The first week of the 2021 Los Angeles City Section high school football playoffs took place on Friday. Teams competing in Divisions 1-3 all played their first round games. Open Division action begins next week (Nov. 12).
Here’s everything you need to know about the first week of postseason action.
DIVISION 1 (Bracket)
No. 1 Dorsey took down No. 16 Chatsworth 48-13. Mychai Williams intercepted his tenth pass of the season for the Dons in the win.
In the second round, Dorsey will take on No. 9 Cleveland who won their first round game over No. 8 Huntington Park 22-8.
No. 12 Arleta upset No. 5 Carson 29-28.
Even with their upset, Arleta gets to host their second round game because No. 13 Canoga Park beat No. 4 Franklin 35-34 in overtime. Kayden Collins rushed for 208 yards and scored four touchdowns in the Hunters’ win. Franklin tried to go for two in overtime after scoring a touchdown but couldn’t convert.
No. 3 Reseda took care of business against No. 14 Granada Hills winning 33-0. The Regents played strong defense to contain Highlanders’ star tailback Dijon Stanley. On offense, Reseda junior QB Anthony Morris finished the game 8 for 12 with 132 yards and a rushing score.
No. 6 Eagle Rock beat No. 11 Dymally 27-6. The Eagles will take on Reseda in the quarterfinals on the road.
In the final two Division 1 games, Crenshaw was forced to forfeit due to not having enough players vaccinated against COVID-19, which gave South East a free pass to the quarterfinals where they’ll meet No. 2 Venice, who beat No. 15 Kennedy 62-34. Romeo Signore rushed for 122 yards and three touchdowns in the Gondoliers’ win.
DIVISION 2 (Bracket)
No. 1 El Camino Real beat No. 16 Chavez 27-6. Senior Royals QB Ryan Feinberg threw two touchdowns in the win.
No. 8 Jefferson took down Fremont 24-20. The Democrats will play on the road against El Camino Real in the quarterfinals.
No. 12 Hawkins went on the road and upset No. 5 Wilson 26-20.
No. 4 Westchester beat No. 13 Grant 41-14 and will now host Hawkins on Friday in the quarterfinals.
No. 3 Hamilton took down No. 14 Legacy 42-14. The Yankees will host No. 6 Verdugo Hills in the second round after the Dons beat No. 13 Marquez 20-8.
No. 7 MACES won over No. 10 Bell 10-7 and will travel to No. 2 Fairfax this Friday after the Lions beat North Hollywood 35-10. Sophomore QB Henry Prince threw three touchdowns and rushed for a fourth for Fairfax in their win. Jeffrey Nieves-Mays caught two of the touchdowns.
DIVISION 3 (Bracket)
No. 1 Taft beat No. 16 LA High 41-12. Anthony Maloney had a 35-yard interception return for a touchdown in the victory.
The Toreadors will host No. 9 View Park in the quarterfinals after the Knights took down No. 8 Contreras 32-29. Watch the highlights from View Park’s win here.
No. 5 Manual Arts beat No. 12 Monroe 22-20. Manual Arts will play on the road against No. 4 Narbonne in the quarterfinals. The previously winless Gauchos picked up their first victory of the season in a 14-0 first round triumph over No. 13 Santee.
No. 3 Panorama beat No. 14 Poly 14-0 to set up a quarterfinal game against No. 6 Sylmar, who beat No. 11 Washington Prep 30-14.
No. 7 New Designs Watts won via forfeit over No. 10 Torres and will now play on the road against No. 2 San Fernando in the second round after the Tigers beat No. 15 Mendez 22-12 in round one.