CIF State Championship Bowl Games Wrap-Up

The 2007 prep football season concluded in the Golden State on Saturday night at the Home Depot Center with the three state championship bowl games, won by Concord De La Salle (D-I), Oceanside (D-II) and Ventura St. Bonaventure (D-III)...

Division III: Ventura St. Bonaventure def. Modesto Central Catholic, 35-21

The Seraphs put a capper on their 2007 season with a win over Central Catholic for the D-III title, keeping that division's title in Ventura County (after Oaks Christian of Westlake won it last year).

A solid game from Darrell Scott, who rushed for 149 yards and two touchdowns, was iced when Scott hit quarterback K.C. Serna for a 16-yard touchdown on a tailback throw. Serna took it in with 1:19 left in the game to ice the victory for the Seraphs.

The Raiders scored first on a pass from Dylan Swartz to Alex Young for a 12-yard score. The Seraphs answered on a Serna pass to Isaiah Burton for 20 yards. Scott scored on a 48-yard run in the second quarter but the Raiders answered before the half on a run by Louis Bland to tie it up.

In the fourth, Bland was hit well short of the line of scrimmage by Dylan Davis, giving the Seraphs the ball and Serna hit Drew Gibson for a 70-yard touchdown, on 3rd and 21 to make it 21-14. After a bobbled punt by CC, Scott ran in a 10-yard score for the 28-14 lead. Max Nelson, though, scored from 34-yards out to give them life, and cut the lead to 28-21. Then a couple of big Scott runs, including a 14-yarder in which he leaped over a defender set up a fourth and five, when Scott hit Serna for the score.

Division II: Oceanside def. Novato, 28-14

A quick start, which came courtesy of an early defensive stand and a Jordan Wynn touchdown pass to Frank Zimmerman, made it look like it could be a runaway for the Pirates.

But Novato didn't win 25 games in a row by accident, and the Hornets scored two touchdowns to make it 14-7 going into the half.

The Hornets appeared to be driving for a score that would make it a two-possession game, but Tyrone Lockett took an interception 77 yards to the Novato three. Armani Taylor waltzed in a play later to tie it at 14-14.

Into the fourth quarter, the Pirates used another interception, this one by J.J. Whitaker to set up another scoring drive that culminated with Wynn hitting Zimmerman for a 21-14 lead.

Taylor ran in for his second touchdown of the game and the 28-14 final.

Division I: Concord De La Salle def. Corona Centennial, 37-31

De La Salle had been pining to get back to the Home Depot Center since they lost to Canyon in the D-I state game a year ago. Were it not for a late touchdown and a takeaway, the Spartans may have dreaded ever coming back to Carson.

Centennial rallied from 24-points down to tie the score in the fourth quarter, but a touchdown by Noah Perio from Mike MacGillivray with just over five minutes left put them back on top, 37-31. A peculiar unsportsmanlike penalty on the touchdown pushed the PAT back, and it was missed.

But Blair Wishom rendered that point meaningless, picking off Matt Scott to seal the state title for the Spartans.

De La Salle scored first, using a 1-yard run by Blake Wayne, but Centennial answered back with a 1-yard run by Ryan Bass.

Then the Spartans got hot, scoring 24 points in a row of their own. The Huskies, though, answered back with 24 more, Scott hitting Ricky Marvray twice for scores.

The tied game, though, was the closest the Huskies would get thanks to Perio, MacGillivray and Wishom.


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