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Montell Bland carries Central Catholic Raiders to a second state championship – #TheJustinLumReport

Posted December 22, 2013 by in – – The Central Catholic Raiders traveled from Modesto to Carson for a second-straight year to play in the CIF Division IV State Championship. The task at hand was to stop Bakersfield Christian’s quarterback Brandon Jones who came into the game with 52 touchdown passes. Solid and sound play on offense, defense, and special teams led the way to a 36-23 win and second state title for the Raiders.

Senior running back Matt Ringer rushed for over 2,300 yards and scored 33 touchdowns this season but was inactive in this game with a deep thigh bruise. The opportunity rose for Reggie and Montell Bland, brothers in the backfield who needed to carry the load for the Raider offense. Big brother (SR) Reggie Bland rushed for 88 yards and a touchdown while his freshman brother ran for 103 yards and three touchdowns. The most impressive score by Montell was a 26-yard run that dragged Eagles defenders into the end zone to give the Raiders a 22-14 lead late in the third quarter. Central Catholic also took advantage of a Eagles fumble as Jared Rice returned the ball 22 yards for the Raiders’ first touchdown of the game. Down 14-10 in the second quarter, a high snap on a Bakersfield Christian punt when over Nathan Dejager’s head and out of the end zone for a safety. Bottom line, all three phases of the game were executed for Central Catholic.
Brandon Jones made many efficient throws, completing 26-of-41 passes for 380 yards and two touchdowns, tying a Central section record for TD passes (54). One interception would hurt his offense as Raiders safety Jackson Finch picked him off in the third quarter. The Eagles running game was invisible with only two rushing yards all game.
Raiders Head Coach Roger Canepa now improves his record to 68-15 and is the first coach from the Stanislaus District to win back-to-back state titles. Canepa’s team also finishes the season with a 15-1 record.

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Justin Lum

Justin Lum is a home grown reporter from the Bay Area who is a sports fanatic. He played quarterback for City College of San Francisco in 2010 when they won the NorCal championship. He always knew he wanted to work in television and transferred to San Francisco State University for their renowned broadcasting program.Justin is definitely a versatile journalist with his background in news due to interning at NBC Bay Area. While juggling school and work, he would come into the station at 3 in the morning twice a week to shadow reporters who became his mentors. Justin is also very involved with his community in the East Bay. He works with the San Leandro Boys & Girls Club, mentoring the youth while coaching sports and fitness. When he does have time off, he enjoys working out, playing football, and spending time with family and friends. Sports is his true passion and Justin is excited about bringing his talent to GetSportsFocus.


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