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Lompoc and Santa Maria have played themselves into the CIF Southern Section 11-Man Football Playoffs. They are league champions.

Arroyo Grande and St. Joseph will go too, as league runners-up.

Unbeaten Lompoc kept its Los Padres League dynasty going. Santa Maria defeated Nipomo 41-25 at Nipomo Friday night to claim the Northern League title, the school's first league football championship since 1988.

Since former league member Mission Prep dropped back down to eight-man football for this season, the Northern League became a four-team league. Still, as a league runner-up, Nipomo figures to get in.

As for Santa Ynez and Righetti, they will find out Sunday whether or not they will be playing any more football this year.

Santa Ynez (8-2 overall) and Righetti (5-5) both finished 2-2 and in third place in their respective leagues so they are each hoping - again in Santa Ynez's case - for an at-large bid into the post-season. The playoff pairings are due out at 10 a.m. Sunday.

Santa Ynez has missed out on the playoffs each of the past two years despite overall marks of 7-3 in 2015 and 8-2 last year. The Pirates will find out Sunday morning if their fortunes have risen or their luckless streak continues.

Valley Christian Academy and Orcutt Academy both won handily in the first round of the 8-man playoffs and will play quarterfinal games next Friday. There are 16-team brackets in each 11-man and 8-man division.

Here is a summary of the outlook for each team mentioned above.

Santa Maria

As a league champion, the Saints will draw a home game next Friday night. That doesn't necessarily mean they will draw a softie in the first round.

Santa Maria is ranked 10th in Division 12.

Quarterback Blake Truhitte spearheads an offense that was impressively well-rounded against Nipomo. Defensive ends Gabriel Bravo and Gerardo Zul help lead a defense that has been somewhat erratic but has made some key stops.


The Braves have made big playoff runs most of the past several years and seem set to do it again. They are ranked fourth in Division 3.

A lot of schools are looking at senior Lompoc running back Toa Taua. If anything, Lompoc's defense has been a bit more consistently good than the Braves' powerful offense, which features the running game, has been. The Braves' defenders swarm to the football, and they don't give up many points.

As a league champion, Lompoc will draw a first-round home game.

St. Joseph

The ninth-ranked team in Division 5 has a chance to draw a first-round home game as the Los Padres League runner-up. However, the Knights finished second in the league last year, too, and they were on the road in the first round.

Quarterback Dino Maldonado is a prolific passer. The defense has struggled at times, but the unit contained a strong Santa Ynez offense Friday night as St. Joseph won 20-14 at home and played itself into second place.

Arroyo Grande

The Eagles aren't ranked in the top 10 in Division 2, so they will likely be seeded in the lower half of the playoff field.

Running back James Gilmet leads a strong running game that has been a big staple for the Eagles this year. As a league runner-up Arroyo Grande isn't guaranteed a first-round home game, but it might get one.


If the Titans get into the Division 6 playoffs, as it appears they will, a seeding in the bottom half looks likely. Nipomo is not ranked in the Division's top 10.

A first-round road game appears likely for the Titans.

Santa Ynez

Might the Pirates be 23-7 over the past three years and have no playoff appearances to show for it? It could happen.

It appears Santa Ynez does have a chance to get in, though the Pirates seem to be on the bubble. They are ranked sixth in Division 10, but whether they get in or not will depend on how many, if any, wild card spots the playoff seeding committee grants the division.


The Warriors are on the bubble, too. They are ranked 14th in's Division 8 playoff predictions. Every team below them, except Ventura Buena, which finished 2-2 and in a three-way tie for second in the Channel League, has a worse league record than the Warriors do.

Valley Christian Academy

With a powerful running game that quarterback Trenton Lane helps spearhead, the Lions will play top-ranked Hesperia Christian in the Division 2 quarterfinals Friday night at Hesperia Christian.

The Lions rolled past La Verne’s Calvary Baptist Cougars 58-20 in the first round of the playoffs Thursday night in Santa Maria while Hesperia Christian pounded St. Michael’s Prep 58-30/

Orcutt Academy

Quarterback Darrin Miller and running back Eddie Lundberg (he's a fine kicker, too) help lead a strong Orcutt offense.

The Spartans will likely play at unbeaten Palos Verdes Peninsula Chadwick in the Division 1 quarterfinals Friday night. Though the Dolphins haven't lost, the Spartans (8-2) have a higher state ranking. They're rated third. The Dolphins are rated eighth.

The Spartans opened the playoffs with a dominant 63-8 victory over Lancaster Desert Christian Friday night at Santa Maria High.

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