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Santa Ynez's Dylan Hamilton rushes upfield for yardage during the Oct. 26 game against San Marcos. Hamilton had an interception in Friday night's playoff game against top-seeded Covina Northview.

COVINA — Top-seeded Covina Northview eliminated Santa Ynez 43-7 in a CIF Southern Section Division 7 first-round playoff game Friday night.

The Santa Ynez Pirates (6-5) faced a tall task, taking on the No. 1 seeded Vikings on the road in Covina. Northview is now 11-0 on the season.

The Vikings struck early with a long touchdown pass for a quick 7-0 lead. They made it 13-0 with a touchdown that capped a 67-yarde drive with 2:51 left in the quarter.

The Pirates’ Dylan Hamilton kept Santa Ynez alive with an interception at his own two yard line but they failed to put together a solid offensive drive.

Later, Northview quarterback James Jimenez scored on a 7-yard run and followed with a 13-yard touchdown pass as the Vikings built a 26-0 halftime lead.

The Vikings made it 33-0 with a touchdown run with 3:10 left in the third and 40-0 on a touchdown pass with 2 minutes left in the quarter.

When Northview added a field goal for a 43-0 lead, the referee started a running clock.

The Pirates got on the scoreboard with a late touchdown run but the clock and their season were rapidly running out of time.

It was a brutal night for Channel League football. Dos Pueblos lost to Lawndale 35-0 and Santa Barbara lost to Culver City 55-7. Bishop Diego, another Santa Barbara-area school, was beaten by Saugus 38-35 on a last-second field goal in Division 4 first-round action.

Lompoc, the Channel League champion who had won nine consecutive league championships under head coach Andrew Jones, also lost in the first round, falling to Mission Viejo Capistrano Valley 24-7 on Friday night. The Braves were knocked out in the Division 3 playoffs in the first round after losing in the quarterfinals in 2017. 

Santa Ynez and other Channel League teams will likely be in more competitive divisions in 2019 as the CIF Southern Section adjusts its groupings based on this year's results. 


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