Serra wins CIF State Division II football title

Junípero Serra High School of Gardena won its second state title in four years Dec. 15 by defeating Oakdale High School 42-15 rout.

In winning the CIF State Division II Bowl at the Home Depot Center in Carson (a short drive from the Serra campus), the Cavaliers were led by Marques Rodgers and Adoree Jackson, who each scored three touchdowns. Rodgers’ scores came on consecutive runs from scrimmage in the first quarter (27, 57 and 1 yard), while Jackson tallied on a 50- and 27-yard receptions from Jalen Greene and a 78-yard run on a fake punt.

Coached by Scott Altenberg, Serra — which captured the 2009 Division III state title — finished 14-2. The previous week, the Cavaliers defeated Huntington Beach Edison High School 27-10 to win the CIF South Regional.

Serra earlier won the CIF Western Division title, edging Chaminade Preparatory of West Hills, 30-28, in the championship game. Mission League champ Chaminade — which during the regular season defeated Serra — reached the finals with a 45-7 win over Cathedral of Los Angeles. St. Francis also made the playoffs.

Other results included:
—Mid-Valley Division: Monrovia defeated Alpha League champion Paraclete of Lancaster, 23-7 in the championship game.

—Pac-5 Division: Mater Dei of Santa Ana defeated Marmonte League champion St. Bonaventure of Ventura in the semifinals, 21-0. Then lost in the title game to eventual state champion Long Beach Poly, 35-17. Playoff teams also included Serra League champion Bishop Alemany, Trinity League champ St. John Bosco, Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks), Bishop Amat and Santa Margarita.

—Northeast Division: Santa Fe League champion Salesian of Boyle Heights and runnerup St. Monica of Santa Monica both reached the semifinals before losing. St. Monica lost, 42-14, to eventual titlist Rio Hondo Prep, while Salesian was beaten by Mission Prep, 54-26. Bellarmine-Jefferson also made the playoffs.

—Northwest Division: Bishop Garcia Diego of Santa Barbara, Tri-Valley League champion, lost in the semifinals, 28-14, to North Torrance. Del Rey League winner La Salle, Bishop Montgomery and Mary Star of the Sea also made the playoffs.

—Northern Division: Pac 7 League winner St. Joseph (Santa Maria) lost in the opening round.

January 4, 2012

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