Los Angeles Preps: Nordhoff

CIF-SS playoffs: Northwest Division

November, 13, 2011
Undefeated Lompoc received the top seeding, in large part because of its impressive season-opening victory against Arroyo Grande. The Braves breezed through the Los Padres League, surrendering an average of just 7.3 points per game. Lavon Coleman and Taylor Cornejo form an effective running combination that has Lompoc thinking championship. Here’s a breakdown of the division:

The seeds: No. 1 Lompoc, No. 2 St. Bernard, No. 3 Lompoc Cabrillo, No. 4 Nordhoff.

Best first-round matchup: Bosco Tech (7-3) at No. 4 Nordhoff (6-4) -- The Bosco Tech Tigers score a lot of points (30.8 per game) and so do the Nordhoff Rangers (35.7). Buckle your seat belts.

Toughest road: No. 3 Lompoc Cabrillo (8-2) -- Forget the fact Cabrillo was blown out by rival and top-seeded Lompoc, 42-7, in the Los Padres League championship game. Not only would they likely have to go through them again in this bracket, but would probably have to beat undefeated St. Bernard in the semifinal.

Potential shocker: Santa Inez (5-5) at Torrance (6-4), first round -- Yes, the Santa Inez Pirates have five losses this season, but they played Lompoc tough, losing by only eight. Plus, Torrance was 2-3 in nonleague play.

Darkhorse: Bishop Montgomery (6-4) -- Del Rey League runner-up Bishop Montgomery hanged with champion and No. 2-seeded St. Bernard in the finale and has a tough running back in workhorse Michael Turner. Don't count out the Knights.

Final analysis: Don't expect many upsets here, given that teams will be busing from the L.A. area to the Lompoc area and vice versa. The top seeds, Lompoc and St. Bernard, shouldn't encounter many problems. All signs point to those two meeting in the title game.

Championship prediction: St. Bernard vs. Lompoc -- Will Lompoc be able to stop -- or even contain -- St. Bernard quarterback Christian Smith, the senior who has passed for 36 touchdowns 3,140 yards this season? Our guess is no. St. Bernard takes the crown in a thriller, 38-35.

Link to the Northwest Division playoff bracket on CalPreps.com

LA North and LA South: Playoff brackets have Oaks Christian, Nordhoff as top seeds

November, 14, 2010
Oaks Christian was going to be the No. 1 seed in the CIF Southern Section Northern Division football playoffs. That much was certain.

Which teams would be the next three seeds was very much up for debate.

The tri-champions from the Marmonte League earned the top three spots in the Northern Division playoffs. St Bonaventure is the No. 2 seed with Westlake, the reigning Northern Division champions, at No. 3. All three teams finished with 8-1 league records and tied for first place.

Oaks Christian actually has the worse overall record of the three teams. The Lions are 8-2, losing on opening night, 20-17, to Alemany, and to Westlake in Marmonte League play.

Westlake and St. Bonaventure each finished 9-1 overall. St. Bonaventure’s only loss was to Oaks Christian in overtime. Westlake’s only loss was against St. Bonaventure in double overtime two weeks ago.

“We were all 8-1. Those are two really good teams. We’re lucky to be the No. 1 seed,” said Oaks Christian coach Bill Redell. “We have a tough way to go. I’m glad St. Bonny and Westlake are in the other bracket.”

Oaks Christian opens the Northern Division playoffs against Saugus (5-5), the fourth-place team from the Foothill League and the only at-large team to earn a playoff berth.

“I don’t know much about Saugus,” Redell said. “They’re very well-coached, lost 14-3 to Valencia.”

Saugus lost its last two games of the season, 21-20 to West Ranch two weeks ago, and 14-3 to Valencia in the Foothill League season finale.

St. Bonaventure opens the Northern Division playoffs against Redondo Union. Westlake plays Knight in the first round. Valencia, the fourth-seeded team in the Northern Division playoffs, plays Highland in the first round.

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