The Highlanders are ready for a showdown with the Colts. Chancellors shut out the Parrots 37-0 and advanced to the second round in the CIF-City Section Division II Tournament.
2023 CIF-City Section Playoff Preview
GRANADA HILLS CA. Two weeks ago, on homecoming night, in front of a large home crowd for the final game of the regular season, it turned into the Darrell Stanelly show. Stanley had an amazing night as he scored four of the Highlanders’ six touchdowns to beat the Chatsworth Chancellors 48-28 in front of a large crowd at John Elway Stadium.
The Highlanders finished second place in the West Valley League and have gotten a bye week to prepare for their upcoming match against the Carson Colts who finished second place in the Marine League with a 9-1 record. The Colts finished their regular season with a win against division-rival the Banning Pilots 13-0.
Stanley said he is pleased with his performance against Chatsworth. He credits his offensive line for making it all possible for him to get the yardages and touchdowns and is now ready to play in the Open Division playoffs.
“We realized as a team that we had to come out and play hard,” Stanley said. “I knew I had a chip on my shoulder after all these previous games so I wanted to make sure that the last home game of the season came out with a bang. So I decided I wanted to be patient and let the linemen make all the magic for me”.
With a showdown with the Carson Colts just around the corner, Stanley said he is confident that the Highlanders will be prepared to battle. However, he also mentioned that for the Highlanders to survive the playoffs, they must tighten up and block hard.
“The offensives just need to keep on doing what it is doing and make those blocks;” Stanley said. “Defensively we just have to tighten up and make the important plays to increase our chances of making it to the next round”.
Granada Hills head coach Bucky Brooks said he is pleased with his team's performance and is proud that his team ended the regular season on a high note. He said he is proud of his team and is looking forward to the Open Division Playoffs.
“It is always great to get a win on Senior night,” Brooks said. “We did some good things on offense and it was the first time we got things rolling. Defensively we can improve but overall a nice effort for a team that had an opportunity to go 7-2-1”. The Highlanders will travel to Carson on Thursday, November 9 at 7:00 P.m.
Brooks explains how he will prepare his team against Carson for the first round of the 2023 CIF LA City Section Football Championships - Open Division" tournament. He said improving on defense will help the Highlanders survive the playoffs.
“We have to play better on defense if we plan on moving far,” Brooks said “ We must concentrate and bring our A-Game on the field, especially playing in the Open Division”.
Although Chatsworth finished the season with a 4-6 record and players having off-the-field behavior issues, the Chancellors were able to secure a top seed in the CIF-City Section Division II playoffs finishing fifth place in the Valley West League.
CIF City Section Division II Chatsworth 37 Poly 0 Recap from round one.
SUN VALLEY CA. The Chancellors scored a 37-0 upset against the Poly Parrots in the first round. The Parrots finished second place in the East Valley League with a record of 6-5 and got an early exit from the playoffs at the expense of the Chatsworth defense. The Chancellors were able to rebound from their loss against open division contender and league rival Granada Hills and have proven that their record should not be judged or determined on how far they will go. Chatsworth has sent a message to the rest of Division II that they should not be taken lightly.
Chatsworth head coach Marvin Street said his offense has shown that they can play with any open division team such as Granada Hill. However, even though Chancellors got a shutout win against Poly, they can not afford to play C+ Football.
“The big problem we had against Poly was poor blocking,” Street said. “We may have won the game but we can't have any more poor blocking (like) that when we face Lincoln this Thursday. One of the things that has changed since our loss to Granada Hills is that we have put guys who have become more successful”.
Street also said that off-the-field behavior issues have become a serious issue which is the reason why the Chancellors can not afford to decrease their chances of moving up playoffs in Division II.
“My guys have a choice they have to make,” Street said. “The choice is when the bell rings they have to decide if they will make it to class on time or will they be late. Well, same thing in football when the ball snaps you have to decide whether you will get there on time or will be late on the play?”
Street's plan for his players to prepare for the second round is to be ready on each play. He said it is all about execution in each play.
“The goal for this Thursday is we must execute on each play from the snap of the ball,” Street said. “If we can execute for 48 minutes by reducing our mistakes and putting in decent blocking we can move to the third round”.
The Chancellors will host the Lincoln Tigers on Thursday, November 9 at 7:00 p.m.
Last week Lincoln defeated the Westchester Comets by a score of 23-6.