(CBS/Rahshaun Haylock) – What Happened? Entering last weekend’s State Bowl Games, the South had won 12 of 16 games.
They lost four of five in 2010, including the Southern Section losing all three of their games. It’s easy to blame the rain, but give credit to Northern California, it rained on them as well. They handled the elements and embraced the stage.
The surprise of the weekend had been Corona Centennial’s 15-13 loss to Palo Alto in the Division I Game Friday night. That was until Servite’s 48-8 humbling at the hands of De La Salle in the Open Division. The surprise wasn’t so much that the Spartans won, but the manner in which they handled the Friars. While in Division II, four turnovers doomed Serra in their 48-20 loss to Folsom and arguably the player of the weekend and likely State Player of the Year, diminutive quarterback Dano Graves.
Overall SoCal leads the series 13-8 but is 0-3 in Open Division Bowl Games. Sacramento Grant won the inaugural Open Bowl with an upset of Long Beach Poly in 2008, and De La Salle has won the last two.