After 13 weeks of football, we’ve reached section championship weekend.
In the Central Coast Section, 10 teams will compete for five titles, with each division champion advancing to next weekend’s regionals or, in Serra’s case, the Open Division state title game in two weeks.
Friday night, Serra will play Archbishop Mitty for the Division I crown and Palo Alto will face Monterey in the Division V championship game.
Saturday, three more finals will be held: Bellarmine vs. St. Ignatius, Menlo School vs. Hollister and Branham vs. Santa Teresa.
As we’ve done all season, the Bay Area News Group will have coverage throughout.
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Here is the section championship preview:
Archbishop Mitty’s Ryan Marquardt (4) and Danny Scudero (10) celebrate after defeating Saint Francis in the overtime during the semifinals of the Central Coast Section Division I playoffs at Saint Francis High School Friday, Nov. 18, 2022, in Mountain View, Calif. (Photo by Jim Gensheimer)
No. 6 Archbishop Mitty (9-3) vs. No. 1 Serra (12-0) at San Jose City College, Friday, 7 p.m.: Serra has already had a historic season, becoming the first team in the program’s long history to go 10-0 in the regular season. Friday, the Padres can cement themselves as one of the CCS’s all-time great teams, especially if they roll through Mitty as they have Palma and Salinas in the first two rounds. Serra crushed Palma 57-7 and then built a 50-7 halftime lead over Salinas last week on the way to a 57-21 win in which only the backups played for the Padres in the second half when the clock ran continuously. For Serra to capture a third consecutive CCS Division I title, the San Mateo school will have to beat an opponent that has become one of the section’s all-time great stories. Mitty won one game last season. Now it will play for the CCS’s top championship after back-to-back one-point overtime wins in the playoffs. The Monarchs beat Los Gatos 29-28 in the first round and St. Francis 42-41 in the semifinals. QB Wills Towers threw five touchdown passes last week to lead Mitty, which trailed St. Francis by 15 points with less than five minutes to go. Serra QB Maealiuaki Smith completed 17 of 19 passes for 284 yards and four touchdowns in one half of playing time against Salinas. … Serra is 7-0 overall and 2-0 against Mitty in CCS finals. Mitty is 2-6 in CCS finals. The Monarchs have not captured one in 23 years. … When the teams played on Sept. 30 in San Mateo during West Catholic Athletic League play, Serra won 35-7. … Calpreps.com’s computer predicts Serra to win the rematch, 41-17. — Darren Sabedra
SAN JOSE, CA – SEPTEMBER 23: Bellarmine College Prep’s Ben Pfaff (23) celebrates his touchdown with teammates Mitch Brown (75) and Philip Miller (7) in the second quarter of their football game against St. Ignatius …read more
Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment