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Football: Bishop Amat gets nod over LB Poly

In the only uncertain decision from the Pac-5 Division, La Puente Bishop Amat was given the No. 4 seed, edging out Long Beach Poly. The strength of the Serra League was a big factor.

The most intriguing opening matchup as long-time powers Poly and Santa Ana Mater Dei meeting. Mater Dei still doesn't know if receiver Victor Blackwell will play. He suffered a dislocated shoulder last week.

A terrific quarterfinal game could be Santa Margarita and Mission Viejo.

A semifinal game between unbeaten Mission Hills Alemany and unbeaten Anaheim Servite is looming.

-- Eric Sondheimer

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Excuse you Mike. Poly wiped the field with Lakewood!

Richard Villarreal

Hi Eric,

When was the last time a team from the Serra League won a Pac 5 Title? LB Poly lost two games: St. Bonny and Mission Viejo. Those two teams will probably play for titles this season. Bishop Amat over Poly as the number four seed, you have got to be kidding. But like you said, Poly is playing like Poly of old. Semi-finals is where I see them matching up again with the Diablos.


Hi Eric,

I 'm huge high school football fan and I follow the PAC 5 mostly. In the above article you mention a potential semi final show down between Alemany and Servite. Based upon what I have seen and read this can not become reality. Not even close in my opinion. . Servite deserves a lot of respect and even though Alemany won Serra League they still haven't proven anything.

Servite is state champions and have not lost a game this season and have played tough competition. I feel Servite had toughest strength of schedule beating Oceanside who was in state bowl last year and being in Trinity League. Alemany came up in Serra League at one of the weakest times ever in Pac 5 . Notre Dame, Crespi , and Loyola are rebuilding their programs. Bishop Amat will not go far into playoffs either. They will either lose this coming Friday to Tesoro.

If they some how pull out a win they will definitely be knocked out of playoffs in 2nd round. The Serra League is the weakest division this year in Pac 5 , Mission Viejo is a power house with strong defense, strong running game, great QB and excellent coaching staff. By far strongest in South Coast and PAC 5 with greatest chances of winning CIF this year. Trinity has two of the toughest in Servite and Rancho Santa Margarita.

Mission Viejo has easy win coming Friday, Santa Margarita is at home and should beat Edison, Lakewood will beat San Clemente as Lakewood has speed on outside and physical receivers a good QB. Servite beats LB Jordan easy. Newport Harbor can upset Alemany. If Alemany does happen to squeeze out a win and make it to next round they will be outmatched, out played and out of playoffs. Crespi and Los Alamitos are toss up. Crespi has an uphill battle with no running game to speak of, their defense is young and they are on the road. Expect LA to double up on Crespi's receivers.

Statistically the odds are leaning in favor of LA beating Crespi. Crespi can win if they come with mistake free disciplined game. Serra League will not go deep into playoffs this year. I've seen MV, Rancho Santa Margarita and Servite These are the top 3 who have the talent and coaching. LB Poly doesn't have it, nor does Mater Dei losing Victor Blackwell with dislocated shoulder. Watch out for Lakewood. Final 4 in my opinion will be Mission Viejo, Servite, Santa Margarita and Lakewood or possibly Los Alamitos. Any way you look at it, there are 4 or 5 weeks left of great high school football.


Amat Nation

LB Poly is a good team this year, and a perrenial power. But they can't expect any favors when they play in the powder puff league. We'll see you in the second round bunny rabbits.

Go Big Big Blue


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