No. 1 Mater Dei & No. 2 St. John Bosco both opened their CIF Southern Section D1 title bids with easy wins. Mission Viejo and Los Alamitos were the other big winners in that bracket. The big stunner of the night was in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section where unbeaten No. 11 St. Mary’s of Stockton was upset, 51-50, by Turlock. Saturday result for No. 4 Serra of San Mateo now added.
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(After games of Saturday, Nov. 12)
(Thanks to correspondent Daniel Poulter for contributing writeups and scores this season.)
1. Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 11-0
Defeated No. 10 JSerra of SJ Capistrano, 54-14, in CIF Southern Section D1 quarterfinals. The Friday game will not be the last game for head coach Bruce Rollinson at Santa Ana Bowl. The longtime mentor of Monarchs announced on Thursday that this will be his final season. Although JSerra only lost 21-13 earlier in the season to Mater Dei, the players didn’t take any chances. The Monarchs led 34-7 at halftime. Jordon Davison rushed for three TDs (the last one from 66 yards). Elijah Brown threw for two TDs and ran for one.
2. St. John Bosco (Bellflower) 10-1
Defeated No. 14 Orange Lutheran, 49-14, in CIFSS D1 quarterfinals. OLu was tied 7-7 after the first quarter before the Braves poured in on in the second quarter. Pierce Clarkson threw two TD passes to Matayo Uiagalelei and two to Israel Polk. Bosco will play Mission Viejo in one semifinal next week with Mater Dei taking on Los Alamitos in the other.
3. Centennial (Corona) 9-2
LOST to No. 8 Mission Viejo, 31-28, in CIFSS D1 quarterfinals. The Huskies fell behind 13-0 in their public school CIFSS showdown, but got going on a 65-yard punt return TD by Tayten Beyer. They had two chances at the end for a go-ahead score, but one was stopped on a fourth down incomplete pass while the other was on an interception.
4. Serra (San Mateo) 11-0
The Padres got going quickly in the CIF Central Coast Section D1 playoffs as top seed with a Saturday contest at home against No. 8 seed Palma of Salinas. They led 35-0 heading into the second quarter and won 57-7. Serra will now play another team from Salinas, Salinas High (10-1), in the semifinals.
5. Los Alamitos 9-2
Defeated No. 7 Long Beach Poly, 52-42, in the CIFSS D1 quarterfinals. The Griffins scored three straight times in the first half to go from a 13-7 deficit to a 27-13 lead and never really relinquished the favored position for the rest of the game. Damian Henderson led the offense with 228 yards rushing and four TDs. Malachi Nelson and Makai Lemon also hooked up for a pair of scores.
6. Folsom 10-1
While there were some wild scores in the Sac-Joaquin Section on Friday, the Bulldogs had a calm evening with a 52-8 blowout of Sheldon of Sacramento. Greco Carrillo had a blocked punt and returned the loose ball 40 yards to put Folsom up 21-0 early in the second quarter. Folsom will welcome No. 32 Central Catholic (Modesto) next week in the D1 semifinals, a Raiders’ side that upended No. 24 Monterey Trail (Elk Grove).
7. Long Beach Poly (Long Beach) 10-1
LOST to No. 5 Los Alamitos, 52-42, in the CIFSS D1 quarterfinals. Darius Curry threw for two TDs (one 81 yards to fellow junior Jason Robinson) while Kamarie Smith scored on a kickoff return TD to lead the Jackrabbits. This was a huge step-up season for Poly despite the loss and a massive number of returnees will be back next season.
8. Mission Viejo 10-1
Defeated No. 3 Corona Centennial, 31-28, in the CIFSS D1 quarterfinals. This was a major reversal of a year ago when the Diablos fell to the Huskies, 62-16. Kadin Semonza threw for two TDs and caught one from Mikey Matthews on a trick play. Semonza’s 40-yard TD to Edward Schultz in the fourth quarter gave Mission the lead and the defense came up with two stops after that.
9. Inglewood 12-0
Defeated No. 25 Rancho Cucamonga, 13-7, in CIFSS D2 quarterfinals. The Sentinels will be the only non-Mission League team in next week semifinals. They needed two TDs in the second half to gain that distinction against the Cougars and got them on TD passes from Husan Longstreet to Terrell Bradshaw. Inglewood also ran out the last 4:10 of the game. Up next will be Chaminade (West Hills) in the semifinals.
10. JSerra (SJ Capistrano) 6-6
LOST to No. 1 Mater Dei of Santa Ana, 54-14, in CIFSS D1 quarterfinals. It was the second loss of the year for the Lions against the Monarchs, but much different than the 21-13 game that opened the Trinity League. Clarence Chaney had a pick six to account for one of JSerra’s TDs.
11. St. Mary’s (Stockton) 10-1
In what ranks as the upset of the year so far in the state, the Rams lost in the CIFSJS D1 quarterfinals, 51-50, to a Turlock team that did win last week 35-0 over Edison of Stockton, but was just 7-4 overall. St. Mary’s led 50-43 with 3:49 left, but a missed field goal gave the Bulldogs a lift. They scored with 1:11 left on a 24-yard pass from Cole Gilbert to Peter Mello, then went for a two-point conversion and got it on a pop pass over the middle from Gilbert to Andrew Johnson. St. Mary’s still had time left and was looking for a game-winning field goal, but with 18 seconds left an interception by Turlock’s Johnson sealed it. Gilbert, who accounted for six TDs in the game, also helped the team go 4-for-4 in two-point conversions to end the game. He ran for two them, passed for one and caught one on a trick play.
12. De La Salle (Concord) 7-3
The perennial powers are once again headed to the CIF North Coast Section championships, as the Spartans made quick work of James Logan (Union City) in a 40-14 blowout on Friday. The Spartans will welcome No. 13 Pittsburg next week in the North Coast Section Open Division title game. The winner auto qualifies for a NorCal bowl game while the loser would then play the D1 champion (it’s a split bracket for the Open & D1 teams) for a spot in a bowl game.
13. Pittsburg 9-1
It was no slow start for the Pirates after playing the same team in back-to-back weeks, as Pittsburg blasted rivals Antioch 55-22 in the semifinals of the North Coast Section Open Division. Four-star quarterback Jaden Rashada was back from an illness last week and threw three touchdown passes in the blowout. The senior recently decommitted from Miami and committed to Florida. Pitt will have its best chance in the past 30 years to knock off De La Salle (Concord) next week.
14. Lutheran (Orange) 7-5
LOST to No. 2 St. John Bosco (Bellflower), 49-14, in CIFSS D1 quarterfinals. Jackson Weng had a 2-yard run in the first quarter to tie the score at 7-7. The other TD came after the Lancers had recovered an onside kick to start the second half.
15. Lincoln (San Diego) 10-1
Defeated No. 29 Madison (San Diego), 23-0. Two weeks after beating Madison 24-12 in what was then a No. 1 vs. No. 2 for the San Diego Section, the Hornets did even better. They pitched a shutout in the CIF San Diego Section Open Division semifinal playoffs behind linebacker D.J. Peevy (USC commit), who had two sacks. Makhi Gray also had a big night with a 45-yard TD catch and a 27-yard TD run. The Hornets will now play No. 17 Carlsbad next week at Snapdragon Stadium for the Open Division section title.
16. Edison (Huntington Beach) 9-2*
Season complete. This is the highest ranked of the CIFSS D1 teams that had its season end in a loss last weekend (the other was Santa Margarita). The Chargers fell 38-37 to Orange Lutheran (a team they beat earlier in the season). Their only other loss was to Los Alamitos.
17. Carlsbad 10-1
Defeated No. 41 Poway 37-0 on Thursday in CIF SD Open Division semifinals. The Lancers are the top seed and showed that Poway maybe shouldn’t have been the fourth team in the bracket (we have had Cathedral Catholic ranked higher) despite being 9-0 (10-0 counting forfeits). Julian Sayin passed for two TDs and ran for another score.
18. Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth) 8-4
The Trailblazers jumped out to an early lead behind the legs of Dane Dunn, as the running back scored the first five touchdowns in the 49-16 blowout victory over No. 19 Serra (Gardena) in CIFSS D2 quarterfinals. The Trailblazers have now made the semifinals of the CIFSS playoffs for the 10th time in the past 12 seasons. Dunn had 20 carries for 271 yards and five total touchdowns.
19. Serra (Gardena) 8-4**
The season came to a close for the talented side from Gardena, as Serra had no answer for No. 18 Sierra Canyon in a 49-16 rout in the CIFSS D2 quarterfinals. Serra started strong with a Cincere Rainey touchdown from the six-yard line less than one minute into the game, but the Cavaliers would only manage nine more points.
20. Oak Hills (Hesperia) 11-1
LOST in CIFSS D2 quarterfinal game on Friday at home, 64-27, against No. 23 Bishop Amat. The undefeated season came to a close for Oak Hills, as the Bulldogs had little answers for the red hot Lancer offense.
21. Santa Margarita (Rancho SM) 5-5*
Season complete. Along with No. 16 Edison (Huntington Beach), the Eagles will be a highly ranked CIFSS D1 team that will be written up this way for several more weeks. They lost last week to JSerra in the first round (which like Edison defeated the team they lost to earlier in the season).
22. Chaminade (West Hills) 10-2
Defeated No. 38 Citrus Valley of Redlands, 38-28, in CIFSS D2 quarterfinals. Marquis Gallegos had an interception return TD and Ryon Sayeri booted a 49-yard field goal as the first half clock expired to spark the Eagles. Up next will be unbeaten Inglewood.
23. Bishop Amat (La Puente) 9-3
The Lancers are heading back to the playoff semifinals for the first time since 2015, as they cruised to a 64-27 victory over previously undefeated No. 20 Oak Hills in the CIFSS D2 quarterfinals. Bishop Amat scored 70 points last week against Murrieta Valley and continues to be one of the top offenses in the CIFSS D2 playoffs. Aiden Ramos had 106 yards rushing and four TDs.
24. Monterey Trail (Elk Grove) 7-3
The Mustangs fell behind early to No. 32 Central Catholic (Modesto) and never recovered in the CIFSJS D2 playoffs. Their season came to a close with a 59-29 defeat at the hands of the Raiders.
25. Rancho Cucamonga 9-3
LOST to No. 9 Inglewood, 13-7, in the CIFSS D2 quarterfinals on Friday. The only score for the Cougars came on a TD pass from C.J. Tiller to Jason Harris. It was the second straight defensive slugfest after last week’s 14-10 win against Oaks Christian.
TEAMS ON THE BUBBLE
Cathedral Catholic (San Diego) 6-5
The Dons finally got over .500 for the season with a 30-10 win vs Torrey Pines (SD) in the SD D1 playoffs. Mater Dei Catholic will be next in the semifinals.
Central Catholic (Modesto) 8-4
No home game? No problem for the battle-tested Raiders, as Central Catholic raced to a 56-29 victory over No. 24 Monterey Trail in SJS D1 quarterfinals. Tyler Jacklich was the difference as the running back had 288 rushing yards and four touchdowns. Central Catholic heads to No. 6 Folsom next week.
Corona del Mar (Newport Beach) 9-3
David Rasor connected on six touchdown passes to five different receivers, as Corona del Mar pushed past Chaparral of Temecula 41-28 in the CIFSS D3 quarterfinals. Game was close at halftime, as the Sea Kings had only a 20-14 advantage. Corona del Mar will face off with undefeated Yorba Linda next week.
Citrus Valley (Redlands) 9-3
LOST to No. 22 Chaminade (West Hills), 38-28, in CIFSS D2 quarterfinals. The Blackhawks had a tough time stopping the Chaminade rushing attack, but stayed in the game with its own offense’s ability to move the ball and score.
Clovis West (Fresno) 10-1
Defeated Clovis 24-21 on Thursday in CIF Central Section D1 playoffs. It was much closer than 29-0 against the same team two weeks ago, but the Golden Eagles advanced. The highlight was a 99-yard TD pass from Tyler Patrick to Marshel Sanders that tied a state record. Clovis West will host San Joaquin Memorial in the semifinals next week at Lamonica Stadium.
Liberty (Bakersfield) 9-2
Defeated St. Joseph of Santa Maria, 49-13, on Thursday in CIF Central Section D1 playoffs. After St. Joe used 14 plays on its first series to take a 6-0 lead, Xander Chisolm ran back the ensuing kickoff for a TD and just like that it was a 7-6 lead for the Patriots. They went on to lead 35-6 at halftime. Defending champion Liberty plays Buchanan next Friday in Clovis in the semifinals.
Madison (San Diego) 9-2
LOST to No. 15 Lincoln (SD), 23-0, on Friday in SD Section Open Div semifinals. Both losses for Madison this season ended up coming against Lincoln.
Bryson Davis scored on a 47-yard touchdown in the opening two minutes and the rout was on for Manteca, as the Buffaloes blew out Vacaville 42-0 in the second round of the SJS D2 playoffs. Davis had a game high three touchdowns in the victory. Up next is a matchup with Rocklin.
McClymonds (Oakland) 8-1*
Defeated Oakland Tech 41-6 on Thursday to win 13th straight Oakland Athletic League title. The Warriors (only loss to Pitt) will now go to the Oakland Section playoffs where they will likely play Tech again in the final. Jaivian Thomas rushed for 297 yards and scored four touchdowns.
Oaks Christian (Westlake Village) 7-4
Season complete. CIFSS D2 playoff loss was to Rancho Cucamonga. Win over Sierra Canyon during regular season.
San Clemente 7-4
Season complete. CIFSS D2 playoff loss was by one point to Chaminade (West Hills). Team owns regular season win over Corona del Mar.
San Joaquin Memorial (Fresno) 9-2
Defeated Central of Fresno 28-21 on Thursday in Central Section D1 quarterfinals. Brandon Ramirez was sensational with 30 carries for 329 yards and three TDs. He also had an interception with 3:11 left in the game. The Panthers play Clovis West in the semifinals next Friday at Lamonica Stadium.
St. Bonaventure (Ventura) 7-4
Season complete. CIFSS D2 playoff loss was to Oak Hills (Hesperia). Won Marmonte League over Bishop Diego and Oaks Christian.
St. Francis (Mountain View) 8-3
Sacred Heart Cathedral (SF) came extremely close once again in its attempts to upend the Lancers, but St. Francis advancee to the semifinals of the CCS D1 playoffs with a 17-14 victory over the Fightin Irish. Kingston Keanaaina scored on a four-yard rush with eight minutes remaining in the contest to pull off the victory. St. Francis will welcome Archbishop Mitty next week.
Defeated No. 11 St. Mary’s (Stockton) 51-50 in SJS D1 playoffs. Other wins vs Clayton Valley (Concord) & Rocklin. Losses to Clovis West, Central (Fresno), Manteca and Downey (Modesto).
West Ranch (Valencia) 11-1
This team went into the halftime break up 14-0 in the CIFSS D3 playoffs, but Upland then scored 21 unanswered and Ryan Staub eventually needed a 3-yard pass to Brady Van Bennekum to force overtime. In the extra time, though, Upland scored and got a stop to win the game 28-21 and end West Ranch’s season.
Yorba Linda 12-0
While many undefeated teams saw their seasons come to a close on Friday evening, Yorba Linda wasn’t one of them. The Mustangs held off a fierce fourth quarter from Palos Verdes and defeated the Sea Kings 30-26 in CIFSS D3 quarterfinals. Palos Verdes scored 20 points in the final frame before falling. The eventual game winning score was on a 40-yard pass from Charlie Beuerlein to Devin Jones with eight minutes remaining.
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