Game Night CIF Playoffs: 2nd Round

Isaiah Hamilton (4), Tavian Jones (24) and the Charter Oak Chargers are heading out to Westlake.

All kickoffs are at 7:00 p.m. Some are scheduled for 7:30 but plan for 7:00:

Thursday November 16

DIV 11

Westminster (9-2, Golden West #2) at Covina (9-2, Valle Vista #1T) (Covina District Field)

The Colts are the last Valle Vista team standing. Who would have thunk it? Covina has lost only two games all year and both times they put up 28 points in losses to playoff teams Arroyo and Northview. Westminster comes to town with an identical 9-2 record and is coming off a 42-20 win over St. Genevieve. The Lions can run and pass effectively but their forte is on the ground where they racked up 3,141 yards. The Colts defense has been susceptible at times. They need to be stout against the run to advance. Covina makes the stops when needed. Colts move on.

Covina 31 Westminster 28   


Friday November 17


Cathedral (10-1, Angelus #1) at Upland (11-0, Baseline #1)

Upland has beaten everybody and it hasn’t been close. Well, Rancho Cucamonga did come within a touchdown but everything else was pretty ugly. The Scots dropped 77 on Etiwanda and 62 on Claremont. Cathedral is good too – to beat the St. Francises and La Sernas of the world, but Upland is a whole different animal. Phantoms make it interesting early but Scots pull away in the second half.

Upland 42 Cathedral 17


DIV 3 

Charter Oak (11-0, Hacienda#1) at Westlake (8-3, Marmonte #2)

Nobody has been able to stop Charter oak so far. Can Westlake? The Warriors lost three games but a couple of them were to powerhouses Calabasas and Oaks Christian and they did beat Sierra Canyon 25-7 back in August. So make no mistake Westlake can play. Quarterback Jack Kaplinski threw for over 2000 yards. But the Chargers have some formidable weapons themselves in Jermaine Braddock (794 yards receiving, 11 TD), Matt Chavez who rushed for over 1200 yards and 10 touchdowns and Jalen Palacios who threw for 26 scores and 1,818 yards. Should be a barn burner. There might be some blood spilled in this one. Charter Oak stays undefeated.

Charter Oak 28 Westlake 24       



San Marino (9-2, Rio Hondo #2) at Bishop Diego (10-1, Tri Valley #2)

A trip up to Santa Barbara is usually nice little get away- a mini vacation if you will, unless you’re going up there to face Bishop Diego. When it comes to football Bishop Diego is a football power. Year in and year out the Cardinals are competing for a CIF title. San Marino has had a solid year and Mike Hobbie is one of the best coaches in the business, but this is a little too much to ask. The Titans will come out fighting and may give the Cards fits early. But in the end Bishop Diego comes out on top. Too much talent.

Bishop Diego 45 San Marino 24 



Burbank (9-2, Pacific #1) at South Hills (10-1, Palomares #1) (Covina District Field)

This looks like the best local matchup of the weekend. Burbank, like last year, continues to surprise while South Hills is having its best season since the Steve Bogan years. Should be a slugfest and could come down to a field goal in the fourth quarter. The outcome will rest on who makes the biggest plays late. The Huskies get it done in the end. South Hills advances.

South Hills 27 Burbank 24


DIV 10

Apple Valley (11-0, Mojave River #1) at Montebello (8-3, Almont #2T)

Good news, bad news for the Oilers. Good news is they’re at home, bad news is Apple Valley is coming to town. The Sun Devils are the number one seed for a reason. They are coming off a 75-0 win over Twentynine palms in the opening round of the playoffs. They beat Adelanto earlier in the year 77-0. Apple Valley is big, bad and at this point looks invincible. Tough draw for Montebello. Good year for the Oilers but this is the end of the line.

Apple Valley 42 Montebello 14     


DIV 11

Arroyo (11-0, MVL #1) at Rancho Mirage (8-3, De Anza #2)

Rancho Mirage isn’t the same team that battled Arroyo into overtime last year in the CIF FINAL. The Rattlers aren’t bad. They still finished 8-3 overall and second in the De Anza. However they did fall to Bell Gardens (5-6 overall) and lost 67-3 to a Banning team earlier this year that went 6-5. Arroyo is 11-0 and other than the South El Monte game the Knights weren’t tested in league. The Knights also knocked off playoff teams Schurr, Covina and South El Monte in the regular season. Home field advantage may work in Rancho Mirage’s favor but Arroyo still has too much firepower. Knights advance to the semis.

Arroyo 31 Rancho Mirage 24            

DIV 12

Rancho Christian (8-3, South Valley #2) at South El Monte (10-1, MVL #2)

South El Monte gets another crack at Rancho Christian after last year’s 42-28 loss at home in the semis. Both teams like to pound it like last year. If you go to the game you may be still out in time to catch a dinner and a movie. South has Sal Tovar, who is a year stronger, and a defense that does enough. Expect a game like last year with each team trading punches. South lands the knockout blow.

South El Monte 38 Rancho Christian 34

21 Comments to "Game Night CIF Playoffs: 2nd Round"

  1. Grim Reaper's Gravatar Grim Reaper
    November 17, 2017 - 2:37 pm | Permalink

    Playoffs!! did you say Playoffs!!

    1. of your list at least half are private schools that recruit and pay scholarships. There is real money that changes hands. So many observe that privates should be in their own divisions or publics should be able to pay their players some how. But we all know that will never happen. Sierra Canyon, Paraclete, Bishop Diego, all come to mind as schools that have some D1 studs they recruited, whose recruiting always stays ahead of their placement in divisions. One day they will be in D-1.

    2. The new scheme of CIF is division fluidity. Big time football programs at larger schools ever more drop down to play in lower divisions against smaller schools because they have had a few off years. Charter Oak was a previous winner in the drop down award, and St Paul is now the item of discussion by many on that front this year. They get dropped and somehow after they restock are now or soon will be high seeds with a cal preps rating of 30+
    Essentially the system gifts them a championship if they will take it due to a few down years. Essentially the welfare queen strategy to championship.

    Fans then root to be dropped so they can win a championship. Nobody wants to rise in divisions unless they are the privates that can out recruit their rise or the publics that can use the transfer process to great advantage. God bless the middle seeds in each division, not good enough to win, or bad enough to get dropped to play in a lower division. They are stuck in the rut.

  2. Playoffs!! did you say Playoffs!!'s Gravatar Playoffs!! did you say Playoffs!!
    November 17, 2017 - 9:52 am | Permalink

    trying to understand Playoffs:
    here is some familiar teams current ratings:
    In Div 1 you have Loyola with a rating of 47.6
    Los Alamitos with a 42.1
    Div 2 Notre Dame has a rating of 41.5
    Div 3 Westlake has a rating of 42.4
    Sierra Canyon has a rating of 41.5
    Div 4 Glendora has a rating of 37.8
    Damien has a rating of 36.2
    the highest rated team currently in Div 6 is Bishop Diego 39.3
    highest rated team in Div 7 South Hills is 39.7
    highest rated team in Div 9 Burroughs 37.3
    and Montebello is playing Apple Valley Div 10 with a rating 41.2
    does that seem right for playoff parity?

  3. The Truth's Gravatar The Truth
    November 17, 2017 - 12:16 am | Permalink

    Pathetic…. To say the least!!!

  4. Felipe's Gravatar Felipe
    November 16, 2017 - 10:39 pm | Permalink

    Yes if this is true hope he is good … Montebello needs all the help they can get against Apple Valley they are good

  5. Really?'s Gravatar Really?
    November 16, 2017 - 10:21 pm | Permalink

    @ Angelus Fan

    What are you talking about? You deserve to be in that Division. You are one of the top 8 teams with all your D-1 recruits your fans have been bragging about all year! Really, I can’t wait to see you move up. So you can move up 1 more Division and hear your whimpering. LMAO!

  6. Glenoaks's Gravatar Glenoaks
    November 16, 2017 - 9:56 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the pic’s SoCal Bulldog! Go Burbank!!

  7. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    November 16, 2017 - 7:50 pm | Permalink

    Wait I’m genuinely confused is Upland’s mascot the Highlanders or the Scotts ? Can anyone clarify, I’ve seen both used.
    From T. Peterson: On Max Preps they’re listed as Highlanders/Scots.

  8. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    November 16, 2017 - 7:49 pm | Permalink

    @Just an ol has been Upland vs. Cathedral if you want to see a lot of big time recruits

  9. Good football's Gravatar Good football
    November 16, 2017 - 7:17 pm | Permalink

    South hills vs Burbank

  10. Just an ol has been's Gravatar Just an ol has been
    November 16, 2017 - 6:45 pm | Permalink

    As stated before, I am new to this website and chat board. I try to catch a game each week of the season. Being from the Santa Fe Springs-Whittier area, most of our local teams are done. Schurr is on a long “road trip”. Any tips on a great match up to see for this second round?

  11. SoCal Bulldog's Gravatar SoCal Bulldog
    November 16, 2017 - 3:22 pm | Permalink

    Bad news for Montebello. I heard Tapia is out.

  12. Bottom Line's Gravatar Bottom Line
    November 16, 2017 - 3:19 pm | Permalink

    News just appeared on Eric Sondheimer’s twitter that Montebello QB Gabriel Tapia suffered a season-ending knee injury in last Friday’s game with Pasadena Poly. On behalf of many readers, let me wish this young man a swift return to health.

  13. Mr. Objective's Gravatar Mr. Objective
    November 16, 2017 - 3:07 pm | Permalink


    So, Schurr is an automatic victory?

  14. Graveyard's Gravatar Graveyard
    November 16, 2017 - 2:22 pm | Permalink

    @SoCal Bulldog I heard we added Bishop Amat because the contract with Loyola expired. Also looking to add another Mission League team such as Notre Dame or Serra

  15. SoCal Bulldog's Gravatar SoCal Bulldog
    November 16, 2017 - 12:19 pm | Permalink

    @ Angelus Fan- I would agree with you. Cathedral should have been left in Division three for this season. The problem is that they keep winning a lot of games during the regular season which in not there fault and CIF wants to move teams up that are doing well. If Cathedral want’s to win Division two next season I would hope they would schedule up to get them ready for the post season. Any ideas who they have lined up for next season ?

  16. Sparta's Gravatar Sparta
    November 16, 2017 - 11:44 am | Permalink

    @ THE SOUTH..pretty confident. Good luck this week.

  17. Angelus Fan's Gravatar Angelus Fan
    November 16, 2017 - 11:06 am | Permalink

    Cathedral got Screwd being put in D2. If they were in D3 The Title is their’s.

  18. THE SOUTH!'s Gravatar THE SOUTH!
    November 16, 2017 - 10:34 am | Permalink

    It’s going to be a good one Friday night!
    If we can get pass this round I don’t see why we’re not in the championship game.

  19. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    November 16, 2017 - 10:29 am | Permalink

    What happened to Montebello’s WR from the past years?

  20. SoCal Bulldog's Gravatar SoCal Bulldog
    November 16, 2017 - 9:48 am | Permalink

    Here are my picks for the Week.

    Thursday November 16th
    Division 11 Westminster vs. Covina- Coach Bacon and his defense will make this a close game. Covina 34- Westminster 28.

    Friday November 17th
    Division 2- Cathedral is really good , but Upland is better ( These guys will be in Division 1 next season.) Upland 31 Cathedral 24.

    Division 3- Charter Oak vs. Westlake. This game can go either way. I flipped a coin and it came up Westlake. Westlake 28 Charter Oak 27.

    Division 3 – St. Francis vs. Citrus Hill. To bad this is a quarter-final game. Should be a semi-final game. Citrus Hill 31 St. Francis 24.

    Division 4- Downey vs. Etiwanda. I like Downey here. Vikings 42 Etiwanda 31.
    Division 4- Glendora vs. Murrieta Mesa. Murrieta Mesa 27 Glendora 18

    Division 6- San Marino vs. Bishop Diego. Coach Hobbie will have his team ready to play, but Bishop Diego is just too much. Bishop Diego 45 San Marino 21.

    Division 7 – Burbank vs. South Hills- I think these two teams score a lot of point’s in this one. Burbank 42 South Hills 38.

    Division 7 – Diamond Ranch vs. El Modena. The winner of this game could win Division 7 this year. Diamond Ranch 28 El Modena 21.

    Division 10- Apple Valley vs. Montebello. This game will be closer than expected. But Apple Valley has to much star power. Apple Valley 40 Montebello 21

    Division 11- Katella vs. Arcadia. It’s been a while since Arcadia has been in the quarterfinals. They beat Katella . Arcadia 32 Katella 17.

    Division 11- Arroyo vs. Rancho Mirage. Knight’s go to PS and win. Arroyo 35 Rancho Mirage 24.

    Division 12- Schurr vs. Santa Maria. Another long bus ride for a local team. This game will be close for the first few quarters, but Schurr will get it done. Schurr 28 Santa Maria 14.

    Division 12 Rancho Christian vs. South El Monte. Both teams are well coached. If Rancho Christian can stop Tovar it will be a long night for the Eagles. If not look for the Eagles to do what they did last week. South El Monte 31 Rancho Christian 28.

    Best of luck too all the teams playing……….

  21. SHS's Gravatar SHS
    November 16, 2017 - 8:30 am | Permalink

    May the Spartans have a safe trip and big night in Santa Maria. Go Schurr!

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