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CIF state bowl games preview

12/15/2011

The CIF state bowl games will offer fans one final chance to see 10 of California's top teams battle for a state championship. In a competition that had been dominated by the Southern teams until last year, Northern teams posted a 4-1 record in 2010, closing the gap to 13-8 overall.

Concord De La Salle is used to making the trip by now. This will be the Spartans' sixth appearance in a state title game, and they are aiming for their fourth championship. USC Trojans fans will want to pay special attention to junior defensive star Michael Hutchings. He began the year at linebacker but was moved to safety due to injury issues for the Spartans. There wasn't much drama in last year's 48-8 victory over Anaheim Servite, but Hutchings did record the lone turnover for the Spartans, grabbing an interception. This year he will team with California commit Michael Barton in hopes of slowing down the Westlake Village Westlake offense in the Open Division championship game Saturday night.

Hutchings began the season slowly, but he was challenged by the coaching staff and challenged himself. He demonstrated by the end of the year why he has already received scholarship offers from just about every program in the Pac-12. Hutchings has said USC is his top school, so Trojans fans could be getting a sneak peek at a possible addition to the 2013 class.