The Lancers will need their fans more than ever, especially if they’re fortunate enough to get a home game against Mission Viejo in the semis.
Fred’s explanation: This is the only division where the seeds will likely play out until the end with Mission Viejo over Servite in a undefeated Pac-5 final — the game everyone not in the SGV (and Amat haters) is hoping for. The only chance Bishop Amat has of advancing to play for its sixth championship is if they get Mission Viejo in a home game where they haven’t lost in three years. That’s why Amat needed to lose the second-round coin flip because Mission Viejo lost its coin-flip too, so both will be on the road in the semifinals should they advance. There’s no guarantee the Lancers beat Mater Dei or Long Beach Poly on the road in the second round, but if you’re thinking big picture, the Lancers’ only chance is being at home in the semis, so take the road in the quarters with the hopes of winning the coin flip of all coin flips to get a home game in the semifinals. If that happens, could you imagine the scene at Kiefer should Mission Viejo come to town. Alemany’s road to the semi’s looks pretty good too, but like Amat, they would need to get Servite at home to have a shot in that tiny stadium in Mission Hills, where the hometown refs are unfriendly to visiting teams, and the school unfriendly to the visiting press. I still haven’t forgiven them them for telling us they had no room in their press box only to see several empty seats while we did our work from the visiting stands. Unreal.
Pac-5 Division Predictions
Top Seeds: 1. Mission Viejo (10-0), 2. Servite (10-0), 3. Alemany (9-1), 4. Bishop Amat (9-1).
Unseeded Sleepers: Lakewood, Long Beach Poly, San Clemente, Mater Dei.
Long Beach Wilson (5-5) at No. 1 Mission Viejo (10-0) — Mission Viejo
Edison (7-3) vs. Santa Margarita (8-2) — Santa Margarita
Mater Dei (6-4) vs. Long Beach Poly (8-2) — Mater Dei
Tesoro at No. 4 Bishop Amat (9-1) — Bishop Amat
Newport Harbor (6-4) at No. 3 Alemany (10-0) — Alemany
San Clemente (8-2) at Lakewood (9-1) — San Clemente
Crespi (7-3) vs. Los Alamitos (8-2) — Crespi
Long Beach Jordan (6-4) vs. Servite (10-0) — Servite
Mission Viejo over Santa Margarita
Bishop Amat over Mater Dei
Alemany over San Clemente
Servite over Crespi
Mission Viejo over Bishop Amat
Servite over Alemany
Mission Viejo over Servite