Trio of Peninsula programs fight to keep season alive

Three San Mateo County teams are still alive by virtue of winning their Central Coast Section Divisions.

Serra, out of the powerful West Catholic Athletic League, defeated two conference rivals en route to a surprising triumph in the Division II playoffs. During their run, the fifth-seeded Padres knocked off St. Francis and Archbishop Mitty, with the latter coming in the finals.

Behind a hardy defense, Menlo-Atherton captured the Division I crown, winning the title with a 17-0 shutout of Milpitas in the final.

At the Division V level, Half Moon Bay came out victorious, with the Cougars defeating the Menlo School 41-24 in the final.

The three CCS schools will have the weekend off to rest for their upcoming Regional Championship Bowl Games. On Sunday, the California Interscholastic Federation will announce the pairings for all 25 of the state’s championship contests.

The bowl games are determined based on a “competitive equity” system and not necessarily on the size of each school.

The three programs will square off against similar Northern California competition as part of the regional bowl system. If they win that contest, they’ll move on to compete for a state title.

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