Southeast Division Bracketology: Muir gets to the finals, but nobody’s touching La Serna. Got that, nobody.

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Southeast Division Predictions, first round is on Friday …
SOUTHEAST DIVISION
TOP BRACKET

West Covina at No. 1 Norwalk, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Norwalk); Aram (Norwalk)
El Rancho at Dominguez, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Dominguez); Aram (Dominguez)
Paramount at Los Altos, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Los Altos); Aram (Paramount)
La Mirada at No. 4 Muir — Robledo (Muir); Aram (LM)
BOTTOM BRACKET
Burroughs at No. 3 La Serna, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Serna); Aram (LS)
Diamond Bar at Downey, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Diamond Bar); Aram (Downey)
Mayfair at Burbank, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Burbank); Aram (Mayfair)
Santa Fe at No. 2 Diamond Ranch, 7 p.m. — Robledo (DRanch); Aram (DR)
Quarterfinals
Norwalk vs. Dominguez
Los Altos vs. Muir
La Serna vs. Diamond Bar
Burbank vs. Diamond Ranch
Semifinals
Muir vs. Norwalk
La Serna vs. Diamond Ranch
Finals
Muir vs. La Serna
Champion: La Serna
Explanation: I know, I know, Muir looked terrible in its finale squeezing out a win over Pasadena, and has a very tough first round game in La Mirada, then possibly Los Altos and undefeated Norwalk. But keep in mind, Muir’s only loss was to Alemany and athlete for athlete, player for player, they’re good enough to make a run to the finals, and it’s about time. The problem is, nobody is beating La Serna. Not Diamond Ranch or whoever comes out of the top bracket. They’re the most battled tested team there is, and after two trips to the finals and coming up short, who’s hungrier than them, or has the resume they do against quality teams? Nobody.

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  • SF priorities?

    what happened to Santa Fe? so much promise, what a shame. Football is a “we” sport not a “me” sport. breaking Individual stats and records is not what its about. example: Frankie palmer is about winning, contributing and leading his team over his individual stats.

    • disqus_EwzMXwPVzM

      All good athletes have stats. Even Frankie just look at maxpreps. Thier are goals in life but team comes first. Santa Fe will be alright . We made playoffs . Coach’s make the call and players run thier plays. It’s call Team Work. Go Chiefs. Good luck to everyone and be safe.

  • The stands

    I agree, La Serna winning CIF would be nice. They’ve played hard in recent years and are deserving but that’s not enough. They’ll have to earn it on the field. I’ll have to check out one of their games. I’ll probably check out my local team, Los Altos, this Friday. It would be nice to see them win and go up against Muir or La Mirada. I’m fairly new to the area and have been attending most of the Amat games in recent years. I don’t argue “what if”, Amat had their chances in close games but came up short; nobody to blame but themselves. I hope they’re motivated to address the issues that kept them from beating Rancho, Notre Dame, Alemany and Crespi. Until then, I look forward to a competitive and thrilling playoff season in the SGV. Good luck to all teams that earned playoff berths and I hope no players sustain serious injury.

  • GP AKA Green Machine

    The Alemany game was somewhat of a personal rivalry game for Muir, so much of their Pasadena talent is there. Muir wanted to show that they could hang despite the loss of talent. The PHS game was also a rivalry game so you can’t gauge Muir in that one…I don’t see an overall body of work that shows that Muir can win it all. I am huge Muir Fan in regards to West SGV football. So I am going to Roll with the pick for Muir to win Friday. However, Verdugo Hills, Glendale, Hoover, Arcadia, Burbank,Burroughs and yes CV are nothing like what they are going to see Friday Night against La Mirada. However, If Muir wins that one…they will beat Los Altos or El Rancho. IF you notice Muir is Huge up Front. The only thing we have to worry about is which Muir Shows up…They limit penalties and Turn Overs, and they could make a run. However, Don’t Say that No one is beating La Serna…Someone has beat them the past two years. La Serna’s issue is speed… No one executes better than them, but Speed and Athleticism can be the equalizer. Whomever they play in Semi’s and Finals will have lots of it. It Could also be a mental hurdle. This Friday Muir is going to be in a tough one…. I don’t have La Serna Winning it all, It’s going to be Downey or Dranch( if Beltran plays better) out of the Bottom Bracket…
    Muir 28 LM 24

    • New York

      The underdog Muir worked over the favortied La Mirada in the first round three years ago. That LM team started the season with a similar pre-season hype as they did this year. Muir, however, was the third or fourth place team from the Pacific. Things are certainly different this time around.

    • The Chef

      I have seen several of the La Serna games this year and I would have to disagree with your assessment on them. Their biggest issue is not speed, it is size. With a 5’9″ QB and 2 – 5’6″ back as well as a 5’9″ WR (that is the real height) that are giving up 50 lbs average to their opponents. They have good speed surprisingly and they can hit beyond their size and always play with technique and discipline. They played above their heads for Westlake but gave away Los Osos in the last seconds… They will not have a mental break or a breakdown in confidence… Expect their best game every game… I would be proud to show off Cal High Stadium (that a joke Steely) for a game but I expect that I will see you at the finals if you don’t make it before.

      • GP AKA Green Machine

        I am not saying they are slow, their just not Fast, they are Athletic, but lack size along with the athleticism….Muir, Dranch, Norwalk, Downey, have speed. If those teams execute on the night they play La Serna in the Semis or Finals, LS goes down. I just don’t see them winning…I picked Downey to beat them last year. LS needs a game changer at WR and RB. Like Huff, or Brisco, or Penny or Dejon Williams. Palmer is a game changer somewhat, but who can he get the ball to?

        • The Chef

          Greenie, just ask Westlake who Frankie can get the ball to or ask Norco how he can score 21 straight against huge size and speed… If you haven’t seen them (and I am assuming you haven’t) you simply can’t read the box scores and know. The truth is that this is a well balanced Division with at least 6 teams that could win the Quarter Finals in a higher Division (unlike say Division 11) and if any one of those teams plays lights out on any given night they can beat any other team (as evidenced by LS and Downey trading wins last year). That is what makes this Division so exciting and I also assume that is why you are spending your time prognosticating about LS and not about Division 11

          • GP AKA Green Machine

            No…I prognosticat about D11, and of course the South east is better than the midvalley. This is a South East Thread…I am saying that…La Serna executes, and doesn’t make many Mistakes…that’s their game…When West Co beat them, you could a see a clear Athletic advantage in Favor of West co…When they played Downey, Reyna had more passing yards and Rushing yards than Frankie. More thrown and Rushing TD’s. Huff 250 all purpose. more yards than Gio Long. Preseason wins against Pac schools have nothing to do with the South East playoffs. When the title is on the line…If the most athletic team is executing on the Same level as LS…how is LS going to win? I am not saying Frankie is not good. He’s is Amazing.

    • 626

      The SE is a mf’er this year. Downey and Dranch already done? I didn’t see that one coming either…

  • WCDan

    La Serna and Muir are a couple great choices Fred, as would be Norwalk, Dominguez, DRanch,and even La Mirada, I won’t even count out my Bulldogs, if they play mistake free they are capable of pulling off a few suprises. It’s gonna be a real interesting playoff season in the Southeast.

    • New York

      You’re not counting out the Bulldogs? You don’t say…lol. I am not either! This thing was once known as the “WestCo Invitational.”

      • WCDan

        LOL, hey every year is different NY, West Co is young this year on defense, definately big underdogs this week against Norwalk and they need to play their best game of the year to be in this game. I would think to have a chance in this game WC has to figure more ways to get Jones and Love the ball in space, more than they have been, then combine that with some good old pounding the ball with Josh Best. In other words WC needs good balance on offense to score a lot cause Norwalk will score a lot with that big line and all those runningbacks. Anyways thats my armchair QB opinion for what it’s worth, which isn’t much.
        My biggest worry is how do you stop a double wing that has Rashad Penny and 300lb+ hogs up front? Like I said we need our best game of the year on both sides of the ball.

        • New York

          I guess maybe you have one or DT’s in flexed positions and read the center, which typically blocks back every time except on a dive. Then swim over him to the play side? Hopefully those 300-pounders aren’t great pulling so your defensive linemen can beat the backside/pulling linemen off the ball and knock them off track enough so they can’t get to the playside. Just a thought…
          Scoring your own points is quite important. Simply having a cohesive offense is important to prevent your defense from getting worn down by that clock consuming double wing!

          • WCDan

            Spoken like a former lineman, you’ve got me convinced NY.

          • New York

            There is always a way to win.

  • New York

    Freddy,
    I know the story line of “the third time is the charm” for La Serna sounds great. It would also be the third shot for Coach Layton…does that change your “analysis?”