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KEVIN SULLIVAN, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
Brea Olinda's Jason Muehlhoff hauls in a pass under pressure from El Dorado's Kyle Eckhart during the Wildcats' 34-21 victory over El Dorado Thursday night in Brea.

Brea Olinda keeps playoff hopes alive

FOR OCVARSITY.COM

BREA - Not much strategy goes into a traditional coin flip — you know, other than choosing heads or tails.

Still, given the logjam building around the Century League's third and final automatic playoff slot, it might not be a bad idea to let an objective observer have the final say.

With its 34-21 victory over visiting El Dorado on Thursday night, Brea Olinda (5-5, 3-3) did its part in making that scenario a reality.

"Historically, it (the Century League) has always been this way," Wildcats coach Robb Perrance said of the cluster of teams fighting for third place. "It's a tough league top to bottom. It's awesome in terms of having to play hard every week, because if you don't, someone is going to hand you your hat.

"I, for one, enjoy the competitiveness of it."

After defeating the Golden Hawks (4-6, 3-3) in the regular-season finale, Brea Olinda now needs Villa Park to beat Esperanza on Friday night to force a three-way tie for third place. In that case, a series of coin flips would determine who nabs the final guaranteed playoff berth.

If Esperanza upsets Villa Park, then the Aztecs finish in third outright.

Wildcats halfback Josh Vizcaya ran for 172 yards on 27 carries and a pair of scores, and quarterback Auggie Buoncuore amassed more than 200 yards of total offense as the hosts outgained El Dorado, 432-313.

"Josh is such a threat, he's such a weapon, that when he gets going it opens up the game for Auggie," Perrance said.

El Dorado halfback Hayden Dunn finished with 100 yards on the ground and hauled in a 17-yard TD pass.


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