CIF state football champs crowned
The CIF State Football Championships were Friday and Saturday at the SubHub Center in Carson, and Southern California walked off the field with the bragging rights as four of five of the title games were won by teams from the southern region.
Among the winners were St. John Bosco stunning De La Salle in the Open Division, Bakersfield throttling Del Oro in D-I, Chaminade routing Enterprise in D-II, Corna del Mar edging Sacred Heart Prep in D-III and Central Catholic overpowering Bakersfield Christian in D-IV action.
St. John Bosco 20,
De La Salle 14
St. John Bosco won the Open Division state title with an impressive performance in its championship game versus De La Salle.
After a late second-quarter touchdown, the Braves pushed their lead to 17-7 at the half. A 25-yard field goal by Reid Budrovich extended its lead 20-7 in the third quarter. It wasn’t until six minutes left in the fourth quarter when De La Salle’s quarterback Chris Williams connected with wide receiver Marquis Morris for a 49-yard score to make it 20-14. De La Salle would get the ball back, but it was too little too late as St. John Bosco batted a ball into the air and grabbed the interception with just over tow minutes to play. Braves’ quarterback Josh Rosen threw 12-of-17 for 200 yards and two touchdowns. Wide receiver Jaleel Wadood had five catches for 113 yards and running back Sean McGrew rushed for 143 yards.
St. John Bosco (16-0) moves into California’s top spot ranked No. 1 by MaxPreps after the win and will likely go down in history as Southern California’s best high school team. Da La Salle reigned as state champs the last four years and was riding a 40-game winning streak.
Del Oro 26
Bakersfield knocked off Del Oro to win its first D-I state championship in 86 years and by a very convincing margin.
Del Oro hung tough the first half and answered the call twice to tie it, first at 7-7 and then again 14-14. However, the Golden Eagles trailed at the half 28-17 and came out cold, going down 42-17 by the end of the third quarter as they just couldn’t slow the Drillers down. Bakersfield senior quarterback Asauni Rufus burned Del Oro for 184 yards rushing, 71 yards passing and three total touchdowns and the Drillers scored on each of their first four possessions. Kevin Hayes tacked on an exclamation point with an 89-yard interception return for a touchdown. For Del Oro, Dylan Kainrath rushed more than 170 yards and three touchdowns.
Bakersfield (13-2) collected its seventh state title in the school’s history with the victory.
Chaminade put on an offensive clinic in its D-II showdown versus Enterprise and won the state championship in dominating fashion.
The Eagles led 24-3 at the break and the defense surrendered its only touchdown to the Hornets with under a minute to play in the fourth quarter. Eagles senior Brad Kaaya threw for 276 yards and two touchdowns and finished the season with an incredible 3,853 yards passing yards and 27 touchdowns. Isaiah Matthews led the Hornets with 182 rushing yards on 29 carries and the offensive moved the ball, but the squad just couldn’t finish its drives and had some costly turnovers.
Chaminade (14-2) ended its season on a nine game winning streak and redeemed itself after coming up just two points short, 30-28, in the regional final for a trip to the state title championships last year.
Corona del Mar 27,
Sacred Heart Prep 15
Corna del Mar jumped out in front early and hung on to win the D-III state championship.
The Sea Kings rattled off 21 unanswered points in the first quarter to take a commanding lead, but Sacred Heart Prep came back with 15 points in the second quarter to make things interesting. Corna del Mar’s defense buckled down in the second half to keep the Gators off the board as its offense added some insurance with two field goals, which came about thanks to two fumbles. Sacred Heart’s best opportunity was squandered when it fumbled at the Sea Kings 15-yard line. Corna del Mar quarterback Luke Napolitano threw 7-of-17 passing for 73 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Running back Cole Martin carried 28 times for 155 yards and sophomore Anthony Battista ran a dozen for 67.
Corona del Mar (16-0) extended its winning streak to 26 games.
Central Catholic 36,
Bakersfield Christian 23
Central Catholic made it back-to-back state championships with its come-from-behind win over Bakersfield Christian.
The Raiders trailed early 7-0 and 14-7 but overcame both deficits and led at halftime 15-14. The lead would only grow from there as Bakersfield Christian yielded three turnovers for the game. Freshman Montell Bland rushed 16 times for 103 yards and a pair of touchdowns as Central Catholic ended with 226 yards on the ground for the game with three scores. Sophomore quarterback Hunter Petlansky threw 4-of-8 for 50 yards, and junior Jared Rice hauled in two catches for 34 yards. Senior Donovin Townsend led the defense with 21 total tackles, including nine solo tackles and a sack.
The Raiders represented Northern California well, finishing the season 15-1, and will go for a three-peat next year.
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