Nov 21, 2009 3:29 AM by Andrew Masuda
Seven area football teams kicked off the CIF postseason Friday night. However, only three advanced to the second round.
St.Joseph improved to 11-0. The Knights ran all over La Salle 55-0. Most of the starters did not play in the second half. The Knights will play at El Segundo next Friday in the second round.
Pioneer Valley crushed Lawndale 59-0. The Panthers scored quickly in the first half and built a 38-0 lead on 3 Dan Ando rushing touchdowns, a rushing score by Nick Rucobo and a TD pass . The Panthers will host Cathedral next Friday. Cathedral beat Mary Star Friday night 56-21. PV is in the second round for the third time in the last four years.
Righetti hosted its first CIF game in six years. However, the Warriors lost 29-27 on a last minute field goal by Newbury Park. Matt Miller made the play of the year in the fourth quarter. He came out of nowhere to intercept a pass that was deflected by a Warrior and bounced off a Newbury Park player and returned it 75 yards for a pick-six that gave Righetti the lead. However, Newbury converted a 43 yard field goal with 35 seconds left to steal the victory. The Warriors season ends with an 8-3 mark.
Santa Ynez lost 70-14 at top ranked and defending CIF champion Oaks Christian. The Pirates trailed 49-0 at half and lost 70-14. Their season ended with a 6-5 record.
Atascadero played a sloppy final quarter and a half and lost at Buena 41-14. The Greyhounds tied it at 14 midway through the third quarter on a long touchdown run by quarterback Jesse Whitten. However, it was all Buena from there. The Hounds season ends with a 7-4 record.
Arroyo Grande fell victim to the Adolfo Camarillo passing game. The Eagles fell 35-7 to the now 10-1 Scorpions. The Camarillo quarterback entered the game with 32 touchdown passes and nearly 3,000 passing yards. Arroyo Grande's first playoff berth in four years ended bringing its record to 7-4.
Mission Prep moved on to the second round. The Royals won a wet and wild game 13-8 over Bakersfield Christian. The Royals led 7-0 at half time on a first quarter run by Kevin Laird that was nearly 70 yards. Mission will play at top ranked Corcoran next week.
Nipomo will be in action Saturday night at 7:30pm. The Titans take on Verbum Dei in a game that will be played at St.Matthias High School in Downey. The Titans are making their second playoff appearance in school history. The winner plays second seeded Serra in the next round.
You can catch all the action and highlights yourself by clicking on the Friday Night Highlights show for November 20.
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