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Sage Hill (5-5) vs.

Western Christian (10-0)

When/where: Friday, 7:30 p.m. at Western Christian in Upland

Key Lightning: Jr. QB CJ McCord (110 for 198, 1,199 passing yards, 10 TDs, three INTs); Jr. RB Beau Roth, 197 carries, 1,089 yards, seven TDs; Sr. WR Sam Mararik (36 catches, 516 yards, four TDs); Sr. Will Burns (team-high 81 tackles).

Key Fighting Lancers: Sr. QB Brad Hargis (45 for 64, 696 passing yards, nine TDs, one INT, 72 carries, 1,104 yards, 16 TDs); Jr. RB Sarkis Panossian (206 carries, 1590 yards, 20 TDs).

Breakdown: Sage Hill, an at-large team that finished third in the Academy League, is making its first playoff appearance since 2010 and its third playoff appearance under Coach J.R. Tolver … Western Christian, which averaged 42.5 points per game, is the No. 4 seed in the CIF Southern Section East Valley Division playoffs … The Lightning have not won a playoff game since 2005, when they made a run to the CIF Southern Section Division XIII quarterfinals … The Fighting Lancers, guided by third-year coach Kevin Oberlander, won the Ambassador League … Sage Hill posted a season-best scoring total in Friday's 50-40 triumph at Crean Lutheran.

— Steve Virgen

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