Los Angeles Preps: CIF

Here are tonight's CIF football scores from the City and Southern section championship games.

City Section
Division I: Narbonne 48, Carson 32
Division II: South East 51, Marshall 34

Southern Section
Northern: Westlake 49, Oaks Christian 42
Inland: Vista Murrieta 35, Corona Centennial 28
Western: Arroyo Grande 42, Culver City 14
Central: Rancho Verde 35, Palm Springs 16
Southeast: West Covina 84, La Serna 21
Southern: Corona del Mar 14, Beckman 13
Northwest: Lompoc 21, Lompoc Cabrillo 0

Saturday's Schedule
Southern Section
Pac-5: Santa Margarita vs. San Clemente at Angel Stadium, 7:30 p.m.
Southwest: El Toro vs. Tustin at Angel Stadium, 2 p.m.
Eastern: Summit at Heritage, 7 p.m.
Mid-Valley: San Gabriel at Monrovia, 7:30 p.m.
East Valley: Sierra Canyon vs. Paraclete at Antelope Valley College, 7 p.m.
Northeast: Lancaster Desert Christian at Rio Hondo Prep, 7 p.m.

CIF football championship schedule

December, 3, 2011
Here is the preliminary championship schedule for next weekend's CIF football games in the City and Southern sections. The home team is known, but the site for many games can change so please check back or contact the participating schools to confirm. All games are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. unless noted.

At East Los Angeles College

Division I: Carson vs. Narbonne, 8 p.m.
Division II: South East vs. Los Angeles Marshall, 4 p.m.


INLAND (II): Corona Centennial at Vista Murrieta
NORTHERN (III): Westlake at Oaks Christian
WESTERN (IV): Culver City at Arroyo Grande
CENTRAL (V): Rancho Verde at Palm Springs
SOUTHEAST (VII): West Covina at La Serna
SOUTHERN (IX): Corona del Mar at Beckman
NORTHWEST (X): Lompoc vs. Lompoc Cabrillo at Lompoc HS


PAC-5 (I): San Clemente vs. Santa Margarita at Anaheim Stadium
SOUTHWEST (VI): El Toro vs. Tustin at Anaheim Stadium, 2 p.m.
EASTERN (VIII): Summit at Heritage
MID-VALLEY (XI): San Gabriel at Monrovia
EAST VALLEY (XII): Sierra Canyon at Paraclete
NORTHEAST (XIII): Lancaster Desert Christian at Rio Hondo Prep

CIF semifinal football playoff scores

December, 2, 2011
Friday night's scores from CIF semifinal football playoff games:

Friday's results


Carson 24, San Pedro 19
Narbonne 41, Dorsey 7

South East 42, Canoga Park 20
Marshall 37, Granada Hills 34

PAC-5 (I)

San Clemente 51, Tesoro 16
Santa Margarita 21, Mission Viejo 20

Corona Centennial 41, Rancho Cucamonga 21
Vista Murrieta 39, Upland 19

Westlake 62, Thousand Oaks 0
Oaks Christian 27, St. Bonaventure 24

Culver City 37, Santa Monica 0
Arroyo Grande 45 Chaminade 36

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Hart penalized for breaking CIF rule

December, 1, 2011
Three players in the Hart High football program will not be allowed to play at the varsity level next season for breaking a CIF rule.

The players, two freshmen and a sophomore, violated the CIF prior contact rule and followed a youth football coach to the high school program, said Thom Simmons, the CIF Southern Section Director of Communications.

Hart High School administrators brought the rule violation to the attention of the CIF officials and imposed their own sanctions on the football program and the players.

The sophomore will have to miss some games because he is not eligible to play at the junior varsity level next season. The number of games he is expected to miss has yet to be determined. The two freshmen will have to start the season on the junior varsity level. They did not play on the freshman team.

The Hart High School District officials did not release the names of the players or the coach in question. Simmons said he was satisfied with the way Hart principal Collyn Nielsen handled the situation.

Hart Superintendent Robert Challinor said he did not believe the rule violation was intentional.

“I fully support the appropriate actions taken by Principal Nielsen and his staff on accepting responsibility for this violation and reporting it promptly to CIF,” Challinor said. “We do believe that Hart High School has not intentionally violated the rules.”

The Hart football team reached the quarterfinals of the CIF Southern Section Northern Division playoffs before losing to top-seeded Westlake.

CIF football semifinal playoff schedule

November, 30, 2011
Here is this week's updated CIF football schedule for semifinal games in the City and Southern sections. Please contact the participating schools to confirm sites and times.

Friday's games


Carson at San Pedro, 7 p.m.
Dorsey at Narbonne, 7 p.m.

Canoga Park at South East, 7 p.m.
Granada Hills at Marshall, 7 p.m.

PAC-5 (I)

San Clemente vs. Tesoro at Orange Coast College, 7:30 p.m.
Santa Margarita at Mission Viejo, 7:30 p.m.

Corona Centennial vs. Rancho Cucamonga at Los Osos HS, 7:30 p.m.
Upland at Vista Murrieta, 7:30 p.m.

Thousand Oaks at Westlake, 7 p.m.
Oaks Christian vs. St. Bonaventure at Ventura HS, 7 p.m.

Santa Monica at Culver City, 7:30 p.m.
Chaminade at Arroyo Grande, 7 p.m.

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CIF semifinal football playoff schedule

November, 26, 2011
Here are the matchups for next week's CIF football semifinal games in the City and Southern sections. Please note that home team is listed but game could be played at an alternate site. All City games are scheduled for 7 p.m. and all Southern Section games are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Please contact participating schools or check back next week for updates on sites and times.


Carson at San Pedro
Dorsey at Narbonne

Canoga Park at South East
Granada Hills at Marshall

PAC-5 (I)
San Clemente at Tesoro
Santa Margarita at Mission Viejo

Corona Centennial at Rancho Cucamonga
Upland at Vista Murrieta

Thousand Oaks at Westlake
Oaks Christian at St. Bonaventure

Santa Monica at Culver City
Chaminade at Arroyo Grande

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Football playoffs expand, season extended by one week in 2012

April, 30, 2011
The CIF football playoffs are going to expand by one game in the 2012 season, the CIF Federated Council decided at its meeting in Milpitas on Friday.

Teams from Southern and Northern California in five divisions (I, II, III, IV and the open divison) will play for state championships at the Home Depot Center in Carson in December 2012. Teams will have a chance to play for a spot in the state championship games rather than being selected by the CIF as in previous years.

The games will be played Dec. 14 and 15. The section playoffs will be required to end by Dec. 1. The regional championship games will be Dec. 7 and 8.

The new format will result in two changes for high school football teams. The first is that the regular season will most likely start a week earlier in the middle of August. The second is that some teams will play 16 games.

Dean Herrington, the football coach at Alemany High School in Mission Hills, said he didn’t think the change was “necessary.” His team played 13 games last season and advanced to the semifinals of the Pac 5 Division playoffs.

“It’s a super-long season,” Herrington said. “Last year for our guys, it was a grind for them.”

Alemany has never played in a CIF state title game. Herrington says he hopes his program is “in that situation” one season.

Representatives from the Southern Section unanimously voted against the expansion, according to the Los Angeles Times. The North Coast and San Diego sections joined the Southern Section in opposing the expansion. Representatives from the other seven sections in the state were in approval of the measure.

Some of the teams in the Southern Section play a 14-game schedule with playoffs included. The teams in most of the other sections in the state play a 13-game schedule.

The change in the football playoffs also adds an extra week for generate revenue. The Southern Section stands to gain the most, 22.4 percent, from the revenue generated from the regional and state playoff games.

“I’m pleased,” CIF Executive Director Marie Ishida told the Contra Costa Times. “We’ve been working on this for a number of years. With this organization, you just have to move slowly sometimes and let it work itself through the process.”

LA South: Boys' basketball top 10

February, 14, 2011
One last regular-season top 10 as we head into postseason play:

1. (1) Long Beach Poly, (24-1) – Despite a late-season loss to Las Vegas Bishop Gorman, Jackrabbits received the top seed in Division 1AA. Anything but a title would be disastrous. Next up: vs. Corona Santiago (14-13), Wednesday.

2. (2) Westchester, (23-6) – Barring an upset, the Comets are expected to land at Galen Center in early March. The road is a favorable one. Next up: vs. Gardena (5-18), Thursday.

3. (3) Peninsula, (25-1) – The Panthers needed overtime to dispose of Mira Costa last week, but there's no hotter team in Division 2A. Next up: vs. Fullerton Troy (11-15), Wednesday.

4. (4) L.A. Price, (19-6) – Price received the top seed in the Division 3AA bracket and now must live up to the lofty preseason expectations. Next up: vs. Ramona (15-11), Wednesday.

5. (5) La Verne Lutheran, (18-4) – The No. 4 seed in Division 3AA, Lutheran looks to replicate the magic that led them to Bakersfield last year. Next up: vs. Claremont (15-13), Wednesday.

6. (6) Damien, (23-3) – Losing by 11 at home to Chino Hills Ayala in the final week probably cost Spartans a higher seed in the Division 3A bracket. Next up: vs. Agoura (11-15), Wednesday.

7. (9) Inglewood, (20-5) - After surviving the Ocean League, the No. 3-seeded Sentinels are out to capture the Division 3A title. Next up: vs. Lawndale (10-16), Wednesday.

8. (8) Montebello, (25-3) - A dark horse in Division 1AA, Oilers didn't have the toughest schedule out there. A one-point loss to Alhambra Keppel on Tuesday added ammunition for the skeptics. Next up: vs. Redlands (18-7), Wednesday.

9. (7) Windward, (18-7) - Windward heads into the postseason having won 13 of 15. Wildcats are the No. 2 seed in Division 4AA. Next up: vs. Cathedral (9-15), Wednesday.

10. (10) Compton, (18-9) - Tarbabes happy to be far from the Moore League -- and more importantly, away from Long Beach Poly. Next up: vs. Canyon Springs (16-10), Wednesday.

Dropped out: None

Others to watch in the playoffs: Downey (25-2), Bonita (24-3), Mayfair (21-5), Glendora (21-6), Northview (21-6), Pasadena (20-6), Keppel (20-6), L.A. Washington (20-6), Gahr (19-7), St. John Bosco (19-7), Culver City (19-7), L.A. University (22-8), Crenshaw (18-8), Bishop Amat (18-8), Narbonne (18-8)

Blair Angulo covers preps and UCLA for ESPNLosAngeles.com. Follow him on Twitter.

LA South: Five things from the weekend

February, 14, 2011
1. As of late Sunday night, the Gardena Serra boys basketball team was excluded from the CIF-SS Division 3AA playoff bracket despite winning the Del Rey League title. The CIF office announced that the Cavaliers had forfeited their 13 wins after using an ineligible player. The Los Angeles Times later identified that player as Emmanual Ndumanya, who transferred from Maryland. Serra can still be included in the postseason, but the bracket becomes final once the games begin Wednesday night.

2. In championship wrestling action, Northview defeated Servite, 39-27, to win the CIF-SS Division 2 crown. West Covina beat Ventura, 31-28, for the Division 4 title. Downey took down Paramount, 39-28, for the Division 6 championship.

3. The girls' water polo playoffs will begin Tuesday and conclude Feb. 26 at the William J. Wollett, Jr. Aquatics Center in Irvine. Among the south Los Angeles County teams that received a top-four seed on Sunday: Division 2 - No. 2 Montebello (20-7); Division 3 - No. 1 St. Lucy's (25-3), No. 4 South Pasadena (22-2); Division 5 - No. 4 Bonita (20-8); Division 6 - No. 1 Warren (20-6), No. 3 Cerritos (15-11).

4. Narbonne (26-3) is the heavy favorite to win the girls' basketball City Section Division 1 championship. The Marine League champion received the No. 1 seed, while league rival Carson (15-10), the runner-up, got the No. 2 seed. It doesn't end there: Third-place Washington (16-7) got the No. 4 seed, fourth-place King-Drew (15-10) the No. 9 seed, fifth-place Gardena (15-12) the No. 12 seed. Narbonne beat Carson twice -- by 13 and 14 points -- this season.

5. It would come as a tremendous shock if Western League champion Westchester (23-6) didn't advance to the CIF City Section Division 1 title game at Galen Center. The Comets open the playoffs Thursday at home against Gardena (5-18) and, if they advance, get the winner of Birmingham (12-18) and Fairfax (15-10). Westchester has already beaten league rival Fairfax twice this season. A possible meeting with No. 3 seed Washington (20-6) looms in the semifinals. It all adds up to a fairly favorable road to Figueroa Street.
A late-season loss to Las Vegas Bishop Gorman spoiled Long Beach Poly's bid for a perfect season, but it didn't alter the Jackrabbits' playoff picture.

Moore League champion Poly (24-1) received the top seed in the CIF Southern Section Division 1AA basketball playoff bracket Sunday. The Jackrabbits, ranked No. 1 in the area by ESPNLosAngeles.com, hosts Corona Santiago on Wednesday night. Pacific League winner Pasadena (20-6), seeded No. 6 in the same bracket, hosts Trabuco Hills; No. 8-seeded Montebello (25-3) hosts Redlands.

Other Div. 1AA games involving south Los Angeles County teams: Leuzinger at No. 13 Chino Hills; Long Beach Wilson at No. 4 Etiwanda; Lynwood at No. 14 Los Alamitos; Santa Monica at No. 11 Upland; Lakewood at No. 9 Thousand Oaks; Bell Gardens at No. 15 Rancho Verde.

First-round games will be played Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Notable seeds from the other divisions:
  • Division 1A: No. 4-seeded Downey (25-2) has a bye to begin and awaits the winner of No. 13 Fountain Valley and California.
  • Division 2AA: No. 1 seed Peninsula (25-1), the Bay League champion, hosts Troy. No. 4 seed Glendora (21-6) plays Eastside.
  • Division 3AA: No. 1 seed L.A. Price (18-6) begins its state title defense when it hosts Ramona. No. 4 La Verne Lutheran (18-4) plays Claremont.
  • Division 3A: No. 4 seed Damien (23-3), the Sierra League champion, hosts Agoura, No. 5 Bonita (24-3) plays Temple City.
  • Division 4AA: No. 2 seed Windward (19-7) hosts Cathedral, No. 4 seed St. John Bosco (19-8) plays at Desert.

LA South: Football All-CIF teams

January, 28, 2011
The following is a list of players and coaches who garnered top honors on All-CIF teams, sorted by division:


Offensive player of the year: QB Nick Bueno, Monrovia
Defensive player of the year: LB Derrick Johnson, Monrovia
Coach of the year: Ryan Maddox, Monrovia


Defensive player of the year: DL J.R. Tavai, Mira Costa


Defensive player of the year: Eric Capachione, South Torrance


Offensive player of the year: HB Chris Solomon, West Covina
Defensive player of the year: LB Maurice Dupleasis, West Covina
Coach of the year: Mike Maggiore, West Covina


Offensive player of the year: WR George Farmer, Serra
Defensive player of the year: S Marqise Lee, Serra
Coach of the year: Scott Altenberg, Serra

For a list of all the All-CIF-Southern Section football teams, click this link.

LA South: Five things from the weekend

December, 14, 2010
1. DeAnthony Thomas will forever remember his final high school game. "Black Mamba" made sure of it, scoring two touchdowns and recording two interceptions Saturday at his future college stadium, the Coliseum. Mamba wept, smiled, laughed and exhaled following Crenshaw's 45-7 win against Carson, securing the school's second straight City Section Division I championship. Coach Robert Garrett was even bold enough to say, "I'm at a loss for words right now, but back to back is back to back. So back to back to back to back, how about that?"

2. On the same note, you had to feel for Carson's Myles Johnson, the tailback who before the game proclaimed that only Carson could beat Carson. His words turned into reality Saturday, with the Marine League champion Colts committing nine turnovers. Johnson fumbled near the red zone following a long reception when both teams were still scoreless in the first quarter. Out of obvious frustration, Johnson initially did not line up when coach Elijah Asante summoned the team's captains for the postgame medal presentation. He was the only one still wearing a helmet.

3. Lost in Monrovia's Mid-Valley Division championship win was the superb play of Nick Bueno, the Wildcats' 5-foot-10 dual-threat quarterback. The senior -- nicknamed "Muy Bueno," or "Very Good" -- threw three touchdown passes and was equally effective with his legs. "So many people focus on (Bueno) just running the football," coach Ryan Maddox said. "Sometimes that's the case because we get up a lot (of points) and we just run." Bueno finished the season with more than 1,800 passing yards, 1,500 rushing yards and 37 total touchdowns.

4. Arguably the most exciting game of the weekend took place at Walnut High on Friday night. West Covina emerged with the Southeast Division championship thanks to a last-minute 80-yard drive, but Hacienda League rival Bonita played well enough to leave with the hardware. The two teams figure to make next year's Hacienda race a good one.

5. Western Division champ Gardena Serra is going bowling again. The Cavaliers will play Folsom in the Division II state bowl game Saturday at the Home Depot Center.

City Division I: Crenshaw 45, Carson 7

December, 12, 2010

LOS ANGELES -- Aesthetics are a matter of opinion. Things are more beautiful to some than they are to others.

But everyone in attendance at the Coliseum on Saturday would agree that countless penalties and 12 combined turnovers made for some ugly, sloppy football.

It was a beautiful sight in Crenshaw’s eyes, though, as the Cougars captured their second straight City Section Division I title with a 45-7 win over Carson.

After all, championship trophies are always pretty.

Really, Crenshaw’s defense was its best offense, scoring three touchdowns and forcing nine turnovers. The Cougars (12-2) didn't get an offensive score until the fourth quarter, when Jerry McConico found Reggie William for a seven-yard touchdown to make it 25-0.

The Cougars picked off Carson quarterback Justin Alo five times -- three of which were returned all the way back for scores.

Crenshaw star DeAnthony Thomas scored on one of his two interceptions and added a fancy touchdown run to push the lead to 31-0.

"I just try to be a big player, you know," said the 5-foot-9 Thomas, who cried after playing his final high school game.

Thomas will be back the Coliseum next fall, with many expecting him to be an immediate impact at USC. Despite concerns about his size, he plans on being a running back at the next level.

"I can make plays on the offensive side and defensive side," Thomas said. "I’m trying to go for the Heisman (Trophy), make plays and be a leader for USC."

Thomas and teammate Marquis Thompson got emotional near the end of the game, embracing each other without an attempt to fight back tears.

"This was a young team," Thompson said. "We had to pull it together. We had to make these young dudes work hard."

The hard work paid off. Alo threw two interceptions in the first quarter, while Myles Johnson and Dion Willis each lost fumbles. Both of Alo's interceptions were returned for touchdowns -- Thomas had one of 16 yards, Shaquille Shelton had the other for 43 yards.

The Cougars weren't much better in their attempt to move the ball, which kept Carson (11-3) within striking distance. Tracy Harris intercepted McConico twice -- once in the end zone, the other near the goal line -- in the first quarter. The Colts failed to capitalize.

Alo's third interception -- this one by Qujuan Floyd -- put Crenshaw inside the Carson 10 with 23 seconds remaining in the first half. But the Cougars settled for a Jose Arias 26-yard field goal when McConico missed his receivers on consecutive throws.

Crenshaw’s offense didn’t get many style points in this one, but that didn’t seem to matter to coach Robert Garrett. When a few players tried to surprise him with the patented Gatorade bath, Garrett spotted them and opened his arms wide as if to say, “Come and get me."

Before the season, the Cougars had hoped to return to the CIF State Open Division Bowl game. Two losses to start erased those aspirations, but Thomas was proud of the way his team bounced back.

"I knew the first two games would be tough with a lot of sophomores on the team," Thomas said. "But they came through. By the sixth week we were rolling.

"A lot of us have been playing together since we were little. I’m glad we got this last win."

Mid-Valley Division: Monrovia 38, Whittier Christian 8

December, 11, 2010

ARCADIA -- The 10th time was the charm.

Monrovia finally got the monkey off its back, edging Whittier Christian, 38-8, Saturday night to claim the CIF Mid-Valley Division championship -- the program's first in 10 trips to the finals. Third-year coach Ryan Maddox checked one thing off his to-do list.

He'll set his sights on his next objective: Getting wideout Jay Henderson a scholarship to play collegiate football.

"He had an incredible game," Maddox said. "He's a gifted athlete. We're going to do everything we can to get him playing at the next level -- he's got that kind of talent."

Henderson did it all for the Wildcats (12-2), scoring four touchdowns and piling up 229 yards of total offense. His 69-yard punt return for a touchdown broke a scoreless tie in the second quarter. Monrovia never looked back.

"I was just thinking about scoring and getting my team pumped," Henderson said. "It was about getting the energy up."

The electric punt return did the trick, as the Wildcats scored the game's first 31 points. Henderson followed his return by catching a 28-yard touchdown pass from Nick Bueno, then added scoring receptions of 63 and 46 yards midway through the third quarter.

"I was in the zone," Henderson said. "The coaches talked about being in the zone the whole week, so I just had that mindset."

Monrovia's defense was in the zone too, just like in the previous 10 games. Whittier Christian quarterback Stephen Anderson wasn't given the chance to get going offensively, as the lefty completed just four of his first 15 pass attempts -- much of that a product of 6-foot-5 Ellis McCarthy's pressure up front.

Anderson was picked off three times and finished with 134 yards on 15-for-38 passing. Backfield mate Grant Escobar had 115 yards rushing, though a bulk of that came when the game was decided. The Heralds (12-2) did have a good look when both teams were scoreless early in the second quarter. But an Escobar fumble at the Monrovia 18 ended a promising drive.

Monrovia's defense proved too fast, too hungry for a Whittier Christian team that did not score less than 21 points in any game this season.

"Our defense is so fast to the football," Maddox said. "They're aggressive, they're physical. I thought last year's defense was excellent; this one was better. They stepped it up."

The Wildcats did not allow more than 14 points in any of their last 10 games.

"It feels great to be a CIF champion," said Henderson, a senior. "I hope they get it next year."

Perhaps the 11th time will be a charm, too.

Southeast Division: West Covina, Bonita - Part II

December, 9, 2010
West Covina coach Mike Maggiore was genuinely surprised.

Were his eyes fooling him? Had his team really scored 55 points against Hacienda League rival Bonita? Had his team actually walked off the field with a 34-point victory over the then-No. 2 team in the Southeast Division?

"I thought we could move the ball on them," Maggiore said on Oct. 29 following West Covina's 55-21 win. "I thought it would be a tight game, thought it would come down to the fourth quarter."

It didn't. Not even close. The top-seeded Bulldogs (12-1) thoroughly dominated the Bearcats (12-1) behind the play of standout tailback Chris Solomon. It was a beautiful display in a game that turned ugly quick.

On Friday night, Bonita has a chance to make things right -- or at least prove the disparity isn't as wide -- in the Southeast Division championship game at Walnut High.

Maybe we'll get a surprise or two.