The Breakdown: Southwest Division
Seeded teams: 1. Edison (9-1), Sunset League champion; 2. Tustin (10-0) Empire League champion; 3. Villa Park (9-1) Century League champion; 4. Foothill (8-2) Century League #2
At-large: Los Alamitos (6-4), Sunset League; Esperanza (6-4), Century League
Darkhorse: Foothill (8-2). The Knights two losses were by a combined 11 points and came against two teams (Tustin, Villa Park) with a combined record of 19-1.
Players to watch: El Dorado QB Cory Wildhagen; El Dorado RB Hayden Dunn; Esperanza RB Troy Poole; Esperanza DB Austin Steele; Foothill WR/DB Jarrell Moss; Foothill WR/DB Jullian Moss; Villa Park OL Nick Whitton; Villa Park QB Dylan Osborne; Tustin RB Davonte Young; Tustin LB Ed Tandy; Valencia RB/LB Gabe Perez; Valencia LB Hayden Keefe; Yorba Linda WR Shad Pace; Yorba Linda LB Dillan Cazares; Edison LB/RB Elijah Herrera; Edison DE Derek Baljeu; Huntington Beach QB Kai Ross; Huntington Beach LB Matt Tavakoli; Los Alamitos QB Cody Marshall; Los Alamitos DB James Stea; Newport Harbor RB Tala Teaupa; Newport Harbor WR Quest Truxton; La Habra WR Christian Casas; La Habra DL Tristan DeLaRosa; Sonora RB Matt Villasenor; Sonora WR Nate Miranda; Troy RB Dallas Parent; Troy WR/DB Dominic Vaccher; Capistrano Valley QB Mason Dossey; Capistrano Valley WR Cole Robinson; Laguna Hills DB Landon Domenico; Laguna Hills DB Adam Salcido
Best first round match-up: La Habra (7-3) vs. Los Alamitos (6-4). Two of the county’s top coaches square off in La Habra’s Frank Mazzotta and Los Alamitos’ John Barnes. The Highlanders’ division dominance came to an end last year but their reign in the Freeway League continued this fall. The Pac-5 transplant Griffins barely got into the playoffs but are far from an easy out.
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