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The Southern Section Division 1 football playoff opener between Murrieta Valley and San Clemente will be televised by Fox Sports West on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

The Prep Zone games:

Mission Viejo vs. Bishop Amat; JSerra vs. Long Beach Poly; Westlake vs. Los Alamitos; Capistrano Valley vs. Lompoc.

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There’s no hotter team in the Southern Section Division 4 playoffs than Grace Brethren, which has turned loose senior running back Lontrelle Diggs.

Last week, against previously unbeaten Camarillo, Diggs rushed for 357 yards in 38 carries and scored four touchdowns in a 42-21 victory. He has gained 1,681 yards and scored 24 touchdowns.

Grace Brethren has won five consecutive games while improving to 8-2. The Lancers host St. Bonaventure on Friday night.

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Kickers RJ Lopez, left, of Mission Viejo and Nick Lopez of Mater Dei could face off if their two teams win playoff games on Friday.
Kickers RJ Lopez, left, of Mission Viejo and Nick Lopez of Mater Dei could face off if their two teams win playoff games on Friday. (Lopez family)

Brothers Nick and RJ Lopez are kickers at Santa Ana Mater Dei and Mission Viejo, respectively. This week, they will be pulling for each other. Next week, if each wins, they’ll be searching for listening devices at home.

If Mater Dei defeats Valencia and Mission Viejo defeats Bishop Amat in first-round Division 1 playoff games, the Lopez brothers would face off next week in the Division 1 quarterfinals.

Nick, a senior, has made two field goals, 51 PATs and booted 53 of his 68 kickoffs in the end zone.

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It was Aug. 16 when Chaminade and Oaks Christian played in a season football opener. Oaks Christian won 31-13.

Now the two teams will meet in a rematch on Friday night at Oaks Christian in an opening game of the Division 1 playoffs.

Chaminade coach Ed Croson knows how to get his team ready for rematches.

GIRLS’ TENNIS

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OPEN DIVISION

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The City Section has launched an investigation aimed at trying to determine which Carson football players left their sideline during a fight between two players Friday at the Carson-Narbonne game.

If the players left the sideline, they would be suspended for their next game — an Open Division playoff opener against Garfield on Nov. 9.

The fight between a Narbonne player and a Carson player happened in the first half near the Narbonne sideline during a punt. A number of Carson players were said to have left their sideline.

FOOTBALL

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8-MAN

Mendez has been added to the City Section Division III football playoffs after No. 14-seeded Bernstein dropped out because of lack of players, City Section Commissioner John Aguirre said Wednesday. Mendez will play at No. 3 Fremont on Friday night.

Mendez  was left out of the Division III playoffs because of an error on Saturday during the seeding meeting, when it should have been seeded No. 16, Aguirre confirmed on Monday. Jordan High in South L.A. received the No. 16 seed when it should have been No. 17.

In an email sent on Monday to Mendez coach Carlos Fernandez, Aguirre wrote: “After speaking with Max Preps representatives, they have confirmed that there were a couple of late entries of scores by Southern Section schools that both Jordan and Mendez played during the season.  The changes dropped Mendez’s rating from a -43.8 to a -43.1, while Jordan remained at a rating of -43.3.

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FOOTBALL

SOUTHERN SECTION

DIVISION 1

Saturday

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