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Orange County Football League races end in spectacular fashion – Orange County Register

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From potential coin flips to impressive story chances, here are Orange County football’s most intriguing playoff runs going into the final week of the regular season:

Big 4: The league didn’t earn a playoff win last season, but it’s still tied. The league’s second and final playoff spot will go to the winner of Katella (3-6, 1-1) against Segerstrom (2-7, 1-1) on Friday at Segerstrom High. The Knights have the highest rating by CalPreps, which predicts a 19-17 win for Katella. Garden Grove (8-1, 2-0) clinched at least a share of the title.

Peak view: Traditional rivals Villa Park (4-5, 1-1) and Foothill (4-5, 1-1) face off Thursday at Tustin High for the remaining automatic playoff spot. If that wasn’t enough on the line, the losing team might struggle to grab a berth away due to their overall record. Teams with at least .500 registrations get priority in the at-large process. Yorba Linda (9-0, 2-0) sealed at least a share of the title.

Empire: Don’t forget third-placed Tustin (2-7, 2-2) hosts Pacifica (3-6, 1-3) Friday at 3 p.m. It’s a weird kickoff time, but it’s week 10 and another game is scheduled. at Tustin in the evening. The Tillers need a win to secure third place and an automatic CIF berth. Cypress (9-0, 4-0) and Crean Lutheran (9-0, 4-0) face off for the championship on Thursday.

Highway: Things could get a little complicated if Sonora (5-4, 1-3) beats Sunny Hills (3-6, 2-2) at La Habra High on Friday. The result could help produce a three-way tie for third place with Fullerton (4-5, 2-2), who host Troy (7-2, 3-1). CalPreps projects a 21-20 victory for Sonora, which has not beaten Sunny Hills since 2015. In a three-way tie for third, a coin toss would determine automatic playoff berth.

Garden with trees: The league has produced a lot of drama on the pitch but there is more left for its final. There are several storylines to watch and the potential for a tiebreaker, but Bolsa Grade (5-4, 2-2) could take a big step toward ending Orange County’s longest playoff drought at 34 by beating visiting Loara (3-6, 1-3) on Thursday. The Matadors last made the playoffs in 1987 and haven’t posted a winning season since. Rancho Alamitos (8-1, 3-1) and Los Amigos (7-2, 3-1) appear in a strong position as they close in on Santiago (6-3, 2-2) and La Quinta ( 2-7, 1-3), respectively.

North Hills: Second place in the automatic playoffs in the County Breakout League will be decided Thursday as El Dorado (7-2, 1-1) takes on Canyon (7-2, 1-1) at El Modena High. CalPreps predicts a 35-34 victory for the Golden Hawks. El Modena (9-0, 2-0) can secure a perfect regular season by beating Esperanza (2-7, 0-2) on Friday.

Orange Coast: St. Margaret’s (3-6, 3-2) could secure third place with a win over Calvary Chapel (4-5, 3-2) at Segerstrom High on Thursday. It would be a sweet win for both teams, but the Tartans are trying to recover from an 0-6 start. Orange (7-2, 5-0) and Santa Ana (7-2, 5-0) will renew their rivalry on Friday when they play for the title at Santa Ana Stadium.

The Pacific coast: Dana Hills (6-3, 1-1) could help force a league-high triple tie by upsetting visiting Northwood (8-1, 2-0) on Friday. Laguna Hills (8-1, 1-1) should also beat Irvine (4-5, 0-2). A draw would break the three-way tie. Northwood has won six straight games.

South side: Tesoro (6-3, 1-1) hosts San Clemente (6-3, 1-1) in a showdown that looks to be for second place in the league’s automatic playoffs behind Mission Viejo (8-1, 2-0 ). CalPreps projects a 28-21 win for the Tritons.

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