Final update: Arroyo Grande High scored first and last in tonight's CIF-Southern Section Western Division championship football game at Junipero Serra High.
In between, it was all Serra.
The Cavaliers, one year after winning the Northwest Division crown and the Division 3 state bowl championship, took home their second straight Southern Section title with a 35-10 win over the Eagles.
Arroyo Grande (11-3) was in its first Southern Section championship game since 2000. The Eagles last won a Southern Section division title in 1998.
Garrett Owens caught a 23-yard touchdown pass from Brent Vanderveen late in tonight's game for Arroyo Grande's only touchdown.
Owens also started the scoring by kicking a 51-yard field goal in the first quarter for a 3-0 Eagles lead.
After that, it was all Serra (14-0), ranked in the top 25 nationally in two different polls.
Quarterback Conner Preston, who has verbally committed to play collegiately at SMU, threw four touchdown passes — three to Marqise Lee — to lead theCavaliers.
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3rd quarter update: Barring a miraculous comeback tonight, the Arroyo Grande football team will not be able to bring home its first CIF-Southern Section championship since 1998.
The Eagles trailed Junipero Serra 28-3 after three quarters after neither team scored in the third quarter.
Arroyo Grande (11-2 entering the game) was the third-place team in the PAC 7 this season and entered the Western Division playoff as a wild-card team.
Serra, on the other hand, won the Division 3 state bowl championship game a year ago, was 13-0 entering tonight's game and ranked in the top 25 nationally two different polls.
Halftime update: Junipero Serra High quarterback Conner Preston threw his third touchdown pass of the game midway through the second quarter to give the Cavaliers a 28-3 lead over Arroyo Grande at halftime of tonight's CIF-Southern Section Western Division football championship game.
Marqise Lee caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from Preston, Lee's second touchdown of the game, to account for the only scoring of the second quarter. The Cavaliers had a chance to add three points late in the half but missed a 27-yard field goal attempt in the final minute.
Preston, who has verbally committed to play collegiately at SMU next season, was 7-of-15 passing in the first half for 136 yards and three touchdowns.
1st quarter update: Garrett Owens kicked a 51-yard field goal to give Arroyo Grande High's football team an early 3-0 lead tonight against Junipero Serra in the championship game of the CIF-Southern Section Western Division playoffs.
Then the Cavaliers, ranked in the top 25 nationally in two polls, took over.
Serra quarterback Conner Preston threw touchdown passes of 16 yards to Marqise Lee and 59 yards to George Farmer to give the Cavaliers (13-0 entering the game) a 14-3 lead with 52 seconds remaining in the first quarter.
Then, on the ensuing kickoff, Arroyo Grande (11-2) fumbled and Pete Lauderdale scooped up the fumble and returned in 26 yards for a touchdown to give Serra a 21-3 lead after one quarter.
Original story: At 7 p.m., the Arroyo Grande Eagles will take on Junipero Serra High in Gardena for the CIF-Southern Section Western Division football championship.
Serra (13-0), a defending state bowl champion that has won 28 straight, comes in ranked No. 22 in the country in MaxPreps’ Xcellent 25 and No. 24 in ESPN RISE’s national Fab 50.
Two weeks ago, the Eagles, a wild-card entry after finishing third in the PAC 7, eliminated second-seeded Dominguez of Compton, 17-7. Last week, they took out the division’s No. 3 seed, Chaminade Prep of West Hills, 52-19.
Arroyo Grande (11-2) stayed poised after falling behind 9-0 in the first quarter to Chaminade, and also after trailing 16-14 at halftime, exploding for 38 straight points after the break to slam into its first divisional final since 2000.
The last time the Eagles won a divisional title was in 1998.