Brea Olinda shows toughness as it tops North Torrance if CIF-SS semifinals

  • Brea Olinda’s Kion Marshall scores a touchdown during their CIF semi-final game on Friday November, 16 2018. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • Brea Olinda’s Nathan Wyse, left, celebrates with teammate, Jordan Alcala, right, during their CIF semi-final game on Friday November, 16 2018. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

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  • Brea Olinda’s Xavier Telles celebrates his team’s victory over North Torrance in the CIF semi-final game Division 9 game on Friday November, 16 2018. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • North Torrance’s Brayden DeOcampo rushes during a quarterback keeper against the Brea Olinda defense during their CIF semi-final game on Friday November, 16 2018. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • Brea Olinda’s Jacob Alcala celebrates his team’s win over North Torrance by carrying a young fan. Brea Olinda won the CIF semi-final game for Division 9 on Friday November, 16 2018. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • North Torrance’s Stephen Bradford is tackled for a loss during the first quarter of his team’s game against Brea Olinda during their CIF semi-final game on Friday November, 16 2018. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • North Torrance’s Victor Puelles passes during his team’s CIF semi-final game on Friday November, 16 2018. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • Brea Olinda’s fans celebrate their team’s first touchdown during their CIF semi-final game on Friday November, 16 2018. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • Brea Olinda’s Nathan Wyse breaks free into North Torrance’s secondary during their CIF semi-final game on Friday November, 16 2018. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • North Torrance’s Brayden DeOcampo is denied a two point conversion attempt during their CIF semi-final game on Friday November, 16 2018. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • Brea Olinda’s Noah VonBurger breaks free against the North Torrance defense during their CIF semi-final game on Friday November, 16 2018. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • North Torrance’s Stephen Bradford scores untouched during his team’s CIF semi-final game against Brea Olinda on Friday November, 16 2018. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • North Torrance’s Stephen Bradford, left, eludes Brea Olinda’s Xavier Telles, right, during a broken play during their CIF semi-final game on Friday November, 16 2018. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • Brea Olinda’s Jacob Moon runs against North Torrance’s defense during their CIF semi-final game on Friday November, 16 2018. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • Brea Olinda’s Jordan Alcala straight arms a defender during his team’s CIF semi-final game against North Torrance on Friday November, 16 2018. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • Brea Olinda’s Christian Thongphrachanh is grabbed by the collar during his run against North Torrance during their CIF semi-final game on Friday November, 16 2018. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • North Torrance’s Beau Maglinti celebrates his touchdown against Brea Olinda during their CIF semi-final game on Friday November, 16 2018. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • Brea Olinda’s John Geary celebrate his team’s victory over North Torrance during their CIF semi-final game on Friday November, 16 2018. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • North Torrance’s avid Ukatu punts during their CIF semi-final game on Friday November, 16 2018. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • North Torrance’s Victor Puelles, right, cannot escape Brea Olinda’s Eugene Kim, left, during their CIF semi-final game on Friday November, 16 2018. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • North Torrance’s David Ukatu, left, turns the corner as Brea Olinda’s Ethan Parish, right, attempts apply the tackle during their CIF semi-final game on Friday November, 16 2018. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • Brea Olinda’s Kion Marshall, right, celebrates with a teammate after scoring a touchdown during their CIF semi-final game on Friday November, 16 2018. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • Brea Olinda’s Jacob Moon scrambles to recover a bad snap and fumble during their CIF semi-final game on Friday November, 16 2018. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • North Torrance’s Stephen Bradford looks for room to run during his team’s CIF semi-final game on Friday November, 16 2018. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • North Torrances Brayden DeOcampo, left, celebrates with teammate Carlos Ycaro, right, after their team’s touchdown during their CIF semi-final game on Friday November, 16 2018. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • Brea Olinda’s Jacob Moon throws a pass in the first quarter during his team’s CIF semi-final game against North Torrance on Friday November, 16 2018. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • Brea Olinda fans celebrate their team’s first touchdown during their CIF semi-final game on Friday November, 16 2018. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • Brea Olinda’s Jake Lyons holds a sign to whip up the fans during their CIF semi-final game on Friday November, 16 2018. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • Brea Olinda’s Nathan Wyse leads his team through the banner at the start of the second half during their CIF semi-final game against North Torrance on Friday November, 16 2018. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • The team from North Torrance comes onto the field before their CIF semi-final game against Brea Olinda high on Friday November, 16 2018. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • The Brea Olinda band performs during their CIF semi-final game on Friday November, 16 2018. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • Brea Olinda color guard member performs their halftime routine during their CIF semi-final game on Friday November, 16 2018. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • The Brea Olinda band performs at halftime during their CIF semi-final game on Friday November, 16 2018. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • Brea Olinda cheerleaders warm-up before their CIF semi-final game on Friday November, 16 2018. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • Brea Olinda fans cheer their team on during their CIF semi-final game on Friday November, 16 2018. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

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BREA – Early in the first quarter of Brea Olinda’s CIF-SS playoff game Friday night, Coach Robb Perrance was faced with a fairly simple question: kick a field goal and get on the board or give it to Nathan Wyse on fourth-and-1 from the North Torrance 7?

Perrance chose the latter.

The Wildcats scored on that drive and went on to beat the Saxons 28-19 in a Division 9 semifinal at Brea Olinda High.

Brea Olinda (8-5) is back in the final for the first time since 2015, which was a loss to Canyon. The Wildcats will host San Gorgonio and will look to get their first CIF championship since 2001.

“I’m excited to be back in there,” Perrance said. “We lost some close ones early in the year, but in the long run it made us stronger, made us tougher.”

Wyse led the way for Brea with 115 yards on 30 carries and two touchdowns, and the Brea defense held North’s 1,000-yard rusher, Stephen Bradford, to just 33 yards on the ground.

The Wildcats set the tone from the beginning as they forced North Torrance (10-3) to go three-and-out on their opening drive. A short punt by David Ukatu gave Brea the ball at the Saxons 45.

Brea Olinda put together an 11-play drive and took a 7-0 lead thanks to Wyse’s big fourth-down run.

“We were having good success running the ball so we felt pretty confident making that play and that call.” Perrance said.

Wyse gave Brea a 14-0 advantage midway through the second quarter with a 10-yard TD run. Wyse carried the ball six times on that 12-play drive.

A couple of penalties by the Wildcats gave North great field position on its next drive. Then Victor Puelles tossed a high-arching, 30-yard pass to a streaking Brayden DeOcampo to make it 14-7.

Brea Olinda quickly went three-and-out and lined up for a punt. The snap sailed over the head of Jordan Alcala, who was able corral the ball in the back of the end zone and got off a short punt to avoid a safety.

North took over at the Wildcats 24 and took the ball down to the 1 after Bradford’s catch and run. Bradford scored on the next play, but Brea Olinda blocked the PAT and maintained the lead 14-13 just before halftime.

The Wildcats were able to control the game clock for virtually the entire third quarter.

“We just wanted to come out (in the second half) and take the game over.” Perrance said.

Brea Olinda did just that. When Wyse wasn’t the catalyst, quarterback Jacob Moon looked for reliable targets Christian Thongphrachanh and Alcala on crucial third downs to extend drives.

The Wildcats made it 21-13 with a 1-yard run by Kion Marshall, then quickly stopped North Torrance and ate up the clock with another methodical drive.

Brea’s last scoring drive ended with another 1-yard run, this time by Noah Tango, on the first play of the fourth quarter.

The Wildcats defense forced two turnovers in the final quarter to protect the lead.

 

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