The CIF Sectional Finals are underway. No more picking for each of the SoCal Regions, it’s all division from here on out. Let’s take a look at how I did this year in each region.
INLAND EMPIRE: 52-18
LOS ANGELES: 55-15
ORANGE COUNTY: 52-18
SAN DIEGO: 44-24-2
OVERALL SOCAL RECORD: 203-75-2
Not bad of a record. Maybe I might pick them right this week for the CIF Finals. Let’s find out.
2018 CIF SECTIONAL FINALS
No. 2 Mater Dei of Santa Ana (11-2) vs. No. 1 St. John Bosco of Bellflower (13-0) at Cerritos College of Norwalk, Friday, 7:30pm
Manny’s Pick: Mater Dei
Everyone knew these teams would meet again. One of the best foorball rivalires meet again for the CIF-SS Finals. WR Bru McCoy will make sure that the Monarchs offense matches with Bosco offense and a little bit more. Mater Dei wins this one in a very close one.
No. 11 Upland (11-2) at No. 9 Rancho Verde of Moreno Valley (13-0), Saturday, 7:30pm
Manny’s Pick: Rancho Verde
It seems like nothing has stopped Rancho Verde. I thought their schedule wasn’t going to help them in the playoffs, but RB Xavier Ugorgi has proven me wrong. The Mustangs will repeat as CIF-SS Champions.
Sierra Canyon of Chatsworth (10-3) at Cajon of San Bernardino (12-1), Friday, 7:30pm
Manny’s Pick: Cajon
The Cowboys have been on a roll and more so after their close victory over Capistrano Valley. QB Jayden Daniels won’t let this one slip. Cajon goes back-to-back.
No. 13 Corona del Mar of Newport Beach (11-1-1) at No. 14 Grace Brethren of Simi Valley (11-2), Saturday, 7pm
Manny’s Pick: Corona del Mar
The Sea Kings will keep the ball rolling, or in this case, flying to the arms of WR Humphreys. Corona del Mar takes another victory and takes a CIF-SS title.
Palos Verdes of Palos Verdes Estates (10-3) at Lawndale (11-2), Friday, 7pm
Manny’s Pick: Lawndale
The Cardinals have so many weapons on defense, but their biggest weapon is on offense is RB Jordan Wilmore. Wilmore is unstoppable and will lead Lawndale to a CIF-SS title.
Oxnard (11-2) vs. No. 18 South Hills of West Covina (13-0) at Covina District Field, Saturday, 7pm
Manny’s Pick: South Hills
The Huskies face an Oxnard squad that has been tested, but this is South Hills we are talking about. Notch up another win for the Huskies and a CIF-SS title.
Culver City (11-2) at San Jacinto (12-1), Saturday, 7pm
Manny’s Pick: Culver City
San Jacinto has been battled test in the Mountain Pass League and last week against Valencia of Placentia, but this might be too much. The Centaurs defense is loaded and with DB Dominic Tatum, it will be tough. Culver City takes Division VII.
Kaiser of Fontana (12-1) at Arcadia (11-2), Friday, 7pm
Manny’s Pick: Kaiser
The Cats will look to scratch their way to the CIF-SS title. No one has gotten in their way and although Arcadia is a tough opponent, Kaiser will take the title.
San Gorgonio of San Bernardino (10-3) at Brea Olinda (8-5), Friday, 7pm
Manny’s Pick: San Gorgonio
The Wildcats have had an incredible run this postseason, but the San Gorgonio defense will be a tough one to pass by. LB Isiaha Mitchell will lead the Spartans to victory.
Highland of Palmdale (13-0) at Eisenhower of Rialto (13-0), Saturday, 7pm
Manny’s Pick: Highland
Eisenhower has had a fantastic season, but no one has stopped Highland and their offense. RB Isaiah Creech will look to lead the Bulldogs in a battle of the undefeated. Highland takes the title.
Palos Verdes Peninsula of Rolling Hills Estates (9-4) at Western of Anaheim (11-2), Friday, 7pm
Manny’s Pick: Palos Verdes Peninsula
The Pioneers are back after a dismal past decade. Western has made plenty of deep runs in the postseason before, but are looking for their first CIF-SS title. Palos Verdes Peninsula will play spoiler though. QB Ethan Gretzinger will lead his offense to victory and give the Panthers a CIF-SS title.
Artesia of Lakewood (10-3) at Linfield Christian of Temecula (12-1), Saturday, 7pm
Manny’s Pick: Linfield Christian
The big boys on the line for the Lions have been explosive, offensive and defensive. Ben Coleman will look to lead the big men to victory over a much improved Artesia squad. Linfield Christian takes the title.
Adelanto (11-1) at Orange Vista of Perris (12-1), Friday, 7pm
Manny’s Pick: Orange Vista
The Coyotes were not existent just a few years ago and now here they are looking to win a CIF-SS title. Orange Vista has a tough one against Adelanto, but I expect them to take the title. Orange Vista takes CIF.
8-MAN DIVISION I
Faith Baptist of Canoga Park (10-2) at Mojave (10-0), Friday, 7pm
Manny’s Pick: Mojave
Mojave beat Faith Baptist by one last time they faced each other. Mojave has played the tougher schedule, but a one point victory can mean it can go both ways. I’m giving Mojave the edge and the 8-Man Division I title.
8-MAN DIVISION II
Bloomington Christian (9-0) vs. Hesperia Christian (10-1), Saturday, 6pm
Manny’s Pick: Bloomington Christian
The Ravens have been battled tested and will be ready for Hesperia Christian. Bloomington Christian takes the CIF-SS Division II title.
CIF-LOS ANGELES CITY SECTION
Garfield of Los Angeles (12-0) vs. No. 8 Narbonne of Harbor City (9-3) at El Camino College of Torrance, Friday, 7pm
Manny’s Pick: Narbonne
Garfield has had an amazing season, but it will be tough to stop Narbonne secondary, led by DB Brandon Jones. The defense alone is tough to stop. The Gauchos take the CIF-LACS Open Division title…again.
San Pedro (7-6) vs. Dorsey of Los Angeles (8-5) at El Camino College of Torrance, Saturday, 7pm
Manny’s Pick: Dorsey
The Pirates have had a miracle run in the playoffs, but they run into a battle tested Dorsey squad. DE Tim Mosley and the Dons defense will shut San Pedro down and lead Dorsey to a CIF-LACS title.
Roosevelt of Los Angeles (9-3) vs. Locke of Los Angeles (9-4) at El Camino College of Torrance, Friday, 3pm
Manny’s Pick: Locke
This is pretty even, but I have to go with WR Jerome Cooper and the Saints offense over Roosevelt. Locke take the Division II title.
Fremont of Los Angeles (8-5) vs. Santee of Los Angeles (12-1) at El Camino College of Torrance, Saturday, 3pm
Manny’s Pick: Fremont
Fremont has faced some tough teams and this will be Santee toughest opponent. The Pathfinders will find a path in this game and take the Division III title.
CIF-SAN DIEGO SECTION FINALS
No. 19 St. Augustine of San Diego (9-3) vs. No. 20 Helix of La Mesa (8-4) at Southwestern College of Chula Vista, Saturday, 7pm
Manny’s Pick: Helix
The Scots handled St. Augustine pretty well and after a wake up call against Steele Canyon of Spring Valley on the final week of the regular season. Expect RB Elelyon Noa to have another huge game and lead the Scots to another CIF-SDS title!
Lincoln of San Diego (9-4) vs. Mira Mesa of San Diego (10-2) at Southwestern College of Chula Vista, Friday, 7pm
Manny’s Pick: Lincoln
It seemed like the season was lost late in the season for the Hornets, but a week 10 win may have snuck this team in the postseason and they have made the best of it. Lincoln has a good group of receivers, led by WR Ke’Shun Ford. Mira Mesa is a tough one, but i’m going with a driven Lincoln squad to take the CIF-SDS Division II title.
Morse of San Diego (8-4) vs. Central of El Centro (12-0) at Southwestern College of Chula Vista, Saturday, 1pm
Manny’s Pick: Morse
Morse is on a roll, especially after dismantling Christian of El Cajon in the semifinals. DB Shamar Martin will lead a battle tested Tigers team past undefeated Central to take the CIF-SDS Division III title.
San Diego (10-1) vs. Kearny of San Diego (11-1) at Southwestern College of Chula Vista, Friday, 1pm
Manny’s Pick: San Diego
These City League rivals meet again and this time it’s for the CIF-SDS title. San Diego apparently took the upset victory over the Komets for the league title, but this time around, there won’t be an upset. S Jayden Wickware will lead the Cavers defense as they are the favorites in this one. San Diego takes the CIF-San Diego Section title in Division IV.
Parker of San Diego (11-1) vs. Orange Glen of Escondido (7-3) at Otay Ranch of Chula Vista, Friday, 7pm
Manny’s Pick: Orange Glen
The Patriots have faced tougher competition and that might be the only difference from these equally matched teams. I’m going with Orange Glen to take the CIF-SDS Division V title!