No. 4 St. Thomas Aquinas (Florida), No. 9 Marietta (Georgia) and No. 32 Saint Louis will be in Las Vegas this weekend for the 5th GEICO State Champions Bowl Series.
On Friday, Marietta, Georgia’s 7A state champs, will play Washington State 3A state champ Eastside Catholic, which has won four state titles in the last six years. This will be Marietta’s first appearance in the GEICO State Champions Bowl Series, while EC will be making its third appearance. Last year, Eastside Catholic beat Arizona state champ Centennial 17-0.
Saturday night’s game at Bishop Gorman High School will be a Florida vs. Hawaii showdown. Florida 7A champ St. Thomas Aquinas will square-off with four-time Hawaii Open Division champ Saint Louis.
“The GEICO State Champions Bowl Series allows ESPN to continue to showcase high school sports on a national stage”, said Dan Margulis, ESPN senior director of college and high school sports programming. “This event, created by Paragon Marketing Group, is a great way to highlight the next generation of college student-athletes during our month–long commitment to bowl season.”
“In our 5th year we think the match-ups are the best one’s we have had to date. The fact that we can bring in teams as far apart as Florida and Hawaii and Georgia and Washington to compete on the athletic field and share educational experiences makes this a once in a lifetime opportunity for the teams.”, said Rashid Ghazi, Partner, Paragon Marketing Group.
Currently the AIA (Arizona), FHSAA (Florida), GHSA (Georgia), HSSAA (Hawaii), NIAA (Nevada), UHSAA (Utah) and WIAA (Washington) have approved their member schools to participate in the GEICO State Champions Bowl Series.