CIF State Bowl Championship Predictions

Michael Hutchings

We take a look at the five state championship games in California this weekend, where 10 teams play at the Home Depot Center for CIF State Bowl Championships...

Friday: CIF State Small Schools Final: La Grand vs. Chatsworth Sierra Canyon at 4:00 p.m. at the Home Depot Center
Led by Arizona commit Julian Brooks and three-star quarterback Tyler Stewart, Sierra Canyon looks to win it's first state title when they face La Grand, also trying to snag their first state championship.  La Grand represents all the small towns in the state while Sierra Canyon is building a budding juggernaut.

PREDICTION: Sierra Canyon 31, La Grand 14

Friday: CIF State Division I Final: San Jose Bellarmine vs. Santa Margarita at 8:00 p.m. at the Home Depot Center.
Santa Margarita has four-star tackle and USC commit Max Tuerk as well as a bunch of 2013 studs, on the offensive line, Riley Sorenson and Erik Bunte and quarterback Johnny Stanton and they're fresh off a win over San Clemente in the CIF-SS Pac-5 title game.  Head coach Harry Welch is looking for his third state title since 2006, at his third different school, having won the D-I title at Canyons in 2006 and the small schools title at St. Margarets in 2008.  They'll face Bellarmine Prep, who lost in the D-I title game in 2009 and they're led by a pair of San Jose State commits Joseph Gigantino and Brad Kuh.

PREDICTION: Santa Margarita 20, Bellarmine Prep 17

Saturday: CIF State Division III Final: Moraga Campolindo vs. Fresno Washington Union at 12:00 p.m. at the Home Depot Center
Picked to finish last in their league, Campolindo instead put together an undefeated season and won the CIF-NCS title to put themselves in the D-III championship. Washington Union becomes the first team from the Central Section to ever qualify for the state bowl games, and they feature arguably the most explosive player in the weekend's contest, Notre Dame commit Deontay Greenberry.

PREDICTION: Washington Union 28, Campolindo 24

Saturday: CIF State Division II Final: Loomis Del Oro vs. La Mesa Helix at 4:00 p.m. at the Home Depot Center
Del Oro's only loss was to Westlake in the season opener and they've won out since then and make their first trip to the Home Depot Center.  Nevada commit Alex Bertando leads Del Oro. Helix, the school that produced 49ers quarterback Alex Smith and Dolphins running back Reggie Bush makes it's initial visit to Carson as well, and they're led by Cameron Lee and Victor Bowen.

PREDICTION: Del Oro 27, Helix 20

Saturday: CIF State Open Division Final: Concord De La Salle vs. Westlake at 8:00 p.m. at the Home Depot Center
The only team to appear in all six state bowl games since 2006, De La Salle is the two time defending Open Division champion, and looks to make it three in a row and four in the last six years.  The Spartans are led by Wisconsin commit Bart Houston, who's only lost one game as a starter and is poised to be the first quarterback in the bowl game history to have won three straight state titles.  Defensively, four-star linebacker Michael Barton, a Cal commit, and California's top prospect for 2013, five-star linebacker Michael Hutchings, lead the Spartans.  The Warriors are the first CIF-SS Northern Division team to be in the Open Division final and they're led by do-everything 2013 stud Dashon Hunt and 2013 quarterback Justin Moore, as well as Colorado commits Justin Solis and Johnny Stuart up front.

PREDICTION: De La Salle 35, Westlake 28
 

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