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High school football playoffs: Live updates from 6 games

It's the Southern Section playoffs and we are at six of tonight's games. Keep track with updates on Varsity Times Insider.

Eric Sondheimer will be at Mission Viejo, where the Diablos host Los Angeles Loyola. He will file updates to the Varsity Times blog throughout the game, which starts at 7:30.

Austin Knoblauch will be blogging live on Varsity Times from the Los Alamitos at Rancho Santa Margarita Tesoro game, and his first reports will start around 7 p.m.

Ben Bolch will be at Cerritos College, where Anaheim Servite takes on Lakewood beginning at 7:30. He'll have quarter-by-quarter updates.

Kevin Baxter is covering Ventura at Valencia, and will be filing updates from the field.

Mark Medina, who previewed the Westlake Village Westlake at Oxnard game, will be doing quarter-by-quarter updates tonight on Varsity Times.

And last but not least Sean Ceglinsky is at the Thousand Oaks-Santa Barbara game.

-- Debbie Goffa

Saturdays have become TV day for high school coach

Nick Reed of Oregon watches over his ex-Mission Viejo teammate, quarterback Mark Sanchez of USC. Mission Viejo High School football Coach Bob Johnson is feeling very proud these days as he sits back on Saturdays and watches his numerous ex-players on TV during the college football season.

On Saturday afternoon, former Mission Viejo quarterback Mark Sanchez was starting for USC against Arizona State. On Saturday night, former Mission Viejo offensive lineman Jeff Baca of UCLA was trying to block former Mission Viejo defensive end Nick Reed of Oregon as former Mission Viejo running back Chane Moline carried the ball for the Bruins.

"It's a lot of fun," Johnson said.

-- Eric Sondheimer

Photo: Nick Reed of Oregon watches over his ex-Mission Viejo teammate, quarterback Mark Sanchez of USC. Credit: Mark Avery / Associated Press.

What does Pete Carroll do after a loss?

USC coach Pete Carroll Go to Hawaii.

That's what USC football Coach Pete Carroll did last week after his used-to-be-top-ranked Trojans were upset by 25 1/2-point underdog Oregon State on Sept. 25.

But he wasn't vacationing.

Carroll and USC linebackers coach Ken Norton were on the recruiting trail to take a look at Punahou High linebacker Manti Te'o, whose team was playing at Aloha Stadium last Friday night.

Carroll surely liked what he saw. Te'o made 10 tackles as Punahou limited Kamehameha High runners to only 49 yards in 29 carries in a 28-6 victory.

Wonder how many times Carroll and Norton thought, "We could have used this guy against Jacquizz Rodgers!"

-- Mike Hiserman

Photo: USC coach Pete Carroll speaks at news conference on Sept. 23 Credit: Kirby Lee / Image of Sport-US Presswire

Corona Centennial 9th in U.S. poll

Corona Centennial quarterback Taylor Martinez goes back for a pass against Mater Dei.

With a 47-35 victory over Mater Dei, Corona Centennial is No. 9 in the National Prep Football poll this week. Concord De La Salle, which took advantage of Loyola mistakes in a 27-21 victory, is No. 8.

Long Beach Poly, No. 1 in the Times rankings, is No. 12.

Mater Dei dropped out of the top 25.

The poll:

The National Prep Football Poll is compiled by high school sports journalist Jamie DeMoney with input from sportswriters, experts, and coaches. The national Top 25 and regional Top 10’s follow with won-loss-tie records through Sept. 21:

Photo: Corona Centennial quarterback Taylor Martinez goes back for a pass against Mater Dei.  Credit: Christine Cotter / Los Angeles Times

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