Notes/thoughts from tonight’s CIF State South Regional matching Clovis North (12-1) and Long Beach Poly (11-3) at Long Beach City College’s Veterans Memorial Stadium:
** This 64-year facility accommodates 11,600 fans and has a combination of aluminum bleachers and fixed chairbacks only on its west side. Clovis North fans are sitting to the north; Poly’s to the south.
** Love to know when the last time Poly and it’s 96-year program — with a state second-best 720 wins all time — has lost twice to Central Section teams in the same season. The Jackrabbits were beaten 29-6 here by Bakersfield Sept. 14. They’re 10-0 since.
** Last week, Poly defeated Mater Dei-Santa Ana 35-17 for the Southern Section’s coveted Pac-5 Division title. Mater Dei’s Chase Forrest passed for 316 yards. He’s the latest in a long line of Monarchs quarterbacks, including Matt Barkley and Matt Leinart. But, in talking to a few people who have seen both Forrest and Clovis North’s Christian Rossi, they say Rossi is clearly a cut above.
** Rossi has been exceptional both in accuracy, decision making and elusiveness while passing for 2,487 yards and 26 touchdowns with seven interceptions and a 63.5 completion percentage.
“He somehow prolongs plays by running around,” Poly coach Raul Lara says. “You can’t bring him down. Obviously, we’re a little concerned.”
** Clovis North senior wide receiver Marcus Rose (31 receptions, 616 yards, 5 TDs) has never been better than last week, when he caught six passes for 105 yards and a TD in the Broncos’ 27-10 win over Central for the section D-I championship. That was a highly acclaimed Grizzlies secondary he burned. And he’ll encounter another tonight.