Capo Valley is co-champion with Dana Hills of the Sea View League and is returning to the playoffs for the first time in 16 years. Last week, the Cougars came up big in the second half and pulled away to a 62-27 victory over Aliso Niguel. The Cougars withstood a 405-yards passing performance by Aliso Niguel quarterback Nathan Cole, to get the win.
Capo Valley senior quarterback Mason Dossey has thrown for 2,226 yards. His favorite targets are Cole Robinson (782 yards)and Michael Mullen (518 yards).
One of the Cougars' two losses came in nonleague play to Esperanza.
"It's a good draw for us," Huntington Coach Eric Lo said of his team's first-round date. "I think we match up pretty well with them. I've seen them twice on film, but not in person. They have a really good quarterback and a very athletic receiver [Robinson]. They're a solid team."
Junior quarterback Kai Ross spearheads the Huntington offense. Ross is the team leader in rushing yards (695, eight TDs) and passing yards (1,211, 15 TDs), and, as a cornerback, is one of the team leaders in tackles. Senior running back Bo Breunig has rushed for 515 yards with two scores, and senior Marco Valenzuela is tops in receiving yards with 406 with four touchdowns.
Brethren Christian (6-4) at Big Bear (8-2)
(1 p.m., Big Bear Middle School)
Brethren Christian returns to East Valley Division postseason play for the second time under head coach Pat McInally.
Both BC and Big Bear finished second in their respective leagues. BC took the runner-up spot in the Academy League last Friday by winning, 21-7, at Crean Lutheran in a game that determined second place. Record-setting junior quarterback Jack McInally has thrown for 2,093 yards and 31 touchdowns. Junior Austin Gorrell is BC's leading receiver with 707 yards and eight touchdowns.
Big Bear finished second to Twentynine Palms in the De Anza League. The Bears opened the season with five wins, lost two straight, then closed out the season with three straight wins. They have scored 41 or more points in six of their 10 games and last week scored a season-high 63, in a 63-14 win against Desert Mirage.
Collectively, the Bears have amassed 3,303 yards and 49 touchdowns on the ground. Senior Lucas Jenkins leads the rush attack with 862 yards. Senior John Hawkins (667) and junior Taylan Seaman (644) both are approaching the 700-yards mark.
"Our defense has played very well the past few weeks," BC Coach Pat McInally said. "If we can stop [Big Bear's] dive game, their run game, and be more balanced ourselves on offense, then we'll be right there. Big Bear's a very good, very physical team."
The CIF Southern Section football playoffs continue with quarterfinal games on Nov. 16. Division semifinals are Nov. 23. The Southwest Division championship game is at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30 at Angel Stadium. The East Valley Division title game is also Nov. 30 with the game time and site to be determined.
The CIF State Bowl Championships (Divisions I, II, III, Small Schools) are Dec. 14-15 at The Home Depot Center in Carson.