder plays St. Mary’s (Stockton) next week in the semifinals.
9. Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth) 7-4
Jason Jones reached the end zone four times as Sierra Canyon advanced in CIFSS D2 playoffs with a 48-23 victory over No. 36 Vista Murrieta (Murrieta). The Thunder gets No. 18 Orange Lutheran in the semis.
10. Norco 8-3
LOST to No. 1 Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 49-14 in CIFSS D1 quarterfinals. A Kyle Crum TD pass gave Norco a 7-0 lead to start the game. Head to head win vs. Santa Margarita should keep team highly ranked.
11. Santa Margarita (Rancho SM) 6-5
LOST to No. 3 Servite of Anaheim 34-3 in CIFSS D1 quarterfinals. Beating Los Al early and then Orange Lutheran to end regular season still will keep this team up high in the rankings.
12. Los Alamitos 9-2
LOST to No. 2 St. John Bosco 63-38 in CIFSS D1 playoffs. Juniors Malachi Nelson and Makai Lemon hooked up for three TDs but there was just no stopping the Braves’ offense.
13. Carlsbad 11-0
A second straight San Diego Section Open Division title berth was gained by the Lancers, who made a statement with a 44-7 victory over No. 37 Torrey Pines.
14. Alemany (Mission Hills) 7-3
This team used a 33-10 first half to power past No. 21 Bishop Amat (La Puente) 54-38 in CIFSS D2 quarterfinals. The Warriors next take on No. 22 Inglewood in the semis. Floyd Chalk had 291 rushing yards and five touchdowns for Alemany.
15. Serra (San Mateo) 10-1
Defeated Valley Christian (San Jose) 42-31 on Saturday in CCS D1 quarterfinals. The No. 2 seed Padres advanced to a semifinal matchup next week against No. 3 seed Bellarmine.
16. Buchanan (Clovis) 10-1
The Bears welcomed back Fresno State commit Jayden Mandal under center and they rolled to a 35-3 victory over Clovis North (Fresno) in the CIF Central Section D1 playoffs. Up next is welcoming formerly ranked Liberty (Bakersfield).
17. Cathedral Catholic (San Diego) 8-2*
The Dons blasted No. 21 Mission Hills of San Marcos 38-10 to head into the San Diego Open Division final. They will take on No. 13 Carlsbad.
18. Lutheran (Orange) 8-4
Defeated No. 24 Corona del Mar (Newport Beach) 38-14 in CIFSS D2 quarterfinals. Logan Gonzalez had 271 yards passing and four TDs. Up next in the semis will be Sierra Canyon.
19. Edison (Huntington Beach) 8-4
LOST to No. 22 Inglewood 22-16. The defensive pressure applied by the Sentinels was too much for the Chargers in the CIFSS D2 quarterfinal loss.
20. Mission Hills (San Marcos) 8-3
The season came to a close for Mission Hills, as the Grizzlies fell to No. 17 Cathedral Catholic (San Diego) 38-10 in the CIF San Diego Section Open Division semifinals.
21. Bishop Amat (La Puente) 8-4
Having to turn to third string QB Richie Munoz after No. 2 Hunter Watson went down with an injury, Bishop Amat fell for the second time this season to No. 14 Alemany (Mission Hills), with this defeat coming in the CIFSS D2 quarterfinals by a score of 54-38.
22. Inglewood 10-0*
Defeated No. 19 Edison (Huntington Beach) 22-16 in CIFSS D2 quarterfinals. The Sentinels are the only public school among the four CIFSS D2 semifinalists. They will play Alemany (Mission Hills) next.
23. Pittsburg 8-1
The Pirates advanced to the North Coast Section Open Division title game with a 69-7 victory over Amador Valley (Pleasanton). Pittsburg will have a crack at No. 7 De La Salle (Concord) next. Thirty years ago (1991) Pitt was the school that cracked the Spartans 35-27 in that game.
24. Corona del Mar (Newport Beach) 9-3
LOST to No. 18 Orange Lutheran 38-14 in CIFSS D2 quarterfinals. David Rasor threw for two TDs to lead the Sea Kings.
25. Central (Fresno) 8-1
The Grizzlies breezed past Hanford 62-12 after scoring 21 points in the first quarter. They will next take on San Joaquin Memorial (Fresno) in the Central Section Division 1 playoffs.
Bellarmine (San Jose) 8-3
Defeated Los Gatos 34-27 in CCS D1 quarterfinals. Bells took down previously unbeaten Wildcats on a 94-yard pick six in the final seconds by Thomas Divittorio.
Central Catholic (Modesto) 10-1
The Raiders survived a real scare from Lodi, as Aiden Taylor scored on an 18-yard run with 40 seconds remaining for the 38-34 victory in the CIF SJS D2 playoffs.
After jumping out to a 28-7 lead after three quarters on Loyola (Los Angeles), the Eagles survived a late surge from the Cubs. The Eagles took the 28-21 victory and advanced in CIFSS D3 playoffs.
Head coach Paul Doherty had starting quarterback Tyler Tremain back under center and the team looked a lot like itself. The Bulldogs pulled away in the second half for a 38-14 victory over Lincoln (Stockton) in the SJS D1 quarterfinals.
LOST to Apple Valley 17-15 on Saturday in CIFSS D3 playoffs.
Granite Bay 8-2
In one of the few upsets of the night, the No. 2 seed in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division 2 playoffs was upended by Monterey Trail (Elk Grove) 35-24.
Jesuit (Carmichael) 10-1
Defeated Del Oro (Loomis) 40-6 on Saturday in SJS D1 quarterfinals. Can the Marauders now avenge a 56-7 loss to Folsom from their first game next week in semifinals?
Lincoln (San Diego) 7-2*
Defeated Eastlake (Chula Vista) 41-31 in SD Sec D1 playoffs.
Long Beach Poly (Long Beach) 7-3
The Jackrabbits, No. 1 seed for the CIFSS D4 playoffs, took care of Upland in a 49-3 blowout.
Mater Dei Catholic (Chula Vista) 9-0*
Team advances to the semifinals of the San Diego Section Division III playoffs with a 55-0 blanking of El Capitan (Lakeside).
San Joaquin Memorial (Fresno) 9-0
Defeated Garces (Bakersfield) 35-10 in Central Sec D1 playoffs. Plays No. 25 Central (Fresno) next in semifinals.
Serra (Gardena) 7-4
The Cavs were down 7-0 after the first quarter, but rallied off 34 unanswered points to rout Foothill (Santa Ana) 34-7 in CIFSS D3 playoffs.
St. Mary’s (Stockton) 10-2
Defeated state No. 36 Edison (Stockton) 29-23 in SJS D1 quarterfinals. The Rams survived three big-play TDs for the Vikings with a rushing attack that was hard to stop.
Vista Murrieta (Murrieta) 9-3
LOST to No. 9 Sierra Canyon 48-23 in CIFSS D2 playoffs. Sierra Canyon is one of three private schools out of four that will be in CIFSS D2 semifinals.
Warren (Downey) 8-1
Season complete. Owns win vs Serra (Gardena). Playoff loss to Corona del Mar.
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