The Camarillo and Grace Brethren highs football teams continue on their collision course in the CIF-Southern Section football playoffs.
Camarillo routed No. 4-seeded Oak Hills, 44-20, and No. 3 Grace Brethren whipped Paramount, 41-12, in road games in the quarterfinals of the Division 4 playoffs Friday night.
It was a big effort under adversity for the Scorpions. Former player Cody Coffman, a 2015 graduate of Camarillo High, was among the 12 victims in the tragic shooting Wednesday night at the Borderline Bar in Thousand Oaks.
“It hasn’t been a great week,” said Camarillo coach Jack Wiiliard.
Willard and Coffman’s uncle Bobby were teammates at Camarillo High in 1972.
Camarillo (11-1) will next host top-seeded Corona Del Mar in the semifinals this Friday. Grace Brethren (10-2) is on the road vs. No. 2 Villa Park.
With one more victory apiece, Camino League powers Grace Brethren and Camarillo would stage a rematch of their regular-season finale won by the Lancers, 42-21.
Both teams put together complete game victories in the quarterfinals.
Camarillo quarterback James McNamara completed 21 of 27 attempts for 288 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for another score. Jesse Valenzuela rushed for 66 yards and caught seven passes for 53 yards.
The Scorpions defense was ferocious in holding the vaunted Oak Hills rushing attack to 123 yards, with 82 coming on final play of game.
Oak Hills was limited to four first downs.
Grace Brethren unleashed its characteristic physical prowess, on both sides of the ball, to handle Paramount.
Lontrelle Diggs rushed for 219 yards and three touchdowns on 31 carries, Joshua Henderson ran for 108 yards on eight carries and the Lancers piled up 422 yards on the ground.
Stanley Taufoou led a swarming defense that throttled the host team.
“Stanley made his mark,” said Grace Brethren coach Josh Henderson. “He played a great game, a game-changing performance."