The first round of the CIF-Southern Section 11-man football playoffs wasn’t terribly kind to 12 of the 20 Catholic school teams participating, whose season ended with defeats (some of them painfully narrow).
But eight others moved on to the quarterfinals with victories – a couple of them surprisingly so. Chaminade, led by six touchdowns from William Camacho, ousted Norco 46-44 in Division 2, while Loyola used a stout defense to eliminate Palos Verdes 7-0 in Division 4.
Also moving forward in games played Nov. 8 were Alemany, St. Paul, Crespi, Cantwell Sacred Heart, unbeaten St. Pius X-St. Matthias and Mary Star of the Sea. They will join five D-1 Catholic school teams (idle last weekend) in the quarterfinals of their respective divisions Nov. 15.
The first round results:
D-2: Chaminade stunned Norco 46-44; Santa Margarita gave Sierra Canyon a battle but lost 35-21; Notre Dame/Sherman Oaks was edged 24-21 by Vista Murrieta; Serra lost 26-20 in overtime to Rancho Verde.
D-3: Alemany outscored Paraclete 39-34; Cajon beat St. Francis 42-14; Tesoro beat Cathedral 28-6.
D-4: Loyola upset Palos Verdes 7-0; Camarillo outlasted Damien 34-28.
D-5: St. Paul blanked El Modena 38-0; Culver City beat Bishop Diego 34-6; Oxnard stopped St. Bonaventure 40-13.
D-6: Crespi overpowered Dos Pueblos 49-14.
D-9: San Dimas beat La Salle 49-20; Newport Harbor edged St. Anthony 35-32.
D-13: Cantwell Sacred Heart beat Rim of the World 31-22; Santa Monica beat St. Bernard 23-0.
D-14: St. Pius X-St. Matthias ousted Santiago/Garden Grove 41-10; Mary Star smothered Fairmont Prep 47-12.
Eight-Man Football: Santa Clara lost 50-7 to Chadwick in Division 1, while St. Michael’s Prep was edged California School of the Deaf in Division 2.
Quarterfinal Games on Nov. 15:
Division 1: No. 8 Bishop Amat (9-1) at No. 1 Mater Dei (10-0); No. 7 Calabasas (8-2) at No. 2 St. John Bosco (9-1); No. 6 J.Serra (6-4) at No. 3 Centennial/Corona (8-2); No. 5 Servite (7-3) at No. 4 Mission Viejo (10-0).
D-2: Chaminade (6-5) vs. Upland (7-3).
D-3: Alemany (8-2) vs. Tesoro (8-2).
D-4: Loyola (4-6) vs. Villa Park (6-5).
D-5: St. Paul (10-1) vs. Yorba Linda (10-1).
D-6: Crespi (7-4) vs. No. 1 seed Ayala (11-0).
D-13: Cantwell Sacred Heart (8-3) vs. Ramona (9-2).
D-14: St. Pius X-St. Matthias (10-0) vs. Ganesha (9-2); Mary Star (9-2) vs. Vista Del Lago/Moreno Valley (9-2).