Coaches discuss Sunday’s playoff pairings

CIF-Southern Section playoffs
Friday’s first-round schedule

Mid-Valley Division
Monrovia (5-5) at Cantwell Sacred Heart (7-3), 7:30 p.m.

Northeast Division
Whittier Christian (5-5) at Bell-Jeff (9-1), 7:30 p.m.

Southeast Division
Santa Fe (5-5) at San Gabriel (8-2), 7:30 p.m.
Ocean View (7-3) at La Habra (9-0), 7:30 p.m.
Santa Ana (5-5) at California (9-1), 7:30 p.m.
Alhambra (7-3) at La Serna (7-3), 7:30 p.m.
Rosemead (7-3) at Schurr (6-4), 7:30 p.m.
El Rancho (5-5) at Westminster (7-3), 7:30 p.m.

Southwest Division
La Mirada (4-6) at South Hills (8-2), 7 p.m.

Western Division
St. Paul (6-4) at Quartz Hills (8-2), 7:30 p.m.

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Week 10: It’s here already? Are we having fun yet?

The final week of the season with a multitude of scenarios for who makes
the playoffs — and who doesn’t.
And would you want it any other way?
When you speculate on who’s going to make it and who isn’t, be sure
you’ve got the correct info’ about league policies for breaking ties.
And remember that the CIF mandates how many playoffs berths are
automatic, but it is the individual leagues who determine which of their
teams will represent them in the playoffs.

Picking ’em update:
Roger Murray: Last week – 8-2; Season 76-21
Andrew Campa: Last week – 7-3; Season 63-34

Thursday’s games:
Pioneer vs. La Serna, at California HS, 7 p.m. Murray (La Serna), Campa (La Serna)
Whittier vs. Santa Fe, at Pioneer HS, 7 p.m. Murray (Whittier), Campa (Whittier)
Sonora at La Habra, 7 p.m. Murray (La Habra), Campa (La Habra)

Friday’s games:
El Rancho at California, 7 p.m. Murray (California), Campa (California)
Cantwell at La Salle, 7 p.m. Murray (Cantwell), Campa (La Salle)
Cerritos at La Mirada, 7 p.m. Murray (La Mirada), Campa (La Mirada)
Montebello at Bell Gardens, 7 p.m. Murray (Bell Gardens), Campa Bell Gardens)
Alhambra at Schurr, 7 p.m. Murray (Alhambra), Campa (Alhambra)
St. Paul at St. Francis, 7:30 p.m. Murray (St. Francis), Campa (St. Paul)
Whittier Christian at Maranatha, 7 p.m. Murray (Whittier Christian), Campa (Maranatha)

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Week 9: Cal, La Serna, La Mirada, Schurr – and Pioneer – come up big

La Serna’s Rudy Jordan turns upfield during the Lancers’ 34-7 rout of Santa Fe

California 25, Whittier 8
Urquiza, Zaharioudakis, defense sharp as Condors ensure tie for DRL title.
La Serna 34, Santa Fe 7
Lancers’ defensive effort keeps hopes for share of DRL alive.
Pioneer 31, El Rancho 28
QB Palacios sparkles as Titans stun Dons to gain first DRL victory.
La Mirada 56, John Glenn 7
Matadores get help from Bellflower; playoff hopes faint but alive.
Schurr 27, Bell Garadens 21
Defending CIF-SS Southeast Division champs just won’t go away.
La Habra 56, Buena Park 0
Morales & Co. breezing and sitting alone atop Freeway League
Whittier Christian 69, Marshall 0
Now it gets serious; Edwards out and Maranatha next and title on line.
Cantwell Sacred Heart 34, Verbum Dei 0
Cardinals gain revenge, but cakewalk over with La Salle on the horizon.
Alemany 43, St. Paul 21
Swordsmen can’t stop the run, Mission League title plans dealt a blow.
San Gabriel 51, Montebello 10
Oilers’ program on down slope in what has been a roller coaster season.

Del Rio League schedule:

Pioneer (5-4, 1-3) vs. La Serna 7-2, 3-1), at California HS, 7 p.m.
El Rancho (4-5, 2-2) at California (9-0, 4-0), 7 p.m.
Whittier (6-3, 1-3) vs. Santa Fe (4-5, 1-3), at Pioneer HS, 7 p.m.

Amazing the number of playoff scenarios that are available.
Pick the winners and explain why.

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