Stockton St. Mary’s & Cathedral Catholic of San Diego both win D1-AA regional crowns and will meet next Friday at Sac State for state title. State-ranked Calabasas also goes down in second straight amazing comeback win for San Diego Madison in D2-AA. Every division written up in this post. We’ll have similar package after Saturday games.
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Notes: California’s two Open Division teams are seeded directly into the state final, which will be played next Saturday at Sac State between state No. 1 St. John Bosco of Bellflower (12-2) and state No. 4 De La Salle of Concord (11-1). State No. 2 Mater Dei (Santa Ana) & state No. 3 Centennial (Corona) both lost to St. John Bosco in CIF Southern Section Division I playoffs.
See Saturday CIF Regional Scoreboard for Division 1-A, Division 2-A, Division 3-A, Division 4-A, Division 5-A & Division 6-A.
St. Mary’s (Stockton) 49,
Freedom (Oakley) 40
Despite committing four first-half turnovers, the Rams (14-1, No. 7 in the state) advanced to their second CIF state final by defeating the Falcons, who finished 11-2.
Junior RB Dusty Frampton was overpowering as injuries limited the St. Mary’s passing game. He rampaged for 349 yards on 37 carries, a season high, and scored five TDs. According to the Stockton Record, he now has 2,166 yards and 41 TDs for the season.
“It was quite a battle between two great teams,” said St. Mary’s head coach Tony Franks. “We found a way to hang in there on the ground and we had a huge stop to get the ball back, then were able to get the first downs and run out the clock.”
Ronnie Rivers had a 91-yard kickoff return and Kevin Longeran had an interception return TD to help keep Freedom, ranked No. 12 in the state, within striking distance. The Falcons had lost 42-7 to De La Salle in the CIF North Coast Section Open Division final and played the Rams much closer.
Cathedral Catholic (San Diego) 35,
Narbonne (Harbor City) 28
In Cathedral Catholic’s only other appearance at the CIF state finals, guess which team the Dons beat to win the D2 crown in 2008? Yep, St. Mary’s of Stockton.
Playing at home, the state’s No. 6 ranked team (14-0) outlasted the No. 5 Gauchos (14-1) by stopping a play from the 17-yard line as the clock expired. Narbonne, which was behind 28-7 at halftime, needed a score on that play to perhaps force overtime or win it on a two-point conversion.
Sophomore RB Shawn Poma rushed for four TDs to lead Cathedral Catholic.
Jalen Chatman tied it up for Narbonne at 28-28 in the fourth quarter by throwing a 14-yard TD pass to Tyronne Marshall. Chatman was sacked on the final play of the game.
Valley Christian (San Jose) 31,
Cardinal Newman (Santa Rosa) 6
Miles Kendrick piled up 138 yards rushing on 10 carries and scored twice as the Warriors outclassed a Cardinal Newman squad that probably was placed too high on the NorCal board.
Head coach Mike Machado’s team, ranked No. 21 in the Cal-Hi Sports State Top 25, also held the Cardinals (winners of the CIF North Coast Section D4 title) to 33 yards rushing and 86 yards passing.
Valley Christian will be making its first attempt to win a CIF state football title next Friday in Sacramento.
Madison (San Diego) 60,
Calabasas 53 (OT)
In the most wild-and-wacky CIF regional bowl game perhaps ever played, the Warhawks followed up their massive comeback from the previous week in the CIF San Diego Section D1 final with an even more remarkable one.
Madison trailed by 19 points in the fourth quarter as Calabasas built a 47-28 lead behind QB Tristan Gebbia (who finished with seven TD passes).
QB Terrell Carter and RB Erick Buchanan (scored five TDs) sparked the comeback but the team needed a late interception by standout LB Sampson Niu and a 44-yard field goal with three seconds left to force overtime.
In the extra period, Madison took its only lead of the game on a TD and PAT. Calabasas could not answer. A fourth-down pass from the 1-yard line from Gebbia to All-American recruit Darnay Holmes was incomplete.
Madison is returning to the CIF state finals for the third time, but is making its first trip to Sacramento. The Warhawks lost in the 2010 D3 final to Escalon, then won in the 2012 D3 final over Marin Catholic of Kentfield, which also was the final high school game played by future NFL No. 1 pick Jared Goff.
Calabasas lost for the first time, ended 14-1 and will no doubt have to take a major dump in the next state rankings. The Coyotes were No. 10 last week. Madison has had to be behind Vista Murrieta (Murrieta) due to a head-to-head loss.
Menlo-Atherton (Atherton) 49,
Just two weeks after M-A’s girls volleyball team played for a state title, the football team will take a shot to win one next week against Paraclete of Lancaster.
The Bears (12-2), who won the CCS Open Division I title, broke open a 7-7 tie in the first half with three straight scores. Manteca (12-2) closed the gap to 35-21 in the second half, but right after that Jordan Mims (who had four TDs in the game) broke loose for a 72-yard TD run to seal the victory.
Paraclete (Lancaster) 34,
Mater Dei Catholic (Chula Vista) 18
After knocking off 13-0 Los Altos (Hacienda Heights) to win the CIF Southern Section Division VI title, taking out Mater Dei Catholic in a home game must have seemed a lot easier for the Spirits.
With running backs Jamaal Bell and K.J. Latu both ripping off huge chunk plays, Paraclete led 34-3 before Mater Dei Catholic made the score respectable.
Head coach Dean Herrington’s team is still only 11-4, but has played close in some of those losses to CIFSS heavyweights like Oaks Christian and Los Alamitos.
Mater Dei Catholic wound up 12-2.
Campolindo (Moraga) 30,
Palma (Salinas) 21
The Cougars (11-3) advanced to their fourth CIF state football final with a rare road win over the Chieftains (10-4).
Campolindo lost in a state final last year to La Mirada, but won in two previous trips to Carson.
Other than Campo, the only other two road teams to win on Friday in regional finals were Valley View and Bakersfield Christian.
QB Jacob Westphal had a TD pass with just 14 seconds left in the first half while the Cougars also got a 47-yard interception return for a TD from John Torchio.
Palma featured another big night from senior RB Emilio Martinez. He rushed for 187 yards and ended the season with 39 rushing TDs and 2,470 yards.
Bakersfield Christian 28,
The CIF pitting the two Central Section champions from D4 (Selma) against D3 (Bakersfield Christian) turned out to be a good move as the contest came down to the wire.
Bakersfield Christian (13-1) trailed throughout, but took a 28-21 lead on a 80-yard interception return by junior Stephen Figures when the Bears tried a fake punt.
Selma (13-1) would eventually score in the game’s last minute, but was denied on a two-point conversion that probably would have won it.
Bishop O’Dowd (Oakland) 24,
Capital Christian (Sacramento) 21
Representing a school that has won the CIF Open Division state title in boys and girls basketball, the Dragons (14-1) will go for their first title in football next Friday vs. Valley View.
Austin Jones racked up 247 yards rushing on 37 carries for O’Dowd while QB Joe DeLuca threw for 193 yards and three TDs.
Capital Christian (11-3) scored late to close the gap but will have to wait until next year for another CIF run. The Cougars have some strong young players coming up, including sophomore RB D’Marcus Ross.
Valley View (Moreno Valley) 31,
San Gorgonio (San Bernardino) 14
We got the sense that the Eagles (12-3) had been placed too low in the CIF Southern Section and they’re still giving us that feeling. In this victory over the 11-4 Spartans, receiver Robert Heiermann had a monster night with 13 catches for 203 yards and one TD.
Amador (Sutter Creek) 21,
In a game played at Calaveras (San Andreas) right off historic Highway 49, the Mother Lode came out in full force to see the Buffaloes move on to their first CIF state final appearance.
Head coach Bill Baker’s squad got out to a 21-0 lead behind RB Daylan Thetford, who had TD runs of 1 and 75 yards.
Mendota ended a 13-1 season and can take some solace in a strong fourth quarter that did create some nervous moments for the home folks. Amador improved to 14-1.
Rancho Christian (Temecula) 56,
Franklin (Los Angeles) 21
The visiting Panthers of L.A. actually took a 13-8 lead, but then a recovered fumble in the end zone and Elijah Campbell racing for 56-yard TD run turned the game completely around. Rancho Christian, coached by former Orange Lutheran head coach Jim Kunau, improved to 13-2. Franklin concluded its season at 13-2.