Northwood's football team will take home the Dennis Toohey Fence Post Trophy, which goes to the top football team in Irvine.
The Timberwolves stayed alive in the Fence Post race by defeating University, 42-28, Thursday night in a Pacific Coast League game.
But Northwood had to wait for the final outcome of Friday's Woodbridge-Irvine game. Woodbridge defeated Irvine, 35-7, Friday night at Irvine High to clinch a playoff berth.
Northwood wins the Fence Post because it defeated Woodbridge. Irvine could have won the Fence Post by winning Friday night.
Northwood Coach Rick Curtis and Athletic Director Dean Toohey accepted the trophy after the game. Most of the Northwood players were attending a homecoming dance. Curtis said he plans to present the trophy to his players at school next week.
Northwood is advancing to the CIF-Southern Division playoffs as the No. 2 team behind league champion Corona del Mar. Woodbridge goes as the No. 3 team and Beckman could advance as an at-large entry.
Beckman won the Fence Post last year. Northwood won it in 2010.