Bowl games announced; DLS to play Servite

The California Interscholastic Federation announced this year’s bowl matchups this morning, and there were very few surprises. Here’s the list.

Open Division: De La Salle (13-0) vs. Servite-Anaheim (14-0)
Division I: Palo Alto (13-0) vs. Centennial-Corona (14-0)
Division II: Folsom (13-1) vs. Serra-Gardena (14-0)
Division III: Escalon (13-1) vs. Madison-San Diego (12-1)
Division IV: Brookside Christian-Stockton (12-0) vs. Bishop’s School-La Jolla (13-0)

I think things shook out about as we expected. Cal-Hi Sports had switched their final rankings today to put Cardinal Newman, the NCS Division III champ, in the top spot for the Division III north bowl berth, but the commissioners decided to go with Escalon, the Sac-Joaquin Section champ. So, I’m sure that will be the decision discussed when we have a conference call later today.

As for the top game, De La Salle returns to the Open Division game looking to defend its title. DLS and Servite have never played, and it should be a fantastic week of lead-up into what should be a great game.

“That was one of their goals, to get back there, so they’re excited,” De La Salle defensive coordinator Terry Eidson said. “It’s nice to have two guys like Dylan Wynn and Blake Renaud, who’ve been in the trenches and who know how tough these Southern California teams are.”

Of course, as De La Salle heads south, a couple local teams will stay home despite qualifying for bowl consideration. One is McClymonds, which went 12-0 and won the Oakland Section. The Warriors were a Division II team due to the new classification criteria the CIF uses (the entire Oakland Section was Division II because of the wide range of enrollments in the section), and were passed over in favor of Sac-Joaquin Section champ Folsom.

“I think it’s just unfortunate for the kids, being that we were one of the top teams in Northern California,” McClymonds coach Curtis McCauley told Jimmy Durkin. “But we’re not going to let the possibility of one game taint our season. We had a great season, our kids are winners and I’m so proud of them.”

Concord, winner of last night’s thrilling Division II contest with Rancho Cotate-Rohnert Park, also did not make it in Division II. NCS Division IV champ Salesian also qualified but was not selected. Salesian is a Division III school for bowl purposes.

Ben Enos

  • Spartan83

    Congrats to all teams for their successful seasons …

    Let’s go Nor Cal!

  • THEanonymous

    Yay I got every one of my predictions correct.

    Open, D1, and D2 games are all going to be thrillers, I can feel it…

  • Porque

    Congratulations to all the CIF Bowl bound champions. I’m looking at some great match ups this year and it will be an experience playing a team De La Salle has never met before in the big show. All are worthy and I’m sorry that Concord, McClymonds and others who qualified weren’t selected this time. They sure had great seasons too. Go Spartans! Beat Servite!

  • go servite.my 3 brothers went to servite i went to fullerton . but i like servite to. i went to first servite game around 50 years ago.i was a little kid.go servite.servite by 3.

  • big pappa

    Wynn not the player he has been and Reinaud production completely dropped this year. Both boys look much smaller – much, much smaller from their summer workouts and “workout” routines. Look for DLS leadership to be no where to be found and DLS to lose it’s first in a long time.

  • CHALKtalk


    a technical player or a talented one

  • Servite dad

    I’m a Servite follower and know all about DLS. Both coaches will have their teams ready to play so it’ll come down to turnovers and Special Teams. Servite doesn’t turn the ball over and has a kicker who will go to any college he chooses(4.8 GPA, has a 52 yd. FG this year and kicks everything out of the end zone). We haven’t seen each other play so it’s hard to predict who has the better team. It’s due to rain Thursday through Sunday so the field will be sloppy.
    Good luck to both teams!

  • s1lverngreen

    Servite Dad,
    How many returning starters do the Friars have this year? Looking forward to an exciting and physical game…I wonder if Snoop will make an appearance? LBP and Crenshaw are out, most likely not…

  • Snoop might make it and SMACK Big Pappa out of Cal High, of course he won’t show.

  • I got a better idea- how about Wynn and Renaud smacking Big Pappa? They are going to be playing on Saturdays.

  • whocares

    what happend to grant from sac

  • grant ran in to jack cates with his ferny water hose. choked them with river water and they got sick. need a tidal wave to get rid of jack cates and all of ferny town.