Coin flip eliminates St. Paul from playoffs

Chaminade High School’s upset of St. Francis Friday night created a three-way tie for second in the Mission League and momentarily gave reason for St. Paul to have hopes of a playoff berth despite its 4-6 season record. Alemany (9-1, 3-0) locked up one of the league’s two playoff berths as the league champion. Athletic directors from St. Francis (6-4, 1-2), St. Paul 4-6, 1-2) and Chaminade (2-8, 1-2) had a coin flip late Friday night to determine positioning teams in second, third and fourth places. St. Paul was the odd team out in the coin flip, and according to league bylaws that list head-to-head competition as the first tie-breaker, Chaminade’s win over St. Francis gives the Eagles second place and the league’s second automatic playoff berth. St. Francis will be listed as No. 3 and St. Paul No. 4.

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Santa Fe back on top

Winner of six consecuitve Del Rio League championships before being
knocked off the throne last season, Santa Fe returned to the top of the
heap by handing La Serna its first loss of the season, 21-7, in their
regular season football finale Friday night.

Santa Fe finishes the regular season 9-1 overall and 5-0 in league.
La Serna is 9-1 overall and 4-1 in league.

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Week 10 pick’ems: Take your best shot

This week’s predictions:

Thursday’s games:
Santa Fe vs. La Serna: Murray (La Serna); Campa (La Serna)
La Habra vs. Buena Park: Murray (La Habra); Campa (La Habra)
Whittier Christian vs. Village Christian: Murray (Village Christian); Campa (Village Christian)

Friday’s games:
Whittier at California:
Murray (California); Campa (Whittier)
El Rancho at Pioneer: Murray (Pioneer); Campa (El Rancho)
John Glenn at vs. La Mirada: Murray (La Mirada); Campa (La Mirada)
San Gabriel vs. Montebello: Murray (Montebello); Campa (Montebello)
Schurr vs. Bell Gardens: Murray (Schurr); Campa (Schurr)
St. Paul vs. Alemany: Murray (Alemany): Campa (Alemany)
Cantwell vs. Verbum Dei: Murray (Cantwell); Campa (Cantwell)

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Random thoughts after a great weekend of football

Can anyone contain La Serna’s three receivers – Jonathan Rodriguez, Freddie Sanchez, Kyle Gluck …

Although occasionally erratric, La Serna QB Ben Burke’s performance, that is delivering in the clutch and making big plays at the right times, running and/or passing, was the best in the position I’ve seen this season …

Games starting at 7:30 p.m. are killers for the WDN deadline, especially when the last three or four minutes can take as many as 20-25 minutes …

Teams that win games they are supposed to win should be judged on that basis, and not on the perception of how big the point differential should have been …

La Habra’s (and San Diego State’s) Ronnie Hillman sets the standard for versatility, a superb running back and an outstanding receiver, but the Highlanders’ best ball carrier may be Joshua Quezada. And he’s just a junior …

In terms of dependablity and performance, week in, week out, Whittier RB Daniel Enriquez ranks with the leaders …

Montebello 34, Alhambra 16: Trying to figure out how high Montebello has climbed or how far has Alhambra fallen …

It may be because of the size of his school or the division it’s in, but somebody should be paying more attention to Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary QB Cesar Hernandez, who keeps putting up big numbers. This week, it was four TD passes in a 50-7 rout of La Salle to keep the Cardinals in playoff contention …

Those who question why St. Paul needed a comeback and then overtime to defeat a team with a 1-7 record shouldn’t let the score cloud the fact the Swordsmen needed a W and got it. Consider that underdogs often rise to the occasion in hopes of playing the spoiler …

So much for the rumor Montebello QB Eli Mendibles broke his hand punching someone during the melee following the Schurr game last week and wouldn’t play against Mark Keppel Friday night. He played, the OIlers won and another rumor down the drain …

Disappointing to see empty seats on La Serna’s side of the field. California clearly won the battle of fan support Friday night at Cal High …

Deliver us from public address announcers who seem to think they’re on the radio and feel compelled to explain to the crowd what the spectators can see themselves. And even worse, become very vocal cheerleaders for the home team …

Stay tuned …

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Week 9 Thursday games provide some surprises

Santa Fe 19, Pioneer 7
A surprise here only because of the 12-point differential. Was Pioneer’s defense that much improved (RB Aaron Turner got only 68 yards on 16 carries, well below his season yardage averages of 180 a game and 9 per carry), or is the Chiefs’ offense considerably less than rated without him? It appears the defense turned in another impressive effort against a team averaging 23 points a game.

La Mirada 28, Artesia 20
Kudos all ’round to the Matadores (3-6, 3-2) who put themselves in position for another trip to the postseason playoffs. QB Daniel Poncedeleon led the way with 12 for 19 for 233 yards and two touchdowns. Artesia was 7-2 overall, 4-1 in the Suburban League and ranked No. 6 in this week’s Southern Division poll.

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