The City high school football playoffs enter the semifinal round tonight, with all three of the top-seeded teams still alive, among them unbeaten Carson in the 4-A Division.
The Colts (10-0) will play San Fernando (7-1-1) at Veterans Stadium in Long Beach, and Granada Hills (7-3) will play host to Reseda Cleveland (5-5) in the other semifinal. Cleveland made it by becoming the first Valley team to beat Banning of Wilmington since 1978, when John Elway and Granada Hills won.
In the 3-A, Woodland Hills Taft (8-2) is at top-seeded Palisades (8-2) in a contrast of run vs. pass. Palisades has quarterback Perry Klein and a slew of receivers, but Taft has used the ground game with positive results--five games of 300 yards or more rushing, including 313 in a 33-14 win over San Pedro last week, and an average of 268.1 an outing. Taft suffered its losses when the Toreadors were held under 200 yards.
Chatsworth (7-3) travels to meet L.A. Franklin (8-1) in the other 3-A semifinal. The host Panthers would be the defending champions but were stripped of the title for using an ineligible player in the first round of the 1986 playoffs.