Southeast Division semifinals
West Covina 28, Mayfair 19 – Bulldogs advance to next week’s Southeast championship, either at La Serna or Bonita. With the Bulldogs up 21-19, Mayfair’s Stephan Uribe popped up a 24-yard, go-ahead field goal and kicked it short with just over five minutes minutes left. The Bulldogs then drove 80 yards and clinched it on a George Johnson 14-yard TD run. For a team that hasn’t been in a tight game in months, you have to love how they dealt with adversity and got it done. That’s more impressive than another blowout.
Inland Division semifinals
Corona Centennial 42, Chino Hills 23 – What if, what if, what it … that’s how a lot of Chino Hills folks will feel about this. The three on-side kicks? The end of first half disaster, reminiscent of the way Amat unfolded at Alemany. But you found your answer, Chino Hills not only could play with this team, they could have beaten them too, giving the state’s top-ranked team their toughest game of the season. Chino Hills played absolutely flawless, scoring to go-ahead 10-7 with 1:25 left until half when an on-side kick and a quick three-and-out allowed Centennial to score 14 points to close the half, the second coming on a breathtaking finish by QB Michael Eubank, throwing a touchdown as time expired after scrambling away from trouble. Just like that, Chino Hills was down 21-10. They fought back again, closing the gap to 28-23 with 11 minutes left but by that time, Centennial had an answer, closing the show with big plays in the fourth quarter. The 42 points were the fewest Centennial has scored all year and the 23 they gave up matched the most all season too. Eubank threw for 205 yards and rushed for 122 more. RB Barrington Collins rushed for three touchdowns and 64 yards.
Mid-Valley result: Whittier Christian 43, Village Christian 42, OT
The Inland Insider with highlights and interviews from Corona Centennial’s victory over Chino Hills
LIVE BLOGGING: A Coveritlive special tonight co-hosted by Mike “The Cousin” Robledo and myself. I will be live blogging from Chino Hills-Centennial and Mike will be doing the same from West Covina-Mayfair. Just click on the thread and follow the action.