By Stephanie Hammon
Sunday, December 8th, 2013 at 2:11 pm in East Bay Football.
De La Salle, El Cerrito and McClymonds all received good news when the California Interscholastic Federation announced its Northern California regional football pairings on Sunday.
But Miramonte was left disappointed.
De La Salle (Open Division) and McClymonds (small schools) earned repeat trips to next weekend’s games, and El Cerrito, fresh off its first North Coast Section title, is headed to the Division III game.
Winners of the regional games move on to the state championships, scheduled for Dec. 20-21 at the StubHub Center in Carson.
De La Salle (13-0) opposes Folsom (14-0) for the second straight year while McClymonds (10-2) gets a rematch against Central Catholic-Modesto (13-1).
El Cerrito (12-2) faces Sacred Heart Prep-Atherton (12-1) in a regional game debut for both programs.
Miramonte, however, was left out of the Division II game in favor of Enterprise-Redding and Manteca.
The Matadors (12-2) were eligible for the regional championships after upsetting top-seeded Casa Grande-Petaluma in the NCS Division II title game Saturday night. But two early season losses to Marin Catholic-Kentfield and Campolindo — both Division III teams — hurt their resume.
De La Salle got its wish to play closer to home this year. The Spartans will play Folsom at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 14. Last year, the teams squared off at Sacramento State.
McClymonds faces Central Catholic at Lincoln High in Stockton on Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m. The Warriors lost to the Raiders 42-12 in last year’s NorCal small school game, but had a better showing in a Sept. 13 nonleague contest this season, losing 38-24.
McClymonds got the nod over undefeated LeGrand.
El Cerrito and Sacred Heart Prep play at DeAnza High on Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m.
There was little doubt the Gauchos would earn a berth after winning a loaded NCS Division III tournament. Their opponent was the bigger question.