Saturday SoCal Bowls: Centennial offense has answers for Narbonne defense

Junior running back Tre Watson scored the winning touchdown for Corona Centennial in the team's 41-34 win over Narbonne in the CIF Southern California Open Division regional final.

Junior running back Tre Watson scored the winning touchdown for Corona Centennial in the team’s 41-34 win over Narbonne in the CIF Southern California Open Division regional final.

Huskies earn fourth trip to CIF state bowl games with 41-34 victory over L.A. City champs. Other winners on the night are Serra of Gardena and Madison of San Diego.

Writeups by Ronnie Flores, Mark Tennis
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In a matchup of Southern California’s two top-ranked clubs, L.A. City Section Division I champ Narbonne was the higher ranked team, but Centennial’s offense was the one Gauchos head coach Manual Douglas emulated to get his team to elite status.

Chalk one up for the teacher as the CIF Southern Section Inland Division champions from Centennial earned its fourth CIF bowl game berth, and its first in the open division, with a 41-34-victory over Narbonne.

Centennial dominated early on the Cerritos College turf and took a 27-8 halftime lead. Narbonne dominated the second half and eventually tied the game at 34-34 with 1:09 remaining in the game on a three-yard run by A.J. Richardson out of Wildcat formation.

Centennial, however, didn’t panic and punched its ticket for Carson on a 14-yard swing pass from junior quarterback Robert Webber to running back Tre Watson with 22 seconds left.

Narbonne potentially had a chance to take a 35-34 lead on its last touchdown, but Richardson, the holder on extra points, was injured on the score.

Douglas decided to go for a two-point conversion. It was no good.

“I couldn’t be that guy to lose the game for my team,” Watson said. “This is what I’ve been waiting for my whole life. Starting on Monday, this is all in the past.”

Centennial will face De La Salle of Concord in a CIF Open Division bowl game rubber match. The two juggernaut problems split games in Division I back in 2007 and 2008. Centennial’s 21-16 victory over De La Salle at the conclusion of the 2008 season also represents De La Salle’s last loss to a California opponent.

“We know what De La Salle brings to the table; they are what they are,” said Centennial coach Matt Logan. “They are the pinnacle of high school football. At first I wasn’t sure about the regional bowl game concept, but this felt like the state playoffs…something you’d see in Texas.”

Narbonne (14-1) had trouble slowing down Centennial junior quarterback Robert Webber, especially in the first half. Running Logan’s no-huddle spread offense to perfection, Webber completed 20 of 37 passes for 319 yards with four touchdowns. He also rushed for 67 yards on nine carries.

Webber’s performance was just enough to offset the massive effort of Narbonne all-state quarterback Troy Williams. The Washington commit accounted for 462 total yards and four touchdowns: 28 of 37 for 367 yards passing and 11 rushes for 105 yards on the ground while trying to protect a less than 100 percent throwing shoulder because of an injury suffered in the L.A. City Section semifinals. Williams threw three touchdowns and an interception and added a 27-yard touchdown run to pull Narbonne within five points (27-22) with 1:30 remaining in the third quarter.

Centennial has experience against De La Salle, but now has to get emotionally and physically up for the three-time defending CIF open division bowl game champs and it will be hard for the Huskies to top this gutsy performance.

Serra sends Edison back to the beach with D2 triumph

Super-talented Serra of Gardena punched its ticket for next Saturday’s CIF Division II bowl game by exploding in the second half for 20 unanswered points in a 27-10 win over Edison of Huntington Beach.

It was no secret Serra (13-2) had more team speed, but Edison (13-2) led 10-7 at halftime before a mostly pro-Charger crowd at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa. The Cavs then took a 14-10 lead on quarterback Jalen Green’s four-yard keeper to cap a nine-play, 75-yard drive early in the third quarter.

After a 20-yard field goal and a 41-yard interception return by Serra linebacker Malachi Mageo early in the fourth quarter, the Cavaliers were in complete control. Junior Adoree Jackson’s 59-yard interception for a score with just under three minutes to go rounded out the scoring.

Greene accounted for 165 yards, while Serra’s defense forced three turnovers. Edison QB Aleksander Torgersen scored Edison’s only touchdown on a one-yard quarterback sneak on Edison’s first drive.

Serra, ranked No. 6 in the state overall and likely to climb into the top five this week, will now try to win its second CIF state title against Oakdale of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section after splitting games in 2009 and 2010. The school Serra lost to in the 2010 D2 state bowl game, Folsom, was eliminated in the NorCal Open Division on Saturday with a 49-15 loss to De La Salle of Concord. The school that Serra beat in the 2009 D3 state bowl game, Marin Catholic of Kentfield, will be back in this year’s D3 state contest.

Madison motors past Monrovia on late kickoff return

It was only two years ago when members of the San Diego Madison football field trudged off a mudbath at The Home Depot Center following their loss to Escalon in the CIF Division III state bowl game.

The Warhawks will now get a chance to erase those memories next week after they got past Monrovia 21-17 in the CIF Division III Southern California regional bowl game on Saturday night at Monrovia.

The home folks were still rocking with just more than six minutes left after the Wildcats took a 17-14 lead on a 16-yard touchdown pass from Blake Heyworth to Anthony Craft. They were then socked in the gut when Madison’s Lee Walker grabbed the ensuing kickoff and ran it back 91 yards for a touchdown.

Although Monrovia (13-2) had two more chances to re-claim the lead, neither one materialized. Madison iced the win with 20 seconds left on an interception by Michael Garner.

Madison’s Jamie Gomez had a sensational game. He scored once on a three-yard run, added a 25-yard interception return for a score and came up with another huge interception in the end zone early in the fourth quarter.

In addition to the two picks by Gomez, Monrovia also lost a fumble on its own 27-yard line and missed two field goals.

According to the Pasadena Star-News, Heyworth had a solid game with 194 yards passing and the one TD.

Madison seemed to get stuck in the muck two years ago against an Escalon team that enjoyed the slop. If the Warhawks think another Escalon-type team will face them next week, they’ll be mistaken. Marin Catholic of Kentfield can zip it all over the field, led by quarterback Jared Goff (who was named as one of the nation’s Elite 11 quarterbacks last summer).

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19 Comments

  1. Pirate Boy the II
    Posted December 9, 2012 at 11:19 am | Permalink

    Speed is a major factor over a team with no speed, for they can score on ints, punt returns etc. Serra matched up with an equally fast and physical team in Oceanside that factor would have been elimanated as the sole reason of winning. Now, actual football, i.e coaching, defensive schemes, and overall football skill would be the factor. Oceanside’s QB, better coached, and better skilled team would have beaten Serra.

    • Blackbeard
      Posted December 9, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

      Legs are a major factor over a person with no legs, for they can walk, run etc.

    • CIF SOUTHERN SECTION
      Posted December 10, 2012 at 8:36 am | Permalink

      GET OVER IT!!! STOP LOSING TO 4 LOSS TEAMS LIKE CHAPARRAL & YOU WOULDN’T BE IN THIS SITUATION!!!

  2. osde
    Posted December 9, 2012 at 11:38 am | Permalink

    I guess we will never know… Watching the game right now, Oside has the best defense amongst the three teams and it isn’t even close…good luck to Serra against Oakdale! rep the south!

  3. osideforlife
    Posted December 9, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

    Good luck Oakdale, show the south that they where wrong in there selections, use that misdirection to your advantage and get a win, congrats on a he’ll of a year

    • CIF SOUTHERN SECTION
      Posted December 10, 2012 at 8:37 am | Permalink

      GET OVER IT!!! STOP LOSING TO 4 LOSS TEAMS LIKE CHAPARRAL & YOU WOULDN’T BE IN THIS SITUATION!!!

  4. Osidesucks
    Posted December 9, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

    Oceanside is so good and scary they are the best, they would beat any team they are so good. Wow serra is so lucky they didnt have to play the great Oceanside team.

    You are the same morons that were saying serra never should have nbeen chosen with 2 losses. Blah, Blah, Blah

    Oakdale will never beat Serra.

    • Morris Day
      Posted December 10, 2012 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

      Good luck to Serra. Since all of you fools in L.A. think Oceanside is so bad, know this, we had Oakdale 34-0 at halftime!!!! So if you scrubs dont drop a 50 burger on that joke of a team you are nothing but paper champions!

  5. Pirate Boy the II
    Posted December 9, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    After watching that sloppy and terrible exhibition of football between Serra and Chaminade, at that moment I knew the power of hype. Those people like Ibess believing that nonsense. The fabel of the ” Emperors Clothing ” manifested in hs sports.

  6. osideforlife
    Posted December 9, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    Way to go San Diego teams way to represent, and they say San Diego teams are weak didn’t they just beat to southern or other section teams, we are putting more kids in college than they realize, Mr. tennis i hope you take notice and catch a couple San Diego games next year. Madison and sante fe way to do selves and your section well, and add for narbornne way to Get
    out coached

  7. Pirate Boy the II
    Posted December 10, 2012 at 7:08 am | Permalink

    Easy Chaminade errr Ibess. I doubt Oakdale will beat Serra, but why you concerned with Serra, are you living through them as Edison lived through Mater Dei ?

  8. Chaminade
    Posted December 10, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

    Im just telling it like it is boy. Im not concerned at all with Serra, they will do just fine like they did with edison. Pulling for the South. Do you have a problem with that boy?

    • Blackbeard
      Posted December 10, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

      Well good luck to you little girl. Since your team couldn’t make it.

    • Morris Day
      Posted December 10, 2012 at 8:51 pm | Permalink

      Too funny, I love guys that get tough on a blog!!

  9. Blackbeard
    Posted December 10, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    Chami(not) is just upset because he hyped his team up and it amounted to nothing. Get used to it little girl, your team is a pretender.

  10. Pirate Boy the II
    Posted December 10, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

    E E eeeeeeeeeeeeeasy Chaminade. I am not the employees you boss around in your tough auto repair shop, with your tough tools, and tough floorjack. To cheer for a team that beat you in the name of good sportsmanship, does not erase all your stats and chest pounding you have put on this board and ticket you purchased for the State Bowl in November ? Eeeeeeasy Mario Andretti………

  11. Morris Day
    Posted December 10, 2012 at 8:55 pm | Permalink

    Question for the CIF commission, oops I mean Mark Tennis, oops again I mean the CIF commission. Now that Edison has 2 losses, will them move up in the final polls????

    • Morris Day
      Posted December 10, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

      Sorry, typo, meant to say will they move up in the final polls???

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