Monday, Dec 09 2013 12:19 PM

BCHS will host state bowl game

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    BCHS coaches give instructions from the sidelines during Friday's championship game in Tulare.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    The BCHS team was happy after kicking the go ahead field goal in the fourth quarter with only a short period of time left in the game Friday against Mission Oak High.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    Mission Oak runningback Elijah Porchia scored three touchdowns Friday against BCHS in Tulare.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    BCHS fans cheer their team on Friday while playing against Mission Oak High School in Tulare.

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By The Bakersfield Californian

Bakersfield Christian High School will play Los Angeles View Park Prep in the CIF-State Southern California Division IV Regional Bowl Game at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at Centennial High in Bakersfield.

The Eagles had to wait an extra day to discover who they would play because of a legal challenge to the state CIF's decision to exclude El Cajon Christian from the Division IV selection process. The UT-San Diego newspaper reported that a San Diego County Superior Court judge denied the school's request to place it in the state playoffs. That in turn cleared the way for Bakersfield Christian to become the first Central Section school to host a state football playoff in more than 80 years.

Friday's game will be played at Centennial High because Bakersfield Christian's on-campus stadium does not have the required seating capacity to host a playoff game. The winner of Friday's game earns a berth in the CIF-State Championships, which will be played Dec. 20 at the StubHub Center (formerly the Home Depot Center) in Carson.

Tickets for Friday's game are $12 for adults, $8 for students, seniors and children.

Bakersfield Christian's selection marks the first time that two teams from the Central Section have earned berths into the state bowls in the same season. Bakersfield was selected Sunday to play in the Division I game against San Marcos Mission Hills High School. That game will be played Friday at Mission Hills.

View Park High, which is 12-0 on the season, is a small charter school in south Los Angeles. The Knights won the Los Angeles Section Division III championship on Saturday with a 46-13 victory over Los Angeles Poly.

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