After the pairings were announced, St. Bonaventure (10-1) head coach Todd Therrien said after you get to the second round in the PAC-5, every team is capable of winning it. In front of him and his Seraphs are the defending PAC-5 and Division I State Bowl champs, Santa Margarita (9-2). Eagles head coach Harry Welch’s teams have won 27 of their last 28 playoff games.
This is a rematch from a Week 4 Prep Zone showdown that saw the Eagles come away with a 35-27 victory. It was learned the next day that Eagles star quarterback Johnny Stanton was lost for the season with a torn ACL.
Even without Stanton, the Eagles were able to get through the regular season with just two losses and into the PAC-5 quarterfinals.
Furthermore, Therrien’s bunch, the No. 1 seed in the PAC-5 isn’t getting any favors as far as traveling goes. When the two teams locked horns earlier this season, the game was played at Saddleback College. This time around, it will be played at Trabuco Hills High School – just a 228-mile journey round trip for St. Bonaventure.
Almost Conner Manning and El Toro’s pursuit of continuing their dream season came to an end in the first round last week with a 38-13 loss to the Santa Margarita Eagles.
Entering the game, Manning was 345 yards shy of breaking the Orange County career passing record owned by Matt Barkley. Manning finished with 322 yards and two touchdowns.
The record belongs to Barkley for now, but he was aware his record may have been in jeopardy.
“Someone mentioned it on Twitter,” Barkley said. “I’ve been following him for a while actually. He had an explosive year, so props to him.
“I don’t care (about the record). It’s going to be broken eventually.”
Manning closes his career with 9,449 career passing yards. Barkley’s Orange County record is 9,471 yards.
Upset Alert Two No. 1 seeds were bounced in the first round. In the Central Division, Summit (9-2) fell 22-3 to Paloma Valley (8-3).
In the Northern Division, Palmdale (10-1) gave up a season-high 26 points to Atascadero (5-6) in a 26-7 first round loss.
None of the No. 2 seeds were upset in the first round.
Familiar Foe When Santa Monica (8-3) enters Serra for a quarterfinal matchup in the Western Division, it will be very familiar for Vikings senior quarterback Ryan Barbarin.
Barbarin and Serra junior quarterback Jalen Greene started at quarterback for Serra (9-2) on the lower levels at one time. In 2010, Greene went 10-0 with the freshman team and Barbarin went 10-0 on JV.
They were in a quarterback battle at the beginning of last season with Greene getting the edge. Barbarin then found his way to Santa Monica. They’ll go head-to-head on Friday for the right to go to the semifinals.
Welcome to the Show The Marmonte League replaced the Sunset League in the PAC-5 this season and in their playoff debut, they didn’t have very much success.
Oaks Christian (8-3), Moorpark (8-3) and Westlake (6-5) all suffered first-round losses. The Lions suffered a one-point defeat to Notre Dame (8-3), 28-27. Oaks Christian had an opportunity to tie the game with 1:19 left but missed a PAT and lost in the first round of the playoffs for the first time in school history.
It’s shocking that it was a special teams blunder that led to the loss, considering under first year head coach Jeff Woodruff, the Lions spend at least a half hour dedicated to special teams every day.
Defending Northern Division Champion, Westlake and Moorpark lost by a combined score of 84-24.
St. Bonaventure was the lone Marmonte league team to advance to the quarterfinals.
The Second Time’s A … Centennial (4-7) defeated El Segundo (7-4) earlier this season in a Pioneer League game, 27-12 – on the field, that is. The Apaches learned they had to forfeit the game because of an ineligible player.
The win, by forfeit, helped the Eagles secure a playoff spot and left the Apaches on the outside looking in.
The week prior to the Apaches taking on El Segundo, a Centennial player was ejected from their game against Torrance, but first-year head coach Russell Shaw says he wasn’t aware of it. He says he wasn’t told by the player or any official.
CIF Rules state if you’re ejected from a game, you must sit out the following game. Since Shaw wasn’t aware that player was ejected against Torrance, the player, who Shaw says is a backup, was in the rotation against El Segundo, making him ineligible and resulting in a forfeit.
Centennial’s playoff hopes were thought to be done at that point but they were awarded an at-large berth. On Friday, they’ll take on El Segundo in a quarterfinal game in the Northwest Division and hope to come away with a win that counts.
Wolitarsky Watch Canyon (8-2-1) wide receiver Drew Wolitarsky was just three catches behind Steve Smith to become the state leader in career receptions entering Friday night’s game. On his fourth catch of the night, he broke Smith’s record of 271 career receptions in the Cowboys 42-9 first round win over San Luis Obispo (6-5). He finished the game with nine receptions for 128 yards and two touchdowns. He now has 85 catches for 1,237 yards and 14 touchdowns on the season.
Earlier this season, Wolitarsky became the state’s career leader in receiving yards. Another record previously owned by Smith.
Week 11 Top Performers Alemany (9-2) wide receiver Steven Mitchell caught four passes for 216 yards and a touchdown in the 42-14 win over Moorpark…Chaminade (10-1) running back Donovan Lee scored three touchdowns – one rushing and two kickoff returns – in the 64-11 first-round win over Oxnard Pacifica (4-7)…Canyon wide receiver Drew Wolitarsky, yes, it deserves another mention. The Cowboys senior wide receiver became the state’s all-time leader in receptions passing the mark set by current St. Louis Rams and former USC and Taft star Steve Smith of 271. Wolitarsky now has 277 career receptions.