Unbeaten Selma High Bears await showdown against Chowchilla tonight for Central Section D-4 football title

Selma Bear’ halfback Rudy Rodríguez.
Selma Bear’ halfback Rudy Rodríguez.

It’s one. Just one more victory will deliver a perfect season to the Selma High Bears football team in tonight’s (Dec. 2) Central Section Division IV championship game.

Should the top-seeded Bears win against visiting No. 3 Chowchilla, Selma will hoist the D-4 crown before what’s expected to be a capacity crowd at Staley Stadium on the Selma High campus. Kickoff is 7 p.m.

Selma enters the final in the best possible way: Undefeated at 12-0 and 5-0 in league play. After receiving a bye in the first round, Selma shut out Wasco 55-0 with the game that ended in the third quarter, then beat visiting César Chávez (Delano) 35-3 in the semis last week.

Chowchilla, 10-1 overall and 3-1 in league play, also received a first-round bye then defeated Madera South 49-7 and then No. 2 Golden West (Visalia) 26-24 in the other semifinal.

The Redskins won the Valley Division IV title last season 20-16 over Washington Union. Chowchilla, then seeded No. 4, earned an automatic entry to the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Southern California Regional Championships.

Chowchilla defeated visiting Fairfax in the So-Cal Regional first round, then lost to visiting Sierra of Manteca in the Division IV-A bowl game.

“It’s going to be a tough test; obviously the toughest test of the year,” said Selma head coach Matt Logue on the section final against Chowchilla.

“They’re defending champs; they know what it takes. We’re going to have our hands full. We’ve had a good week of practice so far. Everyone is ready to go; we’re looking forward to it.”

Last season Selma, then the No. 6 seed, lost in the second round in the Central Section D-4 playoffs to Washington Union, this after beating McLane High School. Selma ended the season with an overall record of 8-4 and 2-2 in league play.

Bears halfback Rudy Rodríguez, is a key player, a senior playing his final season.

“We’ve worked really hard all summer. We’re a family, and we know what we need to do to win,” said Rodríguez.

“Rudy Rodriguez is a guy, who late in the season, has been absolutely phenomenal for us is Rudy Rodriguez. Last four, five regular weeks into the season, he’s been outstanding,” added Logue.

This year is obviously different: Much more experience on the roster, but that also means a huge number of seniors (over 25) playing their final season.

Sanger Apaches seek D-2 title

The Sanger Apaches football squad hosts No. 6 Ridgeview (Bakersfield) tonight.

The Apaches are 12-0 entering the Division II championship game against 7-5 Ridgeview. It was 2003 that Sanger won its last Central Section varsity football title.