Game Night: CIF Semi Finals

Bobby Cole and Sierra Canyon travel to Charter Oak (Photo by Duane Barker)

Bobby Cole and Sierra Canyon travel to Charter Oak (Photo by Duane Barker)

All Kickoffs are at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise indicated

Friday November 25

Division 3

La Mirada (10-2) at Los Alamitos (9-3)
By rational forms of logic the Matadores shouldn’t be here. They should have been left shipwrecked with a second round loss to La Serna…But that’s only if you subscribe to logic…LM’s comeback last week defies logic therefore trying to assess them by merely looking at stats, record, and schedule is risky…It boils down to this…HC Mike Moschetti always has a next man up—even if it’s a sophomore kicker—but is Tristan Meyer healthy? The quarterback has had a big year and has the grit to deal with the worst of storms. If he’s ready to go…the Mats have a shot.
…If he’s not…then they’re going to need to conjure up another miracle.
La Mirada 27 Los Alamitos 21

Division 4 

Sierra Canyon (11-0) at Charter Oak (11-1)

Both teams won 11 games despite having injuries to their starting quarterbacks. The Sierra Canyon offense revolves around Bobby Cole who rushed for over 1800 yards and 24 touchdowns. Charter Oak receivers Brian Casteel and Jermaine Braddock combined for over 17oo yards. Casteel rushed for 708 yards as well. Both teams can score but the Chargers can be stopped by a physical defense – Los Altos held them to seven points. It should come down to who makes a big play in the fourth quarter but in the end Sierra Canyon has just a little too much. Blazers stay unbeaten.

Sierra Canyon 27 Charter Oak 20 

**

Division 6

Wilson Long Beach (10-2) at Los Altos (12-0)  

The Conquerors are on a mission. They haven’t lost all year and they aren’t about to now. Two years ago they played in the CIF Final game in the Central Division and lost. This year they’re raising the banner. Los Altos advances to Final.

Los Altos 27  Wilson Long Beach 17

**      

Division 8

Don Lugo (10-2) at Burbank (9-3)

We went against the Bank last week and we were proven wrong. The Bulldogs got it done offensively and defensively rallying to beat a solid opponent in Northview. Greg Gano, in his first year at Don Lugo has the Conquistadores in the semi finals after winning the Mt. Baldy League. They have beaten several quality opponents like Colony and Chino. Don Lugo did fall to Northview 35-28 in September. We won’t be fooled again. Burbank advances to first CIF Final ever.

Burbank 28 Don Lugo 24 

**

Division 11

Montebello (11-1) at Valley View (9-3)

Valley View hails from the Inland Valley League where it finished in second place and went 9-3 overall. The Eagles can score racking up 77 and 69 points in consecutive weeks. The Oilers had trouble scoring last week finding the end zone just twice including the game winner in overtime. They’ll have to be a little more efficient on offense to advance. The defense has been pretty solid and it will need to be again to hold down Valley View. Montebello survives the drive to out to Moreno Valley and the Eagles high scoring offense. In the end the Oilers will be the last team standing.

Montebello 35 Valley View 31 

**

Division 12

Segerstrom (11-1) at Arroyo (11-1)

Where is Segerstrom? What is Segerstrom? Did anybody know this school exists before now?  Segerstrom finished second in the Golden West League, losing only to Santa Ana, a team that is still alive in the playoffs. So we know they can play. “They’re big and physical – about what you’d expect for this time of year,” said Arroyo HC Jim Singiser. Meanwhile the Knights seemed to have hit their peak at the right time. The offense has scored 90 points in two playoff games and after some early game struggles against Schurr, the defense settled in. It won’t be a walk over – a semi-final game rarely is. But the Knights have enough to get to the big game. Arroyo…close.

Arroyo 30 Segerstrom 27

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Division 13

Rancho Christian (10-2) at South El Monte (11-1)

Its been a great run for South El Monte. Back in August, who predicted that the Eagles would be playing the day after Thanksgiving? But this looks like the end of the line. Rancho Christian can score with a balanced attack. The Eagles (yes also the Eagles) have won seven straight and beat a solid Whittier Christian team back in September. Rancho Christian  gets the W.

Rancho Christian 41 South El Monte 31 

 

47 Comments to "Game Night: CIF Semi Finals"

  1. Proud fan's Gravatar Proud fan
    November 27, 2016 - 1:49 pm | Permalink

    So proud of the Montebello Oilers players great season. Don’t let a few fools disrespect the hard work and dedication you have shown

  2. NOTHING BUT FACTS's Gravatar NOTHING BUT FACTS
    November 26, 2016 - 3:48 pm | Permalink

    No, as you can see from my original post, I know all the Arroyo history. Maybe it’s because I’ve been around for most of it.
    I don’t predict outcomes and I don’t put down teams because they had a “weak” schedule.
    Camacho new school record 7 TD passes
    Ortiz ties school record with 10 PATs
    team record 70 points ties record set in 1989 against Keppel( and we all know what Keppel does to your strength of schedule)

  3. SHS Parent's Gravatar SHS Parent
    November 26, 2016 - 3:12 pm | Permalink

    @ Oiler nation, Shame on the other schools for not keeping up. I bet not one damn coach would turn down a kid (talented) who wanted to transfer in. Its the sign of the times nowadays. You better get right or get left behind. Winning brings kids. Spartans….time to step up and get some kids in, rather than letting them get away.

  4. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    November 26, 2016 - 3:05 pm | Permalink

    @Phillip
    Well this is how it went…
    1.Valley view wasnt that special (simple run game)
    2. Too many dropped passes on offense
    3. When your Dline is playing goal line D the entire night cutting…you basically are making the blocks for the offensive lineman.Basically handicapping your defense/taking out the front line not allowing them to see the ball or able to make a play…
    4. These are not excuses this is just what really happened the facts..

  5. Phillip's Gravatar Phillip
    November 26, 2016 - 2:42 pm | Permalink

    Oilers when you play soft teams you get beat up you guys have proved it 3 years in a row by Monrovia , viewpoint ,and now valley view a good season … but I feel sorry for the seniors that had to go out like that Wow…. MAYBE next year Pete … go get more kids from other city’s maybe that will help Lol…..go Oilers

  6. Dan's Gravatar Dan
    November 26, 2016 - 12:27 pm | Permalink

    Yeah I saw the score when LS was up 31 to 10 or 16, thought for sure they they were having one of their “big upset” nights that they seem to get every season, congrats to your boys on what must have been a thrilling game and a heartbreaking loss at the end. I remember feeling bad for LS when they lost by such a big margin in the 2011 title game, saw a player getting on the bus with tears and I stopped and told him “you guys are better than that, things just went wrong tonight, you guy’s will bounce back.” Boy I had no idea they would bounce back the way they have though. They got their revenge on our boys in the semis the next season and have been on a run ever since.

  7. Oiler Nation's Gravatar Oiler Nation
    November 26, 2016 - 11:55 am | Permalink

    SHS parent,

    Thanks! All the rubbing is in good fun. I have family that attended Schurr hs. You guys had a strong team this year.. good luck next year..

  8. SHS Parent's Gravatar SHS Parent
    November 26, 2016 - 11:24 am | Permalink

    @ Oiler nation, Congrats on a great season. You definitely should be proud of your accomplishment this year.

  9. Oiler Nation's Gravatar Oiler Nation
    November 26, 2016 - 10:57 am | Permalink

    Oilers!

    Great season for us! Yes we lost last night to a very good team but I’m proud of our program. People can always say as they wish but in the end we did have a great year. Only one team can win the title and so our quest will continue. For all you haters, thanks for playing close attention to our school. I know it’s hard when your school is out of it and was never really in it. I do have great respect for all the surrounding schools and I hope our rivalry continues. It makes for exciting times ahead. Valley View was big, strong and quick and executed perfectly. Good luck to them in the finals…

  10. SinTownG54's Gravatar SinTownG54
    November 26, 2016 - 10:31 am | Permalink

    @ FaceTheFacts /NOTHNG BUT FACTS (Same person??)

    I thought it’d be a closer game as well, but Arroyo coaching staff did an awesome job last night..
    Exposed Segerstrom’s DB’s & their 1 dimensional offense, & Arroyo’s Special Teams was ridiculous spot on. Hats off to them & best of luck in the Championship game next week!

  11. Maverick's Gravatar Maverick
    November 26, 2016 - 1:18 am | Permalink

    Dan, thanks for the compliment of LS football. I’m not sure if you were at the LS LM game, but LS had LM reeling, our O was running on all cylinders and the D was stopping them. I think our coachs were playing if safe and it backfired on them, final 32-31 LM. La Mirada has a great football team and I knew they had the ability to come back. It was a heartbreaking loss. “The pain we feel today will be the strength we feel tomorrow” LS football

  12. Dan's Gravatar Dan
    November 26, 2016 - 12:38 am | Permalink

    I like your Lancers Maverick but I disagree, you still have San Clemente who would be favored over La Serna, if you include the playoffs, well now you have to throw in Los Alamitos and Edison who both would be favored over LS.

  13. Maverick's Gravatar Maverick
    November 26, 2016 - 12:12 am | Permalink

    @ MsLMfan and the La Mirada faithful, I want to congratulate you on advancing, you guys proved you belong in the big dance. Good Luck in the Championship Game!

    Once again, I have family and friends that live in LM and went to LMHS, I respect the football program and was happy for you guys when you won State. I would like the same respect for La Serna football from some of your fans on the blogs. Also what I said last week about LS being the best team that you faced, with the exception of SJB, MD and OLU, is confirmed true.

  14. NOTHING BUT FACTS's Gravatar NOTHING BUT FACTS
    November 26, 2016 - 12:08 am | Permalink

    @SinTownG54
    Arroyo 70 Segerstrom 21
    Our strength of schedule didn’t get any better tonight.
    I expected a much closer game, it was the semis after all.
    And you were right, it wasn’t a 3 score game.

  15. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    November 26, 2016 - 12:07 am | Permalink

    First decent team Montebello plays and look at the outcome. At least you can do your 4 Pete shirts!! Winning one of the worst leagues in so cal… Not much to hang your hat on!

  16. The hill has eyes's Gravatar The hill has eyes
    November 25, 2016 - 11:59 pm | Permalink

    107yrs. that’s how many years oiler football has never ever. Ever , ever…. won a cif championship game. You wanna see what a cif ring looks like come up the hill.! Go to Arrys & eat yourself into a pastrami coma!! Losers!!

  17. NWO's Gravatar NWO
    November 25, 2016 - 11:45 pm | Permalink

    Well said Thankful.

  18. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    November 25, 2016 - 11:22 pm | Permalink

    Burbank

  19. FaceTheFacts's Gravatar FaceTheFacts
    November 25, 2016 - 11:15 pm | Permalink

    @sintowng54 70-21…..how’s that for schedule strength?

  20. MsLMfan's Gravatar MsLMfan
    November 25, 2016 - 10:58 pm | Permalink

    @Maverick
    Home games? Seriously that’s your reasoning to why we won CIF,Regional and State? No..C.I.F robbed our seniors of having that championship stadium moment! They did us no favor! Btw we won tonight so maybe you can just be happy for us and stop trying take away all the hard work these boys have put in.. Put us on the ROAD..hell put us on the MOON either way we Gona bring it!! #HPT

    Give LM some credit!

  21. The hill has eyes's Gravatar The hill has eyes
    November 25, 2016 - 10:56 pm | Permalink

    Mtb
    Was that viewpoint the in a different uni??

  22. Blow out?'s Gravatar Blow out?
    November 25, 2016 - 10:52 pm | Permalink

    Oiler nation….,well son that’s what you call a good ole’ a$$ beating. Lol

  23. The hill has eyes's Gravatar The hill has eyes
    November 25, 2016 - 10:50 pm | Permalink

    @ oiler
    Dark side defense! Brawhaha!! You home yet??? Doubt it!!

  24. Sparta's Gravatar Sparta
    November 25, 2016 - 10:45 pm | Permalink

    Cough….cough….lol

  25. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    November 25, 2016 - 10:21 pm | Permalink

    @ oiler nation
    This is what you call a “BLOW OUT” brawhaha! Warm up the car turn the heater on! The “Dark side” defense really!! win it all before you give it a name!!!

  26. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    November 25, 2016 - 9:46 pm | Permalink

    @oiler nation
    Now this is what you call a BLOW OUT!!! see the difference? Duh

  27. @maverick's Gravatar @maverick
    November 25, 2016 - 6:18 pm | Permalink

    It’s based on coin flips…

  28. Maverick's Gravatar Maverick
    November 25, 2016 - 6:17 pm | Permalink

    Playoff note;
    La Mirada has had the last 5 playoff games at home, in 2015 @home vs LS in CIF Championship @home vs Oceanside CIF Regional So Cal State Championship @ home vs Campolindo in State Championship and now in 2016 playoffs @home vs Paso Robles @ home vs La Serna.
    The CIF Executive Committee has been very favourable in giving LM home field advantage in the playoffs. Now comes their true test and we will see if they can win on the road in Los Alamitos.

  29. SintownG54's Gravatar SintownG54
    November 25, 2016 - 12:34 pm | Permalink

    Ohh & TYPING LIKE THIS doesn’t make a difference either..

  30. SintownG54's Gravatar SintownG54
    November 25, 2016 - 12:33 pm | Permalink

    That was cute & all, but…
    You still didn’t compare their strength of schedule this season..

  31. NOTHING BUT FACTS's Gravatar NOTHING BUT FACTS
    November 25, 2016 - 11:45 am | Permalink

    Arroyo’s record with last two head coaches
    with Singiser as head coach(2003- 2016):
    overall 112 wins 49 losses 13 CIF appearances
    league 59 wins 11 losses 9 league titles

    with MacKinnon as head coach(1980-2002):
    overall 178 wins 89 losses 1 tie 21 CIF appearances 1 CIF title(and no we didn’t give it back)
    league 91 wins 24 losses 14 league titles

    from 1956 to 1979
    108 wins 105 losses 9 ties 6 CIF appearances
    league 68 wins 58 losses 7 ties 6 league titles
    From T. Peterson: Thank you. That’s great info!

  32. SintownG54's Gravatar SintownG54
    November 25, 2016 - 11:00 am | Permalink

    @FaceTheFacts
    What’s not good news? that they’ve been around a short time? What difference does that make?
    If you want to compare Segerstrom & Arroyo, let’s compare their strength of schedule this season..

  33. FaceTheFacts's Gravatar FaceTheFacts
    November 25, 2016 - 10:42 am | Permalink

    @sintowng54 that is not good news for Segerstrom. Arroyo has been around since 1955. Couldn’t even tell you how many MVL titles Arroyo has won with just their current coaching staff alone. They have more experience in tough situations. AHS by two TDs.

  34. SinTownG54's Gravatar SinTownG54
    November 25, 2016 - 9:20 am | Permalink

    Segerstrom HS is from the OC, Santa Ana.
    It first opened in 05 & in the short time that they’ve been around have already captured 5 League titles.. Anyone thinking it’ll be a 3 score game is on a good 1…
    Segerstrom 24 Arroyo 14

  35. Baxterfaster's Gravatar Baxterfaster
    November 25, 2016 - 1:19 am | Permalink

    @thankful
    Upon reflection, maybe your just hurt because your team doesnt have an easy ride anymore and cant bask in the glory of semifinals participation without working harder and playing better. The old way of placing whole leagues into the same division for playoffs is what cheated some players and programs, and was unduly charitable to others. A teams performance over the last 2 years is much more indicative of their skill level than the schools population and what league they are in. And a quick check of the stats for Montebello shows a gain over last year in most catagories, and Burbank shows a gain in ALL catagories over last year!!! So your “not an inch of improvement over last year” is also wrong.

  36. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    November 25, 2016 - 1:15 am | Permalink

    @thankful
    Upon reflection, maybe your just butt-hurt because your team doesnt have an easy ride anymore and cant bask in the glory of semifinals participation without working harder and playing better. The old way of placing whole leagues into the same division for playoffs is what cheated some players and programs, and was unduly charitable to others. A teams performance over the last 2 years is much more indicative of their skill level than the schools population and what league they are in. And a quick check of the stats for Montebello shows a gain over last year in most catagories, and Burbank shows a gain in ALL catagories over last year!!! So your “not an inch of improvement over last year” must have been pulled out of your hurt butt!

  37. Thankful's Gravatar Thankful
    November 24, 2016 - 11:23 pm | Permalink

    It is beyond argument that MANY teams which did not improve one iota from last season are now in position to make the finals and possibly hoist hardware. This is entirely due to Wigod’s reshuffling of the divisional decks to make previous also-ran programs the new top dogs in their group. I am casting no aspersions on these fair-to-good programs, merely describing CIF’s clever new marketing tactic.

  38. Don't Doubt the South's Gravatar Don't Doubt the South
    November 24, 2016 - 3:34 pm | Permalink

    @ Thankful To say that none of these programs that are in the semi finals have improved than you’re an idiot. With that being said, Congrats to all the local teams playing tomorrow night. May you all come out victorious and healthy.

  39. Wham's Gravatar Wham
    November 24, 2016 - 12:22 pm | Permalink

    @thankful sounds like you have no practice today and you’re turkey a little salty

  40. SHS for life's Gravatar SHS for life
    November 24, 2016 - 12:07 pm | Permalink

    I know this Valley View team can score but I don’t see Monkeybello giving up big points, their “D” is really stingy. However if the other team from Montebello doesn’t have a better showing than last weeks performance FridayKnights could be right.

  41. Thankful's Gravatar Thankful
    November 24, 2016 - 12:01 pm | Permalink

    On this day of reflection and gratitude, programs such as Montebello, SEM and even Burbank should give thanks to commissioner Wigod for his charitable re-working of divisions. This has allowed many teams to bask in the glory of semifinal participation without having made an inch of improvement over last season’s product. This situation over-rewards the current crop of players and by extension cheats those of previous years. Thanks again Rob.

  42. Just A Thought....'s Gravatar Just A Thought....
    November 24, 2016 - 11:08 am | Permalink

    Think Los Altos is the best bet of the local teams to make it to the finals, but it’s possible to underestimate Wilson. They have some real athletes, wins over some legit programs (Saugus, St. Anthony) and their only blowout loss was to LB Poly.
    Best game in this mix, to me, is Sierra Canyon-Charter Oak. On paper, you gotta like Sierra Canyon, but a two-TD win over Downey by CO was a lot more impressive than SC’s OT win over a pretty average Redondo team.
    Fun question: if SEM upsets Rancho Christian, and Arroyo handles Segerstrom, how many folks on these comment threads will have their heads explode b/c the Mission Valley League has two teams in the CIF finals? Hahaha!

  43. November 23, 2016 - 11:04 pm | Permalink

    Burbank beats Don Lugo by 20 at least
    Montebello meets its demise because it can’t score enough
    SEM has got a tough wall to climb they lose by 30 just can’t see them beating a team like this… this one man show has carried them this far but the story has to end some time and this the end for them. 48-14

  44. November 23, 2016 - 10:59 pm | Permalink

    You know the story by now… Verbum Dei was too athletic, Schurr was very physical now Segerstrom is too big cmon guys this is what Singiser does… I’ve actually seen segerstrom and it’s gonna be 3 score victory at least. Nobody can match talent with Arroyo in this division. Mark it down 48-21

  45. Locks of the week's Gravatar Locks of the week
    November 23, 2016 - 10:00 pm | Permalink

    Los Al Beats LM by 7 (It’s all about coaching and this time Mike gets out coached)

    Valley View Beats Montebello by 4 scores. (When coaching is equal athletes win games. Too many athletes in Mo Valley)

    Arroyo loses a close one. segerstroms wing t is too big and physical for Arroyo per Jim.

  46. Oilerparent's Gravatar Oilerparent
    November 23, 2016 - 7:15 pm | Permalink

    @mvs writer
    It’s valley View eagles not victor valley and it’s in Moreno Valley not Fontana
    From MVS Staff: Right….??????

  47. SHS for life's Gravatar SHS for life
    November 23, 2016 - 5:02 pm | Permalink

    It would be nice to see the Oilers get to the show. Trust me we have been there twice. And won!!!!! Just saying. :)

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