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Football playoffs: Previews of Friday's games

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Previews for games Friday in the second round of the CIF-SS football playoffs.

FRIDAY’S GAMES

Second round

DIVISION 1

Mater Dei (11-0) vs. Vista Murrieta (9-2)

Where, when: Vista Murrieta High, 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: Mater Dei is ranked No. 1 in California and No. 1 in USA Today’s national computer rankings. The Monarchs cruised to a 69-0 win over Tesoro in the first round. Sophomore quarterback JT Daniels has passed for 3,865 yardsand a county-record 58 touchdown passes this season. Vista Murrieta, ranked No. 24 in the state by CalHiSports.com, beat Bishop Amat of La Puente, 38-24, in the first round. Vista Murrieta quarterback Karson Greeley threw for 164 yards and ran for 116 yards and two touchdowns. The winner plays the Rancho Cucamonga-Mission Viejo winner in the semifinals. If Mater Dei wins, the Monarchs would be the home team against either opponent.

Rancho Cucamonga (11-0) vs. Mission Viejo (11-0)

Where, when: Mission Viejo High, 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: Mission Viejo has won 39 games in a row and is ranked No. 4 in California and No. 11 in USA Today’s computer rankings. Senior quarterback Matt McDonald has completed 65 percent of his passes for 2,420 yards and 36 touchdowns. Senior running back Colin Schooler has rushed for 1,010 yards and 18 touchdowns, and averages 12 yards a carry. Rancho Cucamonga senior running back Jaylon Redd, who committed to Oregon as a defensive back, has rushed for 1,658 yards and 24 touchdowns. Rancho Cucamonga, ranked No. 5 in the state, is averaging 43 points a game. The Cougars’ average margin of victory is 31 points.

St. John Bosco (9-2) vs. Santa Margarita (7-4)

Where, when: Saddleback College, 7 p.m.

Outlook: Santa Margarita produced one of the larger upsets in the first round with a 27-14 win over Serra of Gardena, which was ranked No. 9 in the state at the time. Chad Magyar rushed for 122 yards and three touchdowns against Serra to give him 1,018 yards for the season. Senior receiver Grant Calcaterra, who committed to Oklahoma, has 54 receptions for 906 yards and eight touchdowns. Eagles senior quarterback Richard Wagner has passed for 2,061 yards and 13 touchdowns. St. John Bosco junior quarterback Re-al Mitchell has thrown for 2,109 yards and 21 touchdowns and has rushed for 762 yards and 11 touchdowns.

- Previews by STEVE FRYER

DIVISION 2

San Clemente (8-3) at Heritage (11-0)

Where, when: Heritage High, 7 p.m.

Outlook: The Tritons beat Chino Hills, 36-13, to reach the second round for the third consecutive postseason. Recent USC commit quarterback Jack Sears will be a challenged by a Heritage defense that allows an average of 9.1 points a game. The Tritons average 37.5 points on offense. “They are fundamentally sound on defense and do an exceptional job of tackling in the open field,” San Clemente coach Jaime Ortiz said of top-seeded Heritage.

Redlands East Valley (9-2) at La Habra (7-4)

Where, when: La Habra High, 7 p.m.

Outlook: The Highlanders shook up the division by upsetting third-seeded Oaks Christian of Westlake Village, 35-28, in the first round. Quarterback Zack Fogel threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes in the victory. Redlands East Valley has a top QB in Armando Herrera (6-1, 195), who last week became the career passing leader in the Southern Section by pushing his total to 11,051 yards. On defense, UCLA commit defensive end Jaelan Phillips (6-5, 245) has 19 sacks. “Very talented and physical,” La Habra coach Frank Mazzotta said of the Wildcats.

- Previews by DAN ALBANO

DIVISION 3

Edison (10-1) vs. Buena Park (10-1)

Where, when: Huntington Beach High, 7 p.m.

Outlook: The premier county vs. county matchup of the second round pits the second-seeded Chargers against the Freeway League champion Coyotes. Edison throttled Buena Park, 38-0, at the beginning of last season, but this year’s Coyotes team appears to be playing on another level, getting it done on both sides of the football. In its six-game win streak, Buena Park’s defense hasn’t allowed more than 14 points. Senior defensive end Cedric Dashiell II posted 2.5 sacks against San Juan Hills last week, bringing his total to 21.5 on the season. Edison counters with what could be the best offensive line the Coyotes have seen this season. The Chargers have given quarterback Griffin O’Connor ample time to throw. The junior has tossed 18 touchdowns in the last four outings, and he is averaging 302 yards through the air in those games.

Los Alamitos (8-3) vs. Palos Verdes (7-4)

Where, when: Veterans Stadium, 7 p.m.

Outlook: Los Alamitos went on the road for the first round of the playoffs and forced three turnovers in a 19-14 win over Villa Park. Palos Verdes upset fourth-seeded St. Francis of La Canada, 38-37 last week, batting away a two-point conversion pass with 16 seconds remaining to secure its spot in the second round. Palos Verdes received 100-plus yard rushing performances from both Robert Gilbertson and Adison Umrarong a week ago, but the Griffins counter with defensive linemen Joey Noble and Connor O’Brien, who were consistently in the Villa Park backfield last week. The key for Los Alamitos will be quarterback Hayden Smith. If the senior can perform like he did in crunch time against Villa Park, the Griffins could be headed to their first semifinal appearance since 2004.

- Previews by KENNY CONNOLLY

DIVISION 4

Corona del Mar (10-1) vs. Colony of Ontario (8-3)

Where, when: Colony High , 7 p.m.

Outlook: Corona del Mar has won 10 in a row since a season-opening loss to Palos Verdes. The Sea Kings last week beat Murrieta Mesa, 41-20, as Cal-committed quarterback Chase Garbers threw three touchdown passes. The senior has thrown for 3,175 yards and 40 touchdowns with four interceptions. Junior receiver Tae Le has 61 receptions for 1,062 yards and 19 touchdowns. Colony, which finished second in the Mt. Baldy League, beat Palm Springs, 22-13, in the first round. Colony senior running back Nathan Tilford, who committed to Arizona, has rushed for 1,898 yards and 30 touchdowns.

- Previews by STEVE FRYER

DIVISION 5

Capistrano Valley (10-1) at Ventura (8-3)

Where, when: Ventura High, 7 p.m.

Outlook: Capistrano Valley’s defense shut down another opponent in a 26-8 victory against Foothill in the first round. The Sea View League champion racked up 10 sacks, including 3.5 by defensive end Zach Ritner. The junior has 17 sacks. Ventura features senior running back Broc Mortensen, who rushed for a season-high 256 yards in a 35-19 victory against Moorpark in the first round.

- Previews by DAN ALBANO

DIVISION 7

St. Margaret’s (9-2) vs. Norte Vista (9-2)

Where, when: St. Margaret’s High, 7 p.m.

Outlook: St. Margaret’s welcomed back quarterback George Krantz from a shoulder injury last week, and the senior completed 16 of 22 passes for 321 yards and six touchdowns in a 55-14 rout of North Torrance. Receivers Ryan Cragun and Auston Locke each hauled in 100-plus receiving yards, while running back Nick Krantz accounted for 84 total yards. Norte Vista’s offense revolves around running back Eric Melesio, who has rushed for 3,382 yards and 42 touchdowns. There should be no shortage of offense in this game.

Tustin (9-2) vs. San Gorgonio (8-3)

Where, when: Tustin High, 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: KC Carr ran for 192 yards and scored six touchdowns, two of them coming on defense, as Tustin defeated Huntington Beach, 42-27, in the first round. San Gorgonio dual-threat quarterback Kaleb Hayes tossed two touchdown passes and ran for 160 yards and a score in a 49-22 win over South Hills of West Covina last week. His favorite target, senior Tyreque Jones, might be the best athlete on the field tonight. The Boise State commit has 700-plus yards receiving in addition to solidifying the back end of the Spartans defense. San Gorgonio posted four shutouts and held two other foes to a touchdown. Carr and Co. will have their work cut out for them, but the Tillers’ double-wing offense can give defenses fits.

- Previews by KENNY CONNOLLY

DIVISION 8

El Modena (10-1) vs. Rio Mesa of Oxnard (6-5)

Where, when: Rio Mesa High, 7 p.m.

Outlook: Top-seeded El Modena has won seven in a row. The Vanguards are averaging 32 points a game. They defeated Sunny Hills, 35-13, in last week’s first round. Dillon Keefe has rushed for 1,107 yards and 19 touchdowns. Rio Mesa beat San Dimas, 20-0, in the first round last week. The winner plays the Yorba Linda-Garden Grove winner in the semifinals.

Yorba Linda (9-2) vs. Garden Grove (9-2)

Where, when: Garden Grove High, 7 p.m.

Outlook: Yorba Linda defeated Kaiser of Fontana, 45-12, in the first round. Mustangs quarterback Luke Wilson has thrown for 1,900 yards and 19 touchdowns. Sophomore receiver Ricky Lane has 47 receptions, five of those for touchdowns. Senior receiver Luke Adams has 41 catches. Garden Grove won another Garden Grove League championship. The fourth-seeded Argonauts are averaging 32 points a game. Last week they beat Laguna Hills, 34-24, in the first round. Argos senior quarterback Ruben Mendoza has passed for 1,489 yards and 17 touchdowns. Senior receiver Adam Johnson has 39 catches for 700 yards and nine touchdowns.

- Previews by STEVE FRYER

DIVISION 9

Woodbridge (5-6) vs. Antelope Valley (9-2)

Where, when: Antelope Valley High, 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: The Warriors scored 28 consecutive points behind running back Connor McBride and quarterback Spencer Weston to beat Cypress, 35-21, in the first round. The Warriors will need to get their passing attack going tonight to eliminate the eight- and nine-man fronts that teams like to use against McBride. In Antelope Valley’s last six outings, its defense has posted three shutouts and held the three other opponents to six points each. On offense, Antelope Valley’s attack starts with running back Okyeame Thompson, who has produced triple-digit rushing totals seven of the last eight weeks and has scored 19 times in that span.

- Previews by KENNY CONNOLLY

DIVISION 10

Beckman (7-4) vs. Rubidoux of Riverside (11-0)

Where, when: Rubidoux High, 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: Beckman continued its balanced play on offense in a 38-34 victory over Santa Fe in the first round. The Patriorts have been led by I’Jon Akahi and Jake Groves on the ground, and Dean Nagle’s passes to Willie Lajoie. The Patriots’ defense and special teams also made big contributions, with touchdowns via a blocked punt and a fumble recovery. Top-seeded Rubidoux ran for 476 yards and eight touchdowns as it defeated Viewpoint of Calabasas, 63-19, last week. It was the Falcons’ fourth win by more than 40 points in their last five games.

- Previews by ZACH CAVANAGH, Contributing writer

DIVISION 11

Katella (11-0) vs. Twentynine Palms (8-3)

Where, when: Glover Stadium, 7 p.m.

Outlook: Top-seeded Katella once again had huge days from their big three on offense last week in a 47-39 victory over Woodbridge. Quarterback Nathan Arrington, receiver James Faitasia and running back Francisco Pineda piled up 436 yards. Katella has averaged 52.8 points in its last five games. Twentynine Palms had won by large margins during the regular season before pulling out a come-from-behind win over Jurupa Hills of Fontana, 19-14, last week.

Rancho Alamitos (7-4) vs. Valley View of Moreno Valley (8-3)

Where, when: Valley View High, 7 p.m.

Outlook: Normally a balanced group, Rancho Alamitos’ passing game was its key in last week’s win 41-31 win over Heritage Christian of Northridge. Blake Culbert threw for 201 yards with 156 of those going to Jesse Candelario, who scored four touchdowns. The Vaqueros might need more of that against second-seeded Valley View. The Eagles have scored 69 and 77 points in its last two games.

- Previews by ZACH CAVANAGH, Contributing writer


DIVISION 12

Segerstrom (10-1) vs. Calvary Murrieta (9-2)

Where, when: Segerstrom High, 7 p.m.

Outlook: Segerstrom continued to ride its double-wing rushing attack to another win – 17-7 over Santa Ana Valley – in the first round. Denilson Santamaria, Kishon Allen and Julian Viglienty usually lead the way, but Keith Morales and JC Caravez stepped up to combine for 206 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Calvary Murrieta is averaging 40 points per game with an average margin of victory of nearly 37 points.

- Previews by ZACH CAVANAGH, Contributing writer


DIVISION 13

Godinez (7-4) vs. Rancho Christian of Temecula (9-2)

Where, when: Santa Ana Valley High, 7 p.m.

Outlook: The Godinez defense continued its trend of smothering opposing offenses in last week’s first round, holding La Puente to a first-quarter touchdown in a 34-7 victory. In the last eight outings, the Grizzlies defense has surrendered 50 points (6.25 points per game). Second-seeded Rancho Christian has scored at least 40 points a game during a six-game win streak, and boast a pair of game-changing running backs in Malosi Napoleon (1,147 yards) and Jaden Schieberl (930 yards) who have collectively ran for 29 touchdowns.

Laguna Beach (7-4) vs. Boron (8-3)

Where, when: Laguna Beach High, 7 p.m.

Outlook: The Breakers enjoyed an exciting first-round victory, 26-21, over Duarte. Running back Bruce Knill punched in his third touchdown of the night with 27 seconds remaining, to giving Laguna Beach the lead. Quarterback Curtis Harrison continues to be efficient and careful with the football. In the last three weeks, the junior has tossed seven touchdowns with just one interception. Fourth-seeded Boron is led by running backs Laron Cherry, who is flirting with 2,000 total yards, and Emilio Gutierrez, who is averaging 9.7 yards a carry.

Santa Ana (11-0) vs. Azusa (6-5)

Where, when: Citrus College, 7 p.m.

Outlook: Senior Jorge Briseno finished with 150 yards rushing and three touchdowns in a 32-8 win over Alhambra last week. Santa Ana’s defense held its fourth opponent in the last five weeks to a single-digit point total. Azusa racked up 565 yards of offense last week in a win over Carnegie of Riverside, 48-12. Quarterback Gabriel Whitworth completed 19 of 26 passes for 264 yards, while running back Chris Maldonado ran for 145 yards and two touchdowns.

- Previews by KENNY CONNOLLY


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Santa Ana 14, Rancho Christian 52 - 01:01 4th QT - Completed

Football:

Calabasas 35, Capistrano Valley 14 - 00:00 4th QT - Completed

Football:

St. John Bosco 21, Mater Dei 14 - 00:33 2nd QT - Completed

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Edison 44, La Mirada 24 - 00:00 4th QT - Completed

Football:

Burbank 21, Yorba Linda 31 - 00:00 4th QT - Completed

Soccer:

El Modena 2, Orange Lutheran 2 - 45:00 2nd Half - Completed

Basketball:

Eisenhower 28, Mater Dei 93 - 02:00 4th QT - Completed

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Santa Fe 65, Foothill 53 - 00:00 4th QT - Completed

Football:

Valencia/Valencia 35, San Clemente 41 - 00:00 4th QT - Completed

Football:

El Modena 21, Yorba Linda 28 - 00:00 4th QT - Completed