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Football playoffs: Breakdown and prediction for Division 2

STAFF WRITER

OCVarsity's breakdown and predicition for Division 2 of the CIF-SS football playoffs:

DIVISION 2

Top-seeded teams

1. Heritage of Meniffee (10-0)
2. Murrieta Valley (8-2)
3.Oaks Christian (8-2)
4. Valencia of Valencia (8-2).

O.C. teams in this division

El Toro (4-6)
La Habra (6-4)
San Clemente (7-3)

Non-O.C. player to watch: Matt Corrall, Oaks Christian, Jr., QB. Corrall, who has committed to USC, has completed 64 percent of his passes for 3,205 yards and 22 touchdowns.

Analysis: Yes, it’s a drop in quality from Division 1 to Division 2. But there still are plenty of good teams in this division. Three Division 2 playoff teams are in CalHiSports.com’s California top 25. Murrieta Valley is No. 11 in the state, Oaks Christian is No. 14 and Heritage is No. 25. El Toro plays at Heritage in the first round. El Toro finished second in the Sea View League and is much better than its 4-6 record indicates. The Chargers played some tough teams in nonleague games. La Habra is not as good as it was last year or in previous years, especially on offense. The Highlanders have to play at third-seeded Oaks Christian. San Clemente has to forget about the 41-3 loss to Mission Viejo in Week 10. Mission Viejo can wallop plenty of good teams. San Clemente gets a first-round home game against Chino Hills in the first round Friday. The Tritons are Orange County’s best chance for the championship in Division 2. Murrieta Valley comes out of a fine league, the Southwestern League, so it is playoff-ready.

Champion: Murrieta Valley

 


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