SACRAMENTO (AP) — Justin Rice ran 19 times for 216 yards and two touchdowns as Central Catholic handed San Marino a 56-21 loss to win the Division Open - Small Schools CIF State Football Championship Bowl Game on Saturday night. It’s the fourth straight state Bowl Game title for the Raiders. They are also one of two teams from the Valley Oak League to earn a state championship, joining Sierra.
Da-Ron Bland returned two interceptions for scores while Hunter Petlansky threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score for Central Catholic (16-0).
Mark Wicke threw for 199 yards and one touchdown and Aiden Santino had 115 yards receiving and one TD for the Titans (15-1).
San Marino trailed 21-14 at the half. But in less than three minutes, Central Catholic’s Justin Rice ran 64 yards on three plays, including a 17-yard touchdown and Da-Ron Bland returned a 43-yard interception for a score to open the third quarter.
The game was put away for good when Rice scored his second touchdown on a 38-yard scamper and Bland got his second pick-6, a 39-yarder, to make the score 49-14 in the third quarter.
San Marino was outscored 35-7 in the second half.
De La Salle tops Centennial in Open Division final
SACRAMENTO (AP) — As far as De La Salle head coach Justin Alumbaugh was concerned, the Open Division of the 2015 CIF State Football Championship Bowl Games at Sacramento State played out better than he thought it would on Saturday night.
“That was too good of a game,” he said as his Spartans beat Centennial 28-21 in a game that kept going back and forth.
“Coach (Matt) Logan does an incredible job with Centennial,” Alumbaugh said. “Those guys don’t give up and just keep coming at you. But we kept coming back at them, too. It was definitely a slug fest.”
De La Salle’s Anthony Sweeney ran 14 times for 71 yards and the deciding TD run in the fourth quarter. Antoine Custer rushed 18 times for 117 yards and two touchdowns while Sweeney also threw for 76 yards and a TD for the De La Salle Spartans (13-1), who won their seventh state title.
Anthony Catalano ran for 103 yards and one touchdown for the Centennial Huskies (15-1), who were ranked No. 1 in the country. Catalano also tossed two TD passes.
De La Salle lost its first game of the season, 26-21 to Trinity on Aug. 29 in Euless, Texas. The Spartans came in to Sacramento with 12 straight victories while the Huskies were undefeated.
“They came out and do what they do,” said Centennial receiver Sammonte Bonner, who caught an 8-yard TD pass from Catalano in third quarter. “They run the ball and pound it. That’s what they did. They are a great team.”
The game was tied on three occasions, the last on Custer’s 63-yard TD run for De La Salle to make it 21-all in the third quarter, which came the possession after Centennial’s Catalano found Javon McKinley in the back of the end zone for a 10-yard TD catch and the lead.
Sweeney put De La Salle on top 28-21 when he scored on a barely-touched, 26-yard touchdown run with 9:57 left in the fourth quarter.
The Spartans defense stopped the Huskies on fourth-and-8 in the fourth quarter and later on fourth-and-11 with 1:04 left to seal the victory.
Centennial was well under its 56.5 points-per-game average as was De La Salle, which was averaging 45.7 points. The Huskies outgained the victorious Spartans 377-303 in total offense.
Keanu Andrade’s 11 tackles and Boss Tagaloa’s 10 wrap-ups led De La Salle. Zach Brumbaugh had 12 tackles and Camron Pitcher finished with 11 tackles for Centennial.
Narbonne wins D 1-A title over Clayton Valley
SACRAMENTO (AP) — Sean Riley ran for 93 yards and two touchdowns in Narbonne’s 28-14 Division I-A title victory over Clayton Valley Charter in the 2015 CIF State Football Championship Bowl Games on Saturday.
Kameron Denmark ran for 62 yards and a touchdown for the Gauchos (14-2) and Raymond Scott recorded 16 tackles in the game at Sacramento State.
Ray Jackson III ran for 139 yards and a touchdown and Jake Peralta rushed for 123 yards and a score for the Clayton Valley Charter Ugly Eagles (14-2).
Mission Viejo wins D I AA over Bellarmine
SACRAMENTO (AP) — Colin Schooler ran 31 times for 224 yards and two touchdowns to help Mission Viejo claim the Division I AA title by beating Bellarmine 24-0 in the 2015 CIF State Football Championship Bowl Games on Friday night.
Brock Johnson threw for 117 yards and two touchdowns for the Diablos (16-0), who completed their unbeaten season at rain-soaked Sacramento State. Schooler also had a leading nine tackles as a linebacker.
The only highlight for the overmatched Bellarmine Bells (13-2) was a 35-yard run by Antonio Garcia in the fourth quarter. The Bells had a negative 22 offensive yards to start the fourth quarter, 51 total yards in the game on 46 plays.