The U-T Honor Bowl is this weekend at Oceanside with all eight teams ranked in the state top 50. Host Oceanside plays in the marquee game vs. Serra (Gardena) at 8 pm on Friday while Saturday has a great triple-header of teams from outside San Diego. Of the eight teams playing five are current or former state bowl champions.
Saturday games include Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks) vs. Del Oro (Loomis) at noon, Upland vs. Oaks Christian (Westlake Village) at 4 pm and Centennial (Corona) vs. St. Bonaventure (Ventura) at 8 pm.
There will be two large LCD screens placed at opposite corners of the field for fans to watch the game with replays.
There will be a military expo just outside the stadium all weekend and before the last game on Friday and Saturday there will be a military flyover, parachute jump team and honor festivities.
The title sponsor, the Union-Tribune, will have a live webcast of the Oceanside vs. Serra game on U-T TV. Time Warner Cable will also be broadcasting the game. Sponsors include, MaxPreps, Under Armour, USAA, U.S. Army, Marines and the City of Oceanside among others.
There is a junior varsity game on Friday at 4 pm between Oceanside and Centennial (Corona) and a game between two military teams (USMC MASS-3 vs. 1st Radio Bn) on Saturday at 9 am.
The Honor Bowl is produced by the Honor Group, which is a non-profit organization that provides practical help for military members re-entering civilian life. The purpose is to educate, empower and equip military members about civilian life and raise awareness of the military to the public. Honor Group founder Mark Soto is a former Granite Bay and Del Oro (Loomis) assistant coach and has two sons in the military.
History & Future
The inaugural year was in 2010 and was called the “Battle at the Capital”. The six games were played at Del Oro (Loomis) on Friday and Saturday, September 3-4. In 2012 the name was changed to “Battle for Veterans” and this year changed to the “Honor Bowl”. The inaugural 2010 games were an offshoot of the Battle at the Capital showcase in 2009 at Folsom High.
The Honor Group is already planning the 2014 Honor Bowl and is looking for teams interested in participating.
Founder Mark Soto is planning for next year to have multiple-game Honor Bowls in Southern California, Northern California and at Allen High School in Texas, which opened a $60 million, 18,000-seat high school stadium last year. The goal is to have Honor Bowls across the country in the coming years.
The Honor Group is also organizing an Honor Week in which any team in the country can honor the military in week # 7 of the season by having a school assembly, veterans at their game and special stickers for uniforms.
U-T Honor Bowl at a Glance
History: First year under current name
Location: at Oceanside
Games: 4 on Friday and Saturday
Tickets: $ 10 adults, $ 5 students
Game on Friday
(state rankings from CalPreps.com)
8 pm # 2 Serra (Gardena) vs. # 13 Oceanside
Games on Saturday
12 pm # 16 Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks) vs. # 41 Del Oro (Loomis)
4 pm # 27 Upland vs. # 12 Oaks Christian (Westlake Village)
8 pm # 5 Centennial (Corona) vs. # 7 St. Bonaventure (Ventura)
Game Last Friday at Del Oro (Loomis)
# 41 Del Oro (Loomis) def. # 47 Logan (Union City) 27-14