There’s good news for fans of the Central Catholic High School football team: Starting tailback Justin Rice, who has rushed for 2,096 yards and 30 touchdowns this season, will start in today’s CIF Division IV state championship game against St. Margaret’s of San Juan Capistrano at the StubHub Center.
Modesto’s Central Catholic High School won its third straight CIF Division IV state football championship Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, at the StubHub Center in Carson with a 31-19 victory over St. Margaret’s (San Juan Capistrano). Senior tight end/safety Jared Rice delivered a final all-around performance with a sack, two interceptions and six receptions for 73 yards and two scores.
Justin Rice, the 2,000-yard rusher for Modesto’s Central Catholic High School football team, sat out the second half of Friday’s CIF Division IV state championship game with an injured right knee. His teammates more than picked up the slack as the Raiders defeated St. Margaret’s (San Juan Capistrano) 31-19.
Clayton Valley Charter (15-0), which entered Saturday’s contest averaging a national-best 449 yards per game on the ground, rolled up 407 – getting 235 from tailback Miles Harrison – and ended Oakdale’s season with a 28-7 victory.
Modesto’s Central Catholic High School, behind a school record 307 yards from Justin Rice – the Stanislaus District’s newest 2,000-yard rusher – defeated previously unbeaten Capital Christian 35-14 to win a third consecutive Northern California regional football championship.
The Oakdale High Mustangs have accomplished great things in football over the years. But, going into tonight’s Northern California Division II title game at Clayton Valley Charter High of of Concord, head coach Trent Merzon believes he’s never had a team more hot.
Junior Justin Rice was a fill-in tailback for Modesto’s Central Catholic High School after an injury to starter Montell Bland. Ten weeks later, Rice has surpassed the 100-yard mark 10 consecutive times and is nearing the magical 2,000-yard plateau.
On a cold Friday morning, students and staff at Sonora High gathered in the school’s quad to wish their volleyball team well as it prepared to travel south for its state championship match on Saturday.
The CIF on Wednesday ruled against McClymonds High School, which sought to overturn the suspension of quarterback Kevin Davidson. The suspension saddled the Oakland school with four forfeit losses since it’s believed Davidson transferred from San Ramon Valley (Danville) solely for athletic reasons. McClymonds is undefeated on the field this year but is 8-4 with the forfeits. The Warriors lost to Central Catholic in the Northern California regional championship the past two seasons, and are ranked No. 2 behind the Raiders in Cal-Hi Sports’ bowl rankings this year. Overturning the forfeit losses likely would have given McClymonds a third crack at Central Catholic, which is a virtual lock for a NorCal bowl berth when the matchups are announced Sunday. That leaves Capital Christian (Sacramento) and Salesian (Richmond) as the most likely opponents for the Raiders.
Modesto’s Central Catholic defeated Sonora 42-35 on Friday at Stockton’s Lincoln High to claim a third consecutive Sac-Joaquin Section Division V crown that all but assures them a berth in a Northern California regional bowl game against an opponent to be determined.