Los Altos going for 12th championship: The Los Altos football team has officially shed its third-place moniker. The third-place team from the Hacienda League can finish no worse than second — in the CIF-SS Central Division.
Tyler Nevens, who ran for 296 yards, sealed Los Altos’ 27-13 win over Bonita on Friday night with his second touchdown of the game on fourth down from the 1-yard line with seven minutes to play.
Bishop Amat’s miracle rally falls short: Bishop Amat’s last minute miracle comeback fell short, crushing the Lancers’ dream of playing for their first championship since 1995 in a 38-37 loss at Corona Centennial on Friday.
Centennial’s near self-destruction allowed for a crazy finish after running back Sammonte Bonner fumbled a game-clinching touchdown run inches from the end zone, allowing the Lancers to get it back with just over a minute left at their own 3.
Bishop Amat quarterback Ryder Ruiz, who finished with 411 yards and three touchdowns, engineered a 97-yard scoring drive in the final minute, connecting with Brandon Arconado on a 42-yard touchdown pass with 32 seconds left.
Pomona in first championship since 1928: To say it’s been a long time since the Pomona High School football team has been in a championship game, is saying that it’s been a while since the Chicago Cubs have won a World Series.
That day is finally here as Pomona defeated visiting Sierra Canyon of Chatsworth, 33-20, in the CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley Division semifinals Friday night.
Third-ranked Pomona (9-4) will play Paraclete (10-3), a 15-12 winner over Northview in the other semifinal game, Friday at Antelope Valley College.
It’s been 86 years since the Red Devils have been in a title game, losing to Covina 7-0 in 1928. The Red Devils were also in the CIF championship game 11 years earlier, losing to Manuel Arts, 27-0.
Colony knocks out Charter Oak: The dream season of the Colony High School football team lives on. The Titans parlayed eight Charter Oak turnovers into a 35-26 victory on Friday night in the semifinals of the CIF Southern Section Central Division playoffs. Colony improved to 11-2 and will play Los Altos in next Saturday’s championship game. Charter Oak finished 8-5.
All of Charter Oak’s turnovers certainly helped Colony, but Khalil Dorsey made sure the Chargers paid dearly for their seventh.
With Colony leading 29-26 and Charter Oak at the Titans’ 38 with 3:01 to left to play, Dorsey stepped in front of a pass to the flats by Charter Oak quarterback Kam Brown. Dorsey intercepted the ball and returned it 65 yards for the icing score.
Northview nearly knocks off No. 1 Paraclete: Northview’s dream season came to an end after a tough 15-12 loss to top-seeded Paraclete (10-3), which will go to its fifth consecutive CIF-SS Mid-Valley Division championship game.
The Spirits took their first and only lead with 2:33 left in the game on an 8-yard run by Ethan Clark. Their two-point conversion was good, setting the stage for one last attempt by Northview (11-2) trailing by three.
The Vikings drove to midfield, but when freshman quarterback Steven Comstock’s fourth-and-2 pass fell incomplete with 29 seconds left, the game and chance to play for the title was sealed for the Spirits.
“We knew going into the game that it was going to come down to defense,” said Northview head coach Marcel Perez. “They just made one more stop than we did in the second half.”
CIF-SS High School Football Playoff results
St. John Bosco 33, Long Beach Poly 21
Corona Centennial 38, Bishop Amat 37
Saturday’s championship: Centennial vs. St. John Bosco, Angels Stadium, 8 p.m.
Colony 35, Charter Oak 26
Los Altos 27, Bonita 13
Saturday’s championship: Colony at Los Altos, 7:30 p.m.
Paraclete 15, Northview 12
Pomona 33, Sierra Canyon 20
Friday’s championship: Pomona at Paraclete, 7:30 p.m.
Crescenta Valley 41, La Serna 36
Downey 35, Salesian 14
Friday’s championship: Crescenta Valley at Downey, 7:30 p.m.