Things could get messy on the morning of Dec. 10, and we’re not talking about what the roads will be like should a downpour hit the Bay Area.
That’s the day the CIF decides which six high school football teams will get to play in the championship bowl games, set for Dec. 16 at the Home Depot Center in Carson. There will be a large, a medium and a small school state championship between Northern and Southern California teams. There will also be some second-guessing by outsiders should an unbeaten section champion not get to play for a state title.
The nightmare scenarios are as follows:
In Division I (large school), should either Foothill or San Ramon Valley upset De La Salle and win the NCS 4A title, and Grant-Sacramento wins the Sac-Joaquin Section championship, then a serious decision by the CIF would have to be made. It’s a given that De La Salle will be the NorCal representative should it win NCS. Heck, the state championship games were partially brought about because of De La Salle’s dominance. But Foothill and SRV could have a valid arguement to be included in the state finals, just because one of them would have a win over the Spartans, which hasn’t lost to a NorCal team in 14-plus years. But if Foothill is 13-0 and Grant is 13-0, then which team would the CIF go with?
Division I South boils down this. If Centennial-Corona wins out, then it will be favored to be the SoCal rep. But if Long Beach Poly wins the ever-tough Pac-5 conference, then it will also have an argument. And the CIF may drool over the prospect of a DLS-Poly game as its marquee match.
In Division II North, there are 10 teams still alive which have one loss or fewer. That includes Alhambra, but it is well down the totem pole. If Del Oro-Loomis beats Grant in the SJS Division II semifinals this Friday, then it will be favored to win the section and make the game in Carson. If not, Colfax, Novato and Palo Alto are waiting in the wings.
The DII South picture is wide open after Mater Dei lost to Poly. Notre Dame-Sherman Oaks (11-0), Lutheran-Orange (10-1) and Westlake-Westlake Village (11-0) are next in line, but this is a volatile race that won’t be decided for some time. Maybe things clear up by the time the Dec. 10 meeting takes place, but don’t count on it.
DIII North is pretty clear cut. It will be Palma-Salinas, Cardinal Newman or Central Catholic. McClymonds has an outside shot, but needs to have all of the above teams lose. As far as DIII South goes, its all about Oaks Christian. No one’s going to beat them this year.