San Diego battled back from a 19-12 halftime deficit to a tie at 23, but the Tillers behind the Francis brothers, “Pivoting” Paul and “Slinging” Sam, pulled away to a 34-30 victory.
Tustin followed up the next evening by defeating Whittier, 34-24, for the championship.
At about the same time Brawley was defeating Calexico for the desert title and then routed Southern League champion Ramona, 53-18.
ON TO THE SEMIFINALS A 34-20 win over Brawley on March 5 moved the Hilltoppers into the round of 4 on March 13 at Whittier College against Tustin, which had a 24-4 record.
The Hilltoppers, under first year coach Ed Ruffa, pulled off a rare double, beating Alhambra, 39-21, on Feb.
6 as erstwhile substitute Al Martinez scored 17 points, and in overtime at Poly, 22-21, Feb 13.
Under Coach Bruce Maxwell, Hoover ruled the B world, many times playing the feature, late game of a doubleheader with the Class A Cardinals team on the undercard.
The three teams finished in a tie for first, each with a 4-1 record.The poor, all-boys school in North Park seldom got respect from the media and always was questioned by rivals of operating with much easier rules of athletic eligibility The Saints rejoiced with this infrequent taste of glory.TOURING CLASS Coronado , was 4-1 after Christmas on a six-day visit to the University of Redlands Frosh (20-17), San Jacinto (28-9), Long Beach Jordan (20-19), and San Juan Capistrano (27-20), sandwiched around a 25-20 loss at Redlands High.Alhambra beat San Diego, 32-15, but lost to Poly, which San Diego defeated, 25-18. PLAYOFF BEFORE PLAYOFFS A playoff to determine the Coast League entry in the Southern Section playoffs was to begin almost two weeks later.The winner between San Diego and Alhambra would face Long Beach Poly.San Diego closed with a 15-5 record that included a 46-day stretch from the end of league play to the semifinal round of the postseason.SAINTS SOAR The 15 annual San Diego Interscholastic tournament, with 32 teams competing in 66 games in four days in Class A, B, C, and D divisions, played out as expected, with one exception.CIF honcho Seth Van Patten and his executive board did not call a forfeit on South Pas but declared that there would be no 1935-36 champion, and eliminated Class B playoffs going forward.BRUCE ALMIGHTY STEPS DOWN Maxwell now was teaching math at Hoover and was succeeded by Lawrence Carr.The San Diego coach lined up one with the Eta Omega Delta fraternity from San Diego State.No score was reported but the Cavers apparently won handily, behind newcomer Claude Roberts, who scored 16 points.