The Honor Bowl series is back again this season, and once again they have pulled in a load of quality teams for the two-city event that pays homage to America's Armed Forces.
Undoubtedly the highlight of the matchups, which were announced today, is a pair of America's most well-known teams facing off in Oceanside, Calif. Bellevue (Wash.)
finished No. 9 in the Xcellent 25 last season and brings with it a 54-game winning streak that is fourth in the nation. The Wolverines will go up against the prolific Cavaliers from Serra (Gardena, Calif.)
, who spent most of last season in the Xcellent 25 and finished 13-1 the year after winning a California Division II title.
Bellevue coach Butch Goncharoff's Wing-T offense has been unstoppable in Washington, where he has won 11 state titles in 14 years. Meanwhile, Scott Altenberg has 153-45-1 record and four CIF State Bowl appearances since they began in 2006.
Kickoff is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 6 at 7:30 p.m.
There will be five games in Oceanside this year, and another five in Loomis, just northeast of Sacramento. The Loomis games are on the weekend before the Oceanside contests. Teams appearing in the Oceanside event will get to take part in the United States Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Camp Pendleton Tour as well.
Check out the schedule for each location below, and for more information about the Honor Bowl, click here to visit their site
:Friday, Aug. 29 in Loomis5 p.m.: Elk Grove (Calif.)
vs. Damonte Ranch (Reno, Nev.)
pits the Sac-Joaquin Section runner-up against a Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association second-round playoff participant.8 p.m.: Del Oro (Loomis, Calif.)
vs. Kamehameha (Honolulu)
matches the home team against a team from the islands that finished ranked No. 3 in the state.Saturday, Aug. 30 in Loomis2 p.m.: Clovis North (Fresno, Calif.)
vs. Reed (Sparks, Nev.)
will feature the CIF Central Section runner-up against the NIAA Division I state runner-up.5 p.m.: Cardinal Newman (Santa Rosa, Calif.)
vs. Churchill County (Fallon, Nev.)
pits a two-time California Bowl Games participant against the NIAA Division I-A runner-up.8 p.m.: Clayton Valley Charter (Concord, Calif.)
vs. Carson (Carson City, Nev.)
will feature an 11-2 Ugly Eagles (yes, that is their mascot name) team against a 9-3 Senators squad from Nevada's capital city.Friday, Sept. 5 in Oceanside5 p.m.: Helix (La Mesa, Calif.)
vs. Del Oro (Loomis, Calif.)
in a rematch of the 2011 CIF Division II Bowl Game.8 p.m.: Oceanside (Calif.)
vs. Mission Viejo (Calif.)
in a matchup of two teams with legendary coaches who have never done battle despite being less than 40 miles apart.Saturday, Sept. 6 in OceansideNoon: Orange Lutheran (Calif.)
vs. Centennial (Corona, Calif.)
in a game pitting last year's Open Division runner-up against an Orange
Lutheran program looking to continue its re-emergence in the Trinity
League.4 p.m.: Cathedral Catholic (San Diego)
vs. Oaks Christian (Westlake Village, Calif.)
in a game featuring private-school powers in the San Diego and Southern sections, respectively.