Nov 23, 2012 1:38 AM by Andrew Masuda

Friday Night Highlights: Three area teams in CIF semifinals

Three Central Coast football teams play CIF semifinal games on Friday night and all three will be at home. Last season, four teams made it to the semifinals with three of them moving on to the championship round. The winners of Friday's games will play on the road next week no matter who they play.

SERRA (10-2) @ LOMPOC (12-0)
It will be a battle of state powerhouses at Lompoc High School as the Braves, the #1 seed in the Western Division, host Serra in a semifinal game. Both teams won their quarterfinal games by big margins. Lompoc, which won the Northwest Division titles in 2010 and 2011, is two wins away from becoming the first Central Coast team to win three-straight CIF division titles since Paso Robles won three in a row from 1998-2000.

Lompoc crushed Culver City 49-6 last week for its state-leading 32nd-straight victory. Lompoc ran for 369 yards and 5 touchdowns. Nikko Hayes scored three touchdowns and finished with 85 yards on 13 carries. Lavon Coleman rushed for 121 yards and ran in a 19 yard touchdown. Taylor Cornejo added 50 yards on just 6 carries. Austin Hayes broke free for a 60 yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Tyler Ornelas completed 2 of his 3 passes for 75 yards and 2 touchdowns. All told, the Braves average 91 yards passing, 303 rushing yards and 45 points per game. Ornelas has thrown for 939 yards and 13 touchdowns. Coleman, who missed five games with an injury, still has 840 yards rushing and 9 touchdowns. Hayes leads the team with 967 yards rushing and 15 TDs , while averaging 12 yards per carry. Conejo has 616 yards on the ground and 9 scores. Rafael Arellano (19 catches, 412 yards, 5 TD) and Garrett Mitchell (12-402-4) are the team's leading receivers. Head coach Andrew Jones is a career 10-0 in the postseason.

Serra is coming off a 58-6 win over Santa Monica. The fourth seeded Cavaliers were led by sophomore running back Malik Roberson. He ran it 10 times for 237 yards and 2 touchdowns in the first half alone. Adoree Jackson touched the ball twice and scored on 11 and 26 yard runs. Quarterback Jalen Greene threw for 2 first half touchdowns and 104 yards and rushed for 71 yards. The Cavaliers racked up 604 total yards of offense, including 500 yards on the ground. Serra's defense intercepted four passes, recovered a fumble and stopped Santa Monica on downs four times. Freshman defensive back Brandon Burton returned an interception 89 yards for a touchdown. For the season, Serra averages 172 passing yards, 254 rushing yards and 35 points per game. Greene, a junior, has thrown for 2,006 yards, 19 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He's also rushed for 702 yards and 8 TDs this season. Roberson leads the team with 1,071 rushing yards and 10 touchdown runs. Marques Rodgers has 634 rushing yards an 9 TD runs to go with 257 receiving yards and 2 TD catches. Darrell Fuery leads the team with 28 catches for 507 yards and 9 TD catches. Linebacker Dwight Williams Williams has 110 tackles, Nicholas Usher has racked up 10.5 sacks. Serra lost in the first round of the CIF playoffs in 2011 after winning titles in 2009 and 2010.

The winnner plays either Cathedral or Chaminade for the title next Friday night.

The Atascadero Greyhounds are in the semifinals for the first time since winning a title in 1996. The Greyhounds are trying to continue their Cinderella run that saw them receive the fifth and final at-large berth into the Northern Division, upset the top seed, previously undefeated Palmdale 26-7 in the first round.

Atascadero played another all-around solid game in the quarterfinals in its 30-14 home win over Canyon, which knocked out San Luis Obispo the week before 42-9. Jonathan Torres led the Hounds with 129 rushing yards, including a 65 yard touchdown. Izaiah Cooks added 59 yards and one score, while sophomore Ethan Hicks ran for 61 yards and 2 touchdowns. Atascadero recorded 3 interceptions, two from Sam Neely and one from Chase Young, which he returned 54 yards to set up the second touchdown. The Greyhounds average 124 passing yards, 211 yards rushing and 25 points per game. Junior quarterback Robbie Berwick has thrown for 1,503 yards and 10 touchdowns with 9 interceptions. He's also rushed for 369 yards and 5 touchdowns. Cooks has 757 yards rushing and 8 touchdowns, while Torres has 899 yards and 10 scores. Dominic Chance leads the team with 30 catches for 563 yards and 5 touchdowns. He also leads the team with 6.5 sacks. Ryan Lombardi leads the Hounds with 99 tackles.

West Torrance edged Mira Costa last week 49-42. Quarterback Joey Notch accounted for 5 touchdowns. He threw for 349 yards on 26 for 43 passing. He threw one touchdown pass and ran in three more. He rushed for 53 yards on the night on six carries. He also intercepted a pass and returned it 75 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter that gave West a 49-35 lead. Dane Silverlake also tipped a pass that was snatched by JJ Allen, who then returned it for a 20 yard pick-six. Tight end Mat Boesen had 7 catches for 166 yards and one touchdown. Silverlake added 8 catches for 85 yards. Boesen has verbally committed to Idaho State. The Warriors opened the postseason with a 45-20 win at fourth-seeded St. Joseph. Barry Thomas ran for 166 yards and 4 touchdowns on 25 carries. Noth completed 25 of his 334 passes that night for 272 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also ran for 75 more yards. Craig Knaus caught 10 passes for 108 yards and one TD, while Silverlake had 4 catches for 64 yards and 1 TD, kicked a 20 yard field goal and intercepted a pass.

The winner advances to take on the Palos Verdes/Valencia winner next Saturday for the title.

The Mission Prep Royals will look to stay on track for a CIF title in their Southern Section postseason debut. Mission is the #1 seed in the Northeast Division. The semifinal appearance is the deepest Mission has gone in the postseason since 1962. The Royals have never won a CIF football title.

The Royals are coming off a 49-14 win at Flintridge Prep in the quarterfinals. Quarterback Tyler Baty was 11 for 19 passing for 179 yards and 3 touchdowns. He also ran in a 22 yard touchdown. Baty has thrown for 2,580 yards, 38 touchdowns and 5 interceptions this season. Patrick Laird rushed for 178 yards on 11 carries and 2 touchdowns. He also caught a 27 yard TD pass. Michael Cardwell rushed 7 times for 59 yards to give him 1,263 yards and 14 TD on the ground in 2012. All told, Mission had 282 rushing yards and 461 yards of total offense against Flintridge Prep. Joey Hall led all receivers with 4 catches for 53 yards, while Trevor Fernandez had 50 yards on 3 catches. Hall has 48 catches for 1,113 yards and 19 touchdowns this year. Laird has 694 yards and 10 touchdowns via the ground to go with 472 receiving yards and 6 TD catches.

Salesian comes in with an 11-1 record and winners of ten in a row. The Mustangs blanked Bishop last week 35-0 in the quarterfinals. Quarterback Jihad Vercher, a 6-0, 202 pounder, has received offers from Army, Idaho and NAU. He's thrown for 2,128 yards and completed 62 percent of his passes. He has thrown for 21 touchdowns and thrown 4 interceptions. He also leads the team with 901 rushing yards at almost 8.7 yards per carry with 15 touchdowns. Adrian Escobar has almost 700 rushing yards and 7 TD runs. Three players have at least 450 receiving yards led by 6-3 junior Marquis Ware, who has 28 catches for 540 yards and 10 touchdowns. The defense is led by Kyahva Tezino with 109 tackles and 5 interceptions, while Jamardre Cobb has 105 tackles. Salesian lost in the semifinals last year.

The winner advances to play the winner of Rio Hondo Prep/St. Monica next Friday for the title.



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