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Some SCV ties are still alive

Herrington, Welch will lead teams in CIF-SS championship games

Posted: December 7, 2009 10:51 p.m.
Updated: December 8, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
Football is done in the Santa Clarita Valley, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t Santa Clarita connections still alive in the CIF-Southern Section postseason.

Coaches Dean Herrington and Harry Welch are leading teams into championship games.

Herrington’s Alemany team is hosting Mira Costa on Friday at 7:30 p.m. for the CIF-SS Western Division championship.

The former Hart High football player, offensive coordinator and College of the Canyons offensive coordinator was brought to Alemany in May of 2006 to turn around a struggling program.

He has done just that in a short period of time.

Alemany (10-3) is making its first appearance in a division championship game.

Rick Herrington, who coached at Hart for 30 years and was the team’s defensive coordinator until 2007, has been the Warriors’ defensive coordinator for the past two seasons.

Mira Costa will be a challenge, though.

The Mustangs (11-2), winners of 10 straight, are the division’s No. 1 seed and haven’t played a close game since late October.

They defeated Palmdale 51-27 in the division semifinals.

Welch, meanwhile, is gunning for his third straight CIF title at St. Margaret’s of San Juan Capistrano and his fifth straight division title overall, counting 2005 and 2006 championships at Canyon.

St. Margaret’s (12-1) will play at Ontario Christian (7-6) on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

A victory in the game would be Welch’s eighth CIF-SS division title.

Welch, who led Canyon to a 2006 state championship, guided the Tartans to a CIF State Small Schools Bowl Championship victory in 2008.

The Tartans are currently second in the south in Calpreps.com’s bowl game projection behind Parker of San Diego.

Friday’s Northern Division championship now pits Moorpark (12-1) against Westlake (13-0) in a rematch of an earlier game this season.

Moorpark ended Valencia’s season last Saturday in a 40-14 victory.

The Musketeers previously ended Canyon’s season with a 30-0 win in the first round of the playoffs.

Westlake defeated Moorpark 38-14 on Nov. 13.

The Warriors also own victories over Hart and Saugus this season.

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