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Week 12 High School Football Preview: Marina vs. Ontario Christian

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Marina’s Brantt Riederich, shown running for a touchdown against Huntington Beach on Sept. 20, had three rushing scores in a 42-8 win over Laguna Hills in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division 11 playoffs on Nov. 8.
(Kevin Chang / Staff Photographer)

When/where: 7 p.m. Friday at Westminster High

Key Vikings: Sr. RB/DB Pharoah Rush; Sr. WR/DB/K Eric Church (30 catches for 553 yards and six TDs); Jr. WR/DB Dane Brenton; Jr. QB Jack Miler (80 of 141 passing for 1,220 yards, 14 TDs and six INTs)

For the record:
9:58 PM, Nov. 15, 2019 In the Nov. 14 Sports section, the story misstated that Marina last reached the CIF Southern Section semifinals in 1981. Marina last qualified for the semifinals in 1985.

Key Knights: Jr. RB/DB Maxwell Watkins (101 carries for 810 yards and 13 TDs; 20 tackles); Sr. QB Daniel Serna (24 of 49 passing for 497 yards, seven TDs and three INTs; 100 carries for 560 yards and eight TDs); Jr. OL/DL Ricky Freymond (56 tackles, 12 tackles for a loss, five sacks)

Breakdown: Marina’s historic season continues as the No. 2-seeded Vikings (9-2) host Ontario Christian (9-2) in the quarterfinals of the CIF Southern Section Division 11 playoffs ... Marina routed Laguna Hills 42-8 last week in the first round, the Vikings’ first playoff win since 1985 ... A win Friday would put Marina in the semifinals for the first time in 34 years and give Marina double-digit wins in a season for the first time since 1981 ... Vikings junior running back Brantt Riederich had a big game against Laguna Hills, with 103 rushing yards and three touchdowns ... Ontario Christian, which finished as the Ambassador League runner-up, beat Riverside Poly 41-14 in the first round ... The Knights have won five straight games and are averaging 38.4 points per game this season ... Ontario Christian is primarily a running team and has attempted just 59 total passes in its 11 games ... The winner of this game plays either No. 3-seeded Pico Rivera El Rancho or Hemet in the semifinals.

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