Los Amigos hires Harold McDowell as football coach

Los Amigos has hired defensive coordinator Harold McDowell as its football coach, Lobos athletic director Chris Sandro announced Friday.

McDowell, the defensive coordinator the past five seasons for the Garden Grove League team, replaces veteran coach Carl Agnew, who resigned to become an assistant at Lakewood under coach Scott Meyer (University/Servite/Corona del Mar).

McDowell was a standout player at Inglewood High in Chicago and played nose guard and linebacker for the Central State University in Ohio.

He also coaches track and field at Los Amigos.

The Lobos finished 3-7 overall last season and 0-5 in the Garden Grove League to miss the playoffs for the second consecutive season.

Please send football news to Dan Albano at dalbano@scng.com or @ocvarsityguy on Twitter

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Orange County football coaching changes in 2018-19

A list of the Orange County football coaching changes since the end of the 2018 season. (If we’re missing a change or a hiring, please send us the information at preps@ocregister.com)

SCHOOL OUTGOING COACH NEW COACH
Calvary Chapel Rudy Nava Pat McInally
Capistrano Valley Ernie Bucher (resigned) TBD
Costa Mesa David Gutierrez (fired) TBD
Esperanza Thomas Storing (fired) Western
Fountain Valley Jimmy Nolan (resigned) Chris Anderson
Irvine Erik Terry (resigned) TBD
Los Amigos Carl Angew (resigned) TBD
Northwood Pete Mitchel (resigned) TBD
Sonora Daniel Morales (resigned) TBD
Santa Margarita Rich Fisher (fired) TBD
Trabuco Hills John Abdelnour (resigned) Mark Nolan
Tustin Myron Miller (resigned) Anthony Lopez
University Scott Meyer (resigned) TBD

Coaching changes after the end of the 2017 season:

SCHOOL OUTGOING COACH NEW COACH
Mission Viejo Bob Johnson (retired) Chad Johnson
Servite Scott Meyer (resigned) Troy Thomas
San Juan Hills Aaron Flowers (resigned) Robert Frith
El Toro Mike Mayoral (resigned) Andy Diaz
Newport Harbor Jeff Brinkley (resigned) Peter Lofthouse
Fullerton co-coaches Gus Martinez (resigned), Ed DeAvila (resigned) Richard Salazar
University Mark Cunningham (resigned) Scott Meyer
Kennedy Sean Clark (resigned) Bob Sykes
St. Margaret’s Rob Healy (interim for ’17 season) Kory Minor
Costa Mesa Glen Fisher (resigned) David Gutierrez
Whittier Christian Sergio Gradilla (resigned) Brett Esslinger
Saddleback Jerry Witte (resigned) Nick Diulio
 Buena Park  Davis Lowery (resigned)  Dustin Sober
 Westminster  Ted McMillen (resigned)  Willy Puga
 Crean Lutheran  Matt Bowman (fired)  Randall Reynoso
 Godinez  Tom Heathington (resigned)  Sebastian Hernandez
La Quinta  Andy Diaz (resigned)  James Stewart*
 Calvary Chapel  AJ Smith (resigned)  Rudy Nava

*Ron Vander Sluis was initially hired as coach but resigned before season started.

Coaching changes after the 2016 season:

SCHOOL OUTGOING COACH NEW COACH
Bolsa Grande Doug Cooper (resigned) Alfredo Silva
Buena Park Anthony White (resigned) Davis Lowery
Calvary Chapel Chris Cox (resigned) Austin Smith
Edison Dave White (retired) Jeff Grady
Godinez Michael Echaves (resigned) Tom Heathington
Magnolia Ryan Olson Desmond Hernandez
 JSerra Jim Hartigan (resigned) Pat Harlow
Saddleback Rob Thompson (resigned) Jerry Witte
Northwood Phil Roh (resigned) Pete Mitchell
Orange Lutheran Chuck Petersen (resigned) JP Presley
Troy Kevin Hastin (resigned) Michael Echaves
Valencia Shawn Racobs (fired) Jason Gray

Coaching changes after the 2015 season:

SCHOOL OUTGOING COACH NEW COACH
Bolsa Grande Matt Brinkerhoff (resigned) Doug Cooper
Capo Valley Chr. Eric Preszler (resigned) Rick Curtis
Crean Lutheran Brent Mertens (resigned) Matt Bowman
El Modena Ed Drzanek (resigned) Matt Mitchell
Esperanza Gary Bowers (resigned) Thomas Storing
Fountain Valley Ray Fenton (resigned) Jimmy Nolan
Huntington Beach Eric Lo (resigned) Brett Brown
Laguna Beach Ted Clarke (resigned) John Shanahan
Laguna Hills Bruce Ingalls (retired) Mike Maceranka
Los Alamitos John Barnes (retired) Ray Fenton
Northwood Dean Toohey (resigned) Phil Roh
Sage Hill Abram Booty (resigned) BJ Crabtree
Santa Margarita Rick Curtis (fired) Rich Fisher
Sonora Paul Chiotti (resigned) Daniel Morales
Segerstrom Mike Maceranka (resigned) Joe Tagaloa
Trabuco Hills Joe Silvey (resigned) John Abdelnour
Tustin Winter Welz (fired) Myron Miller
Valencia Mike Marrujo (retired) Shawn Racobs

 

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Video: Mater Dei highlights, celebration from win over De La Salle in state championship

A recap of the exciting plays and turning points from Mater Dei’s 35-21 win over De La Salle in the CIF State Open Division championship game Saturday, Dec. 8, at Cerritos College. Also, hear what Coach Bruce Rollinson, receiver Bru McCoy, running back Shakobe Harper and quarterback Bryce Young had to say about the victory and their season.

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Fryer: Mater Dei’s defense comes through again in win over De La Salle

  • De La Salle wide receiver Grant Daley, left, can’t reach a pass deep in Mater Dei territory as Mater Dei defensive back Jaylin Davies covers in the CIF State Open Division championship in Norwalk on Saturday, December 8, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei linebacker Bru McCoy, left, makes the catch over De La Salle cornerback Amir Wallace but is called for offensive pass interference in the second quarter of the CIF State Open Division championship game in Norwalk on Saturday, December 8, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

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  • De La Salle quarterback Dorian Hale, center, fumbles the ball against Mater Dei in the CIF State Open Division championship in Norwalk on Saturday, December 8, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei linebacker Steele Dubar, right, takes down De La Salle quarterback Dorian Hale in the second quarter of the CIF State Open Division championship game in Norwalk on Saturday, December 8, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei linebacker Jacobah Fuamatu, right, comes up with the ball after De La Salle quarterback Dorian Hale fumbles in the fourth quarter of the CIF State Open Division championship in Norwalk on Saturday, December 8, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei linebacker Bru McCoy makes a one-handed catch over De La Salle cornerback Amir Wallace in the CIF State Open Division championship in Norwalk on Saturday, December 8, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei running back Sean Dollars, left, beats De La Salle running back James Coby to make the catch in the CIF State Open Division championship in Norwalk on Saturday, December 8, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei linebacker Bru McCoy holds the ball high after making a catch deep in De La Salle territory late in the fourth quarter in the CIF State Open Division championship in Norwalk on Saturday, December 8, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei running back Shakobe Harper, right, and tight end Michael Martinez celebrate Harper’s touchdown late in the fourth quarter against De La Salle in the CIF State Open Division championship in Norwalk on Saturday, December 8, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei quarterback Bryce Young, right, fires a pass under pressure from De La Salle tackle Chad Tasi in the CIF State Open Division championship in Norwalk on Saturday, December 8, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei running back Shakobe Harper celebrates his touchdown late in the fourth quarter against De La Salle in the CIF State Open Division championship in Norwalk on Saturday, December 8, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei running back Shakobe Harper, right, avoids a tackle by De La Salle tight end Jhasi Wilson as he runs into the end zone for the score in the fourth quarter in the CIF State Open Division championship in Norwalk on Saturday, December 8, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei tight end Michael Martinez, right, gets a hug as he celebrates the Monarchs winning the CIF State Open Division championship over De La Salle in Norwalk on Saturday, December 8, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei offensive lineman Tautai Marks gives the victory sign after the Monarchs won the CIF State Open Division championship over De La Salle in Norwalk on Saturday, December 8, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei players including quarterback Bryce Young, center, yell out a cheer after they won the CIF State Open Division football championship in Norwalk on Saturday, December 8, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei coach Bruce Rollinson holds the CIF State Open Division championship trophy high as he celebrates with his players in Norwalk on Saturday, December 8, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei coach Bruce Rollinson and running back Shakobe Harper give each other a hug as they celebrate winning the CIF State Open Division championship over De La Salle in Norwalk on Saturday, December 8, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei offensive lineman Tautai Marks, center, holds a rose as the Alma Mater is played after the Monarchs won the CIF State Open Division championship in Norwalk on Saturday, December 8, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • A proud coach Bruce Rollinson stands with his players and the CIF State Open Division championship trophy in Norwalk on Saturday, December 8, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei tight end Michael Martinez, left, runs around De La Salle’s Richard Fahiua after catching a pass in the second quarter of the CIF State Open Division championship game in Norwalk on Saturday, December 8, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • The Mater Dei team runs onto the field as they get ready to face De La Salle in the CIF State Open Division championship game in Norwalk on Saturday, December 8, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • The Mater Dei football team face the flag for the playing of the National Anthem before the start of the CIF State Open Division championship game against De La Salle in Norwalk on Saturday, December 8, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • The Mater Dei team runs onto the field as they get ready to face De La Salle in the CIF State Open Division championship game in Norwalk on Saturday, December 8, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei running back Shakobe Harper, right, high-steps it past De La Salle’s Erich Storti in the CIF State Open Division championship game in Norwalk on Saturday, December 8, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

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NORWALK — When a high school football team averages 41 points a game it can be easy to forget that same team has a good defense.

Mater Dei had its offensive stars Saturday in its 35-21 win over De La Salle of Concord in the CIF State Open Division championship game at Cerritos College, which gave the Monarchs a second straight state title.

Monarchs running back Shakobe Harper shimmied and shook his way to 125 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Quarterback Bryce Young was his usual efficient self, completing 18 of 25 passes for 296 yards and two touchdowns.

Bru McCoy again showed that he is the best player in Orange County with seven receptions for 116 yards and a touchdown. McCoy made two one-handed clutch catches for first downs on the drive that led to Mater Dei’s final touchdown that put the win away. Tight end Michael Martinez moved the chains with six catches for 87 yards.

Mater Dei’s defense contributed plenty to all of the team’s wins this football season. It was an especially important unit in the Monarchs’ biggest wins of 2018, including Saturday.

They held De La Salle to 3 net yards rushing and kept the Spartans to their lowest points total since a 14-0 win over Folsom in August.

Mater Dei sophomore linebacker Raesjon Davis had a team-high seven tackles including four tackles for losses and two sacks. Sophomore cornerback Jaylin Davies had six tackles. Senior linebacker Steele Dubar had five tackles and a sack.

And this all happened without perhaps the Monarchs’ best defensive player, junior cornerback Elias Ricks. Ricks did not suit up although he was healthy. Mater Dei coach Bruce Rollinson declined to comment when questioned if Ricks’ absence was a disciplinary result.

Dubar said in some ways it was just another night for the Monarchs.

“We faced adversity all season,” Dubar said. “Kids getting hurt, kids not able to play. But it’s all been great.”

Mater Dei’s defense was great when it recorded three straight shutouts during the regular season against Bishop Gorman of Las Vegas, St. Mary’s of Stockton and La Mirada. The Monarchs held nationally-ranked IMG Academy of Florida to its lowest points total of the season in a 28-24 Mater Dei win.

The Monarchs shut out Servite in their Trinity League opener. In Mater Dei’s next game, it held Santa Margarita’s offense to seven points in their second league win.

St. John Bosco popped Mater Dei for 41 points in a 41-8 win by the Braves. Mater Dei then held JSerra and Orange Lutheran to seven points each, and in the playoffs limited Valencia of Valencia to six points, Mission Viejo to 17 and Centennial of Corona to 14 before taking down St. John Bosco 17-13 in the CIF-Southern Section Division 1 championship game.

De La Salle presented a unique challenge.

The Spartans have run a split-back veer offense for decades. It’s a quick, deceptive, misdirection offense that few upper-division teams run in Southern California.

Mater Dei had not faced it all season and had not seen it since the Monarchs beat De La Salle 52-21 in last year’s CIF State Open Division championship game in Sacramento.

Mater Dei veteran defensive coordinator Eric Johnson, though, is familiar with the veer option.

“We ran it when I was at Washington State in 1973,” said Johnson, smiling. He was an All-Pac 8 safety for the Cougars, played in the NFL, WFL and USFL and appeared in classic football movies “North Dallas Forty” and “Semi-Tough.”

Another Mater Dei assistant coach, John Hopkins, was the Washington State quarterback in the early ‘70s. He taught the Mater Dei scout team how to run the veer as the Monarchs prepared for Saturday’s game.

“I knew the reads our defense would have to make,” Hopkins said. “Which ones would be difficult and which ones would be easy. And we tried to make it as difficult as possible for them (De La Salle).”

Mater Dei senior nose tackle Evan Bennett plowed through the middle of the De La Salle offensive line all night to put pressure on De La Salle quarterback Dorian Hale. Bennett, 6-foot-2 and 298 pounds, was lined up over De La Salle center Michael Puckett who is 6-1, 235. Even double-team help from De La Salle couldn’t stop Bennett’s harassment.

Bennett made one of the more important plays of the game. De La Salle had just advanced to the Mater Dei 21-yard line on a 49-yard pass. On the next play, Bennett caused and recovered a fumble at the Mater Dei 26. A few plays later the Monarchs scored on a 37-yard pass from quarterback Bryce Young to Bru McCoy for a 14-0 lead.

Mater Dei had two freshmen, defensive backs Domani Jackson and Joshua Hunter, play a lot of minutes Saturday.

“We’ve never had freshman play on defense,” said Johnson who has been Mater Dei’s defensive coordinator for 17 seasons. “Never.”

For the Monarchs to be successful Saturday, Davis said the defensive players just had to execute their assignments.

“We knew if we did it right,” Davis said, “if we stayed on our keys, we’d be all right.”

“Just make sure you do your job,” Davies added. “If you’ve got to help somebody else out, make sure you do your job first.”

The Mater Dei defense did its job Saturday.

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Photos: Great plays, celebrations from Friday’s SoCal football playoffs

See the great plays and the emotion-filled moments from Friday night as the area football teams played in CIF Southern California Regional Championship games.

  • Lawndale celebrates after defeating South Hills 42-14 during a CIF State Southern California Region Division 2-AA Bowl Championship game at Covina District Field on Friday, November 30, 2018 in Covina, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Jordan Sanchez #19 of South Hills is tackled by Makell Esteen #7 of Lawndale and had to leave the game in the first half of a CIF State Southern California Region Division 2-AA Bowl Championship game at Covina District Field on Friday, November 30, 2018 in Covina, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

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  • San Gorgonio wide receiver Damian Rubio #3 celebrates after his second interception against Western in the first half of the CIF State Division 5-AA regional football championship game in San Bernardino on Friday, November 30, 2018. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Narbonne’s quarterback Jake Garcia (6) and Jonah Tauanu’u (75) react after Garcia threw an interception in the final seconds to seal the win for Cathedral Catholic in the CIF State Division 1-AA SoCal Regional in San Diego on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • Head coach Travis Clark of Lawndale celebrates after defeating South Hills 42-14 during a CIF State Southern California Region Division 2-AA Bowl Championship game at Covina District Field on Friday, November 30, 2018 in Covina, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Thonye Charles #1 of South Hills catches a pass, buts steps out of bounds against Lawndale in the first half of a CIF State Southern California Region Division 2-AA Bowl Championship game at Covina District Field on Friday, November 30, 2018 in Covina, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • San Gorgonio running back Elijah Hall #22 is pulled down by Western wide receiver Caine Savage #2 on a first down run in the first half of the CIF State Division 5-AA regional football championship game in San Bernardino on Friday, November 30, 2018. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Western running back Rahsaan Hester #21 is taken down by San Gorgonio tackle Joshua Dursey #12 and teammates in the first half of the CIF State Division 5-AA regional football championship game in San Bernardino on Friday, November 30, 2018. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Grace Brethren’s Lontrelle Diggs is brought down by Jalil Tucker of St. Augustine after attempting a fake punt play during their Div. 2-AA SoCal Regional Bowl game against November 30, 2018 at California Lutheran University.(photo by Andy Holzman)

  • Narbonne’s quarterback Jake Garcia (6), left, tries to rally teammates including Richie Pinomi (77) late in the fourth quarter in the CIF State Division 1-AA SoCal Regional in San Diego on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • Mikey Zele throws a pass for Grace Brethren during their Div. 2-AA SoCal Regional Bowl game against St. Augustine November 30, 2018 at California Lutheran University.(photo by Andy Holzman)

  • Joshua Sigala #52 of South Hills recovers a fumble against Lawndale in the first half of a CIF State Southern California Region Division 2-AA Bowl Championship game at Covina District Field on Friday, November 30, 2018 in Covina, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Narbonne’s Joshua Jackson Jr (1) makes a fourth quarter touchdown catch against Cathedral Catholic in the CIF State Division 1-AA SoCal Regional in San Diego on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • Jalon Daniels #2 of Lawndale passes against South Hills in the first half of a CIF State Southern California Region Division 2-AA Bowl Championship game at Covina District Field on Friday, November 30, 2018 in Covina, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • South Hills looks on as Lawndale celebrates after defeating South Hills 42-14 during a CIF State Southern California Region Division 2-AA Bowl Championship game at Covina District Field on Friday, November 30, 2018 in Covina, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Jordan Wilmore #1 of Lawndale runs for first down against South Hills in the first half of a CIF State Southern California Region Division 2-AA Bowl Championship game t Covina District Field on Friday, November 30, 2018 in Covina, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Head coach Travis Clark of Lawndale with his team as they celebrate after defeating South Hills 42-14 during a CIF State Southern California Region Division 2-AA Bowl Championship game at Covina District Field on Friday, November 30, 2018 in Covina, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Cathedral Catholic’s cornerback Jalen Dye (4) breaks up a pass to Narbonne’s Joshua Jackson Jr (1) in the CIF State Division 1-AA SoCal Regional in San Diego on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • Narbonne’s head coach Manuel Douglas gets ready for kickoff with his team against Cathedral Catholic in the CIF State Division 1-AA SoCal Regional in San Diego on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • Narbonne’s wide receiver Elijah Queen (21) lunges for a second quarter touchdown against Cathedral Catholic in the CIF State Division 1-AA SoCal Regional in San Diego on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • Jordan Wilmore #1 of Lawndale runs for first down against South Hills in the first half of a CIF State Southern California Region Division 2-AA Bowl Championship game t Covina District Field on Friday, November 30, 2018 in Covina, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Cathedral Catholic’s running back Shawn Poma (15) breaks free from Narbonne’s cornerback Ja’maree Boone (18) tackle attempt in the CIF State Division 1-AA SoCal Regional in San Diego on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • Juaquin Elliott #3 of South Hills is tackled by the Lawndale defense in the first half of a CIF State Southern California Region Division 2-AA Bowl Championship game at Covina District Field on Friday, November 30, 2018 in Covina, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Luke Stuart returns a punt for Grace Brethren during their Div. 2-AA SoCal Regional Bowl game against St. Augustine November 30, 2018 at California Lutheran University.(photo by Andy Holzman)

  • Western linebacker James Mendoza #5 is unable to make the touch down catch on forth down as he is defended by San Gorgonio defensive back Dejon Mitchell #1 in the first half of the CIF State Division 5-AA regional football championship game in San Bernardino on Friday, November 30, 2018. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Cathedral Catholic’s wide receiver Zion Sorani (1) was penalized for this gesture on a touchdown reception in the CIF State Division 1-AA SoCal Regional in San Diego on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • Jalon Daniels #2 of Lawndale scrambles against South Hills in the first half of a CIF State Southern California Region Division 2-AA Bowl Championship game at Covina District Field on Friday, November 30, 2018 in Covina, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Stanley Taufoou carries the ball for Grace Brethren during their Div. 2-AA SoCal Regional Bowl game against St. Augustine November 30, 2018 at California Lutheran University.(photo by Andy Holzman)

  • Jordan Wilmore #1 of Lawndale runs for first down against South Hills in the first half of a CIF State Southern California Region Division 2-AA Bowl Championship game at Covina District Field on Friday, November 30, 2018 in Covina, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Jordan Wilmore #1 of Lawndale runs for a touchdown against South Hills in the first half of a CIF State Southern California Region Division 2-AA Bowl Championship game at Covina District Field on Friday, November 30, 2018 in Covina, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Jordan Wilmore #1 of Lawndale runs for yardage against South Hills in the first half of a CIF State Southern California Region Division 2-AA Bowl Championship game at Covina District Field on Friday, November 30, 2018 in Covina, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Narbonne’s head coach Manuel Douglas tries to fire up the Gauchos in the CIF State Division 1-AA SoCal Regional in San Diego on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • Josh Henderson carries the ball for Grace Brethren during their Div. 2-AA SoCal Regional Bowl game against St. Augustine November 30, 2018 at California Lutheran University.(photo by Andy Holzman)

  • Jordan Sanchez #19 of South Hills is tackled by Makell Esteen #7 of Lawndale and had to leave the game in the first half of a CIF State Southern California Region Division 2-AA Bowl Championship game at Covina District Field on Friday, November 30, 2018 in Covina, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Stan Livingstone #6 of Lawndale catches a pass for first down against South Hills in the first half of a CIF State Southern California Region Division 2-AA Bowl Championship game at Covina District Field on Friday, November 30, 2018 in Covina, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Justin Armendariz #10 of South Hills is tackled by Elijah Jackson #11 of Lawndale in the first half of a CIF State Southern California Region Division 2-AA Bowl Championship game at Covina District Field on Friday, November 30, 2018 in Covina, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Jordan Wilmore #1 of Lawndale runs for touchdown past Erik Alvarado #18 of South Hills in the first half of a CIF State Southern California Region Division 2-AA Bowl Championship game at Covina District Field on Friday, November 30, 2018 in Covina, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Jordan Wilmore #1 of Lawndale runs for first down against South Hills in the first half of a CIF State Southern California Region Division 2-AA Bowl Championship game t Covina District Field on Friday, November 30, 2018 in Covina, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Rashad Sylvester #5 of Lawndale runs for a first down against South Hills in the second half of a CIF State Southern California Region Division 2-AA Bowl Championship game at Covina District Field on Friday, November 30, 2018 in Covina, California. Lawndale won 42- 14. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Narbonne’s quarterback Jake Garcia (6) fires a pass in the CIF State Division 1-AA SoCal Regional in San Diego on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • Jordan Wilmore #1 of Lawndale runs for a first down against South Hills in the second half of a CIF State Southern California Region Division 2-AA Bowl Championship game at Covina District Field on Friday, November 30, 2018 in Covina, California. Lawndale won 42- 14. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Stanley Taufoou carries the ball for Grace Brethren during their Div. 2-AA SoCal Regional Bowl game against St. Augustine November 30, 2018 at California Lutheran University.(photo by Andy Holzman)

  • Jordan Wilmore #1 of Lawndale runs for a first down against South Hills in the second half of a CIF State Southern California Region Division 2-AA Bowl Championship game at Covina District Field on Friday, November 30, 2018 in Covina, California. Lawndale won 42- 14. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Narbonne players head back to the sideline after injured teammate Jordan Barry is loaded into an ambulance in the CIF State Division 1-AA SoCal Regional in San Diego on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • Narbonne’s quarterback Jake Garcia (6) is stopped on a scramble in the CIF State Division 1-AA SoCal Regional in San Diego on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • Cathedral Catholic’s quarterback DJ Ralph (17) escapes the grasp of Narbonne’s Jordan Berry (40) in the CIF State Division 1-AA SoCal Regional in San Diego on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • Jordan Wilmore #1 of Lawndale runs for a first down against South Hills in the second half of a CIF State Southern California Region Division 2-AA Bowl Championship game at Covina District Field on Friday, November 30, 2018 in Covina, California. Lawndale won 42- 14. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Jalon Daniels #2 of Lawndale passes against South Hills in the first half of a CIF State Southern California Region Division 2-AA Bowl Championship game at Covina District Field on Friday, November 30, 2018 in Covina, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Western running back Rahsaan Hester #21is pulled down by San Gorgonio’s Demajea Mitchell #4 runs for a first down after the catch in the first half of the CIF State Division 5-AA regional football championship game in San Bernardino on Friday, November 30, 2018. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Jordan Sanchez #19 of South Hills is tackled by Makell Esteen #7 of Lawndale and had to leave the game in the first half of a CIF State Southern California Region Division 2-AA Bowl Championship game at Covina District Field on Friday, November 30, 2018 in Covina, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Jordan Wilmore #1 of Lawndale runs for a first down against South Hills in the second half of a CIF State Southern California Region Division 2-AA Bowl Championship game at Covina District Field on Friday, November 30, 2018 in Covina, California. Lawndale won 42- 14. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Jordan Wilmore #1 of Lawndale runs for a first down against South Hills in the second half of a CIF State Southern California Region Division 2-AA Bowl Championship game at Covina District Field on Friday, November 30, 2018 in Covina, California. Lawndale won 42- 14. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • South Hills blocks a extra point attempt by Joseph Edwards #23 of Lawndale in the first half of a CIF State Southern California Region Division 2-AA Bowl Championship game at Covina District Field on Friday, November 30, 2018 in Covina, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Head coach Matt Bechtel of South Hills looks on against Lawndale in the first half of a CIF State Southern California Region Division 2-AA Bowl Championship game at Covina District Field on Friday, November 30, 2018 in Covina, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Rashad Sylvester #5 of Lawndale runs for a first down against South Hills in the second half of a CIF State Southern California Region Division 2-AA Bowl Championship game at Covina District Field on Friday, November 30, 2018 in Covina, California. Lawndale won 42- 14. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Head coach Matt Bechtel of South Hills consoles his team as Lawndale defeated South Hills 42-14 during a CIF State Southern California Region Division 2-AA Bowl Championship game at Covina District Field on Friday, November 30, 2018 in Covina, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • head coach Travis Clark of Lawndale speaks with his quarterbacked Jalon Daniels #2 against South Hills in the second half of a CIF State Southern California Region Division 2-AA Bowl Championship game at Covina District Field on Friday, November 30, 2018 in Covina, California. Lawndale won 42- 14. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Narbonne’s Jack Brown (7) makes a reception in the CIF State Division 1-AA SoCal Regional in San Diego on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • Head coach Travis Clark of Lawndale looks on against South Hills in the second half of a CIF State Southern California Region Division 2-AA Bowl Championship game at Covina District Field on Friday, November 30, 2018 in Covina, California. Lawndale won 42- 14. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Cathedral Catholic’s Brendan Davey (2) breaks up a pass in the end zone to Narbonne’s wide receiver Elijah Queen (21) in the final seconds of the game in the CIF State Division 1-AA SoCal Regional in San Diego on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • Grace Brethren football coach Josh Henderson looks on during their Div. 2-AA SoCal Regional Bowl game against St. Augustine November 30, 2018 at California Lutheran University.(photo by Andy Holzman)

  • Narbonne’s Joshua Jackson Jr (1) gets stopped after a short gain by Cathedral Catholic’s outside linebacker Jordan Allen (5) in the CIF State Division 1-AA SoCal Regional in San Diego on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • Josh Henderson gains yards for Grace Brethren during their Div. 2-AA SoCal Regional Bowl game against St. Augustine November 30, 2018 at California Lutheran University.(photo by Andy Holzman)

  • Cathedral Catholic’s Dean Janikowski (21) kicks the game-winning field goal in the CIF State Division 1-AA SoCal Regional in San Diego on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • Stanley Taufoou carries the ball for Grace Brethren during their Div. 2-AA SoCal Regional Bowl game against St. Augustine November 30, 2018 at California Lutheran University.(photo by Andy Holzman)

  • Western defensive end Magdy Abdelshafi #57 sacks San Gorgonio quarterback Jordan Pachot #6 in the first half of the CIF State Division 5-AA regional football championship game in San Bernardino on Friday, November 30, 2018. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • San Gorgonio wide receiver David Whaley #7 makes the touch down catch behind Western defenders in the first half of the CIF State Division 5-AA regional football championship game in San Bernardino on Friday, November 30, 2018. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • San Gorgonio defensive back Dejon Mitchell #1 takes down Western linebacker James Mendoza #5 after the catch in the first half of the CIF State Division 5-AA regional football championship game in San Bernardino on Friday, November 30, 2018. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Western wide receiver Caine Savage #2 makes the catch a runs for a touch down in front of San Gorgonio defensive back Dejon Mitchell #1 in the first half of the CIF State Division 5-AA regional football championship game in San Bernardino on Friday, November 30, 2018. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • San Gorgonio slotback Jaylen Matthews #2 celebrates his touch down catch as Western Cassius Savage #1 walks away in the first half of the CIF State Division 5-AA regional football championship game in San Bernardino on Friday, November 30, 2018. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • San Gorgonio slotback Jaylen Matthews #2 celebrates his touch down catch with San Gorgonio quarterback Jordan Pachot #6 against Western in the first half of the CIF State Division 5-AA regional football championship game in San Bernardino on Friday, November 30, 2018. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Cathedral Catholic’s Nick Guerena (37) breaks up a pass to Narbonne’s Joshua Jackson Jr (1) in the CIF State Division 1-AA SoCal Regional in San Diego on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • Narbonne’s Joshua Jackson Jr (1) celebrates his fourth quarter touchdown reception in the CIF State Division 1-AA SoCal Regional in San Diego on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • Narbonne’s Joshua Jackson Jr (1) gets stopped after a gain in the CIF State Division 1-AA SoCal Regional in San Diego on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • Narbonne’s Joshua Jackson Jr (1) tries to brush aside a Cathedral Catholic defender in the CIF State Division 1-AA SoCal Regional in San Diego on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • Narbonne’s quarterback Jake Garcia (6) gets stopped after a scramble against Cathedral Catholic in the CIF State Division 1-AA SoCal Regional in San Diego on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

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Calvary Chapel hires Pat McInally as football coach

  • Brethren Christian coach Pat McInally of the South All-Star team in Costa Mesa on Tuesday, June 27, 2017. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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Calvary Chapel has hired colorful Pat McInally as its football coach, the former Brethren Christian coach and College Football Hall of Fame player confirmed Thursday night.

McInally helped build Brethren Christian into a small-school Orange County powerhouse before the Warriors didn’t play football in 2017 because of lack of players.

Brethren Christian went 10-0 on the field in 2016, including victories against St. Margaret’s and Rancho Christian. But the Warriors later forfeited a season-opening victory against Ocean View because of ineligible player and didn’t make the playoffs in CIF-SS Division 10 as a freelance team because there were no spots in the bracket for a team not associated with a league.

In 2015, Brethren Christian went 11-2 and lost 46-41 in the CIF Division 13 semifinals to Grace Brethren, which later forfeited on short-notice before the championship game.

The setbacks were tough for McInally, 65, and Brethren Christian but he is excited to return to another small-school program, not far from his home.

“It’s probably the one job I would have done,” he said of Calvary Chapel, which went 1-9 last season under first-year coach Rudy Nava. “The whole atmosphere is great there.”

McInally also is excited coach again with his son, Jack, 23, who will serve as offensive coordinator. Jack was an offensive coordinator at Long Beach Poly last season.

McInally also has reunited with defensive coordinator Keith Laszlo, whom he coached with at Brethren Christian in 2016. All three coaches helped the South win the O.C. all-star game in the summer of 2017.

McInally said Calvary Chapel’s facilities, which include a new weight room, and administrative support made the program attractive to him. He is interested in hosting clinics and mentoring college-bound athletes.

McInally was a standout at Villa Park and Harvard before becoming a Pro Bowl player for the Cincinnati Bengals. He is well-known for his perfect score on the NFL’s Wonderlic Test and played in the 1981 Super Bowl.

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Football: All the scores from the CIF-SS and L.A. City championship games

  • The head referee tosses the coin prior to Eisenhower hosting Highland in Rialto, Saturday night November 24, 2018 in a battle of 13-0 teams for the CIF Division 10 prep football championship. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Eisenhower’s Davyon Benton (14) hauls in a touchdown pass in front of Highland’s Jaycob Spiteri (21) to give the Eagles a 14-6 second quarter lead Saturday night. Eisenhower hosts Highland in Rialto, Saturday night November 24, 2018 in a battle of 13-0 teams for the CIF Division 10 prep football championship. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

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  • Eisenhower’s Davyon Benton (center) tosses the ball to the referee after scoring in the second quarter Saturday night as Highland defender Jaycob Spiteri (right) shows his dejection. Eisenhower hosts Highland in Rialto, Saturday night November 24, 2018 in a battle of 13-0 teams for the CIF Division 10 prep football championship. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Eisenhower head coach Al Brown encourages Sataoa Laumea (78) as he leaves the field following a score during the second quarter Saturday night against Highland. Eisenhower hosts Highland in Rialto, Saturday night November 24, 2018 in a battle of 13-0 teams for the CIF Division 10 prep football championship. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Highland’s D’Sean Yateman-Foster hauls in a first quarter touchdown pass as Eisenhower’s Jake Jensen defends Saturday night. Eisenhower hosts Highland in Rialto, Saturday night November 24, 2018 in a battle of 13-0 teams for the CIF Division 10 prep football championship. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Eisenhower’s Joel Ayala (left) is brought down from behind by Highland’s Isiah Escobar (right) during the second quarter Saturday night. Eisenhower hosts Highland in Rialto, Saturday night November 24, 2018 in a battle of 13-0 teams for the CIF Division 10 prep football championship. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Eisenhower’s Joel Ayala (left) is brought down from behind by Highland’s Isiah Escobar (right) during the second quarter Saturday night. Eisenhower hosts Highland in Rialto, Saturday night November 24, 2018 in a battle of 13-0 teams for the CIF Division 10 prep football championship. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Linfield Christian’s Crispin Wong #24 tries to push past Artesia’s Tyler Miller #11 during the Division 12 football championship game at Murrieta Mesa High School, Saturday, November 24, 2018.

  • Linfield Christian’s Kaleb Maresh #2 passes the ball during the Division 12 football championship game at Murrieta Mesa High School, Saturday, November 24, 2018.

  • An Artesia fan dressed as Paul Stanley from KISS celebrates during the Division 12 football championship game at Murrieta Mesa High School, Saturday, November 24, 2018.

  • Artesia’s Omar Ontiveros #17 celebrates after they score against Linfield during the Division 12 football championship game at Murrieta Mesa High School, Saturday, November 24, 2018.

  • South Hills Huskies quarterback Khalil Ali (2) throws the ball during warm ups before the start of the CIF Southern Section Division 6 Championship football game against the Oxnard Yellowjackets at Covina District Field in Covina, Calif. on Saturday November 24, 2018. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

  • San Jacinto’s Juan Denny (5) can’t get free from Culver City’s Cortez Wright (12) during the CIF Southern Section Division 7 Championship football game at San Jacinto High School in San Jacinto Saturday, November 24, 2018. Photo by FRANK BELLINO, Contributing Photographer.

  • San Jacinto’s Kaleb Hervey (9) makes the touchdown catch over Culver City’s Dominic Tatum (8) during the CIF Southern Section Division 7 Championship football game at San Jacinto High School in San Jacinto Saturday, November 24, 2018. Photo by FRANK BELLINO, Contributing Photographer.

  • Culver City’s wide receiver Kevin McGuire (2) gets free against San Jacinto High School during the CIF Southern Section Division 7 Championship football game at San Jacinto High School in San Jacinto Saturday, November 24, 2018. Photo by FRANK BELLINO, Contributing Photographer.

  • Dorsey’s Michael Sanford is tackled in the LA City Section Div. 1 final against San Pedro High School at El Camino College on Saturday, November 24, 2018.
    (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)

  • Eisenhower head coach Al Brown holds up the championship trophy to his players after defeating Highland 35-18 in Rialto, Saturday night November 24, 2018 to win the CIF Division 10 prep football championship. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Eisenhower head coach Al Brown gets drenched with water by his players after defeating Highland 35-18 in Rialto, Saturday night November 24, 2018 after winning the CIF Division 10 prep football championship. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Eisenhower head coach Al Brown holds up the championship trophy after defeating Highland 35-18 in Rialto, Saturday night November 24, 2018 to win the CIF Division 10 prep football championship. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Highland’s Liam Parkinson shows his disappointment after their 35-18 loss to Eisenhower Saturday night November 24, 2018. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Eisenhower head coach Al Brown holds up the championship trophy after defeating Highland 35-18 in Rialto, Saturday night November 24, 2018 to win the CIF Division 10 prep football championship. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Eisenhower head coach Al Brown celebrates with one of his coaches after defeating Highland 35-18 in Rialto, Saturday night November 24, 2018 to win the CIF Division 10 prep football championship. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Eisenhower head coach Al Brown reacts after getting drenched with water by his players after defeating Highland 35-18 in Rialto, Saturday night November 24, 2018 after winning the CIF Division 10 prep football championship. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Eisenhower head coach Al Brown reacts after getting drenched with water by his players after defeating Highland 35-18 in Rialto, Saturday night November 24, 2018 after winning the CIF Division 10 prep football championship. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Eisenhower head coach Al Brown holds up the championship trophy to his players after defeating Highland 35-18 in Rialto, Saturday night November 24, 2018 to win the CIF Division 10 prep football championship. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Dorsey’s Michael Sanford is tackled by Gerard Braff in the LA City Section Div. 1 final against San Pedro High School at El Camino College on Saturday, November 24, 2018.
    (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)

  • San Pedro celebrates after winning the LA City Section Div. 1 final against Dorsey High School at El Camino College on Saturday, November 24, 2018.
    (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)

  • San Pedro celebrates after winning the LA City Section Div. 1 final against Dorsey High School at El Camino College on Saturday, November 24, 2018.
    (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)

  • Grace Brethren#82 Kevin Aranda celebrates a field goal to end the first half. Grace Brethren football hosting Corona del Mar for the Division 4 championship in Simi Valley, CA on November 24, 2018. (Photo by John McCoy, Contributing Photographer)

  • Corona del Mar#11 Bradley Schlom runs into Grace Brethren#7 Payton Gourley in the first half. Grace Brethren football hosting Corona del Mar for the Division 4 championship in Simi Valley, CA on November 24, 2018. (Photo by John McCoy, Contributing Photographer)

  • Corona del Mar#4 Ethan Garbers throws a pass in the first half. Grace Brethren football hosting Corona del Mar for the Division 4 championship in Simi Valley, CA on November 24, 2018. (Photo by John McCoy, Contributing Photographer)

  • Grace Brethren takes the field to play Corona del Mar for the Division 4 championship in Simi Valley, CA on November 24, 2018. (Photo by John McCoy, Contributing Photographer)

  • South Hills Huskies Thonye Charles (1) is brought down by Oxnard Yellowjackets free safety Rj Aranda (12) during the first half of the CIF Southern Section Division 6 Championship football game at Covina District Field in Covina, Calif. on Saturday November 24, 2018. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

  • South Hills Huskies Juaquin Elliott (3) runs down the field as he is tackled by Oxnard Yellowjackets Sal Gutierrez (10)] during the first half of the CIF Southern Section Division 6 Championship football game at Covina District Field in Covina, Calif. on Saturday November 24, 2018. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

  • South Hills Huskies cheerleader hold their hands over their hearts during the nation anthem at the start of the CIF Southern Section Division 6 Championship football game against the Oxnard Yellowjackets at Covina District Field in Covina, Calif. on Saturday November 24, 2018. South Hills Huskies defeated Oxnard Yellowjackets 23-14. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

  • South Hills Huskies captains enter the field for the coin flip at the start of the CIF Southern Section Division 6 Championship football game against the Oxnard Yellowjackets at Covina District Field in Covina, Calif. on Saturday November 24, 2018. South Hills Huskies defeated Oxnard Yellowjackets 23-14. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

  • The head referee performs the coin flip before the start of the CIF Southern Section Division 6 Championship football game between the South Hills Huskies and the Oxnard Yellowjackets at Covina District Field in Covina, Calif. on Saturday November 24, 2018. South Hills Huskies defeated Oxnard Yellowjackets 23-14. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

  • The South Hills Huskies team enters the field at the start of the CIF Southern Section Division 6 Championship football game against the Oxnard Yellowjackets at Covina District Field in Covina, Calif. on Saturday November 24, 2018. South Hills Huskies defeated Oxnard Yellowjackets 23-14. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

  • South Hills Huskies Juaquin Elliott (3) is chased down by Oxnard Yellowjackets middle linebacker Tony Lopez (7) and free safety Rj Aranda (12) during the second half of the CIF Southern Section Division 6 Championship football game at Covina District Field in Covina, Calif. on Saturday November 24, 2018. South Hills Huskies defeated Oxnard Yellowjackets 23-14. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

  • Corona del Mar#20 Jason Vicencio is tackled by Grace Brethren#4 Kai Tinker in the first half. Grace Brethren football hosting Corona del Mar for the Division 4 championship in Simi Valley, CA on November 24, 2018. (Photo by John McCoy, Contributing Photographer)

  • Grace Brethren football coach Josh Henderson hugs Grace Brethren#44 Josh Henderson after defeating Corona del Mar for the Division 4 football championship in Simi Valley, CA on November 24, 2018. (Photo by John McCoy, Contributing Photographer)

  • Linfiled Christian’s Brye Lighon #8 congratulates Crispin Wong #24 after he scores a touchdown during the Division 12 football championship game at Murrieta Mesa High School, Saturday, November 24, 2018.

  • Linfield Christian’s Brye Lighon #8 holds onto Jared Hudiburg #3 after thier team beat Artesia in the Division 12 football championship game at Murrieta Mesa High School, Saturday, November 24, 2018.

  • Linfield Christian’s players surround their head coach DeChon Burns holds up the CIF SS D-12 trophy after they beat Artesia in the Division 12 football championship game at Murrieta Mesa High School, Saturday, November 24, 2018.

  • Linfield Christian’s head coach DeChon Burns gets water dumped on his head after his team beat Artesia in the Division 12 football championship game at Murrieta Mesa High School, Saturday, November 24, 2018.

  • Upland’s Tyevin Ford stiff arms Rancho Verde’s Jaylnd Hunt during the CIF Southern Section Division 2 football championship game in Moreno Valley on Saturday, 24, 2018. (Photo by Milka Soko, Contributing Photographer)

  • Upland’s Julian Dedman and Kyle Floyd celebrate after defeating Rancho Verde during the CIF Southern Section Division 2 football championship game in Moreno Valley on Saturday, 24, 2018. (Photo by Milka Soko, Contributing Photographer)

  • Rancho Verde’s QB Jaxen Turner tries to avoid Upland’s Justin Flowe tackle during the CIF Southern Section Division 2 football championship game in Moreno Valley on Saturday, 24, 2018. (Photo by Milka Soko, Contributing Photographer)

  • Rancho Verde’s Andre’ Mckinney is tackled by Upland’s Cameron Davis during the CIF Southern Section Division 2 football championship game in Moreno Valley on Saturday, 24, 2018. (Photo by Milka Soko, Contributing Photographer)

  • Upland’s Julian Dedman stiff arms Rancho Verde’s Demond Young during the CIF Southern Section Division 2 football championship game in Moreno Valley on Saturday, 24, 2018. (Photo by Milka Soko, Contributing Photographer)

  • Rancho Verde’s Jordan Jefferson runs past Upland’s Jonathan Flowe during the CIF Southern Section Division 2 football championship game in Moreno Valley on Saturday, 24, 2018. (Photo by Milka Soko, Contributing Photographer)

  • Upland’s Trevor Haynes (#18) is congratulated by teammate Taj Davis during the second quarter of the CIF Southern Section Division 2 football championship game against Rancho Verde in Moreno Valley on Saturday, 24, 2018. (Photo by Milka Soko, Contributing Photographer)

  • Upland fans cheer during the CIF Southern Section Division 2 football championship game against Rancho Verde in Moreno Valley on Saturday, 24, 2018. (Photo by Milka Soko, Contributing Photographer)

  • Upland’s Chris Clark (#83) celebrates after defeating Rancho Verde during the CIF Southern Section Division 2 football championship game in Moreno Valley on Saturday, 24, 2018. (Photo by Milka Soko, Contributing Photographer)

  • Upland’s Christian Connolly and Saebian Wafa celebrate after defeating Rancho Verde during the CIF Southern Section Division 2 football championship game in Moreno Valley on Saturday, 24, 2018. (Photo by Milka Soko, Contributing Photographer)

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FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Saturday’s results

CIF-SS

DIVISION 2

Upland 24, Rancho Verde 13

DIVISION 4

Grace Brethren 26, Corona del Mar 14

DIVISION 6

South Hills 23, Oxnard 14

DIVISION 7

Culver City 61, San Jacinto 21

DIVISION 10

Eisenhower 35, Highland 18

DIVISION 12

Linfield Christian 70, Artesia 32

8-MAN DIVISION 2

Bloomington Christian 26, Hesperia Christian 24

L.A. CITY

DIVISION I

San Pedro 22, Dorsey 20

DIVISION III

Santee 52, Fremont 20

Friday’s results

CIF-SS

DIVISION 1

Mater Dei 17, St. John Bosco 13

DIVISION 3

Sierra Canyon 34, Cajon 30

DIVISION 5

Lawndale 34, Palos Verdes 20

DIVISION 8

Kaiser 38, Arcadia 35

DIVISION 9

San Gorgonio 21, Brea Olinda 17

DIVISION 11

Western 49, Peninsula 21

DIVISION 13

Adelanto 20, Orange Vista 15

8-MAN DIVISION 1

Mojave 54, Faith Baptist 22

L.A. CITY

OPEN DIVISION

Narbonne 55, Garfield 7

DIVISION II

Locke 22, Los Angeles Roosevelt 20

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Western coach Dan Davidson proud to share CIF-SS title with school’s past players, coaches

ANAHEIM – When Dan Davidson took over the Western High football program in 2014, the Pioneers had one win in his first season as head coach.

That didn’t stop Davidson from dreaming about playing in and winning the one game at the end of the year that mattered the most – the elusive game No. 14, a CIF Southern Section championship game.

Western’s football team finally got its long-awaited triumph in the “14th game” as Davidson took a struggling program and turned it into a CIF champion.

The Pioneers’ 49-21 victory over Peninsula on Friday night gave them the school’s first CIF-SS title after four unsuccessful tries.

“I had an administration that believed in what I was doing and it starts with administration,” Davidson said. “My athletic director, coach (Don) Luethke, gives me everything and anything that I need and he’s always there in support.”

Western lost in the finals in 1971 and 1972 and also came up short in 2003 and 2004 under then-coach Toby Howell.

Toby Howell, the son of the late Jim Howell, directed the program for 18 years after the elder Howell resigned after 17 seasons at the helm.

“I took over (after) 35 years of the Howell family, and instead of him (Toby) putting pressure on me about that, the guy opened his arms to me,” Davidson said.

Luethke recognized the significance of the historic win in the community, but was struck by the effort that it took by the players.

“It just uplifts everybody, it brings more people out, it brings excitement to the student body,” Luethke said, “but to me overall, the biggest thing that coach (Davidson) and I were just talking about is that contribution that the kids are making.”

Assistant principal Joan McGhee anticipated the field to be stormed by the students after the victory but was a bit shocked when it didn’t happen.

“We were wondering at the end of the game if they were going to storm the field, but they don’t know what to do because we’ve never been in that position so it was a big unknown for a lot us,” McGhee said.

McGhee claims a hand in hiring both Davidson and Katella coach Fred DiPalma. DiPalma, who was the Register’s coach of the year last year after leading the Knights to the Division 11 title.

Davidson spoke of the past football coaches at Western with great respect and said he wants to share the CIF glory with those who roamed the sidelines before him.

“It’s very special to be the guy that brought the championship here,” Davidson said. “I’m so blessed to do this for him (Toby Howell) and his father, who is looking down on us now, and be the champion because it makes us all champions.”

 

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OCVarsity Video: Highlights from Mater Dei’s win over St. John Bosco in Division 1 final

See the big plays, postgame celebration and interviews from Mater Dei’s thrilling 17-13 victory over nationally top-ranked St. John Bosco in the CIF-SS Division 1 championship game Friday night at Cerritos College. Video by Jonathan Khamis for the Orange County Register.

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Fryer: Mater Dei defense refused to be embarrassed (again) by St. John Bosco offense

Mater Dei’s defense was embarrassed by the way it lost to St. John Bosco last month.

So during this past week, as the Monarchs got prepared for Friday’s rematch, Mater Dei defensive coordinator Eric Johnson rubbed it in. Every day, the Monarchs defense watched replays of their 41-18 loss on Oct. 13.

“We watched every play,” said Johnson, with a wince. “It was kind of embarrassing and kind of hard.”

There was no embarrassment about how Mater Dei’s defense played Friday. The Monarchs gritted their way to a 17-13 win over St. John Bosco in the CIF-Southern Section Division 1 championship game at Cerritos College.

Johnson, who has been Mater Dei’s defensive coordinator over two stints, the most recent starting in 2010, said the Monarchs’ defensive game plan Friday was the same as it was for last month’s game in which St. John Bosco quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei passed for 278 yards and five touchdowns.

“We wanted stop the run, which we didn’t do last time,” Johnson said. “And we wanted to pressure D.J. which we didn’t do at all (last time). Tonight we did all those things.”

The Monarchs sacked Uigalelei, a 6-5, 230-pound junior, three times and limited him to seven completions on 19 passes for 110 yards and a touchdown.

Mater Dei sophomore Raesjon Davis had one interception and junior Elias Ricks had one, too. Ricks had three interceptions he returned for touchdowns in the Monarchs’ 48-14 win over Centennial of Corona in the semifinals.

St. John Bosco running back George Holani ran for 118 yards in the October game against Mater Dei. On Friday Holani rushed for 76 yards. The Braves as a team managed only 3.4 yards a carry.

Davis said watching rerun after rerun of last month’s Braves-Monarchs game was educational.

“We saw the successful plays they had against us,” Davis said. “We had to study to see what we didn’t want to happen again.”

Mater Dei coach Bruce Rollinson always credits Johnson and offensive coordinator Dave Money whenever the Monarchs win a big game. He did so again after yet another win in yet another big game Friday.

“Johnson was unbelievable,” Rollinson said. “The game plan he put into effect, the timing of his blitzes.”

Johnson said there really wasn’t any ingenious strategy he installed this week.

“Actually,” Johnson said, smiling, “I think the kids were just afraid to get embarrassed again.”

PIONEERS SPIRIT

Western won its first CIF-SS football championship Friday with a 49-21 victory over Peninsula in the Division 11 final at Western High.

It was a typical 2018 Western win.

Pioneers quarterback Anthony Munoz passed for 296 yards and five touchdowns. Caine Savage had eight receptions for 169 yards and three touchdowns, and his twin brother Cassius had three catches for 89 yards and touchdown. Cassius returned the opening kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown.

Western alum Tiger Woods lost to Phil Mickelson in their one-on-one, multi-million-dollar golf game Friday. But the Munoz-led Pioneers passing game paid off for another win and a CIF title.

BREA FINALLY BREAKS

Brea Olinda had the most eye-opening run of any Orange County team in the CIF-SS football playoffs.

The Wildcats finished in second place in the North Hills League, which is not exactly one of the stronger leagues in county football. They had to win a road game against second-seeded Heritage Christian of Northridge in the first round of the playoffs and then beat another league champion, North Torrance, in the semifinals.

Brea lost to San Gorgonio 21-17 in the Division 9 final Friday at Brea Olinda High. The Wildcats, of course, are disappointed. Any second-place team that beats a high-seeded team in the first round on its way to a CIF-SS final is a winner.

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