High-SchoolCalifornia: CIF Open Division bowl game

CIF Open Division Bids

December, 11, 2011
Here are the top 10 rankings for the Northern California and Southern California open divisions after all section championships are complete (previous ranking in parentheses; teams with asterisk are ineligible for bowl game):

Northern California
1. (1) De La Salle (Concord) 12-1

2. (2) Bellarmine (San Jose) 12-1

3. (3) Del Oro (Loomis) 13-1

4. (NR) Campolindo (Moraga) 14-0

5. (4) Marin Catholic (Kentfield) 13-1*

6. (5) Vacaville 13-1

7. (6) Granite Bay 12-2

8. (7) St. Mary’s (Stockton) 9-3*

9. (8) Lincoln (Stockton) 11-2*

10. (9) Pleasant Grove (Elk Grove) 12-2*

Note: Folsom was No. 10 last week, but would have to drop one spot in the rankings to make room for Campolindo. One of the reasons the Cougars go up so high is that Marin Catholic still has to be ahead of Vacaville due to head-to-head win.

Southern California
1. (1) Westlake (Westlake Village) 14-0

2. (3) Vista Murrieta (Murrieta) 14-0 (9-5 incl. forfeits)

3. (5) Santa Margarita (Rancho SM) 12-2

4. (8) Bakersfield 13-0

5. (7) Helix (La Mesa) 13-1

6. (4) Oaks Christian (Westlake Village) 11-3

7. (2) Centennial (Corona) 12-2*

8. (9) Upland 12-1*

9. (10) Mission Viejo 10-3*

10. (6) San Clemente 12-2*

Case for De La Salle (Open Division)

1. The Spartans beat eventual CCS Open Division champ Bellarmine of San Jose in their first game and that ended up being Bellarmine’s only loss.

2. The only other team with a remote chance is Del Oro, which lost its only game by three points in overtime to Westlake of Westlake Village.

3. De La Salle has still not lost to a team from the CIF’s NorCal region (remember we still count Central Section in the north for our record book) since 1991. The Spartans have never lost to a Sac-Joaquin Section school.

Case for Westlake (Open Division)

1. St. Bonaventure of Ventura, which the Warriors beat in a Marmonte League game, owns a win over Corona Centennial, one of the top teams in the CIFSS Inland Division.

2. As a possible opponent for De La Salle, Westlake is intriguing because the Spartans have never played Westlake and for that matter have never played any of the other Ventura area teams like Oaks Christian and St. Bonaventure.

3. Vista Murrieta, 14-0 on-the-field or 9-5 counting forfeits, is the only other team at 14-0 that played a schedule as strong as Westlake’s. Westlake doesn’t have any similar forfeit problems.

For corrections or comments on any of our bowl game rankings for this week, email Mark.Tennis@espn.com.

CIF D1 South Bowl Bid

December, 11, 2011
Here are the top 10 rankings for this division in Southern California by Cal-Hi Sports after all section championships are complete (previous ranking in parentheses; teams with asterisk are ineligible for bowl game):

1. (1) Westlake (Westlake Village) 14-0

2. (3) Vista Murrieta (Murrieta) 14-0 (9-5 incl. forfeits)

3. (5) Santa Margarita (Rancho SM) 12-2

4. (7) Bakersfield 13-0

5. (4) Oaks Christian (Westlake Village) 11-3*

6. (2) Centennial (Corona) 12-2*

7. (8) Upland 12-1*

8. (9) Mission Viejo 10-3*

9. (6) San Clemente 12-2*

10. (10) Servite (Anaheim) 10-2*

Drops: None.

Other section champs also eligible: Narbonne (Harbor City) 11-3, Poway 12-0-1.

Case for Westlake:

1. After going 14-0 and not being selected two years ago, the time has come for the Warriors to not just be chosen for a bowl game but for the Open Division.

2. Westlake is the top-ranked team in every poll in Southern California and along the way defeated Oaks Christian of Westlake Village twice. Oaks Christian’s only other loss was to Bellevue of Washington, which is No. 10 in the POWERADE FAB 50.

3. Westlake has a win over Del Oro of Loomis in the first game 30-27 in overtime. Del Oro went on to finish 13-1 and is the odds-on favorite to be chosen for the CIF Division II bowl game.

Case for Vista Murrieta:

1. The Broncos won arguably the toughest divisional title in Southern California this season with their 35-28 triumph on Friday night against Corona Centennial. When their divisional playoffs began, the field included unbeaten Upland and unbeaten Redlands East Valley. They beat Upland 39-18 in the semifinals.

2. Vista Murrieta did not lose a game on the field during the season. Other wins on-the-field came against quality opponents Crespi of Encino, Chaparral of Temecula and J.W. North of Riverside. Crespi and J.W. North were both in the top 25 of the state rankings at various points this season.

Case for Bakersfield:

1. If the CIF counts the forfeit losses against Vista Murrieta, then the Drillers come into the picture. If they don’t, then Vista Murrieta appears to be the selection due to strength of schedule.

2. Bakersfield closed the season with two very strong wins. The first was a 31-14 triumph over Clovis in the Central Section Division I semifinals, followed by a 38-3 win over Bullard of Fresno in the final.

3. While the Drillers did not play any quality teams from outside the section, they certainly took care of business against everyone they played.

4. The CIF Central Section has not had a team selected to a CIF bowl game yet and this may be the best chance. That is not supposed to be part of the criteria, but the voters in the room are human and it could be.

5. Bakersfield is a great choice for historians. The school has more than 600 all-time wins and won four CIF state titles in football during the 1920s.

Case for Santa Margarita:

1. The Eagles won what is traditionally the strongest divisional title in the Southern Section with their victory over San Clemente on Saturday.

2. Although they have two losses, one was in overtime to Servite of Anaheim when the Friars were No. 2 in the state. The other loss is a tougher one to Mater Dei. On the plus side, coach Harry Welch’s team had wins over teams like Tesoro, Carson, Lutheran of Orange, St. John Bosco of Bellflower, Bishop Amat of La Puente, Long Beach Poly and Mission Viejo.

3. There may not be a better offensive line in the state. With USC-bound Max Tuerk leading the way, Santa Margarita’s massive front tends to wear down opposing teams. That’s partly why the Eagles have become such a good second-half team.

3. If the Eagles get a chance, coach Harry Welch would be going for his third CIF state title from a third different school. No other coach has even won a title from two. His two earlier state bowl wins came when he was at Canyon of Canyon Country (2006) and St. Margaret’s of Rancho SM (2008).
Check here to see which teams may be going up, which ones going down in next week’s state rankings, the 14th of the 2011 season.

Both favorites in the north and south for the CIF Open Division state bowl game had running clock victories on Friday and will play in section championships next weekend.

State No. 1 De La Salle, which also is No. 13 in the POWERADE FAB 50 national rankings, led 42-0 at halftime of its 48-0 victory against Pittsburg in the CIF North Coast Section Division I semifinals. The Spartans, who have not allowed a touchdown on defense against eight of the 11 California teams they have played this season, will play either San Ramon Valley of Danville or Monte Vista of Danville in next week’s section final. They have won 20 consecutive NCS crowns and are the two-time defending CIF Open Division state champions.

State No. 2 Westlake, which rose to No. 15 in this week’s FAB 50, clobbered Marmonte League rival Thousand Oaks 62-0 in the CIF Southern Section Northern Division semifinals. The Warriors will play Oaks Christian, the school within walking distance of their campus, in next week’s title game. The two rivals played in last year’s Northern Division championship with Oaks Christian prevailing when a possible game-winning field goal hit the post.

Here are this weekend’s full list of top 25 scores (including Saturday night updates):

1. De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) 11-1

Defeated Pittsburg, 48-0.

2. Westlake (Westlake Village, Calif.) 13-0

Defeated Thousand Oaks, 62-0.

3. Bellarmine (San Jose, Calif.) 12-1

Defeated Palo Alto, 41-13, for CCS Open Division title. Eligible for CIF state bowl game selection on Sunday, Dec. 11.

4. Centennial (Corona, Calif.) 12-1

Defeated No. 17 Rancho Cucamonga, 41-21.

5. Vista Murrieta (Murrieta, Calif.) 13-0**

Defeated No. 6 Upland, 39-18.

6. Upland (Upland, Calif.) 12-1

LOST No. 5 Vista Murrieta (Murrieta), 18-39.

7. Mission Viejo (Mission Viejo, Calif.) 10-3

LOST No. 13 Santa Margarita (Rancho SM), 20-21.

8. Oaks Christian (Westlake Village, Calif.) 11-2

Defeated No. 12 St. Bonaventure (Ventura), 27-24.

9. Pleasant Grove (Elk Grove, Calif.) 12-2

LOST to Granite Bay 30-24 on Saturday in CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Div. I championship.

10. Del Oro (Loomis, Calif.) 13-1

Defeated No. 25 Oakdale, 21-7, for CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Div. III title. Eligible for CIF state bowl game selection meeting on Sunday, Dec. 11.

11. Helix (La Mesa, Calif.) 11-1

Defeated Mission Hills (San Marcos), 21-0, on Thursday. Plays again on Saturday in section semifinals.

12. St. Bonaventure (Ventura, Calif.) 9-3

LOST No. 8 Oaks Christian (Westlake Village), 24-27.

13. Santa Margarita (Rancho SM, Calif.) 11-2

Defeated No. 7 Mission Viejo, 21-20.

14. San Clemente (San Clemente, Calif.) 12-1

Defeated No. 20 Tesoro (Rancho SM), 51-16.

15. Bakersfield (Bakersfield, Calif.) 12-0

Defeated Clovis, 31-14.

16. San Pedro (San Pedro, Calif.) 12-1

LOST Carson, 19-24.

17. Rancho Cucamonga (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) 11-2

LOST No. 4 Centennial (Corona), 21-41.

18. Dorsey (Los Angeles, Calif.) 11-2

LOST Narbonne (Harbor City), 7-41.

19. Folsom (Folsom, Calif.) 11-3

LOST No. 23 Vacaville 39-35 on Saturday for CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Div. II title.

20. Tesoro (Rancho SM, Calif.) 8-5

LOST No. 14 San Clemente, 16-51.

21. Servite (Anaheim, Calif.) 11-1*

Season complete. Ineligible for CIF state bowl game.

22. Marin Catholic (Kentfield, Calif.) 13-0

Defeated Encinal (Alameda) 41-6 on Saturday.

23. Vacaville (Vacaville, Calif.) 12-1

Defeated No. 19 Folsom 39-35 on Saturday. Eligible for CIF state bowl game selection meeting on Sunday, Dec. 11.

24. Redlands East Valley (Redlands, Calif.) 11-1*

Season complete. Ineligible for CIF state bowl game.

25. Oakdale (Oakdale, Calif.) 13-1

LOST No. 10 Del Oro (Loomis), 7-21.

Teams On The Bubble (alphabetical)

Arroyo Grande 12-1

Buhach Colony (Atwater) 12-1*

Campolindo (Moraga) 13-0

Cathedral Catholic (San Diego) 11-1

Elk Grove 12-1*

Granite Bay 12-2 (beat Pleasant Grove)

Lincoln (Stockton) 11-2*

Lompoc 13-0

Long Beach Poly (Long Beach) 10-2*

Narbonne (Harbor City) 10-3

Poway 11-0-1

Rancho Verde (Moreno Valley) 13-0

St. Mary's (Stockton) 8-3*

Bubble Teams That Lost: Cardinal Newman (Santa Rosa), Edison (Fresno), Palo Alto