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McClymonds wins 4th state title in five years

Photo by Eric Taylor

High school Football

It was not even close. McClymonds, the tiny school in West Oakland took the opening kick off to the house and never looked back.

They ran ruff shod over Birmingham (Lake Balboa, LA section) in the CIF 3-A championships winning 54-7.

Offense, defense and special teams all got into the act as McClymonds proved it is one of the top teams in the state.

For head coach Michael Peters the state championship was a bittersweet moment. He has had to deal with the stress of putting his mom on life support so she could survive long enough to be alive when McClymonds played in the state finals.

The Team and West Oakland community came together and had his back cheering on coach Peters and giving him support long after the final whistle had blown.

A total of 8 bay area teams came away with state football championships in 2021. None more unlikely then Sacred Heart Cathedral in San Francisco.

Playing out of the tough WCAL they were the only team in the league to win state in 2021 despite starting the season 0-5. Sacred Heart beat Northview (Covina)  48-29 in the 4-A state championship win Saturday at Kezar Stadium.

Serra, also in the WCAL lost to the nations top ranked team, Mater Dei 44-7 in the Open finals, but they had a great year in 2021.

State championship results

Open Division: Mater Dei-Santa Ana 44, Serra-San Mateo 7

Division 1-AA: Cathedral Catholic-San Diego 33, Folsom 21

Division 1-A: Serra-Gardena 21, Liberty-Bakersfield 16

Division 2-AA: Mater Dei-Chula Vista 34, Central Catholic-Modesto 25

Division 2-A: Scripps Ranch-San Diego 31, Wilcox-Santa Clara 28

Division 3-AA: Vanden-Fairfield 14, Aquinas-San Bernardino 13

Division 3-A: McClymonds-Oakland 54, Birmingham-Lake Balboa 7

Division 4-AA: Marin Catholic-Kentfield 33, Central Valley Christian-Visalia 14

Division 4-A: Sacred Heart Cathedral 48, Northview-Covina 29

Division 5-AA: San Marin-Novato 20, Independence-Bakersfield 14

Division 5-A: Sacred Heart Prep-Atherton 16, Righetti-Santa Maria 0

Division 6-AA: Argonaut-Jackson 47, Quartz Hill 14

Division 6-A: Salesian-Richmond 42, Arlington-Riverside 21

Division 7-AA: Fall River 43, Morro Bay 13

Division 7-A: Balboa 43, Taft-Woodland Hills 0








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