And then there were two … The Olympian Eagles, top-seeded in Division III, and the Eastlake Titans, seeded second in Division I, both won quarterfinal-round playoff games last Friday to advance to this Friday’s division semifinals as the San Diego Section post-season tournament winds to a close with championship games Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at Escondido High School.
Olympian (11-0) defeated the visiting Mt. Carmel Sundevils, 40-7, while Eastlake (8-3) topped upset-minded Torrey Pines, 28-10, to both advance.
The Eagles will host the fourth-seeded Lincoln Hornets (8-3) while the Titans will host the third-seeded Grossmont Foothillers (9-2). Both games are set for a 7 p.m. kickoff.
Mar Vista almost made it three South County teams in this Friday’s semifinals after the Mariners, nursing a 21-20 fourth quarter lead, fumbled away a potential insurance touchdown in the end zone. Host Valley Center capitalized on the turnover to march down field and boot a game-winning field goal with less than two minutes remaining in the game to pull out a dramatic 23-21 victory.
Hilltop, meanwhile, ended its season 6-6 following a 50-0 loss to top-seeded Oceanside in a Division II quarterfinal game last Friday.
The Metro Conference will be sending a team entry to Saturday’s state championship meet after the Castle Park Trojans recorded a second place finish in the Division III boys race. The Trojans, however, could have had more.
Five individuals from the conference also qualified to compete at the state finals.
Read the full details in Friday’s print edition of The Star-News