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University City again reaches second round of playoffs

11/02/2018, 12:55pm PDT
By Ed Wehde

Once again, University City advanced to the second round of the playoffs.

On the strength of four Gunnar Gray touchdown passes and three Jimmy Galindo TD runs, the Centurions outlasted visiting El Capitan, 47-30, in the first round of the CIF-SDS Division III playoffs Friday.

The win was University City’s sixth straight in the opening round.

“I think the boys are used to competing in the first round of the playoffs and know what it takes,” Centurions coach Ryan Price said. “We play pretty well when our backs are against the wall, usually. It wasn’t perfect tonight, but a win is a win in the playoffs.”

Eighth-seeded University City (5-6) will play at top-seeded Christian in the quarterfinals Friday. The Centurions lost to the Eastern League champion Patriots, 49-28, in the teams’ league finale last week.

“They do a heck of a job over there (at Christian),” Price said. “I have a ton of respect for the coaches. The boys are going to be fired up, and we’ll see what happens next week.”

Gray threw for 275 yards and four TDs — two to senior wide receiver Casey Granfors — and Galindo ran for a game-high 165 yards and three scores, including a 34-yard scamper with 1:34 left to put the icing on the cake.

El Capitan (3-8), the No. 9 seed, has not won a playoff game since winning the D-II section title and advancing to the D-III state championship game in 2014.

Junior quarterback Wick Hauser had a hand in all three Vaqueros touchdowns, throwing for two and running for two.

Wehde is a freelance writer.

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