BREAKING NEWS, AMAT MAKES PLAYOFFS:
Bishop Amat needed a miracle to make the CIF-Southern Section Pac-5 playoffs and came down with a Hail Mary on Friday night to reach the postseason.
Needing Crespi to lose to Loyola and Alemany to defeat Notre Dame to force a three-way tie between Bishop Amat, Notre Dame and Crespi for third place in the Serra League, Bishop Amat got its wish.
Loyola rallied from an early deficit to force overtime, then pulled out a 36-35 win over Crespi. This came moments after Alemany held off Notre Dame for a 21-14 win, leaving Crespi, Notre Dame and Bishop Amat tied for third with 1-3 records in the Serra, forcing a three-way coin flip late Friday.
Bishop Amat coach Steve Hagerty, whose Lancers (6-4, 1-3) had a bye after finishing league last week, drove to Notre Dame hoping that he would have an opportunity to be in a coin flip situation, and got it.
On the coin flip, Crespi and Amat both drew tails while Notre Dame drew heads, which eliminated Notre Dame. And since Amat beat Crespi head-to-head during league, Amat won the tiebreaker over Crespi.
Amazing doesn’t even begin to describe it.
“It (coin flip) worked out exactly how it had to work out for us,” Hagerty said. “It’s the first time in a while something like this happened for us. We had a few kids at the game and they were waiting for me to come out of the office and give them the news. I’m especially happy for our seniors, who get to play football again. We’ve got new life, now we have to go back to work.”
Alemany won the Serra League with an 8-2 and 4-0 mark and Loyola was second at 8-2 and 3-1. The CIF-SS pairings are announced on Sunday.
Etiwanda 45, Glendora 24 — Glendora High School wanted to go out on a winning note, but Etiwanda quarterback Larry Cutbirth had other ideas as the visiting Eagles downed Glendora, 45-24, in the Baseline League finale on Friday at Citrus College.
Claremont 45, South Hills 28 — In a game in which they moved the ball almost at will, the only downer for the Wolfpack (6-4 overall, 2-3 Sierra League) in Friday’s 45-28 win over the Huskies is it came one day after they were eliminated from postseason contention.
BRACKETOLOGY: Here’s how I think the Mid-Valley playoff Division will shape up. The four at large should be Maranatha (7-2) (assuming Maranatha wins tonight), Pomona (6-4), South El Monte (7-3) and South Pasadena (6-4). I gave South Pas an edge over Sierra Vista. South Pasadena’s non-league win over Alhambra was convincing enough. WE HAVE UNTIL SUNDAY FOR THE DRAW, LETS SEE SOME OF YOUR MOCK BRACKETS IN THE SOUTHEAST, INLAND, MID-VALLEY??
Fred’s Mid-Valley Bracketology predictions
1. Covina (9-1) vs. South Pasadena (6-4)
San Gabriel (6-4) vs. El Monte (7-3)
Cerritos Valley Christian (4-6) vs. La Puente (9-1)
4. Monrovia (7-3) vs. Pomona (6-4)
3. San Dimas (8-2) vs. South El Monte (7-3)
Whittier Christian (6-3) vs. San Marino (7-3)
Azusa (7-3) vs. Alhambra (8-2)
2. Arroyo (9-1) vs. Maranatha (7-2)