CIF State Division 3–A Northern Region football Bowl Game preview: Can Campolindo slow down McClymonds’ high-scoring offense?

With section championships wrapped up all around the state, the CIF State football playoffs are finally here. 28 bowl games are being played throughout California this weekend, and SBLive is previewing every single one.

Here’s a complete preview of the Division 3–A Northern Region championship and state semifinal, a battle between two Bay Area schools separated by only 12 miles, McClymonds and Campolindo.

CIF STATE 3-A NORTHERN REGION BOWL GAME: McClymonds (10-1) vs. Campolindo (10-3) – Saturday at 6:00 p.m.

Campolindo lost two early games and were shutout in their league opener by Benicia before turning the corner that has them on a current seven-game winning streak. The Cougars made a run as the four-seed in the North Coast Section Division 2 playoffs, beating top-seeded San Ramon Valley in the semifinals before beating Foothills 21-14 in the championship game.

McClymonds opened the year with three straight wins before losing to Menlo-Atherton in overtime, 30-27. Since losing that game, the Warriors offense has been on fire winning all seven games while averaging over 57 points per game during that time. They cruised through the section playoffs, beating Skyline and Oakland Tech by a combined score of 102-3.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

McClymonds senior Jay’Vion Cole was named MVP of the Oakland Athletic League. Cole has been a ballhawk in the Warriors’ secondary, nabbing several interceptions this season. Dwayne McDougle is a two-way standout for McClymonds, who’s impressive play this season has earned him offers from Jackson State, Northern Arizona, Portland State and others.

Campolindo junior quarterback Dashiell Weaver has tossed 20 touchdown passes this season, connecting with fellow junior Robbie Mascheroni on 13 of them. Mascheroni has been dominant, catching 63 passes for 1,229 that earned him an offer Virginia earlier in the season. Junior linebacker Robby Horst leads the Cougars in tackles and sacks and will be tasked with slowing down a McClymonds offense that hasn’t been stopped in over two months.

PREDICTION

Campolindo has been on a roll in recent weeks and figures to be able to put up points in this matchup but will certainly have their work cut out against a McClymonds team that hasn’t been held under 48 points since late September. Campolindo builds an early lead that allows them slow down the Warriors offense in this matchup.

Score: Campolindo 42, McClymonds 24

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