In the City Section Division III semifinals on Friday, Bernstein (10-1) gets to play the only team it lost to this season, Sun Valley Poly (8-4), in a rematch at Poly.
Poly won, 26-13, back on Sept. 6, a game in which Bernstein defensive players had a difficult time tackling. D.J. Jones, a physical running back, will be one of those Poly players Bernstein must deal with. Bernstein running back Julio Quintero has rushed for 1,371 yards and 13 touchdowns.
In the Division II semifinals, South Gate (7-5) and Chatsworth (5-7) will be heavy underdogs on the road at No. 2 Granada Hills and No. 1 San Fernando.
But each team has caught fire in the playoffs. South Gate has shown great improvement under second-year Coach Jose Casagran. "We play hard," he said. "We've become a tough team."
Chatsworth will try to control the clock and the game against San Fernando behind running back Justin Santos.