Nov 9, 2012 1:52 AM by Andrew Masuda

Friday Night Highlights: CIF Playoffs- 1st Round Preview

Nine Central Coast 11-man high school football teams open their CIF title runs on Friday. Four open at home, while the other five have long trips to Palmdale and the great Los Angeles area.

The Lompoc Braves and their state-best 30 game winning streak open their quest for a third-straight CIF-Southern Section title at home against St. Francis. The Braves went 10-0 in the regular season and are the #1 overall seed in the Western Division.

Third year head coach Andrew Jones is a perfect 8-0 so far in postseason games with the Braves. The Braves dominated the Los Padres League with a perfect 6-0 mark. They're averaging 301 rushing yards and 45 points per game this season. Behind a dominant offensive line, the Braves have 44 rushing touchdowns and are averaging 7.5 yards per carry. Lavon Coleman is back healthy after missing five games. He still has 647 rushing yards on just 76 carries with 6 touchdowns. He's averaging 8.5 yards per carry and has returned one punt for a 72 yard touchdown. AJ Florez and Taylor Cornejo have 500 rushing yards apiece, with Florez scoring 7 times and Cornejo 9 times. Rafael Arellano has a combined 578 receving and passing yards for 11 touchdowns to go with 4 interceptions. Nikko Hayes leads the Braves with 770 rushing yards on just 57 carries and 11 touchdowns. He's averaging 13.5 yards per carry. Quarterback Tyler Ornelas has thrown for 819 yards and 10 touchdowns.

St. Francis is coming off a 4-6 regular season and 1-4 mark in the Mission League. Earlier this year, the Golden Knights beat Righetti 29-22. Quarterback Jared Lebowitz has completed 56 percent of his passes for 2,427 yards and 22 touchdowns with just 6 interceptions. Daniel Kawamura is the team's leading rusher with 628 yards. Tommy Scheper has 48 catches for 840 yards and 5 touchdowns, while John Carroll has 37 receptions for 398 yards and 3 TD. Joey Velladao is the team's leading tackler with 96, while Cole Ramseyer has 11 sacks and 50 tackles. St. Francis averages 246 passing yards, 121 rushing yards and 28 points per game.

The Morro Bay Pirates storm into the playoffs for the first time since 2010. They head to Inglewood to take on the runner-up in the Ocean League.

First year head coach Jack Greer has revamped the Pirates and led them to a 7-3 record and a second place finish in the Los Padres League. Morro Bay is averaging 81 yards passing, 307 yards rushing and 36 points per game. The Pirates are coming off a 48-24 win over rival Templeton to claim second place in the LPL. Quarterback Jordan Bray has thrown for 683 yards with 4 TD passes. The senior has also rushed for 858 yards with 9 touchdowns. Derek Viles leads the Pirates with 1,208 yards rushing on just 145 carries with 15 touchdown runs. Tristan Collins has 624 yards on the ground with 12 TDs. Zack Smith leads the Pirates with 382 receiving yards and 5 TD catches. Jake Beavers leads the Pirates with 108 total tackles.

The Inglewood Sentinels are coming off a 7-3 regular season. The team is led by quarterback Damien Hamilton, running back Trevon Benton and wide receiver Terance Harvey. Benton rushed for 3 touchdowns and Harvey had 2 TD catches in Inglewood's 39-6 win last week over Morningside.

After advancing to the semifinals in the Northwest Division the previous two years, the Templeton Eagles open the Western Division playoffs at Santa Monica.

The Eagles are coming off a disappointing 48-24 loss to rival Morro Bay. Templeton went 4-2 in Los Padres League play and 7-3 overall. The Eagles are averaging 198 yards passing, 180 rushing yards and 29 points per game. Quarterback Alex Elterman has thrown for 1,647 yards, 18 touchdowns and 6 interceptions this season. He's completed 59 percent of his passes. Conner Truhitte leads the Eagles ground game with 74 carries for 561 yards (7.6 yards per carry) and 5 touchdowns. Andy Garrettson has caught a team-high 34 passes for 369 yards, while Tobey Isbell has 32 catches for 604 yards and 6 touchdowns. Jackson Wheeler has a team-high 109 tackles, while Justin Alvarez has 8 sacks and 50 total tackles.

Templeton faces a potent Santa Monica offense that averages 184 passing yards, 199 rushing yards and 27 points per game.The Vikings went 7-3 in the regular season and went a perfect 5-0 in Ocean League play. Quarterback Ryan Barbarin has thrown for 1,734 yards and 14 touchdowns with just 6 picks. Yachal Butler has 599 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns, while Sebastian LaRue leads the team with 46 catches for 779 yards and 8 touchdowns. He's also returned two kicks for touchdowns. a Jason King has 30 catches for 651 yards. 5-9 linebacker Nick Cardiel leads the Vikings with 112 tackles and 18 sacks.

The St. Joseph High foootball team is hosting its first playoff game since 2009. The Knights are coming off an 8-2 regular season that included a 5-1 league mark for a share of the program's first-ever Pac 7 title. They are the #4 overall seed in the Northern Division.

First year head coach Dustin Davis' team is averaging 34 points, 184 passing yards and 239 rushing yards per game. Junior quarterback Curry Parham completed 62 percent of his passes for 1,817 yards and 16 touchdowns with 0 interceptions, while he has rushed for 512 yards and two scores. Scotty Cusack has come to life in the last two games scoring 5 touchdowns in each game. Cusack has 825 rushing yards and 618 receiving yards. He's scored 11 rushing touchdowns with 6 touchdown catches and returned 3 kickoffs for touchdowns of at least 91 yards. Wesley Williams has rushed for more than 794 yards with 10 total touchdowns, while Zak Karsh has 31 catches for 453 yards and 4 touchdowns, and Ryan Mediano has almost 21 catches for 456 yards and 3 scores. DJ Migliaccio is the team's leading tackler with 88 and 4 sacks.

West Torrance is coming off a 7-3 season and a fourth place finish in the Bay League. They've outscored their last two opponents 106-13. Last week against Leuzinger, Joey Notch completed 7 of his 11 passes for 91 yards and 3 touchdowns, while Barry Thomas carried the ball 13 times for 110 yards and 2 touchdowns. They're coached by Greg Holt, who graduated from Cabrillo High in 1977 and went on to play football at Allan Hancock College.

The defending CIF Western Division champion Arroyo Grande Eagles open the postseason on their home field against Hart. Arroyo Grande went 8-2 in the regular season and earned a share of its second-straight Pac 7 League title with a 5-1 league mark. The Eagles are ranked 122nd in the state by MaxPreps, while the Indians are 73rd.

Tom Goossen's squad averaged 151 passing yards, 179 rushing yards and 31 points per game. Quarterback Matt Willkomm has thrown for 1,495 yards, completed 64 % of his passes, thrown 16 touchdown passes and 2 interceptions. He's also rushed for 498 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns. Michael Jordano has racked up 376 rushing yards and 9 touchdowns, while Elijah Holt has 253 yards on the ground with 5 touchdowns. Brennan Rivera leads the team with 44 catches for 548 yards and 9 Tds. Grant Alton has 206 yards receiving and 5 TD catches. Ian Malott has been a beast on defense with 10 sacks and 65 tackles. Alton is the team's leading tackler with 108.

Hart enters with a 7-3 record after a third place finish in the Foothill League. The Indians averaged 171 yards through the air, 160 on the ground and 43 points per game in the six games registered on MaxPreps.Connor Wingenroth had 527 rushing yards for 9 touchdowns and 148 receiving yards for 4 more scores in those six contests. Trent Irwin had 21 catches for 428 yards and 3 touchdowns.

San Luis Obispo hits the road looking to bounce back from losing to rival Arroyo Grande for a piece of the Pac 7 League title and losing starting quarterback Garrett Giovannelli to an injury. The Tigers went 6-4 in the regular season and finished third in league at 4-2. They made it to the CIF quarterfinals last season.

The Tigers open the postseason without the services of Giovannelli, who suffered a MCL injury last week against Arroyo Grande. The senior led the team with 730 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns to go along with 709 passing yards with 10 TD passes. Thomas Orradre will take over QB duties. He's 2 for 12 for 44 yards this season. The junior has rushed for 58 yards and caught 8 passes for 96 yards and 2 touchdown catches. SLO's ground game will rely on junior Sawyer Scott, who's run for 634 yards and 3 TDs, while sophomore Nate Greenelsh has 70 carries for 565 yards and 8 touchdowns. SLO lost running back Riley Humphrey to an injury last week in practice. The Tigers average 271 rushing yards and 29 points per game. Jordan Knauer is the team's leading receiver with 13 catches for 159 yards and 2 TD catches. Senior linebacker Jack Ferguson leads the team with 98 tackles and 8 sacks. Nick Hill picked off a league-high 7 interceptions.

Canyon High went 7-2-1 in the regular season and finished second in the Foothill League. The Cowboys average 328 yards passing, 208 yards rushing and 48 points per game. Quarterback Cade Apsay has thrown for 2,939 yards with 35 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. The junior has also rushed for 328 yards and 12 touchdowns. Daniel Castro leads the team with 699 yards rushing and 7 TD runs. Drew Wolitarsky has caught 76 passes for 1,109 yards and 12 touchdowns, while Israel Cabrera has 35 catches for 627 yards and 11 TD catches.

Paso Robles returns to the postseason after missing the playoffs in 2011. The Bearcats went 6-4 in the regular season and finished fourth in the Pac 7 League at 3-3. The Bearcats received an at-large berth into the Northern Division playoffs and travel to Valencia, the #2 seed.

The Bearcats enter the postseason after a 16-14 win over Atascadero to claim fourth place in the Pac 7. Sophomore Gunnar Griffin took over for injured starting quarterback Garrett Nelson to lead the Bearcats to victory. The sophomore completed 4 of his 9 passes for 34 yards and rushed for 25 yards. He's played in four games this season so if Nelson cannot play Friday, Griffen will step in. Nelson has thrown for 1,020 yards this season with 10 touchdown passes. He also has rushed for 4 scores and almost 280 yards. He was drilled hard in the back while throwing a pass last week that was ultimately intercepted. Senior Colton Madrigal leads the Bearcats with 1,397 yards rushing and 13 touchdowns. Bailey Gaither, a sophomore, leads Paso, with more than 600 yards receiving and 5 touchdowns.

The Valencia Vikings went 7-3 in the regular season and 5-0 in the Foothill League. Their regular season included a 48-9 win in the preseason over Righetti. The Vikings average 292 passing yards, 85 yards rushing and 38 points per game. Quarterback Sean Murphy threw for 2,851 yards, 30 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Stone Jackson leads the team with 9 rushing touchdowns to go with 273 yards on the ground. Nick Jones has 38 catches for 802 yards and 9 touchdowns, while Malik Townsend has 44 catches for 785 yards and 9 TDs.

After receiving a somewhat surprising at-large berth into the Northern Division playoffs, the Greyhounds face a tough task against top seeded Palmdale. The Greyhounds are back in the postseason after missing the playoffs in 2011.

Atascadero is coming off a 4-6 regular season and a fifth place finish in the Pac 7 League. The Greyhounds are coming off a 16-14 loss to rival Paso Robles. They're averaging 129 yards passing, 201 yards rushing and 24 points per game. Junior quarterback Robbie Berwick has thrown for 1,300 yards with 9 touchdowns and 8 interceptions. He also has 309 rushing yards and 4 TDs on the ground. Jonathan Torres is back from an injury. He still recorded 699 yards rushing on 94 carries with 9 touchdowns. Izaiah Cooks rushed for 664 yards and 7 touchdowns on 111 carries. Both Cooks and Torres have returned kicks for touchdowns as well. Dominic Chance leads the Hounds with 27 catches for 500 yards and 4 TD catches, while Wayde Vierra has 24 receptions for 355 yards and 2 touchdowns. Ryan Lombardi leads the Hounds with 80 total tackles.

Palmdale is a perfect 10-0 and the Golden League champions. The Falcons average 147 passing yards, 272 rushing yards and 47 points per game. Quarterback J Jake Dashnaw has thrown for 1,406 yards with 20 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. Demario Richard has compiled 1,722 yards and 24 rushing touchdowns. The sophomore is averaging 9 yards per carry. Vincent Strange is the team's leading receiver with 22 catches for 444 yards and 9 touchdowns.

The Mission Prep Royals host their first-ever CIF playoff game as a member of the Southern Section. The 9-1 Royals are coming off a heartbreaking 16-13 loss to top ranked Bishop Diego where the Cardinals scored the game-winner in the final seconds of the game.

Mission is the #1 overall seed in the Northeast Division. The Royals averaged 45 points, 235 passing yards and 198 rushing yards per game during the regular season. Quarterback Tyler Baty completed 61 % of his passes for 2,118 yards and 31 touchdown passes with just 3 interceptions. Michael Cardwell leads the team with 1,138 rushing yards and 12 rushing touchdowns to go with 3 kicks returned for scores. Patrick Laird has 481 yards and 8 touchdowns on the ground and 402 yards receiving and 4 TD catches. Joey Hall has hauled in 38 passes for 892 yards and 16 TDs to go with 2 kickoffs returned for touchdowns.

Frazier Mountain travels from Lebec. The Falcons went 6-4 during the regular season. They averaged 266 rushing yards per game. Kevin Enciso leads the team with 859 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns. Antonio Saenz has 509 yards on the ground, while Casey Holcomb has 514 rushing yards and 7 touchdowns. Holcomb is also the team's leading tackler with 82.



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