Teams advance to second round of CIF-CS play-offs
–The first round of CIF-Central Section Playoff action eliminated several Central Coast high school football teams, but two survived. Two other teams had a bye Friday night in the first round, so four will advance to the second round.
Arroyo Grande beat Sanger 59-10, but has a tough challenge next Friday against Buchanan (Clovis). The Buchanan Bears (10-2) beat Clovis West 31-0. AG will play Buchanan next Friday.
San Luis Obispo beat South Bakersfield 24-16 Friday to advance to the second round. They’ll next play San Joaquin Memorial (Fresno) which drew a bye in the first round. The private Catholic school has only 620 students, but the football team is 10-0.
In other games Friday night, Frontier of Bakersfield beat Nipomo 29-22. Bullard (Fresno) beat St. Joseph 45-28. Stockdale (Bakersfield) beat Pioneer Valley 45-24. So, three Central Coast teams are eliminated from the play-offs.
Two Central Coast teams drew byes in the first round. Righetti and Mission College Prep did not play on Friday night. Righetti (8-2) will take on Frontier (3-8) next Friday.
In 8-man football, Mission College Prep (9-0) will play Riverdale Christian next Friday in the second round. MCP has eleven starters from the North County, including four who play both ways for the Royals: Chase Jones; Brayden Farr; Mace Sherlock and Dalton Strouss. Chase Jones leads the state with ten interceptions. On Friday, Riverdale Christian beat Laton 52-48 to advance to next Friday’s game against Mission Prep. On October 6, Mission Prep beat Riverdale Christian 63-0.
The 2018 season is the first for Central Coast teams to participate in the Central Section. For decades, local teams have been in the CIF- Southern Section. CIF-CS administrators said they would initially position the incoming coastal teams in higher divisions against strong competition. Later, if necessary, they will make changes to create more parity. The CIF-CS administrators didn’t want the Central Coast teams to immediately dominate the Central Section.