Los Angeles Preps: Jefferson

Football: City Section Div. II seedings

November, 12, 2011
South East, the champion of the Eastern League, earned the No. 1 seeding in the CIF City Section Division II football playoffs. South East (9-1) didn’t exactly end league play on a high note though, losing to Jordan, 49-47, for its only loss.

South East will play Grant of Van Nuys in the first round of playoffs. Grant (4-6) finished in third place in the East Valley League and won its league finale, 22-13, over Poly of Sun Valley. All four of Grant’s win were against East Valley League opponents.

Marshall (8-2) is the No. 2 seed will play Santee in the first round. Marshall won the Northern League championship with a 5-0 record and has won seven games in a row. The last game Marshall lost was to Bonita, 50-22, on Sept. 23.

Santee (5-5) finished in a tie with Belmont for second place in the Southern League. The Falcons won their league finale, 27-13, over Bernstein to finish 4-2 in the Southern League.

Granada Hills (5-5) earned the No. 3 seed in playoffs and will play University in the first round. The Highlanders are the fourth-place team from the West Valley League with only two wins in league play. They have a three-game losing streak heading into playoffs, but only lost by one point, 35-34, to El Camino Real in the West Valley League finale.

Granada Hills opened the season with a 14-7 win over Reseda, the Valley Mission League champs.

University (3-7) didn’t win a game against Western League opponents and finished in last place in league. The Wildcats lost six games in a row to finish the regular season.

Jefferson (9-1) is the No. 4 seed and the Southern League champs. The Democrats went undefeated in the Southern League at 5-0 and finished with two shutouts. They beat Santee, 55-0, and then beat Hollywood, 63-0, in the Southern League finale.

Jefferson’s only loss came against Arleta, 45-7, on Oct. 28. The Democrats will play Bell (4-6), the fourth place team from the Eastern League. Bell finished with two wins in a row, including 14-0 over Roosevelt in the league finale.

All first-round playoff games are scheduled to start at 7 p.m. on Friday.

Fairfax won the City Section Division II championship last year. The Lions are the No. 14 seed in the City Section Division I playoffs and will play No. 3 seed Dorsey in the first round.

Here’s a look at the CIF City Section Division II first-round playoff games:

No. 16 Grant at No. 1 South East

No. 9 Fremont at No. 8 Verdugo Hills

No. 12 Eagle Rock at No. 5 Canoga Park

No. 13 Bell at No. 4 Jefferson

No. 14 University at No. 3 Granada Hills

No. 11 Washington at No. 6 Van Nuys

No. 10 Manual Arts at No. 7 Lincoln

No. 15 Santee at No. 2 Marshall

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Arleta 45, Jefferson 7

October, 28, 2011

ARLETA – It didn’t take long for Arleta running back Dejon Coleman to heat up against Jefferson in a non-league afternoon game at Arleta High School.

Coleman scored three touchdowns, two in the first half, on long runs in Arleta’s 45-7 win over visiting Jefferson.

“He’s one of the best players I’ve ever coached and I’ve been doing this for 17 years,” Arleta coach Dan Kelley said. “Am I surprised by his performance? No. He’s a game-breaker.”

Coleman gained 318 yards in 11 carries, averaging 28.9 yards per carry. He scored on runs of 73, 66 and 47 yards. He did most of his damage in the first three quarters. With Arleta up by 38 points at the end of the third quarter, the fourth quarter was played with a running clock.

Coleman played one series in the fourth quarter and sat out the rest of the game.

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LA North: Game of the Week, Hart vs. Tesoro

September, 1, 2011
The Hart football team is in a bit of a rebuilding mode. The team missed the playoffs for the first time in coach Mike Herrington’s career in 2010. The Indians won only one Foothill League game, against Golden Valley, which is looking for its first league win in school history.

The 2010 season was a forgettable one for the proud program at Hart.

Herrington and Hart can give their fans a boost on opening night against a tough Tesoro team from Rancho Santa Margarita at College of the Canyons in Valencia on Friday.

Tesoro comes from the South Coast League with Mission Viejo and San Clemente. The Titans finished in third place in league and advanced to the quarterfinals of the CIF Southern Section Pac 5 Division playoffs last year.

But Hart will need a big game from sophomore quarterback Connor Wingenroth. He is getting the start against Tesoro because starter Cory Mayes is recovering from mononucleosis and missed a good chunk of summer practices.

“He just got cleared yesterday (Tuesday) and he hasn’t got to practice much,” Herrington said. “We’re going with the back-up Connor Wingenroth. We have confidence in Connor.”

Aside from Mayes, Herrington said the rest of his players are healthy and ready to go.

“We’re pretty healthy right now, some bumps and bruises, nothing serious,” Herrington said. “We’re looking to be pretty strong the first game.”

Tesoro has an experienced team that includes junior running back Nate Tago who led the team in rushing and touchdowns last season as a sophomore. He rushed for 419 yards and eight touchdowns and gained 4.8 yards per carry.

“They’re a big, physical team,” Herrington said. “They have a lot of returning starters from last year. It’s going to be a big challenge for us.”

Other games:

Canoga Park at Jefferson, tonight (7 p.m.) -- Canoga Park opens on the road against Jefferson. Canoga Park’s Randy Uzoma, who is being touted as the fastest football player in the San Fernando Valley, will have his first chance to shine against Jefferson. Jefferson was 9-2 and lost in the first round of the City Section Division II playoffs to Franklin in 2010. Canoga Park went 5-5 and did not make the playoffs last season.

Pasadena vs No. 5 Alemany at Alemany, Friday (7 p.m.) -- It looks like Alemany might be easing into the 2011 football season. After a undefeated run through the Serra League and a run to the semifinals of the CIF Southern Section Pac 5 Division playoffs in 2010, Alemany opens at home against a Pasedena team that went 4-6 and finished in fifth place in the eight-team Pacific League last year.

No. 11 Crespi vs. Dominguez, Friday (7 p.m.) -- Crespi has a tough opener, on the road against Dominguez. The two teams met in the season opener last season and Dominguez won, 14-11.

Palos Verdes vs. Moorpark, Friday (7 p.m.) -- Moorpark’s preseason consists of one game and Palos Verdes will be a good test. Palos Verdes went 10-2 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the CIF Southern Section Northern Division playoffs in 2010.

Serrano vs. Paraclete at Antelope Valley College, Friday (7 p.m.) -- Paraclete won the CIF Southern Section East Valley Division championship and opens against a Serrano team that made it to the semifinals of the Southern Section Eastern Division playoffs.

Bellevue vs No. 8 Oaks Christian at Mission Viejo High School, Saturday (8:30 p.m.) -- Oaks Christian will playing in prime time on Prime Ticket to open the season. Bellevue is the reigning Washington 3A state champions and the top-ranked team in Washington.

Del Oro vs. No. 14 Westlake at Del Oro High School, Saturday (8 p.m.) -- Westlake starts the high school football season with a long road trip to Northern California. Del Oro won the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division III championship in 2010.

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