CIF-SS FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS: SOUTHERN DIVISION
ANAHEIM (5-5) VS. CORONA DEL MAR (8-2)
Where, when: Newport Harbor High, Thursday, 7 p.m.
Outlook: The Colonists are in the playoffs for the seventh consecutive year, but they get the Sea Kings, the top seed and defending Southern Division champion in the first round. CdM quarterback Cayman Carter is one of the most dynamic players in the division. He has passed for 1,536 yards and 14 TDs and has rushed for 790 yards and 10 TDs. Anaheim running back Josh Tafoya closed out the season with three consecutive 100-yard rushing games, including 292 yards and two TDs in the victory over Magnolia.
LOS AMIGOS (7-3) VS. ESTANCIA (7-3)
Where, when: Estancia High, Friday, 7 p.m.
Outlook: The Lobos reached the quarterfinals last season, but they will be underdogs against the Eagles, who reached the semifinals last season, in this opening-round matchup. This game features two of the county’s top running backs with Los Amigos’ Jerry Saldivar going toe-to-toe against Estancia’s Robert Murtha. Saldivar is in the hunt for the county rushing title with 1,899 yards and 23 TDs on 227 carries. Murtha hasn’t put up the same numbers as he did as a junior, but he still has 1,156 yards and 11 TDs on 173 carries.