SAN LUIS OBISPO HIGH TAKES ON THE NO. 1 SEED

The Tribune (SLO) - - Insight - BY TRI­BUNE STAFF

The Mis­sion Prep foot­ball team will put its per­fect record on the line in the CIF-Cen­tral Sec­tion 8-man play­offs Fri­day night — and all the Roy­als have to do is win once and they’re in the cham­pi­onship game.

The Roy­als face off at home against Riverdale Chris­tian at 7 p.m. in a sec­ond-round game af­ter re­ceiv­ing a first-round bye last week.

Mis­sion Prep com­piled a 9-0 over­all record play­ing a mix of 11-man games in its three-game non-league sched­ule be­fore go­ing 6-0 to win the eight-man Cen­tral Sierra League.

The Roy­als’ aver­age mar­gin of vic­tory in league com­pe­ti­tion was 44.5, and they recorded three straight shutouts at one point this sea­son. Mis­sion Prep also beat Morro Bay, Kern Val­ley and Green­field in 11-man com­pe­ti­tion.

Riverdale Chris­tian fin­ished fourth in the Cen­tral Sierra and lost 63-0 to Mis­sion Prep on Oct. 6. This is ex­pected to be Mis­sion Prep’s sec­ond and fi­nal sea­son play­ing eight-man foot­ball af­ter drop­ping down from 11-man two years ago due to dwin­dling par­tic­i­pa­tion num­bers.

San Luis Obispo and Ar­royo Grande also both have sec­on­dround play­off games Fri­day, which will be played on the road. Here are the de­tails:

SLO HIGH AT SAN JOAQUIN ME­MO­RIAL, 7 P.M.

San Luis Obispo (8-3) recorded its first play­off win last week since 2011 with a 24-16 Cen­tral Sec­tion Di­vi­sion 3 win over South of Bak­ers­field.

The Tigers’ prize? A show­down with San Joaquin Me­mo­rial, the un­de­feated No. 1 seed and cham­pion of the Fresno area’s County/Metro Ath­letic Con­fer­ence. San Joaquin (10-0) en­joyed a first-round bye last week af­ter beat­ing op­po­nents by an aver­age of nearly 30 points per game.

AR­ROYO GRANDE AT BUCHANAN, 7 P.M.

Ar­royo Grande cruised to a first-round vic­tory in the Cen­tral Sec­tion Di­vi­sion 1 play­offs with a 59-10 vic­tory last week over Sanger, set­ting up Fri­day’s matchup with the sec­ond-place team from the Tri-River League.

Buchanan (10-2) beat league ri­val Clo­vis West 31-0 in the first round last week.

DAVID MIDDLECAMP dmid­dle­camp@thetri­bune­news.com

Kevin Jess mus­cles his way to a first down. Eighth-seeded San Luis Obispo hosted ninth-seeded South (6-4) of Bak­ers­field on Fri­day in the Di­vi­sion 3 bracket. The Tigers now take on the No. 1 seed, San Joaquin Me­mo­rial, which is un­de­feated.

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