San Marino QB Carson Glazier still a question mark for Saturday’s State Bowl championship

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On Monday, San Marino QB Carson Glazier, who leads the Southern Section in passing yards, vowed to play in Saturday’s small schools State Bowl championship against Central Catholic at Sacramento St. University.

Glazier’s status is/was in doubt due to a head injury in last Saturday’s win over Sierra Canyon after he was slammed to the turf on a rough tackle late in the first half and was held out the rest of the game.

Glazier has some concussion protocols put forth by CIF to pass this week before he can be cleared to play and (as of Wednesday) that hadn’t happened yet. Given the current climate in all levels of football as it pertains to head injuries, convincing CIF that Glazier wasn’t concussed last Saturday and that he’s okay enough this week to play may prove very difficult.

Keep in mind that many people feel extending the season to 15 and 16 games puts kids at an unnecessary risk. And some of those people are CIF officials. So, there may be a bigger reluctance to risk someone like Glazier than usual.

Certainly, injuries like this can happen in Week 2 just as easily as Week 15. But the fact is, in this case, it didn’t. I received an email from an area official who will remain nameless. The official said that NO WAY should Glazier be cleared in less than a week’s time after having such a serious moment last Saturday night.

I must say, I agree. If you’ve ever talked to Glazier, you know he’s a great kid. Whole life ahead of him. Yes, he knows the risks. He’s a warrior and wants to fight. That’s all commendable. But what’s he risking it for? So CIF can make a few extra bucks? So the Sac-Joaquin Section can see whether they’re better than the Southern Section or other sections?

NOBODY left Citrus College two weeks ago wondering where San Marino stacked up against the other small schools in the state. San Marino’s point was proven after Week 14. These kids and their coaches are already legends. Yes, last Saturday was a nice chapter to add. Thrilling, to say the least. But at what point does the reward outweigh the risk?

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San Marino and La Mirada win regional bowls, now seek State bowl championships

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San Marino 36, Sierra Canyon 35: The Titans won the southern regional small schools division bowl championship with a stirring rally to beat Sierra Canyon in a battle of undefeated teams. San Marino trailed 35-14 in the fourth quarter, and without QB Carson Glazier (head injury), things looked bleak. But the Titans rallied and took the lead for good with just over a minute to play on Mark Wicke’s 2-point conversion run. INCREDIBLE GAME!

La Mirada 36, Oceanside 14: La Mirada continues to make mince meat of the postseason. The Matadores scored yet another blowout win, this time to win the southern regional Division III-AA bowl over Oceanside. QB Tristan Meyer has been amazing, as has running back Sei-J Lauago. The Mats host Campolindo in the State championship bowl next weekend.

Camarillo 63, La Habra 49: The Higlanders simply couldn’t keep up with Camarillo’s high-powered pass attack. LH finished the season 13-2 and won the Southwest Division championship.

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Local football champs put on good face about POINTLESS CIF bowl games

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The last memory of the 2015 season for San Marino High School football fans should have been quarterback Carson Glazier and receiver J.P. Shohfi simultaneously hoisting the CIF Southern Section Central Division championship plaque after beating Charter Oak last Saturday night at Citrus College.

For La Habra fans, it should have been rushing the field after quarterback Eric Barriere and receiver Prince Ross hooked up on the biggest pass play in school history to beat San Clemente on the final play of the Southwest Division championship game.

Over at La Mirada, the last thing anyone should have remembered about the 2015 season was the hug-fest that ensued after the Matadores completed a simply dominant run through the Southeast Division with a sound victory over nearby rival La Serna.

It doesn’t get any more storybook than those three. But thanks to the current system, all three teams are right back in action this weekend in anti-climatic CIF State regional bowl games.

Should they win those, the season continues for an unprecedented 16th game the following week with a State championship bowl game that could take place here or in Sacramento.

It all adds up to a season that could last a whopping 16 games and end Dec. 19, less than a week before Christmas.

The obvious question is why? Why do we even need this? Who out there was so bent on cracking the mystery of whether San Marino could beat Sierra Canyon in Week 15? Who were the fans that moments after La Mirada won the Southeast Division asked, “Could we beat Oceanside?”

The easy answer that most fans come up with is pure and simple greed by CIF to squeeze another two game’s worth of revenue out of the most popular sport. But that’s not exactly the case, reminds CIF State spokesperson Rebecca Brutlag.

“We’re governed from the ground up and our schools make the rules, so our schools requested this,” Brutlag said. “They wanted to have all section champions have an opportunity to participate in a bowl game. Previously, the way this worked was that if you were a section champion, you got voted in to play in a state championship bowl game. You didn’t automatically qualify.

“Now, if you’re a section champion, you do get the opportunity to play for a state championship.”

If you weren’t aware of the groundswell of schools pushing for this playoff configuration, it’s probably because you live in the Southern Section, where next to nobody wanted it. The Southern Section actually voted against it, but in CIF’s version of the electoral map, it didn’t matter.

Since 2006, the state bowl game system has been gradually expanding. This season is the biggest it’s been. There’s 25 regional bowl games this weekend. There will be 13 state bowl games next week. Originally, there were only three state championship bowl games and no regionals.

The local teams who have to somehow get “up” again after their biggest wins of the season and play another game or two have to put on a good face about it.

At San Marino, Glazier admits he and his team weren’t originally aware that their season could last beyond 14 games. But since the Titans are the first team in school history to be part of such a system, they’re hoping to make the best of it.

At La Mirada, head coach Mike Moschetti is selling the notion that his team’s goals all along were to play for a state bowl championship. But if you saw last week’s postgame celebration, it’s hard to imagine anything else could mean more to the Matadores than the Southeast title.

Perhaps La Habra head coach Frank Mazzotta put it best when he didn’t say either way whether he liked the system, but was just so happy to have another week or two with his team. And that the Southwest Division championship is won and can’t ever be taken away.

In theory, La Habra, La Mirada and San Marino should celebrate a win this weekend harder than they did last week. But we all know that won’t happen. All three teams have proven their points loud and clear. They’re all champions who accomplished all they needed in their own right.

What happens this weekend is just gravy.

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San Marino, La Habra and La Mirada all going bowling

The celebration is over and it’s back to work for local high school football teams who won CIF-Southern Section championships this weekend and are now in CIF State Regional Bowl Game Championships.

The big tweak to the postseason format means that unlike previous seasons when the celebration of a Southern Section championship would last for the rest of a school year, now, it’s less than a day.

San Marino (14-0) beat Charter Oak on Saturday night to win the school’s first CIF championship in football since 1988 found out early Sunday afternoon that it will host Sierra Canyon (14-0) next Saturday night in the small schools division. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m.

“I’ve kind of been following them a little bit,” San Marino quarterback Carson Glazier said. “I know that they’re from the division we were previously in. I know they’re a powerhouse in that division. I really don’t know anything about their players as far as schemes go, but it should be interesting.

San Marino completed a perfect traditional season by posting a 45-28 win over Charter Oak in the Central Division championship on Saturday night at Citrus College. A night earlier, Sierra Canyon beat San Dimas, 20-0, to win the Mid-Valley Division.

La Mirada completed a dominant run through the Southeast Division on Saturday night by blowing out La Serna, 45-20. The Matadores enter the state bowl system at 11-3 and were awarded a home game against Oceanside (9-4) in Division III-AA.

“I know just growing up an coaching high school sports, I think they’ve won like 16 or 17 championships,” La Mirada head coach Mike Moschetti said. “They have incredible tradition and I know there have been big-time players who have played there.

“It’s going to be exciting. It’s going to be a short week after playing on Saturday.”

Moschetti isn’t concerned about any hangover effects for his team after such an emotional win over a nearby rival on Saturday.

“We’ve talked about this for two years,” Moschetti said. “For two years, our goal, our dream, every weight we’ve lifted, every sprint we’ve run has been to win a state championship. That’s been our goal. That’s been our dream. There’s no way we’re going to be flat.”

La Habra probably needed and got the most time to come down off its section championship. The Highlanders (13-1) beat San Clemente on the final play of the Southwest Division championship last Friday at Cerritos College.

Next, La Habra visits Camarillo (14-0) on Friday in Division II-AA. Highlanders coach Frank Mazzotta said his coaching staff would use Sunday afternoon and evening getting familiar with Friday’s opponent.

“I know they’re 14-0 and have beaten some really good teams,” Mazzotta said of Camarillo. “The bottom line is we won a championship, so that’s done and you can’t take that away. And we get to be together again another week. How can you beat that?”

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San Marino pulls away from Charter Oak to win the Central Division … La Mirada handles La Serna to win Southeast Division …

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Central Division: San Marino trailed 7-0 early, but went on a 24-0 run to ultimately beat Charter Oak, 45-28. Has there even been a more underestimated 14-0 champion? The Titans have been simply amazing. And the ride continues next week …

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Southeast Division:
La Mirada handled nearby La Serna to complete a simply dominant postseason run in the Southeast Division with head coach Mike Moschetti’s second CIF championship. The Matadores will be in action again next week …

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