Santa Ynez' reward for an 8-2 season and a second-place finish in the Pacific View League was a 200-mile trip to Wildomar in Riverside County.

The Pirates went south to face the No. 3 seed in the CIF Southern Section Division 8 football playoffs. 

Elsinore had its way with Santa Ynez, rolling to a 37-10 win in the first round. The Tigers improved to 8-3 on the season. Santa Ynez ends its season with an 8-3 record.

In a typical year, Santa Ynez likely would've had a home game and a higher seed in a lower division in the CIF playoffs. But with the new computer rankings determining playoff divisions and seedings, Santa Ynez hit the road to face a higher-rated team.

"They were more physical, they wore us down in the second half," Pirates coach Josh McClurg said. 

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Luke Gildred led Santa Ynez with 71 yards rushing. The junior quarterback also threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Cash McClurg for the Pirates' only touchdown.

"We battled and never gave up," Josh McClurg said. "I'm super proud of this group."

Leo Valencia hit a 27-yard field, tying the school record with 11 career field goals. 

"It was a tough draw for us," McClurg added. "That team is good. Not sure if any team on our regular season schedule could've beaten them."


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