Commentary

De La Salle finishes strong

Updated: December 20, 2009, 8:32 AM ET
By Mark Tennis & Ronnie Flores | ESPN RISE

California Interscholastic Federation State Football Bowl Games

Saturday's Games

CIF Open Division Bowl Game
De La Salle (Concord) 28, Crenshaw (Los Angeles) 14: Terron Williams-Ward scored twice in the second half on runs of 26 and 4 yards as the Spartans broke a 14-14 tie at halftime and won their second CIF state bowl game title in three years.

Crenshaw took a 14-0 lead in the first quarter on touchdowns run by super junior DeAnthony Thomas (43, 16 yards), but did not score again as the De La Salle defense adjusted. The Crenshaw offense also was hampered when Thomas was injured while playing defense in the second quarter and did not carry the ball again. W

illiams-Ward ended with 165 yards on 22 carries and set a new school record for rushing yards in a season with 2,037.

De La Salle completed a bounceback from early in the season as well since the team suffered losses to national powers Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) and Lakeland (Fla.). Don Bosco Prep moved to No. 1 in the ESPN RISE FAB 50 last week while the Lakeland loss was by just one point.

CIF Division II Bowl Game
Servite (Anaheim) 33, Rocklin 30: Servite (14-1) had the upper hand with a 30-10 lead in the third quarter, but Rocklin (14-1) rallied for 20 straight points to force a 30-30 tie with 8:51 remaining before the Friars converted a game-winning field goal with no time left.

With the game tied at 30, Servite appeared to be in position to take the lead with 2:35 left following a first down inside the Rocklin 5-yard line. But Rocklin's Sean Moore recovered a fumble. Just 45 seconds later, Servite's Jordan Jones struck back for the Friars by intercepting a pass at the 27-yard line. This put Servite in position to run down the clock for a game-winning field goal attempt. Nicholas Echeverry converted a 23-yard field goal to win the game. It was his fourth field goal of the contest.

Servites's Cody Fajardo completed 12 of 21 passes for 182 yards and one touchdown. He also rushed 19 times for 91 yards and another score. Rocklin's Jackson Cummings had 29 carries for 167 yards and two TDs while quarterback Tiger Sorenson passed for 241 yards and two TDs but had two interceptions.

Servite, which was No. 29 in this week's ESPN RISE FAB 50, completed a run in which it defeated teams that were 12-0, 13-0 and 14-0.

CIF Division III Bowl Game
Serra (Gardena) 24, Marin Catholic (Kentfield) 20: One week after the Cavaliers (15-0) upset FAB 50-ranked Oaks Christian (Westlake Village, Calif.) to win a CIF Southern Section title, they had to fight hard to turn back an upset bid to win a state bowl title. Serra, which moved up to No. 30 in this week's FAB 50, were led by All-American candidate Robert Woods, who scored on touchdown catches of 67 and 30 yards. Marin Catholic (13-2), which was considered at least a three-TD underdog by most prep prognosticators, received a performance from 5-foot-8 junior backup quarterback Chris Tewhill that was almost the stuff of legend. Tewhill had to enter the game due to an injury to regular starter Nate Kristoff. He set one CIF bowl game record (regardless of division) by throwing an 82-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Scott in the second quarter. Playing defense, he later set another CIF bowl game record by picking up a bouncing fumble and scoring on a 52-yard fumble return.

Friday's Games

CIF Division I Bowl Game
Oceanside 24, Bellarmine (San Jose) 19: The Pirates became the second California team to win two CIF bowl games by overcoming a 10-point first-half deficit and putting together a 99-yard drive on the go-ahead touchdown. Oceanside's Rene Siluano scored the game-winner by taking a screen pass 55 yards for a fourth-quarter touchdown. From his safety position, Siluano led a stingy Pirates defense that held Bellarmine (11-2-1) to a net 100 yards rushing as Oceanside became the first team ever to win CIF bowl games in two different divisions, winning in Div. II in 2007. The No. 14 ranked team in the latest FAB 50, Oceanside (14-0) will enter the 2010 season riding a 39-game unbeaten streak (38-0-1), the longest current streak of its kind in the Golden State.

Did you know? That Oceanside is the alma mater of New England Patriots linebacker and likely Hall of Famer Junior Seau.

Small Schools
Modesto Christian 44, Francis Parker (San Diego) 40: In a crazy scorefest in which the two teams combined for 982 yards, a fourth-down stop at the 2-yard line with 1:36 left gave the Crusaders their first CIF state football title. Modesto Christian also became the first team in Northern California history to finish 15-0. Three Crusader running backs topped 100 yards of rushing, led by senior Keaton Engel with 11 carries for 163 yards. The other two were Kevin Roya (13-154) and quarterback Isaiah Burse (16-139). Burse also threw for three scores. Engel's 2-yard run with 5:38 left pulled Modesto Christian in front. But Francis Parker had its chance to go in front before being stopped inside the Modesto Christian 2-yard line. Yale-bound student-athlete Deon Randall capped a record-breaking career for the Lancers with 36 carries for 280 yards and three TDs. He also threw a pair of TD passes.