Serra in search of elusive CCS championship

Examiner file photoErich Wilson is one of the most explosive players in the Bay Area and will lead Serra into the CCS semis Saturday.

After crushing Wilcox for the second time this season, Serra stands only two wins away from the Central Coast Section Division I championship.

But to get to the title game, the top-seeded Padres (9-2) will have to take down Milpitas (8-3) at Serra on Saturday.

“It’s going to be a tough game, but thankfully we’re playing at home,” Serra coach Pat Walsh said. “We need to prove we can get past this week. We don’t want another loss on Thanksgiving.”

Serra has played in the CCS Open Division semifinals two of the past three years, but has not won a section championship since 1990.

“We’ve never had a 10-win season and with the proud tradition we have [at Serra], it’s pretty unbelievable,” Walsh said. “It means everything to these kids to have a chance to do something not ever done at Serra. This group of kids deserves that moniker.”

Serra wreaked havoc on the Wilcox offense, collecting six sacks and set the tone early, Walsh said.

The Wilcox defense played a cleaner game, according to Walsh, than the team’s first matchup in September, slowing down running back Erich Wilson.

“We didn’t have those big Erich Wilson-type runs,” Walsh said.

But the University of Washington-bound Wilson broke for a 99-yard kickoff return touchdown to begin the second half and capped it with a 13-yard touchdown run.

Milpitas also won a rematch game against Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division rival Mountain View
42-33, and comes in with much more experience than Serra.

The Trojans have won two section championships in the past five years, the last coming in 2009, and neither time did they win their league championship.

“They have a confident group of guys,” Walsh said. “Some games they could beat anybody in the section.”

Milpitas has been inconsistent and has not won back-to-back games since October.

Walsh is hoping his team leans on its senior leadership, which has carried them most of the season.

“We’ve only had one bad week [against Mitty] and I’m going to put my money on the senior class to put in the work,” he said.

Four Peninsula Athletic League also advanced in the CCS playoffs.

Aragon advanced in Division II by beating Sobrato 30-17 and will face top-seeded Los Gatos. The Dons last made it to the CCS semifinals in 2009 before losing to Los Gatos.

South City also moved on in Division II and will take on Pioneer on Friday.

Menlo-Atherton rolled to a Division I first-round victory over Santa Clara 40-22 and will host Salinas on Friday.
Sacred Heart Prep, which won the Division IV championship last season, is two wins away from back-to-back titles, but faces a stiff test against No. 1 Palma.

CCS football

Games involving San Francisco and San Mateo County teams:

SEMIFINAL MATCHUPS

DIVISION I
Friday

No. 6 Salinas (7-4) at No. 2 Menlo-Atherton (8-3), 1 p.m.
Saturday
No. 4 Milpitas (8-3) at No. 1 Serra (9-2), 1 p.m.

DIVISION II
Friday

No. 3 South San Francisco (9-2) at No. 2 Pioneer (8-3), 7 p.m.
No. 4 Aragon (9-2) at No. 1 Los Gatos (9-1-1), 7 p.m.

DIVISION III
Friday

No. 5 Sacred Heart Cathedral (6-5) vs. Christopher (10-1) at Gilroy High School, 7 p.m.
Saturday
No. 7 St. Ignatius (4-6-1) at No. 3 Valley Christian (6-5), 7 p.m.

DIVISION IV
Friday

No. 4 Sacred Heart Prep (8-3) vs. No. 1 Palma (9-1-1) at Salinas Sports Complex, 7 p.m.

High school footballPrep SportsSan Franciscosports

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

The City is seeking to enhance health care for San Francisco International Airport workers, which include more than 100 who have tested positive for COVID-19. <ins>(Courtesy photo)</ins>
Airlines, business groups fight new health insurance requirements for SFO workers

Heathy Airport Ordinance would require companies to offer family coverage or increase contributions

The Hall of Justice building at 850 Bryant St. is notorious for sewage leaks and is known to be seismically unsafe. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
SFPD speeding up Hall of Justice exit after another ‘large leak’

San Francisco police can’t get out of the decrepit Hall of Justice… Continue reading

The Telegraph Quartet is pictured during its SF Music Day 2020 recording session at the striking, beautifully lit and almost empty Herbst Theatre. (Courtesy Marcus Phillips)
SF Music Day goes virtual with Herbst broadcast

Performers pre-record sets in empty, iconic theater

Dr. Vincent Matthews, superintendent of the San Francisco Unified School District, said Tuesday that student would not be back in school before the end of this calendar year. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Superintendent: City schools will not reopen before the end of the year

San Francisco public schools won’t reopen to students for the rest of… Continue reading

The admissions process at the academically competitive Lowell High School is set to change this year due to coronavirus restritions. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Lowell’s selective admissions process put on hold this year — and more changes may be in the works

School board votes unanimously to use normal student assignment lottery for competitive school

Most Read