State Championship Matchup
(Teams from the Bay Area Newsgroup’s coverage area)
Serra (11-1) vs Mater dei-Santa Ana (11-0) in the CIF Open Division state championship game at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, Saturday, December 11, at 8 p.m.: Sera is an epic underdog in this matchup against the country’s top-ranked team. Mater Dei is full of talent on the field and on the bench. Its Quarterback, Sophomore eliza brown, has never lost a varsity game, having won five as a freshman in the spring and 11 more this fall. he succeeded Bryce Young, who led the Monarchs to the Open Division State Championship in 2018 and now stars for Alabama. Brown’s Top Targets Are Seniors CJ Williams (46 reception, 775 yards, 12 TD) and cooper barcarte (25 receptions, 592 yards, nine TDs). According to 247Sports, Williams is committing to Harvard from Notre Dame, Burkett. senior reliq brown With 1,062 yards and 12 TDs, Mater takes Dei in a hurry. Transferring from Addison-Stockton, the five-star USC Commitment is rated by 247Sports as California’s No. 2 college prospect in the senior category. He is only behind the five-star Mater Dei teammate. domney jacksonA cornerback with many leading offers, including Alabama. Sera is stepping into several weight classes for this matchup. The Padres were selected to play in the game by the California Interscholastic Federation as their resume included a 16–12 win over St. Francis in the Central Coast Division Division I final, which saw the other contender for the open spot, De La Salle. defeated. in September. Serra has won three in a row since losing to St Francis, 44–21, in the final of the regular season. The Padres are appearing in their fourth state championship game. They won the 2-AA title in 2017 and lost at 1-A level in 2019 and 2-A level in 2016. Sera Coach patrick walshaw, which led the movement to return to play last winter, which opened the door for the spring season, will undoubtedly have players like QB Dominic Lampkin Playing the role of a Dalit. But will that be enough? Calpreps.com’s computer predicts that Mater Dei will win 48-0. The game will unfold under a dark cloud for Mater Dei as the Santa Ana school is embroiled in controversy over an alleged locker-room hedging incident in February and this week the Orange County Register reports that two Mater Dei football players allegedly A Mater Dei was allegedly beaten up. Students at a gathering in Irvine in 2019. — Darren Sabedra
Wilcox (10-4) vs. Scripps Ranch-San Diego (13-1) CIF 2-A State Championship Game Saturday, Dec. 11, afternoon at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo: Wilcox has won nine in a row since the start of the season, with losses to Wally Christian, San Benito, Pittsburgh and Los Gatos in their first five games. An early-season crisis plagued a youth team that would play for the program’s second state championship in the last three fall seasons. Wilcox captured the 3-A title in 2018, winning at home to Santa Clara at Kaiser-Fontana 41-27. This time, the Chargers will travel 400 miles to play an opponent who is less than a touchdown from a perfect record. Scripps Ranch lost 38–35 to Mira Mesa on 22 October, the team’s only defect in 14 matches. The San Diego school would bring a six-game winning streak to 68.2 miles from Interstate I-5 to Saddleback College in Mission Viejo for a matinee matchup against Wilcox. Public-school teams will be a stark contrast in styles, with Wilcox working behind his heroic-substitute and Scripps Ranch relying heavily on its passing attack. Jacques Leatherwood, a 6-6, 215-pound junior, has thrown for 2,923 yards and 41 touchdowns for Scripps Ranch with only two interceptions. Conor Lawler With 62 catches for 1,099 yards and 17 TDs, the Falcons are at the forefront of receiving. Wilcox with the running game led by the counter Luther K. Glen (2,218 yards, 27 TD) and Andrew Palacios (1,022 yards, 12 TD). Scripps Ranch is appearing in its first state championship game. Calpreps.com predicts that the San Diego school will prevail 31-28. — Darren Sabedra
Birmingham-Lake Balboa (9-5) CIF 3-A State Championship Game at McAlmonds (11-1), Saturday, December 11, 6 p.m.: On paper, McLemonds appears to be a comfortable favorite on Birmingham, a charter school in the LA section. McLemond’s only loss was three points in overtime to Menlo-Atherton. Birmingham have won nine matches in a row, but started 0–5 against teams that lost at least five games. The Warriors also have the advantage of staying home and playing in their fifth straight state championship game. They are 3-1 in the last four. In 2019, they lost to Pacific-Oxnard in a 2-A game. Ironically, Pacific beat Birmingham to earn the shot at Mack. Calpreps.com Computers is picking McLemonds by four points. coach Michael Peters McLemonds is 100-11 in his nine seasons, and as always, he has a roster full of talent. dryan pawI is one of the top quarterbacks in Northern California, Jay’Vian Cole is an excellent receiver, Dwayne McDougall Can play anywhere and two-way lineman Tigana Sisse There is someone the colleges are keeping an eye on. However, the best player on the field may be from Birmingham. arlisso boardingham, a 6-5, 230-pound senior who leads the Patriots in receiving and is third on defense with 61 tackles. According to 247Sports, she has 13 Power-5 colleges on offer, with her favorites being Texas, USC, Arizona State, and Colorado. Birmingham runs a balanced offence, favoring the pass slightly more than the run. This marks the first time playing for the state title in football. The school dates from 1953 and is known for producing actresses, including Sally Field, Karen Valentines (Room 222) and Cindy Williams (Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley). — Mike Lefko
Northview-Covina (9-6) vs. Sacred Heart Cathedral (7-7) CIF 4-A State Championship Game Saturday, December 11, at 6 p.m. at Keizer Stadium: If Sacred Heart finishes the race post-season with the Cathedral State Championship, it will eventually lift its season’s record above .500. This is somewhat of an achievement, given that the Irish started out. San Francisco School started 0–5, losing to Sacred Heart Prep and Palma by touchdowns and 10 to Burlingame. If those results weren’t enough to show that the team was probably better than its record, the Irish proved it in their next two matches. Despite more losses, SHC led Wally Christian late in the game before losing 27–21 and trailing St Francis by only three points in the fourth quarter before fading 37–13. The Irish qualified for the playoffs 3–7 – they went 3–4 in the mighty West Catholic Athletic League, with victories over Bellarmine and St Ignatius – and were 19th out of 40 qualifying teams in the CCS seeding meeting. . Because the segment’s competitive-equity model placed the top eight teams in Division I, the next eight in Division II and further down the line, SHC was ranked third in Division III. The Irish defeated Leigh, Mountain View and Christopher to claim a CCS title and advance to a regional. Last week, SHC defeated Chico 31-7 to win the NorCal 4-A Championship Ray-John Spears Throws three touchdown passes and Bruce Upresa Late in the first half a punt for TD returned 91 yards to make it 21-0. Northview Senior chio medina Has raced for 1,876 yards and 18 TDs. Covina School have won their last five games. Both teams are playing in their first state final. Calpreps.com selects SHC, 27-14. — Darren Sabedra
Rigetti-Santa Maria (6-8) at Sacred Heart Prep (7-7) in the CIF 5-A State Championship Game, Saturday, December 11, at 1 p.m.: It may be competitive equity that has gone too far. The teams were 4–15 combined during the regular season. The righeti of the central section was 1-8. But this section seeded 16 teams in four of its six divisions, including Rigetti. In Rigetti’s Division V, four of the 20 teams in the pool made it to the playoffs. Calpreps.com Computer is choosing SHP to win 28-10. The Gators were outperforming their 3–7 run in the regular season. Their only bad loss was a 56–20 loss by Menlo-Atherton. The rest of their regular-season results were decided by single digits. The playoffs have been a different story. Sacred Heart Prep has won four of their games averaging 28 points. The Gators control the game with a three-player committee with back in. Andrew Latu, Zach Freire And luis mendoza, He has rushed for 1,821 yards and 26 touchdowns this season. All three have topped 500 rushing yards. But Rigetti played up a good run defense in a 14-7 win over Northwood-Covina to go ahead on Saturday. This will be SHP’s third appearance in the state final. It lost previous performances in 2013 and 2015. Rigetti has never carried on until now. — Mike Lefko
CIF 6-A State Championship Game at Arlington-Riverside (7-8) Salesian (10-2), Saturday, December 11, at 1 p.m.: Until setting sail on a five-game playoff win streak that keeps it on the doorstep of the state championship, Arlington were 3-34 in their last 37 games before 2017. But largely the Division 13 school in the southern section won two. Its last three regular season games and an invitation to the playoffs were received. Calpreps is choosing Salesian to win by touchdown, which will be a second consecutive state title for Pride and Coach. Chad Nightingale, who is in his 26th session as head of the school. Nightingale has been very successful in sales. He has only had three losing seasons before 2004. His teams have won 10 or more games nine times since. He won nine games in two other seasons. Salesian will probably favor race against Arlington, but Pride quarterback nick fontanilla There is a double threat who threw four touchdown passes in last Saturday’s 36-28 win over Aragon in the CIF NorCal final. senior Devin Quinn There is also a double threat as a runner and receiver. The Lions, who won a section title for the first time since 1990, are also likely to run higher than the pass. raymond warhop is the workhorse, but in last week’s 24-14 win over El Camino Real-Woodland Hills, the Lions delivered the ball Gregory McDaniel near the target line. He’s a linesman who checks in at 6-foot-3, 300 pounds. — Mike Lefko
Serra (11-1) vs Mater dei-Santa Ana (11-0) at Saddleback College, Saturday, December 11, 8 p.m.
Folsom (11-3) vs. Cathedral Catholic-San Diego (11-2) at Saddleback College, Friday, December 10 at 8 p.m.
Liberty-Bakersfield (11-2) vs. Serra-Gardena (10-4) at Saddleback College, Saturday, December 11, 4 p.m.
Central Catholico-Modesto (13-1) vs. Mater dei Catholic-Chula Vista (12-0) at Saddleback College, Friday, December 10, 4 p.m.
Wilcox (10-4) vs. Scripps Ranch-San Diego (13-1) at Saddleback College, Saturday, December 11, afternoon
Aquinas-San Bernardino (11-5) Vanden (12-2), Saturday, December 11, 6 p.m.
Birmingham-Lake Balboa (9-5) at McLemonds (11-1), Saturday, December 11, 6 pm
Central Valley Christian-Visalia (10-4) Marin Catholic (13-1), Saturday, December 11, 1 pm
Northview-Covina (9-6) vs. Sacred Heart Cathedral (7-7) at Caesars Stadium, Saturday, December 11, 6 p.m.
Independence-Bakersfield (9-6) at San Marin (13-1), Saturday, December 11, 6 pm
Sacred Heart Prep (7-7), Saturday, December 11 at 1 p.m. Rigetti-Santa Maria (6-8)
Quartz Hill (10-4) Argonaut-Jackson (11-3), Saturday, December 11, 6 p.m.
Arlington-Riverside (7-8) at Salesian (10-2), Saturday, December 11, 1 pm
Morro Bay (8-6) at Fall River (12-0). Saturday, December 11, 6 pm
Taft (7-7) Balboa (8-4), Saturday, December 11, 1 pm