All kickoffs are at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise indicated.
Friday December 2
Edison (12-1) at La Mirada (11-2)
The Matadores pulled a miracle out of the hat to beat La Serna two weeks ago. Last week they put away a solid Los Alamitos team on the road. It’s hard to see Mike Moschetti’s crew faltering now. They’ll be up against it with Edison, a team that hails from the Sunset League and has polished off some good competition. It won’t be easy but the Mats get it done. They win their second straight CIF title.
La Mirada 31 Edison 28
Corona Del Mar (12-1) at Sierra Canyon (12-0) at Granada Hills
Sierra Canyon has blazed a perfect trail through its first 12 games. If Bobby Cole doesn’t wear you down, Johnny Hawkins will hit you with a big pass play. Oh, and the defense isn’t bad either. Just ask the Charter Oak Chargers who were intercepted five times last week. Corona Del Mar swept through the Pacific Coast League before winning three straight in the post season. Last week the Sea Kings survived a one point win over Lompoc. They’re good, no question. But not good enough to knock Sierra Canyon off the pedestal. Bobby and the Blazers win the CIF title…again.
Sierra Canyon 34 Corona Del Mar 30
Paraclete (9-4) at Los Altos (13-0)
Don’t let Paraclete’s four losses fool you. The Spirits have fallen to a murderer’s row of Serrano, Los Alamitos, Oaks Christian and Sierra Canyon. Sorry folks no slouches there. I didn’t think I was looking at a 13-0 team when I saw Los Altos dismantle San Marino back in September. However here the Conquerors are and Head Coach Dale Ziola has taken his team to a new level. Yes, he’s had some help. Tyler Nevens is a monster, Kody Olmos is clutch, Andrew Manuele gives defensive coordinators nightmares and Khayman King is a miracle worker. But Ziola brings it all together with a unique style that has established him as one of the best coaches in the area. Los Altos was in the Central Division Finals two years ago and came up short. Now the Conqs are ready to bring it home. Petros Papadakis said on “The Challenge” last Sunday night that Los Altos “Won’t beat the Spirits.” Sorry P, I disagree. Los Altos gets the ring.
Los Altos 24 Paraclete 21
Burbank (10-3) at Yorba Linda (11-2)
The Bulldogs will have their work cut out for them on the road against a solid Yorba Linda squad. The Mustangs feature an extremely balanced attack (2,209 passing, 2,216 rushing) led by Luke Wilson’s 2,209 yards passing and 21 td’s. Jaydyn Webb leads the ground attack with 977 yards and 12 td’s. On defense Yorba Linda features two bad dudes extraordinaire. MLB Noah Lines has accounted for 145 total tackles and DE Jacob Dennisen adds another 106 and 11 sacks. If Burbank can’t contain these two it will be a long night. The Bulldogs will counter with Guy Gibbs and Nicolas Warren on offense who have accounted for 34 scores between them. They will need their best efforts and a couple of big plays from Darnell Williams to get past the Mustangs on the road. It’s been a great and somewhat unexpected run for Burbank but the road ends in Yorba Linda.
Yorba Linda 35 Burbank 24
Rancho Mirage (11-2) at Arroyo (12-1)
There is probably no hotter quarterback in the SGV than Arroyo’s Ernesto Camacho coming off a seven touchdown performance last week against Segerstrom. If the the sophomore signal caller can remain in the zone and continue with the hot hand, Rancho Mirage will be in for a long night. On the other side of the ball Cesario Carrillo and Daniel Mendoza lead a Knight defense giving up just under 14 points per game. The defense will need to be stout against a Rattler team averaging 37 a game. On the other side of the ball Rancho Mirage likes to get it done on the ground with Kyle Whitfield (1,447 and 27 td’s) and Marques Prior (929 and 15 td’s). On defense Rancho Mirage is giving up a stingy 11 points a game. Justin Ramirez (13 sacks) and Mario Montalvo (62 tackles) will need to find a way to get pressure on Camacho if the Rattlers want to stay in this game. In the end Arroyo will be too much on offense to contain and Jim Singiser gets his first CIF Title.
Arroyo 42 Rancho Mirage 30