Crusader running back Amjed Aboul-hosn led Village Christian's powerful running game, as he rushed for a game-high 150 yards on 16 carries and one score.
With the victory, Village Christian has moved on to the semifinals, as they host Whittier Christian High next Friday at 7 p.m. with a finals berth on the line.
After upsetting top-seeded Azusa High during their first round game, the Crusaders had the daunting task of stopping the ground attack of the Panthers, which was led by star tailback Matt Fregoso.
The Panthers (8-4) early on did themselves no favors as they failed to capitalize on several scoring opportunities. During their first three offensive possessions, the Panther offense found themselves inside the Crusader 30-yard line with the end zone within grasp.
However, the Panthers twice were stopped on fourth and goal and fumbled another opportunity as they were unable to take advantage of their scoring chances.
During their opening offensive possessions, the Crusaders (8-4), unlike the Panthers, were able to take advantage of their opportunities.
A nine-play, 80-yard drive was capped off by an Aboul-hosn 37-yard scoring run to give the Crusaders an early 7-0 lead.
Later on, a 41-yard touchdown run by Crusader quarterback Kyle Custer helped push Village Christians lead to 20-0 at halftime.
Things would not get any easier for the visiting Panthers. Fregoso struggled to find running room during the game, as not only did he have to battle the Crusaders fierce defense, but he also had to deal with a minor leg injury.
In defeat though, Fregoso was able to rush over the century mark, as he rushed for a team high 123 yards on 34 carries.