🏈 Friday Football Central: St. Joseph takes on Fresno's San Joaquin Memorial in the CIF Central Section Division 2 playoffs

🏈 Friday Football Central: St. Joseph takes on Fresno's San Joaquin Memorial in the CIF Central Section Division 2 playoffs

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So, you are the last team standing in your area, you have overcome a three game skid early in the season to win seven straight and you just came off of an upset win on the road in the playoffs.

What is your reward? 

Another bus ride, a tougher opponent, and larger obstacle. But, along with all of that you get a shot at a much bigger upset to play for a section title.

The St. Joseph Knights play at Fresno's San Joaquin Memorial Friday night in the semifinals of the CIF Central Section Division 2 playoffs.

The Panthers, last year's Division 3 champion and State finalist, are the No. 2 seed and 10-1 on the year. According to MaxPreps, Memorial is ranked 61st in the state. St. Joseph is ranked No. 144 in the same poll.

"We're super excited to come out and show what our small town can do," St. Joseph quarterback Hunter Barnhart said. "We're going to a big school over there and we're going to show them what we've got. The rest of the team is excited for it, we're pumped up."

Sports Editor Joe Bailey will be at the game tonight and will be tweeting scores, stats and video of the action; follow along right here. 

Get ready for the big game by going through some of our past coverage of the Knights this season. 

CIF Playoffs Week One Recap

📣 Ring the bell, sound the horn, tell a friend.  Tell two! The Playoffs are here! 📣 The Lompoc Braves traveled out of the area to take on Glendora, and the Santa Maria Saints headed to the Central Valley, but Foster Road in Orcutt was lit up with playoff action. St. Joseph hosted Fresno Sunnyside and Righetti took on Bakersfield Stockdale. Check out results from the action here with photos, videos and stories from the games. 

Here is your Week Ten recap 

Whew.  We made it to the end of the season.  But that doesn't mean the action gots any less exciting! The playoffs were right around the corner and most of the games on the docket had their own name. 'The Big Game' in Lompoc where the Braves take on Cabrillo, 'The Main Street Classic' where Santa Maria and Pioneer Valley faced off and in Orcutt 'The Battle for the Shield' where Righetti and St. Joseph hit the field with league title implications.  We were LIVE at Jay Will Stadium to broadcast that game starting at 6:45 pm.

Here is your Week Nine recap 

Week Nine is here and the playoffs are right around the corner.  The season ends soon so we had some huge match ups tonight with playoff seeding on the line, or with teams fighting to hold on to that postseason dream. Santa Maria got a big win at home over Morro Bay, Righetti is leading Paso Robles late, and St. Joseph beat the Eagles in Arroyo Grande to set up a big game with the Warriors next week in Orcutt.  See scores, video and information from the other games in our area.

Here is your Week Eight recap

Week eight was a crazy week with some close games and thrilling finishes. Righetti hosted AG, Santa Barbara took on the resurgent Lompoc Braves, plus Santa Ynez and St. Joseph had their homecoming games. See photos, videos, and stories from the games, plus we have photo galleries from the St. Joseph and Santa Ynez High School homecoming ceremonies right here.

Here is your Week Seven recap

Week Seven of the high school football season was high scoring, but a little one sided. The Nipomo Titans beat Pioneer Valley for a homecoming win. Lompoc did the same, as the Braves went up early and held on for a big win against Dos Pueblos. Orcutt Academy made it a homecoming night trifecta as they beat Frazier Mountain. See more scores, videos and game stories from a busy Friday night right here.

Season Previews and Profiles 

Collection: 2019 High School Football - See all of our season previews, power rankings and player profiles right here!

Week Zero — yes the football season starts on week "zero" — is kicking off Friday. To prepare you for the action, we released our special high school football preview on Sunday and it's available at our Santa Maria Times office if you still need a copy. You can also read through the stories we've been releasing throughout the week (complete with video interviews) right here. We'll have stories and photos from the games, so make sure you check back tonight and tomorrow morning to find out how the season started.