Riordan-Palma football

Friday's game
Central Coast Section Open Division III semifinals
Riordan (8-3) vs. Palma (10-1) at Rabobank, 7 p.m.
 The Crusaders have proven to be a better road team this year, having gone 6-1. Palma, meanwhile, is 6-0 at Rabobank.
 Riordan, a member of the West Catholic Athletic League, opened the season with five straight wins, putting 48 points up on Sacred Heart Prep and 66 against Serra.
 Raymone Sanders has rushed for over 1,000 yards this season for Riordan while Jacky Luavas has thrown for nearly 1,800 yards.
 Emilio Martinez made the most of his five carries in his return last week after missing four games with a hamstring, rushing for 148 yards -- 93 on one carry -- and two touchdowns.
 Kevin Telford has filled in nicely the last two weeks with a pair of 100 plus yard rushing efforts for the Chieftains.
 That has kept teams from adding a nickle back on defense. Quarterback Jack Richardson averaged nearly 27 yards a completion last week on 10-13 attempts, tossing three touchdowns.
 While teams have focused on stopping tight end Liam McMillin, Isaiah Blanco has quietly caught eight touchdown passes for Palma.
 Palma's offense has scored 33 or more points in seven straight games. During its current nine game winning streak, it has come from behind three times and won another in overtime.
 The last time the Chieftains won 10 straight games, they captured the Division I title in 2003.
 Palma will be trying to snap a four-game playoff losing streak against teams from the WCAL.
 Riordan's last loss came from St. Francis. Palma's only loss was to St. Francis

Carmel-Half Moon Bay football

Friday's game
Central Coast Section Division V semifinals
Carmel (8-3) at Half Moon Bay (9-2), 7 p.m.
 Runner-ups in the Peninsula Ocean Division, the Cougars only setbacks this year came from league champion Hillsdale and Terra Nova.
 Half Moon Bay has scored 40 or more points five times this year, including a 50-40 win over Kings Academy four weeks ago, and a 47-34 playoff opening win over San Lorenzo Valley.
 Carmel has played the last three weeks like its season was on the line, averaging  43 points a game, producing 50 in beating Kings Academy last week.
 Covossay Windham is coming off a seven touchdown effort, in which he rushed for 297 yards and six touchdowns, and tossed a touchdown pass.
 The 225-pound junior, who missed the better part of three games with a knee injury, has rushed for  nearly 1,400 yards in seven games.
 While the Padres still line up in multiple passing formations, they have rushed for over 1,200 yards in the last three games -- and nearly 2,800 yards on the season.
 This is a rematch of last year's playoff opener, in which Carmel prevailed 42-14. Since starting the season 1-2, the Mission Trail Athletic League tri-champions are 8-1.
 Engaging in shootouts in the playoffs is nothing new for Carmel, as the average point total in its last six playoff games has been 93 points between the two teams.
The difference this year is an effective ground game is enabling the Padres to hold a lead late in the game.