Charter Oak, St. Francis win; San Dimas, La Habra lose in OT; Amat rally falls short

Jermaine Braddock has big night for Charter Oak: If Charter Oak is going to make a serious run in the CIF Southern Section Division 3 playoffs, Jermaine Braddock is going to be a big reason why.
The do-everything receiver/safety being courted by Arizona, San Jose State, New Mexico, Colorado State and others scored every way imaginable to lead the top-seed Chargers to a 55-14 victory over Crespi in the first round on Friday.

St. Francis football cuts off La Serna at pass: St. Francis High football coach Jim Bonds said earlier in the week he expected a much different La Serna team than the one his team easily defeated in September.
La Serna proved him right, almost too right in fact in this rematch, as it took an interception by Kevin Armstead with 44 seconds left to preserve a 31-27 win for St. Francis in the first round of the CIF-SS Division 3 playoffs on Friday night.

Bishop Amat’s rally falls short: The Bishop Amat football team took advantage of almost every opportunity on Friday in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoffs, but ultimately fell to defending champion and third seed St. John Bosco, 35-21, at El Camino College.
“We came here to play hard and that’s what we did, it just wasn’t enough,” Amat coach Steve Hagerty said. “Momentum is overrated. We just didn’t execute when we needed to.”

Edison emerges victorious after thrilling OT battle with La Habra: La Habra went for the win.
Edison got the win.
La Habra, trailing by one point after a touchdown in overtime, Skyler Taylor took the handoff and tried to twist his way into the end zone. A group of Edison Chargers, led by Hunter Griggs and Brandon Moradian, pulled Taylor down a foot-and-a-half short of the goal line and Edison won 28-27 in a CIF-Southern Section Division 2 first-round playoff game at La Habra High.

Bryce Wooldridge passes Glendora football into second round: Prior to Friday night’s CIF Southern Section first-round playoff game between Corona Santiago and Glendora, many felt the Tartans needed to run the ball to have any chance of winning.
Glendora quarterback Bryce Wooldridge had other ideas.
The senior completed 16 of 19 passes for 365 yards and two touchdowns to lead Glendora to a 38-23 win. The victory advances Glendora (8-3) to the quarterfinals of the Division 4 playoffs against Murrieta Mesa.

San Dimas’ game winner comes up short: San Dimas came up inches short of advancing in the CIF-Southern Section Division 8 football playoffs Friday night.
The Saints went for a two-point conversion in the first overtime, but Dylan Ware didn’t cross the goal line, as Kaiser won 35-34.
“You know we’ve been working since January and wanted to go all the way,” Ware said. “We just wanted to go for the win and I know I put the ball into the end zone.”

Late Gahr touchdown ends Santa Fe football season: Everyone in attendance at Friday night’s CIF Southern Section Division 10 first-round football playoff game between Santa Fe and Gahr knew who would be getting the ball.
With the Gladiators facing a fourth-and-3 at the Chiefs’ 3-yard line with less than 30 seconds to play in the game, there wasn’t any doubt about who Gahr would go to with its season on the line.

Cabot paces San Marino football to playoff win over Summit: Defensive stops were rare in Friday night’s CIF-SS Division 6 first-round playoff game between Summit and host San Marino.
Quarterback Blake Cabot and running back Beau Hobbie made enough plays to give their defense a break, leading the way as the fifth-seeded Titans topped the Skyhawks 62-49.

Northview falls short at Millikan: David Radford spoke to the Millikan football team before its game on Friday night about how his father – legendary former Rams coach Dave Radford, who passed away two weeks ago – cared more about the character of his team than the result of the game.
Millikan continued to make history as sophomore quarterback Qeanu Campbell-Caldwell threw five touchdown passes and the Rams dominated Northview, 48-23, in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division 8 playoffs.


St. John Bosco 35, Bishop Amat 21
Edison 28, La Habra 27 (OT)
Heritage 55, La Mirada 21
Charter Oak 55, Crespi 14
St. Francis 21, La Serna 27
Damien 45, Paso Robles 28
Glendora 38, Corona Santiago 23
Moorpark 42, Los Altos 0
San Marino 62, Summit 49
St. Paul 48, West Torrance 14
South Hills 42, Oxnard Pacifica 21
Don Lugo 26, Pomona 0
Yorba Linda 44, Monrovia 21
St. Margaret’s 31, Ayala 17
Diamond Ranch 20, Palmdale 17
Kaiser 35, San Dimas 34, OT
Millikan 55, Northview 23
Aquinas 44, Maranatha 3
Montebello 28, Pasadena Poly 24
Gahr 31, Santa Fe 28
Covina 21, Victor Valley 7
Arcadia 21, Hillcrest 20
Arroyo 35, Lakeside 6
Schurr 49, Santa Ana Valley 14
South El Monte 50, El Dorado 7
Santa Ana 46, Bell Gardens 20
Santa Clara 35, Workman 7
Rio Hondo Prep 42, Azusa 22
Orange 28, Cantwell-Sacred Heart 26

CIF Southern Section Playoffs
All games start at 7 p.m., unless noted
Thursday’s Quarterfinals
Division 11

Westminster at Covina
Friday’s Quarterfinals
Division 3

Charter Oak at Westlake
St. Francis at Citrus Hill
Division 4
Capistrano Valley at Damien
Glendora at Murrieta Mesa
Division 6
San Marino at Bishop Diego
Saugus at St. Paul, 7:30 p.m.
Division 7
Burbank at South Hills
El Modena at Diamond Ranch
Division 10
Apple Valley at Montebello
Division 11
Katella at Arcadia
Arroyo at Rancho Mirage
Division 12
Schurr at Santa Maria
Rancho Christian at South El Monte
Division 13
Rio Hondo Prep at Orange
Nogales at Silver Valley

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  • Valley Athletics

    Agree with fred . I don’t see Amat having a chance against Bosco . But you are wrong about future talent .freshman team went 9-1 losing 28-7 to only Mater Dei . Hear this class is special . Now for next year they need to recruit some transfers . JSerra is a good example . With the 3 transfers that where D1 players they improved so much from last season . 2019 class is good . A couple 2020 transfers at needed positions would help ..

    • Riddle

      Don’t sleep on Amat 2020 class. They have some nice talent there.

      • Valley Athletics

        Yeah 2020 class has some good players . Next season team has a lot of returners . With addition of class of 2020 and a couple 2021 players they should be favored to win the mission . Chaminade graduates most of the starters and will take a step back . Serra also graduates many D1 players and has to reload .

        • Steve Ramirez

          Will be interesting to see if BA can hold on to its D-1 status after consecutive first-round losses.

          • Valley Athletics

            It’s a point system that gives you more points for losing against D1 teams than beating teams of lower divisions . Alemany had 2 consecutive losong seasons with no playoffs and still stayed in D-1 .next year they will be out for sure . Loyola most likely also . Amat will need a 1-9 season next year to be in trouble .

          • Steve Ramirez

            OK…someone told me based on what happen to Upland, Bishop Amat might fall to D2 in favor of Upland, which should win D2 in a cakewalk.

          • Valley Athletics

            Alemany and Loyola are next in line to drop . Upland barely missed staying in D1 this year . Because they did not play enough of D1 teams . They win a couple of playoff games they should be back .Norco can also be moved back up with a couple of playoff wins because they scheduled more D1 teams . Amat finished 12th in the point system out 18 so there was 8 teams lower . Alemany and Long Beach Poly barely made the cut .

          • Stephen Ramirez

            I think you mean seven teams lower. But I get it….so I guess they are stuck in that tweener window, like NFL teams who finish 7-9 every year, not good enough to make the playoffs, but not bad enough to get high draft picks to greatly improve their team.

          • guest


            Sounds like a reliable source.

          • Stephen Ramirez

            Very reliable…another sports writer who follows these things more closer than I do…maybe not as reliable as my Mexican mafia source, but still reliable. 🙂

          • guest

            ha ha

          • guest

            Glad to hear it wasn’t a “little birdy”

          • guest

            Based on what some say, that only the lowest seeds in any division are qualified to drop, since BA made the playoffs they are mediocre enough to stay.

            So the boosters need to open up the checkbooks and provide …errr scholarships.. to free agent studs.. or it will be more mediocrity.. But that is the way of the privates. There can be a real amount of cash that changes hands openly.

            The publics have to get transfers and god only knows what goes on under the table. If caught making any quid pro quo they would be lambasted.

            We all have seen teams that somehow got blue chip transfers under real questionable circumstances or by device, in order to win…

            Given the rules of the game that is being played off the field, maybe publics should be able to give err “scholarships” to players too. At least then everything would be equal and out in the open.

    • observantcat

      The problem with the recruiting era now is that it has gotten so far out of hand that there are schools recruiting from other states. Grabbing kids from the area isn’t enough anymore unless you get them all. Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas has long been bringing in kids from all over SoCal and becoming a national juggernaut in the area. St. John Boscoe and Mater Dei are right along side of them. There is a great class and then there’s a Super Class of athletes. In the next few years if you haven’t taped that national well don’t even think about a State Championship. De Lassale owns the entire N. Cal area as far as recruits go and have been dominate over the past 15 years. SoCal schools have started to realize this missed opportunity over the past few years and now it’s turned into a 7on7 pick me camp.

      • fast fred

        Check Cathedral—out of 14 transfers, 9 are starters! Too bad, but that’s the future!

        • Football 1

          Don’t be an Idiot fred. Cathedral had 5 Transfers this year. Why don’t you mention Mater Dei 54 Transfers and St. John Bosco with over 25 Transfers for football only.

  • Conq ’76

    LA was clearly a D6 team this year…

  • OnBLUE

    I think our guys played Bosco VERY tough! I don’t think they were expecting that. I guess I wouldn’t either if I was the #3 ranked team in the Nation.

  • Nomoredrama

    For those who plan to attend the Charter Oak v Westlake game, GET THERE EARLY!
    Westlake has only one set of bleachers, where everyone sits on one side of the field, and they will leave next to no seats for visitors.