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Centennial knows what it takes to beat De La Salle. They were the last Southern California team to beat the Spartans in 2008 before St. John Bosco did in 2013.
To beat De La Salle, you have to play a near-perfect game because the Spartans will take advantage of your mistakes. That’s what happened in the Open Division state bowl game as De La Salle prevailed 63-42 to win its sixth CIF state championship.
Three consecutive Centennial turnovers (two interceptions, one fumble) led to 14 De La Salle points. Despite racking up 534 total yards that would have broken the Open Division record for total yards of offense, Centennial’s mistakes kept them scoreless after Javon McKinley’s 87-yard touchdown on a kickoff return tied the game at 42 with 5:07 left in the third quarter.
Kickoff is in about 20 minutes here at the Stub Hub Center and Centennial and De La Salle look loose and warm going through their pregame routines before they meet again in the CIF Open Division state bowl game.
The teams met in 2007, 2008 and 2012 and De La Salle has a 2-1 advantage. The Spartans won 48-28 two years ago and according to several Northern California prep scribes, they bring in their best offensive team yet.
I didn’t do badly at all last week: I went 4-1 last week, missing only Serrano’s game. I got the margin exactly right for REV (three points) and my season record is 307-91-2 picking winners. I have gotten the winning team and margin exactly right 11 times.
Anyway, my prediction for this week is: Redlands East Valley 36, Bakersfield Ridgeview 30.
I will be there. Not sure what to expect, since REV was focusing on winning a CIF-SS title, not state.
Head coach Kurt Bruich and the Redlands East Valley Wildcats (13-1) were named to the CIF Division II South State Championship Game against the Bakersfield Ridgeview Wolf Pack (12-1).
The game will be held at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 on the campus of Citrus Valley High School.
The Wildcats handed Riverside Poly High, it’s first loss of the season to win the 2014 CIF-SS Inland Division Championship on Dec. 5.
The Wolf Pack defeated Dinuba High, 16-14, to win the CIF Central Section Divsion II Championship.
If you believe CalHiSports.com, (and I tend to believe them), the winner of Friday’s CIF-SS Inland Division championship game, Redlands East Valley or Riverside Poly, will advance to the CIF State Playoffs.
Right now, CalHiSports has REV No. 1 and Poly No. 2 in Division II South rankings. The top two teams will play next week in the Division II South Finals, with the winner of that going to the state finals.
Each CIF-SS Division is linked to a state division, and the Inland Division is linked with Division II. Teams must win a CIF title to advance to state, so both REV and Poly won’t be able to go.
More of the rankings: No. 3. Bakersfield Ridgeview (11-1), No. 4 San Clemente (12-1), No. 5 Crescenta Valley (13-0), No. 6 Menifee Heritage (12-1), No. 7 Serrano (12-1).
So, if you believe the rankings, the only way Serrano makes it is if Serrano wins and Ridgeview, San Clemente, and Crescenta Valley all lose. Heritage’s season is already over and ineligible for state.
State playoff announcement comes on Sunday afternoon.