VICTORVILLE "Why not us?" the Silverado football team shouted after pulling off a first round playoff upset Friday night.


The reasons are getting harder and harder to find.


The Hawks beat Oak Hills in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Eastern Division playoffs 16-7 for their first playoff win since 2008, when they made it to the semifinals.


Silverado (6-5) will host top-seeded Summit in the quarterfinals.


Despite having home-field advantage and a better seed, the Hawks were decided underdogs entering the game because the Bulldogs beat them 20-6 in early October.


Back then, Silverado was struggling as it dropped to 0-5. Since then however, the Hawks have won six straight games and outscored their opponents 154-44.


"The last time we played them, it was one of those things that you never want to lose, but we found out a lot about ourselves," Silverado head coach Carl Posey said. "It was a great deal that our kids stuck with it. It was one of those things that you don't get many opportunities in life to get a second chance. We were very fortunate to have the opportunity to play them again. I don't think I was as excited as they were, but our kids were very excited about the draw."


Oak Hills (8-3), meanwhile, has been trending in the opposite direction. The Bulldogs started the season 7-0, but went 1-3 in their last four games.


"They are kind of a young group that really played hard," Oak Hills head coach Robert Kistner said. "I'm proud of them. I enjoy coaching those guys. They came to play. We had some upsets and we had some letdowns, but so goes life."


Oak Hills senior running back Marshaun Coprich was held to 163 yards, his lowest total since late September, and a touchdown. His 54-yard burst down the right sideline on the Bulldogs' first drive of the second half seemed like a momentum-changer and gave them a 10-3 lead, but the Hawks didn't let it become a difference maker.


"We figured that he was their biggest weapon so we figured out little things and techniques to try to stop him and play smart," said Silverado junior safety Kyle Trammel, who picked up a key fourth quarter interception. "I always tell my teammates don't worry about what just happened because that's football. It's football, you are (going to get scored on) so keep your head up and look forward to the next play."