Monica High School football team had a rough regular season. Hopefully, the
postseason will be a bit kinder to the Mariners. After a season in which they
finished last in the Santa Fe League, St. Monica found itself with an
opportunity to play another game.
were granted a wish. This time they play for real in the postseason with a
first round playoff matchup against Rio Honda Prep. That may not be a good
thing. The Mariners rolled through their first two games of the CIF Southern
Section Northeast Division playoffs last season, advancing to the semifinals.
they went up against was Rio Honda Prep. Rio Honda Prep was too much for the
Mariners in that contest, dismantling St. Monica 42-14. Rio Honda Prep eventually won the CIF championship
and made it all the way to the state title game last season.
against the reigning CIF champs was probably something that head coach Adam
Guerra was looking for. And they’ll be doing it on the road. St. Monica will
have to travel for its playoff game on Friday against Rio Honda Prep, which
will make the contest even more favorable for the home squad.
Rio Honda Prep is the third-ranked team in the
CIF Northeast Division. Salesian, which defeated St. Monica to end the regular
season, is the top seed. That may not do much for Guerra’s team, but anything
can happen once the postseason starts.
Andrew Miller could be a difference-maker for the Mariners. Should St. Monica
get by Rio Honda Prep, the Mariners will then take on the winner of the
Hamilton-Excelsior playoff game. St.
Monica is 3-7 this season. The Mariners’ three wins came against Malibu, Xavier
Prep and Bellarmine-Jefferson.
Copyright © 2011 by Santa Monica Mirror. All rights reserved.