This CIF-Southwest Division championship game on Friday at Citrus College featuring the Charter Oaks Chargers against Placentia El Dorado will resemble a sharp-clawed kitten trying to pull up an adult gopher
team has worked harder to get a CIF-Southern Section title game than Covina
Charter Oaks (10-3), winning seven games this season by four points or less, and
are on a nine game win steak after installing a junior and sophomore into its
backfield just five games ago.
CIF-Southwest Division championship game on Friday at Citrus
featuring the Chargers against Placentia El Dorado will resemble a sharp-clawed
kitten trying to pull up an adult gopher.
this game, the El Dorado Golden Hawks are just too fat a catch for the young
(12-1) has been well versed for this opportunity, capturing the Century League
title last season and coach Jeff Bailey returned almost everyone to defend it
has never won a CIF football title but this seems to be the year. Senior QB
Michael Coulter has thrown for 2,000 yards, 28 TD and only 4 interceptions in
200 pass attempts.
comparison, Charter Oaks has a sophomore QB Chris Allen who coach Lou Farrar
named his starter midway through the season. A week later, the Chargers featured
RB Johnny Crespo suffered a season-ending injury and was replaced by
inexperienced junior Kanaan Snowden.
have been phenomenal in playoff wins over La
West Covina South Hills, and in last week's semifinal 23-14 win against Trabuco
Hills. Allen threw for 238 yards, TD, and Snowden earned 158 yards on 28
carries, with a 31-yard run in the fourth quarter to win
Oaks' massive senior offensive line of Jesse Diaz, Emilio De La Garza, Randy
Esquivel, Nick Rosen, and twins Patrick and Herb Thompson, will cause the Golden
Hawks early problems.
defense, Michael Johnson catches passes at cornerback and as wide receiver.
Against Trabuco Hills, Johnson pulled in six receptions for 94 yards, TD, and
has caught 37 passes for 848 yards, 6 TD this season. Johnson also has seven
interceptions and will be responsible for El
star receiver Matt Cardenas.
Johnson and Cardenas matchup will go a long way in determining the victor.
Despite missing two games, Cardenas
totaled 60 catches for 1,022 yards, 16 TD. In last week's 14-7 semifinal win
caught 16 passes, 120 yards, TD.
is covered, Coulter will hand off to the versatile touchdown machine, Philip Van
Holland, who can score from RB, returning kicks, or from corner back. Van
Holland has nearly 2,000 all-purpose yards and 23 TD. Tom Adams and Devon De
Leon have a combined 900 yards, 9 TD for the Golden Hawks.
lost its season opener to Anaheim Esperanza. They have averaged 33 points per
game, allowing an average of ten. As a team, the Golden Hawks have intercepted
24 passes. All-league linebacker Cody Hilgenberg is also an excellent place
Oaks has the San
premier linebacker in 5-9, 230 pound A.J. Pasalo, who can single-handedly stop
the rushing game.
and Pomona Diamond Ranch on its way to this year's finals. Both finished second
and third behind Charter Oaks in Miramonte League play. After Friday,
makes it a clean Miramonte League sweep.