Garden Grove Journal
Heading into the final week of the 2010 regular high school football season for the Garden Grove-Stanton-Westminster area, the biggest contest will be between two schools just a short distance from each other.
Tonight (Thursday), Cypress will host Pacifica at Western’s Handel Stadium. The Mariners are 7-2 overall but 3-2 in the tough Empire League. A win over the Centurions (7-1, 4-1) would tie PHS with Cypress for second place, but have the inside track with the tiebreaker. The result would be a guaranteed CIF playoff spot.
A loss could tumble them into fourth and possibly out of post-season play.
Another interesting matchup will be Magnolia and Savanna tonight at Glover Stadium. Both are 4-5 overall, but the Sentinels are 4-0 in Orange League play and have clinched at least a tie for the title. The Rebels are 3-1 but can share the crown with an upset win.
On Friday, in the Golden West League, there’s a crucial matchup between Westminster and Orange at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange. The Lions are 2-2 in league play; a win would land them in third and a likely CIF bid. The Panthers are 1-3 but would like to finish on a high note.
Other games scheduled tonight include Yorba Linda at Western and Rancho Alamitos at Bolsa Grande. On Friday, it’ll be Garden Grove at Los Amigos (at Garden Grove Stadium) and Santiago at La Quinta (at Bolsa Grande Stadium).
Here’s the results of week nine action involving local teams.
Garden Grove 48, La Quinta 7
The Argonauts (8-1, 4-0) clinched at least a tie for their third straight Garden Grove League football title with the win at home Thursday night. Josh Webb scored four touchdowns for the Argonauts, He scored two on runs, one on a pass r.ception and another on the return of an intercepted pass. The Aztecs’ (4-5, 2-2) one score came on a 26-yard pass from Darren Nguyen to Jacob Kersey.
Magnolia 37, Century 20
The Sentinels remained unbeaten in Orange League play and tied for first after the win at Santa Ana Stadium. Devante Bates scored four TDs for Magnolia (4-5, 4-0), which will meet Savanna next week in a battle for the league title. Bates ran for three scores and got the fourth on a 90-yard kickoff return.
Pacifica 30, Yorba Linda 8
Joel Willis had three touchdowns as the Mariners (7-2, 3-2) beat the Mustangs, keeping their CIF playoff hopes alive in the Empire League. He ran for one TD, caught a scoring pass and returned a kickoff 77 yards for another tally. Mario Nava passed for 178 yards and two touchdowns.
Valencia 28, Western 27
The Pioneers built up a 27-0 halftime lead and saw it all slip away in the second half at home. Western (2-7, 0-5) got three touchdowns from Marcus Hays as it bid for its first Empire League win of the season.
Westminster 42, Santa Ana 14
The Lions’ running attack propelled them to the Golden West League win Friday night. Westminster was led by Tarik Rayford’s three TDs, and improved to 3-6 overall and 2-2 in league. Rayford finished with 180 yards rushing. The Lions are tied for third place with Ocean View.
Santiago 27, Bolsa Grande 6
Breaking a three-game losing streak, the Cavaliers posted their first Garden Grove League win of 2010 Friday night at Garden Grove Stadium. Daniel Torres rushed for 80 yards and one score for the Cavs (27-6, 1-3); Salvatore Ceja had two TDs. Bolsa (0-9, 04) got its lone TD on the return of a Cavalier fumble.
Rancho Alamitos 49, Los Amigos 10
The Vaqueros rolled up a 28-3 halftime lead and never looked back in winning Friday night at Bolsa Grande Stadium. Rancho (3-6, 3-1) moved into second place in the GGL and a likely CIF playoff spot.
Miguel Carrion had three scores for RA and Brett Hurley two. Los Amigos (3-6, 2-2) was led by Daniel Hernandez with 145 yards passing and one score.