All kickoffs are at 7:00 p.m. unless otherwise indicated:
Friday November 18
Sierra Canyon (8-4) at Bishop Amat (9-3)
Rematch of the game Bishop Amat won 31-28 in double overtime at Sierra Canyon on September 30. The Lancers offense is cooking right now. They have scored 134 points in their last two games. It will be another big time battle. Bishop Amat comes out on top.
Bishop Amat 35 Sierra Canyon 32
Cathedral (10-2) at Downey (10-2)
The two teams do have a common opponent in St. Paul. Downey beat the Swordsmen 44-23 while the Phantoms knocked off St. Paul 22-16. There’s been a lot of back and forth over the years between the two especially on the Mid Valley Sports site. Should go down to the wire. The Vikes get it done.
Downey 31 Cathedral 28
San Dimas (8-4) at Diamond Bar (11-1)
San Dimas has hit its stride. The Saints literally ran over Tahquitz last Friday night accumulating nearly 400 yards on the ground. Meanwhile Diamond Bar has still only lost once all year and routed Hillcrest last week 42-7. It will be another close game in the semi-finals. The Saints ground game will ultimately be too much. San Dimas to the finals.
San Dimas 27 Diamond Bar 20
Muir (6-6) at Baldwin Park (10-2)
Muir has been up and down all year as its record indicates – 6-6 overall. The Mustangs have picked up steam however since the playoffs have started. Muir knocked off Tustin 28-21 in the first round and then impressively shut out Norwalk 21-0 last week. Baldwin Park showed its mettle last week with a win over Covina after being down by 17 at halftime. Could go either way. I drew straws and the Braves came up short. Stangs win.
Muir 24 Baldwin Park 21
Bellflower (10-2) at South Pasadena (10-2)
If you would have told both coaches before the season started that they would be 10-2 and in the Division 11 Semi-Finals in November they would have taken it and then maybe called you crazy. Both have been surprisingly good. Bellflower has scored 65 points in its two playoff games while the Tigers have topped that with 78. This just seems like South Pasadena’s year. Team of destiny? I won’t say that but I will say the Tigers are at home. South Pas advances.
South Pasadena 30 Bellflower 27
Lancaster (7-5) at Arroyo (9-3)
Arroyo didn’t pitch another shutout but it did win over Los Altos on the road. The Knights have now won nine straight. Lancaster has good size and some talent at the skill positions. Lancaster, like Arroyo, lost its first three games before warming up. If the Knights can jump out early like they did last week they should be in good shape. Lancaster gives Arroyo all they want but in the end Arroyo makes a play on defense and emerges with the W.
Arroyo 24 Lancaster 20
Maranatha (11-0-1) at San Gabriel (8-3)
Maranatha has flown under the radar this year. The Minutemen have gone unbeaten with a only a tie as a blemish. Their offense has been high octane all year scoring at least 34 points per game in every contest and over 40 nine times. San Gabriel has had a nice season overall but finished third in the Almont League with a 2-3 record. Maranatha’s offense will be hard to stop. Minutemen get the victory.
Maranatha 38 San Gabriel 21
Bassett (5-7) at Lynwood (8-4)
It’s hard believe Bassett was 0-6 at one point and yet here the Olympians are one step away from the CIF Finals. Good story but it ends here. Lynwood is at home and has enough speed and talent to do some damage. Bassett will fight but Lynwood advances.
Lynwood 31 Bassett 23