Note #1 From The Editor: The end has finally come for the regular season but a new beginning is here for the post-season. We’re happy to report that (6) of the (9) high schools we’ve covered all year-long are in the playoffs. Four will be placed in the CIF’s L.A. City Schools tournament. Here’s the breakdown: Garfield & South Gate are in Division 1, Lincoln goes to Division 2, and Wilson, Division 3, while two will be in the CIF’s Southern Section tournament, Bishop Amat in the PAC-5 Division tournament, and Cathedral in the Southeast Div 5. See our listings below where they have been placed and who their opponent will be. A huge Congrats To ALL Teams, Coaches, Student-Bodies and Fans!!
About This Posting’s Photo Gallery: We invite you to check out the great photography of the South Gate vs. Garfield “Clash of the Titans” and Eastern League title game (from the Rams’ perspective) plus the Cathedral vs. St. Paul season finale that featured “Senior Recognition Night.” Time to start this tour of our Week #11 Round-Up. Hope you enjoy, like, and share it with your excellent networks.
Note #2 From the Editor: To coincide with the commemoration of Veterans Day 2015, today, November 11th, we’ve added a simple but powerful statement in graphic forms to honor and recognize our veterans. An unwavering and proud “Thanks” to all of our Chicano/Latino servicemen and women who performed their duties with strength, courage, and honor to their fullest efforts possible. We commend you and appreciate you always!! If you are one of our followers who is a “Wounded Warrior,” with the Good Lord’s Blessings, may you continue to heal, rehabilitate, and re-connect with your families, friends, mentors, and support groups. Our community will always be here to support you!! Rico Cabrera, Sr./Editor, EastLASportsScene.Com
Credits: Maxpreps.com; Frances Martinez, South Gate High; Mario Villegas, Photographer, WAVE Newspaper; Daniel Barcenas, phantomfootball.com, Cathedral High School.
<Week #11 – Friday, 11/6/15> FINAL SCORES & NEXT OPPONENTS
<L.A. City Schools>
**Garfield (26) South Gate (25) @ Garfield **Champions Eastern League Next: El Camino Real (Woodland Hills) @ Garfield, Fri. 11/13 @ 7 pm **1st Round D-1 Playoff
South Gate (25 ) Garfield (26) @ Garfield Next: San Pedro @ San Pedro, Fri. 11/13 @ 7 pm **1st Round D-1 Playoff
Lincoln (30) Marshall (7) @ Marshall Next: Canoga Park @ Canoga Park, Fri. 11/13 @ 7 pm **1st Round D-2 Playoff
Wilson (0) Eagle Rock (56) @ Eagle Rock Next: Marquez (Huntington Park) @ Marquez, Fri. 11/13 @ 7 pm *1st Round D-3 Playoff
Roosevelt (42) South East (49) @ South East Season Over
Torres (50) Sotomayor (14) @ Torres Season Over
<CIF Southern Section>
Bishop Amat (24) Loyola (3) @ Loyola Next: Norco @ Bishop Amat, Fri. 11/13 @ 7 pm **1st Round CIF/Pac-5 Playoff
Cathedral (45) St. Paul (13) @ Cathedral Next: Crescenta Valley @ Cathedral, Fri. 11/13 @ 7 pm **1st Round CIF/Southeast D-5 Playoff
Salesian (44) Harvard-Westlake (48) @ Salesian Season Over
Cathedral 9-1/Angelus Lge. (4-1) Bishop Amat 8-2/Mission Lge. (5-1) Garfield 8-2/Eastern Lge. (6-0) South Gate 8-2/Eastern Lge. 5-1) Salesian 5-5/Angelus Lge. (2-3) Roosevelt 4-6/Eastern Lge (2-5) Wilson 6-4/Northern Lge. (4-2) Lincoln 5-5/Northern Lge. (5-1) Torres 1-9/Northern Lge. (1-5)
<Brief Playoff Summary By Team> Rico Cabrera, Sr./Editor, EastLASportsScene.Com
<L.A. City Schools>
Garfield “Bulldogs” – Congrats!! to the Eastern League Champions in their triumph over the South Gate Rams in the title deciding game of undefeated teams. For their outright victory, the Bulldogs are seeded #3 in D-1 playoffs and will go against #14 El Camino Real. In what was measured as another great and competitve game between these schools, the Bulldogs pulled out a 1 point victory and vaulted themselves into a first round Home game.
South Gate “Rams” – Congrats to the runners-up in the Eastern League. The Rams should remain a very dangerous and formidable threat in the playoffs. There’s that tough road ahead but the #9 seeded Rams and Coach Casagran have been here before and will fight to the very end. Losing is not an option for this talented group of players and coaches. This title game earns our choice for “Game of The Year-2015.” The Rams now take on the #8 seeded San Pedro “Pirates.”
Roosevelt “Rough Riders” – Dropped their season finale against South East in another shoot-out, falling short by 7 points and falling short of a playoff bid as well. The playoffs were a stretch to make based on their league record, but there was always a glimmer of hope. We’ll do our best to keep our fans and followers informed on the Team’s and Athletic Department’s plans for next season.
Wilson “Mighty Mules” – Congrats!! on your #11 Divison 3 playoff seed and your #3 spot in League. The Mules travel to Huntington Park, where their opponent, Marquez High is located. It will be a #6 seed versus an #11. Nonetheless, the Mules are certainly glad that their season has been extended due to an outstanding overall record and consistent competitiveness. If the Mules are all healthy and ready-to-go, they should come away with a huge road victory.
Lincoln “Tigers” – Congrats!! on your #13 Division 2 playoff seed and your #2 finish in League. The team fought hard all season and their perseverence, their grit, and their pride carried them through the tough times. Bouyed by a very nice 3 game win streak in the heart of the season provided the Tigers with a huge confidence builder. Their playoff opponent is #4 seed Canoga Park. Time to put the hard hats back on and get to work!!
Torres “Toros” – The finale vs. Sotomayor brings the “Toros” their first win of the season and ends their losing streak at 19, ten from last season and nine this year. Not an easy claim or a won-loss record to truly accept, but the program will be rebuilt and restored for 2016. Congrats!
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Bishop Amat “Lancers” – Congrats!! Playoffs and a great seed with Home field advantage secured. First up will be Norco on the Lancers home turf. One of the most-watched Leagues/Divisions in the state and country, the PAC-5 will show us the “Best of the Best” in CIF/SS players and teams. Glad to see that Bishop Amat is represented and anchored on the “D” line by our Eastside pride, the M & M boys, #91 Ryan Muñoz & #77 Aaron Maldonado.
Cathedral “Phantoms” – Congrats!! A first-round home playoff game in the Southeast/Division 5, is the reward for the ranked Phantoms. Now they are ready for another run at the playoffs and a championship. First opponent will be Crescenta Valley, a very disciplined team. Cathedral has remained healthy for most of the season and should handle their business in this match-up. When JR/QB Andrew Tovar is finding his #1 weapon, Renard Bell, the scorboard usually lights up big time.
Salesian “Mustangs” – Due to the loss, the 2015 playoffs were not a given reality for the Mustangs. A rare occurrence compared to the previous solid runs they’ve recently had. It was probable at best, that they could have earned an at-large berth, but the Angelus League was extremely tough this season, with very little room left at the top. The Mustangs’ overall record was an even 5-5, but their league record was a sub-par 2-3, giving them a 5th place finish. Good luck to the Mustangs in the 2016 season.