"Earlier in the year when we played St. Francis, I remember watching the St. Francis/Paso Robles game tape and asking my coach, 'Who's the team in red? They're good.'
"He told me there was a good chance we would end up playing them in the playoffs and here we are. They are a very solid football team, and we're fortunate that we are playing at home. It's hard to come into our house and beat us."
In October, Paso Robles defeated St. Francis, 42-28. Serra beat St. Francis the following week by a score of 41-14.
Serra hasn't encountered much trouble with opponents this fall. The closest game for the Cavaliers was last month against Chaminade (35-21), and there's a distinct possibility that a Serra/Chaminade rematch will occur next week.
First, however, Preston and his squad will have to deal with the Bearcats, who are averaging just under 30 points per game. Jessie Felgenhauer has gained 1,200 yards on the ground for Paso Robles, and quarterback Jacob Searcy has thrown for 1,826 yards with 23 TDs and only 5 INT.
Searcy's numbers, while excellent, pale in comparison to those of Preston (3,025 yards, 33 TDs, 6 INT).
In three posteason games, Preston has thrown for almost 550 yards with seven touchdowns and no picks.
Paso Robles' only two losses came early in the season to Fresno Central and Centennial (Bakersfield, Ca.).
The Serra/Paso Robles winner gets the Chaminade/Arroyo Grande winner in the CIF Southern Section Western Division finals.