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Central gearing up to stop SoCal star

Central Catholic's #10 Louis Bland works his way upfield and around Patterson's defense in the Raider's Sac-San Joaquin championship victory.   Marty Bicek/The Modesto Bee
Central Catholic's #10 Louis Bland works his way upfield and around Patterson's defense in the Raider's Sac-San Joaquin championship victory. Marty Bicek/The Modesto Bee Modesto Bee

Central Catholic High football coach Mike Glines was with his coaching staff, watching Sunday's selection show, when he got the call.

Central Catholic was chosen as the Northern California representative to play in the California Interscholastic Federation Division III State Championship Bowl Game at the Home Depot Center in Carson. It will play St. Bonaventure of Ventura, which features one of the country's top running back prospects in Darrell Scott.

"We were all pretty excited," Glines said Monday.

The call set off a whirlwind of activity for Glines and Central Catholic.

He left early Monday morning for an informational meeting in Carson that included all six state championship game coaches. He traded film with the Seraphs' Todd Therrien.

And he made it back just in time to finish the Raiders' practice.

"It's been a pretty busy day, but it was nice to see the stadium," Glines said. "It's a beautiful facility."

He'll begin studying film of the Seraphs today, but the big question is, who can stop Scott (2,283 yards, 32 touchdowns this season)?

Glines said he got a congratulatory call Sunday from Cardinal Newman coach Paul Cronin. Central Catholic and Cardinal Newman were considered the top two NorCal Division III teams until the Cardinals lost in their North Coast Section final on Saturday.

"He told me whatever he could do to help us, just let him know," Glines said. "They were there last year, so he knows what to expect."

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