Note #1 From The Editor: Our Week #12 “Round-Up” is all about the Playoffs and we bring you our posting of Round 1, 2015. The results are in and three of our teams, two of our covered CIF/SS teams, Bishop Amat, and Cathedral, plus our one remaining L.A. City Schools team, Garfield are all moving on. Bishop Amat easily dominated and doubled up the score on Norco at home while Cathedral dispatched Crescenta Valley in a business-like fashion, also in a home game environment. Garfield carved out a narrow, but decisive victory over El Camino Real and once again has a home game, this time in the quarterfinals against Crenshaw. Another huge Congrats! to ALL Teams, Coaches, Student-Bodies and Fans!!
About This Posting’s Photo Gallery: This posting will feature the outstanding photo Galleries from the Garfield vs. South East Eastern League finale (played on 11/6/15) and Bishop Amat vs. Norco in 1st Round playoff action on 11/13/15. Hope you enjoy viewing them!
Note #2 From the Editor: To continue our commemoration of Veterans Day 2015, we are expanding it to cover all of November and then during the Christmas Holiday season. All photo galleries will contain graphic poster of Veterans Day and thier appropriate messages. We firmly stand with our valiant Chicano/Latino servicemen and women veterans and salute them with an unwavering and tremendously proud “Thanks” for having 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; Staff photographers, Garfield; facebook.com/ghsbulldogs; Vince Quiñones, amattdclub.com (photo gallery) & game observation, Bishop Amat.
<Week #12 – Friday, 11/13/15> 1st ROUND – PLAYOFFS FINAL SCORES & NEXT OPPONENTS
<L.A. City Schools>
**Garfield (14) El Camino Real (9) @ Garfield Next: Crenshaw @ Garfield, Fri. 11/20 @ 7 pm **2nd Round D-1 Playoff
San Pedro (42) South Gate (18) @ San Pedro Season Over
Canoga Park (40) Lincoln (20) @ Canoga Park, Season Over
Marquez (43) Wilson (42) @ Marquez, (56) Season Over
<CIF Southern Section>
Bishop Amat (72) Norco (36) @ Bishop Amat Next: Oaks Christian @ Bishop Amat, Fri. 11/20 @ 7:30 pm **2nd Round CIF/Pac-5 Playoff
Cathedral (27) Crescenta Valley (13) @ Cathedral Next: Downey @ Downey, Fri. 11/20 @ 7 pm **2nd Round CIF/Southeast D-5 Playoff
Cathedral 10-1/Angelus Lge. (4-1) Bishop Amat 9-2/Mission Lge. (5-1) Garfield 9-2/Eastern Lge. (6-0) South Gate 8-3/Eastern Lge. 5-1) Salesian 5-5/Angelus Lge. (2-3) Wilson 6-5/Northern Lge. (4-2) Lincoln 5-6/Northern Lge. (5-1)
<Playoff Summary By Team> Rico Cabrera, Sr./Editor, EastLASportsScene.Com
<L.A. City Schools>
Garfield “Bulldogs” – Huge congrats to the Eastern League Champions who had their “hands full” against their first round opponent, #14 seed El Camino Real. In what could best be described as a defensive struggle for most of the game, the Bulldogs did manage to put up enough points by halftime, 14 of them, and then called on their defensive storm troops for a 2nd half shut out to preserve the all-important 1st round win. The result, a narrow but solid victory. Next, the Crenshaw “Cougars” come in to East L.A.’s “Dog House!” Our game-day advice, try to get there early since this may be a full house.
South Gate “Rams” – The 90280 zip code was well represented this season by Coach Casagran and his Rams. In this 1st round playoff match-up, they jumped out an early lead against San Pedro and the confidence factor was there. But eventually, due to several “key” player injuries, the offesnse was shut down and hence, the Pirates showed their tradiitonal dominance in the playoffs by closing out the South Gate season with a convincing win. Division 1 in the CiF/L.A. City Schools is a very tough road to successfully navigate.
Wilson “Mighty Mules” – Oh, but if the Special Teams had come through in a critical and timely manner. That was the significant difference in this game as the Mules fell short by a single point of at least an overtime period to determine the eventual winner. Nonetheless, the 2015 season was an exceptional one for the “Mighty Mules” as they turned their program around and restored their prominence in the Northern League. Coach Martinez has already started preparing another outstanding season next year.
Lincoln “Tigers” – The low seed that the “Tigers” were given made it an even harder path to the winners circle due to the road game against #4 seed, Canoga Park. But, the Tigers gave it all they had and performed valiantly. However, in the final game analysis, Canoga was the stonger on defnese with 5.0 sacks and their offensive line created lots of running space for their backs as they piled up 317 rushing yards. Coach Carrillo is now preparing for 2016 and should return for another run at the title.
<CIF Southern Section>
Bishop Amat “Lancers” – Congrats on win #1 in the PAC-5 Division playoffs, The Lancers gave their fans a lot to cheer for last Friday as they literally destroyed their visiting opponent, Norco. And per the observation of our photo-journalist, Vince Quiñones, it was a very physical game that was very close until midway through the 2nd quarter. Norco had a 16-0 lead at one point and then Amat came storming back. Norco’s QB Victor Viramontes was unbelievable, even in a losing effort. He is currently being recruited by the Michigan “Wolverines.” We’ll keep our eye on him. The Lancers now play undefeated Oaks Christian (11-0), but they’ll certainly be ready to protect their house in a well-deserved home game. The game will be televised on Fox Sports West cable. Don’t miss it if you are a big fan of high school football.
Cathedral “Phantoms” – Congrats!! to the Phantoms on protecting their house “big time” against Crescenta Valley. The game was in total Phantom control by halftime when the score was 22-13, Phantoms. After the break, the full team “game face” was on display via a stingy defense, an always dangerous offense, especially the “air attack” game, and once again, Coach Pearson’s Special Teams gained more valuable playoff experience. The end result, a dynamic and super solid win. Next it’s on to Downey for Round #2in the quarterfinals
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