OAKLAND -- It's time for Round Three.
The Central Catholic-Modesto and McClymonds High football teams have already faced each other twice in the past 12 months, and they will play each other again Friday in the Division IV Northern Regional championship game at 7:30 p.m. at Lincoln High-Stockton.
At stake is a spot in the Division IV state title game Dec. 20 against either View Park-Los Angeles or Bakersfield Christian at the Stub Hub Center in Carson.
"I feel good about it. We are familiar with each other. We played them tough this year," McClymonds coach Michael Peters said. "I think it will be a real good game."
Central Catholic beat McClymonds 42-12 in last year's Division IV Northern Regional championship. On Sept. 13, the Raiders were victorious again, 38-24, but the game was much different from the 2012 encounter.
In 2012, Central Catholic jumped out to a 21-0 lead less than six minutes into the game. On Sept. 13, McClymonds led 18-14 in the third quarter.
"Then their running game really took control and took possession of the clock," Peters said.
Central Catholic's Matt Ringer ran for 264 yards and four touchdowns in that game. This season, the senior has rushed for 2,260 yards and 33 touchdowns.
"They are a powerhouse," Peters said of Central Catholic.
The Warriors (10-2) have grown since September, and a prime example was their play late in the game against Menlo on Oct. 4. Menlo led 40-12 with 9 minutes, 23 seconds left in the fourth quarter, but McClymonds scored 28 straight points to tie the score before Menlo scored a late touchdown for a 47-40 victory.
"We are going to fight all the way to the last second," Peters said.
Since that game, McClymonds is 7-0 and dominated its Oakland Athletic League competition, averaging 44.1 points and allowing an average of only 6.6 points per game. But the Raiders (13-1) have also won their past seven games, averaging 44.3 points and allowing 14.7 points per game over that span.
In the Silver Bowl on Nov. 29, McClymonds' LaVance Warren rushed for 142 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries as the Warriors beat Oakland 44-16. Louis White, who returned a kickoff for a touchdown in that game, is also a receiving threat for the Warriors.
Central Catholic coach Roger Canepa described the Warriors as "very explosive."
"They have a good football team. We are not looking by them," said Canepa, whose squad is looking for its second straight state championship after blasting Santa Fe Christian-Solana Beach 66-7 in last year's Division IV final.
The Raiders are led defensively by middle linebacker Reggie Bland (47 solo tackles, five sacks) and free safety Jared Rice (43 solo tackles, six interceptions).