By Gideon Rubin
Santa Fe Christian’s amazing playoff run ended with a 66-7 loss to Central Catholic of Modesto in a Division IV state championship bowl game on Dec. 14 at Home Depot Center in Carson.
The loss snapped a nine-game winning streak as the Eagles concluded their season with an 11-4 overall record.
Santa Fe Christian is just the second team in Carmel Valley history to appear in a state championship bowl game since the California Interscholastic Federation instituted the bowl championship series in 2006. The other is Cathedral Catholic, which won the 2008 Division II state title.
Central Catholic (14-2) set the tone for the win early, outscoring the Eagles 28-0 in the first quarter. The Raiders led 49-0 late in the first half before the Eagles scored their only touchdown on Jerry Haper’s 60-yard run.
Central Catholic took a 59-7 lead into the intermission.
Harper rushed for 92 yards on 10 carries to lead the Eagles. Sophomore quarterback Carter Roberts completed four of 12 pass attempts for 66 yards but had three interceptions.
Harper, Troy Zarubin and Slater Howe each had seven tackles to lead the Eagles defensively.
Rey Vega rushed for 202 yards to lead Central Catholic and Ray Lomas IV gained 183 rushing yards as the Raiders combined for 509 yards on the ground and 565 yards of total offense.
Cathedral Catholic took third place in one of the nation’s most prestigious tournaments.
The Dons improved to 8-1 overall for the season after defeating Pasadena 76-62 in the third place game of the National Prep Classic at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria on Dec. 15.
The Dons lost to St. Joseph of Santa Maria 58-54 in a semifinal on Dec. 14.
Xavier Williams scored 20 points and had 14 rebounds to lead the Dons in the Pasadena game.
Brandon Michel added 13 points and Nick Prunty added 12 points.
Williams scored 16 points and Prunty contributed 15 points in the St. Joseph game.
Santa Fe Christian defeated Carlsbad 67-52 for its fourth straight victory in the North County Classic on Dec. 15. Earlier in the day the Eagles defeated Oceanside 53-38.
SFC opened the tournament with a 56-40 loss to Chaparral on Dec. 10, but the Eagles bounced back with a 89-66 victory over Paloma Valley on Dec. 11 and a 72-61 win against Fallbrook two days later.
Brian Finley led the Eagles with 24 points in the Carlsbad game and Grant Corsi added 21 points.
Finley scored 25 points to lead the Eagles in the Paloma Valley game and Corsi led the Eagles with 25 points in the Fallbrook game.
The Eagles improved their overall record for the season to 6-2.
San Diego Jewish Academy lost to New Community Jewish School of West Hills (near Los Angeles) in a nonleague game on Dec. 12.
Ilan Graubart scored 31 points in defeat for the Lions and Judah Rosenzweig contributed 10 rebounds and eight points.
The loss followed a 96-32 nonleague victory over Juian on Dec. 10 in which Rosenzweig and Adam Sharf each scored 20 points to lead the Lions.