Game Night: CIF Finals

St. Francis ready to line up against Rancho Verde

All kickoffs are at 7:00 p.m. Even if its posted for 7:30 plan for 7:00:

Friday December 1


Rancho Verde (11-2, Inland Valley #1) at St. Francis (12-1, Angelus #2) 

This is the Final that we were going to see undefeated Charter Oak against once beaten St. Francis. Two Division 3 powerhouses knocking heads that would have been huge for the local football landscape. Rancho Verde ruined all of that however by knocking off the Chargers last Friday night in the semi finals. St. Francis seems to have hit its stride at the right time. The Golden Knights pummeled El Toro 52-17 last week as Darius Perrantes and company continue to light up the scoreboard. Rancho Verde will be a big time test and won’t go down easy. But in the end St. Francis gets it done. Golden Knights will raise the banner for the first time since 1964.

St. Francis 38 Rancho Verde 31         


DIV 11

Katella (Orange #1) at Covina (11-2, Valle Vista #1T) (Covina District Field) 

Covina is on a roll. The Colts racked up 42 points to beat a solid Westminster team and then 57 on the road to beat explosive Culver City on the road in the semis. Nin Burns II is leading the charge with his legs and his arm while Erik Cuellar is running roughshod though defenses. Katella is a formidable opponent. The Knights overcame a three touchdown deficit on the road to beat Arcadia. But this is Covina’s year. Colts win their first title since 1995.

Covina 35 Katella 28          



Paraclete (12-1, Gold Coast #1) at Moorpark (11-2, Camino #2)

Dean Herrington wins his second title in his two years at the helm. Paraclete repeat!

Paraclete 31 Moorpark 24   


Saturday December 2 


Cajon (12-1, Citrus Belt #1) at Downey (11-2, San Gabriel Valley #2)

Cajon hasn’t lost since September 8 when the Cowboys fell to Murrieta Valley 49-46. Cajon has won 11 straight and has racked up 146 points in three games in the playoffs. Downey isn’t too shabby either. The Vikings dominated Capistrano Valley last week 41-21 and have scored 137 points in three post season games. If Baraq Ross can have a big game on the ground and the defense can make enough stops Downey can pull it off. The home field advantage doesn’t hurt either. Vikes win the Division 4 title.

Downey 35 Cajon 31     



El Modena (11-2, North Hills #1) at Don Lugo (11-2, Mt. Baldy #2)

Great season for the Conquistadores but Greg Gano’s crew falls just short. El Modena has too much.

El Modena 27 Don Lugo 24

23 Comments to "Game Night: CIF Finals"

  1. annoymous's Gravatar annoymous
    December 3, 2017 - 7:07 pm | Permalink

    Rumor has it Salesian is out of The Angelus league being replaced by Harvard Westlake. Angelus league Crespi,Cathedral ,St.Francis, Harvard Westlake.

  2. Football Fan's Gravatar Football Fan
    December 2, 2017 - 7:18 pm | Permalink

    I’m sitting home just like you are this weekend. But I have a CIF and State ring. How many of those do you have? That’s what I thought….none. And don’t forget the last time our teams met….scoreboard baby! Not my fault our transfers were better than yours. Your transfers still haven’t won squat.

  3. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    December 2, 2017 - 3:23 am | Permalink

    @FridayKnights you should NEVER be allowed to talk LOL your team got bounced in the second round of D11 hahaha Harvard-Westlake would also lay the smackdown on Arroyo and La Salle vs Arroyo would be a great game but I’d have to put my money on the Lancers in that one

  4. December 1, 2017 - 11:25 pm | Permalink

    @Angelus League
    Lmfao! You mean the same league that has teams that lost to D13 Cantwell? Or D11 Montebello or LaSalle big wins lol cmon man your league sucks other than Cathedral and St Francis everyone else is way below average.
    BTW I saw the film of Cathedral vs Upland, talk about mismatch!!! Upland is a great team but y’all made them like Alabama lol. Anyway I’m sure the throwing circuit hype will be starting very shortly. This is the year right? How D1s you got coming this year? Yaawwwwwn

  5. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    December 1, 2017 - 9:44 pm | Permalink

    Grow up
    Your team and coach are trash accept the fact that u Kings of 7 v 7 but jokers when it comes to pads
    Please don’t call me stupid..ask me to call for a game or ask what school I am from…look in the mirror

  6. Angelus League's Gravatar Angelus League
    December 1, 2017 - 6:41 pm | Permalink

    To Friday Knight, Kid You are Lucky Arroyo plays in a Pop Warner league. Like I said call cathedral or anybody in the Angelus League including Salesian.

  7. Angelus League's Gravatar Angelus League
    December 1, 2017 - 6:33 pm | Permalink

    To Football Fan, Where is Your La Mirada Squad at home. No More 50 Transfers a Year and no more Titles.

  8. Football Fan's Gravatar Football Fan
    December 1, 2017 - 5:56 pm | Permalink


    So let’s go back a few more years….

    2009 – Eliminated by Oaks Christian (in D10)
    2010 – No playoffs
    2011 – No playoffs
    2012 – Eliminated by Chaminade
    2013 – Eliminated by Lompoc
    2014 – Eliminated by Downey
    2015 – Eliminated by La Mirada
    2016 – Eliminated by Rancho Verde
    2017 – Eliminated by Upland

    I have yet to see a ring or even a finals appearance by the Phantoms in those years.

    Like it or not St. Francis is playing in a final and your team is not.

  9. FBFan's Gravatar FBFan
    December 1, 2017 - 5:26 pm | Permalink

    SAN Dimas and Northview are in the right division. They’re in the wrong league. Wilson, BP and Rowland are automatic W’s.

  10. December 1, 2017 - 5:18 pm | Permalink

    Oh Cathedral you make it too easy

  11. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    December 1, 2017 - 3:33 pm | Permalink

    Always crying over there.
    Love talking yourself up during the season, then you get bounced and want to turn the tide and trash talk teams still in it.
    How many rings do you have?

  12. San Dimas Fan's Gravatar San Dimas Fan
    December 1, 2017 - 11:39 am | Permalink

    Covina is a great story! I believe Nin Burns senior lead Covina to their last CIF title and now Nin Burns Jr is leading Covina again. That’s pretty cool. Last night must have been an Interesting conversation during dinner at the Burns home. Also Northview must be green with envy that Covina made the CIF finals and NV never did with their delux QB. I still think both NV and San Dimas are in he wrong division.

  13. Phantoms's Gravatar Phantoms
    December 1, 2017 - 11:14 am | Permalink

    Today’s fiber-board championship plaques are awarded by the same baby-boomer nut-jobs who agonize over bathroom signage. Back when Friedman was running things, men were men and only league champions were allowed entry to the postseason. In that more meaningful time, St. Francis would have been three weeks into preparations for 2018, instead of posturing as a champion of anything.

  14. @my two cents's Gravatar @my two cents
    November 30, 2017 - 10:31 pm | Permalink

    What’s Wong with just wishing for a great game and leave it at that. That’s what’s Wong with the world today. Hope you find peace in life “my two cents”.

  15. November 30, 2017 - 7:25 pm | Permalink

    Good luck Matt and
    Good luck St.Francis
    Go Rebels

  16. November 30, 2017 - 7:23 pm | Permalink


  17. Football Fan's Gravatar Football Fan
    November 30, 2017 - 5:09 pm | Permalink


    Blaming CIF for your loss now? And what is Cathedral’s excuses for the other years?

    2013 – Eliminated by Lompoc
    2014 – Eliminated by Downey
    2015 – Eliminated by La Mirada
    2016 – Eliminated by Rancho Verde
    2017 – Eliminated by Upland

    At the end of the day it doesn’t matter that Cathedral beat St. Francis in the regular season. They are playing tomorrow night and you will be sitting at home.

    It’s simple…..beat the teams placed in front of you. With all that talent and Pearson can’t win the Big One.

  18. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    November 30, 2017 - 2:29 pm | Permalink

    Phantoms…STFU…just like the school u rep.. All talk no rings…if Cathedral ever wins a ring it will be from a gumball machine not from the CIF…because u never have not ever will win in late November and early Dec when it counts…good luck in passing league…hahahaahaha

  19. KnightKnight's Gravatar KnightKnight
    November 30, 2017 - 2:25 pm | Permalink

    They won’t care who they lost to during the season cause they got the ship.

  20. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    November 30, 2017 - 2:00 pm | Permalink

    @phantom, shut up you moron! Go away and getting ready for your passing league championship…

  21. Phantoms's Gravatar Phantoms
    November 30, 2017 - 1:50 pm | Permalink

    If St. Francis takes it all, they will have to live with the thought that their arch-rival Cathedral is actually better, but got no hardware from the authorities. That’s all due to the arcane way the postseason is run nowadays. A Golden Knights championship will be a diluted version of the Friedman accomplishment.

  22. NWO's Gravatar NWO
    November 30, 2017 - 1:44 pm | Permalink

    Best of luck to former Rebels, Matthew Barriga & Blake Howard. Bring that CIF ring to St. Francis.

  23. My Two Cents's Gravatar My Two Cents
    November 30, 2017 - 12:33 pm | Permalink

    @MVS, whoever made these picks are making it with your heart. I do hope you are right since that means all the local teams represented the area well. I would be happy if three of your predictions come out on top. Paraclete, Covina, and El Modena has the best chance. Cajon will beat Downey by at least three touchdowns.
    From MVS Staff: We’re convinced that St. Francis, Covina, Paraclete and El Modena all win. But we’ll admit the one we did go back and forth on was Downey- Cajon. None of us has seen Cajon so we looked at their schedule, scores, stats, etc. Thing is we did the same with Capistrano Valley and after picking Capo Valley, Downey blew them out. We’ve seen the Vikings several times and they’re good. They will definitely have to play their best game to beat Cajon but we think they can win…especially at home. Cal Preps has Cajon winning 38-35. So they think it will be close as well. Not that they’re always right but…we’ll see. Hope it’s a great game.

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