The Bee’s Joe Davidson previews this weekend’s CIF State Football Championship Bowl Games:
Del Oro (13-2) vs. Bakersfield (12-2)
• When: Friday, 8 p.m., CSNBA
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• Outlook: Del Oro’s balanced offense will be countered by the run-heavy triple-option run by Bakersfield, the winningest program in state history with 748, including six state championships in the 1920s. Del Oro won the Sierra Foothill League behind Dylan Kainrath (1,890 yards, 24 touchdowns), though quarterback Michael Moore engineered late drives to set up game-winning kicks for Mason Humes. Moore, who has dazzled in the playoffs with 10 touchdown passes in three games, will look for tight end Tyler Meteer and receivers Trey Udoffia, Jonathon Tuttle and Therin Heryford. Moore has passed for 2,322 yards and 29 TDs. Defensive linemen Tanner Woods and Brandon Johnson, linebackers Meteer and Kyle Wells and defensive back Justin Burrage (seven interceptions) must slow a fast Drillers team led by quarterback Asauni Rufus, who is headed to Nevada. He has rushed for 1,647 yards and 29 TDs and passed for 11 scores.
DeLa Salle (14-0) vs. St. John Bosco (15-0)
• When: Saturday, 8 p.m., CSN-Plus
Enterprise (13-0) vs. Chaminade (13-2)
• When: Saturday, 4 p.m., CSN-Plus
• Outlook: Enterprise, of Redding, the second team from the Northern Section to reach a state bowl, plays highly ranked Chaminade of West Hills. Enterprise beat Manteca 27-21 in a NorCal Regional, led by Izzy Matthews’ 178 rushing yards and two TDs. Chaminade, led by Maimi-bound quarterback Brad Kaaya, could have been in the Open division last week against St. John Bosco but stayed in D-II.
Corona del Mar (15-0) vs. Sacred Heart Prep (13-1)
• When: Saturday, noon, CSNCA
• Outlook: This should be a high-scoring game. Corona del Mar, of Newport Beach, has won 25 straight games and is aming to to become the first team in state history to go 16-0. Sacred Heart Prep of Atherton stunned El Cerrito 42-7 in a NorCal Regional. Running back Ben Burr-Kirven, seldom used coming into the game, ran for 163 yards and four TDs.
Central Catholic (14-1) vs. Bakersfield Christian (12-2)
• When: Friday, 4 p.m., CSNBA
• Outlook: The Raiders, of Modesto, are defending state D-IV champions, and that experience should help against Bakersfield Christian, which is playing in a state bowl for the first time. Running back Matt Ringer leads Central Catholic with 2,348 yards and 33 TDs. Bakersfield Christian’s Brandon Jones has passed for 3,980 yards and 52 TDs.