Final official totals from last Friday’s 84-46 win by Folsom over Central of Fresno in the CIF NorCal D1-AA championship game are out and it was indeed a shootout of statewide historical proportions.
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Folsom’s 84 points is the most for one team in a CIF regional or state game since the CIF re-started the state bowl system in 2006. The previous CIF state football championships before 2006 were played in 1927. Last year, Serra of San Mateo had 76 points in a 76-43 victory against Tulare in the NorCal D2-AA bowl game and in 2013 St. John Bosco of Bellflower had 70 points in a 70-49 win vs. Corona Centennial in the SoCal D1 regional final.
For most points by two teams in a state or sectional playoff game, Folsom and Central’s total of 130 doesn’t reach the 140 that were rung up just a few weeks ago by a different CIF Sac-Joaquin Section team, Rio Linda, when it beat Pacheco of Los Banos 77-63 in a SJS D4 playoff contest. The record of 144 points was set in 1994 by Bloomington and Artesia (Lakewood) in a CIF Southern Section title game that Bloomington won 82-62. In 2013, that record was almost broken by Corona Centennial and Upland in a CIFSS Inland Division playoff game that Centennial won 86-56.
Central, which gave up a kickoff return touchdown and had an interception return touchdown scored against it by Folsom, still racked up 763 yards of offense on the night. The Bulldogs knew they’d never be stopped, though, and finished with 643 yards. The two teams’ combined total offense number of 1,406 yards looks like it’s the second-most for any playoff game in state history. The record for that is 1,516 yards in that Centennial-Upland game from 2013. The Huskies had a single-game state record 943 yards on that night with Upland getting 573.
That two-team total between Centennial and Upland also is the state record for any game playoffs or not but there is a complication. The Folsom-Central total of 1,406 will be third on that list, although there is another Centennial game from 2015 against Chandler of Arizona in which the two teams combined for 1,533 yards. Chandler, of course, is not a California team so that two-team total wouldn’t count towards a California record.
As with many state offensive yards, points or all records, it often comes down to Folsom and Centennial. When are these two going to ever get together and play?