CIF State Bowl Game Preview
Sumner Houston
Sumner Houston
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Posted Dec 19, 2013


A preview of the five CIF State Bowl Championship Games...

Friday: Bakersfield (Calif.) Christian vs. Modesto (Calif.) Central Catholic
In their third visit to the CIF State Bowl Games, Modesto Central Catholic looks to win their second straight CIF State D-IV title.  Despite losing Johnny Mundt to graduation (and early playing time at Oregon), the Raiders have been stellar all season.

Friday: Bakersfield (Calif.) vs. Loomis (Calif.) Del Oro at 8:00 p.m.
Bakersfield is on a ten-game win streak, and rallied to stun Mission Hills last week on the road in the SoCal D-I Regional 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. Del Oro lost star Brandon Monroe to graduation and early playing time at San Jose State but has kept chugging along.  Quarterback Michael Moore has been the steadying force for Del Oro during their postseason run and look to become the second straight Sac-Joaquin school to win the D-I title.  Kyle Wells is a versatile two-way prospect at both tight end and linebacker for Del Oro.

Saturday: Newport Beach (Calif.) Corona del Mar vs. Atherton (Calif.) Sacred Heart Prep
Sacred Heart Prep had the biggest surprise of the regional bowl games, trouncing a loaded El Cerrito squad to earn NorCal's D-III spot.  Corona del Mar has won three straight CIF-SS titles but this is their first trip to the StubHub Center.  They're led by quarterback Luke Napolitano.

Saturday: West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade vs. Redding (Calif.) Enterprise at 4 p.m.
Chaminade has a balanced offense with star power all over. Quarterback Brad Kaaya is a Miami commit and one of the top five signal callers in the region. Donovan Lee, a Colorado commit, is a dynamic play maker at running back, receiver and corner and his sophomore brother Dymond Lee already has an offer from Miami. Junior left tackle Bar Milo is a 2015 Scout 300 member with offers from California, Miami, Nebraska and Washington and safety Jojo McIntosh is a recent Washington commit and one of the top defensive backs in the state. A sleeper to watch for the Eagles is 6-foot-6 wide out Brayden Lenius. Not only does he have great size, Lenius can run and catches the ball well for someone new to the game.  Enterprise is only the second Northern Section team to play in a CIF State Game and they're led by offensive lineman Brandon Evers, who committed to Washington State earlier this month. 

Saturday: Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco vs. Concord (Calif.) De La Salle at 8 p.m.
De La Salle is the state's top team and once again is loaded on both sides of the ball. Defensive end Sumner Houston is an Oregon State commit and one of the most physical lineman in the region. Sophomore Boss Tagaloa plays on both sides of the line and will be in the running for top overall recruit out West in the class of 2016. The line was also bolstered by the transfer of junior Kahlil McKenzie, son of Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie. McKenzie, who can play on both sides of the ball, played in Wisconsin a year ago and is a sure fire top 100 player in the class of 2015. After being banged up earlier in the year, Arizona State safety commit Das Tautalatasi is back and had a strong year. He's only playing safety, after playing running back his junior season but he'll be one of the biggest hitters on the field. Talented junior Simba Short is another BCS player for the Spartans and will be one of the region's top linebackers next year and defensive back Kevin Griffin is a talented cover corner who has committed to Washington State. Larry Allen Jr., son of former Dallas Cowboy Hall of Fame guard Larry Allen Sr., is one of the top lineman in the west region and anchors the Spartan offensive line. Bosco has an embarrassment of riches with 13 players holding Div I offers. Jaleel Wadood is the No. 3 safety in the west and the UCLA commit will play a variety of offensive roles 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. The Braves best defensive lineman this year has been Jacob Tuioti-Mariner, who's currently leaning to UCLA and Washington. 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. Talented junior quarterback Josh Rosen is the No. 2 signal caller in the 2015 class and is well over the double digit offer mark. Sophomore running back Sean McGrew has been strong all season and blew up last week rushing for over 350 yards and seven touchdowns.



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