2012 CIF Regional HS Football Finals: Game Previews

California HS Football Playoffs

Narbonne and Corona Centennial to Battle for Open Division Final

The most anticipated matchup in Southern California is the Open Division contest between the LA City Section champion Narbonne Gauchos and the Inland Section champs Corona Centennial Huskies. The game will be played at Cerritos College in Norwalk Saturday night.

Washington bound Narbonne quarterback Troy Williams will be expected to lead the Gauchos offense to a victory and berth in the state title game December 15 at Home Depot Center in Carson.

Narbonne has several impressive victories this season, including three wins over division champions. Early season blowouts over Northern champ Palos Verdes (41-0) and Pac-5 champ Long Beach Poly (56-0) and a hard fought 22-9 victory over Western division champ Gardena Serra laid the foundation for an undefeated 14-0 season.

Their opponent, Corona Centennial shook off an opening season 40-35 loss to St. Bonaventure (Ventura) to run the table and clinch a spot in the Open Division Final. The Huskies are coming off a dramatic 30-28 victory over previously unbeaten and nationally ranked Vista Murrieta in the Inland championship game.

Both teams have earned the right to play in a game that figures to be a classic.

Edison to Host Gardena Serra for Division II Regional Final

The Gardena Serra Cavaliers avenged an earlier season loss to the Chaminade Eagles with an epic 30-28 victory in the Western Division final last Friday. With the win, Serra claimed a spot in the Division II Regional Final against the Edison Chargers, champions of the Southwest Division. The game will be played at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa Saturday night.

The Cavaliers quality wins over the season include victories over Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks) and Long Beach Poly. In the Western division semifinals, Serra ended Lompoc’s undefeated season and long winning streak.

As for Edison, the Chargers lone defeat came against Pac-5 finalist Mater Dei early in the season. Since that point, Edison has rattled off 10 straight wins, culminating with a 28-10 victory over Villa Park in the Southwest championship game.

Both teams enter the final with strong defensive units and solid running games in what promises to be a hard hitting battle Saturday night.

Division I Regional Final Pits Long Beach Poly Against Clovis North Fresno

The Long Beach Poly Jackrabbits improbable run in the Pac-5 playoffs has earned them a spot in the Division I Regional Final against Clovis North (Fresno) Friday night at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Long Beach.

Long Beach Poly began the season 1-3, including a 56-0 blowout loss to Narbonne but the Jackrabbits showed great resiliency and turned their season around and then some.

The Jackrabbits impressive playoff run included victories over Mater Dei, St. John Bosco, Mission Viejo and Bishop Amat.

The Clovis North Broncos head into the contest Central Section champions after defeating Central 27-10 in the final. The Broncos lone defeat came at the hands of league rival Clovis 38-33 on October 26.

Both teams head into the game with momentum in what should be an entertaining game under the lights Friday night.