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El Capitan vs. Campolindo preview

12/19/2014, 7:30pm PST
By Kirk Kenney

CIF State Football Championship Bowls

Unbeaten El Capitan is enjoying the best football season in the school's 55-year history.

Where: StubHub Center in Carson

Tickets: $15, adults; $10, high school students with ASB card, seniors 65-plus and children (one ticket is good for all games that day)

Parking: $10

TV: All games on TWC SportsNet

Online: All games streamed at twccommunity.com

Radio: None


Moraga Campolindo (15-0) vs. El Capitan (14-0)

When: Saturday, noon

Moraga Campolindo outlook: The Bay Area’s Cougars have averaged 46.7 points a game with a balanced offense that takes advantage of the passing of senior QB Jack Stephens (160 of 259, 3,273 yards, 33 TDs/9 INTs) and the running of senior RB Nick Fadelli (1,814, 32 TDs). Senior WRs Max Flower (51 catches, 1,000 yards, 11 TDs) and Tyler Petite (30 catches, 869 yards, 9 TDs) are Stephens’ top targets. The Campolindo defense is allowing 19.4 points a game. LB Kevin Hull has a team-high eight sacks.

El Capitan outlook: The Vaqueros are confident in the county’s stingiest defense (10.4 points a game), which has allowed only 20 points over four postseason games. A group of two-way standouts — RB/LB D.J. Smith, SB/CB Isaiah Capoocia, WR/OLB Joseph LaChappa, WR/SS Zach Cagle and TE/DL Clay Cromwell — provide a solid foundation for success. Smith (1,280 yards, 19 TDs) powers the running game. Capoocia (59 catches, 941 yards, 15 TDs/322 yards, 6 TDs rushing, 3 TDs on returns) does a little bit of everything. QB Brad Cagle (2,769 yards, 26 TDs passing) directs the offense, which is averaging 38 points a game. El Capitan is bidding for the first perfect season and state championship in the school’s 55-year history.

Kirk Kenney


Concord Clayton Valley (15-0) vs. Redlands East Valley (14-1)

When: Saturday, 4 p.m.


Concord De La Salle (13-0) vs. Corona Centennial (12-2)

When: Saturday, 8 p.m.

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