St. Margaret’s ruled this division with an iron fist last year, taking out 40% of the De Anza League en route to the division and, eventually, the small-school state title. Can anyone take them out this time around?
No. 1 St. Margaret’s 38, Santa Paula 6
Chatsworth Sierra Canyon at Aquinas
This is basically a coinflip, as Sierra Canyon was second in the Alpha League with an 8-2 record while Aquinas won its third straight Christian League title in thrilling fashion over Ontario Christian. It’s been a bit of an up-and-down ride for the Falcons thus far this season and I’m not quite sure if they’ll be able to outfight Sierra Canyon.
Sierra Canyon 27, Aquinas 20
Los Angeles Brentwood 31, Bishop 14
Yucca Valley at No. 4 Fillmore
Yucca Valley doesn’t have a pretty record, but it does have another berth in the East Valley playoffs. The Trojans opened some eyes in the playoffs a year ago, winning their first-round game and giving St. Margaret’s a struggle in the second round, but I have a hard time seeing them repeating that trick this year.
Fillmore 33, Yucca Valley 13
Oak Hills at No. 3 Kern Valley
Oak Hills isn’t your typical first-year program – or your typical at-large freelance cannon fodder squad. The Bulldogs are 8-2 and have some pretty big wins, so they won’t be intimidated by a 9-1 Kern Valley squad. And quite frankly, I think Oak Hills is too young to realize that it shouldn’t be doing this well. I smell an “upset”.
Oak Hills 38, Kern Valley 27
Newport Beach Sage Hill 23, Simi Valley Grace Brethren 21
Ontario Christian at Twentynine Palms
How quickly can the Knights recover from their heartbreaking loss to Aquinas? That’s the million-dollar question for Ontario Christian, as Twentynine Palms has been a Christian League-killer over the past few seasons. The Wildcats are surging, winning six in a row and went to the finals a year ago. I don’t see Ontario Christian doing well here.
Twentynine Palms 34, Ontario Christian 13
No. 2 Pasadena Maranatha 40, Lebec Frazier Mountain 7
St. Margaret’s over Sierra Canyon
Brentwood over Fillmore
Oak Hills over Sage Hill
Maranatha over Twentynine Palms
St. Margaret’s over Brentwood
Maranatha over Oak Hills
St. Margaret’s over Maranatha