Bakersfield (Calif.) at San
Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills at 7:30 p.m.
Bakersfield (11-2) and Mission Hills (12-1) will face off Friday night in the CIF State Division I South championship game. Both teams are relatively evenly matched rankings-wise. Per MaxPreps' California football rankings, Mission Hills is 10th in the state while Bakersfield is 11th. Mission Hills is loaded on both sides of the ball. Leading Mission Hills' offense is 2014 quarterback Connor Wynn and his favorite target, 2014 wide receiver Scott Higgins, who with only one catch in Friday's game, will break Mission Hills' single-season receptions record. The Grizzlies have three players on the San Diego CIF first-team defense for 2013. Led by 2013 CIF Defensive Player of the Year, 2014 four-star linebacker and BYU commit Fred Warner, the Grizzlies defense also includes three-star linebacker Ricky Liuchan, a 2014 Oregon State commit and 2015 four-star defensive back Dechaun Holiday who holds nine offers including ones from UCLA and Nebraska. Bakersfield is on a nine-game win streak, all against D-I opponents and has averaged roughly 36 points per game. The Drillers' offense is led by 2014 quarterback Asauni Rufus. Rufus is a verbal commit to Nevada but will switch to defensive back in college. Alongside Rufus is 2014 wide receiver/defensive back Kevin Hayes who will play DB for Oregon State next fall. Friday's champion will face the winner of the CIF State D-I North Championship in either Loomis (Calif). Del Oro or San Mateo (Calif) Serra Dec. 20 at the StubHub
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Corona (Calif.) Centennial vs. Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco at 7:30 p.m.
Bosco has an embarrassment of riches with 13 players holding Div I offers. Jaleel Wadood is the No. 3 corner in the west but the California commit will play safety for the Braves and is one of the most dynamic players in the region. Naijiel Hale, the No. 5 corner in the region, has committed to Arizona and rush end Malik Dorton, among the state's top pass rushers, has committed to USC. Wide out Shay Fields is a USC commit and one of the most explosive pass catchers in the region and cornerback Chandler Hawkins has committed to Air Force. The top recruit on the team is massive offensive lineman Damien Mama. Mama is the nation's top guard prospect and has his choice of any school in the country. Jacob Tuioti-Mariner
has gained 20 pounds since last season and has established himself as one of the
region's premier defensive lineman and talented quarterback Josh Rosen is the
No. 2 signal caller in the 2015 class and is well over the double digit offer
mark. Centennial boasts some of the top talent in Southern California in the 2014 class on both sides of the ball. On offense, they're anchored by senior offensive guard Viane Talamaivao, a one-time Alabama commit who recently flipped to USC. Lining up behind Talamaivao is California commit and senior running back Tre Watson, who still has schools like Boise State, UCLA and Utah heavily pursuing him. Centennial also have a weapon in 2014 three-star receiver Barry Ware, a one time UCLA commit, who recently opened his recruitment. Centennial's roster is just as impressive on the defensive side of the ball, headlined by defensive end Austin Maloata, who will join Talamaivao next year at USC. Three-star senior defensive end Jaylen Johnson is also a force to reckon with,
and recently opened up his recruitment.