The final week of the regular season for local high school football teams is here! The postseason playoff picture is being painted, and while some teams have already clinched playoff berths, some are in a must win situation this week…while others can be a spoiler with a little bit of wiggle room in a majority of the standings. Teams that do not secure automatic berths from their league can also apply for an At-Large bid, which is where points and strengths of schedules will come in to play.

One of the most exciting finishes is going to come in the Big West Conference – Upper Division where Centennial is the only team to have caught an automatic bid so far. Four out of the five remaining teams are in a must win situation in order to advance. Those teams include Chaparral, Murrieta Valley, Vista Murrieta, and Roosevelt.

Murrieta Valley QB, Bear Bachmeier (47), rushes for a touchdown in the first quarter of the Nighthawks Week Nine matchup with Centennial. Valley News/Action Captures Media Group

The kicker here is Vista Murrieta and Murrieta Valley play each other, as will Chaparral and Roosevelt. The Broncos and Pumas will both be home for their final regular season matchups.

That’s just a taste of the some of the drama that will unfold this week. Here is a look at the breakdown of which other local teams have indeed clinched a playoff berth, as well as those needing the universe to align for them (the number of automatic berths for each league is in parenthesis):

BIG WEST CONFERENCE-SOUTH DIVISION (3)

Great Oak, King, and Murrieta Mesa have all clinched playoff berths.

COTTONWOOD LEAGUE (3)

Santa Rosa Academy is one of three teams to have clinched.

INLAND VALLEY LEAGUE (2)

Hemet has clinched and Rancho Christian will clinch with a win.

IVY LEAGUE (3)

Orange Vista and Rancho Verde have clinched. Elsinore will clinch with a win, and Temescal Canyon needs to win, but they also need a loss by North in order to advance.

MANZANITA LEAGUE (3)

Temecula Prep will advance with a win and California Military Institute can advance with a win, plus a loss by Nuview Bridge.

MESQUITE LEAGUE (3)

Linfield Christian is one of three teams to have clinched.

MOUNTAIN PASS LEAGUE (3)

Liberty, San Jacinto, and Tahquitz have all clinched.

SUNBELT LEAGUE (2)

Paloma Valley is the only team to have clinched thus far.

The CIF Southern Section will release brackets for the football playoffs Sunday, Oct. 29., beginning at 10 a.m. Of course, let’s not get away from the Week Nine high school football action that took place around the southwest Riverside County region from Thursday, Oct. 19, through Saturday, Oct. 21. Scores for Week Nine high school football games involving local teams inside our coverage area, were reported as follows:

THURSDAY 10/19

Ivy League

Orange Vista – 42, Temescal Canyon – 0

Manzanita League

Temecula Prep – 29, St. Jeanne de Lestonnac – 0

Mountain Pass League

Liberty – 49, Perris – 6

Tahquitz – 44, Citrus Hill – 7

San Jacinto – 48, West Valley – 12

Nonleague

Hemet – 28, Paloma Valley – 7

FRIDAY 10/20

Big West Conference-Upper Division

Centennial – 63, Murrieta Valley – 27

Roosevelt – 28, Vista Murrieta – 21

Chaparral – 17, Norco – 3

Big West Conference-Lower Division

King – 30, Temecula Valley – 0

Murrieta Mesa – 49, Corona – 0

Great Oak – 42, Santiago – 21

Cameron Simmons makes a catch for a golden Bear first down late in the fourth quarter of Temecula Valley’s 30-0 loss to King in Week Nine. Valley News/David Canales photo

Cottonwood League

Hamilton – 48, Vasquez – 42

Whittier Christian – 35, Santa Rosa Academy – 8

Inland Valley League

Rancho Christian – 42, Canyon Springs – 0

Ivy League

Elsinore – 42, North – 27

Rancho Verde – 37, Heritage – 7

Majestic League (8-man)

Hillcrest Christian – 28, Cornerstone Christian – 11

Manzanita League

Nuview Bridge – 18, San Jacinto Valley Academy – 7

Mesquite League

Linfield Christian – 44, Western Christian -31

After intercepting a Western Christian pass, Linfield’s Marcus Dylke (44) shakes off an opponent before getting tackled down field. Valley News/Rob Davis Photography

Sunbelt League

Vista del Lago – 49, Lakeside – 0

SATURDAY 10/21

Manzanita League

Webb – 36, California Military Institute – 20

*All stats, schedules, photos, and scores are supplied by local high school athletic directors, MaxPreps, CIF-SS offices, contributing writers/photographers and countless fans of the games via social media. Is your team’s score missing? Want to leave a game note? Let us know if your school is inside our coverage area and would like to be mentioned.

JP Raineri can be reached by email at sports@reedermedia.com.

JP Raineri
JP Raineri

JP is an award-winning multimedia journalist, and head of the Sports Department for the Valley News. Over his time in the Temecula Valley, JP, a former Southwestern League head baseball coach, was also an on-air radio personality at Q103.3, KATY 101.3, Hot 103.9, and was a television host for the Outdoor Channel. When not covering local, or national sports, JP also serves as an Associate Baseball Scout with NSR.