St. Monica Football Team To Take On Rio Honda Prep Friday Night

Mariners take on team that ousted them from postseason a year ago.

Thursday, 14 Nov 2013, 7:29:00 AM

Dennis Freeman

The St.

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.

The Mariners

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.

The team

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.

Going up

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.

Tight end

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.

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