2016 CIF Southern Section Football Championships Game Previews



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13 Divisional Titles to be Awarded this Weekend 

Thirteen Divisional Winners will be crowned Champions this weekend in the 2016 CIF Southern Section Ford Football Championships scheduled for sites spanning from the desert to the sea. Championship football completion among CIF-SS member schools dates back to 1914. This will be the 103rd edition.

DIVISION 1- St. John Bosco vs. Mater Dei,

Saturday December 3rd, at Angel Stadium, 7:30 pm, Televised on Fox Sports West

Two of the top teams in the state of California and the United States will face off in the Division 1 Final at Angel Stadium.

St. John Bosco arrives at its 4th straight CIF Title game having gone 1-2 in the past three Pac-5 Title games. Coach Jason Negro’s Braves are 11-2, runners up in the Trinity League, have scored more than 20 points in every single game and seek to avenge its earlier loss to Mater Dei.15219372_1234982849897732_6886320230596477873_n

The Braves have scored 581 points and barely allowed over 220. QB Re-Al Mitchell has thrown for 2,679 yards and 28 touchdowns, WR Berkley Holman has caught 11 touchdowns while Jacob Callier has 84 tackles and 9 sacks. The Braves look to add to their recent run of success with a 2nd CIF Title.

Mater Dei enters the final at 13-0, top seed in the bracket and champions of the Trinity League. Coach Bruce Rollinson’s team has been ranked near or at the top all season long and features a powerful team on both sides of the ball. The Monarchs have scored nearly 700 points and allowed less than 150.

Quarterback JT Daniels has thrown for over 4,300 yards and nearly 70 touchdowns, WR Osris St. Brown has over 1,100 reception yards and nearly 20 touchdown receptions, while Sal Aguilar has 60 tackles and nearly 5 sacks.

Having been ranked at or near the top in the country for the entire season, the Monarchs are back in a CIF final for the first time since 2013 and look to add to the program’s storied history with its 10th CIF championship.

DIVISION 2- San Clemente at Murrieta Valley

Friday December 2nd, 7:30pm, Fox Sports West

One program will finally ascend to the Mountaintop in the Division 2 final.  San Clemente arrives at its third straight CIF SS Title game after falling just short the previous two years. The Tritons come in at 10-3 and the runner ups of the South Coast league after beating top seeded Heritage in the 2nd round.15230597_1151253581631021_1787525091838132075_n

Coach Jaime Ortiz leads a well-balanced squad that has been on a roll during the playoff s. QB Jack Sears has passed for 2,033 yards and 31 TDs while rushing for almost 10 TDS while RB Brandon Reavens is responsible for 21 total touchdowns. On defense the Tritons have forced over 20 turnovers and 23 sacks. The Tritons are back in a CIF final and hungry for their first CIF Title.

Murrieta Valley continues a historic season with its appearance in the CIF final. The Nighthawks are 11-2, the Champions of the Southwestern League and enjoyed a win over cross town rival Vista Murrieta.15181506_1151253814964331_8434533967082013873_n

Coach George Wilson’s team has scored more than 600 points and are yet to allow 300. QB Hank Bachmeier has passed for over 3,300 yards and 40 TDs, while adding nearly 10 rushing TDs. RB Olita Palmer has rushed for over 2000 yards and over 24 TDs while Tevin Teague has over 100 tackles on defense. The Nighthawks look to complete their storybook season with the programs 1st CIF title.

DIVISION 3- Edison at La Mirada,

Friday December 2nd, 7:30 pm, Fox Sports West at 8:00 pm

Two programs steeped in tradition face off in the Division 3 final. Edison continues to write a magical script with its appearance in the CIF final. The Chargers were the Champions of the Sunset League and hold a 12-1 record. In his 31st and fi nal season as head coach, Dave White has built a balanced team on both sides of the ball which has led to an 8 game winning streak.
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QB Griffin O’Conner has passed for over 2,700 yards and over 30 TDs while Kenny Carmichael has over 15 sacks and over 85 tackles. Edison looks to win its 6th CIF title and send Coach White out with a win.

A year removed from a CIF title and a State title, La Mirada makes its 2nd consecutive CIF Final appearance. The Matadors hold an 11-2 record, the top seed in the bracket and were the champions ofthe Suburban League.

Coach Mike Moscheƫ ’s team has won ten in a row, scored over 500 points and barely allowed 200. QB Tristan Meyer has thrown for 2,208 yards and 35 TDs while Elijah Hicks has 5 interceptions and over 30 tackles. The Matadors seek their 2nd consecutive CIF title.

DIVISION 4- Corona Del Mar vs. Sierra Canyon

Friday December 2nd, 7:00 pm, Fox Sports Prep Zone

Programs with recent success both locally and at the state level meet in the Division 4 final. Corona Del Mar returns to the CIF-SS Final for the first time since 2013 when they would go on to win a State title. The Sea Kings were the champions of the Pacific Coast League, hold a 12-1 record and a riding a 12 game winning streak.

Coach Dan O’Shea runs a powerful offense that has scored over 550 points. QB Chase Garbers has thrown for 3,699 yards and 46 TDs while WR Tae Le has over 1,200 reception yards and more than 20 TDs. Corona Del Mar looks to add a 6th CIF football crown to its impressive school trophy list.

One of the most well-known stories in recent seasons, Sierra Canyon makes its 2nd consecutive CF final appearance and third since 2011 which included the 2011 State title. The Trailblazers are the Champions of the Gold Coast League, are the top team in the bracket and have a 13-0 record.

Coach Jon Ellinghouse’s team has scored 491 points and barely allowed 200. RB Bobby Cole has rushed for over 1,700 yards and more than 24 TDs while Trevor Horworth has over 100 tackles. Sierra Canyon looks to collect its 3rd CIF Title.
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DIVISION 5-Calabasas at Capistrano Valley

Saturday December 3rd, 7:00 pm, Fox Sports Prep Zone

High scoring and stout defenses highlight the Division 5 final. A year removed from its first ever CIF title, Calabasas returns to the championship round. The Coyotes are the top seed in the bracket, the Champions of the Camino League, and hold a 13-0 record.

Coach Casey Clausan’s team has scored nearly 600 points in their undefeated season. QB Tristan Gebbia has passed for over 3,800 yards and over 45 TDs while Darney Holmes and Nikko Hall both have double digit touchdown receptions. Holmes also has two special teams’ touchdowns to his resume as the Coyotes seek consecutive CIF titles.

Capistrano Valley makes its inaugural appearance in a CIF Final. The Cougars are 12-1, the Champions of the Sea View League and the 2nd seed in the bracket. Coach Ernst Bucher’s team has won 11 n a row and features a defense that has barely allowed 100 points while scoring 476.

On defense both Zach Ritner and Nolan Reeve have double digit sacks while QB Kevin Brown is nearing 3,200 yards in passing and has thrown for 25 TDs. The Cougars look to cap a dream season with their first CIF title.

DIVISION 6- Paraclete at Los Altos

Friday December 2nd, 7:00 pm, Fox Sports Prep Zone

Two programs with rich CIF title success meet in the Division 6 final. Paraclete continues a recent run of success with this appearance in a CIF final, the programs first since 2014. The Spirts were the runner ups of the Gold Coast League and hold a 9-4 record.

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In his first season at the helm Coach Dean Herrington has continued his winning ways, by building a balanced team that has nearly scored 400 points while barely allowing 250. Coach Herrington looks to add to his own personal resume and the Spirits seek their 9th CIF title.

Los Altos is back in a familiar place, with another appearance in a CIF Final for the first time since 2014. The Conquerors are the top seed in the bracket, Champions of the Hacienda League and hold a 13-0 record. Coach Dale Ziola’s team has scored nearly 500 points and have barely allowed 200.

RB Tyler Nevens leads the offense as he has rushed for over 2,200 yards and nearly 40 TDs. On defense Gil Vasquez and Michael Saucedo have over 130 tackles and Jayson Jones has double digit sacks. Los Altos seeks the programs 12th CIF title.

DIVISION 7- Norte Vista at San Gorgonio

Friday December 2nd, 7:00pm, Fox Sports Prep Zone

Stout defense could be the name of the game in the Division 7 final.

Norte Vista arrives at its fi rst CIF Final which caps off an impressive run of playoff appearances over the last two decades. The Braves are 11-2, the 4th seed in the bracket and the Champions of the River Valley league.

Coach Ken Batdorf’s team has won 9 in a row, has scored 489 points and have a stingy defense. RB Eric Melesio has had an impressive season rushing for 4194 yards and 53 TDs, while Isaiah Hughes and Marion Solano have over 100 tackles each. The Braves seek their fi rst CIF title.

San Gorgonio caps off a recent run of success with an appearance in the CIF title game. The Spartans are 10-3, the Champions of the San Andreas League and the 3rd seed in the bracket.

Coach Ron Gueringer’s team has scored over 500 points and barely allowed 200. RB’s Kaleb Haynes and Dezhon Williams have rushed for double digit touchdowns while Gabriel Murgo and Pika Fakava have over 100 tackles each on defense. The Spartans seek their first CIF crown since being crowned co-champions in 1989.

DIVISION 8-Burbank at Yorba Linda

Friday December 2nd, 7:00pm, Fox Sports Prep Zone

Programs looking for their first CIF crown highlight the Division 8 final.

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Burbank has arrived at its first CIF Final game. The Bulldogs are 10-3, and were the runner ups of the Pacific League. Coach Richard Broussard’s team has a balanced squad that has scored 494 points while allowing just over 200.

QB Guy Gibbs has thrown for over 2,200 yards and over 20 TDs, RBs Darnell Williams and Nicholas Warren both have double digit rushing TDs and Jake Kelley is responsible for six turnovers and double digit sacks. Burbank seeks to claim its first CIF crown.

Yorba Linda makes its inaugural appearance in a CIF Final. The Mustangs are 11-2 and the second team out of the Crestview League. Coach Jeff Bailey’s team has barely allowed 200 points while scoring over 350.

The Mustangs showcase a variety of weapons on offense while Noah Lines has over100 tackles and responsible for four turnovers. The Mustangs seek the programs first CIF title.

DIVISION 9- Silverado at Valley Christian/Cerritos

Saturday December 3rd, 7:00pm, Fox Sports Prep Zone

Two teams on 11 game winning streaks meet in the Division 9 final.Sliverado makes its first appearance in a CIF final game. The Hawks are 11-2, the Champions of the Desert Sky League and the 3rd seed in the bracket.

Coach Rafael Ginorio’s team has won 11 in a row, and is solid on both sides of the ball. QB Levi Taylor has thrown for 3,706 yards and 44 TDs, 18 of which have been caught by Daniel Dexter. Mitchell Hamilton has over 100 tackles on defense. The Hawks look to bring home their first CIF crown.

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Valley Christian of Cerritos makes its first CIF Finals appearance since 2002. The Crusaders are the top team in the bracket, the Champions of the Olympic League and have an 11-2 record. Coach Woodie Grayson’s team has won 11 in a row while scoring over 550 points in the process.

RB Gianni Hurd has rushed for over 1,700 yards and 27 TDs while Darien Green, Jalen Hines and RJ Van Kampen each have over 100 tackles on defense. The Crusaders look to bring the school its 3rd CIF title.

DIVISION 10- St. Anthony at Aquinas

Friday December 2nd, 7:00 pm

Defense could tell the tale in the Division 10 final. St. Anthony arrives at the CIF Finals for the first time since 1948. The Saints are 11-2 and were

the Champions of the Santa Fe League. Coach Mario Morales’s team has won 8 games in a row, has scored over 600 points and has barely allowed 200 points on defense.14563343_2124405514450448_1174570515001016882_n

QB John Buksa has passed for over 2,200 yards and over 20 TDs while three RB’s have added double digit rushing touchdowns. On defense Dominick Tucker has 8 of the teams 33 sacks. St. Anthony’s seeks the programs 2nd CIF title.

Aquinas makes its 3rd CIF Finals appearance in the last 16 years. The Falcons were co-champions of the Ambassador League, the 2nd seed in the bracket, and have an 11-2 record.

Coach Jordan Brusig’s team has barely allowed 200 points, while scoring 535. RB Branden Rankins has rushed for over 2,000 yards and over 20 TDs while the defense has forced double digit turnovers. Aquinas seeks the program’s 3rd CIF crown.

DIVISION 11- Valley View at Quartz Hill

Saturday December 3rd, 7:00 pm, Fox Sports Prep Zone

Valley View makes its first CIF finals appearance since its 2nd place finish in 2001. The Eagles were the 3rd team out of the Inland Valley League and hold a 10-3 record. Coach Daniel Barage is in charge of a squad on a 7 game winning streak and has scored over 500 points.

RB Justin Keeling has rushed for over 1,500 yards and more than 20 TDs while Rudy Lovato and Dwight Brown also have double digit rushing TDs. Paul Hughes leads the defense by being responsible for 7 turnovers. Valley View looks to bring home its first CIF title.

Quartz Hill is appearing in the programs 3rd CIF title game and has split its previous two trips. The Rebels are the third seed from the Golden League and sport a 10-3 record. Coach James Vondra’s team is solid on defense and have barely allowed 200 points on the season.

RB Manny Thomas has rushed for over 1,400 yards and double digit TDs while Antonio Lujan is responsible for double digit sacks and 4 turnovers. Quartz Hill seeks the schools 2nd CIF crown.

DIVISION 12- Rancho Mirage at Arroyo

Saturday December 3rd, 7:00 pmFox Sports Prep Zone

Points could be aplenty in the Division 12 final. Rancho Mirage makes its first appearance in a CIF final. The Rattlers are 11-2, the Champions of the De Anza League and were the 2nd seed in the bracket.

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Coach Larry Mathews’s team has won 8 in a row, scored over 430 points and have a defense that has barely allowed 130. RB Kyle Whinfield has rushed for over 1,250 yards and over 20 TDs to lead a rushing unit responsible for more than 50 touchdowns.

The defensive unit has over 30 sacks led by 12 from Joshua Ramirez. Ranch Mirage looks to bring the school its first ever CIF title.

Arroyo returns to the CIF Finals for the fi rst Ɵ me since 1991. The Knights are 12-1, the top seed in the bracket and the Champions of the Mission Valley League.

Coach Jim Singiser’s team has not barely allowed 170 points all season long and has scored over 430. QB Ernesto Camacho has passed for over 2,100 yards and over 20 TDs, while Knight RBs have combined for 30 rushing TDs.

Yezden Marquez has nearly 50 tackles and is responsible for 8 turnovers on defense. Arroyo seeks to claim the programs 2nd CIF title.

DIVISION 13-Santa Ana at Rancho Christian

Saturday December 3rd, 7:00pm, Fox Sports Prep Zone

The ball could be flying in the Division 13 final. Santa Ana is back in a CIF Final for the first time since 1986. The Saints are 13-0, the Champions of the Golden West League and were the top seed in the bracket.15135773_677898572378980_8871333531842658953_n

Coach Charlie TeGantvoort’s team has scored over 400 points while barely allowing 150. QB Damien Macias and RB Jorge Briseno lead the offense while Kevin Cea anchors the strong defense. Santa Ana seeks the schools 7th CIF title.

Rancho Christian arrives at its first CIF final game. The Eagles are the champions of the South Valley League, the 2nd seed in the bracket and have an 11-2 record.

Coach Jim Kunua’s team has won 8 games in a row, scoring over 460 points and barely allowed 250. The Eagles rushing attack has combined for over 45 TDs while Nicholas Alvarez has 13.5 sacks for a team nearing 50 total sacks on the season. Rancho Christian looks to win the programs first CIF title.

Photos by Metre Anthony, Mike Clary & Erin Baker

Press Release Provided by the CIF Southern Section

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