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Football playoffs: Breakdown and prediction for Division 5
OCVarsity's breakdown and prediction for Division 5 of the CIF-SS football playoffs.
Top seeded teams
1. Calabasas (10-0)
2. Capistrano Valley (9-1)
3. Paloma Valley (9-1)
4. La Quinta/La Quinta (7-3)
O.C. teams in this division
Analysis: Capistrano Valley’s up-tempo offense has gotten a ton of credit for the Cougars regular season success, but its defense is one of the most underrated units in Orange County. The Cougars are holding opponents to just eight points game, and in eight instances this year, they’ve held the opposition to 10 points or less. It’s a championship-caliber unit and as the No. 2 overall seed, Capo Valley very well could make a run behind them. That being said, there’s a monster of a team sitting at the top of the bracket in Calabasas. The Coyotes are filled with Division 1 talent across the field, including quarterback Tristan Gebbia (Nebraska), five-star defensive back Darnay Holmes and wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson Jr. (Nebraska). Troy would likely play Calabasas in the second round if it can get past St. Joseph on Friday night. Foothill and Capo Valley open against one another in the first round. The Knights have had injuries woes for much of the season and garnered an at-large bid despite their current four-game losing streak. Capo quarterback Kevin Brown has consistently put points up on the scoreboard, spreading the wealth to a deep receiving corps, which has allowed the defense to pin its ears back and attack. That equation brought home Capo's first outright league title since 1989. Can it bring home a CIF title next?
Champion game: Calabasas over Capistrano Valley