Corona del Mar quarterback Chase Garbers throws a touchdown pass during a game against Trabuco Hills. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Fotoball playoffs: Preview of Corona del Mar vs. Lompoc


OCVarsity's preview of Friday's CIF-SS football playoff games. 



Lompoc (12-0) vs. Corona del Mar (11-1)

Where, when: Estancia High, Friday, 7 p.m.

Outlook: Corona del Mar reached tonight’s semifinal with a 49-48 win over Colony of Ontario last week. Senior quarterback Chase Garbers, committed to Cal, has passed for 3,370 yards and 42 touchdowns with only four interceptions. Tae Le leads a fine corps of receivers with 67 receptions for 1,182 yards and 21 touchdowns. Against Colony, Dylan Tucker returned two kickoffs for touchdowns and J.T. Murphy rushed for 198 yards. Lompoc, seeded second in the division, has playoff wins of 65-0 over Carter of Rialto in the first round and 46-0 over Etiwanda in the second round. Junior running back Toa Taua (5-10, 210) has rushed for 1,739 yards and 28 touchdowns and is averaging 10 yards a carry. Corona del Mar’s most-recent trip to a CIF-SS final was in 2013, when the Sea Kings won their third championship in a row. Lompoc has played in 13 CIF-SS football championships, most recently in 2011. The winner plays the Sierra Canyon-Charter Oak of Covina winner in the championship game.

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