Monday, November 29, 2021

High School Football: Canoga Park Beat Franklin In Overtime

As players began celebrating his team’s overtime victory over Franklin on Friday night in the first round of the City Section First Playoffs, Canoga Park High coach David Perez knelt down.

“I prayed,” he said.

He was grateful that Franklin’s attempt to complete the two-point conversion failed, giving the Hunters a 35-34 win.

“It was amazing,” Perez said.

Kaidan Collins won with 208 yards and four touchdowns. He scored a touchdown to the Hunters in extra time, giving them a 35-28 lead. Franklin made his own landing and then decided to go for a win, not a draw.

Kanoga Park used a three-man front for most of the game to counter the Panther attack. After a timeout, Perez changed everything. This time the four Hunters rushed in and applied just enough pressure to cause a flaw.

Canoga Park will face Arleta in the quarterfinals.

Interception machines: Dorsey’s Maychai Williams earned his 10th interception of the season to help the Don’s (9-2) secure their seventh straight win under freshman coach Stafon Johnson, beating Chatsworth in the 48-13 division.

Takari Carr made three interceptions when Compton Dominguez defeated No. 2 seeded Yukaypu 56-22 in the South Division 6th Division playoffs.

Excluded # 1: The CalPreps.com computer picked the # 1 seed in the 14th Division South Section playoffs, and lost # 1 in Division 3, Division 5, Division 8 and Division 10 on the first weekend.

End of unbeaten seasons: North Hollywood Campbell Hall and Panorama City St Genevieve, small schools with limited soccer success, each made the playoffs unbeaten after their best seasons in years. Under the new playoff format, they were forced to play in tougher competitive divisions and ended up losing on Friday night. Campbell Hall (10-1) lost 36-20 to Santa Barbara. Saint Genevieve (9-1) lost to Chino Hills 17-7.

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Running is gaining momentum: Despite the fact that teams like to pass the ball, running has become a way to advance to the playoffs. Vista Murrieta took 203 yards from Gavin Galzote and beat San Bernardino Cajon 40-27 in Division 2. Bishop Mission Hills Alemani, top seed in Division 1, beat Santa Barbara Bishop Diego 45-14.

Big games next week: There are some intriguing Division 2 matches in the quarter-finals. Huntington Beach Edison will face the undefeated Inglewood at El Camino College. Missionary League rivals Bishop Alemani and Bishop La Puente Amata will meet in Bishop Amata. Chatsworth Sierra Canyon will be on the track against Vista Murrieta. Orange Lutheran will play at Corona del Mar against Orange County.

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