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The Calhoun football playoffs replay
The CIF-SS playoffs reached a conclusion last week.
When the dust cleared, Edison and Corona del Mar brought home titles among county teams. Mater Dei advanced to the finals in Pac-5, before being defeated by Long Beach Poly.
It was an exciting playoff run, so this week we're turning the Calhoun Countdown into the Calhoun Playoff replay. Here is a look back at some of the most memorable games:
10. Los Amigos 41, Estancia 14 – Southern Division 1st round
There aren’t many games where you get two 200-yard rushing performances, but that was the case in this first round CIF-SS Southern Division contest. Jerry Saldivar (Los Amigos) rushed for 223 yards on 35 carries and three touchdowns and Estancia’s Robert Murtha rushed for 213 yards. Saldivar went over the 2,000-yard mark in this game. He end up finishing the year as the county’s rushing leader.
9. La Habra 10, Los Alamitos 7 – CIF-SS Southwest Division 1st round.
The majority of the games in the first round were one-sided. That wasn’t the case in the Southwest Division tilt as the Griffins and Highlanders met. The game was tied 7-7 into the fourth quarter. La Habra’s Jackson Willard sealed the victory with a 25-yard field goal (his first made kick of the season) with 3:18 left in the game.
8. Santa Margarita 38, El Toro 13 – Pac-5 1st round
You can always expect a county vs. county showdown in the first round of the Pac-5 playoffs. This year is El Toro and Santa Margarita hooking up. The defending-champion Eagles rushed for 318 yards and slowed down the high-powered El Toro attack, for the 38-13 victory. Ryan Wolpin led the Eagles with 218 rushing yards.
7. Long Beach Poly 21, Mission Viejo 16 – Pac-5 Division 2nd round
Old rivals met in the second round as the Jackrabbits visited the second-seeded Diablos. Long Beach Poly held Mission Viejo to its lowest scoring output of the season, escaping with the 21-16 victory. Poly held the Mission Viejo ground attack to just 24 yards and forced two turnovers.
6. Villa Park 26, Newport Harbor 21 – Southwest Division 2nd round
The Spartans trailed the Sailors by nine points with less than 10 minutes left in the game. Villa Park scored a pair of touchdowns (an 11-yard run by Meki Tafuna and Justin Mottram’s 1-yard) to clinched a 26-21 victory.
5. Mater Dei 53, Alemany 42 – Pac-5 Division 2nd round
You can never count out the Monarchs. Mater Dei trailed Alemany 42-31 in the fourth quarter. The end was in sight, but it would never come for Mater Dei. The Monarchs scored 21 consecutive points to pull off the 53-42 victory. Ben Humphreys started the comeback with a 49-yard touchdown pass from Chase Forrest. JC Genova scored a pair of rushing touchdowns (3 and 7 yards) to put the game away.
4. Mater Dei 21, St. Bonaventure 0 – Pac-5 Division semifinal
The Monarchs hit the road for the semifinals making the journey up to Ventura to face the top-seeded Seraphs. The bus ride home had to be an enjoyable one as the Monarchs shut down St. Bonaventure, 21-0. Mater Dei held St. Bonaventure to 110 yards of total offense.
3. Garden Grove 35, Laguna Beach 21 – Southern Division semifinal
The Argonauts bounced back from 2011 and their 4-7 record. Garden Grove, behind a bruising ground attack slowed down and eventually eliminated Laguna Beach, 35-21 to advance to the finals. The Argonauts rushed for 312 yards and Angel Martinez passed for 177 yards and a touchdown in the victory.
3. Edison 22, Foothill 16 – Southwest Division semifinal
The Chargers put together one final drive, ending with Donald Rice’s 4-yard touchdown and two-point conversion to pull off the victory. The Edison defense kept the Chargers in the game, holding Foothill to field goals on three separate occasions. Foothill led 16-14 with 6:32 left in the game, setting the stage for Edison’s 41-yard game-winning drive.
2. Villa Park 35, Tustin 34 – Southwest Division semifinal
The road to the finals included a date with their nemesis, but the Spartans proved to be up for the task. Tustin had eliminated Villa Park in each of the previous two seasons. This time around, the Spartans rallied form a 14-point deficit to defeated the defending champion Tillers, 35-34. Meki Tafuna rushed for 171 yards and four touchdowns in the victory, sending Villa Park to its first CIF final since 1977.
1. Edison 28, Villa Park 10 – Southwest Division final
The Chargers completed their run through the Southwest Division with their victory over the Spartans in the final. The title was the first for the Chargers since 1985. Quarterback Alek Torgersen rushed for a touchdown and 70 yards and passed for another touchdown in the victory.
1. Corona del Mar 35, Garden Grove 10 – Southern Division final
For the second consecutive season and with a new cast, the Sea Kings won a CIF title. This year’s title was anchoring by a strong and stingy defense. Through the playoff run, CdM allowed 10 points in four playoff games. In the final, the defense scored 10 points and quarterback Cayman Carter rushed for 68 yards and passed for 203 to lead the offense.
1. Long Beach Poly 35, Mater Dei 17 – Pac-5 Division final
The final game in the brutal Pac-5 Division playoffs was won by a team that was considered an afterthought at the start of the playoffs. Mater Dei cut the Poly’s lead to 21-10 on a 22-yard touchdown pass from Chase Forrest to Nickolas Little late in the second quarter. Poly wouldn’t Mater Dei get any closer. The Jackrabbits scored a touchdown midway through the third and early in the fourth to put the game away.