Now, let’s get ready for what is sure to be a wild ride through the CIF-SS playoffs. Starting Nov. 9 or 10 and lasting until Dec. 31, the CIF-SS playoffs are sure to provide some wild twists and turns and upsets.
(Actually, the playoffs don’t last until New Year’s Eve, it only seems that way)
What happened in Week 10?
That’s what Trabuco Hills and JSerra did Friday. With a victory, both San Clemente and Orange Lutheran would have been 6-4 overall and eligible for an at-large berth. I’m not sure either would have received it, but 6-4 and you had to navigate your way through the Trinity and South Coast Leagues, that’s not bad.
However, SC and OLu never made it 6-4. Trabuco Hills scored 14 points in the fourth quarter to take down San Clemente 21-4 and JSerra, did get to 6-4, knocking off Orange Lutheran 41-6.
It was a tough league run for both Trabuco Hills and JSerra, but credit to both teams for fighting Friday night and ending the season on a high note.
Ain’t no party like a Bosco party
If you go through the Trinity League unscathed, then you’re something special and that’s what St. John Bosco did. The Braves turned in a spectacular performance taking down Santa Margarita, 42-15 Friday night to clinch the Trinity League title. The Braves were fast and physical on defense and pounded the ball on offense. The Braves have a trio of backs (Wadood, Woodhouse, Walker) and they all bring something different.
One unsung hero is kicker Reid Burdrovich. All of his kickoffs are in the end zone, forcing opponents to start from the 20. Keep an eye on the Braves, especially if they wear their black uniforms.
The other team in black
Much has been written about the Mission Viejo offense. It is the Greatest Show on Turf, but now it is time to give the defense some credit.
The Diablos D intercepted Conner Manning six times, including three by Hunter Remington, and held the Chargers to 7 points. They came in averaging 47. Mission Viejo won 49-7.
I’m not even going to try and predict who the Diablos will face in the first round, but it could be a painful night for that team.
One of the top performances of the year
Did you see what Capistrano Valley Christian Ben Sukut did? Sukut, a freshman, intercepted four passes and returned them all for touchdowns. Why did they keep throwing in his direction?
Another standout performance
Somebody on campus better carry Steven Anderson’s (Westminster) books for him on Monday, in fact, do it all week. Anderson passed for six touchdowns and rushed for two more in the 56-30 victory over Segerstrom. That’s eight touchdowns, if you’re counting at home. Now that’s a way to clinch the league title. Congrats Steven.
**Edison allowed just 17 points in five Sunset League games. Good luck the team that draws the Chargers in the first round.
**Looking far ahead, I’m assuming that four Sunset League teams are getting into the playoffs, with Los Alamitos as the at-large. Will the league dominate the playoffs as many thought when it was first announced that the league was moving into the Southwest Division? Keep an eye on this.
There are going to be a lot of good matchups in the Southwest Division. Should be fun. It will be fun.
**All five teams in the South Coast League finished at .500 or better.
That’s it for this week. Get ready for the playoffs.