By KRIS REILLY, Editor
The Lucerne Valley High School football team is headed to the playoffs for the first time since 2006.
The Mustangs qualified for the CIF-Southern Section 8-man Division 1 postseason and will go on the road to face Thacher in Ojai on Saturday at 2 p.m.
“We’ve been on a five-year drought,” Mustangs head coach Chris Klinger said Monday after the playoff draws were announced. “It’s nice to be back in. ... We’ve got a lot of very good dedication on this team. ... I’m excited for playoff time and for next year because we’ve got quite a few juniors coming back.”
The Mustangs (5-4, 2-2 Agape League) lost to California Lutheran in Friday’s regular season finale and missed out on an automatic playoff spot, but Lucerne Valley was awarded an at-large berth.
The Thacher Toads (6-1) finished second in the Condor League. Speaking less than an hour after the pairings were released, Klinger said he hadn’t had a chance to study the Toads yet.
Regardless of how tough the opposition may be, the first challenge Lucerne Valley will face is a four-hour drive to Ojai.
“Sometimes kids can get a little lethargic, sitting for that long,” Klinger said. “But it shouldn’t affect us too bad if we get there early enough and get warmed up. ... Sometimes our kids do better on the road. There’s a little less pressure.”
If the Mustangs win Saturday, they could get a home game the following week.
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