Banning High School quarterback Ed Kapu and fullback Eric Sharp each ran for two touchdowns, but it was the Pilots' defense that put them into the City 4-A final with a 28-9 win over San Fernando High School Friday night at East Los Angeles College.
Banning will meet Carson for the championship next Friday. Carson defeated Dorsey, 35-19, Friday night.
Banning's defense, which only once all season has been scored upon in the fourth quarter, shut out San Fernando in the second half and limited the Tigers' wishbone attack to 168 yards total offense.
"Once our defense starts taking hold of a game, our offense gets pumped up," Banning Coach Chris Ferragamo said. "Any type of turnover caused by our defense makes us sparkle."
Banning, which enters the City final for the 10th time in 11 years, forced five San Fernando turnovers, including two interceptions in the second half that led to a pair of touchdowns, putting the game out of reach.