Bonita game story: The Bonita and Muir high school football teams entered Friday’s Southeast Division second-round playoff game playing their best ball of the season, and naturally, nothing was decided until the fourth quarter.
Bonita 49, Muir 25 — It was one of the ugliest, coldest and longest regulation game I’ve ever covered. There must have been more than 30 penalties and at least 20 against Muir alone. Bonita scored twice in the final minute to make the score look lopsided, but it was back-and-forth for most of the game. Muir’s Howard Vaughn scored on fourth and goal from the one to cut Bonita’s lead to 30-25 with 4:49 left, then Muir recovered the onside kick. But after Bonita’s K.C. Huth sacked Mustangs QB Jeffrey Davis for a loss, Muir threw a desperation pass on fourth-and-16 from their own 45 and didn’t get it, then drew an unsportsmanlike for throwing a helmet – which gave the Cats a first down at the Mustangs’ 30. Giomani Johnson scored two plays later on a 30-yard touchdown to make it 37-25, then Johnson scored again with eight seconds — his third touchdown of the fourth quarter to make it 43-25. Bonita scored again on the final play of the game with Muir trying to flea-flick the ball around to make something happen. Johnson rushed for 131 yards and three touchdowns and QB Garrett Pendleton threw for 161 yards. Muir’s Davis passed for 118 yards and rushed for 50.
West Covina 47, Santa Fe 7 – The Chiefs were as close as 14-7 late in the first quarter, but stopping the Bulldogs four quarters seems impossible these days.
Village Christian 34, Rosemead 0 – If you thought Village Christian’s win over Azusa last week was a surprise, then you probably weren’t surprised this week to see how easily they disposed of the Panthers.
Whittier Christian 28, Covina 17 – You knew the Valle Vista league champions had a tough game on the road. The Heralds are no joke, a legitimate threat to win the division.
San Dimas 56, Maranatha 20 – The Saints are looking like last years championship team again, leading 42-0 at half. Next up, a rematch at home with Monrovia.
Chino Hills 45, Etiwanda 21 – The Huskies move on to take on top seed Corona Centennial, who many believe are the best team in all of Southern California.
Whittier Christian at Village Christian, 7:30 p.m.
Monrovia at San Dimas, 7 p.m.
West Covina at Mayfair, 7:30 p.m.
La Serna at Bonita, 7 p.m.
Corona Centennial at Chino HIlls, 7 p.m.
The Inland Insider reports from Chino Hills’ win over Etiwanda, setting up the Huskies’ home game next week with powerful Corona Centennial.
COVERITLIVE: Mike “The Cousin” Robledo will host his live chat from the chilly tower on Lincoln Ave., as host Muir welcomes Bonita for a ticket to the Southeast Division semifinals. For those who can’t make it or can follow on their cell phones, Mike will keep you up to date with all the action and if you have questions, he’s there to answer you. Steve Ramirez and Tyler Drohen will keep Mike