CIF football: A tough day at the office for the locals

Seven began, and then there are two. Only La Habra and La Serna
remain to carry the area’s hopes for a CIF Southern Section football

Friday’s first round results:

Southwest Division
La Habra 83, Anaheim 0
That’s not a typo, nor does it relate to the Highlanders’ Class of ’83.
No mystery here: La Habra – too much of everything; Anaheim – not enough
of anything. Next up for La Habra, El Dorado, two-time defending
Southwest Division champion, and a 45-19 winner over Huntington Beach

Southeast Division
La Serna 42, San Gabriel 14

Kyle Gluck steps with 230 yards and four touchdowns on runs of 9, 58, 68
and 12 yards. Seems like somebody is always filling a role for the
Lancers, Burke, Lozano, Rodriguez, Sanchez, this time Gluck. Impressive
to say the least. Next up for La Serna, Rowland, the division’s No. 4
seed and a 22-21 winner over Burbank Burroughs.

South Hills 40, Schurr 21
Spartans finish season with a 7-4 record after capturing the Almont
League crown with a 5-0 mark. Scurr led, 14-12 at halftime.

Crescenta Valley 22, California 21
Tough loss for the Condors after they led, 21-7, with 7:02 left in the
third quarter, then lost when the Falcons went for a two-point
conversion. California, which got a pair TD passes from QB Greg Perea to
tight end Nathan Blaikie and and Terris Jones on a 12-yard run, finishes
with an 8-3 record.

Burbank 20, Santa Fe 14
Considered an upset according to most pregame observers, visiting
Bulldogs showed a relentless no-huddle ground game and an aggressive
defense that belied their fourth-place finish in the pacific League.
Santa Fe had impressive scoring drives in the second quarter, but
couldn’t muster the necessary efficiemt consistency, especially after
tight end/linebacker Nikolai Crouch was knocked out of the game with a
leg injury. Santa Fe finishes with a 9-2 record.

Southern Division
Corona del Mar 26, La Mirada 15

Visiting Matadores fell behind 26-0 and couldn’t recover, despite QB
Daniel Poncedeleon’s 31 for 42 for 357 yards passing that included TD
tosses to Charles Whitfield for 85 yards and Julian Matta for 22, both
in the game’s final eight minutes. La Mirada finishes with a 4-7 record.

Northwest Division
Santa Maria St. Joseph 42, Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary 12

Maybe it was the long drive to play the division’s No. 3 seed, but more
currently information unavailable. To be updated. Cantwell finishes with
a 6-5 record.

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