Video: National Top 15 Games of the WeekA pair of California contests highlight best games in the country.
The section finals are here. On Friday and Saturday throughout the state, regional berths will be determined.
All section champions will enter the CIF Regional Bowl Championships, though two teams will be directly vaulted into the state's ultimate state title game, the Open Division championship Dec. 14 at Cerritos College in Norwalk.
Though not official, the two Open finalists will be determined by two games played this weekend, the Friday North Coast Section Division 1 final between Pittsburg and De La Salle, and Saturday's Southern Section Division 1 championship between the nation's top two ranked teams, St. John Bosco and Mater Dei.
All games this weekend are full of drama and suspense, because it's win or go home. Here are the five of the very best featuring teams ranked in the California Top 25.
California High School Football Games of the Week
Saturday, 7:30 p.m. (All times local) at Cerritos College (Norwalk)
winner puts itself in position to be the National Champion. Mater Dei
(12-0) is trying to do what they did in 2017 and that is go wire-to-wire
No. 1 team in the country and Bosco (11-1) is looking to even up the
series. Expect this game to be even closer than the 14-point win the
Monarchs secured in October, 42-28. Beyond all the hoopla surrounded the
game and what is at stake, it's also noteworthy because it will be the
last match-up of two of the best and most accomplished quarterbacks in
Southern California history. Young, an Alabama commit, has completed
275-of-375 for 4,228 yards, 54 touchdowns and just four interceptions.
He's also rushed for 395 yards and 10 scores. Uiagalelei is 172-of-277
for 3,369 yards, 39 touchdowns and just two interceptions. He's rushed
for 327 yards and seven scores. Both have multiple FBS caliber
receiving threats and running backs at their disposal.
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
last time Corona del Mar (13-0) lost was 26-14 against Grace Brethren
in the 2018 Southern Section Division 4 championship. The Sea Kings have
been one of
the most dominant teams in California this season winning every game by
led by 2020 Washington commit Ethan Garbers, who has put up video game
He is fourth in the country with 4,342 yards passing and his 62
touchdown passes are good for second most. He and the Sea Kings face
their biggest test of the year against the defending Division 2-AA state
bowl champs. To win this Southern Section Division 3 title game, the
Lancers (12-1) will likely need another big rushing game from Henderson,
who had 26 carries for 273 yards and five touchdowns in a wild 49-45
semifinal win over La Habra.
Friday, 7 p.m. at Dublin High School
QB Jerry Johnson
(6-3, 190), RB-CB Avant Muldrow
(5-7, 175), WR-CB Johnny Blackmon, III
(5-9, 160), WR-FS Brian Andre Pierce, Jr.
(5-9, 170), LB Damuarya Harts
last time the Spartans lost a North Coast Section playoff game was in
1991 to the same Pirates, a 35-27 3A championship game at the Oakland
Coliseum. Since then, DLS has not only won 27 straight titles, but
hasn't lost to a team North of Clovis, a span of 309 games (307-0-2).
Pittsburg (11-1) has won 10 straight since a humbling loss to Serra (San
Mateo) and rely largely on the strong right arm of Johnson (2,648
yards, 33 touchdowns) and Bay Valley Athletic League Offensive Player of
the Year Muldrow. Pierce has turned into one of the Bay Area's top
receivers. De La Salle (11-1) has been nearly perfect while routing all
opponents since a season-opening loss to national No. 5 St. Thomas
Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.). Its outscored foes 575-120 since then,
with a majority of those points scored against in the fourth quarter.
Saturday, 8 p.m. at Independence HS
rematch of the Nov. 2 game, a 10-0 Serra win at home which helped
decide the West Catholic Athletic League championship. This one decides
the Central Coast Section Division 1 championship and a spot in the CIF
Northern Regional Bowl Championships. Serra (11-1) has rebounded nicely
from the loss of All-Northern California quarterback Dylan McLemore,
who suffered a season-ending collarbone break a month ago, behind his
replacement Lampkin, a shifty dual threat sophomore. The defense and
special teams have especially picked up for Serra, particularly last
week in a 27-13 win over Wilcox. Loville and Sanchez are big-play
standouts for Padres. Valley Christian (11-1) has rebounded well from
its loss to Serra with three straight impressive wins, including 28-7 at
WCAL co-champion St. Ignatius last week. McElvane and Laubach led a big
running attack that piled up almost 300 rushing yards against one of
the Bay Area's top defenses.
7 p.m., Friday
rematch of a 41-20 win on Oct. 3 at Buchanan, Milton's first game back
since a severe thigh injury. The Georgia-bound running back had 89 yards
rushing, but couldn't offset a big game from Silva (270 yards passing,
two touchdowns). Central scored 35 unanswered points after falling
behind 20-6. Buchanan (10-2) has won six straight since that that defeat
— and picked up a forfeit win over Narbonne. Central (12-0) has been
exceptional from the get-go, having outscored foes 563-141 behind Silva
(2,636 yards passing, 38 touchdowns, 1 interception), top receivers
Worthy (47 catches, 878 yards, 14 touchdowns) and Hunter (57, 180, 13)
and the running game propelled by Worth (1,302 yards rushing, 14