List of high school section championship games most notable is Pitt McClymonds

Every year, the goal is to practice Thanksgiving. This is the message that has been passed on from high school football coaches to their officials. These 26 teams have won and, in the next two days, will play in divisional tournaments.

The winners will take their banners home and advance to the CIF State Bowl, the couple announced Sunday. The winners of next week’s first-round matches advance to the state finals to face champion Southern California the second week of December.

Here’s a quick breakdown of the 13-section finals scheduled for Friday and Saturday.

Oakland department

No. 1 McClymonds (11-1) vs. No. 3 Castlemont (6-5) at Fremont HS, 6 p.m. Saturday –
The ranked Warriors haven’t lost to an OAL opponent since 2009, through 11 seasons and 88 games. With Jaivian Thomas (1,919 yards, 23 TDs, 9 games) there is no reason to believe the streak is over now. Castlemont pulled off a stunning 20-8 semi-final victory at Oakland Tech, but the McClymonds won their regular season game against Castlemont 60-6.

Central Coast Division

Section 1

No. 1 Serra (12-0) vs. No. 6 Mite (9-3) at San Jose City College, 7 p.m. Friday –
A match pitting one of the most dominant teams in CCS history (Serra won both playoff games 57-7 and 57-21) against a stellar comeback story. The Mite was 1-9 last season (and 1-12 over two years ago), but it won its playoff games against higher seeds 29-28 and 42-41, both in OT.

Section 2

No. 2 St. Ignatius (6-6) vs. No. 5 Bellarmine (6-6) at San Jose City College, 7 p.m. Saturday –
Two players from the Western Catholic Athletic Association found their footing in the playoffs. Saint Ignatius, with the help of sophomore QB Soren Hummel and RB Jerius Hogan, is hoping to avenge the season’s 34-14 loss to the Bills.

Section 3

No. 3 Menlo School – Atherton (7-5) vs. No. 5 Hollister (7-5) at Rabobank Stadium – Salinas, 7pm on Saturday –
Menlo will be hoping to end a five-game losing streak in the CCS Finals but will need to contain fast Hollister QB Isaiah Molina. Last week, his 11 carries for 216 yards and four TDs sealed a 42-28 win over top seed Soquel.

Section 4

No. 3 Branham – San Jose (11-1) vs. No. 4 Santa Teresa – San Jose (7-5) at San Jose City College, 1 p.m. on Saturday –
Branham QB William Augenstein is a one-man show. In the 68-45 semifinal win over Mountain View he caught 454 yards and six touchdowns. For the season, he threw for 2010 yards (22 TDs) and rushed for 2017 (29).

Section 5

No. 2 Palo Alto (6-6) vs. No. 5 Monterrey (8-4) at Sequoia-Redwood City HS, 7 p.m. Friday –
The Vikings are going to their fourth NCS title but their first since 2010, when they won the state title with Davante Adams. The CCS title was at the top of the (open) rating but the competitive equity model brought them to the lowest level.

North Coast section

Section 1

No. 2 Pittsburgh (10-2) vs. No. 3 Clayton Valley Charter-Concord (8-4) at Heritage-Brentwood HS, 7 p.m. Friday –
Clayton Valley Senior QB Christian Aguilar (3,097 yards, 25 TDs) transferred from Pittsburgh after his junior season. The Pirates feature four-star QB and Florida Jaden Rashad and a host of D1 receivers in Rashid Williams (Washington), Zachary Card (Oregon State) and Khai Taylor (Boise State). Pittsburgh played De La Salle-Concord tougher than it has in decades but lost an open title 30-23 last week. Fitness could factor into that game on Friday. It may also be the last game for 21-year-old Pitt head coach Vic Galli, who announced two weeks ago that this would be his last season.

Section 2

No. 1 San Ramon Valley-Danville (10-2) vs. No. 2 Campolindo-Moraga (12-0) at Dublin HS, 7pm on Friday –
Campolindo stunned SRV 17-14 in last year’s D2 Finals and returned their main weapons in QB Dashiell Weaver (3,500 yards, 41 touchdowns) and WR Robbie Mascheroni (61 catches, 1,110 yards, 18 TDs). SRV 3-star QB Luke Baker (3,310 yards, 40 TDs) was enjoying a monster season.

Section 3

No. 1 El Cerrito (12-0) vs. No. 2 Windsor (10-2) at Benicia HS, 7pm on Friday –
Another game to fight back. Windsor was eliminated last season 33-32 in the semi-finals. El Cerrito may have the best defense in the Metro (only 62 points allowed) but Windsor has the talented Anderson Brothers, freshman QB Judson and sophomore WR Hayden.

Section 4

No. 1 Marine Catholic-Kentfield (12-0) vs. No. 3 Cardinal Newman-Santa Rosa (8-4) at San Rafael HS, 7 p.m. Saturday —
The top-ranked Wildcats haven’t been challenged all season, with their closest margin a 20-7 semifinal win last week over Del Norte-Crescent City. QB Joey Cook and RB Charles Williams led a solid offense that rested several second halves. Newman shocked second seed Acalanes-Lafayette 17-14 last week.

Section 5

Known. 1 St. Marine Novato (10-2); Known. 2 Miramonte-Orinda (8-4) at Rancho Cotate-Rohnert Park HS, 7 p.m.
Great matchup between QB in UCLA off-stop Luke Duncan (3,123 yards, 39 TDs) from Miramonte and San Marin junior Dominic Ingrassia (2,258 yards, 31 TDs). Miramonte is chasing its 10th NCS title, but for the first time since 2013.

Section 6

No. 3 Justin Siena Napa (7-5) vs. No. 4 Pinole Valley (7-4) at Memorial Stadium – Napa, 7 p.m. Friday –
Pinole Valley goes on to record its fifth NCS title (but first since 1979) after the previously undefeated Spartans shocked St. Mary’s Albany in the semi-finals 20-7, while Justin-Siena posted its sixth shutout of the season, 15-0 over Salesian-Richmond.

Section 7

No. 1 St. Vincent de Paul Petaluma (12-0) vs. No. 2 Clear Lake (11-1) at Rancho Cotat, 7 p.m. Saturday –
Another game to fight back. St. Vincent finished the Clear Lake season in the semi-finals last year en route to its eighth NCS title. St. Vincent is led by career rushing leader, Kay Hall (5,518 yards, 71 TDs).

Mitch Stephens, senior editor at SBLive Sports, covers high school sports for the San Francisco Chronicle. Email:

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: