After how I did last week, picking incorrectly in both semifinals in the Central and Eastern Division, I’m pretty sure no one wants the endorsement of this blog. But they are going to get it.
Colton at Rancho Verde
The Yellowjackets played an instant classic last week to get to their first final in 29 years, outpointing Cajon 42-41 in overtime on Randy Valdez’s leaping 35-yard, 3rd-and-20 touchdown reception. But Colton has itself a task in front of it. Rancho Verde seems to be beating all of the ghosts of its previous playoff flameouts into submission, scoring 161 points in three games coming into this one. I think Colton will test the Mustangs for a while, but Rancho Verde is a bit too deep for the Yellowjackets.
Rancho Verde 35, Colton 21
Summit at Elsinore
Besides Yucca Valley’s first-round victory over Aquinas in the East Valley Division, Elsinore’s victory at Kaiser last week might have been the biggest surprise of the playoffs to date. Summit’s win at Serrano last week wasn’t shocking, but it was an impressive upset. Can Summit hold up to Elsinore’s physicality and make some big plays with Devon Blackmon and Montigo Alford. I’m going yes. I’ll take the SkyHawks to win the school’s first-ever CIF title in any sport.
Summit 28, Elsinore 22
EAST VALLEY DIVISION
Paraclete 35, Sierra Canyon 30
Vista Murrieta at Corona Centennial
These teams aren’t in our coverage area, but this game should be a dandy. The Inland Valley’s best pushed these two top seeds hard last week, with Rancho Cucamonga taking Vista Murrieta to overtime before falling 35-28 and Chino Hills entering the fourth quarter only down 28-23 to top-seeded Centennial before losing 42-23. I was at the Chino Hills-Centennial game last week and was extremely impressed by Centennial’s fearless, quick-strike offense. They’ll be too much for the Broncos in my opinion.
Centennial 48, Vista Murrieta 27