Dustin Chaidez blasts ahead for yardage for Kaiser during the Cats' win over Redondo Union in the first round of the CIF playoffs on Nov. 8.  (Contributed photo by Kevin N. Keith)

Redondo Union tried to outsmart the Kaiser High School football team, but the Cats' strong defensive players would not be fooled.

Kaiser, the defending CIF champion, opened the 2019 Division 6 playoffs with a 16-3 victory on Nov. 8 and maintained its perfect record at 11-0.

The Cats, seeded No. 2 in the tournament, will advance to the second round with an away game against San Jacinto on Nov. 15.

Coach Bill Cardosi said Redondo Union gave Kaiser a tough challenge.

"They came out and surprised us with the double wing (offense), but I think we handled it pretty well," Cardosi said. "It was fun to coach on the fly and adjust to the double wing. The kids did a great job of listening and believing in their coaches."

In fact, the Cats were so dominant that they scored more points on defense than they gave up to Redondo Union.

Zackary Bradley, returning to the lineup for Kaiser on defense, made a huge play by recovering a fumble and returning it 34 yards for a touchdown.

The win marked the eighth time this season that the Cats had allowed only eight points or less in a game.

"I was happy with the way our kids battled, and we were able to grind it out on offense," Cardosi said.

The Cats were ahead 13-3 in the fourth quarter when they drove in for a 42-yard field goal by Michael Mosqueda. The kick was set up by a key 18-yard pass from Trevian Tribble to Nate Bedolla.

"Tribble made a great throw when we needed it on a third-and-long play," Cardosi said.

Redondo Union then threatened with a long drive, but the Cats stopped the visitors on the 1-yard line in the final minute.

Kaiser received great efforts from the defensive linemen (including Avery Taylor, Matthew Lua, and Pablo Almeda), linebackers Dustin Chaidez and Gabriel Ortiz, and the secondary, Cardosi said.

On offense, Tribble completed 3 of 5 passes for 39 yards and also rushed 18 times for 63 yards. Chaidez gained 50 yards in 13 rushing attempts and Ortiz had 43 yards in 9 carries.

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