CIF Southern Section Playoffs
Who: Arroyo Grande (7-3) at Westlake Village Oaks Christian (8-2).
Where: Oaks Christian High School.
Kickoff: 7 p.m.
Arroyo Grande outlook: After being routed in their first two games, the Eagles firmly established their identity on offense with the run, and it has paid off. James Gilmet leads the way. He has rushed for 907 yards this year. QB Kadin Byrne averages 47 yards-plus a game rushing, second on the team. LBs Ivan Rocha and Jed Rantz help lead a defense that has made some steady stops when the Eagles have needed the unit to as the season has gone on. Arroyo Grande is the PAC 5 League runner-up.
Oaks Christian outlook: The Lions aren't the national power they have been in some years, but they are still a pretty formidable football team. At press time, Maxpreps.com ranked Oaks Christian 20th in the state. The Lions have a powerhouse running back, junior Zach Charbonnet, who has rushed for 1,777 yards and 13 touchdowns. They have a senior, Bryce Farrell, who has 912 receptions on the year and has caught seven touchdown passes. The Marmonte League champions have scored 307 points and given up 184.
How the game shapes up: A good running back (Charbonnet), a good receiver (Farrell) and an established program on the national level (Oaks Christian) figure to be a lot for the Eagles to try to overcome tonight.
Who: Camarillo (5-5) at Lompoc (10-0).
Where: Huyck Stadium, Lompoc.
Kickoff: 7 p.m.
Broadcast: Tap TV 100.9 FM, KTNK 1410 AM.
Camarillo outlook: The Scorpions finished third in the Marmonte League with a 1-2 league mark. Their total yardage per game is a solid, not spectacular, 324, but they average more than 30 points a game. Jesse Valenzuela has rushed for nearly 1,000 yards this year. He's their leading rusher. Devin Long has run for 351 yards this year. He's their second-leading rusher. Kolby Dowling has 25 receptions and six touchdown catches. He's their top receiver. QB James McNamara has thrown for 1,547 yards this year, including 14 TD passes and seven interceptions.
Lompoc outlook: The Braves' rushing game is its customary powerful self. Lompoc averages about 292 yards a game on the ground. Standout senior Toa Taua finished the regular season with 1,546 yards rushing and 26 rushing touchdowns. Shamar Savage has nine TD catches, and Johnny Manzo is a big threat on punt returns. LBs Leondre Coleman, Ruben Cortez and Jelani Henderson help lead a stingy defense for the Los Padres League champs.
How the game shapes up: Camarillo doesn't figure to be a first-round pushover for Lompoc, but if the Braves characteristically rack up steady rushing yardage, they should push the Scorpions over.
Who: Studio City Harvard-Westlake (8-2) at St. Joseph (6-4).
Where: Jay Will Stadium, St. Joseph High School.
Kickoff: 7 p.m.
Harvard-Westlake outlook: Sophomore quarterback Jameson Wang figures heavily in the Wolverines' offense. He throws for slightly more than 200 yards a game and is the team's leading rusher at just over 87 yards a game. Prolific receiver Cameron Jones averages 110 yards in receptions a game, and Thomas Glover has seven touchdown catches. The Wolverines score a lot of points (42-plus a game) and give up a lot (32-plus a game). They finished third in the Angelus League.
St. Joseph outlook: Jayden Vargas has rushed for 1,373 of the Knights' 2,141 rushing yards on the year, and he has 13 of the team's 23 rushing touchdowns. QB Dino Maldonado has thrown for 2,643 yards, including 28 TD passes. He has been intercepted eight times. Maldonado has a trio of especially reliable wide receivers, Joseph Miller, Nate Guzman and Michael Ramirez. The three have 18 TD catches between them, and Miller has 10. The defense contained a good Santa Ynez offense as St. Joseph played itself into a second-place finish in the Los Padres League and a post-season berth.
How the game shapes up: After checking a good offense last week, the Knights' defense will run up against another good one tonight. Harvard-Westlake is ranked 164th in the state. St. Joseph is ranked 180th.
Who: Santa Clarita Golden Valley (5-5) at Nipomo (4-6).
Where: Nipomo High School.
Kickoff: 7 p.m.
Golden Valley outlook: QB Zack Chevalier has thrown for 12 touchdowns, and the Grizzlies have run for 20. Golden Valley doesn't have a back or receiver with flashy numbers, but D.J. Turner (63 yards a game rushing) and De'Gabriel Floyd (56 yards a game receiving) have been solid. The Grizzlies, who finished tied for third in the rugged Foothill League, have scored 232 points and given up 198.
Nipomo outlook: The defense put up a shutout in each of the Titans' first two Northern League games and then gave up 41 points in a 41-25 loss to Santa Maria at home as the Saints took the league championship and the defending league champs settled for second place. The unit, behind strong safety Anthony Perez and LB Simon Rodriguez, will try to rebound. Sophomore Brayden Groshart has thrown for 1,317 yards. He spreads the passing game around. Louis-diego Riquelme is a solid back for the Titans.
How the game shapes up: The teams have some similar stats, but a tougher schedule figures to give the Grizzlies the advantage.
Who: Righetti (5-5) at Lancaster Antelope Valley (8-2).
Where: Antelope Valley High School.
Kickoff: 6 p.m.
Righetti outlook: After a 1-9 2016, the Warriors are in the playoffs in 2017, getting an at-large berth after finishing third in the PAC 5 League. Damien Robles has been their most consistently productive running back, and Dylan White has broken some big runs. WR-DB Jalen Davis has had a big year on both sides of the ball. QB Brandon Giddings has been a productive passer, and MLB Caleb Thomas is a force on defense.
Antelope Valley: The Antelopes, along with Quartz Hill and Palmdale, are tri-Golden Valley League champions. The Antelopes defeated Palmdale and lost to Quartz Hill during the regular season. They have a lot of options on offense. Caden Hinten has thrown for 1,920 yards and 19 touchdowns, against just nine interceptions. Jermaine Marshall, a sophomore who is already getting looks from four-year schools, has run for 1,022 yards and 16 TDs. Devon William, with offers from Alabama and USC, has 946 yards in receptions and 11 TD catches. Jamaal Bell, a junior transfer from Lancaster Paraclete, has had limited carries in his five games with the Antelopes, but four-year schools are looking at him, too.
How the game shapes up: It appears the Antelopes have too much for the much-improved Warriors to deal with.
Who: Carpinteria (6-4) at Santa Maria (6-4).
Where: Ralph Baldiviez Stadium, Santa Maria High School.
Kickoff: 7 p.m.
Carpinteria outlook: No statistics on the Warriors were available at press time. Carpinteria is the Frontier League runner-up. The Warriors have picked things up considerably under veteran coach Ben Hallock since the 63-0 thrashing Santa Ynez gave them on opening night.
Santa Maria outlook: This will mark the Saints' first playoff appearance since 2001 and they will go after their first playoff win since 1994, so the atmosphere at Santa Maria figures to be jumping tonight. The Northern League champions have gotten their inside running game, featuring Robert Ruiz, going, and QB Blake Truhitte averages 132 yards a game rushing. He's also thrown for 1,686 yards and 19 touchdowns against 10 interceptions. Jonathan Ramos is Truhitte's leading receiver, and John Rojas has been a productive pass catcher in recent games. Gerardo Zul (15 quarterback sacks) and Gabriel Bravo (11) lead a Santa Maria pass rush that has been a factor this year.
How the game shapes up: The Warriors seem to have made big strides this year but the Saints, with their varied options on offense and a big pass rush, will give them a lot to deal with.
Other game: Division 4, first round: La Verne Damien (6-4) at Paso Robles (5-4), War Memorial Stadium, Flamson Middle School, 7 p.m. Broadcast: KPRL 1240 AM. 8-man quarterfinals: Division 1: Orcutt Academy (7-2) at Palos Verdes Peninsula Chadwick (9-0), 2 p.m. Division 2: Valley Christian Academy (7-2) at Hesperia Christian (8-1), 7 p.m.