MISSION VIEJO – There was enough pressure to stifle many high school quarterbacks.
A 17-point lead in a playoff game had vanished, and now Mission Viejo’s hopes rested on a fourth-and-8 with just over a minute remaining in the fourth quarter.
There was one play left to save the season, but also another moment in the i
Here are the OCVarsity previews for the CIF-SS football semifinals on Friday. (The previews will be appear in Friday's edition of the Register.)
WEST VALLEY DIVISION: Mission Viejo vs. Great Oak
FRIDAY’S CIF-SS SOUTHWEST DIVISION SEMIFINALS
Trabuco Hills (8-4) vs. Buena Park (11-1)
Where, when: Trabuco Hills High, 7:30 p.m.
Outlook: While Buena Park’s offense has received much of the notoriety this season, it was the team’s defense that stole the headlines in last wee
FRIDAY’S CIF-SS SOUTHERN DIVISION SEMIFINALS
Canyon (6-6) vs. Rancho Alamitos (10-2)
Where, when: Bolsa Grande High, 7 p.m.
Outlook: The Vaqueros appeared to come back to earth with two losses in Garden Grove League play after a 5-0 start, but they pulled off one of the biggest upsets in
FRIDAY’S CIF-SS SOUTHERN DIVISION SEMIFINALS El Modena (5-7) vs. Garden Grove (11-1) Where, when: El Modena High, 7:30 p.m. Outlook: Rarely do records indicate the strength of teams as poorly as they do in the Southern Division, but don’t get it twisted, top-seeded Garden Grove is the
TODAY’S WEST VALLEY DIVISION SEMIFINAL Mission Viejo (10-2) vs. Great Oak of Temecula (10-2) Where, when: Mission Viejo High, 7:30 p.m. Outlook: The Diablos needed an 18-yard touchdown pass from Brock Johnson to Steven Munoz with just more than a minute left to beat Rancho Cuca
FRIDAY’S EAST VALLEY DIVISION SEMIFINAL Saddleback Valley Christian (12-0) vs. St. Margaret’s (12-0) Where, when: San Juan Hills High, 7 p.m. Outlook: Orange County’s two unbeatens take to the gridiron with a spot in next week’s championship game on the line. Both St. Marga
St. John Bosco remains atop this week’s SoCal Varsity Top 20 poll but there’s plenty of intriguing movement to watch below as the Pac-5 Division semifinals approach.
Centennial of Corona, coming off a second-round upset of Mater Dei
FRIDAY’S CIF-SS SOUTHWEST DIVISION SEMIFINALS
San Clemente (11-1) vs. Capistrano Valley (9-3)
Where, when: San Clemente High, 7:30 p.m.
Live coverage: foxsports.com/west/prepzone
Outlook: The Tritons and Cougars played Oct. 10 in the teams’ Sea View League opener. Sa
OC Varsity's Steve Fryer, Dan Albano and Jonathan Khamis preview the CIF semifinals in the West Valley and Southwest divisions.
Can Mission Viejo make it to the finals?
Is it Buena Park's year?
Video by Jonathan Khamis, OCVarsity.com.
Here is an updated schedule for the CIF-SS football semifinals:
**Updated Tuesday, 5 p.m.**
CIF-SS FOOTBALL SEMIFINALS
All games Friday unless noted
Long Beach Poly vs. St. John Bosco, at Ce
Thanksgiving morning practice is sacred ground in the high school football community.
Strapping up the helmet for walk-throughs prior to a holiday feast is one of the signs a team has had a successful campaign.
This year, 11 local teams are in a position to practice Thursday morning. Of those schools, two squads have made it to t
Quarterback might be the most difficult position to master in team sports.
The Southwest Division semifinalists have masters at the position.
Three of the four quarterbacks starting for Southwest semifinals teams are in the top 10 in Orange County for passing yards. A fourth is 19th in that category.
In one of
REGISTER O.C. MEDIA POLL
1. JSerra, 10-2 (100 points)
The Lions school-history-making season ended with a 24-17 loss to Bishop Amat of La Puente in the second round of the Pac-5 Division playoffs. They beat Mater Dei for the first time, got to
The senior safety racked up eight solo tackles and three assists, broke up a pass and recovered a fumble to help Buena Park defeat fourth-seeded Villa Park, 14-0, in the second round of the CIF Southwest Division playoffs.
He threw for 286 yards and five touchdowns in the Tritons’ 56-6 win over Foothill in a CIF-Southern Section Southwest Division second-round playoff game. Darnold, a 6-foot-4, 209-pounds senior who comm
NICO AMENT SERVITE FOOTBALL GPA: 4.32 Ament was one of the standout performers for the Friars this season on the football field. The senior defensive back recorded 93 tackles and five tackles for loss for the Friars. He’s a three-year varsity letterman. In the classroom, Ament is enro
Here are the stat leaders from the second round of the CIF-SS playoffs.
1. Humberto Maciel, Westminster
39 carries, 250 yards, 4 TDs
2. Oscar Gomez, St. Margaret's
11 carries, 205 yards, 3 TDs
3. Jordan Antunez, Garden Grove
25 carries, 185 yards, 1
With only six football games involving Orange County teams, there will not be a scramble to secure stadiums for the CIF-Southern Section semifinals that will be played locally.
San Clemente and Trabuco Hills won coin flips that decided they are home teams for their Southwest Division semifinals. San Clemente plays host to Sea View rival
Brethren Christian receiver Guy Demazeliere caught a touchdown pass in the Warriors' playoff loss Friday night, giving him 40 for his career and sole possession of the county record.
He moved ahead of Jeremy Childs, who had 39 for Los Alamitos (2002-04).
Demazeliere's TD came in the fourth quarter of the Warriors' l
Scores from Friday's high school football games:
CIF-SOUTHERN SECTION PLAYOFFS
St. John Bosco 48, Norco 7
Long Beach Poly 44, Crespi 27
Centennial 27, Mater Dei 24
Bishop Amat 24, JSerra 17
MISSION VIEJO – Capistrano Valley extended its special playoff run Friday thanks to key plays on special teams and a swarming defense.
Adam Gordon returned a punt 31 yards for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter and later added an interception as the Cougars defeated visiting Valencia, 26-7, in the second round of the CI
MISSION VIEJO – The emotions after the game spoke volumes of how far the JSerra program had come this past season.
The Lions faithful walked out of Saddleback College stunned. Several coaches could be seen with their hands on their knees. And a number of players consoled their teammates on the long walk back to the locker room.
SANTA ANA – It was supposed to be a heavyweight bout – Centennial of Corona’s high-flying offense against Mater Dei’s lockdown defense – but an unheralded unit stole the spotlight Friday night at Santa Ana Stadium.
The same Centennial defense that gave up 64 points to Serra last week withstood Mater Dei&rsqu