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King delivered in the clutch for Los Altos to send the Conquerors to Friday’s CIF Southern Section Division 6 championship with one of the biggest catches in school history. On the final play of Friday’s semifinal at home against Long Beach Wilson trailing 28-24, Los Altos quarterback Kody Olmos threw to the corner of the endzone for King, who leaped over a defender to haul it in with no time left on the clock to pull out a dramatic 30-28 victory, sending Los Altos to the championship game for the second time in three years.
He came up with three interceptions in Friday’s 37-0 L.A. City Section Division III semifinal victory over Hollywood, including two returned for touchdowns of 70 and 63 yards. Ellison, who has a whopping 15 interceptions on the year, also added a 40-yard punt return and had three catches for 60 yards.
Denmark, a bruising runner, set the tone for Narbonne with two early touchdowns to help Narbonne to a 54-20 win over El Camino Real, booking the Gauchos’ ticket for an eighth L.A. City Section final appearance in nine years. Denmark finished with 88 yards rushing and scored the first two touchdowns of the game for the Gauchos, who will face Dorsey in the City final Saturday at El Camino College.
St. John Bosco
Mitchell continued his impressive postseason with a four-touchdown performance in the CIF-SS Division 1 semifinal win over Corona Centennial. The quarterback passed 287 yards and three touchdowns while completing 18 of his 23 pass attempts. That’s a 158.9 quarterback rating, according to MaxPreps. Mitchell also ran for 116 yards on 14 carries, including the 63-yard game-winning touchdown run in the fourth quarter. In three playoff games, Mitchell has passed for 812 yards and 10 touchdowns.
In his fourth and final CIF-State Championship race in Fresno, Gonzalez outkicked Larkspur Redwood’s Liam Anderson to the finish line and won the first individual state championship in school history with a Divisioin III victory and time of 15:03.3. Gonzalez also had the fastest time of any Inland-area athlete on Woodward Park’s 5-kilometer course.
The senior outside linebacker racked up nine total tackles, three sacks and forced a fumble to help the Saints reach their first section final since 1986 with a 66-27 victory against Laguna Beach in the CIF-SS Division 13 semifinals.
Ceesay had a huge game in leading the Falcons to the CIF-SS Division 10 championship game with a 64-63 win over Lawndale Leuzinger in overtime. Ceesay completed 19 of 31 passes for 328 yards and four touchdowns and also ran for two other touchdowns.
Bishop saved his best for last, winning individual honors and leading the Wolfpack to a Division II state title on Saturday at Woodward Park in Fresno with a time of 15:14.6. In winning, he bested league rival Stephen Kahn of Ayala, last year‘s state champion and this season’s Palomares League champion. Bishop emerged from the front of a lead pack with less than a mile to go in the 5,000-meter race and became the school’s first individual state champion.
Redlands East Valley
Opsahl was the only boys runner to represent a Redlands school at the CIF State meet in Fresno on Saturday. He finished his season by placing 35th in Division II race.
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