Four Southeast/Long Beach area high school teams are still alive in the CIF Southern Section football playoffs, including Whittier Christian and Valley Christian, which face each other in a Division IX semifinal game at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Whittier College.
Undefeated Whittier Christian (11-0) won its first two playoff games, 52-6 against San Jacinto and 61-28 over Desert, after averaging 37 points a game during the regular season.
But it is doubtful if the Heralds, coached by Phil Bravo, will be overconfident--they had to come from a 28-7 halftime deficit to beat Valley Christian, 33-28, in October.
Mike Wunderley's Valley Christian Crusaders of Cerritos are 6-5 and coming off a 24-6 victory over Bishop last week.
In Division I, Paramount (12-0) will play El Toro (11-1) at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Mission Viejo High School. The game will be a rematch of last year's Division III title game, which was won by Paramount, 26-20.