CALIFORNIA CITY — The California City football team used a strong second half to defeat McFarland 20-7 in the first round of the CIF-Central Section Division 6 playoffs on Friday night.

The No. 2-seeded Ravens started the first half slow after sitting some starters for disciplinary reasons. 

“It was a struggle,” Cal City coach Brandon Rivers said.

The Ravens trailed 7-0, but scored and converted a two-point conversion to go up 8-7 with a minute left in the first half.

With a full roster in the second half, Cal City took off.

“We were able to run the ball and the defense got going and we never looked back,” Rivers said.

Jacob Rangel threw a 50-yard touchdown pass to Lucian Rodarte for the first score, while Jeremiah Neal rushed for an 8-yard touchdown and Zarias Rose ran for a 2-yard score.

Louie Contreras also had an interception for the Ravens.

“They all played really well,” Rivers said.

Cal City will host Sierra Pacific next Friday. Sierra Pacific defeated Kern Valley 40-27 on Friday.

Girls Tennis

Rowland 12, Quartz Hill 6

ROWLAND HEIGHTS — The Quartz Hill girls tennis team lost to No. 2-seeded Rowland 12-6 in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 4 playoffs on Friday.

The Golden League champion Rebels finished the season 20-2 overall.

Quartz Hill picked up all six of their points in singles as No. 1 singles player Riley Johnson swept 6-1, 6-1, 6-3. Sophomore Mia Ogebe also won two sets for the second straight match, 6-2, 6-3, and Hanna Hoang picked up a 6-1 victory.

“The last match of the day was Mia playing their No. 1 player,” Quartz Hill coach Liz Litchfield said. “Into the dark she battled. Every point went back-and-forth 15 to 25 times. She refused to not keep the ball in play. At 2-2 she continued to play and won every game.”

The team left Quartz Hill at 10:45 a.m. but didn’t get to Rowland Heights until 1:40 p.m., just 20 minutes before the scheduled 2 p.m. start.

“All the girls battled hard in the 90-degree weather,” Litchfield said.

Quartz Hill will send singles player Johnson, as well as doubles team Semma Hadaya and Emma Abaied to the CIF-Southern Section Individual Tournament on Nov. 25.

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