Game Night CIF Playoffs: Semi Finals

Daniel Olmos Leads the Eagles into the Semi Finals against Santa Maria (Photo by Duane Barker).

Friday November 24

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


Charter Oak (12-0, Hacienda #1) at Rancho Verde (10-2, Inland Valley #1)

The Chargers were impressive in erasing a 21 point deficit on the road last week against Westlake. Rancho Verde has been clicking in the post season as well with big wins over Oak Hills and Hart. Things have been going Charter Oak’s way all season in reeling off 12 straight victories. The Chargers have passed every test so far this year. No reason that they can’t ace this one as well. Chargers are going to Finals.

Charter Oak 31 Rancho Verde 27


El Toro (8-4, Sea View #2) at St. Francis (11-1, Angelus #2) 

El Toro has lost four games this year although its schedule could hardly be described as cupcakes. St Francis has been perfect except for the one hiccup at home against Cathedral. The Golden Knights have had two close games in the post season including a ten point win over Citrus Hill last week. Home field is always big in the playoffs and that should get St. Francis over the top. That and a solid performance by Darius Perrantes gets it done for the Knights. St. Francis advances.

St. Francis 34 El Toro 31     



Downey (10-2, SGV #2) at Capistrano Valley (12-0, Sea View #1)

Downey can compete with almost anybody. The Vikings have shown that throughout the season and in the playoffs. Downey has lost only twice – to Santa Margarita in the season opener and a one point loss to Paramount in overtime in league. Capistrano Valley however is on another level. After the Vikes take an hour and a half bus ride they’ll have to face a Capistrano Valley team that has won 12 straight and rolled over every opponent in its path. Their closest game was to San Juan Hills back in September when Capistrano won 14-7. Other than that Capistrano Valley has won big. In the two playoff games the Cougars have routed their opponents 35-6 and 34-7. An upset would be huge for Downey but it’s a longshot – especially on the road. Capo Valley gets the W.

Capistrano Valley 35 Downey 24             



Paloma Valley (10-2, Sunbelt #2) at Paraclete (11-1, Gold Coast #1)

Paraclete doesn’t lose at home. Actually the Spirits don’t lose at all this year- well they did once to Oaks Christian on the road – as they finished 11-1 overall. That game was on September 8 and Paraclete hasn’t lose since. Paloma Valley is solid but Paraclete is on a mission for a second straight CF title. Paraclete will play for another championship.

Paraclete 38 Paloma 27   



Burbank (10-2, Pacific #1) at Don Lugo (10-2, Mt. Baldy #2) 

This is the best local matchup of the weekend. it’s also a rematch of the Division 8 semi finals last year when Burbank beat Don Lugo 44-14. Both teams moved up a division and here we go again. Both teams come in with the same 10-2 record. Burbank ran the Pacific League table while Don Lugo did lose one Mt. Baldy League game to Colony. You could probably determine the winner by flipping a coin. I’ve been burned too many times picking against Burbank. Bulldogs win it in the fourth quarter.

Burbank 31 Don Lugo 28   



Burroughs Ridgecrest (10-2, Mojave River #2) at Mayfair (11-1, Suburban #1) (Bellflower)

Everything has been coming up Mayfair this year. The Monsoons cruised through the Suburban League after losing just once in non league. Burroughs Ridgecrest finished second in the tough Mojave River League behind undefeated Apple Valley. A solid running attack with Traveon Anderson and home field advantage should be enough for the Monsoons. Mayfair by a field goal.

Mayfair 27 Burroughs Ridgecrest 24 


DIV 11 

Covina (10-2, Valle Vista #1T) at Culver City (11-1, Ocean #2)

The Colts have kicked it into another gear in the post season. Covina took out Victor Valley on the road and then held off a tough Westminster team at home. Right now the Colts are playing their best football of the season. They will need to be at the top of their game to beat Culver City. The Centaurs have lost only once all year- a 33-14 setback to Lawndale on October 13. They love to throw it. Quarterback Jonathan Martin has aired it out for nearly 3000 yards this year. The Colts need to pound it and chew up the clock to keep Culver City off the field. It might work for awhile but in the end Culver City gets rolling. Covina’s season ends in semis.

Culver City 35 Covina 21  


DIV 12

Santa Maria (8-4, Northern #1) at South El Monte (11-1, MVL #2)

Quarterback Blake Truhitte, all 5-6, 130 pounds of him, has done it all for Santa Maria. Truhitte has thrown for 1,949 yards and 24 touchdowns and also leads the team in rushing with 1,690 yards. South El Monte has plenty of weapons to unveil. Sal Tovar, Daniel Olmos, Richard Nava and AJ Carreon are all capable of making big plays. If the Eagles can shut down Truhitte and make somebody else beat them they have a shot. South El Monte’s offense will be fine. The defense just needs to make some stops. Oh and Eagle fans, how about some support? Last week’s crowd was lacking. South to Finals!

South El Monte 28 Santa Maria 21            


19 Comments to "Game Night CIF Playoffs: Semi Finals"

  1. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    November 25, 2017 - 2:33 pm | Permalink

    @jstamom, yea. There you go, now that’s something to be proud of. Like I said, pot calling the kettle black. You and your fellow parents should be ashamed also…..

  2. Just saying's Gravatar Just saying
    November 25, 2017 - 11:21 am | Permalink

    Really glad charter oak lost the parents where so cocky and talked to much…You don’t win till you win…lol

  3. JstaMom's Gravatar JstaMom
    November 25, 2017 - 11:11 am | Permalink

    Lmao! We have never had the police called on us.

  4. Knightwatch's Gravatar Knightwatch
    November 25, 2017 - 12:10 am | Permalink

    Got to Covina – Culver City game with 6 minutes to go in 4th Q, only saw the last 5 TDs.
    Final score Covina 57 Culver City 56 . overtime

  5. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    November 24, 2017 - 11:48 pm | Permalink

    Please keep picking Downey to lose
    From MVS Staff: Yeah ok.

  6. Semis's Gravatar Semis
    November 24, 2017 - 11:37 pm | Permalink

    SEM lost 35 to 14

  7. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    November 24, 2017 - 11:28 pm | Permalink

    Yea, they’re almost as bad as LA parents huh jstamom. Talk about pot calling the kettle black.

  8. SGVL Fan's Gravatar SGVL Fan
    November 24, 2017 - 11:24 pm | Permalink

    MVS…dam autocorrect

  9. SGVL Fan's Gravatar SGVL Fan
    November 24, 2017 - 11:23 pm | Permalink

    Anybody have a SEM score?
    Mgs is still sleepy from too much turkey….lol

  10. George Springer's Gravatar George Springer
    November 24, 2017 - 11:21 pm | Permalink

    Covina in OT. This game is nuts, like the Astros and Dodgers last month.

  11. JstaMom's Gravatar JstaMom
    November 24, 2017 - 11:20 pm | Permalink

    Charter Oak should be ashamed of themselves.

  12. SGVL Fan's Gravatar SGVL Fan
    November 24, 2017 - 11:01 pm | Permalink

    Downey 41 capo valley 21…
    Vikes to the ship For the 3rd time in 6 yrs

  13. Slingshot's Gravatar Slingshot
    November 24, 2017 - 10:26 pm | Permalink

    Garfield got served tonight, “Coach Polonco” this is why you should always stay humble.

  14. Baxterfaster's Gravatar Baxterfaster
    November 24, 2017 - 5:31 pm | Permalink

    Gotta have talent, coaching, tradition, community support, and heart to win at this time of year. Burbank has inched up in all categories over the last decade or so. There is another huge challenge and another chance for the Bulldogs to prove themselves tonite in Chino Hills vs Don Lugo. I give the edge to The Bank, things are clicking on all cylinders.

  15. South El Monte supporter's Gravatar South El Monte supporter
    November 24, 2017 - 1:32 pm | Permalink

    Good Luck to our EAGLES tonight. South Quarterback Daniel Olmos be the leader you have been.

  16. Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man's Gravatar Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man
    November 23, 2017 - 8:18 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, Underdog! He’s a character I’ve identified with since I was a kid in the 1960’s.
    Good luck to Downey, Covina, and South El Monte on Friday night.

  17. November 23, 2017 - 4:16 pm | Permalink

    Hoping south El Monte wins there game they Deserve to play good and win for once in these big game

  18. November 23, 2017 - 1:55 pm | Permalink


    Beating Culver City will be a daunting task for the Colts tomorrow. I wish them luck.

  19. November 23, 2017 - 12:26 pm | Permalink

    There’s no need to fear, Underdog is here.

    When criminals in this world appear,
    And break the laws that they should fear,
    And frighten all who see or hear,
    The cry goes up both far and near for

    Speed of lightning, roar of thunder,
    Fighting all who rob or plunder
    Underdog, Underdog, Underdog.

    When in this world the headlines read
    Of those who’s hearts are filled with greed
    And rob and steal from those in need.
    To right this wrong with blinding speed goes

    Speed of lightning, roar of thunder,
    Fighting all who rob or plunder
    Underdog, Underdog, Underdog.

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