TRIBUNE PREVIEW: The CIF Southern Section football playoff pairings were released on Sunday and the surprise wasn’t that undefeated Charter Oak (10-0) earned the top seed in the Division 3 playoffs, it was the Chargers’ first-round opponent.
Crespi (1-9), which went 0-6 in the Mission League and whose only win was back in August’s season opener over Sylmar, 13-0, was given an at-large berth to the playoffs because in Division 3, 16 of the 18 pool of teams make the postseason.
The two teams left out of the Division 3 playoffs were Serrano (2-8) and Buena Park (1-9). Interestingly, Serrano didn’t turn in an at-large application so it came down to Crespi or Buena Park for the last spot, and Crespi’s strength of schedule won out.
STAR-NEWS PREVIEW: There is a common feeling among head football coaches that it is very tough to defeat the same team twice in one season. That is the assignment that St. Francis has in the first round of the CIF Southern Section PlayoffsThe Golden Knights (9-1), which finished second in the Angelus League, will host La Serna (6-4) in the first round of the Division 3 playoffs on Friday. Both teams played each other back in Week 2 (at St. Francis, ironically) with St. Francis easily defeating the Lancers, 49-20.
WHITTIER PREVIEW: The La Habra High football team cruised through the Freeway League during the regular season but face a tough challenge in the CIF Southern Section Division 2 first round game against Edison.
Things won’t be that simple in the postseason as they were during the year. Especially with the Highlanders (7-3) receiving a tough draw in their bracket that features the top four teams ahead of them in the Division 2 rankings.
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CIF Southern Section Playoff Schedule
Friday’s First Round Schedule
All games start at 7 p.m., unless noted
CIF-Southern Section Football Playoffs
Thursday’s First Round
Oxnard Pacifica (2-8) vs. South Hills (9-1) at Covina District Field
La Puente (6-4) at Nogales (9-1)
Friday’s First Round
Bishop Amat (5-5) at St. John Bosco (8-2)
Edison (7-3) at La Habra (7-3)
La Mirada (5-5) at Heritage (9-1)
Crespi (1-9) at Charter Oak (10-0)
La Serna (6-4) at St. Francis (9-1)
Damien (6-4) at Paso Robles (5-5)
Corona Santiago (7-3) vs. Glendora (7-3) at Citrus College
Los Altos (7-3) at Moorpark (8-2)
Summit (5-5) at San Marino (7-2)
Sonora (6-4) at Saugus (4-6)
St. Paul (4-6) at West Torrance (5-5)
Don Lugo (8-4) at Pomona (6-4)
Yorba Linda (7-3) at Monrovia (4-6)
Diamond Ranch (7-3) at Palmdale (7-3)
Kaiser (7-3) at San Dimas (7-3)
Northview (7-3) at Millikan (8-2)
Maranatha (6-4) at San Bernardino Aquinas (10-0)
Montebello (7-3) vs. Pasadena Poly (8-1-1) at South Pasadena HS
Whittier (5-5) at Garden Grove Pacifica (9-1)
Gahr (7-3)) at Santa Fe (6-4)
Victor Valley (5-5) vs, Covina (8-2) at Covina District Field
Arcadia (7-3) vs. Hillcrest (7-3) at Norte Vista HS
Lakeside (7-3) at Arroyo (10-0)
Santa Ana Valley (3-7) at Schurr (9-1)
El Dorado (5-5) at South El Monte (9-1)
Workman (4-6) at Santa Clara (8-2)
Azusa (5-5) at Rio Hondo Prep (6-3)
Orange (8-2) at Cantwell Sacred Heart (6-4)