Division 2 Damien 9, Santa Barbara 8 Division 3 Montebello 11, Moorpark 9, 2 OTs Division 4 Righetti 16, Flintridge Prep 4 Division 5 La Serna 13, La Quinta 8 Division 7 San Dimas 13, Don Lugo 6
Division 2 Damien vs. Foothill at Irvine HS, TBA Division 3 Montebello vs. Murrieta Valley at Irvine HS, TBA Division 5 La Serna vs. Redlands East Valley at Diamond Bar HS, 5:30 p.m. Division 7 San Dimas vs. Jurupa Valley at Mt. SAC, 4:30 p.m.
Tevaka Tuioti of La Mirada runs the reverse in first round CIF Southeast Section varsity football action between the Santa Fe Chiefs and the La Mirada Matadores Friday November 13, 2015 at La Mirada. La Mirada led at halftime 27-0. (Correspondent photo by Chris Burt/Sports)
LA MIRADA — La Mirada High School’s first-round playoff jinx is now a memory.
Sei-J Lauago rushed for 256 yards and four touchdowns and the host Matadores put those recent opening-round woes behind them with a 55-6 victory over Santa Fe on Friday in a CIF Southern Section Southeast Division first-round football game.
La Mirada, the division’s No. 2 seed for the second consecutive season, rushed for 375 yards to improve to 8-3. The Matadores will travel to Dominguez, which beat Burbank, in next week’s second round.
Edward Cisneros rushed for 88 yards and had a receiving touchdown for Santa Fe, which finished 4-7.
La Mirada, keyed by Lauago, led 27-0 at halftime. The senior rushed for 194 yards and three touchdowns as the Matadores scored on all five first-half possessions.
Francisco Sanchez had field goals of 35 and 26 yards for La Mirada.
Santa Fe had just 59 yards in the first half and helped La Mirada get started after quarterback Chris Ramsey was stopped for no gain on fourth and 1 from the Chiefs’ 47 on Santa Fe’s initial drive of the game.
Lauago followed with a 41-yard run for a 7-0 lead 8:55 left of the first quarter.
He then followed Sanchez’s 35-yard kick with an 8-yard run up the gut for a 17-0 lead with 10:42 remaining in the first half.
Sanchez completed a 35-yard drive with a 26-yard field goal and a 20-0 lead with 5:24 left in the second quarter.
Lauago then closed the first-half scoring with a 57-yard run for a 27-0 lead. La Mirada’s Sei-J Lauago: “It feels very good. It’s been a long time since we won in the first round. It feels very good to earn the ‘W’ and get to the second round, and hopefully a ring.” — Stephen Ramirez LA SERNA 49, PARAMOUNT 21 WHITTIER — A pair of seniors scored two rushing touchdowns each to lead La Serna High School to a 49-21 victory over visiting Paramount in the first round of the CIF-SS Southeast Division playoffs on Friday night at Pioneer High.
Quarterback Jonathan Ceballos scored twice, along with running back Anthony Garcia to lead the Lancers to the victory.
La Serna will play at Harvard-Westlake, a 13-12 winner over Mayfair, in a second-round game next week.
Garcia (169 yards on 18 carries) and junior running back Matthew Marshall (110 yards on 11 carries) combined for 279 rushing yards for the Lancers. La Serna coach Andy George: “It was very important for us to come out and compete. We’re a team that will compete in every round, and (this win) is the first step to our ultimate goal.” La Serna’s Anthony Garcia: “This was a great team win. It feels real good to give him (George) a CIF win.” — John Sherrard DOWNEY 35, WHITTIER 7 Downey 35, Whittier 7 — The tri-San Gabriel Valley League champions spoiled the Cardinals’ return to the CIF-SS playoffs by building a 28-0 lead.
It was the Cardinals’ first playoff appearance since 2006. Whittier finishes 6-5. The Vikings (7-4) play No. 3 seed Cathedral, which defeated Crescenta Valley, 58-19. — Staff Report SOUTHWEST DIVISION LA HABRA 49, KENNEDY 0 LA HABRA — Quarterback Eric Barriere was involved in six of the Highlanders’ first seven touchdowns and the top-seeded Highlanders cruised in their Southwest Division game.
He rushed for three touchdowns, carrying the ball four times for 97 yards and threw for three scores, completing 6-of-8 passes for 124 yards. Prince Ross caught four of those passes for 98 yards and all three TDs,
The Highlanders (10-1) won their eighth consecutive game and they have scored 35 or more points in all of those games. They will play at Laguna Hills in the second round. Laguna Hills scored a 13-10 win over Woodbridge.
Portland Taylor rushed for 148 yards.
The Fighting Irish (5-6) had a chance to score in the first half, but Madison Wheeler blocked a 38-yard field-goal attempt. — Teren Guerra SONORA 42, TUSTIN 13
TUSTIN — Jacob Fimbres scored five touchdowns and the Raiders rolled to the Southwest Division road victory.
The running back had four touchdowns before the half as Sonora (9-2) built a 35-7 lead. The Tillers (8-3) finished second in the Empire League, The Raiders were third in the Freeway League.
They will play host to No. 2 seed San Clemente, which defeated Sunny Hills, 52-0. MID-VALLEY DIVISION VIEWPOINT 49, MONTEBELLO 0 MONTEBELLO — The third-seeded Oilers were bumped from the Mid-Valley Division playoffs, struggling to get the offense going. The Patriots (6-5), finishing fourth in the Gold Coast League and earned an at-large playoff berth, led, 35-0 at the half.
Joshua Leon led the Oilers (9-2) in rushing with 58 yards. The closest Montebello got to scoring was early in the second quarter, but quarterback Eric Bruesch was intercepted in the end zone.
Viewpoint quarterback Zach Chulak completed 18-of-28 passes for 297 yards and four TDs. The Patriots will play at Covina, a 35-28 winner over Arroyo. — Angel Gutierrez SCHURR 27, BALDWIN PARK 26 BALDWIN PARK — Schurr’s quarterback Miguel Aguero scored in overtime on a 1-yard run and Eddie Delgado picked off Baldwin Park’s Jacob Robles pass on a two-point conversion attempt and Schurr High School sealed a 27-26 CIF Southern Section Mid-Valley Division victory on Friday night.
The Spartans (6-5) trailed the Montview League champions (7-4) 20-10 at the half. Aguero scored in the third quarter and Pedro Moreno kicked a field goal to send it into overtime.
Schurr got the ball first. On third-and-5 from the 20, Aguero got a key first down on a five-yard pass to Anthony Varela. The Spartans marched the ball to the 1, where Aguero scored and Moreno kicked the extra point.
On the Braves’ first play of overtime, Robles was sacked. But on third-and-19, he hit Louis Flores on a 34-yard pass. Two plays later, Robles scored.
The Braves lined up to kick the extra point to tie the game and when the ball went through the goalposts it was waived off, the Braves called time out before the snap.
Baldwin Park elected to go for two and the win. The Braves lined up all of their receivers on the right side. Robles was supposed to lob the ball up, but the pass was more of a beeline, right to Delgado.
The Braves led, 14-0, when Carlos Varguez intercepted an Arguero pass and went 82 yards for a score. Flores rushed for 107 yards and a TD for the Braves.
Anthony Valero rushed for 120 yards and nine-yard score for the Spartans, who will play top seed Sierra Canyon next week at Montebello High. — Rudy Ramos NEXT WEEK’S QUARTERFINALS
All times are 7:30 p.m. SOUTHEAST DIVISION
La Serna (9-2) at Harvard-Westlake (8-3)
La Mirada (8-3) at Dominguez (8-3) SOUTHWEST DIVISION
La Habra (10-1) at Laguna Hills (8-3)
San Clemente (9-2) vs. Sonora (9-2) at La Habra HS MID-VALLEY DIVISION
Sierra Canyon (11-0) vs. Schurr (6-5) at Montebello HS
California’s Josh Lambert, above, made his college choice Thursday, signing a scholarship letter to NCAA Division II Azusa Pacfiic University to play baseball. Cantwell basketball player Jacob Davision and La Habra softball player Franky Mendoza signed with Eastern Washington and UC Davis, respectively. Their photos are below. JACOB DAVISION FRANKY MENDOZA