Folsom (10-3) at De La Salle (10-2) in the 1-AA North championship game, Friday, December 3, at 7:30 p.m.: These powerhouses of Northern California will meet for the second time in less than two months. In the first game, on 8 October at Folsom, De La Salle won a comfortable 31–10. zeke berry The opening kickoff for the touchdown returned as De La Salle scored the first 24 points in a physical game. Folsom Quarterback Tyler Tremain In the fourth quarter, Berry, the top-rated senior at 247Sports.com in the Bay Area, was injured by a hard hit. Folsom lost two more games while Tremain was out. De La Salle has participated in 11 consecutive Open Division state championship games, winning six but not winning any since 2015. On Sunday, the run ended when the California Interscholastic Federation cleared Serra for the Open, moving De La Salle one level down. So instead of preparing for Mater Dei this week, the Spartans get a rematch against Folsom, a team De La Salle has beaten five times since 2012 without a loss. The Spartans, the computer project of Calpreps.com, will win again, 34-21. When the teams played in two open division regionals no longer held by the CIF, De La Salle won 49–15 in 2012 and 45–17 in 2013. The winner will play either Cathedral Catholic-San Diego or Orange Lutheran for 1 on Friday. The AA State Championships at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo on December 10. , darren sabedra
Pittsburgh (9-2) vs. Liberty-Bakersfield (10-2) in the 1-A North championship game at Bakersfield College, Saturday, December 4, at 6 p.m.: The CIF chose Bakersfield as the site for the game instead of Pittsburgh, although the results were in favor of the Bay Area powerhouse against the teams’ common rival. Pittsburgh beat Clayton Valley 28-14 for the North Coast Division Division I championship last week. Liberty lost 14-13 to Clayton Valley at the Honor Bowl in Brentwood in September. But Pittsburgh will take the 265-mile bus journey to the southern end of the Central Valley as it aims to win its second regional championship since 2017. The Pirates reached this stage after the backup quarterback. Christian AguilarFilling for “dinged up” starter Jaden Rashda, threw for 266 yards and three touchdowns against Clayton Wally. Four-star junior Rashda is expected to play on Saturday. Liberty, who lost to Del Oro-Loomis in their last field appearance in 2015, will bring a seven-game winning streak to Memorial Stadium, a double-deck facility that holds more than 20,000. Last week, Liberty beat Central-Fresno 42-14 to win the Central Division Division I championship. Liberty leads 35-7 at halftime and 42-7 after the third quarter carson woods threw for three td and Jalen Hankins Ran for two. Calpreps.com’s computer predicts Liberty to win, 31-28. The winner will play either Long Beach Poly or Serra-Gardena for the 1-A state championship at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo on December 11. — Darren Sabedra
Manteca (10-3) at Wilcox (9-4) in the 2-A North championship game, Saturday, December 4, at 6 p.m.: Unless the game goes into overtime, it should end fairly quickly, as both teams rely heavily on runs. Wilcox Senior Luther K. Glen He has rushed for 2,086 yards and 25 touchdowns for the Chargers team at an average of 287.2 yards per game on the field. Manteca, who runs 293.7 yards per competition, is led by the 6-foot-3, 200-pound junior . does Blake Nicholson, He leads the Buffaloes in running (1,887 yards, 33 TD) and receiving (19 catches, 381 yards, seven TD). He is a 247Sports three-star recruit in linebacker with offers for Boston College, Fresno State, and Oregon State. The teams have previously met twice in the regular season, splitting the two matches in 2013–14. Wilcox won the first game in overtime 28-27; The following year also Manteca won 20–14. The Buffaloes have struggled with a 0–4 record in the North’s championship games since 2013. At McLemonds two years earlier, the Buffaloes lost 46–14. They trailed 24-7 after the first quarter. In 2017 they lost to St Francis 28–23 at home. Both were 2-A matchups. Wilcox’s last appearance in the North title game was in 2018 on his way to the CIF State 3-A title. The Chargers defeated Capital Christian 34–30 for the North Crown, then beat Kaiser-Fontana 41–27 to win the kingdom. Calpreps.com is predicting a 34-31 victory for Manteca. The winner will play against South winner Scripps Ranch-San Diego or Valencia at noon on the following Saturday, December 11. The match will take place at Saddleback College, Mission Viejo. — Mike Lefko
Campolindo (10-3) in the 3-A North championship game at McAlmonds (10-1), Saturday, December 4, at 6 p.m.: campolindo coach Kevin Massey Oakland is no stranger to the Athletic League. He was head coach at Oakland Tech from 1989–94, then spent a season as an assistant at Bishop O’Dowd before taking over at Campolindo in 1996. Despite Messi’s experience in the OALs, Calpreps.com is predicting a 35-21 win. for McLemonds. The game matches two brilliant strategists at Macy’s and Mack Koch Michael Peters, The key may be whether or not Campolindo can match the warriors’ physicality. McLemonds will also have an edge in size and speed. Both the teams are aware of the big matches. McLemonds has appeared in six NorCal Championship games since 2013 and has won the last three. This includes a 2-A title game two years ago when it went up against Menteca 46-14. Campolindo took part in four straight NorCal games between 2014–2017, winning the first three before losing to a bigger, faster, more talented Milpitas team in a 4-A game. The Cougars were classified Division 3-A in 2014, when they defeated Sutter for the NorCal title and El Capitan-Lakeside in the state to complete the 16–0 season. The Campo-Mac winner will be at home next Saturday to take on South champions Birmingham-Van Nuys or Patrick Henry-San Diego. Kickoff will happen at 6 pm — Mike Lefko
Chico (9-3) vs. Sacred Heart Cathedral (6-7) in the 4-A North Championship Game at Caesars Stadium, Saturday, December 4 at 6 p.m.: From a 0-5 start to a win playing for the state championship. Fall 2021 Welcome to the story of Sacred Heart Cathedral Fighting Irish. The San Francisco School defeated Leigh 21–0, Mountain View 42–14 and Christopher 27–3 to enter the Central Coast Section Division III championship. Hot Streak also featured regular season victories over Bellarmine and St. Ignatius. In the final against Christopher, Ray-John Spears 77-yard touchdown pass thrown Jerry Mixon Jr. And also scored runs from 11 and 9 yards. Chico won the Northern Division Division II title after beating Futhil-Palo Cedro 27–23 in the final. Calpreps.com Projects to Advance SHC, 21-19. The winner will host Northview-Covina or Colony-Ontario in a 4-A state championship game on December 11. — Darren Sabedra
University Prep-Redding (13-0) at Sacred Heart Prep (6-7) 5-A North Championship Game, Saturday, December 4 at 1 p.m.: University Prep comes undefeated while Sacred Heart Prep must win on Saturday to reach .500. But the Gators have been on fire since completing the 3-7 regular season. They have defeated their three playoff opponents by an average of 31 points. Single-digit losses to St. Ignatius, Mountain View, Hillsdale, Burlingame, Half Moon Bay and Menlo School were a sign that the Gators were better than their record. SHP has previously featured in the North Championship game twice, in 2013 and 2015. The Gators beat El Cerrito 42-7 in a 3-A game before losing to Corona del Mar in State. Two years later, the SHP defeated McClimonds 56–20 in a 3-A game but lost to Rancho Bernardo for the state championship. University Prep is a charter school that opened in 2004. It is making its first appearance at the CIF North Championship. Panthers prefer to run with two-thirds of their yards raised on the ground. This will be his first game against an opponent from the Central Coast section. Calpreps.com’s computer is predicting a 28-21 SHP win. The winner will host either Rigetti-Santa Maria or Northwood-Irvine for the 5-A state title on Saturday, December 11 at 6 p.m. Rigetti reached the playoffs of the Central Section with a 1–8 record, but are 4–0 after the season. — Mike Lefko
Aragon (9-4) in the 6-A North championship game at Salesian (9-2), Saturday, December 4, at 1 p.m.: It’s new territory for Aragon, which last week won its first Central Coast section championship in 27 years. It’s not a new area for Salesian, who won the state title in 2019 and won her seventh North Coast section title last week Chad Nightingale since 2005. Aragon, which finished third in the Ocean Division of the Peninsula Athletic League, was the top seed in the Division V bracket of the CCS. The Dons defeated Andrew Hill, North Salinas and St. Francis-Watsonville to win the title. 38–14 victory of Aragon, against St. Francis in the final, Ivan Nyssa Ran 164 yards on 19 carries to lead. Salesian finished third in the Rock Division of the Tri-County Athletic League and has won four in a row since losing to El Cerrito and De Anza in consecutive weeks. Last week, Salesian made a big lead against Justin-Sienna, then stayed at the stretch to secure the championship. Calpreps.com’s computer is taking over Aragon, 34-28. The winner will host El Camino Real-Woodland Hills or Arlington-Riverside on December 11 for the 6-A State Championship. — Darren Sabedra
Serra (11-1) vs Mater dei-Santa Ana (11-0) at Saddleback College, Saturday, December 11, 8 p.m.
Answer: Folsom (10-3) de la Salle (10-2), Friday, December 3, at 7:30 pm
South: Cathedral Catholic at Orange Coast College—San Diego (10-2) vs. Orange Lutheran (10-4), Friday, December 3, 7:30 p.m.
Answer: Pittsburgh (9-2) vs. Liberty-Bakersfield (10-2) at Bakersfield College, Saturday, December 4 at 6 p.m.
South: Long Beach Poly (11-3) Serra-Gardena (9-4), Saturday, December 4, 6 p.m.
Answer: Bullard-Fresno (9-4) Central Catholico-Modesto (12-1), Friday, December 3 at 7:30 pm
South: Helix-La Mesa (9-3) Mater dei Catholic-Chula Vista (11-0), Friday, December 3, 7:30 p.m.
Answer: Manteca (10-3) at Wilcox (9-4), Saturday, December 4 at 6 p.m.
South: Scripps Ranch-San Diego (12-1) at Valencia (8-4), Saturday, December 4, 6 p.m.
Answer: Windsor (11-1), Friday, December 3 at 7:30 pm Vanden (11-2)
South: Newport Harbor-Newport Beach (7-7) Aquinas-San Bernardino (10-5), Friday, December 3, 7:30 p.m.
Answer: Campolindo (10-3) McAlmonds (10-1), Saturday, December 4, 6 p.m.
South: Birmingham-Lake Balboa (8-5) Patrick Henry-San Diego (10-2), Saturday, December 4, 6 p.m.
Answer: Ascalon (12-1) vs. Marin Catholic (12-1) in San Rafael HS, Friday, December 3 at 7:30 pm
South: Central Valley Christian-Visalia (10-4) Serrano-Phelan (12-3), Friday, December 3, 7:30 pm
Answer: Chico (9-3) vs. Sacred Heart Cathedral (6-7) at Caesars Stadium, Saturday, December 4 at 6 p.m.
South: Northview-Covina (8-6) Colony-Ontario (8-6), Saturday, December 4, 6 p.m.
Answer: San Marin (12-1) vs. Sutter (10-1) at River Valley HS, Friday, December 3 at 7:30 p.m.
South: Independence-Bakersfield (8-6) in Venice (8-3), Friday, December 3 at 7:30 pm
Answer: University Prep-Reading (13-0) Sacred Heart Prep (6-7), Saturday, December 4 at 1 pm
South: Rigetti-Santa Maria (5-8) vs. Northwood-Irvine (9-5) at Irvine HS, Saturday, December 4 at 6 p.m.
Answer: St. Vincent de Paul-Petaluma (11-1) Argonaut-Jackson (10-3), Friday, December 3 at 7:30 pm
South: Quartz Hill (9-4) in Palo Verde (11-2), Friday, December 3, 7:30 p.m.
Answer: Aragon (9-4) Salesian (9-2), Saturday, December 4, at 1 pm
South: El Camino Real-Woodland Hills (6-7) vs. Arlington-Riverside (6-8) at Ramona HS, Saturday, December 4, 6 p.m.
Answer: Le Grand (8-5) on Fall River (11-0), Saturday, December 4 at 6 p.m.
South: Loara (10-6) at Morro Bay (7-6), Friday, December 3, 7:30 p.m.
Division 7-A Championship
Taft (7-7) Balboa (8-4), Saturday, December 11, 1 pm