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CIF Playoffs: 5 Local Teams Earn Bids; Lompoc is Seeded No. 4 in Division 3

SBHS, Dos Pueblos, Bishop Diego and Santa Ynez will hit the road on Friday

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Quarterback David Leon and the Dos Pueblos Chargers will open the Div. 5 playoffs at No. 3 Lawndale. (JC Corliss / Noozhawk file photo)

Five area football teams were selected for the CIF-Southern Section Playoffs on Sunday, and Channel League champion Lompoc will be the only one playing at home.

Dos Pueblos, Santa Barbara, Bishop Diego and Santa Ynez will hit the road on Friday night.

The Braves (8-2) were seeded No. 3 in Div. 4 and will host Capistrano Valley (7-3), the fourth-place team from the South Coast League, on Friday at 7 p.m. Lompoc has won six straight and went 5-0 in its first year in the Channel League, outscoring its opponents 201-39.

Junior running back Leondre Coleman needs 20 yards to crack the 1,000-yard rushing mark. He has 980 yards (6.8 avg.) and 11 TDs. Junior quarterback Cameron Iribarren is 26 yards shy of 1,000 rushing yards (974 yds, 14 TD) and has passed for 841 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Capistrano Valley has one of the top passers in the CIF in Nathan Manning. He’s thrown for 2,728 yards with 41 TDs and 10 interceptions. Manning led the Cougars to the CIF Div. 1 baseball title in June and he accepted a scholarship to play baseball at Cal.

Bishop Diego (4-6), the reigning CIF Div. 6 and state titleist, will open on the road in the Div. 4 playoffs. The Cardinals, an at-large team from the Camino League, will travel to Saugus (7-3, Foothill No. 2 tie) for a 7:30 p.m. battle. The Cardinals beat Saugus in last year's Div. 6 semifinals.

Dos Pueblos (6-4) is in Div. 5 and it will travel to No. 3 seed Lawndale (8-2, Ocean League champs) on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez are in the 16-team Div. 7 bracket. The Dons (6-4) will travel to Ocean No. 2 Culver City (8-2) on Friday. Santa Ynez, the fourth seed from the Channel League with a 6-4 record, will play at No. 1 Northview of Covina at 7 p.m.

Santa Ynez posted records of 8-2, 8-2 and 7-3 over the last three years but was left out of the playoffs because it finished third in the old five-team Los Padres League and was in a large playoff division. This season, the Pirates tied for second place in the Channel League.

"We are excited about the opportunity to continue our season," coach Josh McClurg said. "These seniors missed out last year as juniors in going to CIF, so they deserve this chance."

Northview (10-0), the Valle Vista champion, has outscored its opponents 397 to 63. Junior quarterback James Jimenez has thrown for 2,312 yards and 33 TDs with just three interceptions.

"Northview has an explosive offense with two really good wide receivers," McClurg said. "They are a big play team.  Their defense is active and swarms to the ball well."

Santa Ynez is tough defensively, too, led by ends Tyler Germani and Marco Lazarit and linebackers Dean Tipolt and Vinny Vacca.
 

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