Prep football


Football playoff brackets released


The first round of the CIF-Southern Section Eastern Division football playoffs will have a familiar feel for most of the area's teams.


Six of the seven High Desert teams that made the postseason will face another team from the High Desert.


DSL champion Silverado (5-5, 4-0 DSL) enters the playoffs on a five-game winning streak and hosts Oak Hills (8-2, 2-2 MRL), which took third in the MRL.


Sultana (7-3, 1-3 MRL) earned the at-large bid and travels to No. 3 seed and Sunbelt League champion Heritage (9-1, 5-0 SL).


All games are scheduled for Friday at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted, but may be moved if both schools agree to an alternate time.


SULTANA 49, GRANITE HILLS 35: The fact that the Sultana football team working on a film session last weekend is somewhat telling. As expected, The Sultans (7-3, 1-3 Mojave River League) was announced as a part of the postseason brackets Sunday after beating Granite Hills 49-35 in both teams' regular season finale Thursday.


OAK HILLS 21, APPLE VALLEY 26: The setup took a awfully long time. But for the Apple Valley football team, the punch line was awfully sweet. The Sun Devils claimed a second-place finish in the Mojave River League with a 26-21 win against Oak Hills, which finished in third, on Friday night at Newton T. Bass Stadium. The Sun Devils went 4-0 at home this season.


SERRANO 48, HESPERIA 10: Serrano clinched its third straight outright Mojave River League championship with a one-sided 48-10 win over Hesperia at Scorpion Stadium on Thursday night. Hesperia (1-9, 0-4 MRL) got on the scoreboard in the first half on a 25-yard field goal by freshman Austin Williams. The Scorpions' only touchdown came on the next-to-last play of the game when backup quarterback Robert Campos hooked up with Alex Hammond on a 70-yard pass and run.


 


Prep cross country


Sultana


Last year when the CIF-SS Finals were moved from the regular course to the rain course, the Sultana girls struggled and came up a place shy of moving on to state.


When the course was changed Saturday for the CIF-SS Prelims, it was a different story.


Sisters Hannah Munyan (16:46) and Moriah Munyan (17:24) came in second and ninth respectively to help the Sultans finish fourth in their Division 2 heat and advance to Finals. Kaylee Upham (17:57) finished 21st.


"Because everybody ran well we moved on," Sultana coach Joshua Lange said. "They all showed up and we moved on."


The Sultana boys finished 12th as a team with Brandon Williams (15:51) taking 47th place. Sultana graduates just two seniors.


Hesperia Christian


Nicole Jenkins qualified to the Division 5 finals for the third year in a row. Jenkins (19:22) finished fifth in her heat to move on.


The HCS boys came in eighth in their heat and did not advance. Tim Baum (16:28) was the Patriots' top finisher in 21st place.


Oak Hills


The Bulldogs placed three runners in the top 34 of their Div. 2 heat, but didn't advance as a team.


Shay Graham (18:19) finished 28th, Desiree Castillo (18:20) was 30th and Rebecca Thweatt (18:22) took 34th.


Jacob Otto (15:43) finished 49th to lead the boys, who also fell short of advancing to finals.


Michael Stone, Justin Hale, Castillo and Thweatt will all run in the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships on Dec. 3 at Mt. SAC.


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