Update (Nov. 3): This story was updated to reflect the Eagle Rock Eagles’ win in the semifinals of girls volleyball on Nov. 3. The finals are Nov. 6.
Update (Nov. 5): This story was updated to reflect the Eagle Rock Eagles’ win in the quarterfinals of boys water polo on Nov. 4. The semifinals are Nov. 8.
The regular season in NELA football ended last week and playoffs start on Nov. 5. The Lincoln Tigers are in the top echelon Open Division; other NELA teams are in Division 1 and Division 2. In girls volleyball playoffs, Eagle Rock will compete on Nov. 6 in the Division II finals. In the playoffs for boys water polo, Eagle Rock won in the quarterfinals and will compete next week in the semifinals.
The Franklin Panthers retained the “Victory Bell” on Oct. 29 with a win against the Wilson Mules, 47-10. It was the 63rd time that the Panthers and Mules faced off in the Victory Bell game. The Panthers lead the series 41-18-4.
The bell stays at FHS pic.twitter.com/3vCau0XdIs
— NELA Sports One ¹ (@NELASportsOne) October 30, 2021
Outstanding performances in the Victory Bell game included sophomore Alexander Miller, who caught 12 passes for 185 yards and one touchdown, seniors Aaron Gonzalez and Hector Ceballos, who each caught seven passes for 96 and 95 yards, respectively, and quarterback Isaiah Diaz, a senior, who was 31 of 48 for 434 yards and four touchdowns passing. The Panthers had 536 total yardage on the night.
In other local games on Oct. 29, Lincoln defeated Torres 51-6 and Sotomayor defeated University Pathways Public Service Academy in 8-man football, 44-12. (Eagle Rock did not play on Oct. 29 due to a forfeit by Marshall.)
The 2021 CIF L.A. City Section Football Championship Playoffs will begin on Nov. 5. All local NELA teams will have home games due to their higher seeding in the brackets. Start times are 4 p.m. unless a visiting team can secure transportation that allows the game to start at 7 p.m.
Lincoln made the Open Division, seeded #4, and will play #5 Birmingham. Franklin and Eagle Rock are in Division I. #4 Franklin will play #13 Canoga Park and #6 Eagle Rock faces #11 Dymally. The Wilson Mules are seeded #5 in Division II and will play #12 Hawkins.
In 8-man football, #2 Sotomayor has a bye and will host the winner of #3 Jordan versus #6 Fulton on Nov. 12.
You can view the complete brackets in the CIF Los Angeles City Section here.
Eagle Rock is on its way to the finals for the Division II championship on Nov. 6 against Sherman Oaks CES. In the semifinals on Nov. 3, the Eagles defeated Maywood CES, 3-1; in the quarterfinals on Nov. 1, they defeated King/Drew, 3-0. In Round Two on Oct. 28, the Eagles defeated the Franklin Panthers, 3-0. In Round One on Oct. 26, the Eagles had a bye while the Panthers defeated the Los Angeles Romans, 3-2.
The Sotomayor Wolves and the Lincoln Tigers each lost their first playoff round matches on Oct. 28. The Wolves fell to North Hollywood, 3-0 and the Tigers lost to Vaughn 3-2.
Eagle Rock lost to SOCES (Sherman Oaks CES), 4-3, in the first playoff round on Oct. 26 while Wilson lost to Birmingham, 5-2.
#4 seed Eagle Rock is on its way to the semifinals on Nov. 8 against #1 Palisades (at Palisades). In the quarterfinals on Nov. 4, the Eagles defeated the San Pedro Pirates 11-10. In the playoff match on Nov. 1 that advanced them to the quarterfinals, the Eagles defeated the #13 Panorama Pythons, 16-5.
The Eagles went 3-4-1 in league competition and are 9-7-1 overall.
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