Friday Night Recap: The LAs have it as La Habra, La Mirada and La Serna advance to semifinals; Whittier Christian and Cantwell go down

What at night!
It paid Friday night if you’re an area high school team with a name that begins with ‘La,’ as La Habra, La Mirada and La Serna all advanced to the semifinals with close victories in the quarterfinals. La Serna rallied in the final moment to beat Los Altos, 42-38; La Mirada held off Arcadia, 31-28; and La Habra, seeking its fifth consecutive divisonal title, won a surprising close game in a 28-21 victory over Brea Olinda. Whittier Christian and Cantwell bowed out with losses of 67-21 to Monrovia and 49-22 to Lompoc/Cabrillo, respectively.
Here’s a brief rundown of each game.
La Serna 42, Los Altos 38 —
Sophomore quarterback Frankie Palmer continues to play like a senior, accounting for 304 yards and four touchdowns, including scoring the game-winner with a 5-yard run with 1:06 to play. The Lancers, who lost to Bonita in the semifinals last season, held off a Los Altos drive at the end forcing a fumble inside their own six. They will host Muir at California High School on Friday. The Mustangs, who entered the playoffs as an at-large entry, followed up last week’s victory over No. 2 Santa Fe by beat Diamond Ranch, 48-0.
La Mirada 31, Arcadia 28 — Johnny Hills wasn’t the Matadores No. 1 running back when the season began, but he showed his worth by rushing for 219 yards and two touchdowns as La Mirada advanced to the semifinals for the first time since winning the Southern Division in 2009. The Mats, who rallied back from a 28-10 deficit, will host top-seed and 2010 division champion West Covina in next week’s semifinals. The Bulldogs routed Pasadena, 55-12.
La Habra 28, Brea Olinda 21 — It’s back to the semifinals for the Highlanders, who used two third-quarter interceptions before holding off a furious rally against Brea Olinda. La Habra, seeking a fifth consecutive divisional title and its sixth overall, will host El Toro, which routed Yorba Linda, 58-20. Aaron Porter rushed for 114 yards and quarterback Sean Sparling threw for 115 yards to lead the Highlanders.
Monrovia 67, Whittier Christian 21 — The Heralds were no match for the 2010 divisoin championships, who led 21-0 after the first quarter, 41-7 at halftime and 61-14 after three quarters. De’Shawn Ramirez ran for 129 yards and scored four touchdowns, including a 98-yard interception return, to lead Monrovia. Joel Rhone rushed for 124 yards and a touchdown in garbage time to lead Whittier Christian.
Cabrillo/Lompoc 49, Cantwell 22 — For the second consecutive season, a team from Lompoc did in the Cardinals. Cantwell, after committing five turnovers, where never in it, trailing 35-0 by halftime and 49-0 in the third quarter.Tim Walsh threw for 109 yards to lead the Cardinals.

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    Highlights/ interviews from La Serna’s come-from-behind 42-38 win over Los Altos. The Lancers outscored Los Altos 21-8 during their furious fourth quarter rally in which their were three lead changes. Los Altos was left to drive 70 yards with 1:02 to play in the fourth needing a touchdown and came up just short. Outstanding performances from both teams and an absolutely electric atmosphere at Los Altos High School. Honestly, it was an outstanding year for Los Altos. Going from 0-10 to six yards away from the CIF- SS Southeast Division semifinals. La Serna showed a lot of heart and in the end La Serna coach Margarito Beltran had it right when he said….

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  • Cong ’76

    Congratulations to La Serna, great game and good luck next week against Muir!

  • Online Fan

    That was a great game by both teams last night! But I have to say that the performance by sophomore QB Frankie Palmer was ridiculous, he had three rushing td’s and one deep ball down the sideline for a td, but he was picking los altos apart all night either with his arm or feet! I really enjoy seeing a great player in the making and last night was the beginning of a special player! Good luck to la serna next week, but Muir is probably gonna be too overwhelming for them, but a great season althogher.

  • really!

    @Online Fan
    Its good to be proud of your son, But you don’t see anybody else here pumping their kid. I could be wrong, u could be an uncle or JP. Don’t be THAT guy. Just sayin