Division 5 at Mt. SAC
Pasadena Poly vs. Los Altos, 6 p.m.
Glendale vs. Walnut, 7:30 p.m.
Finals: Saturday at Irvine High, 2:30 p.m.
CIF-Southern Section Division 2 tennis champion San Marino High School will open the CIF State Southern California regional playoffs on Tuesday at La Jolla Country Day.
Country Day is seeded eighth and the Titans are seeded ninth. The winner will face CIF-SS Division 1 champion and top seed Peninsula in the second round. The second round will be played Friday at The Claremont Club.
College-style scoring is played with the each seeded player and team playing a best-of-three sets to determine the point winner.
Saturday at 7 p.m.
Aliso Niguel at La Salle
El Dorado at Flintridge Sacred Heart
Winners play each other in Tuesday’s semifinals
La Salle will play on road; Sacred Heart will play at home
Village Christian at Mayfield
Winner plays Yorba Linda/Palm Springs winner in Tuesday’s semifinals
Mayfield will be on road
Hillcrest Christian at St. Monica Academy
Winner plays Lake Arrowhead Christian/West Shores winner in Tuesday’s semifinals
St. Monica will be on road
St. Francis, Muir, Monrovia, Rio Hondo Prep and San Marino were the area top five for most of the season, so it’s no surprise that those are the five remaining football teams in the area. St. Francis twice rallied from two touchdowns down to win its Western Division opener while Muir rallied past La Mirada in the Southeast to advance. Monrovia and Rio Hondo Prep had blow-out wins in the Mid-Valley and Northeast, while San Marino won a shootout against Bell Gardens in the Mid-Valley.
ST. FRANCIS 45, CULVER CITY 28
CULVER CITY — There are those who believe that St. Francis High School is at its worst the third-best football team in the CIF-Southern Section Western Division playoffs.
When it mattered most, the Golden Knights looked the part Friday.
Tyler Gangi accounted for 323 yards and four touchdowns and St. Francis shut out host Culver City in the second half to lead the Golden Knights to a 45-28 victory over the Centaurs in a first-round game at Culver City.
Gangi threw for 244 yards for St. Francis, which improved to 9-2 and will host Camarillo in the second round next week. The Golden Knights also received 117 yards rushing and a score from Joe Mudie.
Amani Rodgers threw for 191 yards and two touchdowns for Culver City, which finished 6-5.
St. Francis coach Jim Bonds: We were only down a touchdown and we hadn’t played Golden Knight football. We said to ourselves, just come out and play Golden Knight football, and we’ll be just fine. And we were. It was good to get back on the winning side. It did take about a half to realize that we did play teams this good. I was happy with the way we responded in the second half.”
St. Francis’ Ty Gangi: “It wasn’t St. Francis football in the first half. But I was proud of my team the way we just kept fighting. We came back, made adjustments and just picked up the energy.”
– Stephen Ramirez, @steverramirez on Twitter
MUIR 53, LA MIRADA 35
PASADENA – The star power may have belonged to La Mirada High School, but Muir’s Dejon Williams stole the show Friday night.
Williams threw five touchdown passes and had two interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown, as Muir pulled away late from La Mirada for a 53-35 win in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Southeast Division playoffs.
The Mustangs improved to 10-1 and will host Los Altos in next week’s second round. La Mirada concluded a disappointing season with a 4-7 record.
Muir will host Los Altos next week.
Muir’s Dejon Williams: “I had a lot to prove. Me and my receiver Taeon Mason had a lot to prove tonight.”
– Aram Tolegian, @aramtolegian on Twitter
Monrovia 62, Sierra Canyon 10 – Still doubting the Wildcats as the dominant team in the Mid-Valley? A 52-point win says it all. Kurt Scoby rushed for 198 yards and scored five touchdowns in an easy win. Get used to it, it’s the first of four.
San Marino 51, Bell Gardens 34 – This one was closer than expected. In fact, if you’re San Marino if you have to be concerned giving up 34 points to Bell Gardens. If the Lancers can score that much against you, what’s scoring machine San Dimas going to do next week?
Pomona 45, Rosemead 14 – A tough loss for the Panthers, but all in all, a good season for the Marc Paramo clan.
San Dimas 48, Gabrielino 6 – The Eagles were no match for the Saint’s Blue and Gold machine, which led 48-3 by halftime. But its all about taking steps, and getting back to the postseason was a positive for Gabrielino.
Paraclete 54, La Canada 3 – This was a bad matchup for the Spartans. But for La Canada, making the playoffs was the goal, and you can say mission accomplished.
Rio Hondo Prep 62, St. Monica 28 – The Kares opened their title defense with an impressive win. They’ll likely get another next week before a much-anticipated meeting against Salesian in the semifinals. We’ll see.
St. Genevieve 28, Pasadena Poly – The Panthers end the season with three consecutive losses, but after missing the postseason last year, making this season was a positive.
Carpinteria 31, La Salle 23 – The Lancers again fall in the first round. But it’s hard for them to be disappointed after winning their second consecutive league crown. Russell Gordon has La Salle on the right track.
Duarte 27, Maranatha 17 – The Falcons found away to shutdown Maranatha’s high-powered offense. Duarte was the lone Montview League team to advance. The Minutemen’s season ends after a strong run to the Olympic League title.
NEXT WEEK’S SCHEDULE
Camarillo at St. Francis
Monrovia at Montebello
San Dimas at San Marino
Los Altos at Muir
Rio Hondo Prep vs. Excelsior at Victor Valley
All games are tentatively scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
La Salle, Flintridge Sacred Heart, South Pasadena, Monrovia, Mayfield, Arcadia, San Gabriel, Duarte, San Gabriel Academy and St. Monica all won first-round matches. Here are second-round pairings:
Second round: Thursday; Quarterfinals: Saturday; Semifinals: Nov. 19; Finals Nov. 22-23 at Santiago Canyon College or Cerritos College
Redlands at La Salle, St. Lucy’s at Aliso Niguel, Valencia at El Dorado, Flintridge Sacred Heart at Thousand Oaks, Redlands East Valley at Harvard Westlake, Bishop Montgomery at Chino Hills, Villa Park at Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, Laguna Beach at San Juan Hills .
St. Bonaventure at Corona Santiago, South Pasadena at Alta Loma, North Torrance at Corona, Los Osos at Oak Park, Monrovia at Rancho Cucamonga, South Torrance at Norco, Arroyo Grande at ML King, El Segundo at Oaks Christian.
Burbank at Whittier Christian, Palm Desert at Cypress, Oxnard at Chadwick, Troy at Apple Valley, Mayfield at Serrano, Village Christian at Arcadia, Palm Springs at Cerritos Valley Christian, Yorba Linda at La Habra.
Rim of the World at Culver City, Norwalk at Valley View, California at Quartz Hill, Windward at Victor Valley, Ridegcrest Burroughs at Sierra Canyon, Citrus Valley at Vista Del Lago, Riverside Poly at Viewpoint, Santa Monica at La Serna.
San Dimas at Sage Hill, Loma Linda Academy at Templeton, La Sierra at El Monte, San Gabriel at Western Christian, Aquinas at Morro Bay, St. Margaret’s at Northview, Santa Ynez at Jurupa Valley, Crean Lutheran at Woodcrest Christian.
Ocean View at Hemet, Anaheim at Shadow Hills, Fairmont Prep at Don Lugo, Summit at Mission Prep, Connelly at St. Paul, Segerstrom at Chino, West Valley at Cantwell Sacred Heart, Colony at Saddleback Valley Christian.
Burbank Providence at Laguna Blanca, Duarte vs. Vistamar at Dana Middle School, Crossroads at Villanova Prep, Desert Christian Academy at St. Anthony, Milken Community at Pacifica Christian, Nordhoff at Azusa, Paraclete at La Puente, Cate at St. Mary’s Academy.
Silver Valley at La Sierra Academy, Faith Baptist at Coastal Christian, Boron at Bishop Conaty, Lancaster Desert Christian at San Gabriel Academy, Coast Union at Santa Clarita Christian, Canoga Park AGBU at Mammoth, Pomona Catholic at Firebaugh, North County Christian at Desert.
Baker at Orangewood Academy, Riverside Christian at Rancho Christian, Palm Valley at Nuview Bridge, Pacific Lutheran at Excelsior Charter, Avalon at Thousand Oaks Hillcrest Christian, Trona at St. Monica Academy, Academy of Academic Excellence at Lake Arrowhead Christian, West Shores at Einstein Academy.
Seeds: 1. Serra (10-0), 2. Chaminade (8-2), 3. Lompoc (9-1), 4. Camarillo (9-1).
Darkhorse: St. Francis
Serra over Pacifica/Oxnard
Morro Bay over Buena
St. Francis over Culver City
Camarillo over Santa Ynez
Lompoc over Cathedral
Santa Monica over Channel Islands
Ventura over Nipomo
Chaminade over Morningside
Serra over Morro Bay
St. Francis over Camarillo
Lompoc over Santa Monica
Chaminade over Ventura
Serra over St. Francis
Chaminade over Lompoc
Serra over Chaminade
Comments: This is Serra’s division to lose. But be weary of the Knights, who can look Golden. They’ve scared Serra a few weeks ago before losing, 35-21. St. Francis should make it to the semifinals. Can they make another run on at the Cavs? I think they can, but not sure they have enough to get the job done, which means a final of Serra vs. Chaminade, and the Cavs have too much firepower.
Seeds: 1. Monrovia (9-1), 2. Arroyo (9-1), 3. San Dimas (6-4), 4. Paraclete (6-4).
Darkhorse: San Marino
Monrovia over Sierra Canyon
Northview over Montebello
Rosemead over Pomona
Paraclete over La Canada
San Dimas over Gabrielino
San Marino over Bell Gardens
Schurr over Viewpoint
Arroyo over Bell Gardens
Monrovia over Northview
Paraclete over Rosemead
San Dimas over San Marino
Arroyo over Schurr
Monrovia over Paraclete
San Dimas over Arroyo
Monrovia over San Dimas
Comments: There’s not bigger favorite in any other division than Monrovia in the Mid-Valley. While San Dimas, San Marino and Arroyo can be scoring machines, they has no answer for the ‘Cats’ Kurt Scoby. The question is not who will win the divison, but whether any team can give Monrovia a game.
Seeds: 1. Norwalk (10-0), 2. Diamond Ranch (9-1), 3. La Serna (8-2), 4. Muir (9-1).
Darkhorse: La Mirada (4-6).
Norwalk over West Covina
Dominguez over El Rancho
Los Altos over Paramount
Muir over La Mirada
La Serna over Burroughs
Downey over Diamond Bar
Burbank over Mayfair
Diamond Ranch over Santa Fe
Norwalk over Dominguez
Muir over Los Altos
La Serna over Downey
Burbank over Diamond Ranch
Muir over Norwalk
La Serna over Burbank
La Serna over Muir
Comments: La Serna has been arguably the most consistent program in the division the past three years, getting to the semifinals in 2010 and the finals the past two seasons. This time it’s the Lancers year. Muir has the athletic advantage that no other team in the division can match. But the Mustangs play good, sound football as well. Their biggest challenge before the finals will be Friday against La Mirada, which is more than capable of a title run. But now it’s Frankie Palmer’s time to shine.