A CIF-SS Southeast Division final Tale of the Tape

On Saturday night, La Serna and Norwalk will meet for the CIF-SS Southeast Division championship at Cal State Fullerton. La Serna is playing in its third consecutive Southeast final, and clearly has the edge in playoff experience. Norwalk relies on its run-first Double Wing T offense and senior running back Rashaad Penny.
Will La Serna snap its two-game losing streak in the Southeast final and claim the school’s first CIF title since 1967? Will Norwalk literally run away with the crown, its first since 1977?
Here’s a look at the teams and my prediction:

Offensive line
La Serna:
Quick and experienced
Norwalk: Massive and well-coached
Advantage: Norwalk

Running attack
La Serna:
Three good backs and a mobile QB
Norwalk: Rashaad Penny, Rashaad Penny, Rashaad Penny
Advantage: Norwalk

Passing attack
La Serna:
Lots of weapons, from the backfield and on the perimeter
Norwalk: 27 pass attempts all season
Advantage: La Serna

Quarterback
La Serna:
Frankie Palmer is 33-8 as a varsity starter
Norwalk: Junior Jacob Car has completed 18 of 22 throws this season
Advantage: La Serna

Defensive line
La Serna:
Quick and relentless
Norwalk: Very, very large
Advantage: La Serna

Linebackers
La Serna:
Daniel Campos and Luis Camacho are hard hitters
Norwalk: Aaron Armendarez is a three-year varsity player
Advantage: Draw

Secondary
La Serna:
The Lancers gave up two long TD passes last week
Norwalk: 8 of 15 interceptions came from the DBs
Advantage: Norwalk

Special teams
La Serna:
Sophomore PK Alex Vasquez has been solid all year
Norwalk: Penny also punts and returns kicks
Advantage: Norwalk

Intangibles
La Serna:
Big-game experience on both sides of the ball
Norwalk: Best athlete on the field
Advantage: La Serna

Prediction
La Serna 31, Norwalk 28

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  • Joey P

    I agree nice break down

  • Joey P

    Great prediction