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And then there were two. The SoCal high school semifinals took place Saturday, with Fallbrook and Cathedral surviving to make Super Sunday’s championship bout. Both won decisively.

In the day’s first game, defending champs Fallbrook outmatched Trabuco Hills to the tune of  31-12.

“We started off pretty messy with a bunch of errors in the beginning, still managing to score some points in the beginning,” said Fallbrook assistant coach Keri Adam. “But once we got rid of some of the errors there wasn’t much they could do. When we put it through the hands it’s pretty tough to stop.”

In the other semi, Cathedral too had overcome a slow start (halftime score 7-5) en route to a 29-12 win over Artesia.  

“Artesia was very athletic and very physical,” said Cathedral coach Matt Baier, “and our kids were doing a good job of sticking to our game plan and we tried to open up a bit in the second half and we were able to take advantage of some overlaps and found a couple more holes in the second half.”

Both Cathedral and Fallbrook’s coaching staffs were able to watch each other, so both know what they need to do to claim victory Sunday. For Cathedral, the key to victory is simple.

“You’ve got to tackle Fallbrook and bring them to the ground,” said Baier, “because they’re not going to go down easy.”

For Fallbrook, success will come if they can neutralize Cathedral’s big, crashing backs.

“All of them are 220-pounders, all plus six foot, they all look like flankers and eight men,” said Adam of Cathedral’s backs, “but they’re slower, and we think we’re just going to work that. We’re going to run these guys off their feet. They like to do crash zeroes and we’re not going to let it happen. Our defense is stingy.”