Nov 28, 2009 3:49 AM by Andrew Masuda

St.Joseph football is only area team to advance in CIF

And then there was one. St.Joseph High football was the only one of the four area teams to win its CIF playoff football game Friday. Nipomo, Pioneer Valley and Mission Prep saw their seasons come to an end.

The Knights scored revenge in their 34-11 win at El Segundo. St.Joseph scored early on a KJ Cusack touchdown and then scored again on a defensive touchdown on its way to the victory. The Knights avenged a second round 24-20 loss last year to El Segundo on the same field. St.Joseph improved to 12-0 on the season and punched a ticket to the semifinals. The Knights will host unbeaten Serra next Friday night. Cusack had 261 rushing yards and four touchdowns along with an interception in the victory.

Serra scored the first two touchdowns of the game on its way to a 48-18 win over Nipomo. The Titans' historic season came to an end but not without scoring their first CIF playoff win and hosting their first CIF playoff game. After recovering a punt, Titans' quarterback Josh Correia connected with Kevin Britt for a 59 yard touchdown reception to put Nipomo on the board trailing 14-6. The Titans would not get any closer, trailing 24-6 at half. Serra, the #21 ranked team in the state according to one publication, scored 14 points in less than a minute to start the third quarter to put the game out of reach. Nipomo would score late in the third quarter on a halfback pass from Eric Penningroth to Britt for a 28 yard touchdown.

Serra features several players being recruited by some big programs, including Robert Woods. The USC-bound wide receiver ranked the third best prospect in the nation scored on the Cavaliers' third play from scrimmage, an 81 yard touchdown reception. Cal head coach Jeff Tedford and Cal Poly defensive coordinator Greg Lupfer were among the college coaches on hand to watch the second round game. Serra will return to the Central Coast next Friday to play St.Joseph in a battle of 12-0 teams.

Pioneer Valley's attempt to score the program's first semifinal berth came up short. The Panthers lost 41-24 to Cathedral. The Panthers trailed 28-10 early in the fourth quarter. But they traded touchdowns with the Phantoms on Dan Ando's second rushing score of the game and on a 20 yard scamper by quarterback Nick Rucobo. Pioneer Valley's season ended with a 10-2 record. Cathedral advances to the semifinals where it face top ranked Oaks Christian.

Mission Prep also lost its semifinal game Friday night. The Royals trailed Corcoran 42-7 at the half and lost 45-15. The Royals have been eliminated the last two postseasons by the Panthers. Mission Prep's season ended with an 8-4 record.


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