CIF-SOUTHERN SECTION EAST VALLEY DIVISION PLAYOFFS
FRIDAY, 7 P.M.
MARANATHA (9-2) vs. ONTARIO CHRISTIAN (5-6) at ONTARIO CHRISTIAN (931 W. Philadelphia St., Ontario)
Ontario Christian’s record is deceiving. The host Knights played Cerritos Valley Christian and were leading until the fourth quarter; they led by two touchdowns against Azusa before falling, 28-27; lost to the Northeast Division’s No. 2 seed Linfield Christian, 27-26; and Ontario Christian lost in the last minute to Aquinas for the Christian League championship. “They easily could have been 7-3 or 8-2,” Maranatha coach Joel Murphy said. Ontario Christian is a senior-heavy team, starting with quarterback Andrew Lachelt who’s thrown for 563 yards and rushed for 746 yards and nine touchdowns. “He’s mobile as could be and a dual threat at quarterback,” Murphy said. “It’ll be quite a task to keep him in check.” Maranatha defeated Frazier, 59-13; Ontario Christian defeated 29 Palms, 14-9.