STOCKTON, Calif. – Ray Lomas
and Rey Vega
combined for 258 yards rushing and five touchdowns leading Central Catholic (Modesto, Calif.)
to an easy 42-12 win over McClymonds in the inaugural Northern California Division IV regional final Friday at Lincoln High School.
Lomas rushed for 136 yards and three scores and Vega added 122 and two as the Raiders go back to the Home Depot Center to play in the State Bowl championship.
The Raiders (12-2), who lost in the State D3 Bowl in 2007, face Santa Fe Christian of Solana Beach (11-3), which will make its first trip to Carson.
Central Catholic wasted little time taking charge, as Vega – after bobbling the ball – returned the opening kickoff 85 yards to the McClymonds' 5. Lomas scored on a 2-yard run and, after a McClymonds' (9-4) fumble, Vega scored on an 8-yard run to give ther Raiders a 14-0 just 1:49 into the game.
The Raiders pushed it to 21-0 when Johnny Mundt
– the 6-foot-5 tight end who has committed to Oregon – caught a short pass and ran for a 40-yard score just minutes later. Lomas' 3-yard TD made it 28-0 at the half, then he ripped of a 49-yard dash in the third quarter to make it 35-0. It was the seventh time in their nine games together that Lomas and Vega each ran for more than 100.
Lomas pushed his season total 1,901 yards and 31 rushing touchdowns (32 total), while Vega has 1,322 yards and 29 TDs overall.
McClymonds' Keith Williams threw two fourth-quarter TDs, including a 95-yarder to Lavon Washington, to avoid the shutout.