Santa Margarita's Ryan Wolpin / MICHAEL GOULDING, OCVARSITY.COM
CIF-SOUTHERN SECTION FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS: PAC-5 DIVISION
ST. BONAVENTURE OF VENTURA (10-1) VS. SANTA MARGARITA (9-2)
Where, when: Trabuco Hills High, Friday, 7 p.m.
TV: Cox3 (Friday, tape, 11:30 p.m.)
Outlook: These teams played each other on Sept. 21, a Santa Margarita home game at Saddleback College. Santa Margarita won, 35-27, as quarterback Johnny Stanton threw two touchdown passes and ran for 97 yards and touchdown. That was Stanton's final outing of his senior year, as he suffered a season-ending ACL tear in that game.
Running back Ryan Wolpin rushed for 200 yards and two touchdowns for the Eagles, and he is good to go for the rematch.
Santa Margarita finished third in the Trinity League behind St. John Bosco of Bellflower and Mater Dei, the teams that beat the Eagles this season. The Eagles defeated El Toro, 38-13, in a Pac-5 first-round game last week as Wolpin ran for 218 yards, 162 of them in the second half. Sophomore Kyle Sweet, who began the season as a receiver, is Santa Margarita's quarterback.
St. Bonaventure, champion of the Marmonte League's East Division, has won six in a row since the Seraphs' loss to Santa Margarita. They beat Cabrillo of Long Beach, 39-7, in the first round last week. St. Bonaventure is averaging 38 points a game. Quarterback Ricky Town has competed 69 percent of his passes for 1,976 yards and 18 touchdowns with five interceptions. He recently received a scholarship offer from UCLA.
Running back Zach Green, who committed to Arizona, has rushed for 1,275 yard and 20 touchdowns, and averages 9 yards a carry.
St. Bonaventure is ranked No. 6 in CalHiSports' state rankings. Santa Margarita is No. 12. Trabuco Hills has artificial turf, which both Santa Margarita and St. Bonaventure practice on at their on-campus facilities.
The game against Santa Margarita at Saddleback College was St. Bonaventure's only 2012 game on natural grass.
The winner of this game plays the Alemany of Mission Hills-Mater Dei winner on Nov. 23.
ALEMANY OF MISSION HILLS (9-2) VS. MATER DEI (9-2)
Where, when: Santa Ana Stadium, Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Outlook: This also is a matchup of teams ranked in CalHiSports' state top 25. Mater Dei is at No. 7, and Alemany is No. 20. Serra League champion Alemany last week defeated, Moorpark, 42-14, in the first round.
Monarchs defensive backs Jonathan Lockett and company will get plenty of challenges from Warriors receivers Steven Mitchell and Devin Ross. Mitchell committed to USC, Ross to Colorado.
Mitchell had 216 receiving yards on only four receptions, including one for an 81-yard touchdown, against Moorpark.
Alemany quarterback Devon Dunn completed 10 of 18 passes for 328 yards against Moorpark. Alemany's losses were close ones to good teams – 36-32 against Centennial of Corona, and 29-27 in a league game against Crespi of Encino.
Mater Dei set a school single-game football scoring record last week, with a 71-10 victory over Lakewood in the first round.
Quarterback Chase Forrest completed his first nine passes and finished 12 of 14 for 167 yards and four touchdowns. Three of the
Mater Dei quarterback Chase Forrest / PAUL RODRIGUEZ, OCVARSITY.COM.
touchdown passes went to Thomas Duarte, the other to Jameson Field. Mater Dei actually trailed in that game, 10-7. The Monarchs got four interceptions, recovered four fumbles, held Lakewood to 3.5 yards a play, and their offense scored six touchdowns on six red-zone visits. Mater Dei finished second in the Trinity League, behind St. John Bosco of Bellflower.
The Monarchs losses were to Bosco and Narbonne of Harbor City, which are ranked No. 5 and No. 2, respectively, in California. The winner of this game plays the St. Bonaventure-Santa Margarita winner on Nov. 23.
LONG BEACH POLY (8-3) VS. MISSION VIEJO (11-0)
Where, when: Mission Viejo High, Friday, 7 p.m.
Outlook: Long Beach Poly won the Moore League championship, as usual. The Jackrabbits were 1-3 in nonleague games, and 6-0 in league. Their nonleague losses were to teams that are a combined 29-4, including 11-0 Narbonne. Poly's average margin of victory in league games was 39 points. The Jackrabbits defeated Bishop Amat of La Puente, 40-25, last week in a first-round home game as Gerard Wicks rushed for 223 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries.
His touchdown runs covered 64 and 75 yards. Manusamoa Luuga rushed for 175 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries. Poly rushed for a team total of 446 yards.
Second-seeded Mission Viejo rolled to a 42-10 first-round victory over Westlake of Westlake Village. The Diablos came up with four interceptions, giving them 10 over their past two games.
Hunter Remington has returned three interceptions for touchdowns over those two games. Max Redfield had an 89-yard interception return for a touchdown against Westlake. With the defense providing so many big plays, there were not a lot of offensive stars for Mission Viejo last week.
Alex Suchesk rushed for a team-high 77 yards, giving him 1,035 yards for the season. His 25 touchdowns are the fourth-most in the county this season. Diablos quarterback Ian Fieber has completed 68 percent of his passes for 236 yards a game with 24 touchdowns. The balanced receiving corps is led by Redfield's 38 catches for 677 yards and six touchdowns. Sean Modster has 12 touchdown receptions for the Diablos.
The winner of this game plays the Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks-St. John Bosco winner on Nov. 23.