CIF Playoff preview capsules

CIF Playoff preview capsules for Southwest Riverside County schools

HSGAMETIME INFO: Vista Murrieta, coming of its fifth consecutive Southwestern League title, is the top seed in the division. The Broncos rushed for 250 yards and two touchdowns and returned three interceptions for TDs in a 41 5 Jarret Stoll Authentic Jersey victory over Temecula Chaparral. Two of those pick sixes were by Arizona recruit Kwesi Mashack. Senior QB Coltin Gerhart averages 120 rushing yards per game and has run for 23 TDs to lead the Broncos. Junior RBs Tito Feliciano and Seth Acda are equally explosive, as they showed against Chaparral, each rushing for TDs. The Broncos defense is led seniors Randy Beggs, Curtis Bolton, Tyler Cook, Greg Hoyd and Mason Evans. Los Osos finished fourth in the Baseline League but was selected as the lone at large entry in the bracket primarily on the strength of a 20 7 victory over Norco on Sept.20. The Grizzlies are coming off an 8 7 loss to Rancho Cucamonga Etiwanda after kicker Joshua Valladarez missed wide on a 36 yard field goal attempt with 12.8 seconds remaining. Senior Durron Burton averages 102.7 all purpose yards per game and has scored six TDs, three on returns. Calebb Repp, a 6 foot 6 junior, averages nearly 20 yards per catch and has five TDs. Vista Murrieta has won all four previous meetings with Los Osos but forfeited its victory in 2011. The winner will play the winner between Yucaipa and Covina Charter Oak. The Broncos, should they advance, would play host to Charter Oak or travel to Yucaipa.HSGAMETIME INFO: Chaparral, the No.2 team from the Southwestern League, had its five game winning streak snapped last week in a 41 5 loss to Vista Murrieta. Sophomore QB Austin Reza had three passes intercepted and returned for touchdowns against the Broncos. The Pumas were able to win tight league games with a patient ball control offense and a swarming aggressive defense. Chaparral's defense held Vista Murrieta to 261 yards, its second lowest output of the season. The Pumas defense is led by seniors Jacob Badillo, Alex Pierce and Zach Hunter and juniors Malik Lawal and Darrien Molton. Chino Hills, the No.2 team from the Sierra League, is coming off a 42 28 loss to La Verne Damien. The Huskies average 461.7 yards and 41.7 points per game. They are led by senior QB Daniel Martinez (1,662 yards, 14 TDs, 9 INTs; 7 rushing TDs), junior RB Brysen Charbonier (1,178 yards, 19 TDs), and senior WRs Donovan Walker (46 819 4) and Chazz Eldridge (30 610 9). Both teams played Temecula Great Oak and Rancho Santa Margarita Tesoro. The Huskies beat both teams; Chaparral beat Great Oak and lost to Tesoro in overtime. The winner will play the winner of Etiwanda and No.2 seeded Corona Centennial. The Pumas, should they advance, would play host to Centennial or travel to Etiwanda.TEMECULA GREAT OAK (6 4) vs. NORCO (7 3)HSGAMETIME INFO: Great Oak ended the regular season on a high note, winning its final two contests to secure an automatic berth. The Wolfpack are seeking the program's first postseason win. Great Oak is averaging 31.1 points and 423.4 yards per game. Junior Brandon Presley is a standout receiver, and he leads the area with 14 touchdown catches. Norco has won six of its past seven games, and the Cougars are averaging 41.1 Jeff Carter Authentic Jersey points and 390 rushing yards over that span of games. Cory Young rushed for 417 yards last week, and he ranks second in the area with 2,015 yards this year.HSGAMETIME INFO: Arlington, in the CIF Southern Section postseason for the eighth consecutive year, was a surprise wild card selection into the playoffs as the at large pick out of the Inland Valley League. The Lions will face the same team that eliminated them in the quarterfinals a year ago in Heritage, which won its fourth consecutive Sunbelt League title this season and has won 20 consecutive league games. The Patriots seem to improve each week. Their offense scored at least 37 points in each game this season, and the defense shined last week with three first half interceptions against Elsinore. Seniors Limihai Hifo (committed to San Jose State) 10th in the Inland area in rushing with 1,221 yards and Sione Takitaki (BYU) continue to be the leaders, but sophomore QB Brett Virgil and senior TE Evan Rodriguez have developed a solid passing connection, as well. The Lions concluded a trying regular season that saw the passing of junior Tyler Lewellen after collapsing during a scrimmage in August. Senior RB Ruben Kelly ran for 165 yards last week in a 13 6 win over crosstown rival Riverside North.CHINO (5 5) vs. Parker and junior RB Elliott Smith the Wildcats had no problem in last week's 42 6 win over Lake Elsinore Lakeside. Senior QB Brent Boehm threw five more touchdown passes to run his season total to 31. The win also helped the Wildcats earn the division's No.4 seed despite being the Sunbelt League's second place team. Chino placed second in the Mt. Baldy League, winning five out of its last six after starting the season 0 4. The Cowboys have some similarities with the Wildcats in that they like to throw the ball. Junior QB Josh Thornton has thrown for 15 TDs and 1,118 yards on the season.WILDOMAR ELSINORE (5 5) vs.HSGAMETIME INFO: Elsinore should be used to this. The Tigers didn't duck anybody in the regular season, so a tough road matchup against Palm Desert, the second place Desert Valley League team, should fall in line with the rest of their season. In order to move on, the Tigers will have to stop a ground game similar to what they saw in their regular season ending loss to Heritage. Palm Desert running back Trae Riek has run 1,649 yards and 24 touchdowns this season. Put the Aztecs in the Inland area, and Riek would rank fifth in rushing yards and fourth in rushing touchdowns. The Aztecs are also playing their best ball at the end of the season. They lost a 34 30 heartbreaker to DVL champ La Quinta last week after winning four in a row.HSGAMETIME INFO: Rim of the World, the No.3 team from the Mountain Valley League, responded to back to back losses with a 62 35 rout of Rubidoux last week. In that game, the Scots rushed 51 times for 485 yards and eight TDs. It was the fifth time this season that they have rushed for at least 395 yards. In 456 carries, the Scots have averaged 7.03 yards per rush. Junior Jamie Taylor leads the ground assault with 1,908 yards, an 8.12 average and 25 TDs while playing in nine games. Senior Blake Decker is second in rushing (475 yards, 6 TDs), leads the team in receiving (14 318 4) and in sacks (4.0). Following a mid season slump, the Lions have rallied to win four in a row and earn the No.2 playoff spot from the Ambassador League. Sophomore RB/LB Greg Holt has emerged as a threat on the ground, through the air and on defense. He has scored four TDs in the past two games. On defense, he averages 7.7 tackles with 12 tackles for loss, five sacks and two interceptions. Senior WR/DB Alex Larson has three returns for TDs. In last week's 35 13 victory over San Bernardino Aquinas, senior QB Derek Rack had his most productive game of the season, completing 5 of 8 passes for 180 yards and two TDs. The winner will play the winner of No.2 seeded St. Margaret's and Twentynine Palms. Linfield would play on the road if it wins; Rim would play host to St. Margaret's or travel to Twentynine Palms.HSGAMETIME INFO: CMI, the No.2 team from the Arrowhead League, has won five of six and is coming off a 55 6 rout of California School for the Deaf, Riverside. Sophomore QB Deion Martin competed 6 of 13 passes for 186 yards and two TDs against CSDR, sophomore WR Noel Leon had 119 yards receiving and a TD, and sophomore RB Shaunti Martin rushed 10 times for 127 yards and two TDs. Shaunti Martin has averaged 121.8 yards rushing per game, 9.25 yards per carry and scored 10 TDs in the past six games (five wins). Saddleback Valley Christian, the San Joaquin League champion, has won five in a row and outscored those opponents, 221 29, including an 83 0 romp over Walnut Southlands Christian. Riverside Christian is the one common opponent, losing to both schools, 48 6 to SVC on Sept.28 and 38 23 to CMI on Nov.1. Senior RB James Bethea averages 109 yards and one TD per game. CMI has lost both previous meetings, most recently in 2011. The winner will play the winner of Long Beach St. Anthony and No.4 seeded Edwards Air Force Base Desert. CMI would play host to Desert or travel to St. Anthony.