From the North: Palo Alto
Although the No. 1 seed for the Central Coast Section Open Division tournament, the Vikings were a bit of a surprise winner over Valley Christian (San Jose), which was thought to have the inside track to the Division I berth if it could win the Open Division title. Palo Alto, behind the passing of Christoph Bono
(son of former San Francisco 49er Steve Bono), came up with the big plays to beat the Warriors and qualify for a bowl berth. Since De La Salle is targeted for the CIF Open Division game, Palo Alto only needs to beat out Pleasant Grove for the Division I contest. The Vikings are undefeated while Pleasant Grove finished the season 13-1.
From the South: Centennial (Corona)
Centennial has been a perennial contender for the CIF Bowl Games, finishing second to De La Salle in 2007 and winning it all over De La Salle in 2008 behind future Nebraska Cornhusker quarterback Taylor Martinez. The current Huskies have an overwhelming offense with quarterback Michael Eubank
throwing for 2,532 yards and running back Barrinton Collins rushing for 2,026. Centennial could be the choice for the Open Division as well, but we're guessing that the committee will favor the De La Salle - Mission Viejo matchup over a third game between the Spartans and the Huskies.