CCS football playoffs: Semifinals preview

Serra's Chris Park (23) heads for the goal line for a touchdown in the 3rd quarter as the Valley Christian H.S. varsity football team takes on Serra H.S. at Serra in San Mateo, California, on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017. (Patrick Tehan/Bay Area News Group)
Final December, Valley Christian and Serra arrived about as near as one could get to a state championship without winning.

On a Friday night time at Sacramento State, a Hail Mary pass slipping through the sky was knocked absent in the final second, sending Valley Christian to some crushing four-point defeat.

On that same field the subsequent afternoon, Serra matched its opponent rating for score for a lot of the game but returned to San Mateo which has a heart-wrenching two-point reduction.

If issues drop into put these following couple weeks, considered one of these teams may possibly reach the mountaintop.

Although not each.

When Valley Christian visits Serra on Saturday afternoon from the semifinals in the Central Coastline Area Open Division II playoffs, it will be an elimination game. The winner will still be very much alive in the part, regional and state championship chase. The shedding facet will pack its gear for winter.

Valley Christian (9-2) has set alongside one another a solid resume this year but experienced no response for Serra’s third-quarter eruption if the groups achieved in late Oct. Trailing 13-7 at halftime around the identical industry where the game might be held Saturday, Valley Christian viewed Serra rating 22 unanswered points and returned to San Jose which has a 35-7 decline, an result that made a decision the West Catholic Athletic League championship.

“To me, I really don’t believe our fellas were ready to engage in,” Valley Christian coach Mike Machado mentioned. “Whether it absolutely was the middle-of-the-day game or whatever, we were flat. They arrived out geared up, completely ready. The very first 50 % our guys played. Defensively, we did a great task. Offensively, we arrived out and scored instantly and after that had a number of turnovers, some caused by them.

“But during the 2nd fifty percent, we came away from the locker room, and it didn’t appear like we had any interest in being there any more.”

Immediately after early-season losses to St. Mary’s-Stockton and Pittsburg, Serra has long been the area’s most dominant staff. Only St. Francis threatened the Padres within the fourth quarter, and it took a rally from 21 points driving to do so. Serra went on to earn by 10.

Machado hopes familiarity can help his team the second time all-around.

“The very first time, they placed on a great group social gathering, and we walked proper into it,” Machado reported. “I don’t believe it will be this time. It is a CCS game. It’s going to generally be two great football groups, the highest two groups inside our league this 12 months, combating it off to check out who’s heading to move on and who’s heading to contact it a season.”

The winner will engage in Aragon or St. Francis during the closing.

Aragon has won every single game this year but one, to undefeated Fifty percent Moon Bay in Oct. It acquired the No. 2 seed within the section’s most hardest division – Open up II – but is going to be an underdog on its dwelling subject Friday night against 3rd seed St. Francis.

Both cruised in first-round video games final 7 days. Aragon routed Westmont; St. Francis rolled above Wilcox.

This will likely be the very first meeting concerning the teams given that 2012, a 41-7 St. Francis gain. The Lancers also conquer Aragon 35-7 in 2005.

Open up Division I

The Milpitas redemption tour proceeds Friday night having a dwelling game in opposition to Menlo-Atherton. Final 7 days, the Trojans exorcised their Bellarmine demons which has a 35-7 rout with the Bells. Now Milpitas will get a shot in opposition to the opponent that beat the Trojans 17-0 from the CCS Open up Division I remaining past year. Menlo-Atherton (7-4) might need rediscovered its championship type very last week, scoring 23 unanswered points while in the fourth quarter to win about the road against San Benito 37-21. Milpitas has not had an in depth game all season, its tightest outcome being a 25-point win in excess of Wilcox. During the other semifinal, second seed Salinas (9-2) will perform host to Los Gatos, which state-of-the-art which has a 42-21 earn about Piedmont Hills. Salinas struggled at your house to beat Palo Alto 14-7 in its playoff opener.

Open up Division III

50 % Moon Bay are going to be at your home yet again Friday evening, this time to encounter on the list of section’s shock semifinalists. Stay Oak surprised Sacred Coronary heart Cathedral 28-21 past 7 days in San Francisco, receiving 245 yards rushing and two touchdowns, in addition to and two interceptions, from Cole Davis. Fifty percent Moon Bay bought a further reliable functionality from Gavin Tomberlin (8 of 11 passing, 178 yards, a few TDs) in its opening-round gain above Burlingame. Fifty percent Moon Bay will clinch a spot from the NorCal regionals having a acquire because only Milpitas, Salinas and Serra have more CCS ability points than 50 percent Moon Bay. (Two from the 3 finalists within the CCS’s Open up divisions move ahead). The winner Friday will engage in Terra Nova or Palma, that will satisfy while in the other semifinal Friday in Salinas. Terra Nova obtained 296 yards and two touchdowns passing from Nathan Gordon in its 24-14 win in excess of next seed Aptos very last 7 days. Palma reached the semifinals which has a 42-28 victory about Seaside.

Division IV

Santa Clara has presented its fans a thrill journey the previous two video games. The Bruins stormed back from fifteen points guiding from the final quarter to defeat Cupertino 43-42 and grab a share of the league championship, then went double additional time to outlast Independence 33-27 within their playoff opener. Now Santa Clara will vacation to Pat Tillman Stadium in Almaden Valley on Friday night time to deal with leading seed Leland, which avenged its only loss on the time having a 10-7 victory about eighth seed Willow Glen past week. From the other 50 % with the bracket, 2nd seed Christopher will try to carry out its portion to keep what continues to be a unique season from the city of Gilroy going by section championship weekend. (Rival Gilroy Superior is undefeated and in the Division V semifinals.) Alisal, seeded sixth, beat Christopher 28-21 in mid-October.

Division V

Menlo, seeded 2nd, limped in the playoffs with two consecutive losses but found its groove again very last 7 days, ousting Jefferson 35-8. Now will come a date at your house Saturday from sixth seed Scotts Valley, which went to the road very last 7 days and defeated 3rd seed Soledad 24-17. Within the other semifinal, Gilroy (11-0) puts its perfect period on the line against Hillsdale, which also entered the playoffs with two straight losses but highly developed for the semifinals by using a 28-7 victory in excess of fifth seed Sobrato. Gilroy routed Santa Cruz 41-7 from the initial spherical.

Central Coast Portion

Open up Division I

Initial spherical

No. 6 Los Gatos 42, No. three Piedmont Hills 21

No. two Salinas 14, No. seven Palo Alto seven

No. five Menlo-Atherton 37, No. four San Benito 21

No. 1 Milpitas 35, No. eight Bellarmine seven


No. 6 Los Gatos (6-5) at No. two Salinas (9-2), Friday, 7 p.m.

No. 5 Menlo-Atherton (7-4) at No. 1 Milpitas (11-0), Friday, seven p.m.

Open Division II

Very first round

No. three St. Francis 51, No. six Wilcox 27

No. two Aragon 41, No. 7 Westmont 23

No. four Valley Christian 36, No. five Oak Grove 0

No. one Serra 52, No. 8 Mitty seven


No. three St. Francis (8-3) at No. two Aragon (10-1), Friday, seven p.m.

No. 4 Valley Christian (9-2) at No. 1 Serra (9-2), Saturday, one p.m.

Open up Division III

1st round

No. 3 Palma forty two, No. six Seaside 28

No. seven Terra Nova 24, No. 2 Aptos 14

No. five Stay Oak 28, No. 4 Sacred Heart Cathedral 21

No. one 50 % Moon Bay 38, No. eight Burlingame 20


No. seven Terra Nova (6-5) vs. No. 3 Palma (7-4), Friday at Rabobank Stadium, Salinas, seven p.m.

No. 5 Reside Oak (7-4) at No. one Half Moon Bay (11-0), Friday, 7 p.m.

Division IV

Initial spherical

No. 6 Alisal thirty, No. three Branham seven

No. 2 Christopher 51, No. seven Cupertino seven

No. four Santa Clara 33, No. five Independence 27, OT

No. one Leland ten, No. eight Willow Glen 7


No. 6 Alisal (7-4) at No. 2 Christopher (9-2), Saturday, 1 p.m.

No. 4 Santa Clara (8-3) at No. 1 Leland (10-1), Friday, seven p.m.

Division V

No. 6 Scotts Valley 24, No. three Soledad seventeen

No. 2 Menlo 35, No. seven Jefferson eight

No. 4 Hillsdale 28, No. five Sobrato 7

No. one Gilroy 41, No. eight Santa Cruz 7


No. six Scotts Valley (7-4) at No. 2 Menlo University (7-4), Saturday, 1 p.m.

No. 4 Hillsdale (8-3) at No. one Gilroy (11-0), Friday, 7 p.m.

Big Bone Game

Lincoln-San Jose vs. San Jose, Thursday, Oak Grove Large, 11 a.m.