Football playoffs: Breakdown and prediction for Division 8
OCVarsity's breakdown and prediction for Division 8 of the CIF-SS football playoffs.
1. El Modena (9-1)
2. Northview of Covina (9-1)
3. Don Lugo of Chino Hills (8-2)
4. Garden Grove (8-2)
O.C. teams in this division
Brea Olinda (4-6)
Garden Grove (8-2)
Saddleback Valley Christian
Yorba Linda (8-2).
Non O.C. player to watch: Jarell Sykes, San Dimas, Sr., RB: He has rushed for 1,747 yards and 20 touchdown and is averaging 10 yards a carry.
Analysis: This division has plenty of good Orange County teams and fine O.C. players. El Modena, which has steadily climbed the O.C. top 25 to No. 16, won the North Hills League championship. The Vanguards’ only loss was to Crestview League champion Villa Park. Saddleback Valley Christian quarterback Cade Henjum is averaging 311 passing yards a game and has 38 touchdown passes. Sunny Hills running back Alex Jung is averaging 136 rushing yards a game. El Modena has running back/linebacker Dillon Keefe, one of the better two-way players in county football. El Modena has plenty of skill, momentum and confidence to take this division.
Champion: El Modena