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  • Southwest Division: Previews and predictions for Friday's games By KENNY CONNOLLY
    SOUTHWEST DIVISION La Habra (11-1) vs. Villa Park (12-0) Where, when: La Habra High, 7 p.m. Live coverage: CASportsZone online radio ( Outlook: Villa Park remained perfect on the season with its win over Valencia a week ago, slowing down the Tigers&rsq
    Thu Nov 26, 2015
  • West Valley: Preview & predictions for Friday's games By DAN ALBANO
    WEST VALLEY DIVISION Mission Viejo (12-0) vs. Chino Hills (10-2) Where, when: Chino Hills, 7:30 p.m. Live coverage: Outlook: The top-seeded defending champion Diablos face a fourth-seeded Huskies team that beat fellow West Valley semifinalist Rancho Cucamonga, 24-
    Thu Nov 26, 2015
  • East Valley Division: Previews and predictions for Friday's games By KENNY CONNOLLY
    EAST VALLEY DIVISION Brethren Christian (11-1) vs. Grace Brethren (12-0) Where, when: Ocean View High, 7 p.m. Outlook: Warriors running back Jordan Leonard continues to tear defenses apart in what’s becoming a historic junior campaign. Leonard ran for 206 yards on 20 carri
    Thu Nov 26, 2015
  • Pac-5: Preview & prediction for Friday's game By STEVE FRYER
    PAC-5 DIVISION Centennial of Corona (12-0) vs. Mater Dei (10-2) Where, when: Santa Ana Stadium, 7:30 p.m. Live coverage: Fox Sports West Outlook: Defending division champion and top-seeded Centennial has made it look easy in these playoffs. The Huskies defeated Chaminade of West Hill
    Wed Nov 25, 2015
  • OCVarsity Gridiron Extra: Who should be No. 1?
    Steve Fryer, Dan Albano, and Jonathan Khamis discuss the second round of the CIF-SS playoffs. Also, long time Los Alamitos head coach John Barnes retires, and who is No. 1 in the county this week: Mission Viejo or Mater Dei? Video by Jonathan Khamis,
    Wed Nov 25, 2015
  • Southern: Previews & predictions for Friday's games By DAMIAN CALHOUN
    FRIDAY’S CIF-SS FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS SEMIFINALS SOUTHERN DIVISION Garden Grove (10-2) vs. Brea Olinda (7-5) Where, when: Garden Grove High, 7 p.m. Outlook: These teams met in the second round of the playoffs last year with the Argonauts winning, 21-18. Garden Grove is coming off
    Wed Nov 25, 2015
  • OCVarsity Gridiron: Semifinals preview
    Steve Fryer, Dan Albano, and Jonathan Khamis preview the semifinals of the CIF-SS playoffs. Can Mater Dei take down mighty Centennial? Will Mission Viejo advance to the finals again? Who makes it out of the Southwest? Video by Jonathan Khamis,
    Tue Nov 24, 2015
  • Albano notes: SVC looks for finals breakthrough By DAN ALBANO
    Saddleback Valley Christian football has visited this emotional ledge before. So has its 26-year-old, first-year head coach. This week’s CIF-SS semifinals pack plenty of challenges, but the Warriors and Coach Brendan Chambers are armed with more experience than one might guess. SVC (12-0) will attempt to win
    Mon Nov 23, 2015
  • Fryer: Garden Grove knows the way to semifinals By STEVE FRYER
    It would not feel right if Garden Grove wasn’t playing in the CIF-SS football semifinals this week. For the fourth year in a row, and for the sixth time in seven seasons, Garden Grove has advanced to a semifinal. Garde
    Mon Nov 23, 2015
  • OCVarsity O.C. football top 10 for semifinals week By STEVE FRYER
    A weekly poll of O.C. media members: 1. Mater Dei (10-2, 95 poll points) Monarchs return to top of poll after getting late defensive touchdown and clutch two-point conversion to beat Serra of Gardena, 28-27, i
    Mon Nov 23, 2015
  • Offensive player of the week: Eric Barriere, La Habra By STEVE FRYER
    ERIC BARRIERE LA HABRA He amassed 361 total yards in the Highlanders’ 42-14 win over Laguna Hills in a CIF-Southern Section Southwest Division second-round playoff game. Barriere had a season-high 114 rushing yards. In the second
    Mon Nov 23, 2015
  • Defensive player of the week: Khalil Wilson, Villa Park By DAN ALBANO
    Khalil Wilson Villa Park The senior cornerback racked up 13 total tackles and three pass knock downs, one of which led to an interception, to help the Spartans defeat previously undefeated Valencia, 28-15, in the second round of the CIF So
    Mon Nov 23, 2015
  • Steve Fryer's 11-25 teams football rankings By STEVE FRYER
    Here is Steve Fryer's rankings of the Nos. 11 through 25 teams in Orange County. The Orange County Top 10 is voted on each week by a panel of 10 media members. After the top 10 is set, Fryer rank
    Mon Nov 23, 2015
  • Updated schedule for CIF-SS football semifinals
    Schedule for this week’s CIF-SS football playoff games. SEMIFINALS FRIDAY Pac-5 Division Centennial of Corona (12-0) vs. Mater Dei (10-2), at Santa Ana Satdium, 7:30 p.m.
    Mon Nov 23, 2015
  • Harman, Canyon end Katella's pefect season By TIM TUTTLE
    ORANGE - Canyon beat up on mistake-prone Katella, 61-21, in the second round of the CIF-SS Southern Division football playoffs Saturday at El Modena High. The Comanches (7-5) put the lights out on the Knights’ season with a display of superb passing by quarterback Jason Harman, tough running by Charlie Treanor and a s
    Sat Nov 21, 2015
  • Updates for CIF-SS football semifinals By STEVE FRYER
    It’s called “home-field advantage.” Mater Dei might need every advantage it can get. The Monarchs play top-seeded, undefeated and defending champion Centennial of Corona in the CIF-SS Pac-5 Division semifinals next Friday. It is Mater Dei’s home game, thanks to a coin flip. When two teams m
    Sat Nov 21, 2015
  • Mater Dei's gamble pays off with victory over Serra By DAMIAN CALHOUN
    GARDENA – Trust comes when the coaching staff has what it is believed to be the perfect game-winning 2-point conversion play ready with a spot in the CIF-SS Pac-5 semifinals at stake. True elation arrives when that play, in this case a pass from JT Daniels to Curtis Robinson, works to perfection and the defense forces a clutch thre
    Fri Nov 20, 2015
  • Mission Viejo wins a real rush By ANDREW TURNER
    MISSION VIEJO – An undefeated Mission Viejo football team had rarely been challenged over the course of this season. But in the second round Friday night, there was a hush from the hometown crowd as the top-ranked Diablos entered the halftime locker room behind. The Diablos got the running game going in the second half, howev
    Fri Nov 20, 2015
  • Villa Park breaks out history books after beating Valencia By STEVE FRYER
    ORANGE – Villa Park’s football team just did something it had not done since the 1960s. The Spartans hope they can do something they have not done since the 1970s. The Spartans beat Valencia, 28-15, in a
    Fri Nov 20, 2015
  • Buena Park's speed thrills in win over CdM By DAN ALBANO
    BUENA PARK – Buena Park remained on the fast track Friday. The Coyotes’ young standouts continued their rise and seniors Elijah Bynum and Zach Taylor used their speed as host Buena Park defeated thi
    Fri Nov 20, 2015
  • OCVarsity Hot Shots: Friday's football playoff games By: STAFF
    Check out our photos from Friday night's high school football playoffs games. County teams were playing in the second round of the CIF-SS playoffs, and there was a lot of great action on the field and excitement in the stands. Go to to see all of the stories, scores, video and more from
    Fri Nov 20, 2015
  • Southern Division: Canyon vs. Katella By DAMIAN CALHOUN
    OCVarsity's preview of the CIF-SS football playoff game Saturday.   CIF-SS FOOTBALL PLAYOFF GAME SOUTHERN DIVISION Canyon (6-5) vs. Katella (11-0) Where, when: El Modena HS, 7 p.m. Outlook: The remarkable season for Katella continues after its 49-15 first-round vict
    Fri Nov 20, 2015
  • OCVarsity updates from tonight's football playoff games
    OCVarsity makes it easy for you to get updates from our reporters from all of tonight's Orange County high school football games. Fans can keep track of the games by: 1.) follow us on Twitter (@OCVarsity) and look for the hash tag #ocv updates. 2.) go to the OCVarsity homepage and follow the score updates as they appear i
    Fri Nov 20, 2015
  • Tonight's football games: Times, locations
    Here are the times and locations for tonight's second round playoff games. FOOTBALL Pac-5 Division Mater Dei at Serra of Gardena, 7 p.m. Orange Luthe
    Fri Nov 20, 2015
  • Orange Lutheran pushed out of playoffs by Centennial By BRIAN WHITEHEAD
    COSTA MESA – There is no blueprint to beating Centennial of Corona. There’s no instruction manual, no help line, and opposing teams can’t adjust sliders or lower the game’s difficulty setting before kickoff. How well these Huskies are playing right now, heck, not even a cheat code would help much. Brillian
    Fri Nov 20, 2015