Westmont football team returns to playoffs


A season after coming within a quarter of capturing their first Central Coast Section football championship, the Westmont Warriors are back in the playoffs with hopes of fulfilling their quest for that elusive crown.

A hard-fought 38-27 triumph over Santa Teresa on Nov. 9 in their regular-season finale cemented the Warriors’ fourth consecutive CCS playoff berth, a school record.

The road to Westmont’s ultimate goal of a first CCS title will not be an easy one. It begins with a trip to Aragon High School for a 1 p.m. Division II showdown on Nov. 18. The second-seeded Aragon Dons were second-place finishers to undefeated Half Moon Bay in the Peninsula Athletic League’s Bay Division this season.

Aragon, which finished the regular season 9-1, has outscored its opponents by 132 points (284-152) this year with their only loss coming at the hands of Half Moon Bay (21-14 on Oct. 27).

The seventh-seed Warriors, who bowed out in the first round of the section playoffs in both 2014 and 2015, made it all the way to the finals of the Division II tournament last year before losing a 17-13 heartbreaker to Soledad.

Westmont enter its CCS opener with a 7-3 overall record.

The Warriors outlasted the Santa Teresa Saints last week, and clinched their sixth consecutive winning season in the Blossom Valley Athletic League by finishing 4-3 and in sole possession of fourth place in the rugged Mt. Hamilton Division.

“This season has exceeded all of my expectations,” said Westmont coach Mark Kaanapu, who has guided the Warriors to a 33-12 record in four seasons. “Coming in, we had a lot of question marks in a lot of different positions, and our players really responded well. The seniors that are going out have been in the playoffs all four years that they’ve been in the program, and I think …read more

Source:: The Mercury News

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