CIF football: McClymonds rolls to second straight CIF state title

VISALIA — The McClymonds Warriors are developing quite a niche as a small-school powerhouse among the state’s elite football programs.

The Warriors added to their illustrious athletic history with a second straight CIF State championship Saturday night, and they did so in very convincing fashion.

McClymonds thumped the host Golden West Trailblazers 42-12 in the Division 5-AA final at Visalia Community Stadium.

“The second time is really sweet,” McClymonds coach Michael Peters said. “This team went undefeated, something they have over last year’s team. They really wanted to go undefeated this year. That really motivated them.”

It’s been an impressive two-year run for Peters and the Warriors:

In 2016, McClymonds became the first Oakland Section team to win a CIF State title by capturing the CIF Division 5-A state crown. The Warriors went 13-1, and their average margin of victory was 30.5 points per game.

In 2017, McClymonds was even better. The Warriors posted a perfect record of 14-0, and their average margin of victory was 36.6 points per game.

“It’s a special achievement. It’s something we’ve worked really hard for over the last few years. The work to get here just didn’t start last year,” Peters said. “We want to continue to play at this level, and see how far we can take it.”

It’s not very often that a lopsided 30-point margin belies a team’s overall dominance, but that’s what happened against Golden West.

The Oakland Section champion Warriors overwhelmed the Central Section Division 4 champion Trailblazers in every facet.

Golden West (12-3) notched a first down on the game-opening drive, but didn’t record its second first down until the 7:30 mark of the second quarter.

In between those small offensive feats by the Trailblazers, McCylmonds scored four touchdowns to take a commanding 28-0 lead.

And it was a case of the Warriors being very efficient with its offensive execution.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports

NHL unlikely to hold outdoor game in Canada during 2018-19 season

The NHL 100 Classic took place Saturday night when the Ottawa Senators hosted the Montreal Canadiens outdoors on a chilly night at Lansdowne Park. Unfortunately for Canadian hockey fans, it’s unlikely there will be an outdoor game in the Great White North next year.

Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported the news during the Headlines segment on Hockey Night in Canada before adding that he wouldn’t be surprised if a marquee team like the Edmonton Oilers were involved the next time the league plans an outdoor game in Canada.

Last season there was the Heritage Classic between the Jets and Oilers in October at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg, plus the Centennial Classic between the Maple Leafs and Red Wings at Toronto’s BMO Field on New Year’s Day.

The NHL has two more outdoor games planned for this season. The Rangers and Sabres are set to meet at Citi Field in New York on Jan. 1 and the Capitals will host the Maple Leafs at Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium March 3.

On Jan. 1, 2019 the Bruins and Blackhawks will play a game at Notre Dame Stadium and the Penguins and Flyers meet in an all-Pennsylvania matchup at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on Feb. 23, 2019.

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WHL Roundup: Warriors snap Wheat Kings’ 10-game win streak

MOOSE JAW, Sask. – Brayden Burke scored once and set up four more as the Moose Jaw Warriors halted the Brandon Wheat Kings’ win streak at 10 games with a 7-4 victory on Saturday in Western Hockey League action.

Vince Loschiavo and Jayden Halbgewachs each had a pair of goals for the Warriors (27-6-2) while Justin Almeida and Jaxan Kaluski rounded out the offence.

Baron Thompson, Connor Gutenberg, Stelio Mattheos and Caiden Daley scored for the Wheat Kings (24-8-1).

Brody Willms made 25 saves for the win. Logan Thompson allowed five goals on 18 shots through two periods of work before giving way to Dylan Myskiw, who stopped 8-of-10 shots in relief.

Moose Jaw went 2 for 6 on the power play while Brandon failed to score on seven chances with the man advantage.


CRANBROOK, B.C. — Peyton Krebs had a goal and two assists as Kootenay toppled Calgary to snap a three-game slide.

Cameron Hausinger, Michael King, Dallas Hines and Sebastian Streu also scored for the Ice (14-17-2). Duncan McGovern made 24 saves for the win.

Mark Kastelic was the lone scorer for the Hitmen (10-18-4). Matthew Armitage combined with Nick Schneider for 16 saves in defeat.


REGINA — Taylor Ross scored twice and added two helpers as Lethbridge halted a four-game skid by downing the Pats.

Dylan Cozens, Jake Elmer, Ryan Bowen and Giorgio Estephan also scored while Jordy Bellerive had three assists for the Hurricanes (15-16-2). Stuart Skinner made 33 saves for the win.

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CIF state football: Half Moon Bay comes oh so close in 3-A final

CHULA VISTA — In its first state football championship game, Half Moon Bay High promptly fell into a 14-point hole in the first quarter Saturday night at Southwestern College.

Despite shifting its offense to a ground attack, four turnovers — three interceptions and a fumble — haunted the Cougars in the CIF State Division 3-A finals. Still, the Central Coast Section Division 3 champions were in the game until the very end before falling to Steele Canyon-San Diego 44-42.

For both teams this was their first appearance in a state championship game.

“We had to keep our cool and keep playing down 14-0,” senior quarterback Gavin Tomberlin said. “We drove the field after we got the safety to get started.”

Senior running back Chase Hofmann drove the attack for Half Moon Bay (14-1) with his 28 carries for 162 yards, including rushing for 122 by halftime.

But his yardage couldn’t prevent Half Moon Bay’s 17-game winning streak from being snapped.

Tomberlin was 13-for-32 passing for 197 yards and two touchdowns, including a 26-yarder to Hayden Von almen with 1:25 to play, closing the deficit to just two points.

“I think I left it all on the field and I know my teammates did,” Tomberlin said. “We just got beat by a better football team.”

Trailing 34-21 heading into the final quarter, Half Moon Bay scored three times in the final 10:26 to scare Steele Canyon, which got a four-yard TD run by Deontae McKinney with 2:09 to play for what proved to be the game-winning points.

“I thought we played pretty poorly,” Half Moon Bay coach Keith Holden said. “We played hard but poorly. Just too many mistakes.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports

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