We've been talking throughout the summer and fall, wondering who would make the playoffs and who'd win the league championships.
Now we know who's in. Now we'll find out who's gonna win.
We've got a slew of games going down on the Central Coast and around Southern California.
So here are our first-round picks.
There are some terrible difficult match-ups to break down.
The Carpinteria-Santa Maria game is a tough one. I think the Saints should win that one. They've got the talent. They're playing at home. It's an historic game for the team, the school and even the Santa Maria community.
I'm going with the Saints, 44-33, in a high-scoring game. Santa Maria has been on fire since its bye week and that'll continue.
Lompoc's home game in Division 3 against Camarillo will also be close, at least for the first half. I think the Braves have enough talent and experience to take care of the Scorpions, which is a year away from being a really big threat in the Southern Section. (A deep run from Lompoc in that division would be something special. Lompoc isn't a Division 3 team, but I wouldn't be surprised to see the Braves make it to at least the semifinals).
St. Joseph's game at home against Harvard-Westlake is also a tough one. I went with HW at first, but I have a feeling St. Joseph can win that one. They have about 17 seniors on the roster and the Wolverines are real young. I'm going with St. Joseph, 28-20.
Nipomo, Righetti and Arroyo Grande all have very difficult games ahead.
A.G. is at Oaks Christian, a top-20 program that will definitely put up points Friday night in a convincing win. Still a strong season from A.G.
I think Antelope Valley will take care of Righetti fairly easily. Just too much talent. Still, there's absolutely nothing for the Warriors to hang their heads. They've had a great year. Nipomo will also struggle against a really talented Golden Valley team. There's just too much talent in those population pockets in SoCal.
Then we have two 8-man teams in the quarterfinals. I'm going with Orcutt to beat Chadwick, but I think VCA falls to Hesperia Christian.
Here are all the picks, with our season win-loss records for our predictions through 11 weeks.
Joe Bailey (81-24)
Div. 2: Oaks Christian 49, Arroyo Grande 24
Div. 3: Lompoc 35, Camarillo 27
Div. 4: Damien 44, Paso Robles 22
Div. 5: St. Joseph 28, Harvard-Westlake 20
Div. 6: Golden Valley 55, Nipomo 12
Div. 8: Antelope Valley 56, Righetti 29
Div. 12: Santa Maria 44, Carpinteria 33
Div. 1: Orcutt Academy 44, Chadwick 43
Div. 2: Hesperia Christian 50, VCA 40
Kenny Cress (78-27)
Div. 2: Oaks Christian 31, Arroyo Grande 21
Div. 3: Lompoc 24, Camarillo 10
Div. 4: Paso Robles 32, Damien 23
Div. 5: Harvard-Westlake 22, St. Joseph 21
Div. 6: Golden Valley 21, Nipomo 7
Div. 8: Antelope Valley 34, Righetti 17
Div. 12: Santa Maria 28, Carpinteria 21
Div. 1: Chadwick 40, Orcutt Acacdemy 35
Div. 2: Hesperia Christian 50, VCA 35
Brian Stanley (74-31)
Div. 2: Oaks Christian 42, Arroyo Grande 21
Div. 3: Lompoc 49, Camarillo 7
Div. 4: Paso Robles 35, Damien 14
Div. 5: Harvard-Westlake 35, St. Joseph 28
Div. 6: Golden Valley 28, Nipomo 7
Div. 8: Antelope Valley 28, Righetti 21
Div. 12: Santa Maria 35, Carpinteria 14
Div. 1: Orcutt Academy 52, Chadwick 38
Div. 2: VCA 45, Hesperia Christian 41
Elliott Stern (73-22)
Div. 2: Oaks Christian 35, Arroyo Grande 28
Div. 3: Lompoc 42, Camarillo 14
Div. 4: Paso Robles 28, Damien 21
Div. 5: St. Joseph 31, Harvard-Westlake 28
Div. 6: Golden Valley 21, Nipomo 14
Div. 8: Antelope Valley 42, Righetti 21
Div. 12: Santa Maria 42, Carpinteria 35
Div. 1: Orcutt Academy 54, Chadwick 45
Div. 2: Hesperia Christian 58, VCA 35
Lorenzo J. Reyna (72-33)
Div. 2: Oaks Christian 38, Arroyo Grande 21
Div. 3: Lompoc 31, Camarillo 16
Div. 4: Paso Robles 27, Damien 10
Div. 5: Harvard-Westlake 29, St. Joseph 27
Div. 6: Golden Valley 28, Nipomo 7
Div. 8: Antelope Valley 45, Righetti 7
Div. 12: Santa Maria 31, Carpinteria 24
Div. 1: Orcutt Academy 55, Chadwick 45
Div. 2: Hesperia Christian 50, VCA 28