High School Football

Defending state champion Strathmore rolls and is headed back to state title game

Jeromy Blackwell, middle, poses for a photo after his Strathmore High football team defeated Adelanto 28-7 in a CIF Division 6-AA Southern California Regional game.
Jeromy Blackwell, middle, poses for a photo after his Strathmore High football team defeated Adelanto 28-7 in a CIF Division 6-AA Southern California Regional game. Porterville Unified School District

There is no quitting for the Strathmore High football team. And by the looks of it, they seem primed for another state repeat.

The Spartans scored 21 points in the second quarter en route to a 28-7 victory Friday night over visiting Adelanto in a CIF Division 6-AA Southern California Regional game.

“We’re blessed with kids who are very hungry,” Strathmore coach Jeromy Blackwell said. “These kids love football. The seniors took it upon themselves and said, ‘It’s our time.’ “

Last season, the Spartans won the 6-AA state title with a 31-29 victory over Orange. They’ll get a chance to repeat this season but against a Northern California opponent. The NorCal 6-AA playoff pairing will be determined Sunday. That region was delayed a week because of complications from the Camp Fire and its smoke.

The state final will be played Dec. 15.

It’s possible that Strathmore (13-1) will get a rematch with Hilmar, which won the Sac-Joaquin Section D-6 title Friday to reach the NorCal playoffs. Last year, Strathmore beat Hilmar 53-52 in double overtime in a NorCal play-in game.

For now, Blackwell is enjoying this latest victory and looked back at the Woodlake game as the turning point of the season. The Spartans fell 38-20 on Sept. 28 to stop a 21-game winning streak.

“We got beat up by Woodlake on homecoming,” he said. “They grew up really fast and we took it personally. This is a big win. Our team is disciplined and love each other and play for one another.”

Anthony Galaviz: 559-441-6042, @agalaviz_TheBee
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