Friday’s Featured game stories and final scores
Charter Oak rallies to reach semifinals: At first, Charter Oak looked like it did not belong on the same field as Westlake, giving up 21 first-quarter points in the first quarter Friday.But the Chargers refused to quit and erased the deficit to defeat Westlake on the road 39-28 in the Southern Section Division 3 quarterfinals.
“I told this team to just play one down at a time,” Charter Oak coach Lou Farrar said. “Just play it one down at a time and one play at a time. This team has more heart then any team I have ever coached and I couldn’t be more proud.”
St. Francis makes bold fake-field goal call in fourth quarter to defeat Citrus Hill: St. Francis scored on a fake field goal in the fourth quarter en route to a 30-20 victory over Citrus Hill on Friday night in a CIF-Southern Section Division 3 quarterfinal round playoff game.
“I think we got away with one there,” St. Francis head coach James Bonds said. “That was huge.”
Isaac Cordova tossed it to Conor McGrory on 4th-and-9 from the 9 as St. Francis (11-1 overall) knocked off the No. 2 seed to earn a spot in the semifinals.
“We saw that it was a possibility on film, but I didn’t really like the look,” Bonds said. “(But) it’s just a couple of guys making big plays.”
Penalties doom Damien in loss: Capistrano Valley turned a close game at halftime into a rout with 21 points in the first three minutes of the third quarter and went on to defeat Damien, 34-7, in Friday’s CIF Southern Section Division 4 football quarterfinals.
Capistrano Valley (12-0), the top seed in Division 4, advances to the semifinals for the second straight year after reaching the Division 5 title game a year ago. The Cougars will face the winner between Corona Del Mar and Downey next week.
South El Monte wins rematch: In last season’s CIF-SS Division 12 semifinal, South El Monte and Rancho Christian entered halftime tied at two scores apiece.A year later, South El Monte and Rancho Christian entered halftime with the same score in Friday’s CIF-SS Division 12 quarterfinal.
In a back-and-forth second-round playoff matchup, all it took was an interception late in the game as South El Monte stopped Rancho Christian in its tracks to win 42-35 and advance to the division semifinals.
No. 1 South Hills falls to Burbank: With a No. 1 seed in the CIF Southern Section Division 7 playoffs, South Hills High School had a big target on its back.
Visiting Burbank took aim and came away with a 42-30 victory in a quarterfinal game Friday night.South Hills suffered a huge blow when senior starting quarterback RJ Stearns departed with an ankle injury in the second quarter and the Huskies (10-2) leading 17-10.
Montebello couldn’t overcome slow start: Apple Valley High running back Donovan Ferguson knew immediately after the snap that he had a chance.
After the Sun Devils forced a Montebello punt during Friday night’s CIF Southern Section Division 10 second-round playoff game, they handed the ball to Ferguson on an outside run from their own 11-yard line.
Late safety gives Saugus football edge over St. Paul: Saugus pulled out an improbable victory Friday night, recovering a fumble in the end zone for a safety with 2:46 remaining in the game en route to stunning St. Paul 28-27 in a CIF Southern Section Division 6 quarterfinal.
St. Paul (5-7) appeared to be on its way to the win after trailing by 12 points in the fourth quarter before scoring a pair of touchdowns to take the lead.
Rio Hondo Prep falls to Orange: Many people who know Joseph Martinez call him “Jo Jo.” They were also shouting, “Go! Go!” on Friday night when Martinez ran for 179 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries to lead Orange past Rio Hondo Prep, 27-14, in the second round of the CIF Southern Section Division 13 playoffs at El Modena High.
Martinez, who missed time earlier this season with hamstring and knee injuries, is all the way back now and said he was 100 percent “hyped up,” to lead the Panthers into the semifinals.
CIF Southern Section Playoffs
Friday’s Quarterfinal results
Charter Oak 39, Westlake 28
St. Francis 30, Citrus Hill 20
Capistrano Valley 24, Damien 7
Murrieta Mesa 54, Glendora 20
Bishop Diego 59, San Marino 21
Saugus 28, St. Paul 27
Burbank 42, South Hills 30
El Modena 35, Diamond Ranch 7
Apple Valley 59, Montebello 28
Katella 41, Arcadia 35, OT
Rancho Mirage 27, Arroyo 21, OT
Santa Maria 42, Schurr 21
South El Monte 42, Rancho Christian 35
Orange 27, Rio Hondo Prep 14
Silver Valley 35, Nogales 29, 3 OT
Charter Oak at Rancho Verde, 7 p.m.
El Toro at St. Francis, 7 p.m.
Covina at Culver City, 7 p.m.
Santa Maria at South El Monte, 7 p.m.
— Vincent Nguyen (@ReporterVince) November 18, 2017