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Bellflower St. John Bosco pummels Concord De La Salle, 56-33, for the CIF Open Division state title

December 23, 2016

Steam is shooting up from Wyatt Davis’ covered head, making him look like some comic book hero with unknown superpowers. 

The 6-foot-5, 315-pound offensive lineman is standing in the middle of a frigid and frosted Hornet Stadium (temperature in the low 30s) after Bellflower St. John Bosco defeated Concord De La Salle, 56-33, on Saturday night in the CIF state championship Open Division bowl game.

“Every hit hurt,” he said. “It was that cold. The field started to freeze up after halftime. I can’t feel my arms right now.... I’m pretty cold, but woo...”

If you want to know why St. John Bosco (13-2) proved itself the best high school football team in California over the six weeks of the postseason, it’s because the Braves could not be stopped running the football.

They pummeled the De La Salle defense for 357 rushing yards, including 150 yards rushing and two touchdowns from Terrance Beasley. Demetrious Flowers had 91 yards rushing and three touchdowns. It was the same story line against Santa Ana Mater Dei and Corona Centennial earlier this season. St. John Bosco’s offensive line, led by the Ohio State-bound Davis, provided better protection than a Secret Service detail.

“We did a great job running the ball,” Coach Jason Negro said. “That’s demoralizing when you can’t stop it.”

There also was the performance of junior quarterback Re-Al Mitchell, whose season-long development proved the wisdom of Negro and offensive coordinator Chad Johnson in their belief that he’d become a top player. Mitchell completed 18 of 20 passes for 191 yards and two touchdowns.

De La Salle (11-2) put up a good fight, even threatening the Braves late in the third quarter when they closed to within 42-27. Junior running back Kairee Robinson rushed for 202 yards and scored two touchdowns.

But the Braves had too much athleticism, too much depth and too much speed.

You have to remember very few teams ever beat De La Salle, the school that once had a 151-game win streak. St. John Bosco, however, also defeated the Spartans in 2013, leaving Negro with a 2-0 record against De La Salle. And to beat Centennial, Mater Dei and De La Salle in consecutive games is tough to do.

“I’m proud of my program,” he said. “No one has done that in the country to play those three teams the way we did.

”It was a great weekend for state championship football in California. Southern California teams swept the five games in Sacramento, but overall, it was South 7, North 6. And seven of the 12 games (leaving out the Open Division) were decided by five points or less.The lesson is no matter what the predictors or analysts say, once you’ve reached a final in week 16, the odds are pretty good you’ve proven you belong.

This was another season in which offensive numbers were staggering. The spread offense isn’t just leading to big passing days. It’s creating opportunities for teams with size and speed to run the ball effectively, no matter how cold it gets.

“Dude, it’s freezing out here,” Negro said late Saturday night.

Yes it was, and Davis showed he might do just fine if he gets to play in a Michigan or Ohio snow storm.

CIF State Bowl Champs (All 13)

December 23, 2016

For a one-stop place for all of the CIF state bowl winners crowned on Friday, Dec. 16 or Saturday, Dec. 17 with an MVP chosen for each game, this is the place to go. First-time champions include San Clemente, Paraclete, Oakdale, Pleasant Valley, Bishop O’Dowd, McClymonds, Rancho Christian and St. Patrick-St. Vincent. No school won more than its second. We also predicted the winners from all 13 games last Wednesday and were correct nine times. In the last two years, we’re also now 19-7.

Thanks to Stockton office assistant editor Paul Muyskens, who contributed many of the writeups for this post.

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Open Division
Bellflower St. John Bosco (13-2) 56,
Concord De La Salle (11-2) 33


It wasn’t the most points scored in a CIF state final or even an Open Division state final – De La Salle scored 63 in 2014 – but considering the Braves did it against the Spartans, who only gave up seven in their last game to Freedom of Oakley team that was 11-0, their 56 in this game was perhaps even more impressive.

MVP Re-al Mitchell. In the last game the Braves lost to Mater Dei, a fourth quarter interception thrown by Mitchell really cost the Braves. He was nearly flawless against DLS, completing 18 of 20 for 191 yards and two TDs, adding 50 yards rushing and running the offense smoothly. It’ll be interesting to see how he does – more as a throwing QB than one who’s known for his track speed – in this spring’s camps and Elite 11 QB events.


Cathedral Catholic stuns St. Mary’s of Stockton 38-35 in overtime to win school’s second CIF state title and complete perfect season. The Dons overcame 28-14 deficit in the second half and win title in higher division (I-AA) than in 2008. Cathedral Catholic’s win also gave the CIF San Diego Section a 2-0 record on the day after Madison took the D2-AA crown earlier at Sacramento State with an almost equally exciting 21-17 triumph over Valley Christian of San Jose.

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The CIF might have to slip some extra payola into the coffers of San Diego Cathedral Catholic and Stockton St. Mary’s after the two parochial powerhouses played in another of the most exciting CIF state football finals since the series was jump started in 2006.
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This time, St. Mary’s hopes of capturing its first-ever CIF state title were ripped from the players’ collective hearts in a 38-35 overtime loss to the Dons in the CIF Division I-AA state championship played Friday at Sacramento State. In the school’s first trip to the state finals in 2008, Cathedral Catholic happened to be on the other side that day as well and defeated the Rams 37-34 in another back-and-forth thriller.

With the teams sitting right next to each other in the Cal-Hi Sports State Top 25 with the Dons at No. 5 and the Rams at No. 6, such a close contest was expected by many.

Both teams also were looking to become historically great teams within their CIF sections. Cathedral Catholic became just the second team in San Diego Section history to finish 15-0 on-the-field and just the second to win a CIF state title in Division I. The first was Oceanside in D1 in 2009. Last year’s Mater Dei Catholic team also went 15-0 on-the-field, but had a forfeit loss so its official final record was 14-1. With another win, St. Mary’s also would have perhaps lifted itself into discussion about the best teams ever from the Sac-Joaquin Section. Even in defeat, the Rams still scored 831 points in 16 games for the fourth-highest total in state history, according to the Cal-Hi Sports state records.

“These kids fight for it,” said Cathedral Catholic head coach Sean Doyle. “They work for it since January to get something like this. It’s a special thing.”

“It was just an amazing season,” said St. Mary’s head coach Tony Franks, who has been friends with Doyle for many years. “It was historical. We never in the history of our school won 14 games in a season and we did that this year. Winning 14 games, a NorCal championship and all the things we accomplished this year with this team was historical.

“The game could of gone either way there at the end and it didn’t go our way.”

Morrison Mirer had one of the plays of the night for Cathedral Catholic against Stockton St. Mary's. Photo: #D1Bound/

Morrison Mirer had one of the plays of the night for Cathedral Catholic against Stockton St. Mary’s. Photo: #D1Bound/

St. Mary’s, the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division I champion and winner last week over Freedom of Oakley in the NorCal regional game, looked to be in good shape with 58 seconds left in the third quarter when junior standout Dusty Frampton powered into the end zone on a 14-yard run to give the Rams a 28-14 lead.

Cathedral Catholic answered with a 12-play drive that covered 69 yards and got back in the game on a 8-yard pass from Tate Haynes to Jack Thompson with 7:22 remaining.

It looked like St. Mary’s might answer with another score of its own, but was stopped one-yard short on a fourth-down play at the 10-yard line. Cathedral Catholic’s chance to tie it up on the next series, however, was prevented on a fumble recovery by the Rams’ Marquez Vaughn.

With 2:54 left and the Dons still down 28-21, they started a drive at their own 20-yard line and on just the second play the game turned completely in their favor. That’s when sophomore running back Shawn Poma grabbed a screen pass from Haynes and weaved his way down the sidelines for a 77-yard touchdown. After the PAT, the score was tied 28-28.

At this point, Frampton was getting treated for a foot injury and was not available. The Rams still had plenty of firepower on the field and plenty of time to score, but disaster struck on their second play on the next series. QB Jake Dunniway tried a pass down the seam, but Morrison Mirer of the Dons came up with the interception and not only that but ended up returning the theft for a 55-yard touchdown.

Just like that St. Mary’s saw a 28-21 lead turn into a 35-28 hole.

It's a swarm of Cathedral Catholic hands as CIF state title trophy is presented. Photo: Paul Muyskens.

It’s a swarm of Cathedral Catholic hands as CIF state title trophy is presented. Photo: Paul Muyskens.

“I was just smiling,” said Mirer, the son of former Notre Dame QB Rick Mirer. “It was my first pick of the year. We had our coverage in and just executed.”

There was still 1:30 left in the game, however, and it ended up being Cathedral Catholic’s turn to get stunned. With 45 seconds left, Dunniway bought time and scrambled before spotting a wide open Tre Jenkins 50 yards down the field. Jenkins hauled in the pass and scored. The PAT tied it up at 35-35 presenting the likelihood of overtime.

After some checking, it was confirmed that the only other overtime game since the CIF bowl games from 2006 was a 2006 game between Oaks Christian of Westlake Village and Cardinal Newman of Santa Rosa.

In the extra period, the Rams went first and on fourth down from the 1-yard line, Dunniway took it himself but could not squeeze into the end zone. That gave Cathedral Catholic a huge advantage because all it had to do was kick a field goal to win. Doyle still called three running plays, which did get the ball to the 1, but a fourth down play pushed the Dons back five yards on a penalty. Kicker Liam King then trotted out and after a St. Mary’s timeout drilled the game-winning field goal.

“It was unreal,” Doyle said. “We score one to tie the game and one to take the lead. A minute left in the game and we think we have it done and they get behind us to tie the game.”

Not having Frampton available for the final 3:36 of regulation and overtime proved very costly for St. Mary’s. When he left, he had 33 carries for 179 yards and one TD. Dunniway also still had a strong night despite the last pick six and ended 31 of 46 for 411 yards and four TDs. Seniors Dewey Cotton (12 catches, 123 yards) and Marcus Aponte (10 for 126, 2 TDs) both went out with style as well.

With Cathedral Catholic also churning out more than 500 yards with 503, the two teams combined for 1,114 yards. The Dons didn’t have a 100-yard rusher, but Haynes topped out with 318 yards (going 18 of 28) and three TDs. Thompson also had a TD catch in the first half to go with the one he had at the start of the fourth quarter.

“Unbelieveable,” Mirer said. “All season we had our three goals. Undefeated, CIF and state and we got it.”

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Division 1-AA
San Diego Cathedral Catholic (15-0) 38,
Stockton St. Mary’s (14-2) 35 (OT)


An instant classic, the Rams lost on a field goal in overtime by Liam King. They had 611 yards of offense, but didn’t score on five trips inside the red zone (one on a missed field goal, the other four on fourth-down stops). Cathedral Catholic won its second CIF state title, the first coming in 2008 in what was another memorable game vs. St. Mary’s.
MVP Tate Haynes. This was perhaps the hardest game of the five played at Sac State to choose an MVP. Two St. Mary’s players easily could have been chosen despite the loss – RB Dusty Frampton or QB Jake Dunniway – but Haynes was more than solid for the Dons all season long. In this game, although the Rams got to him for a sack and fumble, he didn’t throw any big interceptions, finished with 318 yards passing and three TDs and rushed for 57 yards on 13 carries. He’s the son of NFL


Division I-A:
San Clemente 22, Del Oro (Loomis) 17

USC-bound quarterback Jack Sears has gotten the bulk of the attention for the Tritons as a passer, but in this matchup it was fellow senior Brandon Reaves who was more in the spotlight and it was Sears making a rare play as a defensive back that helped San Clemente win its first state title.

With the Tritons (13-3, ranked No. 13 in the state) trailing 17-15 late in the game, Reaves took a punt return and ran it back for a 54-yard touchdown to give his team a 22-17 lead.

Brandon Reaves got emotional just after playing his final game at San Clemente. Photo: Paul Muyskens.

Brandon Reaves got emotional just after playing and starring in his final game at San Clemente. Photo: Paul Muyskens.

Del Oro, which was hoping to win a D1-A state title after knocking off Camarillo in last year’s D2-AA finale, still had plenty of time to re-take the lead. The Golden Eagles picked up two first downs, but faced a fourth-and-nine from their own 48. Head coach Casey Taylor decided against punting, but the fourth down play resulted in a sack of QB Stone Smartt by San Clemente’s Austin Moore.

After a 15-yard penalty, San Clemente still had 2:11 to kill off of the clock to get the win and almost did it, but after running past a first-down marker with 48 seconds left (and with Del Oro already having burned all of its timeouts) Sears was hit and fumbled into the end zone. He probably should have just fallen down. The Golden Eagles recovered and then had a last-gasp chance from 80 yards out.

The furthest Del Oro could get on that last drive, however, was the 27 and on the final play a desperation heave pass was intercepted by Sears, who was just inserted into the game.

“He’s in our prevent defense and he was back there last week as well (in similar situation),” said San Clemente head coach Jaime Ortiz. “We like to make sure we have our best 11 of the field.”

“It’s always great to make history,” Sears said.

At the beginning of the game, it looked like the best 11 were all on the Del Oro sidelines. The Golden Eagles scored on their first series on a 17-yard scamper by Dalton Gee. They also stopped San Clemente on its second possession, then rolled down the field on a 88-yard scoring driva. That one ended on a 2-yard TD run by Smartt.

Del Oro continued to have the momentum well into the second quarter. The Golden Eagles took a 17-0 lead on a 26-yard field goal by Conor Calvert with 3:50 remaining in the period and even got another stop of the Tritons. That’s when the momentum finally turned away from them when a punt was fumbled and recovered on the 10-yard line by San Clemente’s Moore.

The Tritons converted on that turnover with 1:05 left before halftime on a 12-yard TD pass from Sears to Chase Berman. Del Oro was then punting with less than 20 seconds remaining and suffered another costly mistake on a high snap that went into the end zone, resulting in a safety.

“We just got a little momentum there in the second quarter and my feeling all week is that they have five to six guys going both ways so that might help us,” Ortiz said. “We took their best punch and now it was time to get ours.”

Head coach Jaime Ortiz was proud to represent South Coast League of CIFSS, which last year produced CIF D1-AA state champ Mission Viejo. Photo: Mark Tennis.

Head coach Jaime Ortiz was proud to represent the South Coast League of the CIFSS, which last year produced CIF D1-AA state champ Mission Viejo. Photo: Mark Tennis.

San Clemente’s defense did a much better job shutting down Del Oro’s offense in the second half, although the Tritons weren’t doing much on offense, either. They finally got a chance after getting good field position on a drive early in the fourth quarter. A 25-yard pass from Sears to Keith Jones got them down to the 1-yard line and then with 6:48 left it was Reaves who bowled into the end zone.

Still trailing by 17-15, San Clemente needed a two-point conversion to tie and didn’t get it on an incomplete pass.

Del Oro then had to punt on its next possession, which set the stage for Reaves to come through with his game-winning punt return.

“We just had a mantra of us against the world,” said Ortiz when asked about the team’s long road from not even being a top four seed in the CIF Southern Section Division II playoffs to a state title. “Heritage was the top seed and we went there, we had to go out to Murrieta Valley to play the second seed and then last week we had to play at Edison (Huntington Beach). This week, we drive eight hours to play a great Del Oro team. For our guys it became we’ll play anyplace, anywhere.”

Reaves’ big punt return also was significant since the game in general lacked much offense. He was the Tritons’ leading rusher with 14 carries for 66 yards while Gee led the Golden Eagles with 12 carries for 85 yards. Sears had a sub-par outing with only nine completions in 17 attempts for 95 yards. He also rushed for 55 yards. Smartt threw for 104 yards and ran for 35 for Del Oro.

“This wins means a lot for our program,” Reaves said. “We weren’t going to lose this game. We didn’t come all this way to lose this game so we came out in the second half and gave it all we had.”

Another of the game’s top performers was senior Camrion Davis of Del Oro. He was a standout last year in the team’s big win over Camarillo in the state final and came up with three defensive turnovers. He also rushed for 55 yards and caught one pass.

“It was a great year and I’m proud of our boys,” said Taylor, whose team fell to 13-3 and will drop from No. 21 in the State Top 25. “I wish we could have found a way to win tonight but it just didn’t happen.”


San Clemente scores 22 straight to claim first state title


Eric SondheimerEric SondheimerContact ReporterVarsity Times Insider

It’s in the DNA of San Clemente High football players that when the going gets tough, they persevere, grind away and wait for any opening to turn adversity into success.

Down by 17 points late in the first half of Saturday’s CIF state championship Division 1-A bowl game, the Tritons had little going for them against Loomis Del Oro. That hardly mattered. A turnover, a relentless pass rush from Austin Moore and terrific athleticism from running back Brandon Reaves helped San Clemente score 22 consecutive points and pull out a 22-17 victory on a chilly night at Sacramento State.

“The adrenaline was through the roof, and it was the best feeling ever,” said the 6-foot-4, 220-pound Moore, who recorded three sacks in the second half.

It was Reaves’ 54-yard punt return for a touchdown with 5:38 left that gave San Clemente its first lead of the game.


“I caught it and saw no one to the right side, so I just ran to the right and got a big block at the end that pushed me into the end zone,” he said.

Reaves also had a one-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. His parents are Marines, so he’s learned to never give up.

As if coming back from a 17-0 deficit wasn’t enough adversity, San Clemente (13-3) received another shock as they tried to run out the clock. 

Del Oro had no timeouts left when San Clemente quarterback Jack Sears fumbled at the opponent’s one-yard line. Camrion Davis recovered the ball in the Del Oro end zone for a touchback with 48 seconds left.

It had been a difficult night for Sears, the USC quarterback commit who was intercepted twice by Davis and passed for just 95 yards. But Coach Jaime Ortiz inserted Sears to play on defense in the secondary, and on the final play of the game, he came up with an interception.

“Oh, my god! Oh, my god!” San Clemente players shouted on the field during their victory celebration.

“We always like to make it close,” Ortiz said. “The kids did a great job battling back.”

The game's momentum shifted late in the second quarter when San Clemente recovered a fumble at the Del Oro 10. Sears completed a 12-yard touchdown pass to Chase Berman. Then the Tritons picked up a safety on a high punt snap to cut their deficit to 17-9 at halftime.

It was San Clemente’s defense that kept the team in the game while waiting for someone to make a big play on offense.

“Austin Moore was a physical presence in the second half,” Ortiz said.

San Clemente won its first Southern Section Division 2 football title in school history two weeks ago and now has its first state championship bowl title.

“How 'bout those Tritons,” Ortiz said.

Division 1-A
San Clemente (13-3) 22,
Loomis Del Oro (13-3) 17


The Tritons returned to a heroes welcome in their community that is the last one travelers heading on I-5 south see before they hit San Diego County. A parade also is in the works and why not? Del Oro had one in Loomis last year. This was San Clemente’s first state title.
MVP Brandon Reaves. Although he doesn’t have the recruiting offers of teammate QB Jack Sears (USC commit), Reaves was the versatile, multi-faceted threat who was just as valuable to the Tritons all season long. He scored twice in this game, including of course the game-winning 54-yard punt return in the fourth quarter. He also scored with 48 seconds left in the game when San Clemente edged Edison of Huntington Beach in the SoCal regional final.


Valley Christian falls just short of state crown...


Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group
Valley Christian lineman Dylan McCreery reacts after the Warriors fell just short of winning a state championship Friday night.
PUBLISHED: December 16, 201


SACRAMENTO — Before their state championship game Friday night, Valley Christian players got a history lesson. They stopped on the way to Sacramento by a church in Elk Grove, where the school’s first football coach led a pregame chapel — the pastor telling the team how far the program had come from its humble beginnings in the early 1980s.


A few hours later, Valley Christian nearly made the ultimate history.


Miles Kendrick’s 42-yard Hail Mary pass to the end zone on the final play hung long enough — and sailed far enough — to think the prayer might be answered. But defender Terrell Carter knocked the ball away from receiver D’Angelo Mckenzie, clinching Madison of San Diego’s 21-17 victory in the Division 2-AA state championship game at Sacramento State.


As it ended, several Valley Christian players dropped to their knees, tears flowing as a program that had never gone this far fell just short of the coveted prize.


“You do not need to cry,” senior lineman David Beltramo told one teammate. “We gave everything we had. I know we didn’t win, but we still made Valley Christian history.”


For Valley Christian to have a shot at the finish, it took a defensive stop that gave the Warriors the ball 88 yards from the championship, 30 seconds on the clock and no timeouts in their pocket.


Kendrick threw a 25-yard pass to Anthony Flores. The two connected again on the next snap for 11 yards. Suddenly, Valley Christian had reached midfield.


After a near completion at the 25, Kendrick completed a pass for 10 yards to the Madison 42 with two seconds to go.





“I was just fighting to give my guys another chance,” said Kendrick, a senior. “That’s what it’s about. It’s a Hail Mary. You just throw it up, and you’re hoping for the best.”


“I was nervous,” said Carter, the defender. “The ball was in the air forever. At first, I was going to pick the ball. Then I was like, ‘Nah, I am going to slap it down so we could take the win.’”


As Madison celebrated its second state title, Valley Christian coach Mike Machado told his players that he loved how they battled, that nobody quit and that the seniors left a legacy. Valley Christian lost two games this season, in overtime to St. Francis and narrowly Friday.


“Fifteen game season, and they won 13 games — and the two they lost weren’t by much,” Machado said. “They raised the bar. We have some young kids on this team that anything less than this from here on out is going to be a little bit of a letdown.”




Valley Christian, which had never played for a state championship, led 10-7 at halftime. But the advantage was gone just minutes into the third quarter.


Madison went 80 yards in six plays to take a 14-10 lead.


Carter, who also plays quarterback, avoided pressure on the touchdown play, throwing a pass to Brandon Lewis along the sideline. Lewis broke a tackle and raced into the end zone, the play covering 37 yards.


Valley Christian responded with a 69-yard drive that ended with a 6-yard pass from Kendrick to Flores that gave the Warriors a 17-14 lead.
Madison answered that touchdown on its next series as Erick Buchanan scored on an 8-yard run to give the Warhawks a 21-17 lead with 41 seconds left in the third quarter. Buchanan finished with 159 yards and two touchdowns in 26 carries.


“Oh my God, Erick Buchanan is the best running back ever,” Carter said. “I don’t have to do so much because Erick does so much.”


Madison (13-2) scored 60 points in an overtime win a week earlier and looked as if it hadn’t slowed down, at least on its first series Friday.


The Warhawks needed 13 plays to go 59 yards for a 7-0 lead, a series capped by Buchanan’s 11-yard run. Valley Christian answered on its next possession, taking advantage of a short kickoff that gave the Warriors the ball near midfield.


Kendrick’s 31-yard pass down the right sideline to Isaiah Rodriguez, who was wide open, moved the ball from the 42 to the 11. Two plays later, Javon Sturns followed his bulky offensive line for an 8-yard touchdown run that evened the score 7-7.


Valley Christian had two golden opportunities to take the lead. Madison fumbled on a punt return, giving Valley Christian possession at the Madison 25. The Warriors ultimately missed a 40-yard field-goal attempt.


Madison fumbled two plays after the miss, but Valley Christian again did not score after taking over at the Warhawks’ 25. A 20-yard pass completion from Kendrick to Flores in the end zone was negated by a penalty, and Valley Christian eventually punted.


“They said one of the linemen wasn’t down for a full second,” Machado said.


Bailey Schroeder eventually broke the tie with a 33-yard field goal on the final play of the half, giving Valley Christian a 10-7 advantage.


It remained close all the way down to the final heartbreaking play for Valley Christian.


“Our kids are part of a great tradition,” Valley Christian defensive coordinator Eric Scharrenberg said. “There’s a great tradition in the Valley Christian football program, and they have added to the tradition. We’re going to be disappointed tonight. But we’re proud of them and proud of everything we did.”



San Diego Madison head coach Rick Jackson raises a CIF state title trophy for the second time in his career as his two sons stand nearby. Photo: Mark Tennis.

San Diego Madison head coach Rick Jackson raises a CIF state title trophy for the second time in his career as his two sons stand nearby. Photo: Mark Tennis.

Division 2-AA
San Diego Madison (13-2) 21,
San Jose Valley Christian (12-2) 17

It was a defensive battle that came down to the final play of the game as the Warriors’ Hail Mary chance to win the game was knocked down by the Warhawks’ quarterback Terrell Carter, who played both ways. Carter passed for 195 yards and a touchdown while also rushing for 28 yards in the come from behind win.
MVP Erick Buchanan. He rushed for their first and last touchdown on the day and finished with 163 yards on 26 carries with two touchdowns, including the game-winner late in the third quarter.


Division II-AA:
Madison (San Diego) 21,
Valley Christian (San Jose) 17

Writeup by Paul Muyskens

As they had been doing all postseason long, the Warhawks once again came from behind to get the win as they trailed twice before holding on for the Division II-AA state championship in the first of five games to be played at Sacramento State.

Despite several big penalties, the Warhawks were able to take the early lead on a Erick Buchanan 11-yard touchdown run to start a big night that saw him rush for 163 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries. That lead would be a short one, however, as Javon Sturns scored on a 8-yard touchdown run to tie things up late in the first quarter.

Madison QB Terrell Carter is about to get tackled by Valley Christian's Trent Laubach on scramble play during CIF D2-AA state final. Photo: Phillip Walton/SportStars.

Madison QB Terrell Carter is about to get tackled by Valley Christian’s Trent Laubach on scramble play during CIF D2-AA state final. Photo: Phillip Walton/SportStars.

“Our defense was unbelievable tonight,” said head coach Rick Jackson after the game.

That defense had the Warhawks down by just three points at halftime despite a pair of turnovers deep in their own territory — one on a fumbled punt. All that Valley Christian could get in three trips inside the 25-yard line was Bailey Schroeder kicking a 33-yard field goal on the final play of the first half to give the Warriors a 10-7 lead.

Getting the ball to start the second half, Madison once again scored on its first series of the half. Quarterback Terrell Carter made two big plays on the drive, the first of which saw him complete a 28-yard pass to move the chains on third down and get the ball down to the Warriors’ 37-yard line. One play later, Carter again created a big play as he scrambled back 15 yards to avoid a sack and let go of a pass to Brandon Lewis down the sideline for the 37-yard touchdown and the lead.

“We wanted to prove we can run the ball too. We weren’t trying to score but were trying to chunk them,” said Jackson, whose now won two CIF state titles (the first in 2012 against Marin Catholic and QB Jared Goff). “It was okay in this game to get three or four yards at a time. I just think (winning two) says a lot about our program. We have guys who work all year round and it validates why we do it. Helps everyone buy into it.”

Just like they did in the first half, the Warriors responded with a touchdown of their own on a lengthy drive that included several big pass plays to Anthony Flores, including a six-yard touchdown pass from Miles Kendrick to cap the 11-play 69-yard drive to give them a 17-14 lead with 3:41 left in the third quarter.

All-American LB Sampson Niu looks to family in the stands after final seconds of Madison's state title win. Photo: Mark Tennis.

All-American LB Sampson Niu looks to family in the stands after final seconds of Madison’s state title win. Photo: Mark Tennis.

Unlike the first half, the Warhawks then found the end zone a second time. Their eight-play drive went 75 yards in 2:54 capped off by an eight-yard run nearly untouched into the end zone by Buchanan with 41 seconds left in the third quarter that turned out to be the game-winning score.

“We just love to work hard, we just never give up,” said Carter. “This is a great feeling.”

“Countless hours of hard work and everyday running and it all paid off,” said standout linebacker Sampson Niu after the game.

Niu and that defense still had to come up with one final stop. The Warriors got a fourth-down stop with 30 seconds left from their own 12-yard line, but had no timeouts and needed a touchdown to steal the state title. After three passes moved them within range, Kendrick was able to unleash a Hail Mary pass. Carter, the quarterback, was the one who knocked down the pass, causing the Warhawks’ sideline to go nuts celebrating their state title.

“It was a tall order to go the length of the field in 30 seconds but we executed it well and having that last play was all we could ask for,” said Warriors head coach Mike Machado. “I’ll think about all the mistakes we made tonight when looking back on it. In games like this you just can’t make them like that. Our defense played great. These guys we just played are disappointed when they don’t get 50. This was a united group this year. I’m prouder of them than you can imagine. It was a united group that stuck together. They earned the right to be here.”

Sturns finished with 76 yards and one touchdown on 15 carries while Kendrick completed 8 of his 17 pass attempts for 104 yards and one score in the loss. Carter ended the night completing 14 of his 24 pass attempts for 195 yards and a score while also rushing for 28 yards. Elijah Thomas and Brandon Lewis each caught four passes with Thomas going for 63 yards and Lewis ending with 60 yards and the touchdown catch.


Serra loses to Sierra Canyon 42-40 in 2-A state title game...

PUBLISHED: December 17, 2016 


SACRAMENTO — Leki Nunn stood outside Sacramento State’s Hornet Stadium on Saturday, a red scrape on the quarterback’s right bicep and moisture in his eyes as he spoke about the final game of his storied high school career.

Nunn has meant everything to the Serra program, guiding the team farther than it had ever gone before, but the Padres’ journey ended just shy of the mountaintop.

Sierra Canyon-Chatsworth celebrated the Division 2-A state championship, holding off Serra 42-40 on a crisp but sunny afternoon as Bobby Cole rushed for 220 yards and four touchdowns in 30 carries to cap a perfect season for the Trailblazers.

“We killed ourselves on a lot of drives,” Nunn said as some teammates hugged and shed tears around him. “We had chances, but we didn’t execute. We came up short.”

Serra dug itself an early 14-0 hole. The Padres fought back to grab leads of 20-14 and 27-21 but spent much of the game playing from behind as they continued the Central Coast Section’s and West Catholic Athletic League’s run of tough losses on the state’s championship stage.

Nunn certainly did his part to reverse the trend. He ran for 109 yards and three touchdowns in 23 carries and passed for 331 yards and three touchdowns.

“We’ve been down the whole season,” Nunn said. “So 14-0 wasn’t anything new. We just kept our poise and came back. It wasn’t enough, but I am proud of what the kids did and how we stuck in there and finished the game.”

Isiah Kendrick made a juggling catch in the end zone to cut Serra’s deficit to 35-33 with 4:36 left. But Charlie Quinn caught the two-point pass from Nunn out of bounds.

“It was a hard-fought game to the end,” said Kendrick, who caught five passes for 142 yards and rushed for 80 yards in 11 attempts. “I’ve never been on a team that had as strong a brotherhood as we did.”


In the end, Cole simply was too much for the Padres, who overcame an 0-4 start to win 10 games in a row heading into Saturday. Cole stamped an exclamation point on a sensational game running the ball, scoring on a 7-yard run to extend Sierra Canyon’s lead to 42-33 with 3:05 to go.

Nunn’s 3-yard run with 2:06 left pulled Serra to within 42-40, but Sierra Canyon recovered the onside kick and eventually ran out the clock.


As he addressed his players on the field, Serra coach Patrick Walsh told the team it had no reason to hang its heads.

“I don’t care about that scoreboard,” Walsh said. “You’re the best Padre team to ever play at this school.”

Serra’s defeat came on the heels of another WCAL team falling just short of a state crown. Valley Christian lost to Madison-San Diego 21-17 in the 2-AA championship game Friday night.

Palo Alto in 2010 began the weekend as the only CCS team to win a state championship in the modern era. Serra’s loss dropped the CCS to 1-9 in state titles games since the California Interscholastic Federation implemented the championships in 2006 and the WCAL to 0-6.

Surprised by the WCAL’s record, Walsh said, “We’ve got to push over the top.”

Serra looked as if it might be in serious trouble six minutes into the game. Cole ran all alone through the middle of the field on the game’s second play, the 80-yard sprint putting the Padres in a quick 7-0 hole.

An interception on Serra’s next series — a miscue that ended the Padres’ run of seven consecutive games without a turnover — gave Sierra Canyon the ball at its 35.

Sierra Canyon caught another break three plays later when a juggled pass among receivers and defenders eventually was clutched by JJ Hernandez, who turned the play into a 26-yard gain to the Serra 30.

Niko Harris, who returned Saturday after missing much of the season because of a knee injury, threw a 21-yard pass to Dylan Tait to move Sierra Canyon to the 6. From there, Cole scored on a 6-yard run to extend Sierra Canyon’s lead to 14-0.

At that point, Cole had 104 yards and two touchdowns in just four carries.

Serra settled down after the quick punch, needing only three plays to answer Sierra Canyon’s second touchdown.

After a short kickoff — something Sierra Canyon did all afternoon — gave Serra the ball at its 37, Kendrick flipped the momentum with a 46-yard run to the 14.

On the next play, Nunn scored on a 14-yard run, cutting the deficit to 14-6. Serra missed the PAT.

Serra tied the score in the second quarter as Kendrick turned a short reception into a 37-yard burst to the end zone.

Kicker Damon Lewis took a direct snap on the PAT and threw a pass to Quinn in the corner of the end zone to make it 14-14.

Serra took its first lead later in the quarter on a 35-yard pass from Nunn to Chris Park. The PAT was again no good, leaving the score 20-14.

The advantage was gone in the time it took JJ Hernandez to return the ensuing kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown.

The kick put Sierra Canyon in front 21-20.

“To me the biggest play was the kickoff return,” Walsh said. “We finally crest. We get over the top. We score and then they answer back with a great kickoff return.”


Division 2-A:
Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth) 42,
Serra (San Mateo) 40

Writeup by Paul Muyskens

In the third straight incredibly close, tough loss for a Northern California team at Sac State, Serra fell short in its first-ever trip to the state finals while the Trailblazers won their second title.

Senior running back Bobby Cole lifted the winners with 220 yards rushing and four touchdowns.

No debate needed on MVP of D2-A final: Sierra Canyon RB Bobby Cole. Photo: Paul Muyskens.

No debate needed on MVP of D2-A final: Sierra Canyon RB Bobby Cole. Photo: Paul Muyskens.

“I’m going to keep giving the ball to our horse and Bobby is one heck of a running back,” said Sierra Canyon head coach Jon Ellinghouse as they rode Cole early and then at the end to keep Serra’s offense off the field.

Cole made his impact on the second offensive play of the day as he took his first carry and broke free through the middle for an 80-yard touchdown. He scored on two of his first four carries and had 104 yards and two touchdowns as the Trailblazers jumped out to a 14-0 lead midway through the first quarter.

Serra would quickly respond as senior quarterback Leki Nunn got the Padres into the end zone on a 14-yard run as they went 63 yards in three plays in under a minute. Nunn followed that with two touchdown passes as he connected with Isiah Kendrick for a 37-yard touchdown and Chris Park for a 35-yard score.

Serra’s 20-0 run, however, did not give the Padres a very short-lived lead.

On the ensuing kickoff, sophomore J.J. Hernandez broke through a hole in the Serra return defensive alignment and outraced the kicker for a 95-yard touchdown and after the PAT Sierra Canyon was back on top 21-20.

“There was a lot of swings in that game and that is what happens when you play fantastic teams that are used to fighting themselves,” Ellinghouse said.

“Yeah, definitely after that TD they scored we had to capitalize,” said Hernandez. “I saw the hole and knew I had to do it for our seniors.”

“All things being equal, we had the same number of TDs as they did,” said Serra head coach Patrick Walsh. “The biggest play in the game was that kickoff return. Finally, we had crested and got a score, then we gave it up right away.”

For the second time on the afternoon, the Padres still came back to take the lead when Nunn led the Padres on a scoring drive on the opening series of the second half. He ended that drive by rushing it in from two yards out for their final lead of the day.

Nunn on the day also completed 18 of his 34 pass attempts for 331 yards and three touchdowns while also rushing for 109 yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries.

“Just unbelievable,” said Walsh on his standout dual-threat signal caller. “He’s right up there with the best players I’ve ever coached. No, he doesn’t look like D.J. Williams or Matt Gutierrez or Kevin Simon (De La Salle players), but if you cut him open he’d be just the same.”

Players from Sierra Canyon gather around CIF D2-A title game trophy after win over San Mateo Serra. Photo: Mark Tennis.

Players from Sierra Canyon of Chatsworth gather around CIF D2-A title game trophy after win over San Mateo Serra. Photo: Mark Tennis.

Unfortunately for the Padres, their defense then couldn’t get a stop when they needed it the most.

Just like they did after trailing the first time, the Trailblazers matched with a touchdown drive of their own. Senior QB Niko Harris, a starter last year but who was injured and out of action until just this week, hit Dylan Tait for a touchdown with the extra point giving them a 28-27 lead. Harris completed 12 of his 22 pass attempts for 201 yards and one touchdown while rushing for 23 yards.

Cole scored his third touchdown to cap a lengthy drive that expanded from the third quarter to the fourth quarter. His 11-yard touchdown run and the extra point upped the score to 35-27 with 8:15 remaining and still kept Serra in the position of having to get a TD and a two-point conversion to tie it.

On the next series, Nunn again found Kendrick for a touchdown but the attempted two point conversion to tie the game was incomplete when the wide receiver couldn’t keep his feet in bounds.

Serra was still down 35-33 at that point with 4:36 left and tried to use its timeouts in an effort to get the ball back. Cole and the Trailblazer offensive line, however, would have none of that. He scored on a 7-yard run just 1:31 later for a 42-33 lead.

The Padres still weren’t done yet. Without timeouts, they raced down the field and scored with 2:06 left on a 3-yard run by Nunn. Serra had no choice to try an onside kick, which Sierra Canyon easily recovered. The Trailblazers technically then ran out the clock, but with three seconds left Harris just ran backwards to kill the time and caused a lot of confusion when he tossed the ball in the air in celebration. No Serra player fell on the ball, but the Padres also were called for having too many players on the field. The end result was an untimed play for Sierra Canyon, which was a simple kneel down.

Sierra Canyon also ended a 15-0 season, although one of the wins was a forfeit. The Trailblazers haven’t been in the State Top 25 yet, but probably will get that high for the final rankings since Serra (9-5) had moved up to No. 24 last week.

“This wasn’t really even thought of,” said Cole after the game on going undefeated and winning a state championship. “We really didn’t expect to be here but we were and we made the most of it.”

“It is an incredible feeling,” said Ellinghouse. “Both times we’ve won state titles have been awesome but different. The first time we were in our infancy and this time we had to move up a bunch of divisions. Both great cases of accomplishment. This is a great group of kids and I am very proud of them.”


Division 2-A
Chatsworth Sierra Canyon (15-0) 42,
San Mateo Serra (9-5) 40


QB Niko Harris returned to the starting lineup and the Trailblazers captured their second state championship in a back and forth game that saw multiple lead changes and a two-point conversion to tie the game came within inches of being completed in bounds. Leki Nunn passed for 331 yards and three touchdowns while also rushing for 109 yards and three scores in the loss. His touchdown pass to Isiah Kendrick made it 35-33 with 4:36 remaining but the attempted tying two-point conversion was caught but ruled just out of the back of the end zone.
MVP Bobby Cole. Called a workhorse by his head coach, Jon Ellinghouse, he rushed for 220 yards and four touchdowns on 30 carries and scored Sierra Canyon’s first touchdown on an 80-yard run. He also scored on a 7-yard run with 3:05 remaining that would end up being the game-winner.


Menlo-Atherton its own worst enemy in state final defeat...




Menlo-Atherton watches Paraclete celebrate during the trophy ceremony after losing 39-21 in the CIF State Division III-AA football final at Antelope Valley College in Lancaster, Calif. on Dec. 17, 2016. (Correspondent photo by Trevor Stamp)
PUBLISHED: December 17, 2016

LANCASTER — With tears flowing down his cheeks, it was obvious that Menlo-Atherton senior Jordan Mims was emotionally invested in the outcome of Saturday night’s CIF state Division 3-AA championship game.

But 350 miles away from home on a frosty evening at Antelope Valley College in Lancaster, it just wasn’t meant to be for the Bears, whose bid for the school’s first state football title was denied in a 39-21 loss to Paraclete.

“We obviously made it this far, we made history,” Mims said. “But we didn’t just want that, we wanted to win state. And we couldn’t figure out how to do it tonight.”

M-A (12-3), which tasted defeat for the first time in more than three months, was at times its own worst enemy with six turnovers — four fumbles and two interceptions.

Paraclete (12-4) found the end zone four times after the sudden change of possessions, including twice in the second half to pull away after going into halftime up 26-21.

“They’re a good team, I’m not taking anything away from them, but I think we kind of shot ourselves in the foot this game,” M-A senior Stavro Papadakis said.

“The turnovers I felt made the difference,” M-A coach Adhir Ravipati said. “And give them credit, they forced those. They capitalized on them, and every time we seemed to flip momentum, they would get it back. And that’s what good teams do.”

The Bears took the opening kickoff and marched down the field, as quarterback Aajon Johnson hooked up with wide receiver Spencer Corona on a 28-yard touchdown pass to go up 7-0 with 9:09 left in the first quarter.


After defense forced a three-and-out following a 14-yard sack by Papadakis on third down, M-A looked poised to double its lead. But a fumble just outside the red zone proved to be a sign of things to come.

Paraclete pulled ahead 12-7 on the strength of a pair of short touchdown runs by fullback K.J. Latu, who added a third TD plunge before halftime.

The Bears attempted to counter, but a short completion on a wide receiver screen turned into a disastrous 43-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown after the ball popped out in traffic.

Trailing 19-7 with 9:18 left in the second quarter, M-A got the ball back in search of a spark. That’s when Johnson stepped up in the pocket to scramble out of trouble before sprinting 59 yards down the sideline to pay dirt.

But nothing could prepare the Bears for what took place with 5:08 left before halftime.

M-A senior Josh Lepulu ran across the field to make a tackle for a loss in front of the Paraclete bench, only to go down motionless as teammates frantically waived to coaches for help.

“It was very scary,” Mims said. “We didn’t see him move at all and we were very terrified.”

After a lengthy delay, Lepulu was wheeled away to an ambulance, but not before giving a thumbs up as teammates greeted him on the way out.

“Last we heard, he doesn’t need any scans or anything, they’re just observing him right now,” Ravipati said. “They don’t think it’s anything too serious. He has a concussion, but he has movement of all his extremities. It was more precautionary than anything.”

“My thoughts and prayers are with him, obviously,” Papadakis said. “Being such a great player, you saw, he came down and hit someone really hard. And when you have that missing the whole game, not to have someone who plays with that much passion the whole game, really takes away a piece from the puzzle.”

Once play resumed, M-A responded by forcing a punt. Then, the Bears methodically embarked on a 13-play, 80-yard drive comprised entirely of runs, with Mims plowing in from 2 yards out with 25.8 seconds left in the half to make it 26-21.

The Bears rushed for 217 yards in the first half, split mostly between Mims and Johnson. But it wasn’t quite as easy to gain yards on the ground the rest of way, with only 14 yards on 18 carries after intermission.

M-A proved unable to become the first team out of the Central Coast Section to win a state title since Palo Alto did it in 2010.

But the players still managed to maintain a sense of perspective.

“You work so hard with these guys and you do spend so much time with them, and I think that’s something I’m going to take away from this — creating those bonds and relationships,” Papadakis said.

“Being a Bear, that’s special. And I’m just proud to be a Bear and proud to be able to take this team to a NorCal title and first state appearance.”

And while M-A has plenty of talent coming back, this senior class will not soon be forgotten by Ravipati, in his second year at the helm.

“That’s what I tell everybody, is that when I got the job we were 3-7 the year before and our team was predominantly this class, it was mostly juniors,” Ravipati said. “And we hit rock bottom together and we built this thing to where it is now. And one of the things they put on their covenant is they wanted to build a dynasty and they wanted to put a foundation of a program that they could hand to the younger guys that was going to be bigger and better than anything people could see.

“And it says a lot about them that the goals they put on their covenant, they checked them all off. And they actually started to add some by the end of the year. They’re going to be forever special to me.”

That includes Lepulu, who had to stay behind while teammates left together for one final bus ride home.

“He was a little emotional realizing that it was his last game and he wasn’t going to be able to go back in,” Ravipati added. “Showing the kind of kid Josh is, he’s a tough kid, the first thing he asked me is, ‘Can I still go back on the bus with you guys?’ I just think that speaks to this team. They just want to be together and do it together. I am very, very proud of them.”

CIF state Division 3-AA championship game
Menlo-Atherton 7 14 0 0 — 21
Paraclete          6 20 6 7 — 39

First quarter
MA — Corona 28 pass from Aaj. Johnson (Corona kick), 9:09
P — Latu 5 run (kick failed), 2:40
Second quarter
P — Latu 3 run (kick failed), 9:58
P — Cooper 43 fumble return (Gordon kick), 9:18
MA — Aaj. Johnson 59 run (Corona kick), 7:56
P — Latu 3 run (Gordon kick), 6:17
MA — Mims 2 run (Corona kick), 0:25
Third quarter
P — Stovall 11 pass from Ikahihifo (pass failed), 3:10
Fourth quarter
P — Bell 15 run (Gordon kick), 8:48
RUSHING—Menlo-Atherton, Johnson 23-112, Mims 25-102, Papadakis 4-7. Paraclete, Bell 10-93, Latu 11-35, Jones 4-33, Ikahihifo 8-26, Smith 1-1.
PASSING—Menlo-Atherton, Johnson 10-18-2 115. Paraclete, Ikahihifo 9-19-0 152, Latu 1-1-0 15.
RECEIVING—Menlo-Atherton, Corona 5-58, Reid 2-33, Tussing 2-9, Papadakis 1-15. Paraclete, Smith 4-89, Brown 2-25, Stovall 2-16, Bell 1-22, Ikahihifo 1-15.
Records: Menlo-Atherton 12-3; Paraclete 12-4.



Division 3-AA
Lancaster Paraclete (12-4) 39,
Atherton Menlo-Atherton (13-3) 21


For a program that has nine CIF Southern Section titles, this was a first for the Spirits. They also became the first school from the Antelope Valley to win a state football crown. M-A scored just before halftime to cut a deficit to 26-21, but the Paraclete defense shut out the Bears in the second half. Jaylan Tynes led the defense with two fumble recoveries and one interception. Aaron Cooper also had a 45-yard interception return. M-A’s Aajon Johnson rushed for 138 yards and one TD and passed for 121 yards and one score. Paraclete head coach Dean Herrington, who was at Alemany (Mission Hills) last year and also well-known for assisting his brother, Mike, at Hart (Newhall), also celebrated winning his first state title.
MVP K.J. Latu. The four-year varsity performer at Paraclete rushed for three touchdowns as a fullback and had an interception on defense. Latu even punted for the Spirits.

Oakdale's CIF state title trophy, earned the night before, was taken to the beach last Sunday morning in La Jolla before the players departed on bus for long ride home. Photo: James Burns/The Modesto Bee.

Oakdale’s CIF state title trophy, earned the night before, was taken to the beach last Sunday morning in La Jolla before the players departed on a bus for long ride home. Photo: James Burns/The Modesto Bee.

Division 3-A
Oakdale (14-2) 47,
La Jolla Bishop’s (13-1) 0

While Northern California teams went 0-5 in games at Sacramento State, they were 6-2 in the Saturday divisional games (all on the road). No team perhaps represented better than the Mustangs, who were backed by more fans 450 miles from home than the Knights. They also rolled to the most lopsided win in any state final this year. It’s Oakdale’s first CIF state title after lopsided loss in its previous title game appearance vs. Gardena Serra.
MVP Will Semone. Perhaps the easiest MVP pick of any game, Semone scored six touchdowns to tie the single-game record for any CIF state final, a record set in 2008 by San Diego Cathedral Catholic’s Tyler Gaffney. Semone also had 28 carries for 219 yards to put his final season total at 2,851 yards.


Campolindo wins state title with 31-7 rout of Bakersfield Christian


PUBLISHED: December 17, 2016 at 8:18 pm | UPDATED: December 18, 2016 at 12:32 pm

BAKERSFIELD — For a minute or two, Campolindo coach Kevin Macy tried to explain the key to his team’s state championship in his own terms.


Then he gave up and used a term more popular with the current generation.

“It’s like the kids like to say, their language, we just ‘grinded,’” Macy said after his team beat host Bakersfield Christian 31-7 on Saturday for the CIF Division 4AA state title. “They were just grinding away.”


Jacob Westphal passed for 188 yards and two touchdowns, John Torchio intercepted two passes and caught another for a touchdown and the Cougars (12-3) forced four Bakersfield Christian turnovers.


Three of those takeaways came in the second half, when Campolindo out-scored the Eagles 21-0.


“It’s unbelievable. It’s awesome. It’s once in a lifetime,” said Torchio, who was a freshman when the Cougars won the CIF Division III state title in 2014.


“That is a great football team,” said BCHS coach Darren Carr, older brother of Raiders quarterback Derek Carr. “Their first snap looks like their last snap. They went out there and took advantage of our fumbles, our interceptions, man. They didn’t shoot themselves in the foot. They kicked our butt.”


Torchio was key for a Campolindo defense that held a vaunted Bakersfield Christian passing attack in check. BCHS quarterback Braden Wingle entered with more than 4,000 passing yards but was just 11 of 22 for 155 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. His top target, 1,600-yard receiver Jeremiah Foster, was held to two catches for 36 yards.


“We knew they passed the ball really well, and we worked all week on covering the pass,” Torchio said. “Coach Macy, his game-planning is ridiculous.”

Macy’s top priority was to get pressure on Wingle, which the Cougars had noticed on film led to the quarterback dropping his eyes. To that end, a defensive end crew led by Joey Berzins forced Wingle to scramble all night and sacked him three times.

“We didn’t think we could run with them, so we knew we’d have to bring pressure on them, and the kids off the edge did enough,” said Macy, who also mentioned Jonathan Cirelli and Justin Ehrenberger as key pass rushers.

Bakersfield Christian (13-2) also helped the Cougars’ cause. The Eagles’ Brock Holloway rushed for 95 yards but also lost a fumble on the team’s first offensive play. Campolindo didn’t directly capitalize, but the turnover flipped field position and led to the game’s first touchdown on the next drive, a 4-yard pass from Westphal to Kannah Cruickshank.

BCHS also missed a field goal, ended another drive with a bad snap, fumbled the opening kickoff of the second half and threw two late interceptions.

 Each time, Campolindo was there to pounce.

“We all felt this was the football gods saying it was our chance,” Berzins said. “We needed to capitalize, and we did.”By the time Matthew Ringquist ran for a 36-yard touchdown deep into the fourth quarter, it was all over but the celebrating.

 The Cougars gathered as one for a photo, fitting for a team that lost several key players from last year’s roster but still returned to a state championship — and this time emerged victorious.

 “We’re sort of an unknown story all year,” Macy said. “We sort of liked it that way. This was a team that just didn’t have marquee names. If you look at us, we’re small linemen, just kind of a small team. Joey Berzins stands out, but other than that we’re just kind of anonymous. We just compete, we fight.

 “This game is emblematic of what they’ve been about all year, so maybe it’s the perfect ending.”


Division 4-AA
Moraga Campolindo (12-3) 31,
Bakersfield Christian (13-2) 7


Facing a quarterback, Braden Wingle, who had passed for over 4,000 yards this season, the Cougars’ defense held him to just 155 passing yards with two interceptions. They also helped the school earn its second CIF state title (first was in D3 in 2014) in the fourth straight season in which it has been in a state final.
MVP John Torchio. The son of former Cal QB Jay Torchio recorded both of the interceptions thrown by Bakersfield Christian in this game and he also had a pick six in the NorCal final. A junior, don’t be surprised if he’s the QB for the Cougars next season.

Pleasant Valley of Chico QB Kyle Lindquist is shown after he helped team get a win over Napa. Photo: Harold Abend.

Pleasant Valley of Chico QB Kyle Lindquist is shown after he helped team get a win over Napa. Photo: Harold Abend.

Division 4-A
Chico Pleasant Valley (12-3) 50,
Long Beach St. Anthony (13-3) 49 (OT)

In a game that rivaled Cathedral Catholic-Stockton St. Mary’s as the craziest of the weekend, the Vikings brought home their first state title and no doubt brought a smile to the face of famous NFL alum Aaron Rodgers. St. Anthony took a 42-34 lead with 2:02 left in regulation on a 60-yard interception return by B.J. Busbee. On PV’s next series, a fourth-and-10 (match point so to speak) was picked up on a pass from Kyle Lindquist to Quiane Rhodes. Teammate Trevor Owens caught another pass from Lindquist a few plays later and turned it into a 47-yard TD with 1:13 left. Payton Williams next came through with a diving catch in the end zone for the two-point conversion that tied the score. In overtime, the Saints took the lead at 49-42 on a 10-yard run by Talaun Patton and a PAT. Pleasant Valley went next and after a 6-yard TD pass from Lindquist to Max Andersen, head coach Mark Cooley went for the two-point conversion to win – or lose – the game. Lindquist found Sean Seibert open (who had only two catches in the game previously). He made the catch and the Vikings had their state title.
MVP Kyle Lindquist. Anybody who stands out among all of the QBs who go to the annual Elite 11 camp in the Bay Area can’t be a sleeper, but Lindquist still is among any listing of top QBs in the state. He had a huge CIF state final, completing 27 of 44 passes for 406 yards and four TDs with another TD rushing. It may be the second-best CIF state passing total for anybody following the 445-yard total for Folsom’s Jake Browning in 2014.


Football: Bishop O’Dowd breezes to 5-AA state championship



(Terry Pierson/The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)
Bishop O’Dowd players celebrate their victory over Valley View in the 5AA state football championship game Saturday night in Moreno Valley.
PUBLISHED: December 17, 2016


MORENO VALLEY  – When vision becomes reality, it’s easy to see the future. And the future looks bright for Bishop O’Dowd football.


Austin Jones ran for three touchdowns, and Christopher Lucas returned an interception for a late score as Bishop O’Dowd ran away from Valley View for a 43-24 victory in the CIF-State Division 5-AA championship game.


The city of Oakland, which had never produced a state football champion, produced two Saturday as O’Dowd and McClymonds won titles within minutes of one another.


“I set the vision that we believe we can do this, and when you get people to buy in to the vision and start pushing in the same direction, you can achieve great things,” said Bishop O’Dowd coach Napoleon Kaufman, the former Oakland Raiders running back.


Bishop O’Dowd (15-1 overall) reached the mountaintop despite playing its last three games without one of its biggest stars, cornerback Je’quari Godfrey, who injured his left knee before the North Coast Section Division III championship game.


“We knew our brother was down and it was next-man-up,” said Jones, a sophomore who carried 28 times for 195 yards. “We did what we had to do. We got this ‘W’ for him. We love him and thank him for everything he did for us.”


“I’m just ecstatic,” said Godfrey, who has committed to Cal. “I know I can’t be on the field but my bros have gotten it done.”


Senior quarterback Joe Deluca played his final game and got Bishop O’Dowd going on its second possession, marching the Dragons down to the 18-yard line before Trey Miller kicked a 35-yard field goal. Jones made it 9-0 with a 29-yard touchdown run on O’Dowd’s second possession.


Bishop O’Dowd’s defense held Valley View without a first down until the Eagles’ fourth possession, limiting its opponent to just 87 yards in the first half.


“We figured that we were going to be able to contain them, and I tip my cap to Valley View, but we played better tonight,” Kaufman said.


Jones added his second touchdown — from 1 yard out — with less than two minutes remaining in the half to make it 16-0. He broke loose on a 50-yard scoring run after Valley View had closed to within 16-10.


“It’s been a dream of mine and now it’s finally here, but we’re going to come off this and keep pushing,” said Jones, who led the Dragons with 1,966 rushing yards and 27 rushing touchdowns this season.


Jones will be back next season, as will most of the team. The Dragons had just 17 seniors.


“We just have a great group of kids,” said Kaufman, whose team’s only loss came against NCS Open runner-up Freedom. “We want to win on the field but we want to win off the field. We’re building men of character, and it doesn’t stop. There’ll be another group coming in soon.”



Division 5-AA
Oakland Bishop O’Dowd (15-1) 43,
Moreno Valley Valley View (12-4) 24


The Dragons scored the game’s first 16 points and would never trail as the city of Oakland won two state football championships within minutes on Saturday after never having had one before. While we’ll get a lot of these types of accomplishments now that there are 13 different state champions, the city of Oakland needs any kind of lift after the recent warehouse fire that killed 36 people.
MVP Austin Jones. The standout sophomore rushed for 195 yards on 28 carries and three touchdowns while also catching three passes for 31 yards. One of many that will be back next season, he ended the year rushing for 1,966 yards and 27 touchdowns.


McClymonds stuns La Jolla Country Day to win state title




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McClymonds players celebrate after an interception in the fourth quarter of their state championship victory Saturday night in La Jolla.
PUBLISHED: December 17, 2016 at 10:01 pm | UPDATED: December 20, 2016 at 10:14 am

LA JOLLA — After the first quarter of the State 5-A football championship game Saturday night, McClymonds coach Michael Peters threw out his offensive game plan.

Plagued by bad center snaps — six of them — Peters scrubbed the shotgun formation and went to taking snaps under center.

“We had to go back to the early ‘90s offense and run the ball,’’ Peters said. “Usually it’s real bad when you scrap the game plan you worked on for a while week.’’

Not this time. McClymonds’ strategy change went well enough for the Warriors to claim a 20-17 victory over La Jolla Country Day.

Oakland, a city that never had produced a state football champion, won two Saturday. McClymonds’ victory came within minutes of Bishop O’Dowd claiming the 5-AA championship.

“We made history,’’ McClymonds’ senior Devin White said. “We wanted to stop their passer. We thought if we do that, we’ll have a game.’’

Facing quarterback Braxton Burmeister, who entered the game with 4,335 passing yards and 53 touchdowns this season, McClymonds harassed the 6-foot-1, 215-pound thrower into a terrible performance. Burmeister was just 8-for-25 passing for 124 yards.

“We worked really hard to take away their receivers and make the quarterback work harder than he’s used to,’’ said Peters, who team improved to 13-1 with its 11th consecutive win. “We did what we had to do. We got him rattled. No one had done that much to him all year.’


If it wasn’t for White’s 78-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, the first half would have ended tied 14-14.

La Jolla Country Day had just converted one of Mack’s three lost fumbles into a touchdown to make it 14-14 with 21 seconds left in the half.

But White took the ensuing kickoff and put the Warriors back on top 20-14.

“On film, we saw that they kicked a lot to one side, so coach moved me over there,’’ White said. “When I saw the first block, I knew I was gone. I sure didn’t think that would be the last points we scored.’’

McClymonds lost 65 yards on those six bad snaps before Peter put quarterback Emoreea Fountain under center. Fountain and Angelo Garrett connected on two first-half touchdown pass plays, from 16 yards and 38 yards.

The second half was spent on the ground as McClymonds chewed up clock and held down the La Jolla offense.

“This means a lot to the school, it means a lot to these kids and it means a lot to the entire West Oakland community,’’ Peters said. “Look at all the smiles on the faces of the people who drove here to watch this game. People are really going to be proud of us when we get home.’’


Linebacker Huruma Zulu will be one of the top players back for Oakland McClymonds next season. Photo: Everett Bass Photography.

Linebacker Huruma Zulu will be one of the top players back for Oakland McClymonds next season. Photo: Everett Bass Photography.

Division 5-A
Oakland McClymonds (13-1) 20,
La Jolla Country Day (12-4) 17

Yet another prolific passer who was limited by a stingy defense was Country Day’s Braxton Burmeister, who was held to just 7 of 26 for 113 yards. Devin White’s kickoff return right before halftime that made the score 20-14 also turned out to be the game-winner. Emoreea Fountain had two touchdown passes, both going to Angelo Garrett, in the first half while the Torreys two touchdowns’ came on runs by Burmeister. Mack won its first CIF state football title.
MVP Devin White. His kickoff return turned out to be the game-winner. White also has been one of the team’s top two-way threats all season long.


Division 6-AA
Temecula Rancho Christian (14-2) 38,
Sutter Creek Amador (14-2) 13


Head coach Jim Kunau of the Eagles became just the second coach in CIF state history to guide a second, different school to a title. He did it the first time as the head coach at Orange Lutheran in 2006. The only other on that list is Harry Welch, who actually has led three different schools to state titles (Canyon of Canyon Country 2006, Rancho Santa Margarita St. Margaret’s 2008 and Rancho SM Santa Margarita 2011). Rancho kicker Emma Baker had one field goal and four PATs for seven kicking points. She ended the season with 99 kicking points (75 PATs, 8 of 10 FGs, long of 40) and already has 208 for her career. We already knew she had a state record for most points by a girl kicker and she already has a national record for that category. It’s going to be even better, however, when she ends her career on several all-time state lists regardless of gender. She’s in the book already for season kicking points and career kicking points.
MVP Carter Treadway. While RB Daylan Thetford of the Buffaloes had another strong outing, the junior QB for Rancho Christian hit on 10 of 11 passes for 211 yards and two TDs. He also rushed for 42 yards.


Division 6-A
Vallejo St. Patrick-St. Vincent (13-3) 29,
Strathmore (14-1) 28


Joseph Garcia rushed for 150 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries and Andres Lara caught two touchdown passes from Nick Salas to build a 28-14 halftime lead for Strathmore, but the Bruins outscored the Spartans 15-0 in the second half for the road win. Gabe Fuentes kicked a 19-yard field goal to win the game with six seconds left. It also was the Bruins’ first-ever state title in football.
MVP Marshel Martin. Nearly scoring the game-winning touchdown, he was knocked out at the one-yard line to set up the game-winning field goal and his 72-yard touchdown run with under nine minutes remaining made it 28-26. Martin also rushed for more than 100 yards on the night.


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Mixed results for NorCal teams in CIF state football championships

December 23, 2016

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St. John Bosco State Team of Year

December 23, 2016
St. John Bosco players hit the field for the opening kickoff in their final game of 2016 season last Saturday at Sacramento State against De La Salle. Photo:

St. John Bosco players hit the field for the opening kickoff in their final game of 2016 season last Saturday at Sacramento State against De La Salle. Photo:

It’s not the same as when there was no Open Division of the CIF state bowl games, but the Braves still officially get added to the list of all-time great teams in California that dates back more than 100 years.

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This year’s St. John Bosco football team lost twice, so any comparisons to the Braves’ 2013 squad that finished 16-0 would be foolish, correct?


Not so fast. Although it would be hard to say 2016 was better than 2013, the Braves were comparable, especially after their 56-33 win last Saturday night over two-time defending champion De La Salle of Concord in the CIF Open Division state final.


Now that the season is completely over, the first act of business on the Cal-Hi Sports’ parade of postseason honors is the official crowning of the State Team of the Year. That comes today and just like having two CIF state titles in four years St. John Bosco also is now State Team of the Year twice in four years.

One of the top players returning next season for the Braves will be junior running back Demetrius Flowers. Photo: Paul Muyskens.

One of the top players returning next season for the Braves will be junior running back Demetrius Flowers. Photo: Paul Muyskens.

The last 13-2 team to finish No. 1 in the state was De La Salle in 2009, which was the first in a four-year run atop the state rankings for the Spartans, until 2013 when they lost to that 2013 Bosco squad. Before that, you have to go back to 1979 for Edison of Huntington Beach when it was so dominant in the CIF Southern Section Big Five playoffs that it had to come up to No. 1 in the final rankings despite two early-season losses.

This year’s two-loss Braves weren’t as dominant over the competition at the end like Edison 1979, but if you look at all of the competition that they had to get past then it’s still easy to elevate them into conversations about other No. 1, even unbeaten State Teams of the Year.


First, this year’s team at Mater Dei of Santa Ana was on track to perhaps being the greatest-ever at the school, but St. John Bosco spoiled that by avenging an early-season 26-21 loss with a 42-28 victory in the CIF Southern Section Division I championship. The Monarchs were No. 1 in the state and pushing for No. 1 in the nation at the time.


Second, the Braves’ only other loss was to national No. 1 Bishop Gorman of Las Vegas and it’s at least arguable that this was the best Gorman team there’s ever been.


It’s also hard to envision any offensive line in the nation playing as well as St. John Bosco in the last month. With mammoth Wyatt Davis leading the way, one of the best offensive lineman many in Southern California have ever seen, Bosco became unstoppable with its running game and when junior QB Re-al Mitchell did pass he was rarely touched.


“We trusted our offensive line tonight and have been all season,” Mitchell said after his team defeated Mater Dei. “They made it so much easier for everything.”


“I’m just so happy for the kids, they never lost faith,” head coach Jason Negro told the Long Beach Press-Telegram. “They believed all year, they really did.”


As is our custom for State Team of the Year posts, congratulations to Coach Negro and the entire staff: Offensive Coordinator Chad Johnson, Defensive Coordinator Chris King, Wide Receivers Bryan Treggs, Wide Receivers James Leeman, Offensive Line Jim Adams, Offensive Line Fredy Arteaga, Linebackers Jonathan Hall, Corners & Safeties Tim Richmond, Defensive Line Paul Diaz, Linebackers Rob Fuiava, Strength & Conditioning David Amescua, Tight Ends Nate Munson, Running Backs Mike Crawford, Defensive Line Mia Tui, Football Operations Jessie Christiansen plus all of the trainers, team doctors, cheerleaders and parents.




(Last 105 years listed, but it goes back further than that to 1891 in our files, as compiled from 1891 to 2003 by the late Nelson Tennis)

De La Salle QB Anthony Sweeney  celebrates after 2015 CIF Open Division final. Photo: Harold Abend.

De La Salle QB Anthony Sweeney celebrates after 2015 CIF Open Division state final. Photo: Harold Abend.

2016 — Bellflower St. John Bosco (13-2)
2015 — Concord De La Salle (13-1)
2014 — Concord De La Salle (15-0)
2013 — Bellflower St. John Bosco (16-0)
2012 — Concord De La Salle (15-0)
2011 — Concord De La Salle (13-1)
2010 — Concord De La Salle (14-0)
2009 — Concord De La Salle (13-2)
2008 — Corona Centennial (15-0)
2007 — Concord De La Salle (13-0)
2006 — Westlake Village Oaks Christian (15-0)
2005 — Ventura St. Bonaventure (14-0)
2004 — Mission Viejo (14-0)
2003 — Concord De La Salle (13-0)
2002 — Concord De La Salle (13-0)
2001 — Concord De La Salle (12-0)
2000 — Concord De La Salle (13-0)
1999 — Concord De La Salle (12-0)
1998 — Concord De La Salle (12-0)
1997 — Concord De La Salle (12-0)
1996 — Concord De La Salle (12-0)
1995 — Concord De La Salle (13-0)
1994 — Concord De La Salle (13-0)
1993 — Rialto Eisenhower (14-0)
1992 — Concord De La Salle (13-0)
1991 — Santa Ana Mater Dei (13-1)
1990 — Merced (14-0)
1989 — Fontana (14-0)
1988 — Carson (12-1)
1987 — Fontana (14-0)
1986 — El Toro (14-0)
1985 — Vista (13-0)
1984 — Riverside Poly (13-1)
1983 — Mountain View St. Francis (13-0)
1982 — Anaheim Servite (11-1)
1981 — San Jose Bellarmine (12-0)
1980 — Wilmington Banning (12-0)
1979 — Huntington Beach Edison (12-2)
1978 — Visalia Mt. Whitney (13-0)
1977 — Rancho Cordova (12-0)
1976 — Wilmington Banning (12-1)
1975 — Rancho Cordova (11-0)
1974 — Vista (13-0)
1973 — Hacienda Heights Los Altos (12-1)
1972 — Santa Fe Springs St. Paul (13-0)
1971 — Carson (12-0)
1970 — La Puente Bishop Amat (12-1)
1969 — Pasadena Blair (13-0)
1968 — Alameda (9-0)
1967 — Anaheim (12-1)
1966 — Pico Rivera El Rancho (13-0)
1965 — San Jose Bellarmine (9-0)
1964 — Stockton Stagg (10-0)
1963 — Los Angeles Loyola (12-0)
1962 — Los Angeles Loyola (12-0)
1961 — Monterey (8-0)
1960 — Redwood City Sequoia (9-0)
1959 — Long Beach Poly (11-0)
1958 — Long Beach Poly (11-0-1)
1957 — Berkeley (8-0)
1956 — Downey (12-0-1)
1955 — San Diego (11-0-1)
1954 — Vallejo (9-0)
1953 — Santa Monica (10-0-1)
1952 — Santa Monica (11-0-1)
1951 — Pomona (12-0)
1950 — Compton (11-1)
1949 — Compton (10-1)
1948 — Long Beach St. Anthony (11-1-1)
1947 — L.A. Washington (8-0)
1946 — Alhambra Keppel (8-0)
1945 — Santa Ana (11-1)
1944 — Alhambra Keppel (8-0)
1943 — Redondo Beach Redondo (6-0)
1942 — La Verne Bonita (11-0)
1941 — Piedmont (9-0)
1940 — Piedmont (8-0)
1939 — Alhambra (10-0)
1938 — Stockton (8-0)
1937 — L.A. Manual Arts (8-0)
1936 — L.A. Manual Arts (8-0-1)
1935 — Long Beach Poly (9-0)
1934 — Piedmont (8-0)
1933 — S.F. Galileo (8-2-1)
1932 — Inglewood (10-2)
1931 — Santa Ana (13-0)
1930 — Berkeley (11-0-1)
1929 — Berkeley (11-0-1)
1928 — Lodi (9-0)
1927 — Bakersfield (12-0)
1926 — San Mateo (9-1-1)
1925 — Los Angeles (10-0)
1924 — Berkeley (11-0)
1923 — Bakersfield (10-0-1)
1922 — Bakersfield (10-0-1)
1921 — Bakersfield (9-0-1)
1920 — Bakersfield (9-1)
1919 — Long Beach Poly (12-0)
1918 — L.A. Manual Arts (9-0)
1917 — L.A. Manual Arts (11-1)
1916 — San Diego (12-0)
1915 — Pasadena (7-1)
1914 — Pomona Rugby (12-0)
1913 — Pomona Rugby (11-0)
1912 — Berkeley Rugby (7-2-1)
1911 — Los Angeles Rugby (9-0)
1910 — Alameda (5-0)

Just the Picks: CIF Football Finals

December 16, 2016
Ivan Martinez of St. John Bosco makes a tackle of QB Chris Williams of De La Salle in 2013 CIF Open Division state bowl game. Photo: Scott Kurtz.

Ivan Martinez of St. John Bosco makes a tackle of QB Chris Williams of De La Salle in 2013 CIF Open Division state bowl game. Photo: Scott Kurtz.

As is our tradition, we go through each of the 13 upcoming CIF state football championship games and provide a predicted final score. We think a lot of NorCal teams will be successful on the road and perhaps one of the biggest underdogs is team with six state titles in the last seven years.

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Open Division
St. John Bosco 40, De La Salle 24
Since the first few weeks of the season, it’s been somewhat obvious of the wide gap between the Braves, league rival Mater Dei, CIF Southern Section rival Corona Centennial and everybody else in the state. The Spartans struggled early, losing once to an unbeaten eventual state champ from Utah and winning by only one point over Anaheim Servite and San Ramon Valley, but have looked great in last three wins. Has the improvement been enough? Probably not. Bosco just won by 14 over a Monarch team that in person was more impressive than DLS team we saw in person beat Monte Vista of Danville.

St. Mary's WR Marcos Aponte went out with an injury during game last week vs. Freedom and did not return. Photo: Mark Tennis.

St. Mary’s receiver/DB Marcus Aponte went out with an injury during the game last week vs. Freedom and did not return. Photo: Mark Tennis.

Division I-AA
St. Mary’s (Stockton) 35,
Cathedral Catholic 28

Fans at Cathedral Catholic know this score very well because it was 35-28 when the Dons beat Narbonne last week, it was 35-27 when they beat Helix for the San Diego Open Division title and 35-28 when they beat Helix in the regular season. While there are concerns about the health of St. Mary’s receiver/secondary corps and the Rams can’t afford to play as sloppy as they did last week against Freedom (five turnovers), we think they’ll play more like they did the last time at Sac State (beat Folsom 56-25) and if they do they should win school’s first CIF state football title.

Division I-A
San Clemente 33, Del Oro 30
Yes, we know that the Golden Eagles have had an almost magical quality playing at Sac State (like last year when they took apart unbeaten Camarillo in the D2-AA state final), but this is a higher division and we just really like the road that the Tritons have taken to get this far. Del Oro has played teams as good and one team (Folsom) probably better than San Clemente, but hasn’t gone through a gauntlet like Heritage of Menifee (11-0 at the time), Valencia (has a 48-9 win over Bakersfield), Murrieta Valley (No. 10 in the state at the time) and Huntington Beach Edison (No. 11 in the state at the time).

Division 2-AA
Madison 29, Valley Christian (San Jose) 24
This one caused a lot of disagreement among us at the Stockton office. Reasons to like VC include wins over three teams still going for state titles (Campolindo, Pleasant Valley, San Mateo Serra) and a defense that gave no more than 14 points twice all year. But none of those teams are explosive Calabasas, the team Madison beat to win the SoCal crown. There’s also got to be good reasons why so many in San Diego thought the Warhawks were the top team around until they played Cathedral Catholic late in the regular season.

Serra of San Mateo head coach Patrick Walsh once led the state for regular season scoring when he played at Concord De La Salle. Photo: Harold Abend.

Serra of San Mateo head coach Patrick Walsh once led the state for regular season scoring when he played at Concord De La Salle. Photo: Harold Abend.

Division 2-A
Serra (San Mateo) 42, Sierra Canyon 34
While it’s a battle of a four-loss Padres team against an undefeated Trailblazers team we will give the nod to the team from the super tough West Catholic Athletic League. Sierra Canyon actually will be playing a team currently ranked in the State Top 25 for the first time this season. Since opening the season 0-4 against some of the top teams in the state, including De La Salle of Concord, Valley Christian of San Jose and St. Mary’s of Stockton who will also both be in Sacramento this weekend, the Padres have won 10 straight led by dual-threat quarterback Sitaleki Nunn and we think he will be the difference in a high-scoring shootout.

Division 3-AA
Paraclete (Lancaster) 28, Menlo-Atherton 21
Playing at home at Antelope Valley College and having head coach Dean Herrington at the helm with all of his big-game experience plus how well the Spirits have been playing gives them the edge. Their win over a Mater Dei Catholic team that has been in the top five overall in San Diego and their win in the CIFSS D6 final over previous 13-0 Los Altos (Hacienda Heights) are both good signs as well. M-A had a lot of success against Manteca running the ball with Jordan Mims and Aajon Johnson. Since the Spirits just faced C.J. Verdell (going to Oregon), they should be well-prepared.

Players from Bishop's of La Jolla celebrate after winning CIF SoCal title. Photo:

Players from Bishop’s of La Jolla celebrate after winning CIF SoCal title. Photo:

Division 3-A
Oakdale 28, Bishop’s (La Jolla) 21
When the four teams north and south were slotted for this bracket, Oakdale stood out as a favorite since the other three teams were going to have to step up more to Oakdale’s usual level of competition than the other way around. Both teams are led by players in the middle of great seasons – RB Will Semone of the Mustangs and QB Jeffrey Jackson of the Knights. Bishop’s is basically playing at home and is unbeaten, but Oakdale just knocked off 13-0 Sutter and has a win over Central Catholic of Modesto, which basically won the state division that Bishop’s was in the last four seasons.

Division 4-AA
Campolindo 35, Bakersfield Christian 19
With the CIF Central Section down a bit this season we will once again go with the more battle tested team from the Bay Area despite the Cougars having to go on the road to Bakersfield for this game on Saturday night. In fact, one local historian tweeted it’s the first state final to be held in Bakersfield since 1923. Junior Braden Wingle has had a nice postseason and has now passed for over 4,000 yards and 43 touchdowns this season but he will be tested by a Cougars defense that has not allowed more than 21 points in a game the last three weeks and has already faced several state finalists including Valley Christian of San Jose and Oakdale. Scoring at least 40 points in their three wins before last week’s 30-21 road win at Palma we see them breaking the 30 point mark once again with their defense again doing enough to get the win.
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Division 4-A
Pleasant Valley (Chico) 22, St. Anthony (Long Beach) 21
It’s going to help the visiting Vikings a lot that they got to play Milpitas coming into this game because St. Anthony has a lot of the same kind of speed that ordinarily isn’t seen in the CIF Northern Section. Two of PV’s losses are to teams still going – Valley Christian of San Jose and Del Oro and the VC contest was just 17-14. Saints QB John Buksa enters with 2,800 yards passing and 1,500 rushing with 51 combo TDs. Pleasant Valley QB Kyle Lindquist doesn’t have those kind of stats, but we’ve seen him and he’s got D1 possibilities. This looks like a toss-up with the X-factor perhaps being St. Anthony WR/DB B.J. Busbee. He can score on returns, pick sixes and on long pass plays.

Division 5-AA
Bishop O’Dowd (Oakland) 34, Valley View (Moreno Valley) 27
If the Dragons play like they did in their 27-7 win over Marin Catholic in the NCS D3 final, they might be okay even on the road against the Eagles. The problem is their second half against Capital Christian last week was questionable and their NCS semifinal win vs. Rancho Cotate needed a last-second field goal. Still, while Valley View has lit it up in the post-season behind QB Jacob Barlage (son of head coach Daniel Barlage) and RB Justin Keeling (2,000 yards), O’Dowd is a team with some legit D1 college talent. Jordan Jackson and Cooper Hagmaier at defensive end are beasts and Alijah Vera-Tucker is one of the state’s top offensive linemen. RB Austin Jones of O’Dowd also is one of the state’s top sophomores.

Running back Jerrell Alberty was one of the top performers for McClymonds last season and has been outstanding once again. Photo: Willie Eashman.

Running back Jerrell Alberty was one of the top performers for McClymonds last season and has been outstanding once again. Photo: Willie Eashman.

Division 5-A
La Jolla Country Day 55, McClymonds (Oakland) 48
This looks like it could be the most high-scoring of the weekend state finals. The Mack offense will bring a lot of speed to San Diego County, led by junior QB Emoreea Fountain and senior RB Jerrell Alberty, but may not have faced the kind of offense that the Torreys have and the Warriors will have to do it 500 miles from home. QB Braxton Burmeister will head to the University of Arizona almost right after the game and will add on to his season rush-pass totals of 5,693 yards and 78 TDs.

Division 6-AA
Amador 27, Rancho Christian 22
It’s a ride of more than 400 miles for the Buffaloes, but it was even longer last year in this division when St. Bernard’s of Eureka went to Saddleback Valley Christian and won. Rancho Christian has home area advantage and has a head coach in Jim Kunau who’s won at the highest levels, including 2006 CIF D2 state title at Orange Lutheran. We’re not sure that’ll be enough against a foe that has slugged it out in a tougher league and has knocked off two unbeaten teams in its last three outings.

Division 6-A
St. Patrick-St. Vincent 36, Strathmore 20
It’s not the two regional games that favor the Bruins, but some of the games beforehand, such as SPSV’s wins over Berean Christian and Fort Bragg in the North Coast Section and Strathmore’s 26-20 close call vs. Riverdale in the Central Section. If Spartans’ RB Joseph Garcia goes off again (he had 421 yds, 7 TDs last week), however, all bets are off.

CIF football: Matchups for state regional games ...

December 5, 2016
Bakersfield QB Asuani Rufus looks for daylight in 2013 CIF Division I state bowl game in which Drillers defeated Del Oro of Loomis. The two will meet in this year's NorCal D1-A title game. Photo: Scott Kurtz.

Bakersfield QB Asuani Rufus plays in 2013 CIF Div I state bowl game when Drillers beat Del Oro of Loomis. The two will meet in this year’s NorCal D1-A final. Photo: Scott Kurtz.

All of the CIF NorCal and SoCal regional bowl choices are out. Go inside to see what we think for each division and to check out which teams we peg as the favorites to win titles in every division.

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The following is the schedule for the 2016 CIF Regional Football Championship Bowl Games for Divisions 1-AA through 6-A. Winners from the NorCal and SoCal Regional games will advance to the CIF State Football Championships representing their respective divisions for the title of CIF State Champion. All teams were slotted based on competitive equity and the respective criteria.

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De La Salle of Concord (11-1) Concord vs. St. John Bosco of Bellflower (12-2) at Hornet Stadium, Sacramento State – Saturday, Dec. 17 at 8:00 p.m.

Comment: As long as the Spartans are continuing to cast their giant shadow on all of NorCal (no losses to teams north of Fresno in 25 years, no losses ever to any teams from Sac-Joaquin Sec, etc.) there’s no other way for the CIF to go when they win their NCS title. There’s also no other way to go to match DLS against the CIFSS D1 winner unless there’s some head-to-head loss to an L.A. City, Central Sec or San Diego team.
Quick Pick: As much as we respect all that is DLS and how far the Spartans have come since early in the season, the sense we’ve had all season is the fairly large gap that St. John Bosco, Mater Dei and Corona Centennial have over everybody else in the state.

Former Stanford standout Tyler Gaffney gained Mr. Football State POY honors in 2008 partly due to scoring six TDs in state final vs. Stockton St. Mary's. The two could meet again in two weeks. Photo: Mark Tennis.

Former Stanford standout Tyler Gaffney gained Mr. Football State POY honors in 2008 partly due to scoring six TDs in state final vs. Stockton St. Mary’s. The two could meet again in two weeks. Photo: Mark Tennis.

Freedom of Oakley (11-1) at St. Mary’s of Stockton (13-1) – Friday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m.
South: Narbonne of Harbor City (14-0) at Cathedral Catholic of San Diego (13-0) – Friday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Comment: Freedom may have lost big to DLS, but its wins throughout the season clearly kept the Falcons in the three spot on the NorCal board. Narbonne on the road instead of at home is a reflection of the Gauchos’ computer ranking dropping in the course of the season due to the general weakness of the L.A. City D1 bracket compared to CC being in an Open Division. You’d think winning a CIF D1-A state title and having to travel last year to play Bakersfield Ridgeview would have merited a better deal for Narbonne from the CIF.
Quick Pick: A lot of folks in Stockton have thought about St. Mary’s playing Cathedral Catholic again in a state final. They played in the D2 bowl game in 2008 in a game State Player of the Year Tyler Gaffney scored six TDs for the Dons. First reaction is that it will happen again, but the Tyler Gaffney clone plays at St. Mary’s named Dusty Frampton. Many in SoCal will scoff at the Rams because of their huge loss to Bosco, but Frampton got hurt on the first play in that game and the way they are playing with the final at Sac State this is a bracket they definitely can win.

Bakersfield (11-2) at Del Oro of Loomis (12-2) – Saturday, Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m.
South: San Clemente (11-3) vs. Edison of Huntington Beach (13-1) at Huntington Beach HS – Saturday, Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Comment: We’ve thought all year and in talking to our great Central Section correspondent Bob Barnett that it’s just been a down season there. The CIF struggled with this placement but put the Drillers in this spot opposite Del Oro anyway. Our problem with DO is that until this week we had to still rank the team behind Oak Ridge due to head-to-head loss. San Clemente and Edison is indeed a strong matchup and will get strong support from Orange County. Regardless, Calabasas has been the better team since day one over either one. We get it that the CIFSS wants to protect its competitive equity divisional pecking order as much as possible (San Clemente D2, Edison D3 and Calabasas D5) and you could argue that Edison could be ranked higher than Calabasas. There’s not a metric at all (humans, computers, common sense), however, that would rank San Clemente with three losses ahead of the Coyotes.

QB Jack Sears of San Clemente, who has committed to Duke, helped his team knock off state No. 10 Murrieta Valley in CIFSS D2 final. Photo:

QB Jack Sears of San Clemente, who has committed to Duke, helped his team knock off state No. 10 Murrieta Valley in CIFSS D2 final. Photo:

Quick Pick: Since the Tritons just knocked off Murrieta Valley, they can easily add Edison to the list. The Chargers’ offensive line, however, may be the difference once again. We’d say Del Oro is a one score favorite in its game at home. Having seen Edison beat La Mirada and Del Oro many times over the years, we can say for sure neither of the two SoCal teams has the kind of speed that gave DO such trouble in its bowl losses to Helix and Bakersfield. Calabasas not being picked this high actually helps the Golden Eagles because that’s a team that does have that kind of abilities. Great spot for DO to win another one.

Cardinal Newman of Santa Rosa (12-1) at Valley Christian of San Jose (12-1) – Friday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m.
South: Calabasas (14-0) at Madison of San Diego (11-2) – Friday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Comment: In a nutshell, Cardinal Newman is too high. Yeah, know that VC can’t play Serra in a bowl game. But putting the Cards this high on the board basically because their one loss to Stockton St. Mary’s “wasn’t that bad” isn’t enough. We’d have had VC playing Del Oro, Serra in this division playing Bakersfield and Newman down further playing Sanger or Manteca. In the south, Calabasas actually could have been even lower (behind Sierra Canyon due to CIFSS divisional order), but at least some sanity prevailed to match up the Coyotes with San Diego Madison, which has some of the top D1 talent of any team in that section.
Quick Pick: No doubt that Calabasas is the favorite here. How the team will react given its attention will be key. No disrespect to Madison fans and players, but for various reasons we’ve never seen QB Tristan Gebbia, WR/DB Darnay Holmes and company yet and we really want to see them up in Sac. Holmes didn’t play in this week’s game, though, so hope injury isn’t bad.

Serra of San Mateo (9-4) at Sanger (13-0) – Saturday, Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m.
South: Los Angeles (11-3) at Sierra Canyon of Chatsworth (13-0*) at Granada Hills HS – Saturday, Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Comment: Some in the Central Section have thought all year that Sanger was right up there with Bakersfield and Central of Fresno as top overall team in section. There just aren’t a lot of scores to look at to prove that, which made it hard to place the Apaches on the board. If Serra plays like it has in the last month, even on the road might be tough for Sanger. In the south, once Calabasas got slotted into D2-AA, Sierra Canyon was a cinch for D2-A. Hawkins probably would have played Calabasas in D2-AA if it had won vs. L.A. High, but the Romans winning basically caused a flip with Madison going up and them coming in opposite the Trail Blazers.
Quick Pick: Serra is like Del Oro last year, which went 4-6 in regular season only to come back and beat a 15-0 team for a CIF state title. The way the Padres beat St. Francis a second time is a good sign for them.

Manteca (12-1) at Menlo-Atherton of Atherton (11-2) – Friday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m.
South: Mater Dei Catholic of Chula Vista (12-1) vs. Paraclete of Lancaster (10-4) at Antelope Valley College – Friday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Comment: We would have had Manteca a bit higher so the Buffs getting an M-A team that arguably should have been behind Palma of Salinas in CCS pecking order is a good spot for them. Mater Dei Catholic probably was locked into this game to play Los Altos of Hacienda Heights and it didn’t take long to check out Paraclete’s resume to just replace the Spirits after their win over the Conquerors. The losses are against a strong schedule for team in this bracket range.
Quick Pick: MD Catholic easily has the most dynamic player among the four with Oregon-bound RB C.J. Verdell. A Manteca-MD Catholic final, since it may be down south, would be too tough to call. Paraclete also may have edge due to experience of head coach Dean Herrington (formerly Alemany and longtime assistant at state power Hart of Newhall), who knows how to win big games.

Sutter (13-0) at Oakdale (12-2) – Saturday, Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m.
South: Bishop’s of La Jolla (13-0) at Valley Christian of Cerritos (12-2), Cerritos – Saturday, Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Comment: We had Sutter and Oakdale playing in several run-throughs of our NorCal board (not the last one) so that’s a pairing that makes sense. Both Valley Christian and St. Anthony of Long Beach (in same league) were moved up higher than CIFSS D7 and D8 champions because St. Anthony has a high computer ranking and VC beat the Saints head-to-head. We checked that out as well and frankly just don’t see why that computer ranking for St. Anthony is that high. We would have kept San Gorgonio and Yorba Linda higher.
Quick Pick: Oakdale is a team that has played Clayton Valley and Gardena Serra in CIF state bowl games. Sorry, but none of these teams are close to that. The way the Mustangs have been rolling, they’d be our choice at first glance.

Adam Remotto of Campolindo is about to score one of three TDs he had in the 2014 CIF Division III state bowl game against El Capitan. Photo: Josh Barber/

Adam Remotto of Campolindo is about to score one of three TDs he had in the 2014 CIF Division III state bowl game against El Capitan. Photo: Josh Barber/

Campolindo of Moraga (10-3) vs. Palma of Salinas (10-3), Salinas at Rabobank Stadium, Salinas – Friday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m.
South: Bakersfield Christian (12-1) at Selma (13-0) – Friday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Comment: After our projections were off by a team or two from NorCal divisions 1-A and downward, they got more in line from this point downward. Campolindo’s recent CIF state bowl titles likely helped the Cougars get seeded higher than Bishop O’Dowd and beating Milpitas last year helped as well. Putting the two Central Sec teams together generally isn’t preferred by the CIF but doing it with these two prevents travel and it’s not a bad matchup.
Quick Pick: Yes, Palma lost that first game to Sutter, but we keep thinking about the team that beat San Benito when it was 9-0, the team that lost to St. Francis (Mountain View) by one point and then Valley Christian 14-10. If that team shows up the next two weeks, Salinas folks may be very happy.

Milpitas (10-3) vs. Pleasant Valley of Chico (9-3) at Harrison Stadium, Oroville – Saturday, Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m.
South: Yorba Linda (12-2) vs. St. Anthony of Long Beach (12-2) at Veterans Stadium, Long Beach – Saturday, Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Comment: Since Milpitas and Palma can’t play each other and you wouldn’t want the Trojans any lower, they had to kind of fit in this division. Pleasant Valley didn’t do well last year in its home game vs. St. Francis, but this could be a better fit. In the South, we’ll find out quickly if St. Anthony’s high computer ranking is accurate or not.
Quick Pick: Just like Palma is in a good spot in the division above, Milpitas is a team many will remember that beat Antioch this season and has some great D1 players. We like the way PV, though, beat Paradise in its section final. Think winner of that game will win state.

Capital Christian of Sacramento (11-2) at Bishop O’Dowd of Oakland (13-1) – Friday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m.
South: Valley View of Moreno Valley (11-3) at San Gorgonio of San Bernardino (11-3) – Friday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Comment: We still like the idea better of having Selma from the Central Sec in this spot and Sanger over on the SoCal board. O’Dowd has been ranked higher than Campolindo in Bay Area all year but CIF and NCS seeded it other way around. Both Valley View and San G had to survive thrillers to win CIFSS titles so matching them up and both from Inland Empire makes sense.
Quick Pick: O’Dowd recently beat Capital Christian in a NorCal Open Division game in boys hoops, then won state title the next week. Look for that to happen again in football in this division.

Jim Kunau of Temecula Rancho Christian previously coached Orange Lutheran to a CIF state title in 2009. Photo:

Jim Kunau of Temecula Rancho Christian previously coached Orange Lutheran to a CIF state title in 2006. Photo:

East Nicolaus (13-0) vs. McClymonds of Oakland (11-1) at Chabot College, Hayward – Saturday, Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m.
South: Arroyo of El Monte (13-1) at La Jolla Country Day (11-3) – Saturday, Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Comment: We had it this way as well but assume the most unhappy folks have to be in East Nicolaus. Team won D6-A last year, gets jumped two divisions and on the road to play in East Bay against team with computer ranking about 30 spots higher. Glad CIF did not match the D12 and D13 teams from the CIFSS together and placed Country Day here.
Quick Pick: Since LJCD would get to play both games at home and has record-breaking QB Braxton Burmeister going at a high level, the Torreys may get a CIF football title to go with the ones they have had from the great Terri Bamford’s girls basketball program.

Mendota (13-0) vs. Amador of Sutter Creek (13-1) at Calaveras HS – Friday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m.
South: Rancho Christian of Temecula (12-2) at Franklin of Los Angeles (13-1) – Friday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Comment: East Nicolaus and Amador certainly could have switched positions, but choice already was made with Amador having to be in a play-in game against SF Lincoln. Building the board from the bottom up also showed CIFSS D13 vs. LA City D3 was going to be hard to ignore.
Quick Pick: We’re already thinking about list of coaches who have won state football titles at different schools. Rancho Christian’s Jim Kunau won one in 2009 at Orange Lutheran. We like the way his team knocked off Santa Ana in CIFSS D13 final.

Brookside Christian of Stockton (9-4) at St. Patrick-St. Vincent of Vallejo (11-3) – Saturday, Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m.
South: Horizon Christian Academy of San Diego (7-6) at Strathmore (13-0) – Saturday, Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Comment: There were no surprises on these matchups. It could be an opportunity for small town team from Central Section in this division.
Quick Pick: The 13-0 record of Strathmore stands out, but pretty sure Brookside Christian has a couple of athletes that none of the other teams do.


De La Salle to play in Open title game against St. John Bosco; Freedom to face St. Mary’s-Stockton.



De La Salle (11-1) vs. St. John Bosco (12-2) at Sacramento State, Saturday, Dec. 17, 8 p.m.


North: Freedom (11-1) at St. Mary’s-Stockton (13-1), Friday, 7:30 p.m.

South: Narbonne (14-0) at Cathedral Catholic-San Diego (13-0), Friday, 7:30 p.m.


North: Bakersfield (11-1) at Del Oro-Loomis (12-2), Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

South: San Clemente (11-3) vs. Edison-Huntington Beach (13-1), Saturday, 7:30 p.m.



North: Cardinal Newman (12-1) at Valley Christian (12-1), Friday, 7:30 p.m.

South: Calabasas (15-0) at Madison-San Diego (11-2), Friday, 7:30 p.m.


North: Serra (9-4) at Sanger (13-0), Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

South: Los Angeles (11-3) vs. Sierra Canyon-Granada Hills (14-0), Saturday, 7:30 p.m.


North: Manteca (12-1) at Menlo-Atherton (11-2), Friday, 7:30 p.m.

South: Mater Dei Catholic (12-1) vs. Paraclete (10-4) at Antelope Valley College, Friday, 7:30 p.m.


North: Sutter (13-0) at Oakdale (12-2), Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

South: Bishop’s (13-0) at Valley Christian-Cerritos (13-2), Saturday, 7:30 p.m.


North: Campolindo (10-3) vs. Palma (10-3) at Rabobank Stadium in Salinas, Friday, 7:30 p.m.

South: Bakersfield Christian (12-1) at Selma (13-0), Friday, 7:30 p.m.


North: Milpitas (10-3) vs. Pleasant Valley-Chico (9-3) at Harrison Stadium, Oroville, Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

South: Yorba Linda (12-2) vs. St. Anthony (12-2) at Veterans Stadium, Long Beach, Saturday, 7:30 p.m.


North: Capital Christian (11-2) at Bishop O’Dowd (13-1), Friday, 7:30 p.m.

South: Valley View (11-3) at San Gorgonio-San Bernardino (11-3), Friday, 7:30 p.m.


North: East Nicolaus (13-0) vs. McClymonds (11-1) at Chabot College, Hayward, Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

South: Arroyo (13-1) at La Jolla Country Day (11-3), Saturday, 7:30 p.m.


North: Mendota (13-0) vs. Amador (13-1) at Calaveras High, Friday, 7:30 p.m.

South: Rancho Christian (12-2) at Franklin-Los Angeles (13-1), Friday, 7:30 p.m.


North: Brookside Christian (9-4) at St. Patrick-St. Vincent (11-3), Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

South: Horizon Christian Academy (7-6) at Strathmore (13-0), Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

Campolindo rolls to NCS Division II crown ...

December 5, 2016

PLEASANT HILL — Jacob Westphal threw for 284 yards and four touchdowns as Campolindo High School won its third straight North Coast Section football title, beating Windsor 40-20 in the Division II championship at Diablo Valley College.

The Cougars (10-3) won Division III the previous two years before moving up to stiffer competition. The Cougars will now await word on whom they will play in the California Interscholastic Federation North Regional playoffs. The announcement is Sunday.

“When we lost some games early on in the season against some top-notch teams, some were doubting we can win it all again,” Westphal said. “We used those losses as a stepping stone down the stretch.”

Westphal connected on scoring strikes of seven yards to John Torchio and eight yards to Vincent Mossotti to erase a 13-6 deficit and take a seven-point lead.

The second half was all Cougars as they scored two touchdowns in a span of two minutes to take a commanding 34-13 lead. Westphal marched the Cougars 78 yards in 10 plays and found Raymond Berzins for a six-yard scoring play in the back of the end zone on their first possession of the second half.

Windsor then turned the ball over on a fumble on its next possession and Campolindo used a trick play to score quickly.

Westphal threw a backwards pass to Torchio in the right flat, and Torchio found a wide-open Lev Garcia for a 53-yard touchdown that extended the Cougars lead in the third. When Torchio wasn’t throwing passes, he hauled in seven receptions for 85 yards.

The Jaguars (9-4) tried to get back into it when Kobe Roman connected with Jorgen Sarganis for a 11-yard scoring play with seven seconds left in the third.

Campolindo responded when the Westphal-to-Torchio connection made its move again, this time from 19 yards out. The Cougars cruised the rest of the way.


“We had some jitters early one but we calmed down and made the plays when we had to,” Torchio said.

Garcia caught four balls for 118 yards and Mossotti added five receptions for 101 yards. Roman finished with 213 yards and two scores on 11 for 18 passing.

Jags pound Granada, 35-14; advance to NCS title game



Posted: Wednesday, November 30, 2016 3:02 pm

Windsor to face #1 Campolindo on Friday at Diablo Valley College

The varsity football Jaguars will play in their first North Coast Section championship game in five years after scoring a lopsided 35-14 rain-soaked victory over visiting Granada on Saturday in the Division 2 semifinals.

Known as a run-heavy team, Windsor came out with guns blazing against #6 visiting Granada, as quarterback Kobe Roman stunned the Matadors with a first-half aerial assault that had them on their heels.

Benefiting from a couple of key turnovers, the Jaguars opened up a commanding 28-7 advantage at the break and their defense took over after intermission en route to one of the biggest wins in the program’s history.  

“Our offense played a great first half and the defense did a great job in the second,” WHS head coach Tom Kirkpatrick said. “I’m thrilled that we’re playing our best ball at just the right time.”

Playing his first year of quarterback at the varsity level, Roman turned in a sensational game in rushing for one touchdown and throwing for three more, all in the opening half. He also completed a Herculean effort on defense in playing the entire game at strong safety.     

“Kobe threw the ball really well in the first half and gave us a good lead,” Kirkpatrick noted. “I think Granada was expecting us to run the ball, but you try to find something that’s working and fortunately we did.”

The #2 seeded Jags (9-3) will now prepare for a titanic clash with #1 ranked Campolindo this Friday, Dec. 2 at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.  

The Cougars have been a juggernaut in the North Coast Section over the past decade, capturing North Coast Section Division 3 titles in three of the past five seasons before moving on to the state championship bowl game in each of those years.

Campolindo won the state Division 3 title in 2014 and fell to La Mirada of Southern California in the championship bowl game before moving up to Division 2 this year.   

“Obviously they have a very strong program with a third-year starting quarterback that throws the ball well,” Kirkpatrick said. “They have three or four receivers that are really good and are solid defensively. We’ll have our hands full.”

Jags air it out

The Jaguars wasted no time in Saturday’s semifinal tilt against Granada, taking advantage of a fumble recovery on the Matador’s first possession. Roman cashed in a few plays later on a 7-yard keeper, followed by an Olin Piotter PAT kick for a 7-0 lead.

The Jags struck again three minutes later when Roman hooked up with streaking receiver Patrick Tappin to make it 14-0. Granada fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Windsor quickly obliged when Roman found running back David Escarcega on a 47-yard catch and run to put the Jags up 21-0 at the end of one.  

Leading 21-7 in the second quarter, Roman put cap on a great opening half when he lofted a pass to leaping receiver Zack Rackham in the corner of the end zone for a 28-7 bulge at the break.

Just a week removed from blowing a 31-7 lead to Santa Rosa in the Jaguars weren’t about to let up after intermission.

“I didn’t have to say a whole lot at halftime,” Kirkpatrick noted. “The kids were well aware of what happened last week and were not going to let it happen again.”

Windsor used an effective ground game to work on the clock in the second half, limiting the Matadors to just one touchdown while adding another en route to a convincing 35-14 win.

Although no official stats were available, leading defenders included Roman, Brett Stibi, Bas Osborn, Jackson Baughman, Joey Pignataro and Justin Faagata.

The Jags will make their first trip to the NCS title game since their undefeated championship season of 2011. 

Jaguars Survive In Wild Finish As Panthers’ Comeback Falls Just Short

November 20, 2016

by Dale Watkins


After Windsor thumped Santa Rosa in the regular season 50-26, the two teams clashed once again, this time in the Division 2 playoffs: win or go home. But the #10 seed Panthers’ unbelievable 4th quarter scoring flurry came up literally inches short of the victory, as #2 Windsor outlasted the scare to prevail in overtime, 38-37.



David Escarcega turns the corner on Friday night fro the Windsor Jaguars (photo by Brittany Boitano Photography)


         Santa Rosa opened the game convincingly marching down the field on consecutive drives, but failed on 4th down both times for empty possessions. Windsor grabbed the lead with a Kobe Roman QB keeper at the goal-line, but the speedy Carlos Lemus would tie the game, taking the handoff and busting it to the outside, reaching for the pylon while being tackled to score with 7:58 left in the 2nd quarter.


But on the very first play from scrimmage on the ensuing Windsor drive, the always-dangerous Jackson Baughman would get the ball and race up the sideline, then cut back to the middle before he was off to the races; 60 yards to the house as it was now 14-7 Jaguars in a flash. Santa Rosa’s Emilio Campos would fumble on a running play, as Jorgen Sarganis scooped it up and sprinted 58 yards the other way before finally being tripped up by the quarterback, Isaiah Steele. The Jags had to settle for a 23-yard Olin Piotter field goal, pushing the lead to 17-7 at the half.


A poor punt gave Windsor tremendous field position at the 31-yard line. Jorgen Sarganis would then take a screen pass, fake out one man, and then reverse field, eluding numerous Panthers along the way for a crazy TD run. He just made the defense look silly trying to stop him. After Justin Fa’gaata forced and recovered a Panther fumble, David Escarcega blasted through a huge hole and went 18 yards untouched into the endzone on Windsor’s next drive, widening the margin to 31-7 with 8:09 left in the 4th quarter. It felt inevitable that the Panthers’ dream season was over.


But never underestimate the heart of a champion, as such was displayed by the Santa Rosa Panthers. Isaiah Steele would score on a keeper and convert the 2-point conversion to Banks. After a crucial stop on defense, Blake Thomas found the endzone on a 3-yard run, as Steele then rolled out to the right and threw back left to find Thomas again on the 2-point PAT, now 31-23 with less than three to play.

A Windsor three-and-out would give the Panthers possession back, with more than enough time for Steele to come in clutch. Steele reared back and fired downfield to Kalei Aukai who beat double coverage, as he scored on a 61-yard catch-and-run. Cassius Banks would take the handoff on the ensuing 2-point attempt and smash through the pile and through the goal-line to tie the ball-game.


Just an epic and improbable Panther comeback, roaring back from being down 31-7 in the 4th quarter as the Jaguar fans sat in disbelief, watching their insurmountable lead vanish. The Jaguars capitalized on the remaining 1:13 to set up Olin Piotter from 32 yards for the win. but he missed wide right on the field goal, which sent the game into overtime.

Kobe Roman would connect with Jackson Baughman as he scampered 5 yards in for the overtime’s first score. The Panthers got the ball, and Cassius Banks got the handoff and bullied his way in to make it 38-37. It was decision-time for head coach Denis Brunk, but after being successful on going for two all game, why not go for the win doing just that.


Everyone on their feet, watching in anticipation as the game came down to one play. Steele took the snap, faked the handoff one way, then gave it to Cassius Banks the other, trying to plunge his way in for the win. After several seconds of digging forward, Banks appeared to be stopped just inches short of the goal-line, and indeed he was. Windsor’s Bas Osborn led the incredible game-saving goal-line stand. But there was some controversy buzzing along the Santa Rosa sideline, as Denis Brunk asserted that an extra push got Banks across. Nevertheless, the Jags had lived to see another day, while the Panthers walked slowly off the field heartbroken.


Jackson Baughman and David Escarcega led the Jags’ stellar ground attack, as Baughman racked up 174 yards on 22 rushes, while Escarcega added 104. The electrifying Isaiah Steele would complete 28 of 46 passes for 439 yards and three touchdowns in his final game for Santa Rosa. This amazing season will be one Panther fans will surely remember for a long time.


Windsor advances to the Division 2 semi-finals, and will now host the winner of Concord and Granada next Saturday night.


 Windsor holds off Santa Rosa for thrilling win


November 19, 2016

WINDSOR, CA - A local showdown in the NCS Division 2 quarterfinals between Santa Rosa and Windsor was nothing short of exciting and nail biting. Windsor thwarted a miracle Panther comeback to hold on and win 38-37 to move on to the NCS Division 2 semifinals.

After trailing 31-7 in the fourth quarter, Santa Rosa forced overtime with 24 straight points before the end of regulation, converting three straight two-point conversions following touchdowns. In overtime, however, Windsor's Jackson Baughman put the Jaguars in front with a five-yard touchdown run on the first possession. Santa Rosa responded with a touchdown of its own, when Cassius Banks scored from five yards out on third down, but the Panthers went for two and the win. Banks' attempt was stopped inches shy of the goal-line, enabling Windsor to escape with the 38-37 victory.

“Without a doubt, a team with momentum like that and they're on the road, I was fully aware of the two-point conversion try coming up," said Windsor coach Tom Kirkpatrick. "We knew it was coming."

David Escarcega's touchdown run had staked Windsor to a 24-point lead, after having led 17-7 at halftime. An Isaiah Steele touchdown run with just over eight minutes remaining cut the lead to 31-15 after a successful two-point conversion by Banks. It was still a 16-point game with under three minutes to go, but the Panthers sliced into that lead on a three-yard run by Blake Thomas with 2:15 remaining, and then got the ball back on an onside kick.

Incredibly, with just over a minute to go, Steele hit star receiver Kalei Aukai for a 76-yard touchdown, and Banks' two-point conversion tied the game at 31.

“These kids never gave up and you saw that in the fourth quarter comeback," said Santa Rosa coach Dennis Brunk. "They played their hearts out. I’m extremely proud of the boys.”

Windsor took an early lead in the game on a touchdown run from quarterback Kobe Roman, but Thomas tied the game on a seven-yard run, following a fumbled pitch between Roman and Baughman.

Following Thomas' touchdown, though, Baughman responded with a 60-yard jaunt to give Windsor back the lead, one it would extend to 10 points at halftime on a 26-yard Olin Piotter field goal.

Windsor plays on and will host the winner of the Concord-Granada game on Saturday, November 26.

Santa Rosa finishes 6-6, one of the best seasons in school history.


Jags footballers survive 38-37 donnybrook over Santa Rosa...



 Posted: Wednesday, November 23,2016


Windsor will host #6 Granada on Saturday in NCS semifinals

As high school football games go, they don’t get any more exciting than Friday’s North Coast Section Division 2 quarterfinal clash with visiting Santa Rosa, as the Jaguars watched a 31-7 fourth-quarter cushion evaporate before regrouping to score a 38-37 overtime win.

“I was just in shock after the game,” Jags senior quarterback Kobe Roman said later. “We knew from the start that we’d need to run the ball well to beat them, and our line did a great job of blocking for us. We just didn’t expect to need overtime to get a win.”  


The stunning finish pushed Windsor’s record to 8-3 and sets up a titanic NCS semifinal home clash against the #6 seeded Granada Matadors this Saturday, Nov. 26 in a 7 p.m. kickoff.


Granada (6-6) is coming off a 17-0 upset victory over #3 Concord on Saturday, and the Jags will no doubt need to crank up their ground game against a strong defensive unit.


“We know Granada has a big line so they’re going to be tough,” Roman noted. “I think we’ll have to find a way to beat them on the outside.”  


Jags in a barnburner


The #2 seeded Jags were fresh off an opening round bye on Friday, while #10 ranked Santa Rosa had advanced with a 48-25 win over Northgate. Windsor ran roughshod over the Panthers in a 50-26 win in a regular season meeting a month earlier, but the visitors would not go quietly in this one.  


The Jaguars’ stingy defense set the tone in the opening quarter, twice stopping Panther drives deep in Windsor territory.  The Jags drew first blood midway through the period when Roman dived over from a yard out, and kicker Olin Piotter added the PAT boot for a 7-0 lead after one.


Santa Rosa took advantage of a short field to mount a drive early in the second quarter, culminating in a 6-yard scoring run to knot the game at 7-7. Moments later, senior running back Jackson Baughman busted loose on a 60-yard touchdown run to grab a 14-7 edge.  Piotter later added a 29-yard field goal as Windsor took a 17-7 lead at the half.


The Jaguars continued to pound the ball effectively in the third quarter, with all-purpose man Jorgen Sarganis finding pay-dirt on a 20-yard burst to make it 24-7 at the end of three.


Windsor senior back David Escarcega gave his team a seemingly insurmountable lead early in the fourth on an 18-yard touchdown run, but it only served as a wake-up call for the slumbering Panthers.


Santa Rosa mounted a stirring comeback to score on their next three possessions, while also adding successful 2-point conversions after each touchdown. The Panthers silenced the crowd with scoring runs of 5 and 3 yards, with the dagger coming on a 65-yard lightening strike from quarterback Isaiah Steele to receiver Kalei Aukai with two minutes left to send it into overtime knotted at 31-all.


Each team would get the ball on the other’s 10-yard line.  


“We knew once we got into OT that we’d probably only get one possession, so we had to score,” Roman said.


The Jaguars got the ball first, as Roman hit Baughman on a 5-yard scoring pass. The PAT kick was good and Windsor led 38-31. The Panthers would answer with a 5-yard touchdown run on their possession and elected to go for the win. But Windsor stuffed the ensuing try for the 2-point conversion by mere inches at the goal line to escape with a 38-37 victory.   

The Jags finished with over 300 yards rushing for the game, led by Baughman (22-174 yards, 2 TDs), Escarcega (14-101), Sarganis (1 rushing TD) and Roman (50 yards rushing, TD, 1 passing TD).

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Jags footballers pound Ukiah 41-24 in league finale


Posted: Wednesday, November 9, 2016 2:00 pm

Windsor lands #2 seed in NCS playoffs; draws first round bye

The Jaguars are headed to the North Coast Section Division-2 football playoffs with a full head of steam following an impressive 41-24 drubbing over visiting Ukiah in the NBL finale on Friday at Kirkpatrick Stadium.

The victory gave the Jags a final league record of 4-3, pushing their season mark to 7-3.

On Sunday, Windsor got plenty of respect from the NCS seeding committee, garnering the number two seed in the 14-team Division-2 Tournament. Windsor drew a first round bye and will host the winner of #7 Northgate versus #10 Santa Rosa next Friday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m.

The complete list of NCS Division-2 teams in seeding order is Campolindo, Windsor, Concord, Livermore, Ukiah, Granada, Northgate, Casa Grande, Redwood, Santa Rosa, College Park, Alameda, Mt. Eden and Hayward.

Jags honor vets on Military Night  

The Jaguars paid tribute to local service men and women in a pre-game ceremony on Military Night on Friday before taking the field against Ukiah, and then marked the occasion with a thoroughly dominant effort.

Windsor drew first blood early in the contest when quarterback Kobe Roman directed a drive culminating in a 9-yard scoring run from senior back Jackson Baughman. Olin Piotter followed with the PAT kick and the Jags led 7-0.

The Jaguars continued their offensive assault when Roman hit Baughman on a 36-yard scoring strike, followed by a flurry of touchdowns that included a 10-yard run by Roman and a 42-yard punt return from Jorgen Sarganis for a 27-0 lead after one. Baughman added a 40-yard touchdown scamper in the second quarter as Windsor went to the halftime locker room up 34-0.

With the Jaguars making liberal substitutions, Ukiah began a mild comeback in the third quarter, scoring on a 1-yard plunge.  The Jaguars scored their final touchdown of the contest late in the period on a 3-yard burst from David Escarcega en route to an eventual 41-24 win. The Jaguars churned up nearly 300 yards on the ground, led by Baughman (7-144, TD, 36-yard receiving TD), Roman (11-101 yards, TD) and Escarcega (13-79 yards, TD). There were no defensive stats available for the Jaguars.

Jags footballers score 50-26 rout over Santa Rosa

October 19, 2016

Pounding the Rock

Pounding the Rock

Running back David Escarcega (left) took a handoff from quarterback Kobe Roman. The Jaguars churned up almost 400 yards on the ground to key a 50-26 win over Santa Rosa on Friday. By Greg Clementi.



By Greg Clementi Sports Editor 

Windsor improves to 5-2; will visit Cardinal Newman on Friday

Every successful football team has a signature victory it can point to that propels them to a winning season.

The varsity football Jaguars may have scored such a win on Friday at Ernie Nevers Field in Santa Rosa, amassing nearly 400 yards rushing to dispatch a solid Panther’s squad, 50-26.

The resounding victory pushed Windsor’s season record to 5-2, and an even 2-2 in the North Bay League.

The Jaguars won’t have much time to enjoy their latest victory as they turn their attention to their next obstacle - a Friday, Oct. 21 visit to Cardinal Newman.

The Cardinals (6-1, 4-0) enter this week’s contest riding a four-game win streak following a 50-7 drubbing over Montgomery on Oct. 14 and represent a formidable challenge for Windsor on Friday.

Jags crank up run game  

The Panthers had no answer for Windsor’s bruising ground attack in their Homecoming Game, as the Jag’s offensive line opened up gaping holes for running backs Jackson Baughman and David Escarcega all night.

With quarterback Kobe Roman directing traffic, the duo set the tone on the opening drive with a 67-yard march fueled by big runs and culminating in a one-yard scoring plunge by Escarcega. Olin Piotter followed with the PAT kick and Windsor led 7-0.

The Panthers clawed back on their first play from scrimmage, as quarterback Isaiah Steele found receiver Cassius Banks on a 64-yard touchdown strike to knot the contest at 7-7 at the end of one.

The Panthers took the lead early in the second quarter when Banks scored on a short scoring run to make 14-7 Santa Rosa.

It would prove the high-water mark of the night for the Panthers, as the Jaguars’ offensive line took charge while their defense stiffened.  

In the midst of a career night, Baughman capped Windsor’s next march with a four-yard touchdown plunge, followed by a two-point conversion pass from holder Casey Horton to Joey Pignataro to take a lead they would not relinquish.

Baughman picked off a pass on Santa Rosa’s next possession, leading to a 39-yard catch and run from Roman to Baughman to make it 22-14.

Roman capped a dominant second quarter with a one-yard touchdown dive to give Windsor a 29-14 lead at the half.

The Jaguars continued to pour it on after intermission, trading scores with a mistake-prone Panther’s squad to open up a 43-26 advantage at the end of three.

Roman put an end to any comeback hopes for Santa Rosa in the final period with another rushing touchdown as Windsor powered to a 50-26 win.

Baughman did everything but sell hot dogs, finishing up a great night with 137 yards on 21 carries and 4 touchdowns.

Escarcega rushed for 135 yards on 19 touches and one score, while Roman tallied two rushing touchdowns while throwing for another.

There were no defensive stats available for Windsor.

Jags footballers pound Montgomery, 28-8

October 5, 2016

Hog Tied

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Windsor receiver Jorgen Sarganis (5) was wrapped up by a Montgomery defender after a reception in the Jaguar's 28-8 win over the host Vikings on Friday. Windsor will host Rancho Cotate in the Homecoming Game on Oct. 7.By Greg Clementi


By Greg Clementi Sports Editor 

Home field passes test, Windsor to host Rancho in Homecoming Game.

The Jaguars turned in one of their best efforts of the season on Friday at Montgomery, exploiting five Viking turnovers to lead from start to finish in a 28-8 romp in Santa Rosa.

The dominant victory pushed Windsor’s season record to 4-1 and an even 1-1 in the North Bay League.

On Tuesday, the Jaguars received confirmation that their home field has been deemed playable for the first time this season. After failing a compaction test in August, the seven-year-old all-weather turf has undergone a total replacement of the synthetic fill and will be ready to go on Friday.

The timing couldn’t be better, as the Jags return to the friendly confines of Kirkpatrick Stadium on Friday, Oct. 7 to host Rancho Cotate in the annual Homecoming Game. Kickoff times for the JV and varsity are 5 and 7:30 p.m.

The Cougars (2-0, 3-2) are coming off a 41-9 shellacking over Casa Grande on Sept. 30 and their high-octane offense figures to provide a stiff challenge to the Windsor defense this week.  

Opportunistic Jags

The Jaguars wasted no time in establishing control in the Sept. 30 tilt at Montgomery, setting the tone on the opening possession.  Quarterback Kobe Roman directed a run-oriented drive resulting in a 6-yard scoring run by senior back David Escarcega. The PAT kick failed and the Jaguars led 6-0.

After recovering an onside kick, the Jags stalled deep in Vikings territory, but the ensuing punt had the Vikings pinned inside their five-yard line. The Windsor defense came up big moments later when linebacker Joey Pignataro sacked the Montgomery quarterback for a safety and the Jags led 8-0. Windsor finished the period with a 26-yard touchdown burst by running back Jackson Baughman for a 14-0 lead at the end of one.

Meanwhile the Windsor defense, which would force five turnovers on the night, continued its outstanding play to throttle the Vikings throughout the second quarter.

The Jaguars gained a three-score advantage when Baughman capped another Windsor march with a 4-yard touchdown run for a 21-0 lead at the half.

The Jaguars kept their foot on the gas in the third quarter, as Roman hooked up with receiver Marcel Sands on a 40-yard scoring strike for a 28-0 bulge at the end of three.

The Vikings avoided the shutout late in the final period on a 4-yard touchdown run from running back Trae Anaya, followed by a successful 2-point conversion try, but the Jags cruised to an eventual 28-8 win.

Roman turned in an effective night under center, completing 12 of 25 passes for 135 yards and one touchdown, while churning up 83 yards on the ground.

Baughman led a rushing attack with 10 carries for 101 yards and 2 scores, while Escarcega had 74 rushing yards and a touchdown. Sands was the leading pass catcher with 2 grabs for 52 yards and one score.  

Top defenders included Brett Stibi (6 tackles, fumble recovery) and Pignataro (5 tackles, safety, sack, INT).

Windsor footballers fall to Maria Carrillo 12-7 in NBL opener

September 30, 2016

Strong Arm

Strong Arm

Windsor quarterback Kobe Roman will lead the Jaguars in a road clash at Montgomery this Friday, Sept. 30 in a battle of 3-1 teams. By Vera Roman


By Greg Clementi Sports Editor

3-1 Jags will visit Montgomery this Friday, Sept. 30.

The varsity football Jaguars hit their first road-bump of the 2016 campaign on Friday, falling 12-7 to visiting Maria Carrillo in the North Bay League opener at Bailey Field on the Santa Rosa Junior College campus.

The Pumas erased a 7-0 deficit with a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns, the last one coming on a 31-yard scoring pass with 3:34 left to pull out an unlikely victory.  

The Jaguars (3-1, 0-1) will resume league action this Friday, Sept. 30 when they visit Montgomery in Santa Rosa in a 7:30 p.m. kickoff. The Vikings also fell to 3-1, 0-1 with a 63-21 loss to Rancho Cotate on Sept. 23.

The Jags entered the league opener with Carrillo on a defensive roll, having allowed just seven points in their first three games, including successive shutouts over Northgate and Hayward. The defense continued its outstanding play in recording a season-high 10 sacks against the Pumas on Friday, but it was not enough to overcome costly offensive miscues.  

Murphy’s Law was in full effect for the usually steady Windsor offense, which was assessed over 200 yards in penalties, including a pair of touchdowns called back due to flags.

“It was a weird game,” WHS head coach Tom Kirkpatrick said. “We were smothering them on defense but kept shooting ourselves in the foot with penalties and turnovers. I’ve never seen a team record 10 sacks and still lose the game.”

The Jaguars broke a scoreless tie in the third quarter when quarterback Kobe Roman engineered a drive resulting in a 15-yard scoring strike to receiver Jordan Diaz for a 7-0 lead after three.

The game turned for the Pumas in the fourth when Carrillo running back Tevila Salato scampered in from 11-yards out. The try for the 2-point conversion failed and Windsor led 7-6.

The score remained unchanged until late in the period when Pumas’ quarterback Jake Wolski hit receiver Seth Vernon in the end zone on a 31-yard touchdown pass on a miraculous fourth down play, as Maria Carrillo escaped with a 12-7 win.

Roman finished up a tough night with 9 completions on 20 pass attempts for 120 yards and one touchdown. Jackson Baughman led all Windsor rushers with 51 yards on 6 carries. The linebacking corps of Bret Stibi (12 tackles), Joey Pignataro (11 tackles) and Jarrod Mulholland (10 tackles) played great defense for the Jaguars.

WHS footballers blank Hayward, 28-0 in pre-league finale

September 21, 2016



Jags receiver Zach Rackman has been a go-to player for the unbeaten varsity football team this season. Windsor will host Maria Carrillo on Sept. 23 at Bailey Field on the Santa Rosa JC campus.Photo by Vera Roman


By Greg Clementi Sports Editor

3-0 Jags open NBL campaign vs. Carrillo on Friday at SRJC

The varsity football Jaguars wrapped up a perfect pre-league schedule in style on Sept. 16 at Sunset Field in Hayward, using an outstanding defensive effort to turn back the home-standing Farmers, 28-0.

The victory pushed Windsor’s season record to 3-0, and served as a final tune-up before kicking off the North Bay League schedule this Friday, Sept. 23 against Maria Carrillo.

“We’re happy with the way things have gone so far, I guess it’s better than going 0-3,” joked head coach Tom Kirkpatrick. “Our defense has played pretty soundly and the credit goes to (coach) Brad Stibi and our other coaches that have had the kids ready to play.”

Scheduled as a home date, this Friday’s meeting with the Pumas has been moved to Bailey Field on the Santa Rosa Junior College campus due to on-going problems with Windsor’s all-weather field.

Jags blank Farmers  

The Jaguars were all about defense against in their visit to Hayward on Friday, using a swarming effort to give their offense good field position all night.

The Jaguars broke a scoreless tie with 2 minutes left in the opening quarter when quarterback Kobe Roman hooked up with receiver Zach Rackman on a 20-yard scoring pass, followed by an Olin Piotter PAT boot for a 7-0 lead after one.

Windsor busted the game open in a decisive second period, capping an early drive with a 3-yard touchdown burst by running back Jackson Baughman to go up by two scores. The Jags gained separation just before the half when Roman called his own number on a 9-yard keeper to make it 21-0 Windsor at the break.

There was no let up for the Jaguars after intermission as they continued to bottle up the Hayward offense. Windsor capped the evening’s scoring in the third quarter when Baughman dove over from a yard out for his second touchdown of the night en route to an eventual, 28-0 win.

Roman continued to impress in his first varsity season under center, completing 15 of 26 pass attempts for 210 yards and a touchdown, adding 28 yards and another score on the ground.

“Even though he hasn’t played a lot of quarterback, Kobe has really good instincts,” Kirkpatrick noted. “He’s definitely a talented player.”

Other offensive standouts for Windsor included receivers Jorgen Sarganis (4-60 yards), Jordan Diaz (6-65 yards), and Rackman (4-50 yards, TD). Top rushers were Baughman (2 TDs) and David Escarcega (5-37 yards).

Anchoring the Jag’s defensive unit were linebackers Jarrod Mulholland and Joey Pignataro, with 6 tackles apiece.  

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