Compton Football

Playoff Preview: Compton Football

Compton football hasn’t won a CIF Southern Section playoff game since 2006, and this year will be their best chance to make history. Compton is the top seed in Division 12 and hosts Costa Mesa in the first round on Friday. Time and location is yet to be determined.

“I can’t complain,” Compton coach Calvin Bryant said. “We’re just happy to get in and have an opportunity to play. Back in the day in the Pac-5, if we were in the playoffs we’d definitely be playing St. John Bosco or Mater Dei in the first round.”

Compton (4-5) finished third in the Moore League thanks to winning the envelope draw tiebreaker after the regular season finales last week. Costa Mesa (5-5) is also a third-place finisher out of the Orange Coast League.

“We have to play one of our best games and perform well to win,” Bryant said. “I’m not going to say I feel good (about our chances to win it all) because I never feel like that when it comes to the playoffs.”

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Compton finished the season with an emotional win over Lakewood and a blowout win at Cabrillo. They’re hoping running backs Dion Johnson and Erick Barrios can continue to run the ball effectively out of the double wing formation that has been getting better every week since Compton’s offensive line has gotten more healthy.

Costa Mesa edged Estancia 14-7 in the regular season finale last week. The Mustangs are 1-4 away from home this season and have given up over 300 points in 10 games.

Looking at the rest of the bracket, the winner of this game will face the winner of Walnut and Santiago. Those two teams have only lost a combined five games this season.

“We just have to make sure guys are mentally focused and prepared by working hard in practice this week,” Bryant said.

The last time Compton won a playoff game was in 2006 when they went on the road to beat Esperanza. They then had to host Orange Lutheran at Wilson High because their stadium didn’t have a big enough capacity. Bryant was the head coach of that team and said, “We had a lot more stability those years.”

This season is similar in that Compton won’t be able to host games on campus, as has been the case all season. Bryant said he’s trying to secure Compton College or one of the other Compton Unified School District schools to host the game Friday.

JJ Fiddler
JJ Fiddler is an award-winning sportswriter and videographer who has been covering Southern California sports for multiple newspapers and websites since 2004. After attending Long Beach State and creating the first full sports page at the Union Weekly Newspaper, he has been exclusively covering Long Beach prep sports since 2007.