Is a state bowl game series game in the offing for a San Diego Section team?
Cal-Hi Sports is suggesting that Mission Hills could meet the winner of tonight’s Southern Section, Vista Murrieta-Corona Centennial Division I championship contest. Such a game would take place on the weekend of Dec. 13-14 and be a Southern California playoff prelude to a state championship game.
St. Augustine, Cathedral, and Holtville also are in the mix. Any of the 5 Section champions are eligible, but most will be on the outside looking in.
The Saints have not turned in their equipment and will be watching to see who wins the Southern Section Division II matchup between Gardena Serra and West Hills Chaminade.
Holtville, which won D-V, is an 11-1 possibility in D-IV. There is no D-V playoff.
Cathedral is a D-1 longshot but administered the only loss in 13 games for Vista Murrieta.
A caveat to much of this is which Southern Section winners will go into the Open Division and which will be in D-I.
Meanwhile, Christian has taken legal action to place the Patriots in a D-IV bowl series game. Christian has less than 500 students and, according to state CIF bylaws, that automatically means Christian is D-IV.
Playoff pairings throughout the state this year were determined by “past success” and not by enrollment. Christian thus is in the San Diego Section D-III title game tomorrow night against San Marcos, which has a student body of more than 2,200.
San Marcos is favored and a Christian loss could make a D-IV state playoff berth and the law suit agajnst the San Diego Section and State CIF somewhat academic.
Christian is represented by attorney Bob Ottilie, who has won previous battles against the high school federations.
The games are tonight. The politics will follow soon after.