The much-anticipated fifth CIF State Bowl showdown between two of the nation's top programs — De La Salle (Concord) and Centennial (Corona) — was just announced the California Interscholastic Federation, along with 24 other regional football matchups.
Those 24 will take place this weekend at various dates and places throughout the state, while the De La Salle-Centennial game is already slated for 8 p.m. Dec. 19 at Sacramento State. That matchup is the Open Division (large school) meeting and each of those teams - voted by the 10 section commissioners - is considered the top team, no matter enrollment, from the South and North.
Centennial is coming off a stirring 62-52 win over St. John Bosco (Bellflower) late Saturday night at Angel Stadium in Anaheim in a meeting of the No. 1 and 2 ranked teams in the country, according to MaxPreps. De La Salle, ranked ninth, won its 24th consecutive North Coast Section crown with a 35-0 win over previously unbeaten Foothill (Pleasanton).
De La Salle defeated Centennial in last year's State Open Bowl game and has won three of the four meetings between the state powers.
Here are all the matchups for regional games Friday and Saturday, unless noted.
Key: NCS = North Coast Section, NS = Northern Section, SJS = Sac-Joaquin Section, LAS = Los Angeles City Section, CS = Central Section, CCS = Central Coast Section, SDS = San Diego Section, OS = Oakland Section, SF = San Francisco Section, SS = Southern Section.
CIF Bowl Picks...
December 7, 2015
Rematches definitely were avoided and an effort to have games hosted throughout the state by each section were among the takeaways from the first announcement of team placements in the CIF’s new 13-division state bowl game series. No surprise at the top, of course, as De La Salle of Concord and Corona Centennial will meet for the fifth time in two weeks in the Open Division.
Sure, there were bound to be a few football teams and schools disappointed about having to take a long road trip next week for a CIF regional bowl game, but in the eyes of the 10 section commissioners and other high-ranking CIF officials that’s way better than what had been happening on past selection Sundays and that was having to tell many more teams that they were not selected for a game and that their seasons were over.
“In most sports, we do take runner-up teams into the regionals and even some quarterfinalists,” said CIF Associate Executive Director Ron Nocetti, who has taken the lead on the selection process and spoke during a Sunday phone press conference from Irvine after this year’s lineup of games was announced. “We just no longer wanted to tell schools that their teams didn’t get picked.” “We got a lot of positive input from everyone on the committee,” said Jim Monico, the CIF Football Advisory Chair. “They all believe that these games will give more kids throughout the state to be involved in the state championship process.”
The 10 section commissioners met at the Irvine Marriot beginning at 11 a.m., which was a quick turnaround for some since some of the various sections had football title games just the previous night.
As with previous years, each member of the committee had access to team rankings, including those of Cal-Hi Sports, and were sent a proposed board for both Northern California and Southern California by Cal-Hi Sports. In addition, the CIF had drawn up its own proposed lineups before the day began.
“No team really moved more than a half of a division from where we thought they would be,” Nocetti said.
Nocetti later added: “When the commissioners came back into the room after calling schools, there wasn’t one complaint and half of them didn’t know what division they were in. We checked and counted 31 schools playing that wouldn’t have been in games before.”
Here is a division-by-division breakdown of this year’s regional games with our own commentary:
OPEN DIVISION De La Salle (12-1) vs. Centennial, Corona (14-0) at Sacramento State – Saturday, Dec. 19 at 8:00 p.m. The Spartans beat the Huskies 63-42 in last year’s Open Division final. They have won five of the last six games in this division, but are playing a team that likely will be No. 1 in at least two national rankings since St. John Bosco of Bellflower (which Centennial topped 62-52 on Saturday night) had been in that position before.
QB Darius Peterson and team at Marin Catholic will get a shot at Central Catholic of Modesto. Photo: Harold Abend.
DIVISION OPEN–SMALL SCHOOL North: Marin Catholic (12-1) at Central Catholic (14-0) – Saturday, Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m. Central Catholic has won three straight state titles in the previously used Division IV bracket. This was an easy one to choose after Central Catholic got eligible by winning its CIF Sac-Joaquin Section title. South: Sierra Canyon (14-0) at San Marino (14-0) – Saturday, Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m. After checking enrollments in October and realizing San Marino was below the cutoff line of 1,250, the Titans were always thought of as a strong possibility for this game. They were in a much tougher CIFSS bracket than Sierra Canyon, though, so their odds of getting through weren’t as high. Once they did on Saturday night, they became another easy selection for this bracket.
DIVISION I–AA North: Bellarmine (12-1) at Folsom (14-0) – Friday, Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. This could have gone to Clayton Valley of Concord instead of Bellarmine based on the Uglies only losing to Folsom by one point. Since then, though, injuries have hit them hard and they only won in their section final by one point on Saturday night over Concord. South: Helix (11-1) at Mission Viejo (14-0) – Friday, Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. Coach Bob Johnson was telling others that Helix would be the opponent after last Friday’s win over Vista Murrieta. We told him we thought so as well and on Sunday after Helix won its game the night before that was indeed the case.
DIVISION I–A North: Clayton Valley Charter (12-1) at Oak Grove, San Jose (11-2) – Saturday, Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m. We would have found a way to have Clayton Valley be the host school for this game based on its overall resume not only from this year but last year. Oak Grove is surging after it avenged both of its losses in the last two weeks to Valley Christian of San Jose and St. Francis of Mountain View. South: Narbonne (12-2) at Ridgeview (13-0) – Saturday, Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m. We have Narbonne at No. 13 in the state and Ridgeview lower, but the CIF had to find a way to keep Ridgeview and Liberty of Bakersfield over on the north board in separate divisions. One of Narbonne’s losses was 41-40 to Serra of Gardena in overtime and Serra’s playoff loss in the CIFSS Pac-5 was by one point to Mater Dei. No way we’re changing Narbonne’s ranking until proven otherwise.
Krys Barnes has been a standout linebacker for three years for Liberty of Bakersfield. Photo: Student Sports.
DIVISION II–AA North: Del Oro (8-6) at Liberty, Bakersfield (9-3) – Friday, Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. This is the matchup we would have had as well. Of Del Oro’s six losses, one was to De La Salle, one to Folsom, one to Oak Ridge, one to Punahou (Hawaii), one was to Bellarmine and one was to Rocklin (now avenged). Despite all that, couldn’t see the Golden Eagles in front of Oak Grove and they had to know with that many losses that they’d probably be traveling next week. South: La Habra (13-1) at Camarillo (14-0) – Friday, Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. If Camarillo is as strong as we think it might be (based on wins over Calabasas and St. Bonaventure and Thousand Oaks), this could be a low placement. On the other hand, this looks like a good spot to us for them to run the table and go 16-0. If the CIF didn’t have the Central Section matchup problem to deal with, it’s a weak case for Ridgeview to be in front of Camarillo and Camarillo would have been in D1A.
DIVISION II–A North: St. Francis, Mountain View (11-2) vs. Pleasant Valley (12-0) at Harrison Stadium, Oroville – Saturday, Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m. Getting down on the board in this area, the CIF wasn’t going to have St. Francis and Milpitas play each other as the two CCS runner-up teams, especially after it was determined that Milpitas was going to be higher on the board than CCS Open 3 champ Sacred Heart Prep. Pleasant Valley is more of an unknown than recent teams from Enterprise of Redding and we would have had the Vikings lower. South: Calabasas (13-1) at Citrus Hill (12-2) – Saturday, Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m. We’re not sure if it’s good news or bad news for Calabasas to be here. With just a one-point loss to Camarillo, we don’t see the Coyotes behind Citrus Hill in any way. Still, if they go on the road and win, we think they’ll win in the state final (which would be at Calabasas) in a showtime fashion.
DIVISION III–AA North: Milpitas (10-3) at Campolindo (13-1) – Friday, Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. We have Campo higher in our rankings than Pleasant Valley, but facing the big boys of Milpitas is still going to be a challenge for last year’s CIF D3 champs. South: Oceanside (9-4) at La Mirada (11-3) – Friday, Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. Where Oside was going to be placed was one of the big questions of the day. Most around San Diego have had the Pirates behind SDS D2 champ Rancho Bernardo all season, but the committee went against that and slotted the Pirates higher. La Mirada is in a good spot here after beating La Serna for CIFSS Southeast Division title. La Mirada lost its first game 76-8 to St. John Bosco, which shows great resilience but also how much better the Pac-5 is compared to every other CIFSS division.
Ben Burr-Kirven of Sacred Heart Prep scores in CCS Open Division title game win last season over Bellarmine. Photo: Roger Chen/Prep2Prep.com.
DIVISION III–A North: McClymonds (12-0) vs. Sacred Heart Prep (10-3) at Independence HS, San Jose – Saturday, Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m. We think Mack people were hoping for D4AA to play either Hanford or Sonora so having to play SHP (which just beat Riordan) is going to be more of a challenge. South: Rancho Bernardo (11-2) at Oak Hills (9-5) – Saturday, Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m. We had Oak Hills vs. Oceanside on our board so instead of the Pirates it’s just the other San Diego Section team. Both the Broncos and Bulldogs are much larger schools than Sacred Heart Prep, but the Gators proved last year they can beat schools of all sizes. Could be a division they can win.
DIVISION IV–AA North: Hanford (12-1) at Sonora (12-1) – Friday, Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. The travel for this game makes a lot of sense and might have been a factor in McClymonds playing Sacred Heart Prep instead. This should be a very competitive matchup. South: Canyon, Anaheim (9-5) vs. Bonita Vista (11-2) at Southwestern Community College, Chula Vista – Friday, Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. Canyon’s record includes a forfeit loss. We had Mater Dei Catholic of the SDS higher on our board due to early-season win (later forfeited) over El Capitan (played in last year’s D3 state bowl final). But Bonita Vista does have stronger overall schedule.
DIVISION IV–A North: Sierra, Manteca (8-5) vs. Sutter (9-4) at River Valley HS, Yuba City – Saturday, Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m. Guess we can call this the “We Got Beat by Ripon” Bowl since both teams had losses to Ripon. Sierra is in the right spot, but Sutter definitely could have been in D5AA and should be ecstatic it is getting a home game. South: Fairfax (8-6) at Chowchilla (11-2) – Saturday, Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m. So how low would Fairfax be placed with its six losses after the win Saturday vs. Los Angeles? We had it D4AA, but we’ll see if D4A is correct. So far, we have learned that city football in L.A. and S.F. is even worse than we thought.
DIVISION V–AA North: Bradshaw Christian (12-1) vs. Immanuel, Reedley (10-2) at Reedley HS – Friday, Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. In our D5 state rankings, we have Bradshaw two spots higher, but Immanuel is right there so we will find out. Definitely two teams real close to each other. South: Notre Dame, Riverside (14-0) at Mater Dei Catholic, Chula Vista (12-2) – Friday, Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. Not sure where the CIF got 12-2 for MD Catholic’s record. The Crusaders have one forfeit loss but none on the field. Some of these small school games will be very helpful for our final D4 and D5 overall state rankings.
DIVISION V–A North: Fall River (12-0) vs. St. Bernard’s (12-1) @ Humboldt State University – Saturday, Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m. From a travel standpoint, as soon as St. Bernard’s won its game Saturday vs. Berean Christian, Fall River fans had to know they were headed to the North Coast. The placing of these two teams also matches our D5 state rankings in that they’re both behind Bradshaw Christian and Immanuel. South: Kennedy, Delano (9-3) vs. Saddleback Valley Christian (13-0*) @ TBD – Saturday, Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m. The bottom four teams in the South were easy to see so it then just became a matter of travel and other logistics to place the teams. If it St. Bernard’s vs. SVC in the final in two weeks, however, that’s a road trip of epic proportions. Fall River to SVC might be even worse.
DIVISION VI–AA North: Stone Ridge Christian (12-1) at East Nicolaus (11-2) – Friday, Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. Stone Ridge won a play-in game on Saturday 70-21 over Mission of San Francisco. Since East Nicolaus was next lowest on the board, it had to be the team that Stone Ridge would play. South: Belmont (14-0) at Coronado (9-4) – Friday, Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. We had it Kennedy to Coronado in bottom bracket, but Belmont of L.A. is definitely shorter for travel and probably doesn’t matter much.
Mark Tennis is the co-founder and publisher of CalHiSports.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t forget to follow Mark on the Cal-Hi Sports Twitter handle: @CalHiSports
CIF NorCal Bowl Board
December 7, 2015
Our board is now updated and complete through all weekend games for projected matchups in the CIF bowl games for Northern California that will be decided on Sunday and announced Sunday afternoon. This is the same report that will be sent to the CIF and the section commissioners before they meet to place teams on their own board. This also is where to go for scores of all top-ranked teams playing in section finals.
(Note: CIF Central Section championship teams for Divisions II, IV and VI will be placed into Southern California regional bowl games)
OPEN DIVISION (NORTH) De La Salle of Concord (12-1, ranked No. 1 in our State Top 25 rankings and winners of five of the last six CIF Open Division state titles) blanked state No. 10 Foothill of Pleasanton 35-0 in Saturday night’s CIF North Coast Section D1 final. The Spartan first string defense now hasn’t given up a touchdown in 11 straight games and shut out a team that scored 55 last week. DLS will be going for its sixth CIF Open Division state title in seven years and eighth state crown overall.
Central Catholic QB Hunter Petlansky is an Ivy League-bound player who could end career with three CIF state bowl rings as a starting QB. Photo: Mark Tennis.
SMALL SCHOOLS OPEN DIVISION (NORTH) Central Catholic of Modesto (14-0) outlasted Oakdale 21-7 on Friday in CIF Sac-Joaquin Section D3 final. The Raiders, who were led by Justin Rice with 29 carries for 165 yards and two TDs and Hunter Petlansky with 120 yards passing and a TD run, won in their first try in D3 section bracket. They’ll likely move up to D2 next year. For state games, however, their enrollment is well below the cutoff to be in the new small schools open division. Central Catholic will be going for its fourth straight state title (the previous three were in D4 bowl games). In this regional bowl game, Central Catholic should match up with Marin Catholic of Kentfield (13-1), which defeated Cardinal Newman of Santa Rosa (11-3) by a 38-21 count on Saturday to win the NCS Division IV title. There could be a late push for Sacred Heart Prep out of the CCS to take the Wildcats’ place, but still seems to us to not be a strong enough case.
DIVISION 1AA Folsom (14-0, No. 4 overall in state) knocked off No. 6 Elk Grove (13-1) in Saturday night’s CIF Sac-Joaquin Section D1 final 35-27. The winner would be the No. 2 team on North board and host school for this game. For game recap, CLICK HERE. Bellarmine of San Jose (12-1, No. 11 overall in state) defeated Milpitas (10-3) 26-13 on Friday to win CIF Central Coast Section Open Division I title. The Bells have done enough in their recent wins to move past Clayton Valley of Concord in next week’s rankings. We’ve had Clayton Valley higher all year in the rankings until now based on the only loss being by one point to Folsom.
DIVISION 1A Clayton Valley of Concord (12-1, No. 9 overall in state) has been ranked in front of Bellarmine all season due to having the one-point loss to Folsom. Seems very likely now that Ugly Eagles would be in this division instead of D1AA. They barely squeeked by Concord 23-22 in the NCS D2 championship on Saturday night. Oak Grove of San Jose (11-2) took down St. Francis of Mountain View 27-21 on Saturday in CCS Open Division 2 final. The Lancers were 11-1 and No. 25 in the state this week with the only loss before Saturday to Bellarmine. With Oak Grove now avenging both of its earlier losses and having a better record than either Liberty of Bakersfield or Del Oro of Loomis, the Eagles do indeed move up to D1A on our board.
DIVISION 2AA Liberty of Bakersfield (10-3) topped Clovis (11-2) 56-21 to win its first CIF Central Section D1 crown. The Patriots could move up to D1A, but makes more sense to us to leave them here and then on the South board pair up Ridgeview in D2A. One of Liberty’s losses was to Mission Viejo, one was to Cathedral Catholic of San Diego and the other was to Central Section D2 champ Ridgeview although D1 college QB Jordan Love was injured and didn’t play against Ridgeview. Del Oro of Loomis (7-6) avenged one of its earlier losses with a 30-20 victory on Friday night over Rocklin in the Sac-Joaquin Section D2 championship. The other five losses were all to higher-ranked teams, including those to De La Salle and Bellarmine. CCS Open 2 runner-up St. Francis of Mountain View (11-2) could be in this spot as well, but we like the pairing of Central Section vs. SJS here and then the two Bay Area teams — Clayton Valley & Oak Grove — pairing in D1A. DIVISION 2A Campolindo of Moraga (13-1) knocked off previously unbeaten Analy of Sebastopol (13-1) 38-28 in Friday’s NCS D3 championship. The Cougars won last year’s CIF D3 state bowl game and have proven in recent weeks to be a worthy successor. Their only loss is to Napa. St. Francis of Mountain View (11-2) lost in the CCS Open Division 2 final on Saturday 27-21 to Oak Grove, but beat Oak Grove earlier in the season and its only other loss was to Bellarmine. The Lancers possibly could switch with Sacred Heart Prep of Atherton (10-3) for this spot since SHP is a championship team while St. Francis is coming in as a runner-up.
DIVISION 3AA We’re going to list Sacred Heart Prep (10-3) in this bracket after it defeated Archbishop Riordan of San Francisco 35-28 in Saturday’s CCS Open Division 3 title game. Not only do the Gators have one CIF state final appearance, but also are coming off of a 2014 season when they won the CCS Open Division crown. Pleasant Valley of Chico (12-0) won the CIF Northern Section Division I title last week. The Vikings are looking like they will play one of the CCS Open teams in their bowl game.
DIVISION 3A Milpitas (10-3) lost in the CCS Open 1 final to Bellarmine but is making the NorCal field due to a CCS decision to take advantage of new state stipulation that allows runner up teams to move on if a section has an Open Division bracket or brackets. Milpitas could move up to D3AA with Sacred Heart Prep getting placed lower in this bowl bracket. If Milpitas is in this bracket, which team to play the Trojans is quite the tossup. We would have ranked McClymonds of Oakland (12-0) as the next highest team, but Mack is quite small in enrollment and perhaps should not be placed here. On the other hand, both Hanford (12-1 and won Central Section D3 title on Friday 42-28 over San Joaquin Memorial) and Sonora (12-1, won SJS D5 title last week) both have bad losses – Hanford’s 42-7 to Lemoore and Sonora 41-15 to Oakdale. Hanford has the highest computer ranking of the three so best solution may be to have Hanford play Milpitas and give the Bullpups a home game as a two-time section champion.
Ju’Wuane Hughes of Hanford is one of state’s top grid-hoopers. Photo: Mark Tennis.
DIVISION 4AA If Hanford inches up into D3A, then McClymonds of Oakland (12-0) and Sonora (12-1) would match nicely for D2AA. The Warriors won the CIF Oakland Section title last week while the Raiders won the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section D5 crown. Mack’s win over SJS D1 playoff team Stagg of Stockton may be the difference in being the higher-placed team, but the CIF obviously would make more dollars if it was a Sonora home game.
DIVISION 4A The next group of teams after Hanford, McClymonds and Sonora includes Sierra of Manteca (8-5), the SJS D4 winner, along with Bradshaw Christian of Sacramento (12-1), from SJS D6, and Sutter (9-4), which avenged one its losses last week by beating Orland in the Northern Section D3 final. Since one of Sutter’s losses also is to Ripon of the SJS, Bradshaw should rank higher. Its only loss (on-the-field) is to much larger school Vista del Lago of Folsom. Sierra’s losses come from being in the same Valley Oak League as SJS D3 finalists Central Catholic and Oakdale plus others. The Timberwolves won their section final by a large margin vs. Liberty Ranch of Galt. Going by our analysis, we’d have it Bradshaw vs. Sierra and which would be home could be tossup.
DIVISION 5AA In the end, we see Sutter behind Sierra and Bradshaw and thus possibly hosting the next team on our board, Immanuel of Reedley (10-2). It’s also not even a stretch to say that Immanuel should be higher and hosting. The Raiders won the CIF Central Section D5 title on Friday night over Mendota 35-20 and also have a win over Central Section D4 champ Chowchilla. The other key is that Immanuel can’t be in the same CIF state bowl division as Chowchilla (which will be in the south) and it’s going to make a lot more sense to move up Immanuel than doing anything with where Chowchilla is expected to be. One of Immanuel’s losses also was to Bishop Diego of Santa Barbara, a CIFSS semifinalist from its Northern Division.
DIVISION 5A St. Bernard of Eureka (12-1) played its way onto the NorCal board by defeating previous board member Berean Christian of Walnut Creek (11-2) by a 31-17 margin in Saturday’s CIF North Coast Section Division V title game. St. Bernard just doesn’t have the resume to be in front of Sutter, Sierra, Bradshaw or Immanuel and thus would get the host placing for this division. It’s opponent would be the highest ranked Northern Section team, D5 champ Fall River of McArthur (11-0). Fall River has a head-to-head win over Northern Section D4 winner East Nicolaus (11-2).
DIVISION 6AA East Nicolaus (11-2) defeated Williams last week for its section title. Since the Spartans didn’t have to be in the play-in game, they’d clearly to us would be the last team on the board so would be facing the play-in winner. That game was Saturday between Stone Ridge Christian of Merced (12-1) and Mission of San Francisco (9-4) with Stone Ridge winning 70-21 but allowing points for the first time to end a 10-game shutout wins streak.
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CIF SoCal Bowl Board
(Note: CIF Central Section championship teams for Divisions I, III and V will be placed into Southern California regional bowl games)
OPEN DIVISION (SOUTH) No analysis is required for Corona Centennial (14-0) to be quickly going onto the board opposite De La Salle of Concord in the north after the Huskies blitzed St. John Bosco of Bellflower (13-1) 62-52 in the CIF Southern Section Pac-5 championship on Saturday night at Angels Stadium. Centennial, as defending champion, entered the game No. 2 in the state overall while Bosco was No. 3. Bosco was No. 1 and Centennial No. 2 in MaxPreps’ national rankings. For recap, CLICK HERE.
OPEN DIVISION SMALL SCHOOLS (SOUTH) Sierra Canyon of Chatsworth (14-0) stamped its ticket with a 20-0 win on Friday vs. San Dimas in the CIFSS Mid-Valley Division championship. The Trailblazers, the last CIF D4 state champ prior to Modesto Central Catholic’s three-peat, generally have to beat bigger schools in the CIFSS to get bowl eligible. They did this year with little difficulty. San Marino (14-0) also put a strong finish to its run through the CIFSS Central Division with a 45-28 victory over higher-seeded Charter Oak of Covina (12-2). The Titans would clearly be the opponent for Sierra Canyon. The Titans come in just below the 1,250 enrollment cutoff for the division. Since the Central Division is regarded as being stronger than the Mid-Valley Division by the CIFSS, looks like San Marino also gets home game.
Camarillo’s Westin Graczyk (24) and Jake Constantine (8) get goofy after recent game. Photo: #D1BoundNation.com.
DIVISION 1AA Mission Viejo (14-0, ranked No. 5 overall in the state) topped No. 17 Vista Murrieta (12-2) 21-14 in Friday night’s CIFSS West Valley Division championship. For recap, CLICK HERE. With Mission clearly now sitting in the No. 2 position on the South board, it would play Helix of La Mesa (11-1, ranked No. 8 overall in state) in this bracket. The Highlanders won the CIF San Diego Section Open Division on Saturday vs. St. Augustine of San Diego (10-3) by 44-30 margin. If St. Augustine had won in the upset, then Narbonne of the L.A. City Section likely would have come up.
DIVISION 1A With Helix winning in San Diego, Narbonne of Harbor City (12-2) would then be good for D1A. The Gauchos, who beat Crenshaw 57-21 in Saturday’s L.A. City Section D1 championship, have a bad computer ranking due to the league and section they’re in. But their talent is on a very high level, which really showed in that 41-40 overtime loss to Gardena Serra. That’s a team that only lost to Mater Dei by one point in CIFSS Pac-5 playoffs. Camarillo (14-0, No. 19 overall in state) actually may have done enough to be in front of Narbonne and could host this game. We don’t have it ranked that way — Narbonne was No. 13 in state last week — but never know how commissioners might vote. The Scorpions blew out Thousand Oaks in second half of their game on Friday 55-27 and made a big statement. It was an opponent that came close earlier this year in a 49-45 defeat. Camarillo also has a win over St. Bonaventure (Ventura), but Narbonne’s overtime loss to Gardena Serra still gets the edge in our rankings.
DIVISION 2AA After Bosco-Centennial winner, Mission Viejo, San Diego Open and Camarillo, the next teams on the board would clearly be among a group that includes La Habra, Ridgeview of Bakersfield and Calabasas. La Habra (13-1, No. 21 overall in state) won on Friday 39-36 over San Clemente in the CIFSS Southwest Division final and needed a miraculous 27-yard TD pass from Eric Barriere to Prince Ross on the final play. Ridgeview (13-0, No. 22 overall in state) also won on Friday over Lemoore 45-19 for its second straight Central Section D2 crown. The Wolf Pack also has a win over Central Section D1 champ Liberty of Bakersfield. It seems fairly certain La Habra is one of the two teams in this bracket. Calabasas (12-1) rolled past defending champion Palos Verdes (PV Estates) 42-3 in the CIFSS Western Division championship. We have Calabasas No. 24 overall in state with its only loss to Camarillo by one point. Ridgeview also has to be in a different division on the SoCal side of the board than Liberty of Bakersfield in the north. It’s possible Liberty to go to D1A on that side, but if not then it’s more likely Ridgeview gets placed in D2A with Calabasas in D2AA. DIVISION 2A The first team on the board for this slot will be the odd team out between Calabasas and Ridgeview. Heading into Saturday night, still hard to see with certainty how that will go, but Ridgeview being placed here shouldn’t be viewed as a sign of disrespect. There is just a lot more depth of strong teams in the south than in the north. Heritage of Menifee, if it has finished 14-0, would have been next but lost in the CIFSS Inland Division title game to Citrus Hill of Perris. The Hawks (12-2) suffered both of their losses to CIFSS playoff teams from higher divisions (Norco in Pac-5 and Murrieta Valley in West Valley) and would be a good opponent for either Calabasas or Ridgeview. Ridgeview, in fact, played and lost to the Inland Valley champ last year, Redlands East Valley, in the SoCal D2 regional game.
DIVISION 3AA Could Oceanside (9-4) with its history come up to this game? It’s possible, but Rancho Bernardo (11-2) won 41-23 in the San Diego D2 final on Saturday over Mt. Carmel so probably not because the Broncos have been ranked higher locally all season. The winner of the CIFSS Southeast Division, La Mirada (11-3), checks in next. The Matadores downed La Serna of Whittier (11-3) 45-20 on Saturday. La Mirada also has a head-to-head win over CIFSS Central Division finalist Charter Oak of Covina.
DIVISION 3A If Sierra Canyon was not in the SoCal Small Schools Open Division, it might be here or in D3AA. One intriguing matchup between schools that have been surging in the playoffs would be Oceanside, which defeated its arch-rival from El Camino 23-14 in Friday’s CIF San Diego D1 final and has four losses, vs. Oak Hills of Hesperia (9-5), which topped Serrano of Phelan 40-21 to avenge an earlier loss and earlier in the CIFSS Eastern Division was the team that knocked off unbeaten Palm Springs.
Belmont of L.A. players celebrate after winning first section title in 93 years of school’s existence. Photo: #D1BoundNation
DIVISION 4AA Earlier on Saturday, the SoCal board got shaken up when 12-0-1 Los Angeles High was upset by Fairfax in the CIF L.A. City Division. That clearly dropped Fairfax (8-6) down below all of the CIFSS title teams except the two small schools. Moving up also would be Mater Dei Catholic, the projected San Diego D4 winner, and Canyon of Anaheim (9-4), the CIFSS Southern Division champion. Mater Dei also was forecast to be in the Small Schools Open Division, but wouldn’t go there because of San Marino beating Charter Oak in CIFSS Central Division. Mater Dei Catholic crushed Bishop’s of La Jolla on Saturday 49-14 in the SD D4 final. Canyon, meanwhile, used several big return plays to beat Brea Olinda of Brea 31-21.
DIVISION 4A Although Bonita Vista of Chula Vista (11-2) won the San Diego D3 title compared to Mater Dei Catholic being in D4, it would still be lower placed due to comparative scores. Fairfax winning in the L.A. City Section puts the Lions probably here, but they might even get consideration to play Notre Dame of Riverside or Saddleback Valley Christian.
DIVISION 5AA The bottom six slots in our board for the south are still pretty easy to call despite some of the upsets on Saturday. Saddleback Valley Christian of SJ Capistrano (13-0 on-the-field) won the CIFSS East Valley Division title on Friday by forfeit when our D5 state No. 1-ranked team from Grace Brethren of Simi Valley self-reported that an ineligible player had been on the roster. Hard to see SVC being placed higher than Canyon of Anaheim despite its record. The other team in this bracket to face SVC would be Notre Dame of Riverside (14-0), which beat Linfield Christian of Temecula (12-2) 14-8 on Saturday in the CIFSS Northeast Division title. The Northeast does have some bigger schools compared to the East Valley (like Nipomo, Templeton, etc) but not enough for its champion to be placed any higher and into the mix with Bonita Vista. And for the record, the Notre Dame is higher in our D5 state rankings than SVC.
DIVISION 5A Belmont of Los Angeles (14-0) won the CIF L.A. City Division III title on Saturday afternoon with a 24-7 victory over Hollywood High. Isaiah Chatman, according to the L.A. times, rushed for 142 yards on 31 carries as the Sentinels won the first section title in the school’s 93-year history. Belmont used to be a school with 3,000 to 4,000 enrollment, but is much lower these days. A logical opponent for the Sentinels may be Chowchilla from the CIF Central Section in this division. Chowchilla (11-2) avenged an earlier loss with a 20-16 triumph vs. Washington of Easton in the D4 section final. Wouldn’t it be something if Chowchilla won a CIF state title nicknamed the Redskins before the name becomes banned next season.
DIVISION 6AA The CIF has indicated long travel is going to be considered in placing these games, but it may be too hard to get around Coronado (9-4) and Kennedy of Delano (10-3) from being at the bottom of the SoCal board. Coronado won the CIF San Diego Section D5 championship last weekend over Crawford. Kennedy won its second straight Central Section D6 crown on Friday night against Avenal 30-14 behind David Zepeda’s 229 yards rushing and three TDs.
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2015 CIF Regional Football Championship Matchups
IRVINE, Calif. – The matchups for the 2015 CIF Regional Football Championship Bowl Games are now set following the placement of the 50 Section Championship teams. Games will be held Friday-Saturday, December 11-12, at various host sites in the North and South please see below for schedule and game locations.
Additionally, the top teams from the North and South respectively have been selected and will advance directly to the Open Division CIF State Championship Bowl Game:
De La Salle (12-1) vs. Centennial, Corona (14-0) at Sacramento State – Saturday, Dec. 19 at 8:00 p.m.
The following is the schedule for the 2015 CIF Regional Football Championship Bowl Games for Divisions Open-Small School through VI-AA. Winners from these NorCal and SoCal Regional games will advance to the CIF State Football Championship representing the respective divisions for the title of CIF State Champion. All teams were slotted based on competitive equity and the respective criteria.
DIVISION OPEN–SMALL SCHOOL
North: Marin Catholic (12-1) at Central Catholic (14-0) – Saturday, Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m.
South: Sierra Canyon (14-0) at San Marino (14-0) – Saturday, Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m.
North: Bellarmine (12-1) at Folsom (14-0) – Friday, Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m.
South: Helix (11-1) at Mission Viejo (14-0) – Friday, Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m.
North: Clayton Valley Charter (12-1) at Oak Grove, San Jose (11-2) – Saturday, Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m.
South: Narbonne (12-2) at Ridgeview (13-0) – Saturday, Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m.
North: Del Oro (8-6) at Liberty, Bakersfield (9-3) – Friday, Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m.
South: La Habra (13-1) at Camarillo (14-0) – Friday, Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m.
North: St. Francis, Mountain View (11-2) vs. Pleasant Valley (12-0) at Harrison Stadium, Oroville – Saturday, Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m.
South: Calabasas (13-1) at Citrus Hill (12-2) – Saturday, Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m.
North: Milpitas (10-3) at Campolindo (13-1) – Friday, Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m.
South: Oceanside (9-4) at La Mirada (11-3) – Friday, Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m.
North: McClymonds (12-0) vs. Sacred Heart Prep (10-3) at Independence HS, San Jose –
Saturday, Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m.
South: Rancho Bernardo (11-2) at Oak Hills (9-5) – Saturday, Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m.
North: Hanford (12-1) at Sonora (12-1) – Friday, Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m.
South: Canyon, Anaheim (9-5) vs. Bonita Vista (11-2) at Southwestern Community College, Chula Vista – Friday, Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m.
North: Sierra, Manteca (8-5) vs. Sutter (9-4) at River Valley HS, Yuba City – Saturday, Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m.
South: Fairfax (8-6) at Chowchilla (11-2) – Saturday, Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m.
North: Bradshaw Christian (12-1) vs. Immanuel, Reedley (10-2) at Reedley HS – Friday, Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m.
South: Notre Dame, Riverside (14-0) at Mater Dei Catholic, Chula Vista (12-2) – Friday, Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m.
North: Fall River (12-0) vs. St. Bernard’s (12-1) @ Humboldt State University – Saturday, Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m.
South: Kennedy, Delano vs. Saddleback Valley Christian @ TBD – Saturday, Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m.
North: Stone Ridge Christian (12-1) at East Nicolaus (11-2) – Friday, Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m.
South: Belmont (14-0) at Coronado (9-4) – Friday, Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m.
2015 CIF State Football Championship Bowl Games - Open Division
Matchups for the expanded CIF football playoff format, which includes competitive equity as a component over school enrollment, were announced Sunday.
There was one similarity from past years: De La Salle High is headed to the CIF Open Division state championship game.
The Spartans (12-1) will play familiar state opponent Centennial-Corona (14-0) at Sacramento State on Dec. 19 at 8 p.m. The matchup was decided by the state's section commissioners Sunday, as were regional matchups. De La Salle and Centennial were selected as the top teams from Northern and Southern California, respectively, and advance directly to the CIF Open Division state championship game.
It is a rematch of last year's record-setting Open Division state championship game, which De La Salle won 63-42. It will be the fifth meeting in 10 years between De La Salle and Centennial in a state bowl game.
This year's game could be viewed as a battle between Centennial's prolific offense and De La Salle's stingy defense. Centennial has averaged an eye-popping 56.4 points per game this season; De La Salle's defense has allowed an average of only 7.8 points this season, including five shutouts.
"That's an intriguing matchup, for sure," said De La Salle coach Justin Alumbaugh. "Our defense has been playing really, really well. Their offense is obviously incredible. ... That's obviously one very important matchup. There's more to it than that. We will have to move the ball."
The Northern regionals have grown from four to 12 matchups. On Sunday, the section commissioners slotted qualified regional teams into various divisions -- with competitive equity a major factor.
Clayton Valley Charter coach Tim Murphy is fine with his team's situation. The Ugly Eagles (12-1) will travel to face Oak Grove-San Jose (11-2) on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the Division I-A game.
"We are fired up. We are excited to keep playing. We are banged up, so I'm glad it is a Saturday game," Murphy said.
Campolindo coach Kevin Macy is not happy with his team's matchup, which pits his school of 1,254 students against a school (Milpitas) that has an enrollment of 3,113 in the Division III-AA game. Campolindo (13-1), which won the CIF Division III state championship in 2014, will host Milpitas (10-3) on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Milpitas lost in the Central Coast Section Open Division I championship game on Friday, and section open division teams can replace another champion in its section.
"What is their formula for competitive equity?" asked Macy about the CIF. "They care about player safety, and they make us take on a school size like that?"
McClymonds (12-0), which won a sixth straight Oakland Section championship last month, will face Sacred Heart Prep-Atherton (10-3) at Independence High in San Jose on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the Division III-A game.
Windsor team takes a picture in front of the scoreboard
Kirkpatrick: "Best victory of the year, no question."
2015 CIF North Coast Section High School Football Playoff Brackets
Windsor falls to 5-3; visits Maria Carrillo on Friday
ROHNERT PARK - The varsity football Jaguars took one on the chin in an Oct. 23 visit to perennial power Rancho Cotate, as the Cougars busted open a tight game in the second half to notch a 42-14 win.
The disappointing result effectively ended Windsor’s hopes for an NBL title, knocking the Jaguars into a third-place tie with Rancho in the North Bay League with a mark of 3-2, extending their season record to 5-3.
The Jags will look to rebound this Friday, Oct. 30, in a critical road trip to second place Maria Carrillo. Kickoff times for the JV and varsity are 5 and 7:30 p.m.
The Pumas (4-1, 5-3) are in the midst of an outstanding 2015 campaign and enter Friday’s clash riding a three-game win streak, including recent 1-point victories over Rancho Cotate (36-35) and Casa Grande (28-27).
Second half sinks Jags
All clichés aside, the Oct. 23 meeting at the “Ranch” was definitely closer than the final score would indicate.
The Jaguars were very much in the ballgame and perhaps one big play away for three quarters, until a couple of big plays gave the Cougars separation in the final period.
Rancho drew first blood following a scoreless first quarter, when all-purpose back Chris Taylor-Yamanoah hauled in a 20-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Gunner Mefferd for a 7-0 lead.
The Cougars went up by two scores on their next possession, using a 65-yard gain on a screen pass to set up a 1-yard scoring plunge for a 14-0 advantage.
With the Windsor defense stiffening, the Jags clawed back on their final series of the first half when quarterback Max Brown directed a drive culminating in a 2-yard scoring burst from fullback Joey Pignataro to close the deficit to 14-7 at the break.
The Cougars found pay-dirt early in the third quarter when running back Danny Shelton busted loose on an 81-yard touchdown jaunt to make it a 21-7 ballgame.
The Jaguar defense would hold the fort to stop the Cougars on their next two possessions, allowing their team to stay within striking distance as Rancho maintained a 21-7 lead at the end of three.
The Jags showed heart early in the fourth quarter, as Brown found running back Jackson Baughman on a screen pass for a 45-yard gain, setting up a 4-yard scoring burst from back David Escarcega to close within one touchdown at 21-14.
It would be the last gasp for Windsor, as Rancho Cotate regrouped to score three more touchdowns, including scores on a 59-yard pass play, and runs of 6 and 50 yards en route to a 42-14 win.
Offensive leaders for the Jags included Brown (17-32, 240 yards passing), Ian “Chuck” Knoblock (2-2, 11 yards passing), Escarcega (11-32 yards rushing, TD), Baughman 7-11 yards rushing, 4-103 yards receiving), Alezzio Stra (2-16 yards rushing), Pignataro (2-2 yards rushing, TD, 1-10 yards receiving), Anthony Rea (4-49 yards receiving), Payton Easton (2-13 yards receiving), Kobe Roman (3-12 yards receiving), Lucas Campos (1-27 yards receiving), Curtis Johnson (1-20 yards receiving), Mitch Bruning (1-6 yards receiving), David Winston (1-5 yards receiving) and Dalton Mullins (2 PAT kicks).
Leading tacklers were: Sam Fletcher (10), Bruning (7), Anthony Spallino (6), Alex Tancreto (3), Jarrod Mulholland (3), Jared Martin (2, 1 sack), Cameron Caughey (2), Rea (2) and a tackle apiece from Campos, Evan Legaspi, Marcel Sands, Pignataro, Jordan Diaz (sack), Isaac Torres and Winston.
Jags roll over Santa Rosa, 38-14 in Homecoming Game
October 21, 2015
Varsity football kicker Dalton Mullins nailed a 33-yard field goal and was good on all five PAT attempts in helping the Jags to a 38-14 Homecoming win over visiting Santa Rosa on Oct. 16.
Windsor pushes record to 5-2; visits Rancho Cotate on Friday
The varsity football Jaguars made it two straight victories on Friday, dispatching visiting Santa Rosa, 38-14 in the annual Homecoming Game.
The win in front of a packed house at Kirkpatrick Stadium, was the result of an explosive first half and a stifling defensive effort, extending the Jags’ second-place league mark to 3-1 and 5-2 on the season.
Windsor will quickly turn the page to the next challenge – a Friday, Oct. 23 visit to defending NBL champion Rancho Cotate in Rohnert Park. The Cougars (2-2, 4-3) are in the midst of a rough patch after dropping their second straight loss last week, this one in the form of a 36-35 heartbreaker to Maria Carrillo. Kickoff times starting with the JV game are 5 and 7:30 p.m.
Jags stun Panthers
Windsor seized momentum early in Friday’s Homecoming date with Santa Rosa, as quarterback Max Brown engineered a drive culminating in a one-yard scoring plunge from running back David Escarcega. Kicker Dalton Mullins added the first of his eventual five PAT boots on the night for a 7-0 lead.
The Jaguars were on the move again on their next possession, finishing off another march with a two yard touchdown strike from Brown to Jackson Baughman for a 14-0 advantage. With the defense swarming, linebacker Mitchell Bruning scooped up a Panthers fumble and rumbled 13 yards for the score. The Jags led 21-0 at the end of one.
The Jaguars threatened a blowout in the second quarter, capping their next drive with a 33-yard field goal from Mullins. Defensive back Anthony Rea had arguably the defensive play of the game when he picked off a Panthers pass and returned it 64 yards.
The Jaguars would finish off an explosive half when Baughman scampered in from four yards out. The Panthers got on the scoreboard late in the second quarter on a 13-yard touchdown pass to make it 31-7 Windsor at the break.
With the outcome nearly decided, the Jags squashed any Panthers comeback hopes in the third quarter when Brown hooked up with receiver Anthony Rea on a 15-yard scoring strike for a 38-7 cushion at the end of three. Santa Rosa would add a touchdown in the final period as Windsor cruised to a 38-14 win.
Windsor outburst leads to 35-7 win against Montgomery...
October 9, 2015
After being held scoreless in the opening quarter, Windsor erupted for 28 unanswered points in the second and went on to defeat visiting Montgomery 35-7 in an NBL football game Friday night.
David Escarcega scored two of the Jaguars’ touchdowns in the second. He opened the scoring with a 3-yard run and then found the end zone from 1-yard out.
Quarterback Max Brown rushed for the other first half touchdown (1-yard run) and then hooked up up Anthony Reya on a 29-yard scoring play.
Brown was nearly perfect with his passing. The 180-pound senior completed eight of 10 attempts for 193 yards.
Curtis Johnson was his favorite target. The senior 6-foot-4 wide receiver hauled in four passes good for 103 yards. Reya caught three balls for 48 yards.
Escarcega led the ground attack with 63 yards on 16 carries. Jackson Baughman finished with 41 yards on nine touches.
“Our game plan was to just try to improve our execution,” coach Tom Kirkpatrick said. “For the most part, we did that that. It was a positive game for us.
“I thought our defense played real well, especially the linebackers.That would be Mitchell Bruning, Sam Fletcher and Anthony Spallino.”
Montgomery finally found the Windsor end zone in the fourth quarter on a 15-yard pass from Ricky Medina to Pascal Camarillo.
Scoring has been a problem for the Vikings this season. This was the fourth game they’ve been limited to only one touchdown.
Montgomery is 0-6 and 0-3 in league. Windsor improved to 4-2 and 2-1.
Montgomery 0 0 0 7–7 Windsor 0 28 0 7–35
Wind.: David Escarcega 3 run (Dalton Mullins kick)
Wind.: Max Brown 1 run (Mullins kick)
Wind.: Escarcega 1 run (Mullins kick)
Wind.: Anthony Reya 29 pass from Brown (Mullins kick)
Windsor to host Montgomery Friday on Military Night
The Casa Grande Gauchos wore desperation on their sleeves and threw in a couple of big plays on Friday, holding off a late Windsor rally to hand the Jaguars a 21-20 loss in a barnburner at Steve Ellison Field in Petaluma.
The setback dropped the Jags to 1-1 in the North Bay League and 3-2 on the season, while the previously winless Gauchos improved to 1-1 in league and 1-4 overall.
While frustrating, the loss to a solid Casa Grande team was not due to lack of effort, and can only fuel the Jaguars with extra incentive this week.
“Our offense had some problems executing but I had no complaints about the effort,” WHS head coach Tom Kirkpatrick said. “It was a game between two evenly matched teams that we thought we should win, but it just didn’t go our way.”
Windsor will be out to right the ship when they host Montgomery on Military Night this Friday, Oct. 9 in a 7:30 p.m. varsity kickoff. All veterans and current active military personnel will be admitted at no charge and receive a free hot dog and soda.
Gauchos’ quick start
Casa Grande set the tone early in the first quarter on Friday, as defender Nick Petri picked off a Windsor pass on the second play from scrimmage and took it 30 yards to the house for a 7-0 lead. Both punters got a workout throughout the period, as the Gauchos clung to a 7-0 advantage at the end of one.
Casa Grande used deception to set up their second touchdown midway through the second quarter, faking a punt to keep the chains moving in Windsor territory. The play led to a seven-yard scoring pass to extend the lead to 14-0.
The Jaguars got their offense going late in the second period, mounting a four-minute, 70-yard drive culminating in a 20-yard touchdown strike from quarterback Max Brown to big-play receiver Curtis Johnson to cut the deficit to 14-7 at the half.
The Gauchos struck again early in the third quarter when quarterback JJ Anderson hooked up with receiver Kaleo Garrigan on a 65-yard catch and run to put Casa up 21-7.
Windsor didn’t flinch, as Brown engineered a march highlighted by a 33-yard completion to Anthony Rea and culminating in a 10-yard scoring burst from running back Jackson Baughman to close within 21-14 at the end of three.
The score remained unchanged until late in the fourth quarter as the Jaguars mounted a final desperation drive with time winding down. With 2:57 left on the clock, Brown dove over on a keeper from a yard out to make it 21-20, and the Jags opted to go for two. The ensuing halfback option play failed when a pass from Baughman was batted away in the end zone, and the Gauchos hung on to preserve a 21-20 win.
Offensive leaders included Brown (14-24, 90 yards passing, TD, 33-28 yards rushing, TD), David Escarcega (17-78 yards rushing), Baughman (13-56 rushing), Rea (6-55 yards receiving), Johnson (2-25 yards receiving, TD), Payton Easton (3-5 yards receiving), and Lucas Campos (1-6 yards receiving).
Leading tacklers were Anthony Spallino (8 tackles, 4 assists), Sam Fletcher (9, 2), Mitch Bruning (6, 2, INT), Jared Martin (3, 2), Cameron Caughey (2, 2), Alex Tancreto (2, 1), Kobe Roman (2, 1), Logan Conner (2 tackles), Rea (2 assists), Blake Stibi (tackle, INT), Dalton Mullins (tackle), and Jordan Diaz (assist).
Jaguars maul Ukiah Wildcats, 39-22 in NBL grid opener
September 30, 2015
Windsor defenders Marcel Sands (4), Payton Easton (17) and Trevor Tobon (22), broke up a pass in Friday's 39-22 varsity football win at Ukiah. The Jaguars visit Casa Grande on Oct. 4.
Windsor visits Casa Grande this Friday in key match-up
The varsity football Jaguars didn’t have to wait long for their first North Bay League victory, powering past the host Ukiah Wildcats, 39-22 in the NBL opener on Friday.
The Jags entered the game well rested and ready, having had two weeks to prepare for Ukiah following a bye on the schedule last week. Windsor made full use of its time, combining a balanced offensive attack with a ball-hawking defensive effort to dispatch the Wildcats in the second half.
The win propels Windsor into a Friday, Oct. 2 visit to Casa Grande at Ellison Field on the Petaluma High School campus. The Gauchos (0-4, 0-1) remain in search of their first season win following a 49-28 loss to Rancho Cotate last week, but will no doubt be a hungry team when they take the field on Friday. Kickoff times for the JV and varsity are 5 and 7:30 p.m.
Jags tame Wildcats
The Jaguars went right at Ukiah from the first snap, as quarterback Max Brown engineered an early drive resulting in a one-yard scoring plunge from running back David Escarcega. The PAT kick was good and Windsor took a 7-0 lead. Ukiah got on the board at the end of the first quarter on a safety, as the Jags led 7-2 at the end of one.
Windsor continued to move the chains in the second quarter, as Escarcega capped another march midway through the period with a two-yard plunge. The ensuing try for the two-point conversion failed and the Jags led 13-2. The Wildcats answered late in the second on a 60-yard scoring run by Cody Shepard, followed by a successful two-point conversion to cut the deficit to 13-10 a the half.
The Jaguars continued to move the ball effectively after intermission, as Brown found receiver Anthony Rea on a 17-yard touchdown strike to make it a 19-10 ballgame.
Moments later, Ukiah’s Eddie Hollbrook had the home-town crowd on their feet when he took the ensuing kickoff and raced 94 yards to the house. The euphoria was short-lived, as Brown finished off an exciting period with another scoring pass to Rea – this one a 49-yard hook-up as Windsor led 25-16 at the end of three.
The Jaguars gained separation with a bit of deception early in the fourth, employing a double pass that caught the Wildcats off guard. On the play, Brown threw a backward pass to receiver Curtis Johnson, who fired downfield to a wide open Escarcega for a 35-yard Windsor touchdown.
The Jags iced the contest on their next series, as Brown found Johnson on a 44-yard scoring dagger, followed by a pass to Kobe Roman for the ensuing two-point try for a 39-15 cushion. Ukiah would add a late touchdown but Windsor cruised to a 39-22 victory.
Quarterback Max Brown turned in his best game under center, completing 16 of 30 pass attempts for 288 yards and three touchdowns, while gaining 66 yards on the ground.
Other offensive leaders included Escarcega (14-69 yards, 2 TDs, 2-68 yards receiving, TD), Alezzio Stra (3-14 yards rushing), Ian “Chuck” Knoblock (1-16 yards rushing), Rea (5-107 yards receiving, 2 TDs), Johnson (4-82 yards receiving, 1-35 yards passing, TD) and Joey Pignataro (1-13 yards receiving).
Leading defenders were Sam Fletcher (4 tackles, 1 assist, INT), Mitch Bruning (5 tackles), Rea (3, 1), Pignataro (3 tackles), Anthony Spallino (2, 1), Cameron Caughey (2 tackles), Jordan Diaz (2 tackles), Marcel Sands (2 tackles), Luke Au-Yeung (1, 1), Jared Martin (1, 1), Fadi Husary (1, 1) and a tackle apiece from Chris Licea, Evan Legaspi, Cesar Herrera, Alex Tancreto, Logan Conner and Trevor Tobon (FR).
Jags footballers grounded in 40-3 loss to Miramonte
September 11, 2015
David Escarcega is part of a strong running attack for the Jaguar's football team this season.
Football is a game of emotion, and the team that takes the field with more of it usually prevails.
That may have been the case on Friday as the Jaguars took their lumps in a pre-league meeting with a formidable Miramonte team, a game which the visitors controlled for the better part of 48 minutes.
The Jaguars (2-1) enter the bye week at just the right time, with a full 14 days to prepare for the North Bay League opener at Ukiah on Friday, Sept. 25.
Jags tamed by Matadors
Things started well enough in Friday’s clash with visiting Miramonte, as Windsor quarterback Max Brown engineered an opening drive culminating in a 40-yard field goal from kicker Dalton Mullins.
It was the high-water mark of the game for the Jags, with the Matadors answering with three touchdowns, including a 25-yard pick six for a 21-3 lead at the end of one. Miramonte padded its cushion in the second quarter, finding pay-dirt on a short scoring pass for a 27-3 bulge at the half.
Both defenses dug in for a hard-hitting second half, but the Matadors ended any Windsor comeback hopes with another pair of touchdowns en route to a 40-3 win.
The Jaguars did have some individual bright spots on both sides of the ball.
Offensive leaders included running backs Jackson Baughman (17-84 yards rushing), David Escarcega (9-54 yards rushing), Chris Licea (7-32 yards rushing) and Alezzio Stra (3-24 yards rushing). Top pass catchers included Kobe Roman (4-31 yards receiving), Jordan Diaz (1-18 yards receiving) and Payton Easton (1-7 yards receiving). Brown was limited to five completions for just 38 yards.
Anchoring the defensive unit were Anthony Spallino (7 tackles, 3 assists), Sam Fletcher (5, 1), Jarrod Mulholland (3,1), Cameron Caughey (2, 1), TJ Keith (2 tackles), Lucas Campos (2 tackles, INT), Marcel Sands (2 tackles), Blake Stibi (1, 1, sack),Easton (1, 2), Roman (2 assists), Diaz (1, 1, sack) and a tackle apiece from Evan Legaspi, David Winston, Alex Tancreto (sack) and Logan Conner (2 sacks).
The varsity football Jaguars made it two straight in week two of the pre-league schedule, using a dominant defensive effort to power past visiting Northgate 38-22.
The win pushed the Jag’s record to 2-0 entering their Friday, Sept. 11 home clash with perennial power Miramonte, a game that will pit two unbeaten teams in the early stages of the season. Kickoff times for the JV and varsity are 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
The Matadors claimed a 58-41 victory over St. Mary’s on Friday to run their record to 2-0 and represent a good litmus test for the Jaguars this week.
In what could be a continuing theme, Windsor emerged from a tight first half in Friday’s opener against Northgate, using good offensive balance and a strong defensive effort to win going away after the break.
The Jaguars drew first blood early in the opening period when linebacker Sam Fletcher tackled a Northgate ball-carrier in the end zone for a safety. The Broncos took their only lead of the game with two minutes left in the first quarter on a one-yard scoring dive to put them ahead 7-2. Windsor quarterback Max Brown got the offense rolling on the next series, finding receiver Anthony Spallino on a 16-yard scoring strike for a 9-7 lead at the end of one.
The Jags cranked up their running game in the second quarter, mounting a drive resulting in a 34-yard field goal from kicker Dalton Mullins. Windsor finished off a solid first half with a 23-yard pass hookup from Brown to wide-out Curtis Johnson. Brown followed with a successful two-point conversion pass to running back Jackson Baughman as the Jaguars took a 17-10 halftime advantage.
The third quarter proved decisive as Windsor dominated the trenches on both sides of the ball. The Jags caught the Broncos napping with a bit of trickery when Baughman fired a pass to a streaking Johnson for a 61-yard touchdown. Windsor gained separation with another pair of scores, including a 26-yard pass from Brown to Johnson, followed by a one-yard burst from David Escarcega to open up a 28-point cushion. Northgate finished the third period with an 80-yard touchdown run but the Jaguars led 38-16.
Windsor would employ a clock-eating ground attack in the fourth quarter, yielding just one more Broncos’ score en route to a 38-22 win.
Turning in outstanding offensive performances were Brown (19-31, 188 yards passing, 3 TDs), Baughman (6-83 yards rushing, 1-1, 61 yards passing, TD, 2-23 yards receiving), Escarcega (12-78 yards rushing, TD), Chris Licea (9-44 yards rushing), Johnson (7-130 yards receiving, 3 TDs), Mitchell Bruning (5-44 yards receiving), Anthony Rea (2-16 yards), Spallino (1-16 yards, TD).
Leading tacklers were Sam Fletcher (4 tackles, 3 assists), Bruning (3, 3), Cameron Caughey (4), Alex Tancreto (2, 1, sack), Jordan Diaz (3), Rea (3 tackles), Kobe Roman (2), Drew Leon (2), Enrique Raygoza (2,1), Peyton Easton (assist, INT), Blake Stibi (1, 1), Jarrod Mulholland (1, 1), Jarod Evans (2 assists), Lucas Campos (1), Fadi Husary (1), Ricky Zamora (1), Spallino (1), TJ Keith (1, sack), Jacob Gonzalez (1), and Licea (assist).
Windsor wears out Petaluma, 21-9
August 28, 2015
Windsor’s Mitchell Bruning slips past Petaluma’s Brenden White during their game in Petaluma Friday, August 28, 2015. (Jeremy Portje / For The Press Democrat)
By LORI A. CARTER
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
PETALUMA — Windsor’s David Escarcega rushed for two touchdowns and quarterback Max Brown ran in a third as the Jaguars defeated Petaluma 21-9 in a non-league game Friday.
Petaluma grabbed the lead briefly in its first possession, opening the scoring with an Isiah Blomgren 37-yard field goal, capping an 18-play drive that ate up most of the first quarter.
The Trojans ran the ball 13 times and attempted just 5 pass plays in the quarter, slowly but steadily moving the ball downfield against Windsor’s defense. Petaluma almost went three and out on its first drive, but won new life on a fourth-down Windsor penalty on the punt.
Six plays later, Trojan quarterback Brenden White pitched to Luke Wheless, who grabbed the high toss on the left side and picked up 21 yards, the longest play in the drive.
Windsor answered on its first drive, taking a lead 7-3, which it never relinquished.
Escarcega scored on a 1-yard run with 14 seconds left in the first quarter. Kicker Dalton Mullins followed with the first of his three successful point-after attempts.
Windsor coach Tom Kirkpatrick, returning from retirement to helm the Jaguars after a long career at Healdsburg, praised his team’s defense, which held the Trojans to just 114 rushing yards and 96 passing.
“Defensively, we played really well,” he said. “Offensively, we were inconsistent. It’s something we’re going to work on.”
Brown completed 8 of 15 passes for 133, including a 44-yard completion to Curtis Johnson. He also rushed four times for 18 yards, including a 5-yard touchdown with 9:16 left in the game to put Windsor on top 20-9.
Brown also connected with Parker Canady for two 25-yard completions.
Escarcega rushed 12 times for 61 yards, including touchdowns of one and 42 yards. Jackson Baughman led the Jaguars with 64 rushing yards on 13 carries.
Petaluma coach Rick Krist said he was disappointed in the result and impressed with Windsor’s depth.
“We hoped to get more movement from our offense,” he said. “We had sparks at times, but not enough.”
Petaluma runs an option offense, relying on its backs instead of a passing game.
Quarterback Brenden White completed 8 of 17 pass attempts for 96 yards, all but 23 of it in the second half.
“We’re a running team,” Krist said. “We threw (17) times in the game, which is about eight times more than we did last year. They just had a good plan against us.”
The Trojans ran 42 rushing plays, good for 114 yards.
Running back Lucas Dentoni pushed it up the middle mostly, but could manage only 34 yards on 17 carries against Windsor’s stifling defensive line. White carried 14 times for 19 yards. Luke Wheless added 40 yards on 9 carries.
The unsuccessful running game frustrated Petaluma fans, who by the fourth quarter were tired of hearing the public address announcer call out “Dentoni up the middle…”
Fans could be heard yelling, “Pass the ball!” and “Call a different play!”
Windsor went on top 14-3 with 11:04 left in the third quarter after Anthony Rea’s 40-yard punt return set up the Jaguars into the Trojans’ territory.
After a short Brown keeper up the middle, Escarcega took the handoff and flashed down the right side for a 42-yard score.
Sports writer Lori A. Carter can be reached at email@example.com or at 521-5470.
Jags footballers power past Petaluma, 21-9
September 2, 2015
Jag's running back David Escarcega (20) dove over from a yard out to score a first-quarter touchdown in en route to a 21-9 victory over Petaluma on Aug. 28. The Jags will host Northgate on Friday in the home opener.
Windsor to host Northgate on Friday in home opener
The varsity football Jaguars recorded a win and perhaps established their identity in the process on Friday in the season opener at Petaluma, employing a bruising ground game and a stingy defensive effort to throttle the Trojans, 21-9.
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The victory was the first for Tom Kirkpatrick as Windsor head coach and propelled the Jaguars into week two of the season this Friday, Sept. 4 against visiting Northgate. Game time for the JV and varsity are 5 and 7:30 p.m.
Friday’s game against a tough Petaluma squad was a hard-nosed, grind-it-out affair, as both teams set out to establish the run in the first quarter.
The Trojans mounted a long, clock-eating drive on their opening possession, consuming nearly eight minutes of the first quarter. The 18-play march was prolonged by a Windsor holding penalty on a fourth-down play and culminated in a 37-yard field goal from Isiah Blomgren for a 3-0 lead.
The Jags answered right back on their first possession, as quarterback Max Brown engineered an impressive 70-yard march. The drive was highlighted by a 44-yard pass play to receiver Curtis Johnson before running back David Escarcega found pay-dirt from a yard out to put Windsor ahead for good. Dalton Mullins followed with the PAT kick and the Jags took a 7-3 lead at the end of one.
Petaluma drove deep into Windsor territory in the second quarter, but a missed field goal attempt allowed the Jaguars to retain a 7-3 lead at the half.
Windsor gained separation early in the third quarter, using a 40-yard punt return by Anthony Rea to put Jags inside Petaluma territory. Moments later, Escarcega took the handoff and raced 42-yards to the house for a 14-3 advantage at the end of three.
The Jags answered a Petaluma score with nine minutes left in the fourth quarter when Brown scored on a five-yard keeper to put his team up 21-9. The Trojans would get no closer against the determined Windsor defense the rest of the way as the Jags closed out a 21-9 victory.
Brown led the offensive unit, connecting on eight of 15 pass attempts for 133 yards, and rushed for one touchdown. Leading rushers were Jackson Baughman (13-64 yards) and Escarcega (12-61 yards, 2 TDs). Leading receivers were Parker Canady, Mitchell Bruning and Johnson. Mullins made good on all three PAT kicks.
Although there were no stats available, the Windsor defensive unit held Petaluma to a paltry 114 yards rushing on 42 carries.
The Windsor JV squad posted an 18-0 win over Petaluma.
WHS footballers take aim at winning season...
August 26, 2015
Senior Mitchell Bruning will lead a deep and talented varsity football squad as the Jaguars open the 2015 campaign on Friday, Aug. 28 at Petaluma.
Windsor will open off the pre-league schedule in earnest this Friday, Aug. 28 against the host Petaluma Trojans at Steve Ellison Field. Kickoff times for the JV and varsity are 5 and 7 p.m.
First-year head coach Tom Kirkpatrick returns to the sideline to lead a Jaguar’s squad that is both deep (50) and talented - a team that will benefit from great experience and leadership, and one built to compete in the rough and tumble North Bay League.
A former teacher and veteran of 31 years with the Healdsburg High School program, Kirkpatrick spent 19 seasons as head coach of the Greyhounds in two tours of duty (1987-2000, 2007-2011). His win-loss record of 168-58 placed him among the top football coaches in Sonoma County League history before stepping down from the Healdsburg post in 2011.
Kirkpatrick will be surrounded by nearly his entire former coaching staff, which includes defensive coordinator Bob Besancon, defensive guru and former HHS head coach Gale Bach, line coach Pat McDowell, receivers coach Mike Ruiz, running Backs coach and former HHS head coach Pete Thomas, defensive backs coach (and former WHS girls basketball coach) Joe Passalacqua and special teams coach Stan Maida.
Ryan Kirkpatrick will assist with the offense, while Todd Fletcher, the lone holdover from last year, will handle the coaching duties for the kickers and punters. In addition, Chris Spallino heads the JV team while Jim Goff is the head coach for the frosh.
Kirkpatrick’s first order of business will be to continue the momentum of former head coach Vic Amick following a successful 8-4 campaign in 2014. The Jaguars posted a 4-3 league mark before advancing to the quarterfinals of the North Coast Section Division-2 playoffs.
Without divulging team goals, Kirkpatrick spoke of his expectations for the Jags this fall.
“I think we’ll be competitive with everyone we play,” he said. “We’ve got great kids to work with - this is a senior-dominated team with great talent and attitudes and we’re really excited to start the season.”
Senior quarterback Max Brown returns to lead the offense, while senior Ian “Chuck” Knoblock will be the backup. The Jags have a strong stable of running backs which include senior Jackson Baughman, junior David Escracega, senior Chris Licea, fullbacks; senior Anthony Spallino, junior Jarrod Mulholland and Joey Pignataro.
The receiving corps will be deep and athletic, led by seniors Mitchell Bruning and Anthony Rea, junior Payton Easton, and first-year senior basketball standouts Curtis Johnson and Parker Canady.
The offensive line will consist of senior center Blake Stibi, senior guards Riley Cleaver and Alex Trancreto, senior tackles Cameron Caughey, TJ Keith and Jared Martin and junior Logan Conner.
Senior Dalton Mullins will handle both the kicking and punting chores.
Manning the defensive trenches is a combination of several of the aforementioned linemen in addition to junior Jordan Diaz.
The linebacking corps is the strength of the team and arguably the class of the NBL in third-year seniors Sam Fletcher, Bruning and Spallino, with Pignataro and Mulholland also expected to see plenty of action.
The defensive backfield consists of senior cornerbacks Evan Legaspi, Lucas Compos, Marcel Sands and Fadi Husary. Junior Kobe Roman is the strong safety while Anthony Rea is at free safety.
While perennial powers Cardinal Newman, Casa Grande and Rancho Cotate assume the role of co-favorites, the Jaguars should be considered a dark horse to compete for the league title.
2015 Windsor football schedule
Aug. 28 – Windsor @ Petaluma (7:30 p.m.)
Sept. 4 – Northgate @ Windsor (7:30 p.m.)
Sept. 11 – Miramonte @ Windsor (7:30 p.m.)
Sept. 18 – Bye
Sept. 25 – Windsor @ Ukiah (7:30 p.m.)
Oct. 2 – Windsor @ Casa Grande (Petaluma HS, 7:30 p.m.)