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GAME OF THE WEEK: HART (8-3) at CHINO (8-3) at 7:30 p.m.
Player to watch: Ryan Wolfe Ryan Wolfe is a fictional character in the show , portrayed by American actor Jonathan Togo. Characterization
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The team's second-leading returning receiver from last season, Wolfe made his debut last week after recovering from summer knee surgery. The 6-foot-3, 180-pound junior caught three passes for 84 yards, including an 18-yard TD.
Key stat: 6
Consecutive games in which Hart has scored 40 points or more.
Why Hart will win: After starting the season with three consecutive losses against opponents all currently ranked among the top six in the state by Cal-Hi Sports, Hart has won eight in a row. QB Sean Norton, coming off a 345-yard, five-TD performance last week, has completed 63 percent of his passes for 2,971 yards and 34 TDs. Kevin Ciccone (57 receptions, 12 TDs) is among the state's top WRs. LB Brian Elledge has more than 100 tackles.
Why Chino will win: One of the state's most consistent winning programs, Chino has advanced to a section final four times in the past six seasons, including a loss to national power Mission Viejo Mission Vi·e·jo
A community of southern California southeast of Irvine. It is mainly residential. Population: 96,300. in the 2001 Div. II championship; Chino also is the last school to defeat Mission Viejo, which has now won 39 in a row. RB/DB Shawn Oatis, a junior who is the team's only two-way starter, has rushed for 1,234 yards and scored 15 TDs since taking over at RB in Week 3. He also has 66 tackles. LB Christian Lopez Christian Lopez (born 15 March 1953 in Aïn Témouchent, Algeria) is a retired football defender from France, who earned 39 caps (one goal) for the France national football team from 1975 to 1982, and participated in two World Cups (1978 and 1982). has 108 tackles. DLs Jordan Robinson (9.5 sacks) and Albert Harto (8.5 sacks) are strong pass rushers.
Last week: Hart beat Upland 56-14; Chino beat Burbank 28-7.
Perspective: While Chino has qualified for four championship games since 1997, Hart has won four titles and made five appearances in the finals. Chino won the Div. II title in 1997 and finished second in 1998, 2000 and 2001. Hart won four consecutive Div. III titles from 1998 to 2001 until moving to Div. II last year; both were eliminated by Mission Viejo last season, Chino in the semifinals and Hart in the championship game.
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at ONTARIO CHRISTIAN (9-2) at 7:30 p.m.
Player to watch: Chris Stevens Chris Stevens may refer to:
Stevens has strength and speed - a defensive lineman who also runs track. He rushed for 175 yards and two touchdowns, including a 90-yard scoring run, all in the first half against Salesian before developing a stomach ailment ail·ment
A physical or mental disorder, especially a mild illness. that caused him to miss the rest of the game. On defense, he'll also be counted on to create holes that would allow linebackers to make the big plays Mojave needs.
Key stat: 24
The number of seniors Mojave graduated from last year's team that reached the Div. XII semifinals, which would make a quarterfinal upset victory that much sweeter.
Why Mojave will win: Mojave prides itself on being able to stop the run, and if the Mustangs can solve the complexities of the Knights' Wing-T offense, a system they haven't yet seen, they could have a chance. Mojave has established a strong tradition under coach Larry Satterfield, making the playoffs for a sixth consecutive season, and is in the quarterfinals for the fifth time in the past six years.
Why Ontario Christian will win: The defending Div. XII champions are on a roll, averaging 39.9 points on their current seven-game winning streak Noun 1. winning streak - a streak of wins
streak, run - an unbroken series of events; "had a streak of bad luck"; "Nicklaus had a run of birdies" . An intensely physical team on both sides of the ball, the Knights seem to be getting better from one week to the next, a fact that doesn't bode well for Mojave.
Outlook: Mojave is probably the only Southern Section to team that's still playing after an 0-4 start, and seems to get better each week. The Mustangs have won six of their past seven games and played their best game of the season on both sides of the ball last week in a 27-6 first-round playoff victory over Salesian of Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. . Mojave amassed 445 yards, including 401 rushing yards, behind a strong performance by the team's offensive line, and the Mustangs held Salesian to 33 rushing yards and just 128 yards of total offense. Mojave faces a much tougher opponent this week, though. Ontario Christian employs a Delaware Wing-T offense that features three primary threats: fullback Richard Owens Richard Owens (born November 4, 1980 in Middleburg, Florida) is an American football fullback and tight end for the St. Louis Rams of the National Football League (NFL). High School , tailback Adam Hutter, and wing back Phil Belko.
at WESTLAKE (11-0) 7:30 p.m.
Player to watch: Tahj Mowry Tahj Dayton Mowry (born May 17, 1986) is an American actor. Family
Tahj Mowry was born in Hawaii to Darlene Flowers, who manages her children's careers, and Timothy Mowry, who was in the armed services and later became a police officer in California. , RB, Westlake
Making people forget he was a television star on ``Smart Guy'' and think of him as a football player after two consecutive games with at least 150 yards.
Key stat: 49.5
Average points scored by Westlake over the past six games.
Why Redondo will win: This team is no slouch slouch
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v. . Redondo also is a league champion, winning the Ocean League. Its three losses were also to league champions: Mira Costa of Manhattan Beach Manhattan Beach, city (1990 pop. 32,063), Los Angeles co., S Calif., on Santa Monica Bay; inc. 1912. It is a residential and beach community with an oil refinery and nearby factories that produce transportation and electrical equipment, computers, and pottery. (11-0), St. Paul St. Paul
as a missionary he fearlessly confronts the “perils of waters, of robbers, in the city, in the wilderness.” [N.T.: II Cor. 11:26]
See : Bravery of Santa Fe Springs Santa Fe Springs, city (1990 pop. 15,520), Los Angeles co., SW Calif., inc. 1957. The city lies in an oil and natural gas region and has diversified manufacturing. (9-2) and Carson (8-3). But the only team with a winning record Redondo beat was Div. X Serra of Gardena.
Why Westlake will win: It's not ranked No. 1 in the area for nothing. The Warriors aren't just winning games, they are dominating. The past four victories have been by a minimum of 33 points. It's getting so easy that Westlake didn't even need to make much use of standout QB Rudy Carpenter last week, limiting him to 11-of-16 passing for 145 yards and three touchdowns.
Last week: Redondo beat Channel Islands of Oxnard 27-20; Westlake beat San Marcos San Marcos (săn mär`kəs).
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Perspective: Westlake, Moorpark and Agoura all are favored to win their second-round matchups, meaning there could be three Marmonte League The Marmonte League is a high school sports league primarily made up of schools from Ventura County. The Marmonte Leauge is part of the CIF Southern Section. Click here to view the league schedule. teams in the semifinals.
Outlook: Westlake in a romp as usual. Just write in Westlake for the Div. IV final right now. No need to use pencil.
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vs. LYNWOOD (10-0-1)
at Lynwood Middle School, 7:30 p.m.
Player to watch: Marlin Simmons, LB, Lynwood
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Key stat: 207
Rushing yards allowed by Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks to Lancaster in the first half last week (290 in the game), almost unheard of Not heard of; of which there are no tidings.
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Why Notre Dame will win: Maybe Lancaster was that wake-up call most teams go through on the way to a championship. Notre Dame did make clutch plays in the second half, the sign of a winner. The return of healthy RB Cary Harris (103 yards) in the second half was a good sign.
Why Lynwood will win: The record speaks for itself. Lynwood has scored at least 36 points seven times. QB Ashlee Palmer has impressed since the Hart passing league over the summer and joins RB Jared Duren as leaders of the offense. Marlin has two brothers, Marcello and Marcel, who also play on the defense.
Last week: Notre Dame beat Lancaster 35-27; Lynwood beat Peninsula of Palos Verdes Palos Verdes is often used to refer to a group of coastal cities on the Palos Verdes Peninsula in the Los Angeles/South Bay area of California. This affluent bedroom community is known for its dramatic views, good schools  extensive horse trails  38-28
Perspective: Lynwood's record is quite unscathed. It lost 30-27 to Dominguez of Compton before receiving a forfeit victory. Both Lynwood and Notre Dame are nicknamed the Knights.
Outlook: Notre Dame certainly looked beatable last week. Coach Kevin Rooney Kevin Rooney born on May 4, 1956 in Catskill, NY and is a boxing trainer and former boxer. Amateur Boxing Career
Rooney won the 1975 147lb Sub-Novice New York Golden Gloves Championship. Rooney defeated Kevin Higgins of West Point in the finals. is good at halftime adjustments, but Notre Dame no longer is in a position where it can play average in the first half and adjust in the second anymore.
MIRA COSTA (10-1)
at CHAMINADE (8-3) 7:30 p.m.
Player to watch: Marcus Everett, WR, Chaminade
Four catches for 214 yards and two touchdowns in the first round? Yeah, that will maintain his area lead in yards per catch.
Key stat: 601
Chaminade's total yards to beat Arcadia in the first round, a high on the season for the Eagles.
Why Mira Costa will win: Being the No. 1 seed in Southern Section Div. III is a decent reason. RB/LB Tyler Pringle is a one-man wrecking crew. He has 1,631 yards rushing and 16 touchdowns to go along with 110 tackles on defense. Mira Costa of Manhattan Beach has a stifling defense, allowing 10 of fewer points in eight games.
Why Chaminade will win: The Eagles of West Hills arguably will be the best team Mira Costa has faced this season. The offensive line - led by senior Adam Speer - was incredible last week, never letting a defender get close to disrupting QB Chris Turner
Chris Turner (born September 15, 1958 in Sheffield, where he attended Myers Grove School) is an English football manager. . If Turner has time to throw again, he could duplicate his school-record 455-yard performance and get Chaminade thinking upset.
Last week: Mira Costa beat Paramount 49-6; Chaminade beat Arcadia 56-32
Perspective: Chaminade is 4-1 at home this year, losing only to Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks. The Eagles have experience taking out an undefeated team, beating then-perfect St. Francis of La Canada 38-17 in Week 7.
Outlook: This is a tough draw for Chaminade to get the No. 1 seed in the second round. But an offensive team as hot as the Eagles must be a little scary for Mira Costa.
at MOORPARK (8-3) 7:30 p.m.
Player to watch: Chastin West, WR, Moorpark
Enters the playoffs with 534 yards and then has five catches for 111 yards and two touchdowns in the first round. That's clutch.
Key stat: 4
Consecutive years Moorpark has been in the playoffs. Combine that experience with approximately 30 seniors, and that's how Moorpark was able to pull a first-round upset.
Why Camarillo will win: Camarillo jelled at the end of the season and enters on a four-game winning streak. The main reason has been improved play from QB Donald Brown Donald E. Brown is an American professor of anthropology (emeritus). He worked at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is best known for his theoretical work regarding the existence, characteristics and relevance of universals of human nature. , who has thrown for 1,682 yards. Camarillo also has an opportunistic defense that returned two interceptions for touchdowns last week.
Why Moorpark will win: Moorpark is one of the top teams in the Marmonte League and Camarillo was a contending team in the Pacific View League. Simple as that. Camarillo is 0-2 against the Marmonte this year, losing to Agoura and Thousand Oaks Thousand Oaks, residential city (1990 pop. 104,352), Ventura co., S Calif., in a farm area; inc. 1964. Avocados, citrus, vegetables, strawberries, and nursery products are grown. , the seventh-place team in the league. RB Anthony Munoz has put together back-to-back 100-yard games after struggling against Agoura.
Last week: Camarillo beat Buena of Ventura 33-21; Moorpark beat Arroyo Grande 21-7
Perspective: Perhaps no team in the area gets a more accommodating second-round game than Moorpark, a reward for upsetting third-seeded Arroyo Grande last week.
Outlook: Moorpark should go into the semifinals for the second consecutive year, where it likely will run into old friend Westlake again.
at NO. 5 PALMDALE (10-1) at 7:30 p.m.
Player to watch: JaVonte Holmes, RB/WR, Palmdale
The speedy Holmes has scored 11 touchdowns in his past five games and Palmdale is feeding him the ball more each game. Last week, he carried the ball a season-high 24 times for 96 yards.
Key stat: 30
That's the number of passes Warren has completed all season.
Why Warren will win: After last-week's emotional victory and a potential rematch with Antelope Valley This article is about the Los Angeles County region. For the census-designated place in Wyoming, see Antelope Valley-Crestview, Wyoming.
The Antelope Valley next week in the semifinals, Palmdale could have a letdown.
Why Palmdale will win: Palmdale has outscored its past two opponents 116-0 and seems to be peaking at the right time. Last week, St. Francis of La Canada coach Jim Bonds called Palmdale's defense the best he'd seen all season.
Last week: Palmdale defeated St. Francis 26-0; Warren defeated Muir of Pasadena 15-14.
Perspective: Warren was the third-place team from the San Gabriel Valley The San Gabriel Valley is one of the principal valleys of southern California. It lies to the east of the city of Los Angeles, to the north of the Puente Hills, to the south of the San Gabriel Mountains, and to the west of the Inland Empire. League until Dominguez of Compton had to forfeit all of its nine victories for using an ineligible player. Palmdale has had three shutouts in a row and five on the season. The past three weeks, the Falcons have averaged 38.7 points a game.
Outlook: Palmdale's swarming defense relies on speed and intensity and should have no trouble shutting down a Warren team that struggled to score against bad teams. On the year, Warren is averaging only 22.2 points per game. Look for Palmdale to roll and maybe even post another shutout.
vs. SAN CLEMENTE San Clemente (săn klĭmĕn`tē), city (1990 pop. 41,100), Orange co., S Calif., on the Pacific coast; inc. 1928. Camp Pendleton, a large U.S. marine base, adjoins the city, which is chiefly residential. (8-3)
at College of the Canyons College of the Canyons is one of the fastest-growing community colleges in the state. According to the National Junior College Research Association, College of the Canyons consistently ranks in the top 50 community colleges in the nation. at 7:30 p.m.
Player to watch: Gary Cox, LB, Valencia
Cox, a junior, has come on strong and is approaching 100 tackles. He'll need to key on RB Cheyne Verhagen, one of Orange County's best.
Key stat: Minus-38
Rushing yards allowed by San Clemente during a first-round victory over Chino Hills last week.
Why Valencia will win: The team is hot. Michael Herrick has completed 66.1 percent of his passes for a school single-season record 2,998 yards and 21 TDs. Jeff Bomberger has rushed for 907 yards, caught 51 passes and scored 16 TDs. Geoff Tisdale has a Foothill League-record 11 INTs, and he's also a dangerous return specialist who had a 99-yard kickoff return for a TD last week.
Why San Clemente will win: Fourth-seeded San Clemente has won eight of its past nine, and overall the team is 4-1 on the road. Verhagen has rushed for 1,390 yards, caught 18 passes and scored 20 TDs. Cole Bergquist has passed for 1,881 yards and 16 TDs, with more than half his completions to Steve Melton Steve Melton (born October 3, 1978 in Lincoln, England) is a professional footballer currently playing with King's Lynn in the Southern League Premier Division, where he plays as a Midfielder.
Melton started his career back in 1996 as a trainee with Nottingham Forest. , who has 78 catches for 1,204 yards and 10 TDs. OL Chris Wilson has committed to Arizona. ``Our league is bit down this year, but we've beat some good teams,'' coach Eric Patton said. ``We've got to find a way to stop that sophomore quarterback. They run a West Coast offense, but that's what we do, too, so we're used to it.''
Last week: Valencia beat Claremont 42-6; San Clemente beat Chino Hills 42-10.
Perspective: Valencia can avenge a loss to San Clemente in the first round last year. Two of Valencia's three losses this season were by one point, and the other was a 42-35 loss to Hart. The team has scored at least five TDs in five of the past six games. Bomberger needs 93 yards rushing to become one of the few in Southern Section history to rush for 1,000 yards and catch 50 passes in the same season; no one from the Santa Clarita Valley The Santa Clarita Valley is the valley of the Santa Clara River in Southern California. It stretches through Los Angeles County and Ventura County. Its main population center is the city of Santa Clarita. The valley was part of the 48,612-acre (19,672. and surrounding areas has accomplished the feat.
at CANYON (10-1) at 7:30 p.m.
Player to watch: Chachi Spann, DL, Canyon
Spann is among California's leaders with 18 sacks, including seven in the past three games.
Key stat: 30.1
Canyon's average margin of victory. Eight of the team's 10 wins have been by four touchdowns or more.
Why Canyon will win: Canyon, led by QB Nate Longshore Nate Longshore (born June 30, 1986 in Canyon Country, California, U.S.) is an American football quarterback for the California Golden Bears. Longshore was an Elite-11 quarterback in high school and a 4-star recruit rated by Rivals.com and Scout.com."How Far ... , RB Louis Montano and WR Sean Coen, is much more explosive and versatile. Longshore long·shore
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[Short for alongshore.] has passed for 2,912 yards and 31 touchdowns, both school single-season records. Montano has rushed for 1,331 yards and scored 30 TDs this season, 52 in his career. Coen is having one of the finest seasons in regional history, catching 92 passes for 1,313 yards and 15 TDs. He could become just the second area player ever to have 100 receptions in a season. Canyon also has an improving defense, sparked by LB Andrew Schantz and DL Spann. Schantz has committed to San Diego San Diego (săn dēā`gō), city (1990 pop. 1,110,549), seat of San Diego co., S Calif., on San Diego Bay; inc. 1850. San Diego includes the unincorporated communities of La Jolla and Spring Valley. Coronado is across the bay. State.
Why Damien will win: No opponent has scored more than three touchdowns in a game against Damien of La Verne La Verne (lə vûrn), city (1990 pop. 30,897), Los Angeles co., S Calif., a suburb of Los Angeles; inc. 1906. La Verne, which began as a citrus-processing center, now has varied manufacturing, including electronic components, apparel, hand , a strong defensive team led by LBs Joey Rios and Steve Trojanowski. Rios has 86 tackles, and Trojanowski has 76 even though he didn't break into the lineup until Week 4. Ian Johnson Ian Johnson may refer to:
Last week: Canyon beat Capistrano Valley 51-14; Damien beat Etiwanda 35-24.
Perspective: Etiwanda is a common opponent. Canyon beat Etiwanda 48-7 in Week 3, and Damien won 35-24 in the first round of the playoffs last week. After starting the season 1-3, Damien has won six of its past seven. Since a 35-point loss to Hart, Canyon has won five in a row and hasn't been held to fewer than 39 points.
ST. PAUL of Santa Fe Springs (9-2)
at ANTELOPE VALLEY (8-3) at 7:30 p.m.
Player to watch: Matthew Parent, FB/LB, St. Paul
Parent has become the Swordsmen's main offensive weapon since junior Dwight Tardy tar·dy
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2. Moving slowly; sluggish. broke his ankle two weeks ago. But that doesn't mean the 6-foot-3, 243-pound senior is a back-up. Parent is a Division I prospect and gained 163 yards on 14 carries last week against Glendale.
Key stat: 13
Number of players who have scored at least one touchdown for St. Paul this season.
Why St. Paul will win: QB Miguel Rios (877 yards) isn't a big-play threat but has been solid all year and isn't prone to mistakes. Parent is unlike any other running back A.V. has seen and if Rios keeps the defense honest with his passing, A.V. will have trouble keeping St. Paul's
Why Antelope Valley will win: No matter how good Parent or backup Diego Meza (123 yards, 11 carries last week) are, losing Tardy (837 yards, 11 TDs) was a big blow that disrupts the continuity of St. Paul's balanced offensive attack.
Last week: Antelope Valley defeated Beverly Hills Beverly Hills, city (1990 pop. 31,971), Los Angeles co., S Calif., completely surrounded by the city of Los Angeles; inc. 1914. The largely residential city is home to many motion-picture and television personalities. 44-21; St. Paul defeated Glendale 46-17.
Perspective: Second-seeded St. Paul has won eight consecutive games since losing to Long Beach Poly in Week 3. A.V. has won three in a row since an upset loss to Lancaster in Week 8. They have no common opponents, but St. Paul defeated Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks 24-21, a team that beat Palmdale 35-21. A.V. lost to Palmdale 17-14.
Outlook: It's almost imperative that A.V. gets an early lead so that RB Kreig Peters can move the ball and eat time off the clock. If St. Paul gets off to a good start, it will be difficult for A.V. to come back. Look for a close, exciting game to be decided by the running games. A.V. can win, but the Antelopes will have to play their best game of the year.
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Player to watch: Anyone on Loyola handed the ball on a running play.
In last week's 49-7 victory over Esperanza, 10 Cubs running backs combined for 283 yards. George Hypolite led the charge with 99 yards on 12 carries and two TDs.
Key stat: 10
Number of players to carry the ball in Loyola's opening-round rout, with six of them scoring touchdowns.
Why Loyola will win: Well, it already did so two weeks ago, beating Bishop Amat of La Puente La Puente (lä pwĕn`tē), city (1990 pop. 36,955), Los Angeles co., S Calif., a suburb of Los Angeles; laid out 1841, inc. 1956. Primarily residential, the city manufactures hardware, electronics, and paper products. in the final game of the regular season to win the Serra League. The defense was stellar in the first round, holding Esperanza to 168 yards. QB Scott Deke deke
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n. is ready to complement the running game, completing 7 of 9 passes for 125 yards last week.
Why Bishop Amat will win: There's always the thought that it is difficult to beat the same team twice, especially when it is in the span of two weeks. Bishop Amat showed the ability to bounce back last week against a favored Lakewood team. Lakewood was up by four and went for it on fourth-and-goal from the Bishop Amat 1 late in the third quarter, only to be stopped and have Bishop Amat drive 99 yards.
Last week: Loyola of Los Angeles beat Esperanza 49-7; Bishop Amat beat Lakewood 35-18
Perspective: Despite beating Bishop Amat 28-5 two weeks ago, Loyola isn't likely to overlook the team. The Cubs were in Bishop Amat's situation last year in the second round, playing against St. John Bosco "Don Bosco" redirects here. For other uses, see Bosco (disambiguation).
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Outlook: With five victories in a row against stiff competition, Loyola is one of the hottest teams in Southern California Southern California, also colloquially known as SoCal, is the southern portion of the U.S. state of California. Centered on the cities of Los Angeles and San Diego, Southern California is home to nearly 24 million people and is the nation's second most populated region, . The second seed should advance.
VILLAGE CHRISTIAN (9-2)
vs. VASQUEZ (8-3), at Quartz Hill at 7:30 p.m.
Player to watch: Kyle Jensen, QB, Vasquez.
Jensen has mastered the team's newly implemented spread offense, passing for 2,080 yards and 21 touchdowns, and rushing for 620 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Key stat: 34.5
Village Christian's average margin of victory in its current six-game winning streak, during which time the Crusaders have outscored their opponents 256-49.
Why Vasquez will win: Homefield advantage means most when an opponent is out of its element, and with Antelope Valley temperatures expected to dip into dip into
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The temperature of windless air that would have the same effect on exposed human skin as a given combination of wind speed and air temperature. - Village Christian will be playing in weather conditions it doesn't often experience in Sun Valley. If the Crusaders have any weakness, it's that they're at times prone to fumbles, and the chill could make it that much harder to hold onto the football.
Why Village Christian will win: The Crusaders offense is as balanced as it is dominant. Quarterback Jake Hagedorn has passed for 1,852 yards and 17 touchdowns, and running back Jason Christensen has rushed for 1,333 and 20 touchdowns. If Village Christian can adjust to the spread - an offense that's created matchup problems for several opponents - and contain Jensen, the Crusaders should breeze past Vasquez no matter how cold it is.
Outlook: Vasquez is enjoying its winningest season, and is in the quarterfinals for the first time in school history. However, the Mustangs will need to play a virtually perfect game to have any chance against area power Village Christian, a team with more balance and more talent than the Mustangs have yet seen.
- Ross Siler and Gerry Gittelson contributed to this report.
Hart's offensice line will have its hands full protecting QB Sean Norton against Chino's pass rushing.
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