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Football: Centennial faces ultimate test in De La Salle

December 15, 2012 |  7:44 pm

Four games down, one to go in the CIF state bowl championships at Home Depot Center in Carson.

And what a game it is -- Corona Centennial versus Concord De La Salle for the Open Division crown in a rubber match between two of the top programs in California.

The teams split their previous Division I state bowl meetings in 2007 and 2008 and each is looking to add another chapter to its proud legacy. It's also a matchup of premiere coaches in De La Salle's Bob Ladouceur and Centennial's Matt Logan, whose team is making its fourth appearance in a state bowl.

Southern Section Inland Division champ Centennial (14-1) has beaten three undefeated teams in a row -- Upland, Vista Murrieta and Narbonne -- and will try to make it four with a victory over a Spartans squad that cruised through the North Coast Section playoffs and routed Folsom in its north regional bowl game last week.    

Southern Caifornia teams lost both games Friday but have won the first two games today, so the final game will decide which region earns bragging rights for the next year. Southern California holds a 19-11 edge since the state bowls were introduced in 2006.

The Open Division game kicks off at 8 p.m. so stay logged on for scoring updates. 

-- Steve Galluzzo