The Temecula Valley Golden Bears defeated Camarillo 37-31 in overtime and will move on to face Newport Harbor (6-7) for the Division 6 championship at home Friday, Nov. 26. Valley News/David Canales photo

The CIF Southern section prep football championships lie on the horizon and with only two teams from inside the Valley News coverage playing in the semifinals this past week, only one will be advancing to the next and final round. Temecula Valley, who are representing the area in Division 6, defeated Camarillo 37-31 in overtime, and Tahquitz, out of Hemet, representing our area in Division 12, fell to Compton 52-35.

Temecula Valley, who had not posted stats online yet by the time this week’s issue went to print, will take on Newport Harbor (6-7) for the Division 6 championship at Temecula Valley High School Friday, Nov. 26.

The Tahquitz Titans fell to Compton 52-35 Friday, Nov. 19, in Division 12, semifinals. Valley News/Courtesy photo

As for Tahquitz, the night belonged to Compton’s Erick Barrios, who had the best game of his season leading the Tarbabes to victory. In a game that saw five lead changes in the first half, Compton took control in the second half, outscoring the Titans 28-15. Barrios rushed for 202 yards and three touchdowns, had two receiving touchdowns, two interceptions and a fumble recovery as Compton (7-5) advanced to the championship game for the first time since 1979.

Compton has now won five games in a row after starting the season 2-5. The Tarbabes rushed for 344 yards on the night and amassed 413 total yards on offense. Tahquitz rushed for 253 yards as Juzaiah Crump added 60 yards on 14 carries.

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