CIF-L.A. City Section Playoff Preview

The City Section is wide open this year, with several teams looking to dethrone two-time champion Van Nuys Birmingham and the Marine League could boast a pair of finalists, as it's the home to the top two seeds, Harbor City Narbonne and San Pedro...

With the Van Nuys Birmingham dynasty over, or at least on hold, the City Section should have a new champion this year.  No league has provided more candidates for the top spot than the Marine League, which is home to the top two seeds, Harbor City Narbonne and San Pedro.

Birmingham has their work cut out for them if they want to win a third straight title.  Meanwhile, top-seeded Narbonne may have their best chance to win the City title and are on a collision course with San Pedro, in what could be a rematch of their classic 3OT game from earlier this year.

CHAMPIONSHIP BRACKET

The Favorite: Harbor City Narbonne
The Challengers: San Pedro, Los Angeles Crenshaw, Woodland Hills Taft
The Darkhorse: Los Angeles Jordan
Predicted Final: Narbonne over San Pedro

Birmingham has won three of the last four City section titles, and the last two, but their run is likely on life support.   They weren't even their league champs, that honor went to Taft, which is seeded third  The Marine League had five of their six teams make the playoffs, and two of them will matchup when top-seeded Narbonne faces Washington.  Narbonne may end up playing Birmingham in the second round of what could be the changing of the guard.  Jordan played arguably the toughest schedule of any team in the City, playing Mater Dei and St. Bonaventure of the Southern Section among others.  Taft and Crenshaw have some of the best young talent in the City, but the Gauchos have the most talented team in the City, led by USC-bound Byron Moore, 2010 stud Sean Parker and quarterback Josh  Moten. We're picking an all-Marine League final, and the Gauchos to win it over San Pedro.

INVITATIONAL BRACKET

The Favorite: Arleta
The Challengers: Roosevelt, Franklin, Fairfax
The Darkhorse: El Camino Real
Predicted Final: Arleta over Roosevelt

There will be a new champion and runner up this year, as neither Garfield or University made it to the Invitational Bracket.  Arleta has had a memorable year so far, going 10-0, and they're poised to keep on winning and end their year at 14-0.


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