Monrovia and Rio Hondo Prep hope to turn CIF titles into state titles; Regional finals this weekend

By Steve Ramirez, SGVN

Monrovia and Rio Hondo Prep, winners of CIF-Southern Section divisional football championships over the weekend, are going bowling.

The area powers were selected for CIF State Regional bowls, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, when the CIF State office announced pairings Sunday.

Monrovia (12-2), which beat Paraclete, 23-7, for its third consecutive CIF-SS Mid-Valley Division title on Friday, will host Madison of San Diego in a State Division III matchup at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. The Warhawks won San Diego Section Division IV by beating St. Augustine of San Diego 35-21 on Saturday.

The winner advances to face either Marin Catholic (13-1) of Kentfield or Sutter (13-0) for the Division III state title at Home Depot Center next weekend.

Rio Hondo Prep (12-1), which won its second consecutive Northeast Division title with a 28-21 victory over Mission Prep of San Luis Obispo, will face Santa Fe Christian (10-3) of Solana Beach on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Del Norte High School in San Diego.

The Eagles won the CIF-SD Division V title by defeating Parker, 31-15.

The winner faces either McClymonds (9-3) of Oakland or Central Catholic of Modesto for the state Division IV title next weekend at Home Depot Center.

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