NorCal wins 3 of 5 state titles
CARSON – The 2012 CIF State Football Championship Bowl Games, Presented by Farmers kicked-off Friday night with the Division IV and Division I games, followed by the Division III, Division II and Open Division games on Saturday. Teams from Northern California took three of the five Bowl Games. Below is a recap of the weekend’s action.
De La Salle 48, Centennial 28
De La Salle dominated the first half with four touchdowns, three of which were run by Tiapepe Vitale, while Centennial rushed for one TD. The Huskies opened up the second half with a 63 yard pass to Chase Krivashei from Robert Webber for a Centennial touchdown in the first two minutes. Both teams took turns scoring in the third and fourth quarters, an additional three TD’s for the Spartans and two TD’s for Centennial. But in the end De La Salle reigned, claiming their fourth consecutive State Open Championship and fifth overall.
Division I: Granite Bay 21, Long Beach Poly 20
Long Beach Poly scored first, 7-0, but trailed Granite Bay 14-7 in the second half. The Jackrabbits evened the score 14-14 with 11 seconds remaining in the third. Long Beach Poly jumped ahead 20-14 with 3:47 remaining in the fourth, but failed to convert the PAT, which proved decisive as Granite Bay scored late to win by one. John Cooley scored the final touchdown with 1:12 remaining and Colin Brown kicked the winning PAT as the Grizzlies claimed their first State title.
Serra 42, Oakdale 15
Three touch downs in the first quarter by Serra’s Marques Rodgers led the way for the Cavilers second State Championship. Serra racked up two more TD’s in the second quarter for a 35-0 lead entering the half. The Cavaliers final touchdown of the night was a 78 year run by Adorre Jackson. Rodgers, Jackson and Jalen Greene combined for 286 of Serra’s 389 yards. Oakdale ended the game with two touchdowns, one in the third quarter and one in the fourth quarter, by Nikk Ryan and Marcus Northcutt respectively.
Division III: Madison 38, Marin Catholic 35
Marin Catholic began the game by scoring three touchdowns, all by the beginning of the second quarter, with the third TD coming with 11:58 remaining in the second. Madison responded with four touchdowns and a field goal between the second and fourth quarters, taking the lead, 31-21 with 11:44 remaining in the game. Marin Catholic answered with two quick TD’s of their own for a 35-31 lead. With 7:24 left on the clock Pierre Cormier of Madison scored the game winning touchdown with a 79 yard run for the Warhawks. Also notable, Cormier ran 296 of Madison’s 369 yards as the Warhawks won their first State Championship.
Central Catholic 66,
Santa Fe Christian 7
Central Catholic started the game off running 249 yards in the first quarter and never looked back en route to their first State Championship crown. Jerry Harper scored Santa Fe Christian’s lone touchdown, a 67 yard run in the second quarter. Defensively, Joey Abbate had two interceptions for Central Catholic and Slater Howe led the Santa Fe Christian Eagles with nine tackles. Central Catholic finished with a total of 528 yards as Ray Lomas (183) and Rey Vega (202) combined for 385 of the Raiders yards in the win.
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