CIF-SOUTHERN SECTION MID VALLEY DIVISION PLAYOFFS
FRIDAY, 7 P.M.
SAN MARINO (9-2) vs. AZUSA (9-2) at CITRUS COLLEGE (1000 E Foothill Blvd, Glendora)
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“They’re 10-1 for a reason,” San Marino coach D.R. Moreland said. “Offensively they spread the ball around and have their athletes in space. It’s a challenge to cover them. They’re going to definitely mix up our defensive schemes. They’re physical and they fly to the ball. They’re going to hit us when they get the chance.” John Chavez leads things at quarterback for the Aztecs. He’s completed 57 percent of his passes for 1,352 yards and 11 touchdowns. Running back Kendrec McDade’s rushed for 973 yards and 12 touchdowns. Nick Valverde is tough as nails with eight sacks and Jose Nunez leads the team in tackles with 93 for an 8.5 average per game. San Marino’s offense will present matchup problems for Azusa. It won’t be easy to defend the Titans’ Benny Hung, Stevie Yortsos and the mobile quarterback Joe Forgatch. “I think in our offense we’re finding that you have a lot of weapons,” Moreland said. “There’s a lot of our offense to defend, which puts a lot of pressure on defenses.” Yeah, tell that to Rosemead. The Panthers couldn’t find a way to contain Hung, who rushed for 190 yards on 22 carries. Forgatch completed 12 of 19 passes for 186 yards and two touchdowns. San Marino defeated Rosemead, 42-20; Azusa defeated Covina, 41-13.