Senior Matt Lopes ran for 215 yards and four touchdowns Friday to carry Palos Verdes into the Northern Division final with a 50-33 win over Valencia at Valencia High.
The Sea Kings, winners of 10 in a row, will meet Bay League rival West Torrance in the title game Dec. 1. It will be Palos Verdes' first appearance in a championship game in nearly five decades and the first since the school reopened in 2002.
"We've been taking little steps every year," said Palos Verdes Coach Guy Gardner, who has led the school to 28 wins in the last three years. "[This] means a lot."
Valencia, meanwhile, had its season ended in the Northern Division semifinals for the third time in four years.
Palos Verdes (10-3) never trailed, scoring on its first possession when Lopes dashed 17 yards for a touchdown to cap an 80-yard drive. But with the exception of a pair of missed extra points, Valencia (9-4) kept pace behind senior quarterback Sean Murphy, who completed 18 of 25 passes for 325 yards and three scores in the first half.