Sunday, December 13, 2015

Prep Football: Rancho Bernardo rallies to clinch state title bid

HESPERIA, CA (12/12/2015) After a hard fought victory over the Oak Hills Bulldogs (9-6), the Rancho Bernardo Broncos (12-2) advance to the 2015 CIF State Championship, where they'll host Northern California Division III-A champion Sacred Heart Prep (Atherton, CA) next Saturday.

Coming back from a 21-7 deficit to force a 21-21 tie at halftime, Rancho Bernardo took an early third quarter lead with Matt Araiza's 20-yard field goal.

It only lasted 15 seconds as Christian Navarete's 99-yard kickoff return put Oak Hills back up 27-24.

On the first play of the fourth quarter, Kevin Davis nailed a 26-yard field goal to extend the Bulldogs' lead to 30-24.

Three plays into the following drive, the Broncos caught the Oak Hills defense sleeping with a 43-yard halfback pass from Devaughn Vele to Christian Baker, for what would end up being the game-clinching touchdown.

With 1:23 left to play, Rancho Bernardo's Jeff Molina picked off Brandon Porter's deep pass to seal the 31-30 win, ending the Bulldogs' eight-game winning streak.

Four San Diego Section teams will represent the Southern California region in next Saturday's CIF State Championship Bowl Games.

Saturday, December 19th @ 6:00 p.m. PT

Division III-A
Sacred Heart Prep (Atherton, CA) (11-3) at RANCHO BERNARDO (12-2)

Division IV-AA
BONITA VISTA (12-2) at Hanford (CA) (13-1)

Division V-AA
Immanuel (Reedley, CA) (11-2) at MATER DEI CATHOLIC (13-1)

Division VI-AA
East Nicolaus (Nicolaus, CA) (12-2) at CORONADO (10-4)

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