Tigers prepare for Bakersfield Christian in CIF semifinals

Posted at 6:04 PM, Nov 19, 2019

The San Luis Obispo football team will continue its fantastic season Friday night against Bakersfield Christian. This is first time the Tigers have reached the CIF semifinals since 2004.

San Luis Obispo was awarded the 3-seed in Division 3 and received a first round bye. Then last Friday night at home, the Tigers took care of 6-seed Madera in the second round, 49-28.

Senior quarterback Emilio Corona lit up the Coyotes' defense for 301 yards passing and six touchdowns, three to Carson Leedom, two to Max Soltero, and another to Jeremy Fitzsimmons.

The Tigers were led defensively by juniors Thomas Cole and Landon Nelson. The two combined for 24 tackles, while Cole tallied 5.5 sacks.

When it comes to facing 2-seed Bakersfield Christian, the Tigers know they’ll have to be clicking on all cylinders to in order to slow down the Eagles.

"In playoff football, often times in special teams and creating some turnovers on defense, that's what ends up winning you the football game," head coach Pat Johnston said. "We're really looking forward to the challenge because it is a very good team, both historically and this year. We just want to prove that we belong in the upper part of our division."

"I think we definitely have the group and the guys able to keep this thing going," Corona added. "It's been a great year and has really turned around this program. You can just feel the whole vibe around football in the whole community has changed completely."

San Luis Obispo will travel to Bakersfield Christian Friday night for a 7 P.M. kickoff.