Here is the schedule for the weekend, with all games being televised in Southern California on FSN Prime Ticket, and all five games in Northern California being televised on CSN California (with the D-II finals on CSN Bay Area).
Division IV: Stockton Brookside Christian (12-0) vs. La Jolla The Bishop's School (13-0) at 4 p.m.
Division I: Palo Alto (14-0) vs. Corona Centennial (15-0) at 7:30 p.m.
Division III: Escalon (13-1) vs. San Diego Madison (12-1) at 12:00 p.m.
Division II: Folsom (13-1) vs. Gardena Serra (14-0) at 3:30 p.m.
Open Division: Concord De La Salle (13-0) vs. Anaheim Servite (14-0) at 7:30 p.m.
Scout.com will be on hand all weekend in Carson, and here is a look at the top prospects involved in each game.
(Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on FSN Prime Ticket (SoCal) and CSN California (NorCal)
This game matches what was arguably the top two teams in California last year in Concord De La Salle and Anaheim Servite, and is the first time in the five year history of the bowl games that two defending state champions will meet. De La Salle won the Open Division title last year over Los Angeles Crenshaw while Servite beat Rocklin in the D-II game. Many felt like Servite should have been in the Open Division game because of strength of schedule, but that just makes this year's game that much more intriguing.
The only team to make it to Carson each of the five years its been in place is De La Salle. The Spartans are six years removed from their streak ending, and only once since it was snapped in 2004 have they gone unbeaten in a season, in 2007, when they beat Corona Centennial in the D-I state game, their first official CIF State Bowl title.
Last year, the Spartans started 1-2, with both losses coming to out of state foes, but ripped off 12 straight wins before beating Crenshaw in the Open Division game. They've added 13 more wins on to that and come in with a 24-game win streak, modest by De La Salle standards, but impressive nonetheless. So a win here would give them their second perfect season in the last seven years. De La Salle routed San Ramon California last week en route to their 19th straight CIF-NCS title.
Servite, on the other hand, has long played second fiddle to Santa Ana Mater Dei in Orange County, and even Orange Lutheran won a state bowl game since it's inception, but the Friars are looking to become only the second back-to-back champions in the bowl games (Ventura St. Bonaventure was the first, with wins in 2007 and 2008), and solidify themselves as the premier program in Orange County.
The Friars have had some close calls this year, but always seemed to get the plays they needed to pull out the win. They beat a strong Mission Viejo team a week ago in the CIF-SS Pac-5 finals, the toughest division in the state.
What makes this game so intriguing is its two teams with plenty of big game experience, both with goals of winning back-to-back titles, and both schools that are well-coached but lack that uber-star that other teams have.
Still, there are some top prospects to watch.
De La Salle Prospects to Watch: DE Dylan Wynn (Oregon State commit), LB Blake Renaud (Boise State commit), CB Antoine Pickett, PK Preston Lyon, RB Lucas Dunne, 2012 QB Bart Houston (Four-star and 2012 Watch Lister), 2012 LB Michael Barton, 2012 WR Devin Williams, 2013 LB Michael Hutchings.
Servite Prospects to Watch: OT Troy Niklas (Four-star lineman), CB Jordan Jones, CB Karlton Dennis, RB Malik Felton, LB Matthew Inman, DL Wyatt Baker, 2012 LB Butch Pauu (Scout 2012 Watch List), 2012 OL Travis Averill, 2012 QB Cody Pittman
(Friday at 7:30 p.m. on FSN Prime Ticket (SoCal) and CSN California (NorCal)
Palo Alto played in the very first year of bowl games, losing to the Aaron Corp-led Orange Lutheran squad in the D-II finals. This year, they bring an unbeaten team who's markedly better than the initial squad that came.
They're unbeaten, having beaten a strong San Jose Valley Christian squad in the CIF-CCS Open Division title game, and while they may be a bit overmatched in this one, you can expect them to put a serious fight.
Their opponent is Corona Centennial, who many feel could be the best team in the state of California this year, and some thought could get into the Open Division game.
Alas, the Huskies will play in the D-I game for the third time in four years, and it's a rubber match of sorts, having lost in 2007 to De La Salle before beating them a year later in the 2008 finals.
This Husky team may lack the star power of some of head coach Matt Logan's previous teams, but this may actually be his best he's brought to Carson.
Palo Alto Prospects to Watch: DE Kevin Anderson (Stanford commit), QB Christoph Bono (son of former NFL quarterback Steve Bono).
Corona Centennial Prospects to Watch: QB Michael Eubank (3-star QB with numerous offers), WR Larry Scott (Oregon State commit), RB Barrinton Collins (2-star back with interest), LB Ryan Jack (San Diego State commit), WR Eric Finney
(Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on FSN Prime Ticket (SoCal) and CSN Bay Area (NorCal)
Selfishly, many were rooting for a Serra-Sacramento Grant final, but Folsom wasn't one of them, avenging a season-opening loss to the Pacers with a blowout in the CIF-SacJoaquin Finals.
Folsom has looked like a completely different team since being routed by Grant in a nationally televised opener. They've ripped off 13 straight wins and have won their last three games by a combined score of 171-46.
They have the firepower to push the winning streak to 14.
Serra, on the other hand, is looking to put the capper on an impressive two year run that has seen them win 29-straight games as they try to make it 30 in a row.
The Cavs were in the D-III game a year ago, one in which they were the clearly superior team, but couldn't quite put away a pesky Kentfield Marin Catholic team, before they out-talented them in the end.
Serra has arguably the most talent of any team in Carson this weekend, and they have the shortest drive of any school playing, not to mention the experience of playing here a year ago. But Folsom has played in some big games too.
This may be the best game of the weekend, at least on paper.
Folsom Prospects to Watch: WR Jordan Richards (Stanford commit), WR Tyler Trosin (Oregon State commit), WR Kori Babineuex (handful of offers), QB Dano Graves (Dual-threat QB was State Junior of the Year last season), LB Burton DeKoning
Serra Prospects to Watch: WR George Farmer (USC commit), DE Jason Gibson (Cal commit), S Marqise Lee (4-star is West's top safety), QB Conner Preston (SMU commit), DT David Moala (3-star has handful of offers), RB Shaq Richard, LB Woodson Greer (3-star with numerous offers), 2012 CB Raymond Ford (2012 Watch List), 2012 CB Patrick Wooten (2012 Watch List), 2012 DT Kris Cooper (2012 Watch List)
(Saturday at 12:00 p.m. on FSN Prime Ticket (SoCal) and CSN California (NorCal)
Two of the surprise teams here are Escalon and Madison.
Escalon won the CIF-SacJoaquin Section title, one of three teams from that section playing in the state bowl games, and have won 11 straight since dropping game three to Patterson.
Their final regular season win was over Modesto Christian, last year's Small Schools State Champion, then beat Modesto Central Catholic in an impressive playoff opening win. They held off Calaveras last week to earn a spot in the finals.
Madison had one of the more impressive postseason wins in the CIF-San Diego Section finals, blowing out the team many thought would be here, Valley Center, 40-14. They also avenged their lone loss of the season to San Diego Olympian.
In fact, Madison is one of the hottest teams coming in, their closest win an 18-point decision in their last games.
Escalon Prospects to Watch: FB Adrian Cortes, WR/OLB Brandon Shaw, LB Victor Carrillo, 2012 RB Josh Miguel, 2012 QB Gino Franceschetti,
(Friday at 4:00 p.m. on FSN Prime Ticket (SoCal) and CSN California (NorCal)
This game will match up a pair of unbeatens with the CIF-SacJoaquin Champs from Brookside Christian meeting the CIF-San Diego champs from The Bishops School.
Brookside Christian puts a lot of points on the board, and hopes to continue that against TBS. Quarterback Tony Rodriguez threw an eye-popping 46 touchdowns this year, with Shaquille Hill on the receiving end of most of them.
The Bishops School also scores a lot, being held to under 41 points just once in the last seven games, against San Diego Francis Parker last week to earn their spot here.
Brookside Christian Prospects to Watch: QB Tony Rodriguez, WR Shaquille Hill
The Bishops School Prospects to Watch: LB Micah Seau