All kickoffs are 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise indicated:
Friday November 7
Crespi (1-9, Mission at large) at Charter Oak (10-0, Hacienda #1)
Crespi is lucky to get in but now the luck runs out as the Celts travel to Charter Oak. The Chargers are primed and ready for a long playoff run. Crespi won’t last a half. Charter Oak rolls into second round. It could get ugly.
Charter Oak 45 Crespi 14
La Serna (6-4, Del Rio #2) at St. Francis (9-1, Angelus #2)
It’s been somewhat of a disappointing year for La Serna. The Lancers are used to winning the Del Rio. A loss to Santa Fe wasn’t in their plans. The Lancers rolled through league after that loss but it did throw a wrench in their season. As for the Golden Knights, they’re still mad about losing to Cathedral. They’ll probably take it out on La Serna. St. Francis wins going away.
St. Francis 35 La Serna 10
Summit (5-5, Sunkist at large) at San Marino (7-2, Rio Hondo #2)
Tough opening matchup for San Marino. Summit always competes. However the Titans are at home and Stephen Carr is now carrying the ball for USC, not the Skyhawks. It won’t be easy but some home cooking and a strong running attack gets it done for San Marino. Titans advance.
San Marino 27 Summit 20
Yorba Linda (7-3, Crestview #2) at Monrovia (4-6, Rio Hondo #1)
Monrovia is at home, that part is good. What isn’t good for the Monrovia faithful is that the Wildcats now face a Yorba Linda team that is anything but a pushover. The Mustangs three losses were to teams that were a combined 27-3 including Capistrano Valley which was 10-0. A home crowd and a couple of scores early could keep the Wildcats in the game. Otherwise it could be a long night for the green and white. Monrovia’s season comes to an end.
Yorba Linda 38 Monrovia 24
Kaiser (7-3, Sunkist #2) at San Dimas (7-3, Valle Vista #1T)
The Saints may be playing the best football in the area right now. Since losing to Covina 36-35 on October 7, San Dimas has reeled off four straight scoring 215 points in the process. Yeah, 215. They have had some struggles on defense, they allowed 42 to Northview as well as the 35 to the Colts, but the offense has been prolific. Kaiser could pose a problem. The Cats finished second in the always competitive Sunkist and can put points on the board. But if the Saints offense continues to click and the defense can make a couple of stops they should be fine. San Dimas wins a close call.
San Dimas 31 Kaiser 27
Montebello (7-3, Almont #2T) at Pasadena Poly (8-1-1, Prep #1)
Pasadena Poly’s record may be a little inflated. Yes the Panthers did win eight games and they haven’t lost since August 25 when Temple City beat them 20-7. But here’s the rub. Temple City didn’t make the playoffs and the argument can be made that Pasadena Poly hasn’t played anybody since then. Montebello is on the road but the drive to Rose City is short and sweet. On the field the Oilers came within four points of running the Almont League table. Montebello gets the W.
Montebello 28 Pasadena Poly 17
Victor Valley (5-5, Desert Sky #2) at Covina (8-2, Valle Vista #1T) (Covina District Field)
The good thing for the Colts is they don’t have to drive out to Victorville. They get Victor Valley in the friendly confines of Covina District Field and Covina has won eight of its last nine games to boot. Victor Valley may put up a fight early, but in the end the Colts should have enough. Nin Burns II and the Covina offense leads the way to a Colt victory.
Covina 34 Victor Valley 21
Lakeside (7-3, Sunbelt #3T) at Arroyo (10-0, Mission Valley #1)
Arroyo has wrapped up a perfect 10-0 season and now has its eyes set on a second straight CIF title. Lakeside (Lake Elsinore) went 7-3 overall but just 2-3 in the Sunbelt League and four of its wins came against teams that went winless on the season. The Knights may run into some trouble down the road but they’ll be fine in this one. Arroyo jumps out to an early lead and never looks back. Knights move on the the second round.
Arroyo 42 Lakeside 14