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Saturday, Nov. 15
DE ANZA LEAGUE
Beaumont 35, Big Bear 0
Santa Ana Valley 35, Magnolia 14
LARGE SCHOOLS DIVISION
Southlands Christian 48, Viewpoint 28
Keith Wilson had 246 yards and three touchdowns in 34 carries and Nathan Arrietta had 14 carries for 140 yards and four touchdowns for Southlands Christian (7-3) at La Verne Lutheran High.
Wilson scored on runs of two, 19 and 20 yards while Arrietta had touchdown runs of 13, nine, two and 21 yards. Daniel Wasser rushed for 142 yards and two touchdowns in 21 carries, scoring on a pair of one-yard runs for Viewpoint (7-3).
Avalon 28, Thacher 6
Faith Baptist 48, First Lutheran 20
Trona 20, Excelsior 17
SMALL SCHOOLS DIVISION
Santa Clarita Christian 55, Upland Christian 6
Southlands Christian 48, Viewpoint 28
Desert Chapel 54, Ventura County Christian 8
Masada 38, Lighthouse Christian 32 (ot)
CIF-SS EIGHT MAN FOOTBALL PLAYOFF PAIRINGS
Quarterfinals (Friday/Saturday, exact dates and.times TBA)
Trona (10-0) at Avalon (8-0); Riverside Christian (8-1) at Faith Baptist (7-2); Santa Clarita Christian (9-1) at Mission Prep (9-1); California Lutheran (8-2) at Southlands Christian (7-3).
Quarterfinals (Friday/Saturday, exact dates and.times TBA)
Santa Maria Valley Christian (5-4) at Kings Christian (8-1); Desert Chapel (6-4) at Peace in the Valley (7-2); Cuyama Valley (4-6) at Big Pine (7-2); Masada (5-5) at Maricopa (7-2).
Semifinals, Nov. 28-29; finals, Dec. 5-6.
Friday, Nov. 14
St. Margaret's 25, Capistrano Valley Christian 6
San Gabriel 36, Alhambra 7
San Gabriel quarterback Frankie Bernard completed 21 of 35 passes for 310 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Matadors (8-2, 3-2) as they won the battle for third place in the league and claimed a CIF Division VII playoff berth. Alhambra finished 4-6, 2-3 in league.
Schurr 48, Montebello 12
Jessie Ramirez had 283 yards and six touchdowns in 26 carries for Schurr (6-4, 5-0). Ramirez has 2,001 rushing yards for the season, making him the first Schurr running back to rush for over 2,000 yards. Montebello falls to 2-8, 1-4.
Bell Gardens 56, Keppel 6
Brentwood 27, Whittier Christian 20
Ryan Mallory scored the game-winning touchdown from seven yards out with 40 seconds remaining for host Brentwood (7-3, 1-2 in league), which clinched third place in league. Mallory finished with 17 carries for 124 yards. Todd Dunham had six receptions for 89 yards, including touchdowns of 35 and 53 yards, for the Eagles. Brentwood quarterback Sam Bartman completed six of eight passes for 142 yards and two touchdowns and teammate Will Rapaport, a linebacker, had 15 tackles. Whittier Christian finishes the regular season at 5-5, 0-3.
Claremont 28, Alta Loma 3
Etiwanda 46, Los Osos 6
Rancho Cucamonga 17, Upland 14
Mira Costa 24, Beverly Hills 10
Tyler Pringle rushed for 196 yards in 31 carries and scored the go-ahead touchdown in the third quarter to lead the Mustangs to their fourth consecutive Bay League title in a championship showdown at Mira Costa.
The victory extended several streaks for Mira Costa (10-0, 4-0), which most likely will be seeded No. 1 in the Division III playoffs. Under Coach Don Morrow, the Mustangs have won 38 regular-season games, 22 league games and 21 home games in a row.
Mira Costa's punishing ground game was more than Beverly Hills (5-3-2, 2-1-1) could handle after the teams battled to a 10-10 tie in the first half.
A 44-yard run by Pringle highlighted a seven-play, 91-yard drive and set up his six-yard scoring run that put the Mustangs ahead, 17-10, with 4:14 left in the third quarter. Mataele Pauu, a 6-foot-2, 295-pound junior, scored the second of his two one-yard touchdown runs early in the fourth quarter to make it 24-10.
Fullback Kyle Darr had 116 yards in 12 carries for Mira Costa.
Beverly Hills rallied from a 10-0 deficit in the second quarter on a 51-yard punt return for a touchdown by sophomore Marcus Jones and a 26-yard field goal by Juan Amador with four seconds left in the half, following a mishandled punt return by Mira Costa.
But the Normans' passing game sputtered all night. Ollie Linter completed only 13 of 33 passes for 177 yards. The game was delayed for 20 minutes in the fourth quarter after Brandon Rice, Beverly Hills' standout receiver, suffered a broken collarbone, according to medical personnel.
Peninsula 40, Inglewood 22
BIG SKY LEAGUE
Twin Pines 50, La Verne Lutheran 8
Anza Hamilton 35, Linfield Christian 20
Murrieta Calvary Chapel 55, San Diego Midway Baptist 0
CAMINO REAL LEAGUE
St. Monica 22, La Salle 21
Andrew Ramirez had 29 carries for 217 yards and two touchdowns to lead St. Monica (7-3, 2-1) over visiting La Salle (2-8, 1-2).
Mary Star 49, St. Anthony 0
Villa Park 35, Anaheim Canyon 17
St. Bonaventure 45, San Marcos 21
Santa Barbara 7, Ventura 7
Ontario Christian 31, Aquinas 7
CITRUS BELT LEAGUE
Redlands East Valley 36, Miller 30
Running back Nathan Acrey made his return to play after a month off with a knee injury and gained 152 yards on 25 carries and scored on runs of four and five yards for East Valley (8-1-1, 5-0), which won its first Citrus Belt League title sincethe school opened in 1997.
Quarterback Nate Johns, who has committed to Oregon State, rushed for 130 yards and two scores. He passed for two two-point conversions and ran for another. His 21-yard touchdown run with 5:41 left to play and subsequent two-point conversion run gave East Valley a 36-22 lead.
Johns returned two kickoffs for a total of 92 yards and completed three of eight passes for 52 yards. But he was intercepted once by Miller safety Justin Alcott, who returned the ball 23 yards for a touchdown with 7:33 remaining in the second quarter.
Quarterback Kyle Jacobo of Miller (6-4, 4-1) rushed 17 times for 97 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for three two-point conversions.
Running back Jaquan Ramsey scored on runs of 55 and 15 yards for Miller, which was making a bid for its first Citrus Belt League title.
Eisenhower 7, Redlands 0
Fontana 26, Rialto 24
DE ANZA LEAGUE
Yucca Valley 20, Banning 7
San Jacinto 20, Twentynine Palms 0
Maranatha 56, Downey Calvary Chapel 18
DEL REY LEAGUE
Crespi 29, Cathedral 6
Celt quarterback Kevin Vollmer ran for three touchdowns and passed for a fourth for the Celts (9-1, 5-0).
Gardena Serra 43, Bosco Tech 0
Tristan Patin caught four passes for 161 yards and scored three touchdowns for Serra (7-3, 4-1), which finished second in league. Bosco Tech finishes 5-5, 2-3.
St. Bernard 36, Bishop Montgomery 6
St. Bernard (7-3, 3-2) had five interceptions, including four by Jared Billups, who returned three for touchdowns of 75, 90 and 34 yards. Marcus Crockett rushed 13 times for 94 yards and a touchdown and Royce Campbell caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from Kennedy Offoegbu.
DEL RIO LEAGUE
Santa Fe 43, La Serna 3
El Rancho 36, Pioneer 15
California 24, Whittier 0
DESERT SKY LEAGUE
Ridgecrest Burroughs 66, Granite Hills 16
Barstow 23, Silverado 21
DESERT VALLEY LEAGUE
Palm Springs 39, Cathedral City 7
Scott Saunders completed 11 of 13 passes for 230 yards and two touchdowns and Eric Avriette had four receptions for 175 yards and two touchdowns to lead host Palm Springs (9-1, 6-0). Tailback A.J. Scott had 261 yards and three touchdowns in 17 carries as the Indians rolled up 550 yards.
La Quinta 20, Palm Desert 14
Indio 24, Coachella Valley 16
La Palma Kennedy 21, Katella 13
Placentia Valencia 35, Loara 6
Hart 42, Valencia 35
With its 62-game Foothill League winning streak in jeopardy, Newhall Hart was able to overcome a 21-point deficit and 372 yards passing by sophomore quarterback Michael Herrick to pull out a victory over Valencia before 8,000 at College of the Canyons.
"It was an unbelievable battle," Hart Coach Mike Herrington said moments after Kevin Ciccone's interception in the end zone with no time left preserved the victory.
Hart (7-3, 5-0 in league play), which won the league title for the 13th consecutive season, broke a 35-35 tie on Dan Howell's one-yard touchdown plunge on fourth down with 1:55 left. Valencia (7-3, 3-2) had stopped three consecutive running plays on first-and-goal from the two.
Herrick, who completed 32 of 51 passes, drove the Vikings to the Hart 30 with seven seconds left. He rolled right and tried to get the ball to Chris Wright in the end zone. But Ciccone leaped and made the interception, leaving Valencia with an 0-10 career record against its rival.
"We were warriors today," Herrick said. "It's very frustrating, but we're going to do some damage in the playoffs."
Less than 10 minutes into the game, Herrick had Hart's defense in a panic mode. He completed 12 of 19 passes for 217 yards and two touchdowns for a 21-7 lead.
The lead reached 28-7 with 9:36 left in the second quarter on a 15-yard touchdown run by Jeff Bomberger, his second of the game.
But Hart scored 28 consecutive points in a 10-minute span. Howell ran two yards for a touchdown. Brian Elledge caught an 11-yard touchdown pass from Sean Norton. Norton ran nine yards for a touchdown. And Howell added a two-yard touchdown run with 5:23 left in the third quarter, putting Hart on top, 35-28. Norton finished 13 for 21 for 230 yards passing.
Burbank 24, Burbank Burroughs 17
Canyon Country Canyon 42, Saugus 7
GARDEN GROVE LEAGUE
Bolsa Grande 16, Westminster La Quinta 0
The victory ends a 43-game losing streak for Bolsa Grande (1-9, 1-5). La Quinta falls to 0-10, 0-6.
Los Amigos 41, Garden Grove Santiago 0
Antelope Valley 28, Littlerock 0
Lancaster 41, Highland 20
Palmdale 52, Quartz Hill 0
GOLDEN WEST LEAGUE
Santa Ana 33, Costa Mesa 27
HIGH DESERT LEAGUE
Bishop 56, Kern Valley 36
Dylan Beaman scored five touchdowns to lead the Broncos (9-1, 5-0).
Mojave 40, Frazier Moutain 6
Desert 19, Rosamond 14
Riverside North 41, Canyon Springs 7
Valley View 28, Arlington 25
Riverside Poly 26, Moreno Valley 12
LOS PADRES LEAGUE
Lompoc 35, Lompoc Cabrillo 3
Morro Bay 13, Santa Ynez 7
St. Joseph 51, Santa Maria 7
Agoura 49, Calabasas 21
Newbury Park 20, Thousand Oaks 13
Simi Valley 35, Royal 6
Charter Oak 34, Bonita 8
Michael Perri completed 10 of 17 passes for 193 yards and three touchdowns for host Charter Oak (7-3, 2-2). Bonita is 3-7, 1-3.
Los Altos 35, Hacienda Heights Wilson 14
Senior running back Randall Brown rushed for 194 yards and two second-half touchdowns in 18 carries as the Conquerors clinched the Miramonte League title outright with a victory at Wilson.
Los Altos, the defending Southern Section Division VI champion, scored three times in the last 18:56 to break a 14-14 halftime deadlock.
Brown put the Conquerors (10-0, 4-0) ahead for good with a 16-yard touchdown run with 7:04 to play in the third quarter. He followed with a 50-yard scoring run with 2:51 to play that gave Los Altos a 28-14 lead.
Teammate Tau Alo intercepted a Jason Estrada pass and returned it 80 yards for the final score. Senior running back Daniel Drayton also was effective on the ground, rushing for 124 yards and a two-yard touchdown in 18 carries. The efforts of Brown and Drayton offset a strong performance by Wilson senior Price Wilkes, who gained 265 yards in 27 carries, including a 78-yard touchdown on the game's first play from scrimmage.
The loss snapped an eight-game winning streak for the second-place Wildcats (8-2, 3-1), who were trying for their first victory over Los Altos since 1997.
Chaminade 32, Alemany 0
Chris Turner of Chaminade (7-3, 3-2) completed 20 of 28 for 326 yards and touchdowns of 27, 40, 10 and 51 yards at Alemany (3-7, 1-4). Adrian Aye-Darko had seven catches for 182 yards and two touchdowns for Chaminade.
Sherman Oaks Notre Dame 45, Harvard-Westlake 7
MISSION VALLEY LEAGUE
Arroyo 35, Rosemead 6
Gabrielino 6, El Monte 0
South El Monte 56, Mountain View 14
MOJAVE RIVER LEAGUE
Rim of the World 55, Sultana 0
Serrano 43, Apple Valley 14
Bassett 46, Gladstone 34
Duarte 16, Workman 6
Long Beach Poly 53, Long Beach Wilson 14
A.J. Samiguel completed 17 of 31 passes for 219 yards and rushed for both touchdowns for Wilson (6-4, 2-3). Nick Tarantino had five receptions for 76 yards for Wilson. Long Beach Poly (8-2, 5-0) clinched the league title outright with the victory.
Lakewood 32, Millikan 27
Compton 20, Long Beach Jordan 18
MOUNTAIN VIEW LEAGUE
Norco 28, Corona 27 (OT)
Sophomore running back Toby Gerhart capped perhaps the most prolific 10-day span in Southern Section history by running for the go-ahead touchdown in overtime Friday night to give Norco a victory over Corona that clinched the Cougars' first outright Mountain View League title since 1995.
Gerhart rushed for 315 yards and three touchdowns in 42 carries, including a four-yard score in the extra period for Norco (9-1, 5-0 in league), ranked No. 24 by The Times. He has rushed for 1,042 yards and 10 touchdowns in Norco's last three games, which were bunched together because of postponements stemming from the Southern California wildfires.
Corona (7-3, 3-2) pulled to within a point in overtime when Nathaniel Gutierrez ran around left end for a three-yard touchdown. But the Panthers' two-point conversion failed when a lineman illegally touched quarterback Brian Hildebrand's pass, which fell incomplete.
Corona had a chance to win the game near the end of regulation but kicker Luis Medina pulled a 26-yard field goal attempt wide left.
Norco took over at its own 20-yard line after blocking a 42-yard field-goal attempt midway through the fourth quarter and marched for the tying score as Gerhart broke a 44-yard touchdown run to pull the Cougars to within 21-19 with 1 minute 45 seconds to play. A personal foul gave Norco the ball inside the Corona two-yard line on the two-point conversion and Gerhart ran it in to tie the score.
Hildebrand ran for one touchdown and threw another for Corona, which squandered leads of 14-0 and 21-13. The quarterback rushed for 159 yards in 19 carries and completed 11 of 21 passes for 125 yards.
Corona Centennial 35, Corona Santiago 28
La Sierra 42, Jurupa Valley 7
MT. BALDY LEAGUE
Chaffey 42, Montclair 19
Diamond Ranch 35, Colony 0
Redondo 30, West Torrance 7
South Torrance 45, El Segundo 20
North Torrance 37, Santa Monica 20
Paraclete 24, Cerritos Valley Christian 17
Brian Malone had 197 yards and two touchdowns in 26 carries for visiting Cerritos Valley Christian (7-3, 2-1). Paraclete improved to 6-4, 3-0.
Kilpatrick 28, Montclair Prep 14
Century 21, Savanna 14
Paso Robles 41, Atascadero 14
Arroyo Grande 23, San Luis Obispo 21
Muir 57, Pasadena 26
Glendale 28, Hoover 8
PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE
Northwood 14, Tesoro 13
Two big plays on special teams helped to lead Irvine Northwood to its third consecutive Pacific Coast League title with the victory over host Rancho Santa Margarita Tesoro.
Trailing, 13-7, Erik Bosshart blocked an extra-point attempt by Tesoro's Todd Sciacqua to keep the Timberwolves close midway through the third quarter.
After Northwood (9-1, 5-0) failed to get off a punt to open the fourth quarter, Tesoro took over at the Timberwolves' seven-yard line. However, the Titans had to settle for Sciacqua's 27-yard field goal attempt, which was also blocked, this time by Dylan Tasher. Mike Stone picked up the loose ball and took it to the Tesoro 43.
Seven plays later, Northwood scored on a 17-yard pass from backup quarterback Dan Selway to Bosshart. Brian Klucsar's extra-point gave the Timberwolves a 14-13 lead.
Tesoro (8-2, 4-1), which led at halftime, 7-0, scored on its first possession of the game. Quarterback Nick Nelson connected with Erik Hamren on a 73-yard pass play, keying a four-play drive that ended in a three-yard run by Nelson.
Hamren also scored on a 12-yard pass from Nelson in the third quarter.
Irvine University 20, Corona del Mar 13
Santa Ana Calvary Chapel 14, Laguna Beach 14
PACIFIC VIEW LEAGUE
Hueneme 13, Channel Islands 7
Oxnard Pacifica 21, Oxnard 7
Camarillo 21, Rio Mesa 7
Culver City 15, Torrance 15
Flintridge Prep 35, Chadwick 6
Pasadena Poly 46, Webb 0
RIO HONDO LEAGUE
San Marino 12, Monrovia 0
Temple City 21, La Canada 20
South Pasadena 27, Blair 12
SAN ANDREAS LEAGUE
Colton 27, San Gorgonio 6
San Bernadino 64, Pacific 34
Yucaipa 9, Cajon 6
SAN ANTONIO LEAGUE
Walnut 26, Rowland 21
SAN GABRIEL VALLEY LEAGUE
Dominguez 61, Downey 0
Warren 16, Paramount 10
SAN JOAQUIN LEAGUE
Sherman Indian 22, Ribet Academy 14
Justin Hedrick rushed 54 times for 384 yards and three touchdowns for Sherman Indian (5-4, 2-2). Ribet Academy finished 6-4, 2-2 in league.
Saddleback Valley Christian 54, Fairmont Prep 8
SANTE FE LEAGUE
Salesian 53, Murphy 6
John Clayton was 11 of 15 passing for 220 yards and three touchdowns and Ryan Phegley ran for 140 yards and two touchdowns in 12 carries to lead visiting Salesian (6-4, 3-1) over Murphy (0-8, 0-4). Cornerback Benji Nunez returned an interception 45 yards for a touchdown for Salesian.
SEA VIEW LEAGUE
Irvine 31, Foothill 25
Despite 175 yards and two rushing touchdowns by Mike Alba and seven receptions for 100 yards and a touchdown by Brad Walker, Foothill (4-1, 8-2) lost three fumbles and missed a pair of field goals to conclude the season in a three-way tie for the league title with Irvine (4-1, 8-2) and Aliso Niguel. A coin flip will determine Division VI playoff positioning.
Newport Harbor 42, Woodbridge 13
Aliso Niguel 24, Laguna Hills 21
Loyola 28, Bishop Amat 5
Early in the season, Los Angeles Loyola had many doubters, but a late-season surge has no doubt turned them into believers.
And it's turned the Cubs into the Serra League champions.
Riding a defense that came into question early during league play, Loyola defeated host La Puente Bishop Amat and clinched a share of the league title.
Loyola (7-3, 4-1 in league) won its final four games after a 3-3 start and will enter the playoffs as the No. 1 team from the Serra League based on a head-to-head victory over co-champion Santa Ana Mater Dei.
"It's always sweet," said Steve Grady, who has guided Loyola to 15 league titles since taking over as coach in 1976. "My guess is, a lot of people wrote us off when we started 3-3, but now we're off to start a new season."
Bishop Amat had only 149 yards and eight first downs against a Loyola defense that was scrutinized after allowing 35, 28 and 24 points in its first three Serra League games.
James Abbott had a sack and one of two Loyola interceptions. He returned his interception 30 yards for a touchdown that gave the Cubs a 28-3 lead with 7 minutes 37 seconds left in the third quarter.
Quarterback Scott Deke provided most of the offense by completing nine of 13 passes for 117 yards and touchdowns of six and 18 yards. George Hypolite had 81 yards in 10 carries and Trason Bragg added 49 yards and a touchdown in 12 carries.
Bishop Amat (6-4, 2-3) falls into a tie for third place with Santa Margarita and Bellflower St. John Bosco.
Mater Dei 21, Santa Margarita 7
The Monarchs' first league title since 1999 came on the strength of a running game that revolved around quarterback Jason Forcier.
Forcier rushed 16 times for 106 yards and scored the first touchdown of the game on an eight-yard run. The Monarchs rushed 43 times for 218 yards in winning for the sixth time in seven games.
Mater Dei (6-4, 4-1), ranked No. 22, got a second-quarter touchdown on a five-yard run by Rick Russell capping a nine-play, 71-yard drive in which the Monarchs never faced a third-down situation. The Monarchs made the score 21-0 in the third quarter on a one-yard run by Justin Guzman, who had 14 carries for 76 yards.
Mater Dei intercepted Michael Angelo's first two passes and scrambled Santa Margarita's offense to the point where the Eagles could do little more than snap the ball to Angelo and have him run. The Monarch defense held No. 20 Santa Margarita (7-3, 2-3) to 197 yards, 78 of which came after Mater Dei led 21-0.
Angelo ran 23 times for 47 yards and completed 12 of 18 passes for 129 yards -- 92 of which came in the second half.
Santa Margarita lost three of its final four games and also saw an end to what had been its three-game winning streak against Mater Dei.
St. John Bosco 21, Servite 14
SOUTH COAST LEAGUE
Mission Viejo 42, Capistrano Valley 0
Trabuco Hills 28, Dana Hills 7
San Clemente 35, El Toro 14
Temecula Valley 25, Murrieta Valley 14
Rancho Verde 42, Temescal Canyon 28
Mayfair 31, Bellflower 16
Cerritos 57, Artesia 24
Norwalk 32, Glenn 17
Hemet 27, Paloma Valley 7
West Valley 3, Elsinore 0 (OT)
Kaiser 47, Bloomington 6
King 17, Ramona 14
Norte Vista 20, Rubidoux 7
Edison 35, Huntington Beach 0
Los Alamitos 28, Marina 0
Santa Paula 28, Fillmore 7
Oak Park 27, Oaks Christian 24
Carpinteria 20, Bishop Diego 14
VALLE VISTA LEAGUE
Covina 24, Baldwin Park 0
Pomona 20, Northview 10
San Dimas 40, Ganesha 20
Leuzinger 28, Hawthorne 20
Jaycen Taylor scored three touchdowns and rushed for 243 yards, giving him 1,452 for the season, to lead host Leuzinger (3-7) past Hawthorne (2-8).
Rio Hondo Prep 62, Silver Valley 0
Landon Goodwell ran for 208 yards and three touchdowns in 16 carries and Dan Baumgartener had 86 yards and three touchdowns in 16 carries to lead Rio Hondo Prep (6-3) over host Silver Valley (0-9). Goodwell added five tackles and Chris Ramirez had five tackles and a sack for Rio Hondo Prep.
Malibu 10, Santa Clara 0
Hesperia 17, Victor Valley 6
Garey 35, Nogales 13
La Mirada 34, Gahr 20
Arroyo Valley 45, Nordhoff 33
Chaparral 37, Perris 0
Lynwood 23, Long Beach Cabrillo 20
Grace Brethren 62, Compton Centennial 6
Blythe Palo Verde 34, Desert Hot Springs 3
Thursday, Nov. 13
Brethren Christian 49, Sage Hill 14
Tustin 53, El Modena 14
Brea Olinda 31, El Dorado 19
Dos Pueblos 27, Buena 27
Arrowhead Christian 36, Western Christian 6
DE ANZA LEAGUE
Vista del Lago 17, Riverside Notre Dame 13
Pasadena Marshall 13, Campbell Hall 3
DESERT MOUNTAIN LEAGUE
Mammoth 21, Lucerne Valley 7
Orange Lutheran 28, Cypress 3
Troy 14, Sunny Hills 0
La Habra 48, Sonora 20
Fullerton 45, Buena Park 9
GARDEN GROVE LEAGUE
Garden Grove 24, Rancho Alamitos 24
GOLDEN WEST LEAGUE
Orange 21, Wesminster 13
Good defenses are supposed to stop good offenses, but the football adage was proved false Thursday night.
Orange's offense scored three times, and that was enough for the Panthers to defeat Westminster to win the Golden West League title. It was Orange's first title since 1992, which was its last playoff appearance before qualifying last season.
Orange (9-1, 5-0 in league play) did little over the past decade. That frustration disappeared in the night as Chris Spencer intercepted a pass at the five-yard line with 1 minute 9 seconds left, ending any comeback hopes for Westminster (8-2, 4-1). It was Spencer's first interception of the season and Orange's third of the night.
"Everybody said it was their defense against our offense, but we ground out ... a victory," said third-year Coach Greg Gibson, who inherited a program that had gone 1-29 before he arrived.
James Peni, who rushed 13 times for 56 yards, scored twice on one-yard runs in Orange's three-pronged, double-wing offense.
But it was Justin Jones and Daniel Chairez who did most of the damage against Westminster, which had allowed only 75 points in the first nine games.
Jones, Orange County's leading rusher, carried 21 times for 98 yards and scored on a 19-yard run with 6:08 remaining to provide the final margin. Chairez, the county's fourth-leading rusher, carried 14 times for 90 yards as Orange gained 248 yards on the ground in 54 carries.
On his previous carry, Jones had fumbled at the Westminster eight-yard line, giving the Lions life. But Juan Martinez intercepted at the 20 and on the next play Jones paid dividends.
"I've been waiting for this for four years," Jones said. "Freshman year, I always said we were going to turn the school around."
Saddleback 48, Ocean View 14
Westlake 49, Moorpark 14
Rudy Carpenter threw three touchdown passes and Jeff Rapoport ran for two scores in the first half as Westlake (10-0, 7-0) ran off to a 35-7 halftime lead. Moorpark (7-3, 5-2) falls into third place behind Agoura (5-1 in league), which defeated the Musketeers, 17-0, last week.
St. Paul 28, St. Francis 7
Sierra Vista 28, La Puente 12
MT. BALDY LEAGUE
Don Lugo 35, Ontario 28
Western 54, Anaheim 14
Arcadia 42, Crescenta Valley 21
Morningside 38, Palos Verdes 0
SAN ANTONIO LEAGUE
South Hills 39, West Covina 12
Chino 19, Diamond Bar 18
Sophomore linebacker Juan Gutierres knocked down Jeff Shubin's two-point conversion pass with 37 seconds left to preserve the victory at Chino High.
Diamond Bar (7-3, 3-2) put itself in position to win after recovering an onside kick with 1:37 left. Shubin hit Marvin Crosby with a 37-yard pass on a third-and-one play to put the ball at the Chino 36. Shubin avoided a sack two plays later and hit Randy Tyler for a 25-yard touchdown pass to cut the deficit to 19-18.
Shubin rolled out on the two-point conversion play and tried to get the ball to running back Jo Beaudion at the five-yard line, but Gutierres got a hand on the ball.
Chino punter Joe Valdez and kicker Durrell Chamorro combined to hinder Diamond Bar's field position all night. Valdez placed all four of his punts inside the Diamond Bar 20-yard line and Chamorro had four touchbacks on kickoffs and a 46-yard field goal.
Chino (7-3, 4-1) started five of its 11 possessions at midfield or better but only took advantage of the field position to score 10 points. Shawn Oatis led Chino with 182 yards rushing and two touchdowns in 27 carries.
Damien 20, Ayala 7 Glendora 38, Chino Hills 21
Fountain Valley 27, Esperanza 14
Garden Grove Pacifica 61, Estancia 7
Wednesday, Nov. 12
SAN JOAQUIN LEAGUE
Saddleback Valley Christian 35, CSDR 7
SANTA FE LEAGUE
St. Genevieve 25, Bell-Jeff 22
Monday, Nov. 10
MOUNTAIN VIEW LEAGUE
Corona 42, La Sierra 20
Corona Centennial 49, Jurupa Valley 16
Norco 35, Corona Santiago 21
King 44, Rubidoux 6
8-MAN FOOTBALL PLAYOFF PAIRINGS
Large Division First-round games
Thacher (At-large/Heritage T3, 4-3) at Avalon (Four Corners 1, 7-0), Saturday, 12 p.m.; Excelsior (Freelance, 7-1) at Trona (Hi-Lo 1, 9-0), Friday, 7 p.m.; Faith Baptist (Heritage T1, 6-2) at First Lutheran (Omega 1, 7-1), Saturday, 1 p.m.; Riverside Christian (Metro 2, 7-1) at Bermuda Dunes Desert Christian (Agape 1, 6-3), Friday, 7 p.m.; Upland Christian (At-large/Metro 4, 5-4) at Santa Clarita Christian (Heritage T1, 8-1) at Valencia, Saturday, 1 p.m.; Bakersfield Valley (Freelance, 7-2) at Mission Prep (Coast Valley 1, 8-1), Friday, 7 p.m.; Viewpoint (At-large/Heritage T3, 7-2) vs. Southlands Christian (Express 1, 6-3) at La Verne Lutheran, Saturday, 1 p.m.; Joshua Springs (At-large/Agape 2, 7-2) at California Lutheran (Metro 1, 7-2), Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Small Division First-round games
Kings Christian (Four Corners 2, 8-1), bye; Victor Valley Christian (At-large/Agape 3, 5-4) at Santa Maria Valley Christian (At-large/Coast Valley 4, 4-4), Friday, 2 p.m.; Desert Chapel (At-large/Metro 3, 5-4) at Ventura County Christian (Omega 2, 3-2-1), Saturday, 1 p.m.; Peace in the Valley (Express 2, 7-2), bye; Big Pine (Hi-Lo 2, 7-2), bye; Cuyama Valley (At-large/Coast Valley 5, 3-6) vs. Liberty Christian (At-large/Express 3, 6-3) at Garden Grove Park, Friday, 8 p.m.; Masada (At-large/Four Corners 3, 4-5) at Lighthouse Christian (Harbor 1, 6-0), Friday, 3 p.m., site TBA; Maricopa (Coast Valley 2, 7-2), bye.
Quarterfinals, Nov. 21-22; semifinals, Nov. 28-29; finals, Dec. 5-6.