FINAL SoCal CIF Bowl Picks

These were done after all games of Saturday, Nov. 27 but before the CIF is meeting on Sunday. Once those come out, compare and contrast in good fun to see which ones you like best. Note that we don’t know while doing this about any schools that may opt out.

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Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 11-0
No question here after win over Servite on Friday night. The question will be more about which team MD will play in two weeks for state title — De La Salle or Serra (San Mateo).

Cathedral Catholic of San Diego (SD Open Division) 9-2** vs. Lutheran of Orange (CIFSS D2) 10-4
Comment: Don’t see how this could be any different.

Christian Washington of La Mesa Helix is shown as a sophomore. Photo: @sdfnllive /

Serra of Gardena (CIFSS D3) 9-4 vs. Long Beach Poly (CIFSS D4) 11-3
Comment: The CIF doesn’t usually go for rematches but for this one why not? 28-27 was the score when they played before.

Helix of La Mesa (SD D1) 9-3 vs. Mater Dei Catholic of Chula Vista (SD D3) 11-0
Comment: These two were supposed to play this season but didn’t. All of San Diego would be fired up if this matchup was announced.

Valencia (CIFSS D5) 8-4 vs. Scripps Ranch of San Diego (SD D2) 11-1
Comment: These two are just eight places from each other in computer rankings.

Newport Harbor of Newport Beach (CIFSS D6) 7-7 vs. Patrick Henry of San Diego (SD D4) 10-2
Comment: This is too high from where to put in L.A. City Open champion Birmingham.

Aquinas of San Bernardino (CIFSS D7) 9-5 vs. Birmingham of Lake Balboa (L.A. City Open) 8-5
Comment: Aquinas lost in 2019 D2-AA state final to Clayton Valley of Concord.

Serrano of Phelan (CIFSS D8) 11-3 vs. Central Valley Christian of Visalia (Central Sec D3) 10-4
Comment: We’d have the first two Central Section teams on the north side with the other four in the south. Last week, team that Serrano beat in its final, Buena of Ventura, was right next to CVC in computer state rankings.

Independence of Bakersfield (Central Sec D4) 8-6 vs Colony of Ontario (CIFSS D9) 8-6
Comment: Similar squads and schools in many ways.

Venice (LA City D1) 8-3 vs. Northview of Covina (CIFSS D10) 8-6
Comment: Looks like these two were very close to each other last week in the computer rankings as well.

Northwood of Irvine (CIFSS D11) 9-5 vs Palo Verde of Blythe (SD D5) 11-2
Comment: Can’t do much about Blythe’s location regarding travel.

Quartz Hill (CIFSS D12) 9-4 vs. Righetti of Santa Maria (Central Sec D5) 6-8
Comment: Both teams playing very well right now.

Arlington of Riverside (CIFSS D13) vs. Morro Bay (Central Sec D6) 7-6
Comment: Morro Bay & Righetti haven’t played each other so CIF could consider that one between the two Central Sec schools, but they were a bit too far apart in computer rankings. Arlington vs. Quartz Hill also would be better for travel.

Loara of Anaheim (CIFSS D14) 8-6) vs. El Camino Real of Woodland Hills (LA City D2) 6-7
Comment: ECR beat Taft 49-14 in regular season.

Taft of Woodland Hills (LA City D3) 6-7
Comment: These are all qualifying teams. We don’t know of any schools that will opt out. Nothing personal, but Taft would be the bottom team among these qualifying squads.

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  1. Cal 14
    Posted November 28, 2021 at 8:01 am | Permalink

    Aside from a rematch, another factor working against a Serra-LB Poly game is that both teams are from the SS, which something the section really pushed back against the last time. I don’t really see why the SDS might not want to do the same.

    This is actually a decent opportunity to pit private school vs private and public vs public, but I’m guessing the SDS may want to promote their D-I over their D-III. Helix didn’t lose to Mission Viejo quite as bad as did LB Poly.

    • Mark Tennis
      Posted November 28, 2021 at 9:35 am | Permalink

      Had Helix-Serra, LB Poly-MD Catholic all week, but just know the San Diego fans would love for Helix-MDCath to play. Serra-LB Poly also was such a great game when they did play, too. If it wasn’t a one-point outcome, wouldn’t have gone that way.

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