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By Zach Cavanagh
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San Juan Hills Football Advances to Semifinals
The fourth-seeded San Juan Hills football team dominated Hart, 52-21, in the CIF-SS Division 4 quarterfinals at San Juan Hills on Friday, Nov. 15.
The Stallions’ victory was the first quarterfinal win in program history, as San Juan Hills (9-3) advances to its first semifinal at No. 1 seed Paramount on Friday, Nov. 22.
Washington State-commit Joey Hobert had another standout performance in the quarterfinals with two receiving touchdowns and the highlight of the game—a 101-yard interception return for a touchdown. Hobert also roped in a team-high 10 tackles.
Hudson Jones completed 15 of 16 passes for 193 yards and five touchdowns.
Paramount (11-1) has also dominated in the playoffs, with wins over El Toro, 60-10, and Roosevelt of Eastlake, 41-17. The Pirates have scored 40 or more points in eight straight games, and their lone loss was by one point in overtime to Division 1 qualifier Bishop Amat on Aug. 30.
St. Margaret’s, JSerra to Run in CIF-SS Cross Country Finals
Both the St. Margaret’s and JSerra boys and girls cross country teams advanced out of the CIF-SS preliminaries on Saturday, Nov. 16 at the Riverside Cross Country Course.
The CIF-SS Finals will be contested on Saturday, Nov. 23 at the same Riverside course.
The JSerra boys won their Division 4 heat on the strength of a first-place run by back-to-back state champion Anthony Grover. The JSerra girls advanced by finishing seventh in their heat.
The reigning CIF-SS champion St. Margaret’s boys and girls were both ranked No. 1 in their Division 5 polls entering the postseason and advanced easily, with the girls winning their heat and the boys placing second in theirs.
Zach Cavanagh is the sports editor for Picket Fence Media. Zach is a California Journalism Award winner and has covered sports in Orange County since 2013. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @ZachCav and follow our sports coverage on Twitter @SouthOCSports.