Nov 20, 2009 2:53 AM by Andrew Masuda
For the first time this decade, three Santa Maria area high schools will host CIF football games on the same night.
St.Joseph, Pioneer Valley and Righetti will play on their home fields Friday night.
All three made the playoffs last year. However, Righetti opened the postseason on the road.
The Warriors will host Newbury Park Friday night. Both teams are 8-2. Righetti's looking for its first playoff win in six years.
"It's cool. We haven't hosted a CIF game in I think 5 or 6 years. So this should be fun. We should get a good crowd and go out there and win our first playoff game," said Righetti senior quarterback TJ Jordan.
9-1 Pioneer Valley will tackle 5-5 Lawndale. The Panthers have advanced to the second round in two of the previous three years.
Meantime, 10-0 St.joseph welcomes in 5-5 La Salle. Players say having three santa maria showdowns in the first round of c-i-f is quite an accomplishment.
"It's pretty amazing. It's really good for this area and year alone. Three teams are home and that's really cool for Santa Maria," said St.Joseph senior lineman Keith Bendixen.
"It's very exciting. It is giving us a lot of momentum and it's a tribute to our hard work that we've done throughout the summer and throughout our season," added Knights senior lineman Zach Perron.
Saint Joe has advanced to at least the second round in five of the previous six years.
Righetti and St.Joseph will kick off their home games at 7:30 pm.
Pioneer Valley's playoff game begins at 7 pm Friday.
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