2018 CIF Division 5AA State Championship Game Q&A

The Rio Linda Knights are playing for the state championship for the first time in forever. Here’s what you need to know if you plan to attend the game.

When is the game?

The game will take place at on Saturday, December 15th at 6pm. Gates open at 4:30pm.

Where is it being played?

The game is being played at the Marion Adams Memorial Stadium at Rio Linda High School, at 6309 Dry Creek Road, Rio Linda, CA 95673. The stadium itself is also on Dry Creek Road, just north of Elkhorn Blvd.

Who is playing?

The Rio Linda Knights are the 2018 Sac-Joaquin Section Division 4 Champions, and the CIF Northern California Regional Champions.

They will play the San Gorgonio Spartans of San Bernardino. The Spartans won their CIF Southern Section Division 9 title — their second  Section title in three seasons — and won their CIF State Southern California Regional title.

Where can I get tickets?

The pre-sale period is over. Tickets will be sold at the gate on gameday. Pricing is $12 for adults, $8 for seniors (65+), HS Students with ID, and children.

Where do I park?

Parking is going to be a CHALLENGE. Get dropped off. Uber or Lyft are your friends. The parking at the stadium regularly fills up for weekly in-season games, and it’s not out of the question for 4500 to attend this game. Parking is available at the high school on Dry Creek Road, and off of 10th Street which is the frontage road south of Elkhorn Blvd, near the aquatic center.

Who is San Gorgonio?

San Gorgonio are the CIF Southern Section Division 9 champions, and the  CIF State Southern California Regional champions. They are from San Bernardino. They rank 141st in the State and 64th in the Southern Section. In four out of the last six seasons, they have won ten games or more.

The Spartans have a high powered offense, averaging 271 receiving and 168 yards rushing per game. Their defense has racked up 19 sacks and 17 interceptions this year.

Quarterback Jordan Pachot (#6) has 265 completions on 402 passing attempts this year. He has thrown for 4084 yards, scoring 37 touchdowns with 12 interceptions. He’s not a runner, gaining only 253 yards on the ground this season.

Running back Elijah Hall (#22) has put up big numbers this year, gaining 2210 yards, scoring 28 touchdowns.

Receivers Jaylen Matthews(#2) and David Whaley (#7) are credible threats, combining for 2446 yards and 27 touchdowns. Matthews is Pachot’s favorite target. Running back Elijah Hall has also caught for 688 yards and 7 touchdowns.

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