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Prep football: Cards set for waiting game

SCCS wins finale, will learn playoff fate today

Posted: November 4, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: November 4, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Santa Clarita Christian running back Derek Lewis rushes against Animo Leadership on Saturday at Maya Angelou High School in Los Angeles. SCCS won 54-0.


Santa Clarita Christian did all it could to impress the CIF-Southern Section advisory committee, which will select four at large teams for the Northeast Division playoffs today, after a 54-0 rout of Animo Leadership Saturday afternoon at Maya Angelou High.

The Cardinals will now have to wait until 8 a.m to find out if they’re resume will earn them a postseason berth.

“It looks good because of our record,” said head coach Garrick Moss. “But it’s all up to the CIF advisory committee. We could end up not getting in, which would be a shame.”

The top two teams in each of the Northeast Division’s six leagues get an automatic berth into the playoffs. As of now, SCCS (7-3, 3-2, third place in the San Joaquin League) stands on the outside looking in, hoping to grab one of the four playoffs spots.

It’s all but a given one of the spots will go to Mission Prep, which finished the season 8-1 and was ranked No. 1 in the latest Northeast poll, but cannot earn an automatic bid because it is a freelance team.

“If we can get in, we know we can compete with the any of the teams in the top six.” Moss said.

Although Animo Leadership (0-10, 0-5) may not be a top team, the Cardinals took care of business behind running back Derek Lewis and quarterback Jonathan Saavedra.

Lewis had 74 yards on 10 carries for four touchdowns and a pick six.

“We didn’t need to use him much, but he played very well,” Moss said of Lewis. “He ended the season leading the San Joaquin league with 111 tackles and he broke 1,000 yards rushing on offense.”

Saavedra finished the game 10-for-12 with 136 and three touchdowns. His touchdown passes went to John Luke Wilson and Jacob Nogle, who finished the game with six catches for 97 yards.

But the big picture for the Cardinals is making the playoffs. Desert (6-4), Poly of Pasadena (6-3), Bell Jeff (4-6) and Vasquez (4-6) are among the teams likely to be in contention for one of the final three at-large berths.

“We just want to get in this year and give it a run,” Moss said.


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