What an incredible night of what could have been. Well, it was for San Dimas, but the rest of the SGV was rolling for a while too. Muir looked like it was on the verge of knocking off undefeated Norwalk and St. Francis had a chance of upsetting one of the best teams in the state, Serra. But both couldn’t get it done in the fourth to pull it out. Three-time defending Mid-Valley champ Monrovia won’t get its dream final against San Dimas. The Wildcats fell behind early and rallied to take the lead over Paraclete in the fourth quarter. But the Cats got beat in the final minute and so did their chances of becoming the first SGV school since the 70s Temple City Rams to win four straight titles. Rio Hondo Prep is another that won’t get a chance to defend its title after losing to Salesian. But Frankie “Football” Palmer is going to his third straight championship game and looking for his first ring. But this night was about San Dimas. From 0-4 to the verge of a tile, they’re something special and not even Paraclete is going to stop them.
San Dimas marches on: Nobody was talking about San Dimas in September. But as coach Bill Zernickow always says, September doesn’t matter, December does.
His words ring true again and now the Saints are hoping to get fitted for one.
San Dimas will finally get its chance to win its second CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley Division championship since 2009 after running all over host Arroyo for a 61-28 victory in the semifinals on Friday, snapping the Knights’ 11-game winning streak.
And it was all ground and pound.
San Dimas running back Joseph Mayorga went nuts, rushing for a school-record 327 yards and four touchdowns. And he wasn’t alone, Fausto Martinez rushed for 215 yards, two TDs and Manny Elizalde finished with 92 yards and two touchdowns.
Monrovia falls in final minute: Andrew Jimenez kicked an 18-yard field goal with 39 seconds left and host Paraclete ended the Wildcats’ dream of four consecutive CIF-Southern Section titles with a 22-21 victory over Monrovia in a Mid-Valley Division semifinal Friday night.
Muir’s championship bid comes up short: For one half on Friday night, everything was going according to script for the Muir High School football team. Then, the lights went out on the Mustangs’ offense and visiting Norwalk rallied from two touchdowns down at halftime to knock off Muir with a 35-28 win and earn a spot in next week’s CIF-Southeast Division championship game.
Tonight’s CIF-SS Semifinals Results
Paraclete 22, Monrovia 21
San Dimas 61, Arroyo 28
Championship: San Dimas will host Paraclete next Friday
La Serna 28, Burbank 21
Norwalk 35, Muir 28
Serra 22, St. Francis 16
Chaminade 49, Lompoc 14
Salesian 35, Rio Hondo Prep 20
Mission Prep 41, Desert 14