Preston aiming for title tonight

SMU commit Conner Preston leads the 13-0 Serra Cavaliers into battle tonight vs. Arroyo Grande in the CIF Southern Section Western Division finals.

Serra and senior quarterback Conner Preston, an SMU commit, haven't lost a game since 2008 and the Cavaliers are heavily favored entering tonight's tilt with Arroyo Grande in the CIF Southern Section Western Division finals.

The Cavaliers, playing at home for the fourth straight week of the postseason, have scored a minimum of 40 points in each of their past three games, including last week's 41-23 win over Paso Robles.

In fact, Serra hasn't been held to less than 34 points all year. The Cavaliers routed St. Paul by a score of 34-7 back in October. The closest game for Preston and his squad came against Chaminade (35-21) last month.

Most people expected a Serra/Chaminade rematch to occur tonight, but Arroyo Grande nixed that idea by easily handling Chaminade last week, 52-19.

The Eagles, whose only two losses were to Paso Robles and Atascadero, have gained approximately 4,500 yards of total offense on the year. 6-foot-5 junior quarterback Brent Vanderveen has thrown for 1,352 yards with 10 TDs and five interceptions.

Last week, Vanderveen completed 9-of-15 passes for 112 yards with two touchdowns and two picks vs. Chaminade. He's thrown as many as 27 passes in a playoff game (against St. Luis Obispo) and as few as 6 (two weeks ago vs. Dominguez).

In other words, Arroyo Grande takes what a defense will give them, and the Eagles have enjoyed ample success on the ground behind the running of 5-foot-8, 192-pound senior Christian Crichton (203 carries, 1,224 yards, 11 TDs).

Vanderveen is second on the team in rushing with 591 yards and 6 touchdowns on 94 attempts.

Turning to Serra, Preston has been sizzling-hot all season. Last week, he connected on 19-of-24 throws for 323 yards and five touchdowns. Over the past four games, the senior QB has tossed 12 TD passes with no interceptions.

Preston's main two targets, George Farmer and Marqise Lee, have combined for 97 catches and more than 2,600 yards with 32 (of Serra's 39) touchdown receptions.

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