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Santa Maria, St. Joseph, and Lompoc gear up for CIF quarterfinals

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Santa Maria, St. Joseph, and Lompoc football are all preparing for the CIF Southern Section quarterfinals on Friday.

Schurr vs Santa Maria (Division 12):

The Saints are the only area team with home-field advantage. They are coming off their first playoff win in 23 years, a victory led by a dominating performance by quarterback Blake Truhitte. Despite not having to travel for a second consecutive week, the Saints will face the Division 12 No. 1 seed, Schurr from East Los Angeles. 

"I mean we're confident, they're confident. A lot of people think we're underdogs, but we don't feel that way," said Dan Ellington, Santa Maria head coach. "We feel like we're a good football team. They're coming to our place, and the kids know this is a good football team. They know that they have to play a good football game to win. We feel good about it, and we're looking forward to it."

St. Joseph vs Paraclete (Division 5):

St. Joseph is coming off a wild 49-44 win over Harvard-Westlake, a victory secured in the final few minutes of the game allowing the Knights to advance to the Division 5 quarterfinals.

The Knights' next challenge will be on the road against defending Division 6 CIF Champions, Paraclete. The Spirits are ranked 31st in the state according to Max Preps. Paraclete dropped only a single game this season, a 30-21 loss to a top 20 ranked school. 

"This is the fourth week in a row that no one has picked St. Joe to win," Jim Chvala explained, head coach of the Knights. "The kids have rallied behind that and they've put a little chip on their shoulder after they were told that one. I believe that has a lot to do with it. It's re-energized this group of kids, the coaches were re-energized, and everything is going right now as we need it to be."

Lompoc vs El Toro (Division 3):

The Braves cruised by Camarillo in the opening round, winning by a 25 point margin. Their next task is traveling 200 miles south for a quarterfinal appearance against El Toro.

The two teams common dominator is its high scoring offense. The Chargers concluded its final two games of the regular season outscoring its opponents 82-7. Lompoc is still undefeated on the season and ranked 33rd while El Toro sits at 106. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.

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