May 17, 2024

OC Sports Zone: Community First

Key match-ups for second round of CIF football playoffs and updated brackets for all divisions

Irvine’s football players celebrate after Friday’s upset victory over Ocean View (Tim Burt photo)

Irvine’s High’s football team, coming off a 30-14 upset victory over No. 4 seeded Ocean View in the CIF Division 11 playoffs, will be on the road to face Hemet Friday night at 7 in the second round.

Also on Friday night, Northwood, which defeated Rancho Alamitos 17-10, will be at home at Irvine Stadium to face No. 2 seeded Laguna Beach in the Division 12 playoffs.

Irvine and Northwood are making their first appearance in the CIF playoffs since 2014.

In Division 1, top-seeded St. John Bosco is at San Clemente, Mater Dei is at Mission Viejo and Oaks Christian is at JSerra.

Santa Ana, the No. 3 seed in Division 8, will be on the road to face Temecula Valley, which defeated Woodbridge 42-17 on Friday night.  Santa Ana opened with a 48-26 victory over Fountain Valley.

Patrick McMorris had another big night for the Saints.

Woodbridge, the Pacific Coast League champion, ended the season with a 7-4 record.

It was the final high school game for a number of talented Woodbridge seniors, including quarterback Kyle Hurry and all-purpose players Jacob Nash and Elyjah Rush, who are featured in this story.

The Warriors were hoping to advance to the second round and get a rematch with Santa Ana, a team they lost to early in the season.

Top-seeded Corona del Mar, which defeated Redondo Union 49-14 on Friday, will host Yorba Linda Friday night at 7 at Newport Harbor in the second round of  the Division 4 playoffs. Yorba Linda defeated Chino Hills 28-21.

Another key match-up will have Garden Grove facing Aliso Niguel Friday at 7 at Aliso Niguel in the Division 9 playoffs. Aliso Niguel, the No. 4 seed, opened with a 45-20 victory over Foothill Friday night.

Garden Grove, the Big 4 League champion, defeated West Torrance 46-22.