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    Football: After last-minute win to get in, Loara focuses on making noise in playoffs

    November 12th, 2013, 2:52 pm by By MARK COOPER

    Loara coach Dean Lappin had a hunch his team’s upset victory last Friday would earn the Saxons an at-large berth into the Southern Division playoffs.

    “Just assume we’re in,” Lappin and the coaching staff told his players after they defeated Golden West League champion Westminster in a 38-35 thriller.

    He told the team to prepare to practice on Monday unless they hear otherwise.

    Loara was given an at-large bid on Saturday — and a matchup with mighty Corona del Mar, the defending division champion and top seed this year. Lappin said he knew the Saxons (6-4, 3-2) would face either Corona del Mar or second-seeded Garden Grove if it got in the draw.

    “When you’re the last one invited to the dance, you can’t be choosy about who you’re with,” Lappin said.

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    OCVarsity Gridiron: Playoffs are finally here (video)

    November 11th, 2013, 9:34 pm by JONATHAN KHAMIS

    Who will win out in the Pac-5?

    Will Garden Grove and Corona del Mar meet again in the Southern Division?

    Can Edison make it back to the Southwest title game?

    Steve Fryer, Carlos Arias, and Dan Albano discuss.

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    Football: Defense is the key for Garden Grove

    October 28th, 2013, 4:16 pm by By ANTONIO MORALES

    On Sept. 26, Garden Grove raced out to a touchdown advantage early in its nonleague game against Katella.

    The Knights responded with a a 30-yard Miguel Galindo field goal. That was the last time Katella or anybody else has scored on the Argonauts' defense, a string of 19 consecutive scoreless quarters and four straight shutouts.

    The stingy defense has pushed Garden Grove to an 8-0 record overall with a 3-0 record in the Garden Grove League, where the Argounauts sit atop the standings. 

    The latest domination by the Argonauts was a 49-0 triumph against second-place Los Amigos. The closest margin of victory in the shutout streak was 42 points, which means a lot of non-starters have helped the keep the scoreless run alive.

    "The backups and third-string guys are taking pride in making sure they tackle and run to the football," Garden Grove coach Willy Puga said. "We're substituting pretty quick on defense, so it's a lot of backups in the third and fourth quarter.

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    Football playoffs: Game-by-game Southern Division previews

    November 8th, 2012, 1:06 am by CARLOS ARIAS

    The Corona del Mar team captains / CHRISTINE COTTER, FOR OCVARSITY.COM

    CIF-SS FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS: SOUTHERN DIVISION

    First round

    ANAHEIM (5-5) VS. CORONA DEL MAR (8-2)

    Where, when: Newport Harbor High, Thursday, 7 p.m.

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    Football: Southern Division O.C. team analysis

    November 4th, 2012, 3:54 pm by CARLOS ARIAS

    Southern Division O.C. team analysis

    Here are the Orange County teams in the Southern Division:

    Anaheim (5-5): The Colonists are in the playoffs for the seventh consecutive year. Anaheim beat Magnolia, 35-26, in the regular-season finale to clinch third place. Rinning back Josh Tafoya closed out the season with three consecutive 100-yard rushing games, including 292 yards and two TDs in the victory over Magnolia.

    Beckman (3-7): The Patriots's victories over Magnolia, Irvine and University were enough to land them the Southern Division's lone at-large berth. Beckman advanced to the Southern Division finals the past two seasons. Quarterback Quinn O'Dell has passed for 1,425 yards and 10 TDs.

    Corona del Mar (8-2): The defending Southern Division champions closed out the regular season with six consecutive victories to win the Pacific Coast League title and clinch the No. 1 seed. Quarterback Cayman carter is one of the most dynamic players in the division. He has passed for 1,536 yards and 14 TDs and he has rushed for 790 yards and 10 TDs.

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    Football: Southern Division Breakdown

    November 4th, 2012, 2:23 pm by CARLOS ARIAS

    The Breakdown: Southern Division

    Seeded teams: 1. Corona del Mar (8-2), Pacific Coast League champion; 2. Laguna Beach (9-0-1), Orange Coast League champion; 3. Garden Grove (8-2), Garden Grove League champion; and No. 4 Katella (8-2), Orange League champion.

    At-large teams: Beckman, Pacific Coast League.

    Darkhorse: Woodbridge --- The Warriors finished third in the Pacific Coast League, which is arguably the best league in the division. Woodbridge has a pretty good path to the semifinals with a first-round game at Westminster and a potential quarterfinal game against Katella.

    Players to watch: Westminster QB Steven Anderson (85 of 145, 1,290 yards, 12 TDs, 6 ints.); Katella RB/DB T.J. Ashmeade (192 car., 1,530 yards, 15 TDs); Corona del Mar QB Cayman Carter (117 of 205 for 1,536 yards, 14 TDs, 6 ints., 133 car., 790 yards, 10 TDs); Woodbridge RB Austin DeFreitas (257 car., 1,835 yards, 18 TDs); Garden Grove RB/CB C.J. Del Real (122 car., 655 yards, 13 TDs); Rancho Alamitos RB/LB Keanu Duquet (123 car., 556 yards, 11 TDs); Santa Ana Valley RB/LB Alex Hernandez (205 car., 1,420 yards, 13 TDs); Godinez QB Zach Huizar (68 of 146, 983 yards, 7 TDs, 8 ints, 6 rushing TDs); Laguna Beach RB/S Drake Martinez (29 TDs, 4 ints.); Estancia RB/LB Robert Murtha (173 car., 1,156 yards, 11 TDs); Northwood QB/DB Kevin Norman (101 of 174, 1,174 yards, 14 TDs, 4 ints., 126 car., 675 yards, 13 TDs); Beckman QB Quinn O'Dell (121 of 277, 1,425 yards, 10 TDs, 12 ints.); Loara RB/DB Connor O'Shea (101 car., 741 yards, 9 TDs); Segerstrom RB/CB David Perkins (138 car., 1,444 yards, 22 TDs); Los Amigos RB Jerry Saldivar (227 car., 1,899 yards, 23 TDs); and Anaheim RB/S Josh Tafoya (160 car., 1,102 yards, 6 TDs).

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    Southern preview: Beckman vs. Estancia

    November 30th, 2011, 6:08 pm by CARLOS ARIAS

    SOUTHERN DIVISION

    BECKMAN (10-2) VS. ESTANCIA (10-2)

    Where, when: Estancia High, Friday, 7 p.m.

    Outlook: The top-seeded Patriots are one game away from a return to the finals for a second consecutive season, but the fourth-seeded Eagles are looking to avenge a 12-10 loss to Beckman on Oct. 6. This game features two of the top running backs in the county with Beckman's Jeff Kim going toe-to-toe with Estancia's Robert Murtha. Kim has rushed for 1,244 yards and 22 TDs, and Murtha has rushed for 1,983 yards and 19 TDs.

    SEMIFINALS PREVIEW CAPSULES

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    Southern preview: Corona del Mar vs. Laguna Beach

    November 30th, 2011, 6:06 pm by CARLOS ARIAS

    SOUTHERN DIVISION

    CORONA DEL MAR (10-2) VS. LAGUNA BEACH (10-2)

    Where, when: Laguna Beach High, Friday, 7 p.m.

    Outlook: The second-seeded Sea Kings have hammered their first two playoff opponents by a combined score of 88-14, and the Breakers have pounded their first two opponents, 90-53. CdM's offense is led by quarterback Brent Lawson, who has thrown for 2,340 yards and 25 touchdowns. Laguna Beach is powered by Drake Martinez, who has rushed for 1,740 yards and scored 31 touchdowns.

    SEMIFINALS PREVIEW CAPSULES

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    Southern preview: Beckman vs. Ocean View

    November 23rd, 2011, 5:21 pm by CARLOS ARIAS

    SOUTHERN DIVISION

    BECKMAN (9-2) VS. OCEAN VIEW (6-5)

    Where, when: Ocean View High, Friday, 7 p.m.

    Outlook: The top-seeded Patriots, the Pacific Coast League champion, have won eight consecutive games and they appear on track to return to the Southern Division finals.

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    Southern preview: Estancia vs. Woodbridge

    November 23rd, 2011, 5:18 pm by CARLOS ARIAS

    SOUTHERN DIVISION

    ESTANCIA (9-2) VS. WOODBRIDGE (6-5)

    Where, when: Irvine High, Friday, 7 p.m.

    Outlook: The fourth-seeded Eagles, who won the Orange Coast League title, are 1-2 against Pacific Coast League teams this season with a victory over Northwood, 43-27, and losses to University, 30-22, and Beckman, 12-10.

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