The CIF Bowl Championships begin Friday with 13 games across California. The North and South winners will meet next week at sites to be determined, in addition to the top five divisions, which will meet at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo.
DIVISION 1–SUPPORT AA
NORTH: De La Salle-Concord 17, Folsom 14
The Spartans (10-3) scored all of their points in the second quarter that included 6-yard touchdown runs by Derrick Blanche (94 rushing yards) and Charles Greer (91) and let their defense do most of the work to start from there. win over the host Bulldogs (12-2), who finished De La Salle’s season 28-27 last year and beat him earlier this year, 24-20. READ STORY
SOUTH: Lincoln-San Diego 37, Sierra Canyon-Chatsworth 14
Lincoln’s coaches promised a win, and the Hornets delivered in a big way. When you have Georgia-bound running back Roderick Robinson, that helps. He scored four touchdowns and Lincoln (12-1) dominated the Trailblazers (10-5) from the start. READ MORE/PHOTOS/VIDEO LATER
SUPPORT DIVISION 2–AA
NORTH: McClymonds 49, Lemoore 35
Jaivian Thomas put the McClymonds Warriors (12-1) on his back rushing for 296 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Warriors to a 49-35 victory over the Division II Central Section champions in a game played in West Oakland. SEE STORY
As a team, McClymonds rushed for nearly 500 yards and seven touchdowns in the win that sent the Oakland Section Champions to the 2-AA State Championship. Ferrari Miller Jr. added 130 yards and two touchdowns.
Lemoore’s senior quarterback, Ty Chambers, threw for 483 yards and three touchdowns. He also had a run for a touchdown. Demel Turner had seven catches for 142 yards and two touchdowns. Kobe Green finished with 119 receiving yards and a touchdown. Lemoore ends the season with a 12-2 record.
SOUTH: Mater Dei Catholic-Chula Vista 22, Downey 21.
Mater Dei Catholic (9-4) intercepted quarterback Aidan Chiles late in the game to preserve the win. Downey (12-3) led 21-8 early in the second quarter before a dramatic comeback by Mater Dei. A short TD run by Anthony McMillan following an 87-yard pass from QB Domonic Nankill gave Mater Dei the lead.
DIVISION 3–SUPPORT AA
NORTH: Grant-Sacramento 36, El Cerrito 7
JoJo McCray had two touchdown passes and a scoring run, and the defense suppressed a prolific Gauchos team that stormed out of a 13-0 start to the season, to reach a CIF final for the second time in program history. .
Grant (11-2) trailed 7-0 and rolled from there when McCray, a senior quarterback who started every game during his team’s 0-9 2021 season, had a 4-yard TD run, a 26-yard touchdown pass to Kenyon. Shabazz and a 61-yard shot to Kyrell Goss-Pruitt to open it up. McCray has 49 touchdown passes this season. El Cerrito’s strength had been his defense.
Grant’s 2008 team became the first to win a CIF State Open Division championship, beating Long Beach Poly. The Pacers host San Jacinto from Riverside County on Saturday at 6 pm in Del Paso Heights.
SOUTH: San Jacinto 49, University City-San Diego 45
Samuel Cooper’s 11-yard TD run with 2:20 remaining in the game gave University City a 45-42 lead with 2:20 remaining. But San Jacinto’s Dillon Gresham converted a short pass into a 46-yard touchdown reception to put the Tigers (13-2) ahead by four points with 1:08 to play. Gresham then secured the win on defense with an interception. Ciudad Universitaria finished 11-3.
DIVISION 4–SUPPORT AA
NORTH: Step 42, Pleasant Valley-Chico 20
Running at will behind their vaunted T-wing attack, the Sac-Joaquin Section Cougars led the best team in the entire Northern Section to their third CIF state championship since 2010.
Donovan Rozevink had two touchdown passes and Logan Anderson two scoring runs for Escalon (12-3), which has won nine straight games and looks to finish 3-0 in the CIF finals when it hosts Northwood-Irvine on Dec. 10.
Pleasant Valley finished 9-5.
SOUTH: Northwood-Irvine 10, Kennedy-Delano 7
Northwood (14-1) wins its 12th straight game to advance to the state playoff finals. Northwood led 10–0 at halftime on an Adam Harper rushing touchdown and a field goal that just missed the posts. Northwood also intercepted Kennedy twice. Kennedy finished 11-3.
SUPPORT DIVISION 5–AA
NORTH: Hughson 31, Christian Ripon 28
Alex Villarreal scored on a one-yard throw with 11 seconds to go as the Huskies scored the final 21 points of the game to stun the Knights, a member of the Sac-Joaquin Section.
Ripon Christian (11-3) led 28-10 on an 85-yard kickoff return from Brady Grondz and a nine-yard touchdown pass from Trey Fasani to Chase Beidleman before Hughson (12-2) attacked.
Liam Bridgford cut it to 28-18 with a seven-yard run and two-point conversion with seven minutes to go, and Robert McDaniel hit David Delgado for an 83-yard touchdown run with four minutes remaining to pull within 28-25. .
Hughson will host Muir-Pasadena on Saturday, December 10 at 6 pm
SOUTH: Muir-Pasadena 33, Palo Verde-Blythe 7
Muir (9-6) shrugged off the 400-plus-mile round trip to Blythe and slowed down an offense that was averaging 48 points and 400-plus yards per game. Offensively, Jachai Pulley ran for more than
200 yards and three touchdowns for Muir, advancing to his first state playoff title game. Palo Verde ends 13-2.
DIVISION 6–SUPPORT AA
NORTH: Santa Teresa 30, Palo Alto 20
Joshua Reyes ran for his second touchdown, a yard, early in the fourth quarter to give the Saints (9-5) a 24-20 lead and quarterback Jayden Arévalo added a late safe touchdown to give visiting Santa Teresa his first region. title.
Palo Alto (7-7) led 7-0, 13-10 and 20-17, but Santa Teresa, which had never won a section title before this season, kept coming back. A 55-yard touchdown pass from Areval to Jeffrey Kent gave the Saints a 17-13 lead, before Palo Alto quarterback Declan Packer connected on a TD pass to Leon Unga to put the Saints up. Vikings up 20-17 entering the fourth.
SOUTH: Classical Academy-Escondido 34, Lancaster 14
Classical Academy converted an interception returned for a touchdown in the first half to defeat Lancaster 34-14. Classical Academy is now 11-3 and advances to a state playoff title game. Lancaster finishes 9-6.