Ayala, Chino Hills, Don Lugo and Ontario Christian high school football teams played CIF-Southern Section first-round playoff games Friday night, with winners advancing to next week’s quarterfinals.
Friday’s games were played after Champion press time, but results can be found today (Nov. 3) on the Champion’s Facebook page at facebook.com/championnewspaper or on the Champion sports department’s Twitter page at twitter.com/chchampsports.
Chino Hills (6-4) at Yorba Linda (8-2)
Winner plays Redondo Union or No. 1-ranked Corona Del Mar on Friday, Nov. 9.
Chino Hills advanced to the playoffs after finishing as the third-place team from the Baseline League with a 3-2 record.
The Huskies are led by senior running back Walter Carl III, who finished the regular season with 1,648 yards and 22 touchdowns.
Chino Hills missed the 2017 postseason after finishing 0-5 in league.
Antelope Valley (8-2) at Don Lugo (6-4)
Winner plays Lawndale or Dos Pueblos on Friday, Nov. 9.
After a 1-4 start to the 2018 season, Don Lugo steamrolled its way to the Mt. Baldy League title winning all five games by outscoring Montclair, Chino, Diamond Bar, Ontario and Chaffey 237-47.
It was Don Lugo’s second league title in three seasons under third-year head coach Greg Gano.
Sophomore running back Gary Garcia leads the Conquistadores in scoring with 14 touchdowns.
Ayala (7-3) at Mayfair (8-2)
Winner plays Pacifica (Oxnard) or Fullerton on Friday, Nov. 9.
Ayala finished in a tie for fourth place in the Palomares League, but its 7-3 overall record earned the Bulldogs a spot in the playoffs for the fourth straight season.
Running back Xavier Crockett leads the Bulldogs ground game with 750 yards, despite playing in only five games this season.
Ontario Christian (6-4) at Peninsula (6-4)
Winner plays Yucca Valley or No. 1-ranked Pomona Friday, Nov. 9.
Ontario Christian advanced to the playoffs for the first time since 2015. In its last two playoff games (2013 and 2015), the Knights suffered shut out losses.
Ethan Venerable has scored 15 touchdowns to lead Ontario Christian.