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December 11, 2008

 

By Adam C. Warner and Jimmy Oliver

SportsPower Correspondents

 

Class 5A – Div. 1 Semifinals

Allen Eagles (13-1) vs. Stony Point Tigers (13-1) Tigers, Dec. 13: All eyes are on Allen this week after the squad beat state and national power Trinity, 34-21, to advance to the Div. 1 semifinals. Buoyed by quarterback Tucker Carter and Jeremiah Williams, Allen’s offensive attack is potent through the air and on the ground. Allen is back in the semifinals after falling to state power Southlake Caroll in ’03 and ’06. Meanwhile, Stony Point enters on the heels of an 11-game winning streak and has been dominating opponents in the playoffs by outscoring them 128-34. Stony Point is very sound defensively with linebacker P.L. Lindley and safety Kevin White heading the group. Offensively, watch for RB Glasco Martin, RB Stephen Williams and QB Nyk McKissic to be major factors in the contest.

 

Hightower Hurricanes (12-0) vs. Clark Cougars (13-1), Dec. 13: Two teams that love to run the ball will meet on the gridiron on Saturday for the chance to land a championship berth. Hightower is coming off a 38-21 win over Pearland and can set a school mark for most victories in a season with a win this weekend. The Hurricanes are led by standout QB A.J. Highsmith, who is a dual threat whenever he has the ball. Meanwhile, Clark features one of the top rushing units in the state and will try to control the clock. The Cougars average over 300 yards per game on the ground and will be carried by RB Jock Tilghman, who has over 2,200 yards so far this season.

 

Class 5A – Div. II Semifinals

Wylie Pirates (12-2) vs. Copperas Cove (13-1), Dec. 13: Two offensive juggernauts battle for a spot in the championship at Waco ISD Stadium on Saturday. Headed by dynamic back Nick Knott (15 rushes for 159 yards last week vs. Cedar Hill) and QB Jerod Monk, who can torch defenses with his strong and accurate arm, Wylie has been hard to contain all season long. Knott can also pound for short yardage or break open big gains. On the other side, Copperas Cove will likely rely on running back William Wright to control the pace of the game. Wright has tallied 430 yards and five scores in just his last two games. While Copperas Cove has been to the last 4A title games, Wylie went just 5-6 last year and has experienced an unprecedented turnaround. This one shapes up to be a classic.

 

Katy Tigers (11-3) vs. Smithson Valley Rangers (13-1), Dec. 13: Saturday’s semifinal will be a showdown of storied programs. After a rough 0-2 start to the season, Katy is back on track and playing its best football of the season. Including a 42-0 win over La Porte last week, the Tigers have allowed just 24 points in four postseason games. Katy will be going for its fourth state title within the last decade while Smithson Valley hopes to earn its first, despite winning five Region 4 titles. The Katy rush defense has been excellent and will need a top-notch performance against RB Robbie Mecke to prevail. Katy RB Michael Webb will be key as well. The standout has rushed for more than 100 yards in all four postseason victories.

 

Class 4A – Division I Semifinals

Guyer Wildcats (12-2) vs. Longview Lobos (12-2), Dec. 13: Two high-scoring squads meet in the semifinals after squeaking out quarterfinal shootout wins. Guyer will likely depend on RB Jaimaine Wilhite and QB J.W. Walsh to carry the load on offense. Guy averages just over 410 yards per game, including 285 on the ground. Meanwhile, Longview is headed by the offensive duo of RB Tyler McCray and QB Aaron Johnson. Both teams average nearly identical rushing stats, so the defense that can come up with stops and some turnovers will likely propel its team to victory.

 

Friendswood Mustangs (11-1) vs. Lake Travis Cavaliers (14-0), Dec. 13: While Friendswood squeaked into the semifinal, Lake Travis is hitting on all cylinders. Friendswood beat Central, 20-19, last week while Lake Travis trounced Kileen, 71-9. The Cavaliers have won 28 straight games behind star QB Garrett Gilbert, who threw for four TDs last week in the 62-point win. Friendswood QB Jacob Karam is a standout too, and has over 3,000 yards and 37 TDs on the year. Friendswood WR Andre Gautreaux is a stud and has tallied 1,165 yards and 17 TDs. The Friendswood defense is a cause for concern as the unit has allowed 27.6 ppg in the regular season. It could be a long day if they can’t shut down Lake Travis' potent offensive attack.

 

Class 4A – Division II Semifinals

Everman Bulldogs (14-0) vs. Sulphur Springs Wildcats (12-2), Dec. 13: With a potent rushing attack, the Bulldogs will look to take a bite out of the Wildcats’ defense this weekend. WR Chris Franklin is a standout offensively as well, while DB Cory Franklin, LB Lee Langston and teammate Devin Woods are physical and can fly to the ball. The Wildcats rely heavily on do-it-all QB Tyrik Rollison. The standout accounted for seven touchdowns last week and had 387 yards passing. And with speedster RB Ryan Young making defenders miss left and right, Sulphur Springs will be hard-pressed to miss out on a championship berth. 

 

Dayton Broncos (12-1) vs. Tivy Antlers (12-2), Dec. 13: Dayton QB Cody Green is a standout as a dual threat. Green had 259 yards rushing and two scores plus 71 yards passing and two more touchdowns last week in a 42-21 win over Brenham. The signal-caller will be called on once again to have a repeat performance. All the while, Tivy QB Colton Palmer is very similar to his rival. Last week, Palmer threw for 250 yards and three scores to lead his side to a 45-14 win over Hendrickson. Despite giving up 30 points per game in the regular season, the Tivy defense has held playoff opponents to just 13 points per outing. They will certainly need another strong postseason showing to survive against a formidable Dayton team.

 

Class 3A - Division II Semifinals

Liberty Hill Panthers (14-0) vs. Celina Bobcats (11-3), Dec. 13: Liberty Hill is coming off a convincing 48-27 win over Bridgeport, while Celina is fresh off a huge 55-13 win over Kaufman.  The key to this game will be which team can put together a consistent, time-consuming rushing attack as both teams run the ball well. The Panthers are riding the coattails of a 38-game winning streak and Celina would love to put an end to that streak. This is also a rematch of the ’06 3A Division II title game, which saw the Panthers take home the title. .

 

Carthage Bulldogs (12-2) vs. Giddings Buffaloes (11-3), Dec. 13: This game comes down to offense vs. defense.  Despite a banged up Dwight Smith at running back, Cathage features a dynamic offense that frequently racks up first downs. Smith has rushed for over 2,000 yards and 33 touchdowns so far this season. Meanwhile, Giddings can come away as victors with another top-notch defensive performance. The Buffaloes have have forced five turnovers in the playoffs so far and will need to come away with some more this week to reach the finals. 

 

Class 3A - Division I Semifinals

Prosper Eagles (13-1) vs. La Vega Pirates (12-2): If Prosper can stop La Vega RB Chris Parr from having a big day, they will be favored to come away as victors this weekend.  Parr, after sitting out the entire regular season, is fresh and looking to make an impact.  In his first two playoff games, the standout back has rushed for six touchdowns. Another key area will be to see if La Vega can stop the two-headed rushing attack of Bryan Monroe and Hunter Nix. This has the makings to be a grind it out battle and it will be interesting to see who will be left standing at the end.

 

Class 2A - Division II Semifinals

Daingerfield Tigers (13-1) vs. Blanco Panthers (14-0): This matchup is all about two defensive juggernauts going head-to-head.  Daingerfield has three shutouts this season and hasn't allowed more than 18 points since Sept. 26. Meanwhile, Blanco has five shutouts to its name and hasn't allowed more than 21 points to a team all season. With the game being played in Texas Stadium, think the kids are going to be pumped for this one?

 

Class 2A - Division I Semifinals

Muleshoe Mules (14-0) vs. Kirbyville Wildcats (13-0): Muleshoe has a tough and strong defense as evidenced by the team giving up just 27 in the last three playoff games.  Kirbyville coach Jack Alvarez recently told the Beaumont Enterprise that, “[Muleshoe] has some of the best tacklers I’ve seen all year”.  That's saying a lot, seeing that the Wildcats have played some tough teams like Arp and Newton. Muleshoe is led by QB Wes Wood, who has thrown for 61 touchdowns this year.  On the other side, the Wildcats can grind it out with their strong running game to eat up the clock and move the chains.  This is going to be another great Texas showdown.

 

To contact editor Adam C. Warner, send an e-mail to adam.warner@activenetwork.com.

 

 

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By Adam C. Warner

SportsPower Editor

 

PIAA Class AAAA Championship

Bethlehem Liberty Hurricanes (14-1) vs. Bethel Park Black Hawks (15-0), Dec. 13 at Hersheypark Stadium: It’s a battle of dominant teams looking for their first ever PIAA state title. Liberty is no stranger to success as they are now making a third finals appearance in the last four years. Liberty loves to run the football, so expect plenty of carries from Brendan Brader, Anthony Gonzales and Daryl Klotz. The unit averages over 250 yards per game. Brader has racked up 1,885 yards and 23 scores, while Gonzales has 1,500 yards and 21 touchdowns on the season, so Bethel Park will have more than one standout to contend with. Meanwhile, WPIAL champ Bethel Park is playing in its first PIAA title game in school history. The squad is dynamic on both sides of the ball and will be led by QB Erik Olson (1,800 yards passing and 21 touchdowns), RB Lyle Marsh (1,300 yards rushing and 20 scores) and all-state wideout John Schademan (51 rec. 1100 yards, 15 TDs). Bethel Park features a very balanced offense that can hit you both ways. This one shapes up to go down to the wire as two even teams square off for the championship.

 

PIAA Class AAA Championship

Archbishop Wood Vikings (12-2) vs. Thomas Jefferson Jaguars (14-1), Dec. 12 at Hersheypark Stadium: It’s a battle of a newcomer against a seasoned squad in the Class AAA title game. This season, the Vikings set a school record for victories with 12 and hope to cap off the season with 13 and a championship. By leaning on its strong rushing attack, Wood averages 320 total yards per game, with 225 coming behind the trio of Sean Cunningham, Sean McCartney and Nick Devine. Cunningham has racked up nearly 1,750 yards plus 26 scores this year on the ground, while McCartney has 12 touchdowns on the year at QB with 1,300 yards passing (and almost an 80 percent completion rate, too). Wood’s defense, led by Scott Atkins, has been lethal, and has allowed just 8.5 ppg. On the other hand, Thomas Jefferson has been in the last six WPIAL title games and has won the last three. On Friday, they will be going for their third PIAA championship. Jefferson is a multi-dimensional team that can run and throw with great success. The unit is headed by standout RB Brian Baldrige, who has nearly 2,200 yards on the ground and 34 touchdowns. QB Tyler Wehner is another weapon and has rushed for 670 yards and 10 scores while passing for 2,500 yards and 30 touchdowns altogther. WR Dan Virgin is another go-to guy and has just over 1,000 yards and 12 scores. Will TJ continue its postseason reign or will the new kid on the block crash the party?

 

PIAA Class AA Championship

West Catholic Burrs (14-1) vs. Wilmington Greyhounds (14-1), Dec. 13 at Hersheypark Stadium: Two unlikely participants will be battling for the state championship on Saturday in Hershey. West Catholic, a squad new to the PIAA this season, has one of the top offenses in the state and averages 50 points per game. As the highest-scoring Philadelphia Catholic League offense of all-time, West Catholic loves to run the ball and on average, rack up nearly 370 yards per game, including 82 rushing scores. Rob Hollomon (1,800 yards rushing and a PCL record of 41 scores) leads the way for West, while Raymond Maples (1,130 yards, 16 touchdowns) and QB Curtis Drake (1,500 yards rushing, 1,300 passing and 36 total touchdowns) also are impact players. Meanwhile, Wilmington is playing in the PIAA title game for first time since 1988. The squad is coming off an upset win over 13-time WPIAL champ Aliquippa and will hope for the momentum to continue. Wilmington runs a Wing-T offense and relies heavily on its ground attack behind Derrick Burns (1,500 yards and 20 scores) and Sutton Whiting (830 yards and 12 touchdowns). QB Shane Wagner (1,400 yards and 21 touchdowns vs. 2 INTs) should also play a major factor in this one, which shapes up to be a great matchup.

 

PIAA Class A Championship

Steelton-Highspire Steamrollers (15-0) vs. Clairton Bears (15-0), Dec. 12 at Hersheypark Stadium: It’s a battle of unbeaten teams on Friday night as two dominant squads go head-to-head. Steel-High is currently riding a 24-game winning streak, which is best in the state right now, and will be going for back-to-back state titles. Led by standout running back Jeremiah Young, the Steamrollers' offense averages 35 points per game. Young is the Keystone State’s all-time leading rusher and this season he has racked up 2,730 yards and 30 touchdowns, making it the third straight year he has gone over the 2,000-yard rushing mark. QB Andre Campbell is a dual threat and has over 500 rush yards and nearly 1,000 passing yards and will likely be a force for the Rollers. All the while, Clairton is making its first state finals appearance in school history thanks to a defense that has been downright lethal. The unit has held 14 of 15 opponents to seven points or less, and overall, allow just 3.8 points per game. Additionally, the Bears have shut out eight opponents this year and have allowed just 57 points all season. The Clairton offense is strong as well and average nearly 40 points per game. The group is headed by RB Deontae Howard (1650 yards and 24 TDs) and QB Troy Webb, who is filling in for injured QB Andrew Currington. WR Kevin Weatherspoon is a big-time threat and has 54 rec. for 1,500 yards and 25 scores this year.

 

 

 

 

 

To contact editor Adam C. Warner, send an e-mail to adam.warner@activenetwork.com.

 

 

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By Ryan Rohde

SportsPower Correspondent

 

Champions will be crowned in Georiga, Florida and North Carolina this week. From Bolles to Pine Forest and to Camden County,  newcomers and perennial powers alike will be featured throughout the region this weekend. 

 

Florida

Class 6A Semifinals

Miami Northwestern Bulls (12-1) vs. Miramar Patriots (11-2), Dec. 12: Miramar has had its share of close games the past three weeks. The Patriots have ended the seasons for Carol City, Cypress Bay, and Deerfield Beach by a combined 11 points. QB Eugene Smith has been responsible for the fourth quarter magic that has the Patriots in the semifinals. Meanwhile, Northwestern is closing in on its third straight 6A title. The Bulls have been impressive this postseason by beating Columbus, Central and Killian. RB Daquan Hargrett has been impressive as usual and the Bulls defense held Killian to just 15 points last week. Miramar is going to need some more fourth quarter magic to take down the Northwestern this weekend. 

 

Class 5A Semifinals

Lakeland Dreadnaughts (13-0) vs. Pine Forest Eagles (12-0), Dec. 12: Lakeland is one of the most successful programs in the nation, let alone the state. The ‘Naughts have won six state titles and two national titles as well. Last week, Lakeland used a myriad of running backs to post over 300 total rushing yards and four rushing scores. Meanwhile, the defense controlled the line of scrimmage and held an explosive Chamberlain team scoreless until 3:30 left in the third. Pine Forest has exceeded expectations after a 6-5 season a year ago. The offensive is potent with 21 points being its lowest output all season. The Eagles look to make a little history of their own as they try to continue their dream season.

 

Class 4A Semifinals

Plant Panthers (12-1) vs. Dwyer Panthers (12-1), Dec. 12: Plant has been just fine without star QB Aaron Murray. The Panthers took down top-seeded and Tampa area rival Armwood last weekend, 17-14. The Plant defense may be tops in the state. The unit has allowed just 28 points this postseason and has held strong while backup QB Philip Ely has thrown for 2,000 yards and 20 touchdowns since Murray went down midseason. Dwyer features Palm Beach County player of the year Matt Elam. Elam has been ferocious on both sides of the ball. He has posted over 1,000 total yards as a receiver and running back and posted 82 tackles as a linebacker and defensive back. The Panthers will rely heavily on Elam if they want to take out Plant.

 

Class 2A Championship

Bolles Bulldogs (13-0) vs. Gulliver Prep (11-1), Dec. 13: The Bulldogs are going after their ninth title in school history this weekend. Last week, Bolles stunned nationally ranked Madison County, 21-7. Junior RB Jawan Jamison rushed for 193 yards and two touchdowns in last week's semifinals. The defense did their part by keeping Madison County RB Chris Thompson in check while Jamison controlled the clock. Meanwhile, Gulliver Prep's offense has been explosive all year. QB Michael Strauss has completed over 73 percent of his passes and has thrown for 3,024 yards and 32 scores. RB Darian Mallary might be the most underrated back in the Miami area. The 5-7, 180 lbs. senior has put up over 1,600 yards and 14 touchdowns. Look for this one to go back and forth in a close battle. 

 

Class 2B Championship

Trinity Catholic Celtics (12-1) vs. Pahokee Blue Devils (11-2), Dec. 13: Pahokee has long been the class of 2B. The Blue Devils have won the past two championships and three of the last four. Two of those games were played between these same two teams with Trinity winning the title in ’05 and Pahokee exacting revenge the next year. RB Vincent Smith has been solid all year and contributed 184 yards in last week's 30-0 win over Frostproof. The battle to watch will be Trinity’s offensive line against Pahokee’s massive defensive line. The Celtic front five has allowed just four sacks all season while opening holes for the ground game, which is averaging 7.2 yards a carry. The big guys up front have the task of controlling a Pahokee squad that allowed just 14 points all postseason long. This game will be won in the trenches.

 

Georgia

Class AAAAA Championship

Peachtree Ridge Lions (12-2) vs. Camden County Wildcats (14-0), Dec. 13: Peachtree Ridge has returned to its second title game in three years. The last showing for the Lions ended with a co-championship when the game ended in a 14-14 tie to Roswell. This year’s version has relied on great defense. LSU commit LB Kevin Minter leads a defense that has posted two shutouts in the playoffs. Camden County has dominated opponents all season long and last week's semifinal was no different. The Wildcats outgained Newnan 122-19 in the first half and led 20-0 after the first quarter. QB Christian Milstead leads an offense that averages 44 points a contest. This game is set up for a grudge match of one great offense vs. one great defense.

 

Class AAAA Championship

Tucker Tigers (13-1) vs. Marist War Eagles (13-1), Dec. 12: Tucker will need to avenge its only loss of the season if it wants to win its first-ever state title. The Tigers fell to Marist, 38-0, on Sept. 26. Tiger RB Drayton Calhoun has tremendous speed and committed to LSU. Linebacker Jonathan Davis is a big-time prospect and has great sideline to sideline speed. Marist, meanwhile, has shown they can win with defense. The War Eagles won a very physical game over Rome, 19-17,  to reach the championship. The Marist defense held Rome’s P.J. Green to just 33 yards rushing. These teams know each other all to well and don’t expect the same result as the regular season matchup.

 

Class AAA Championship

Cairo Syrupmakers (14-0) vs. Flowery Branch Falcons (12-2), Dec. 13: Cairo exacted a matter of revenge last week to reach the title game for the second consecutive year. The Syrupmakers defeated defending champs Carver-Columbus, 42-13, in a rematch of last season's title match. QB Angelo Pease threw two touchdowns and ran for two more. Cairo showed why they have been on top of the rankings all season long. Flowery Beach, meanwhile, has had quite a different road. The program commenced in '02 and had to win all of this year’s playoff games on the road, including last week's 28-0 win over LaGrange. The unranked Falcons are led by Georgia Tech commit FB Daniel Drummond, who ran for 248 yards on 22 carries in the semis. Drummond has not garnered the respect he deserved until his performance in the playoffs. That could change on Saturday.

 

Class AA Championship

Calhoun Yellow Jackets (12-2) vs. Buford Wolves (14-0), Dec. 12: Buford has been crushing teams all season on its way to a second consecutive title game. The Wolves have a chance to capture their fifth title this decade. Buford has also been making history and has had an easy time doing so. They are only the sixth GHSA team to reach 10 state championship games and could tie a state record for most wins in a decade. Meanwhile, Calhoun needed a goalline stand to preserve a win over Brooks County in a 38-35 win. The Yellow Jacket defense stopped Brooks County a half-yard short as time elapsed to secure a spot in the title game. QB Michael Johnson accounted for four touchdowns, including the game-winning one-yard run with 4:11 to play. Calhoun will need some more heroics if they plan on beating Buford.

 

Class A Championship

Wesleyan Wolves (12-2) vs. Emanuel County Institute Bulldogs (14-0), Dec. 13: ECI comes in as defending champs with a 29-game winning streak on the line. ECI running back Washaun Ealey is one of the most heralded in state history. The future Georgia Bulldog has rushed for nearly 8,000 yards in his career and has broken the state record for single season and career touchdowns. Wesleyan is making its first-ever trip to the finals. QB Conor Welton threw three touchdown passes in last week;s win over Lincoln County. The upstart Wolves have a big chance to make history in the Georgia Dome this weekend.

 

North Carolina

Class 4AA Championship

Jack Britt Buccaneers (13-1) vs. Richmond Raiders (11-3), Dec. 14: Richmond ended Independence’s streak of nine straight championship games with a 30-22 win last week. QB Tedarrius Wiley threw three touchdowns as the defense limited the high-scoring Independence team to just 14 points through three and half quarters. Richmond is playing in its first title game since '98. Britt will look to avenge its only loss of the year to Richmond on Sept. 27th. The Bucs can put up big numbers on offense, especially with offensive lineman Xavier Nixon opening holes for NC State commit QB Everett Proctor. The two conference rivals know each other well so expect a tight game.

 

 

 

 

 

To contact correspondent Ryan Rohde, send an e-mail to ryan.rohde@activenetwork.com.

 

 

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By Brett Manney

SportsPower Correspondent

 

Arizona

 

Class 5A-Division I Championship

Hamilton Huskies (12-1) vs. Brophy Prep Broncos (10-3): The case for the state champion pits frontrunner Hamilton against the surprising and defending state champion Brophy Prep. The two teams met on Sept. 5, with Hamilton winning 10-0. The stakes are higher now and both teams are much improved. The Broncos' stout defense has given up only 33 points this postseason and are led by a strong defensive line. The squad hasn't lost in their last nine games and star RB Max Leonesio is closing in at 2,000 yards rushing. Hamilton has been a favorite to win the state title all season. After shutting out their first two opponents in the postseason, the Huskies allowed 28 points to Red Mountain. The Huskies rely on the arm of QB Zakary Hambsch, who has thrown for 2,169 yards and 17 touchdowns en route to the title game. Emotions will be high for this rematch game that will decide who's best in the state of Arizona.

 

Class 5A-Division II

Centennial Coyotes (13-0) vs. Westview Knights (12-1): It isn't déjà vu but these two teams collide again for the 5A Division II state championship. As the defending state champion, Centennial has been a powerhouse all season and looks to finish what they started, while high-powered Westview looks to stop the Coyotes' thunder. The Coyotes haven't scored less than 35 points this postseason and have an average margin of victory of more than four touchdowns. Centennial hoeps to repeat as champs and by implementing its run-happy offense featuring the Hughes brothers, John and Anthony. The duo combine for over 180 yards rushing a game. Meanwhile, a state title berth a year ago was simply not good enough for the Knights. Westview's last two losses have been at the hands of the Coyotes and will try to play its best game this weekend. WR Carlton Williams has 115 receptions and over 1,000 yards receiving to lead the Knights. He is the leader of a talented receiving core looking to break free from Coyote defenders.

 

 

 

 

California

 

Southern Section   

Northwest Division Championship

Oaks Christian Lions (13-0) vs. Serra Cavaliers (13-0): The Lions are looking for their sixth consecutive section title against a highly talented Cavaliers team. The Lions have been dominant on both sides of the ball. QB Nick Montana has thrown for 30 touchdowns and the Lions defense has allowed just 76 points all year. Meanwhile, the Cavaliers look to slay the Lions using their great team speed. QB Ted Landers has great accuracy and likes to find his favorite target WR Robert Woods early and often. Also, the Cavaliers have a stellar RB in Carl Winston, who has 21 touchdowns and averages 120 yards per game rushing. If there is one team that could take the powerful Lions, it could be the Cavaliers in this must-win game for both squads.

 

Southern Division Championship

Tesoro Titans (13-0) vs. Long Beach Poly Jackrabbits (13-0): The Titans have exceeded all expectations this season and have put themselves on the map. The Titans won their first Pac-5 division games ever this year and a win this weekend would be the team’s first southern division championship. The Titans have arguably the best player in the section in electrifying WR Preston King. QB Robbie Picazo has been scorching secondaries all season with over 2,600 yards passing and 32 touchdowns. The Titans will have their hands full with the best defense they have seen all year. The Jackrabbits are fast at every position and have only allowed 8.3 points per game. On offense, running backs Daveon Barner and Melvin Richardson each have over 1,000 yards rushing and form a formidable one-two punch. With perfect records and seasons on the line, each team is sure to bring their A-game this weekend.

 

Central Division Championship

Upland Scots (11-2) vs. Rancho Cucamonga Cougars (12-0-1): These two league rivals will be fighting for a coveted Central Division title after battling just a few weeks ago. Rancho defeated Upland in a defensive struggle, 13-2, and so you know that tensions will be high. Upland is led by their stud RB Davion Fleming, a Northwestern recruit, who had 140 yards and three touchdowns last week against Los Oslos and has been a constant contributor all season.  The Cougars look to stay undefeated behind QB Greg Watson. The QB is a dual threat to throw and run for the Cougars. The division championship should be a fierce and heated battle as each team looks to be crowned as Central Division champion.

 

Los Angeles City Championship

Narbonne Gauchos (12-1) vs. San Pedro Pirates (12-1): The Los Angeles City championship features two tough football teams vying for bragging rights in the “City of Angels.” The Gauchos barely got by Crenshaw last week, 25-24, and now face a tough San Pedro squad. QB Josh Moten combined with WR Bryon Moore provide highlights every game and also nightmares for opposing defenses. The Pirates will be looking for revenge as the Gauchos gave them their only loss back on Oct. 24, by a count of 27-24. RB Joseph Deguchi has been a workhorse and averages 98 yards rushing per game. He will look to keep the Pirates grounded and on track for the championship. The last time these two teams met, the contest came down to the wire. And with the city title on the line, this game should be no different.

 

Inland Division Championship

Corona Centennial Huskies (13-0) vs. Chaparral Pumas (12-1): There is plenty of recent history between these two teams and tensions are mounting. The Huskies' closest game of the season was against Chaparral, a contest they lost 29-16 to open up the season. The Husky defense plays with a lot of emotion and have one of the nation's most feared players in LB Vontaze Burfict. The USC recruit creates havoc all over the field. Meanwhile, Chaparral relies on the long runs from RB Jonathan Diaz, who has compiled over 1,900 yards rushing. Thes two teams will fight to the finish to save their season and live another day.

 

Northern

St. Bonaventure Seraphs (13-1) vs. Moorpark Musketeers (13-1): St. Bonaventure is the defending Northern Division champs and they will be looking to repeat against Moorpark this weekend. The Seraphs' defense has been stellar all year and is led by USC recruit DB Patrick Hall and stud linebacker Dylan Davis. Much like the Seraphs, Moorpark has a great defensive line that applies pressure to the quarterback and stuffs running lanes. The Seraphs will have to focus on shutting down Musketeers WR Tim Vizzi, who has 62 receptions and over 900 yards receiving. The Musketeers have been overlooked all year and this weekend could be their time to shine against the powerful Seraphs.

 

Western

Mira Costa Mustangs (10-3) vs. Quartz Hill Rebels (12-1): The Western Division championship will feature plenty of running as each squad likes to keep the ball grounded. The Mustangs have played many close games and value the time of possession when they have the ball on offense. Mustangs RB Chris Loatman has over 1,000 yards rushing with 10 touchdowns and is the center of the offense.  The Rebels, much like the Mustangs, look to run the ball often. The two-headed attack of Kyle Brookes and Deslonde Brown look to keep the Rebels' nine-game winning streak alive.

 

Southeast

Charter Oak Chargers (12-0-1) vs. Diamond Ranch Panthers (7-6): This title game will be the second time these two teams have met with Charter Oak winning back on Oct. 17. After starting the season 1-6, the Panthers have won their last seven games. During their win streak, they squad has allowed just 6.6 points led by DB and UCLA recruit Brandon Sermons. Charter Oak comes in with an offense that can rack up points. Explosive RB Adam Muema averages 141 yards on the ground per game and has 26 touchdowns. This weekend will showcase a high-powered offense against a formable defense and the contest should bring contrasting styles to the forefront in the championship game.

 

North Coast Section

Division 1

De La Salle Spartans (11-1) vs. Pittsburg Pirates (11-1): De La Salle has been king of the North Coast Section and Pittsburg hopes to take that crown from the Spartans this weekend. The Spartans have won the section 19 out of the last 20 years, but the ironic part is that Pittsburg was the last team to defeat them in '91. QB Blake Wayne has been steady for the Spartans both running and passing on offense. Athletic RB Bryce Flowers leads the Pirates with 1,021 yards rushing. He is just one of a slew of backs that can punish opposing defenses. LB Emeka Williams has lived up to the hype and constantly is around the ball. He averages over 11 tackles per game and will look to stop the running attack of the Spartans. Both squads have plenty of talent, but this game comes down to execution and determination.

 

 

 

 

To contact correspondent Brett Manney, send an e-mail to brett.manney@activenetwork.com.

 

 

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