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Saturday's CIF state championship bowl games

Concord De La Salle takes on Corona Centennial in the Open Division. In Division II, Oakdale faces Gardena Serra. And San Diego Madison plays Kentfield Marin Catholic in Division III.

December 14, 2012|Eric Sondheimer
  • Corona Centennial running back Austin Renken in action against Narbonne on Dec. 8, 2012, at Cerritos College.
Corona Centennial running back Austin Renken in action against Narbonne… (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles…)

CIF state championship bowl games

At Home Depot Center


Open Division

Concord De La Salle (14-0) vs. Corona Centennial (14-1), 8 p.m. (TWC SportsNet): Centennial is the last team from California to defeat De La Salle. That happened in 2008. The Spartans come in with a powerful ground attack and a defense that doesn't give up many yards or points, led by USC-bound linebacker Michael Hutchings. Centennial's ability to pass and run is the Huskies' strength. Centennial has eliminated unbeaten teams Upland, Vista Murrieta and Narbonne in its last three games. The pick: De La Salle.

Division II

Oakdale (14-1) vs. Gardena Serra (13-2), 4 p.m. (TWC SportsNet): Serra has reached peak form on both sides of the ball, having made no turnovers the last two weeks and only one penalty in the regional final. Quarterback Jalen Greene is making good decisions, and the Cavaliers' defense, led by linebacker Dwight Williams, is using its quickness and size to shut down opponents. Oakdale offers a wing-T offense that can produce big plays. The pick: Serra.

Division III

San Diego Madison (13-1) vs. Kentfield Marin Catholic (14-1), noon (TWC SportsNet): New California Coach Sonny Dykes will be watching Marin Catholic closely, because 6-foot-4 quarterback Jared Goff is committed to California and is one of the best in the state. Madison needs a big game from Arizona-bound running back Pierre Cormier. The pick: Marin Catholic.

— Eric Sondheimer

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