The Oaks Christian football team has been a resounding force in the CIF-Southern Section since the school opened in 2001. Over the nearly 25-year history of the school, the football team had won 11 league titles, but had not won one since 2018, until this year.
The Lions defeated St. Bonaventure in a tight 13-10 game on Friday, Oct. 27 to capture the 12th league title in school history. The five-year gap between titles is tied for the longest such gap in school history, when the Lions did not win a league title from 2011 until 2015.
Oaks Christian nearly won the league last year, but a final-game loss to St. Bonaventure gave them second place. This season, the Lions went 8-2 in all contests, and an undefeated 5-0 in Marmonte League games, giving them a home playoff game to start the CIF-SS Division 2 playoffs.
Victories over Chaminade and St. Bonaventure highlighted the year, as both teams are slated to play in the CIF-SS Division 3 playoffs, just one division below the Lions.
Senior quarterback Nate Bennett, who is committed to continuing his academic and athletic career at Baylor, threw for 1,358 yards on the season, averaging 194 yards per game in the seven games he started. Chase Farrell led the Lions in receiving with 859 yards and 11 touchdowns.
The Lions begin their hunt for a CIF-SS Division 2 championship this Friday, hosting Chaparral High School at 7 pm