Manny’s World: CIF Semifinals Picks


Last Week Overall Record: 12-8

Current Overall Record: 189-69-2


Last Week IE Record: 2-3

Overall IE Record: 48-16

No. 5 Cajon of San Bernardino (11-1) at Capistrano Valley of Mission Viejo (9-3), Friday, 7pm

Manny’s Pick: Cajon

The Cougars have struggled with top opponents and this should be no different. QB Jayden Daniels will lead Cajon to victory as the Cowboys return to the CIF-SS Finals.

San Jacinto (11-1) at Valencia of Placentia (11-1), Friday, 7:30pm

Manny’s Pick: San Jacinto

This is Tiger on Tiger crime with the winner headed to the CIF-SS Division VII Finals. This is an even matchup. In a close one, I’m going with DE Kaleb Hervey and Sac Jacinto with the victory.

Eisenhower of Rialto (12-0) at El Rancho of Pico Rivera (9-3), Friday, 7:30pm

Manny’s Pick: Eisenhower

El Rancho is looking to end perfection and head to the CIF-SS Division X, but with LB Sean Evans and the Eagles defense in the way, it will probably not happen. Eisenhower stays perfect and heads to the finals.

Orange Vista of Perris (11-1) at Garey of Pomona (10-2), Friday, 7:30pm

Manny’s Pick: Orange Vista

The Coyotes are only 2-3 years young, but now they’re a game away from the CIF-SS Division XIII Finals. They run into a tough Garey squad. Orange Vista keeps the dream alive and head to the finals.

Linfield Christian of Temecula (11-1) at Xavier Prep of Palm Desert (7-5), Friday, 7:30pm

Manny’s Pick: Xavier Prep

The Saints have had a tough season, but they have stay together and I expect nothing different on Friday. DB Fabrice Voyne will look to lead Xavier Prep over the Lions as they advance to the CIF-SS Division XII Finals.



Last Week LA Record: 4-1

Overall LA Record: 52-13

No. 1 St. John Bosco of Bellflower (12-0) vs. No. 4 Oaks Christian of Westlake Village (12-0) at Royal of Simi Valley, Friday, 7pm

Manny’s Pick: St. John Bosco

The Division of death, CIF-SS Division I gets down to four of the best teams in Southern California. What will make it tougher for the Lions is that DE Kayvon Thibodeaux is suspended for the game. This will make things easier for QB DJ Uiagalelei and the St. John Bosco offense. The Braves return to the CIF-SS Finals for the sixth straight season in a row.

No. 12 Upland (10-2) at No. 10 Calabasas (10-2), Friday, 7pm

Manny’s Pick: Calabasas

The Scots will look to try and stop the Calabasas high powered offense. WR Mycah Pittman and the Coyote offense might be too much for Upland. Calabasas heads to the CIF-SS Division II finals.

No. 11 Rancho Verde of Moreno Valley (12-0) at No. 13 Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks (9-3), Friday, 7pm

Manny’s Pick: Notre Dame

The Knights have been playing with a chip on their shoulders after the passing of Coach Kevin Rooney’s wife. RB Christian Grubb will lead Notre Dame to victory, making Rancho Verde human again, The Knights head to the CIF-SS Division II Finals.

Birmingham of Van Nuys (9-2) at No. 9 Narbonne of Harbor City (8-3), Friday, 7pm

Manny’s Pick: Narbonne

The Gauchos have a tough one against Birmingham, but DB Mykael Wright and the Narbonne defense have been well prepared for this. Gauchos advance to the CIF-LACS Open Division Finals…again.

No. 20 South Hills of West Covina (12-0) vs. Pacifica of Oxnard (11-1) at Covina District Field, Friday, 7pm

Manny’s Pick: South Hills

The Huskies are looking to not only stay perfect, but advance to the CIF-SS Division VI Finals. Both of these things should happen. South Hills advances and stay alive in the perfecto column.



Last Week OC Record: 4-1

Current OC Record: 49-16

No. 3 Mater Dei of Santa Ana (10-2) vs. No. 2 Centennial of Corona (12-0) at Santa Ana Stadium, Friday, 7pm

Manny’s Pick: Mater Dei

The Monarchs have a much tougher task than St. John Bosco does with Oaks Christian. Mater Dei wants revenge against Bosco and QB Bryce Young will make that happen with a win over a tough Huskies squad.

No. 18 Grace Brethren of Simi Valley (10-2) vs. No. 14 Villa Park (12-0) at El Modena of Orange, Friday, 7pm

Manny’s Pick: Villa Park

The Spartans have their toughest task this season in front of them with Grace Brethren, but QB Paul Piferi will be up to the task as he tries to send Villa Park back to the CIF-SS Finals for the first time since 2011.

No. 15 Corona del Mar of Newport Beach (10-1-1) at Camarillo (11-1), Friday, 7pm

Manny’s Pick: Corona del Mar

The Sea Kings will keep going to the air to WR John Humphreys. If ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Corona del Mar heads to the CIF-SS Finals.  

Santa Ana (10-2) at Kaiser of Fontana (11-1), Friday, 7pm

Manny’s Pick: Santa Ana

ATH Patrick McMorris has done everything for Santa Ana, but they run into a big problem in Kaiser. I expect McMorris to lead the Saints as they march on to their second CIF-SS Finals appearance in three seasons.

Western of Anaheim (10-2) at Beaumont (8-4), Friday, 7:30pm

Manny’s Pick: Western

The Pioneers are one game closer to their first CIF-SS Finals appearance since 2004. WR twin duo Cassius and Caine Savage will keep the ball rolling and send Western to the finals over Beaumont.



Last Week SD Record: 2-3

Overall SD Record: 40-23-2

No. 8 Cathedral Catholic of San Diego (10-1) vs. No. 6 Torrey Pines of San Diego (10-0) at Southwestern College of Chula Vista, Saturday, 7pm

Manny’s Pick: Cathedral Catholic

The first 11-man football CIF Finals are here and it comes from the San Diego Section. RB Shawn Poma will look to lead the way for the Dons and give Torrey Pines their first loss. Cathedral Catholic takes the CIF-San Diego Open Division title.

Helix of La Mesa (7-4) at No. 19 Eastlake of Chula Vista (10-1), Friday, 7pm

Manny’s Pick: Eastlake

The Titans defense will keep paving the way. They have a tough one against Helix, but LB Josh McCurty will send Eastlake to the CIF-SDS Division I title game.

Lincoln of San Diego (8-4) at Granite Hills of El Cajon (10-1), Friday, 7pm

Manny’s Pick: Lincoln

The Hornets have a big one, but they have been battled tested. WR Ke’shun Ford will look to lead Lincoln to victory over Granite Hills and send them to the CIF-SDS Division II title.

Santa Fe Christian of Solana Beach (8-3) at Central of El Centro (11-0), Friday, 7pm

Manny’s Pick: Central

Has anyone stopped the Spartans this season? Well, no that’s why they’re undefeated, but Santa Fe Christian is an experienced playoff team. WR Thadeo Campbell will send Central to the CIF-SDS Division IV Finals and look to go 13-0 next week.

Serra of San Diego (9-3) at Kearny of San Diego (10-1), Friday, 7pm

Manny’s Pick: Kearny

Kearny will look to get ready as a win here sends them to the CIF-SDS Division IV Finals. WR Devon Jones will send the Komets there as they get the win. Plus, Kearny has a lineman named Cypress Hill, that’s good mojo.