Sunday, September 25, 2022

Long Beach Police Meet Serra Gardena at CIF State Bowl

When Gardena Serra football coach Scott Altenberg heard on Sunday that his team would face Long Beach Poly in the South California 1-A Regional Cup game on Saturday at home, he was pleasantly surprised.

“This is a really cool match. I didn’t think they would do it, ”he said.

Paulie and Serra have played in highly competitive games outside the league. Altenberg and Paulie’s coach Stephen Barbie has built a strong relationship of mutual respect that is passed on to their players.

“We had some great games,” Altenberg said. “If it’s not overtime, it’s until the last game. It was rubbish every time. “

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The only alarm raised by Sunday’s announcement was which team would represent Northern California against the undefeated Santa Ana Mater Dei in an Open Division championship match on December 11 at Saddleback College. San Mateo Serra was selected, completing the Concorde de la Sal series, representing Northern California in all Open Division games since 2009.

Serra’s coach is Patrick Walsh, who helped convince government officials to return to high school sports during the 2020 COVID-19 shutdown.

“I am honored and humbled to play the highest level school football that our state has to offer,” Walsh said.

Serra is the alma mater of future Hall of Famer Tom Brady. Walsh knows Mater Dei 11-0 will be difficult to beat.

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“I know that Mater Dei will surpass many junior colleges,” he said.

City Open Division champion Lake Balboa Birmingham, who has won an eight-game streak, will play 3-A against Patrick Henry in San Diego on Saturday.

In Division 1-AA, San Diego Cathedral will meet Orange Lutherans on Friday at Orange Coast College.

Here is a link to full pairs.

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