Mayfair football advances to CIF-SS Division 7 final with victory over Muir


PASADENA — Three-hundred and sixty-four days later the Mayfair high school football team finally found some closure. After Mayfair was eliminated at this same point last season, the Monsoons punched their ticket to the CIF Southern Section Division 7 championship game on Friday night.

A 3-yard touchdown run by Mayfair junior running back CJ Johnson early in the fourth quarter sealed the Monsoons’ 31-14 win over host Muir (9-4), ending the Mustangs’ bid for back-to-back championships after winning the Division 10 title last year.

“It’s an awesome feeling. There were a lot kids that were there that night and we set out not to let that happen again,” Mayfair head coach Derek Bedell said of overcoming last season’s semifinal exit.

Johnson, who finished with two touchdowns, and senior running back Ryan Heredia, carried the bulk of the offensive load for Mayfair (10-3). It will be on the road in the final against El Dorado on Friday or Saturday.

Johnson and Heredia combined for 180 yards on the ground balancing out the Monsoons’ potent passing game.

“There’s a lot of guys on offense … (Johnson) and (Heredia) did an unbelievable job tonight running the football,” Bedell said. “On offense there were a whole bunch of guys who touched the football tonight.”

The Mayfair duo of quarterback Jeremiah Calvin and Chaz Gilbreath combined twice for 78 yards and a touchdown in the first half.

Calvin threw for 163 yards on 7-of-16 passing,  two touchdowns and one interception.

Muir’s inconsistency in moving the ball proved costly as the Monsoons outgained the Mustangs 358 yards to 234 yards. The Mustangs especially struggled in the first half where they mustered 84 yards of total offense. The Mustangs relied on its defense to keep the game within striking distance.

After Mayfair forced three straight 3-and-outs to start the game, the Monsoons raced out to a 10-0 lead courtesy of a Calvin 28-yard touchdown pass and a 35-yard field goal. When it looked as if the Monsoons were about to capitalize on a third short-field opportunity, a Calvin pass tipped up by Gillbreath fell into the hands of Muir defensive back Alexander Miller.

Miller ran it back nearly 80 yards before his touchdown was nullified by a holding penalty. Six plays later, Muir running back CJ Bozeman cut the lead to three points, 10-7, with a 3-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter.

Muir head coach Lance Mitchell said his team’s struggles to move the ball and put together drives came down to ill-time penalties, stemming from his team’s youth up front. Despite the lackluster offensive output in the first half, Bozeman’s seven-yard touchdown run early in the second half cut the lead to 17-14, and kept the Mustangs within striking distance for most of the third quarter.

“I’m happy about the (effort), but I don’t expect anything different,” Muir head football coach Lance Mitchell said. “I’m excited about the experience they all gained, but we have work to do. I’m looking at next year and who’s gonna be ready to show up.”

John’s two second-half touchdowns sealed Muir’s fate, keeping the Mustangs from making a repeat run to the championship game.

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Big second half lifts La Serna football past Culver City to reach Division 4 title game


CULVER CITY – A second half surge propelled La Serna High into another CIF-Southern Section championship game as the Lancers pulled away from Culver City 52-31 on Friday night in the Division 4 football semifinals.

La Serna (10-3) will face Corona del Mar next week at its home field at California High School either Friday or Saturday. Corona del Mar defeated Yorba Linda 28-14 in the other semifinal.

This is La Serna’s second trip to a CIF championship game in the past four full seasons. La Serna lost a heartbreaker 42-41 to Pacifica in 2019 in Division 6.

La Serna’s second half scoring blitz was led by its usually potent rushing attack. Owen Long ran for 155 yards on 13 carries. He also added two touchdowns in the second half. Adrian Castro barreled for 89 yards rushing on 13 carries. He also scored two touchdowns.

Quarterback CJ Ceron only threw the ball 10 times. He completed five passes for 113 yards and two long touchdowns.

La Serna led 21-17 at halftime but outscored Culver City 31-14 in the second half. The Lancers put all the pressure on Culver City quickly in the third quarter. La Serna started the half with some trickery on the kickoff. Jayden Northrup received the kick and faked a handoff to Kaimana Tufaga. Northrup hid the ball and slowly ran toward the left side, fooling the Centaurs. He then ran 51 yards which set up a first down for La Serna at the Culver City 44. La Serna scored seven plays later to take a 28-17 lead when Ceron kept the ball on a 9-yard touchdown run.

The Lancers’ defense came up big on the next series. Aiden Flores intercepted a Sammy Silvia pass at the Culver City 5 and returned it to the 1-yard line. Long then plunged into the end zone to give La Serna a 35-17 lead with 7:54 left in the third.

Culver City cut the La Serna lead to 38-24 early in the fourth quarter but La Serna answered on its next series when Castro rumbled into the end zone from 1 yard out to put La Serna up 45-24 with 8:42 remaining in the game. His touchdown was set up by a 52-yard run from Long.

Long scored his second touchdown with 1:47 left in the game when he ran 9 yards to put La Serna up 52-31.

The Centaurs were led by Silvia who completed 24 of 47 passes for 403 yards. He threw four touchdowns but was also intercepted twice. Culver City receiver Myles Singleton caught 9 passes for 165 yards and one touchdown.

Culver City jumped out on top of La Serna to start the game. The Centaurs wasted little time marching down the field thanks to their formidable passing attack led by Silvia. Culver City needed only 2:59 to march 76 yards in 10 plays to grab a 7-0 lead when Silvia found Gianni Haynes for a 9-yard touchdown pass. Haynes was wide open in the middle of the field and practically walked into the end zone from just a few yards out.

La Serna tied it at 7 about three minutes later when Adrian Castro took a handoff and rumbled for a  17-yard touchdown on the left side.

The Lancers looked poised to take the lead later in the first quarter but Owen Long fumbled at the 19 with Pierce Reynoso recovering. Culver City then found the end zone on the very  next play when Silvia hit a wide open Haynes over the middle for an 81-yard touchdown that gave the Centaurs a 14-7 lead.

La Serna tied it 14-14 with 10:36 to go in the second quarter thanks to an efficient 6-play, 65-yard drive. It was capped when Ceron, who was under heavy pressure, found Jayden Northrup open on the left sideline for a 24-yard touchdown pass.

[related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”]After Culver City’s Henry Brownlow hit a 38-yard field goal in the middle of the quarter, the Lancers took their first lead. Ceron dropped back and faced pressure again from Culver City. He somehow found Jackson De Lange on the left sideline. De Lange made one defender miss a tackle then found daylight on along the left sideline as he cruised to a 63-yard touchdown that gave La Serna a 21-17 lead.

Culver City has one last chance before halftime to score. The Centaurs moved the ball down to the La Serna 10 with just five seconds left. Culver City called timeout and send Brownlow out to try the 27-yard field goal from the right hashmark. However, Brownlow’s kick was wide.

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The Morning After: Read all about this week’s high school football games as league play begins. How about Amat and Glendora?

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Friday’s stories

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Thursday’s story

Read it: La Mirada leaves football field with ‘crazy’ good victory over Cathedral

Friday’s scores


Alhambra 69, Schurr 27

Montebello 22, Bell Gardens 15


Upland 21, Damien 3

Etiwanda 33, Los Osos 29

Rancho Cucamonga 42, Chino Hills 28


St. Anthony 36, Harvard-Westlake 22

St. Paul 35, La Salle 0


La Serna 49, El Rancho 7

California 10, Santa Fe 6


La Habra 56, Buena Park 8

Sunny Hills 45, Sonora 7

Fullerton 28, Troy 21


Diamond Ranch 48, Walnut 0

South Hills 28, Charter Oak 7


Ganesha 49, Garey 32


Bishop Amat 25, Bishop Alemany 24

Loyola 24, Gardena Serra 7

Chaminade 35, Sherman Oaks Notre Dame 14


Arroyo 43, Mountain View 6

El Monte 59, Rosemead 24


Sierra Vista 57, Azusa 12

Duarte 37, Nogales 34


Chaffey 46, Don Lugo 12

Diamond Bar 49, Montclair 13

Ontario 28, Chino 27


Crescenta Valley 45, Burbank 14

Muir 35, Burbank Burroughs 6


Ayala 41, Claremont 14

Colony 40, Alta Loma 7

Glendora 28, Bonita 13


Monrovia 35, San Marino 0

La Canada 56, Temple City 42


Covina 47, Wilson 44

Rowland 40, Baldwin Park 30

San Dimas 27, Northview 13


Rio Hondo Prep 46, Big Bear 6

St. Francis 33, Mayfair 0

South Pasadena 34, Pasadena Poly 20

Thursday’s scores

Hacienda League

Los Altos 49, West Covina 7

Pacific League

Arcadia 46, Glendora 7


La Mirada 21, Cathedral 17

Claremont Webb 48, Southlands Christian 6

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Thursday’s story

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Friday’s scores

Ayala 26, Brea Olinda 15

Capistrano Valley Christian 62, Keppel 13

Yorba Linda 28, La Mirada 23

Loara 22, La Puente 20

St. Paul 14, Los Alamitos 7

Mission Viejo 38, Upland 3

Whittier 70, Westminster 17

Arcadia 41, Compton Centennial 9

Monrovia 33, Arroyo 7

El Rancho 40, Barstow 7

South Pasadena 41, Bassett 0

Bonita 50, Covina 0

Don Lugo 21, California 8

Cantwell-Sacred Heart 22, Salesian 18

Cerritos Valley Christian 15, La Salle 14

Claremont 43, Montclair 29

Sierra Vista 68, Garey 0

St. Francis 56, Harvard-Westlake 7

Chino 21, Hesperia 14

La Serna 50, Warren 6

Rancho Christian 15, Maranatha 3

Rowland 52, Nogales 27

Ontario 50, Azusa 21

La Canada 43, Pioneer 21

San Dimas 55, Pomona 14

Newport Harbor 48, San Marino 7

Leuzinger 14, Santa Fe 0

Silver Valley 26, Southlands Christian 0

Ganesha 65, Whittier Christian 41


Crescenta Valley 42, Burbank Burroughs 19

Muir 2, Glendale 0 (forfeit)

Cuyama Valley 36, Blair 6

Thursday’s scores

Pacific League

Burbank 39, Pasadena 21


Cornerstone Christian 34, Bosco Tech 13

Wilson 49, Workman 13

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