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Helix senior wide receiver Dashawn Keirsey, Jr., makes a catch in the end zone, wresting the ball away from Valhalla junior defensive back Dashawn Kinneston for a 24-yard touchdown in the Highlanders' win over the visiting Norsemen in La Mesa on Friday night. (photo courtesy dondemarsphotography.com)

Week 10

Fearless Forecaster

Knights host league-leading Classical Academy Thursday night

By Bill Dickens
EL CAJON (10-30-14) — This week’s contest will begin a day earlier, on Thursday (Oct. 30) when Foothills Christian (0-8, 0-2) host Classical Academy (7-1, 3-0) at Seau Field at 7 p.m.

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CLASSICAL ACADEMY (7-1, 3-0) vs. FOOTHILLS CHRISTIAN (0-8, 0-2) at Seau Field, 7 – Classical Academy is one win away from locking up the Pacific League championship in one of their final two games. All that’s left is for the Knights is to play spoiler . . . Classical Academy 40-12.

GROSSMONT (4-4, 1-2) at HELIX (7-1, 3-0), 7 – No. 1 ranked Helix is 2 points short of being undefeated, losing only to Cathedral 9-7. In the battle with visiting Grossmont on Friday (Oct. 31) the Highlanders figure to lock up the Grossmont Hills League championship along with the fabled Musket trophy. Helix has held the Musket 33 years, with Grossmont winning it 12 times, and the teams tying twice.

MICHAEL AUSTIN will handle the Helix quarterbacking duties. He has completed 64 of 104 passes for 964 yards and 8 TDs. NATHAN STINSON has rushed for 1036 yards on 105 carries for 14 TDs. Receiver DaSHAWN KIERSEY has caught 15 passes for 324 yards and 2 TDs.

For Grossmont, quarterback CALVIN FARRIS in six games has completed 86 of 183 passes for 1506 yards and 17 TDs. ALIJAH AVANT, one of his favorite targets, is 21-for-370 and 3 touchdowns. He also has rushed for 255 yards on 20 carries for 3 TDs.

The nod here goes to . . . Helix 38-0.

Helix's Mugan Blue is brought down by Valhalla defenders, including Daniel Bender (32). (photo courtesy dondemarsphotography.com)
Thurs., Oct. 30
Pacific League

Classical Academy vs. Foothills Christian, Seau Field, 7
Fri., Oct. 31
Grossmont Hills League
Grossmont at Helix, 7
El Capitan at Mount Miguel (H), 7
Steele Canyon at Valhalla, 7
Grossmont Valley League
West Hills at Santana, 7
Granite Hills at El Cajon Valley, 7
Central League
Christian at University City, 6:30

EL CAPITAN (8-0, 3-0) at MOUNT MIGUEL* (3-4, 0-3), 7 – Mount Miguel is pinning its plans for a victory on the momentum of a Homecoming crowd as they entertain undefeated El Capitan in Grossmont Hills League action in Spring Valley. This will be the first meeting of these two teams, coming about as a result of the league realignment.

El Capitan will count on quarterback BRAD CAGLE, who has completed 91 of 149 passes for 1463 yards and 11 touchdowns. Receivers ISAIAH CAPOOCIA (41 catches for 619 yards, 10 TDs) and JOEY LaCHAPPA (19 catches for 326 yards, 2 TDs) are prime targets. Running back D.J. SMITH has rushed for 600 yards on 84 carries and 10 TDs.

Quarterback JACOB CASTILLO (78-147, 1075 yds, 12 TDs) will lead Mount Miguel, while receivers CHRISTIAN GARCIA (3 carries, 111 yards, 2 TDs) and JAYVON JONES (29 catches for 403 yards) will be two of his targets. Running back ANTHONY GILMORE has rushed for 489 yards on 83 carries for 5 touchdowns.

Mount Miguel would dearly love to unseat the Vaqueros, but the nod goes to . . . El Capitan 32-23.

STEELE CANYON (6-2, 1-2) at VALHALLA (3-5, 1-2), 7 – Steele Canyon will visit Valhalla in the battle for the Jamacha Helmet Friday night (Oct. 31) in Grossmont Hills League action.

Steele Canyon quarterback DOMINICK WOOD-ANDERSON (56-119, 1016 yds, 8 TDs) will guide the Cougars. Receiver DEREK TYLER (17-429, 3 TDs) is one of his favorite targets, along with ROOSEVELT JOHNSON (21-369, 2 TDs). Rusher PIERRE ALEXANDER has carried 36 times for 333 yards and 3 TDs.

Valhalla is led by quarterback PHILLIP NASEH (94-170, 1242 yds, 8 TDs) along with rusher JEROME JOHNSON (130-648, 7 TDs) and receiver JULIUS FRAZIER (34-433, 3 TDs). The defense is headed by East County leader LOGAN BAKER (87 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries and an interception) and CADE BAKER (83 tackles).

Steele Canyon has an excellent shot at an upset, but don’t bet on it . . . Steele Canyon 31-27.

CHRISTIAN (8-0, 2-0) at UNIVERSITY CITY (5-3, 2-0), 6:30 – Nobody puts up points faster than the Christian High Patriots. If offensive coordinator DAVID BEEZER is on top of his game, University City will be in for a long night Friday (Oct. 31).

Even though the two are tied for first in the Central League, the Patriots are pumping out 54.1 points per game.

Patriots leading rusher ADRIAN PETTY has amassed 1075 yards on 80 carries for 15 TDs for an average of 134.4 ypg. Quarterback DAVID TODD JEREMIAH has passed for 1995 yards for 23 TDs and averages 249.4 ypg. Receiver NICK SEXTON has caught 36 passes for 600 yards and 6 TDs, while TREVOR HOWELL has grabbed 34 aerials for 466 yards and 8 TDs, and CHAD HUMPHRIES is 19 for 437 and 8 TDs. Patriots’ defender JOEY MORONES has 30 tackles and a sack, while JON STINES has 3 sacks.

On paper this one should be a battle for the title. In reality, though, it should be a runaway. Give the nod to . . . Christian 37-7.

JV/Frosh scores  
Junior Varsity

Friday, Oct. 17
Mount Miguel 31, Grossmont 28
Valhalla 28, Helix 12
El Capitan 28, Steele Canyon 18
Santana 33, El Cajon Valley 0
Only scores reported


Thursday, Oct. 30
Valhalla 28, Steele Canyon 14
El Capitan 27, Mount Miguel 14

Only scores reported

GRANITE HILLS (5-3, 0-2) at EL CAJON VALLEY (2-6, 0-3), 7 – In another one of the longtime rivalries, Granite Hills will travel to El Cajon Valley Friday night (Oct. 31) in Grossmont Valley League action for the Battle of Madison Avenue (formerly known as the Golden Feather).

Eagles double-threat quarterback SETH COLLINS (33-71, 541 yds, 6 TDs) has also carried the ball 66 times for 361 yards and 10 TD. MICHAEL LEDESMA has rushed for 56 times for 326 yards and 7 TDs. As a receiver he also has made 14 catches for 325 yards and 5 TDs. RILEY REYES leads the Eagles defense with 73 tackles, 3 sacks, a fumble recovery and 2 interceptions.

El Cajon Valley’s MATTHEW SHEARIN leads EastCounty in rushing with 123 carries for 1199 yards and 15 touchdowns. MERITON HASANI has rushed for 373 yards on 90 carries for the Braves.

This one could be a high-scoring affair when all is said and done. Some of the best players in the GVL will be on the field . . . Granite Hills 38-23.

WEST HILLS (6-2, 2-0) at SANTANA (4-4, 1-1), 7 – A West Hills victory over archrival Santana Friday (Oct. 31) will put the Wolf Pack in position to vie for a Grossmont Valley League championship. This contest is known as a battle for
the Jack Dale Cup (formerly the Mayor’s Cup).

West Hills running back JACOB SHAW has carried the ball 144 times for 792 yards and 9 TDs. Quarterback SPENCER MOYER is 78-140 passing for 1341 yards for 13 touchdowns to lead the Pack. Receiver RAPHY CARR has caught 46 passes for 826 yards and 5 touchdowns.

Santana quarterback FRANKIE GUTIERREZ has completed 79-of-136 passes for 991 yards and 7 TDs. HINA ALIU has logged 35 tackles, 2 fumble recoveries and one interception. TANNER KVEDERIS has made 5 sacks. ZACH LEWIS, who has amassed 361 yards on 75 carries for 8 TDs is reportedly sidelined with a broken collar bone.

This will no doubt have an impact on the outcome of the game . . . West Hills 28-20.

Fearless Forecaster’s Record
Last week: 4-2 (.667)
Season record: 101-18 (.849)


El Capitan senior quarterback Brad Cagle uses a stiffarm trying to elude the grasp of Steele Canyon senior lineman Paul Alexander Friday night during the Vaqueros' win over the Cougars. (EastCountySports.com photo)
Fri., Oct. 24
Grossmont Hills League
El Capitan 49, Steele Canyon 24
Grossmont 63, Mount Miguel 29
Helix (H) 49, Valhalla 7
Grossmont Valley League
Monte Vista 31, Granite Hills 28
Santana 28, El Cajon Valley (H) 21
Central League
Christian 42, Clairemont 3


Vaqueros' work paying off in the form of season-long win streak

By Jim Lindgren
LAKESIDE (10-25-14) — Shortly after being named the Walter J. Zable player of the game for the National Football Foundation game of the week, ISAIAH CAPOOCHIA was asked which of his 17 touchdowns this season was his favorite.

The three he scored in helping El Capitan defeat Steele Canyon, 49-24, in Friday’s (Oct. 24) Homecoming game were inspiring indeed.

He had a 69-yard scoring pass from BRAD CAGLE in the second quarter, hauling in a long post route pass about 40 yards downfield and then racing away from the opposition.

He had a 6-yard TD run in the fourth quarter that extended El Cap’s lead to 35-24 in the fourth quarter. Then three minutes later, he accepted another toss from Cagle for a 13-yard tally that made it 42-24 and essentially sealed the win in the first-ever Grossmont Hills League game played between El Capitan and Steele Canyon.

But Capoochia was more ecstatic about a touchdown catch in a 63-28 win over Grossmont two weeks ago. A moment later, though, he changed his mind as quickly as he changes gears and makes defenders miss, opting instead for a touch he made in a 28-14 win over Granite Hills a week earlier.

Given time, he’ll have a lot more to ponder once this seemingly magical season runs its course in the next few weeks.

No. 4-ranked El Capitan remained unbeaten at 8-0 overall and 3-0 in the Grossmont Hills League, largely because of Capoochia’s work on offense, defense and special teams.

He had four catches for 100 yards, 84 rushing yards on nine carries, a 39-yard punt return and five impressive pass defenses from his cornerback slot.

“It feels great,” Capoochia said. “Hard work pays off.”

Capoochia was hardly the only star for a Vaquero team that was trailing 24-21 in the third quarter and then finished with 28 unanswered points to beat No. 9-ranked Steele Canyon (6-2, 1-2).

D.J. SMITH rushed 22 times for 137 yards and a 13-yard touchdown to give the Vaqueros a 7-0 lead after their first possession.

(through 10-26-14)

(First-place votes in parenthesis)
Points awarded on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis

1. Oceanside (16)/ 8-0/ 187/ 1

2. Cathedral Catholic (1)/ 8-1/ 163 / 2

3. Helix (2) / 7-1/ 155/ 3

4. El Capitan/ 8-0/ 131 / 4

5. Mission Hills/ 6-2/ 114 / 5

6. San Marcos/ 8-0/ 81/ 6

7. Ramona/ 7-1/ 78 / 7

8. Eastlake/ 5- 3/ 58 / 8

9. Christian/ 8-0/ 27 / 10

10. Sweetwater/ 8-0 / 18 / ----

Others receiving votes: Point Loma (16), Steele Canyon (10), Rancho Bernardo (2), La Costa Canyon (2), Bishop's (1), Hoover (1), Madison (1).

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Cagle was 10-of-18 passing for 191 yards and four touchdowns, though he threw only five passes in the second half when El Capitan was pulling away. In addition to Capoochia’s two receiving TDs, Cagle tossed a pair of scoring strikes to his twin, ZACH CAGLE, who had three catches for 29 yards.

Senior Zach Cagle, of El Capitan, gets away from a tackler with help from a block Friday night. (EastCountySports.com photo)

The twins’ first scoring connection of the season was a thing of beauty. From the 6-yard line, Brad rolled left, contorted his body into throwing position and fired a strike to Zach in the front corner of the end zone. Zach just did manage to get one foot down in play before rolling several times and at least 10 yards onto the synthetic running track surrounding the field. The sideline official waited several seconds before hoisting his arms up to signal the score.

Better than that one was Zach’s leaping and smashing to the turf grab on a 10-yard TD pass that gave El Cap a 28-24 lead with 8:40 left in the third quarter.

The Vaqueros, who trailed for the first time this season in a game last week and trailed twice on Friday, went on to score three more times to punctuate a great win. The final score came on a 52-yard interception return by JARRED TURNER with 4:20 to play.

“They had a great game plan,” El Capitan coach RON BURNER said. “They’re a great team. They’re in the Top 10 (rankings) for a reason.

“It was playoff atmosphere out there tonight. We knew it was going to be a battle.”

It was for much of the contest as SteeleCanyon got a season-best game out of quarterback DOMINICK WOOD-ANDERSON, who threw for 303 yards on 17-of-40 passing and two touchdowns. He also ran for an 11-yard TD that gave the Cougars a 14-7 lead with 5:17 to play in the second quarter.

Two minutes later, Brad Cagle tossed long to Capoochia to knot the affair at 14-14. Zach Cagle’s first score made it 21-14 with 1:01 before intermission. But SteeleCanyon raced right back to make it 21-17 on a 46-yard field goal by ALEXANDER RAYA as time expired before halftime homecoming festivities, which included an impressive fireworks display.

Note: El Capitan was supposed to have held its homecoming game against Serra on Oct. 19, but a tear was noticed on its turf field earlier that week, and the game was switched to Serra – a 42-0 rout in which Burner called off the regulars at halftime. The rescheduled homecoming Friday included the traditional festive carnival beyond the northeast side of the stadium.

Steele Canyon junior quarterback Dominic Wood-Anderson dives over the goal during the Cougars' loss at undefeated El Capitan Friday night. (EastCountySports.com photo)

Brad Cagle is already among the top 10 in San Diego Section history for career passing yards, completions and touchdown passes. As the season has progressed, he has passed RYAN LINDLEY in nearly every quarterback stat category in school history. Cagle now has 6,335 passing yards, 383 completions and 66 touchdown passes – the latter being most impressive since the section record is 82.

That being stated, El Cap went with a conservative run game for most of the second half. But it paid off nicely.

“We saw some things in the second half that we felt we could run, and we did,” Burner said. “And our defense came up huge in the second half. I think it’s our fifth or sixth pick-six of the season.”
Said Capoochia, “We felt we could move the ball on the ground. Keep moving the chains. If it’s working don’t mess with it.”

After missing the first two games of the season following an appendectomy, Wood-Anderson was on his game against El Cap. He connected with eight different receivers for 303 yards with JAVONTE WOLFORD nabbing five passes for 58 yards and AVERY TUCK catching two for 72 yards, including a 65-yard TD pass. ROOSEVELT JOHNSON had three grabs for 84 yards, including a 67-yard TD.

In addition to Capoochia’s stellar play on defense, JOHN LaCHAPPA had a pair of sacks, ROBBY CALLAWAY posted another sack, and CHANCE COLSON blocked a punt that was recovered by Zach Cagle.

For Steele Canyon, WILLIE FAIR had a sack, numerous tackles and disruptions and was named the defensive player of the game. MARVIN CALDWELL added a fumble recovery and a sack and JOSEPH ALSHEIKH had a fumble recovery.

El Capitan plays at Mount Miguel next week and then wraps up its regular season at home against No. 2-ranked Helix on Nov. 7, which could pit the highest-ranking duo matchup in the East County in quite some time. The Vaqueros, of course, are hoping to match the 10-0 regular-season record posted by the 2006 team led by Lindley.

Steele Canyon, still very much in the hunt for an Open Division playoff spot, visits Valhalla next week before hosting Mount Miguel.

MONTE VISTA 31, GRANITE HILLS 28 – The Monarchs scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to overtake the visiting Eagles in Friday night’s (Oct. 24) Grossmont Valley League encounter.

LEE WADE JR. had touchdown runs of 38 and 2 yards in the final quarter to rally Monte Vista to its first league win of the season.

Wade took off behind pulling linemen JOSH CASTANEDA and ALEJANDRO BUSTOS to the right side, then dashed through the hole, bouncing off a hit by an Eagles' defender, then raced up the right side for his 38-yard score to make it 28-24.

Wade's goal-line score came on the same trap, as he crashed in for the short score, which ended up deciding the game.

SETH COLLINS had a 63-yard run for the Eagles to make it 21-17 in the third quarter, as he faked a handoff then took off behind blockers to the right, before stutter-stepping through several waves of defenders, then switched the ball to his left hand and out-raced the last defender for 20 yards to the end zone.

Collins threw a 12-yard TD pass to senior tight end ROB AGERBEEK, cutting across the middle of the end zone near the end of third quarter, extending the Eagles' advantage to 28-17.

Monte Vista quarterback AUSTIN CAOLE had three hook-ups with XAVIER WADE during the evening – all of which resulted in significant gains. TRE OWENS had a key 32-yard run for Monte Vista.

MATT GOFIGAN had a 25-yard field goal for the Monarchs.

HELIX 49, VALHALLA 7 – The Helix High School football game announcer always does a fine job keeping the fans accurately informed — until Friday evening (Oct. 24) when the Norsemen from Valhalla stopped by to lend a hand in the Highlanders’ Homecoming festivities. Always on top of things, the announcer let the fans know early—and often—that the fireworks would start immediately after the end of the game.

He lied.

The real fireworks started on the second play of the game when Helix’ junior fleet-footed running back, NATHAN STINSON, broke through the line, put it in 5th gear, jetted to the left sideline, turned up-field, shifted smoothly into 6th gear, and that’s when the afterburners kicked in; 59 yards later, he soared into the end zone for the game’s first touchdown.

Two minutes later, MEKHI STEVENSON hauled in a 37-yard TD pass from junior quarterback MICHAEL AUSTIN (11-15-0, 240 yards, 4 TDs—in the first half). After Layton split the uprights (7-7 PAT), Helix had a 14-0 lead, with 8:51 remaining in the first quarter.

On cue, another two minutes later Stinson scored his second touchdown of the evening on a 3-yard run; half-way through the initial period, Helix had a commanding 21-0 lead.

All that running up and down the field must have plain tuckered out the Highlanders because it took them another three minutes before they padded the score. Senior wide receiver DASHAWN KEIRSEY, JR. made a spectacular, leaping catch in the end zone, wresting the ball away from Valhalla junior defensive back and namesake DASHAWN KINNISTON who had tight coverage on the play, for a 24-yard score, putting the game on ice 28-0 with 3:20 remaining in the first quarter.

In the second quarter, Austin tossed another two touchdown passes, a 16-yarder to Stevenson, and a 24-yard throw to junior wide receiver 6-foot-5 MASON VINYARD, giving Helix a 42-0 lead at intermission.

Determined to be the first team in several weeks to score any points against the Highlanders, Valhalla’s offense was inspired early in the third quarter, when EastCounty leading tackler LOGAN BAKER smoked the Helix punter for a 12-yard loss, giving the Norsemen good field position at the Scotties’ 36-yard line.

On first down, Valhalla junior quarterback PHILLIP NASEH threw an accurate pass for what appeared was a 15-yard gain when junior defensive back DERRICK ATKINS stepped in front of the receiver and batted the ball to the ground. Undeterred, Naseh threw a strike to senior wide receiver JULIUS FRAZIER for an 18-yard gain to the Highlanders’ 18-yard line.

Three plays later, just when the drive seemed to stall on 3rd and 10, Naseh rolled out, spun away from a would-be tackler, and lasered the pigskin to Frazier at the 8-yard line, who spun and juked his way into the end zone for Valhalla’s only touchdown. Junior placekicker JACOB PAAPE kicked the extra point; with 2:13 remaining in the penultimate period, Helix led 42-7.

Helix got another shot to extend its lead midway through the 4th quarter when it recovered a Valhalla fumble at the Norsemen 34-yard line.

Junior running back CURTIS HOLMES ripped off 17 yards on first down to the Valhalla 17. Holmes picked up another 8 yards on the next play, to the Norsemen’s 9-yard line. Two plays later, senior quarterback JOSH CASTRO cruised into the end zone for a 3-yard touchdown run, ending the scoring at 49-7 with 4:01 left in the game.

Helix’ vaunted defense held Valhalla to 121 yards passing and minus 3 yards rushing, while the Highlanders’ offense gained 432 yards — in the first half.

The entire second half was played with a running clock. Valhalla ran 14 plays in the second half; Helix ran 13. Normal is 30-35 for each team.

Grossmont's Ricky Valdez (26) drags a Mount Miguel defender along the sideline during a carry Friday night in La Mesa. (photo courtesy Linda Byerline) For more coverage click here http://photosbylb.zenfolio.com/f167182419


BJ Gonzalez (blue), of Grossmont, is tackled following an interception against visiting Mount Miguel Friday night. (photo courtesy Linda Byerline) For more coverage click here http://photosbylb.zenfolio.com/f167182419

GROSSMONT 63, MOUNT MIGUEL 29 – Foothillers (4-4, 1-2 GHL) head coach TOM KARLO vehemently swore up-and-down that it was just another game for his team going against the squad he coached just four years ago. That may be true, but his team couldn't pick a better time to start putting things all together.

They jumped out to an early 28-3 lead before the two teams started to swap scores and just like he taught the Matadors (3-5, 0-3 GHL) a few years back, they never took their foot off the gas pedal.

“It was great just to get back to playing winning football,” Karlo said after posting 580 yards of total offense. “Overall, it was a great performance by everyone on all sides of the ball.”

Grossmont quarterback CALVIN FARRIS threw for 6 touchdowns and had another pair rushing. HUNTER REINER and KHALEED DAVIS each caught two scores and KYLE CREWS had his first touchdown reception of the year. RICKY VALDEZ also had his best game of the season, rushing 14 times for 110 yards.

“They beat us pretty good,” said Mount Miguel coach SHAUN McDADE. “Their QB (Farris) was just picking us apart all night and their running back (Valdez) was impressive too. We got on a roll and were able to trade scores with them, but we just couldn't stop anything they were doing.”

Defensively for the Hillers, DAVID MAKAJ had his first interception of the year and B. J. GONZALES picked off a pair of errant throws. Senior linebacker JACOB DENSON was also called out by the Grossmont coaching staff for having an outstanding game.

SANTANA 28, EL CAJON VALLEY 21 – Santana sophomore BOBBY WALLACE rushed for two touchdowns in the first quarter of Friday’s (Oct. 24) Grossmont Valley League contest, then threw for a touchdown in the second quarter to stake the Sultans to a 21-7 halftime lead.

Wallace's first touchdown run came from 13 yards out, as he took a handoff straight-up-the-middle through a huge hole opened by seniors TRAVIS GROOVER, CASEY PASCO and TANNER KVEDERIS.

MATTHEW SHEARIN turned in one of his patented ad-lib runs to get the Braves to within 14-7, as he bounced outside after a backfield standoff against the Sultans' line, then found an open left sideline, getting help out of the backfield by the block of FADI PUTRUS, which interfered with three potential defenders.

However, the Braves came back to tie the game at 21-21 in the third quarter thanks to their superstar back. Shearin, who ran for a 55-yard score in the second quarter, had TD runs of 75 and 80 yards.

Santana QB FRANKIE GUTIERREZ threw a 5-yard touchdown to junior receiver ADAM CHILDRESS in the fourth quarter to determine the winning margin. Childress also caught a 38-yard pass from Gutierrez to set up the Sultans' third score of the first half.

Wallace took a halfback option pitch and before he could even take three steps to his left, he tossed the ball with his left hand into the end zone's left side, where Childress was standing all alone for the easy 2-yard touchdown reception.

Gutierrez was 11-for-23 for 119 yards, while Wallace finished with 130 yards on 23 carries. Childress had five receptions for 63 yards.

Junior JONNY WARE led Santana's defense with 10 tackles, including two for loss. Santana senior MATTHIAS EMORY had an interception, while teammate HINA ALIU recovered a fumble.

CHRISTIAN 42, CLAIREMONT 3 – Christian High’s ADRIAN PETTY had three touchdowns, while TREVOR HOWELL threw a 55-yard halfback option pass for a touchdown, in the Patriots' Central League road win Friday (Oct. 24), improving the Christian score to 8-0.

The Patriots’ NICK SEXTON caught the halfback pass for the touchdown to make it 28-3.

JOEY MORONES bowled over defenders and fought his way to the left pylon for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Petty rushed nine times for 105 yards, while Howell also had an interception on defense. HUNTER ARVAN also had an interception for Christian.

Petty went up the middle, then took off to the right for a 43-yard score to give the Pats a 35-3 lead.

Patriots quarterback DAVID TODD JEREMIAH finished 13-of-19 for 150 yards and one interception. Sexton finished with six receptions for 120 yards.

Christian's TD-shutout was led by CODY KIRWAN, who had six tackles, including two for loss, and JON STEIN, who finished with 6 1/2 tackles.

Fearless Forecaster

County division top-ranked Vaqueros host challenge from hungry Cougars

By Bill Dickens
LAKESIDE (10-23-14) — This encounter should be one of the best match-ups in the Grossmont Hills League when the Steele Canyon Cougars (6-1, 1-1) travel to El Capitan (7-0, 2-0) on Friday night (Oct. 24) to face the Vaqueros in a battle between Top 10 teams. These teams have only met four times before, with the outcome standing at 2 apiece.

D.J. SMITH leads the running game for El Capitan with 84 carries for 600 yards and 10 touchdowns. He has registered 50 tackles and 3.5 sacks.

Quarterback BRAD CAGLE has completed 91 of 149 passes for 1463 yards through the air and 11 touchdowns.

Receiver ISAIAH CAPOOCIA has caught 41 passes for 619 yards and 10 touchdowns. JAMES OWEN has contributed 6.5 sacks for the Vaqueros.

Steele Canyon will rely on the strong arm of quarterback DOMINICK WOOD-ANDERSON, who in just 5 games has completed 41 of 82 passes for 723 yards and 6 touchdowns.

The running backs for the Cougars – MALCOLM ANDERS 62-287, 2 TDs) and RILEY JONES (52-287, 5 TDs) will bolster the offense for Steele Canyon.

Receiver DEREK TYLER (14-376, 3 TDs) and ROOSEVELT JOHNSON (19-292, 1 TD) will help round out the corps.

The Cougars will put up a fight, but the nod goes to . . . EL CAPITAN 37-7.

Valhalla's Joseph Thomas is pursued by Mount Miguel's Travis Chalke-Daly during the Norsemen's victory over the Matadors earlier this season. (photo courtesy dondemarsphotography.com)

VALHALLA (3-4, 1-1) at HELIX* (6-1, 2-0), 7 – Homecoming has annually been a big deal at Helix High School and it certainly will be a crowd pleaser again on Friday night (Oct. 24) in the Grossmont Hills League match-up with Valhalla.

The Norsemen beat the Highlanders 18-13 in 1975 in their very first contest. Since then the Highlanders have led the all-time series 36-5-2.

Speedy NATHAN STINSON ranks second in East County rushing with 98 carries for 948 yards and 12 touchdowns. Versatile MICHAEL AUSTIN, who handles the quarterbacking duties, has rushed 42 times for 313 yards and 5 touchdowns. As a passer he is 53 of 89 for 724 yards and 4 touchdowns.

Valhalla will look to junior quarterback PHILLIP NASEH who has completed 94 of 170 passes for 1242 yards and 8 touchdowns. Running back JEROME JOHNSON has carried for 130 times for 648 yards and 7 touchdowns, and RASHAUN SHARPE has run for 59 times for 297 yards and 2 scores.

Receiver JULIUS FRAZIER has caught 34 passes for 433 yards and 3 touchdowns. East County leading tackler LOGAN BAKER has logged 87 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries and an interception. Teammate CADE LOGAN, is close behind him with 83 tackles.

The chances of an upset are unlikely for the Norsemen this time around because Helix is ranked in the Top 3, but you never know . . . Helix 16-14.

Granite Hills' Billy Cummings sacks the Vaqueros' Brad Cagle in a matchup earlier this season. (EastCountySports.com photo)

GRANITE HILLS (5-2, 0-1) at MONTE VISTA (5-3, 0-1), 7 – Not many players are more versatile than Granite Hills senior SETH COLLINS, who – despite injuries – picked up 10 touchdowns on 538 yards on mere 88 carries.

MICHAEL LEDESMA has also been a big gun for the Eagles with 326 yards on 56 carries for 7 touchdowns. RILEY REYES has 73 tackles and 3 sacks to his credit.

Monte Vista counts on the leadership of running backs JORDAN JOHNSON (97-861, 7 TDs) and LEE WADE, Jr. (81-664, 6 TDs) in the Friday night (Oct. 24) Grossmont Valley League joust with Granite Hills.

Granite Hills leads the all-time series 29-20, but an upset is not out of reach . . . Granite Hills 28-26.

MOUNT MIGUEL (3-4, 0-2) at GROSSMONT (3-4, 0-2), 7 – Two teams that are attempting to escape the Grossmont Hills League cellar will square off Friday night (Oct. 24) when the Foothillers host the Matadors.

Mount Miguel is led by fleet-footed ANTHONY GILMORE, who has rushed for 386 yards and 5 touchdowns.

The Matadors’ quarterback, JACOB CASTILLO has completed 837 yards and 9 touchdowns. Wide receivers JAYVON JONES (22-319 yds, 5 TDs), GARY HASKINS (7-86) and KIKO BORJA (3-5, 98 yds, 1 TD) will be looking for the pigskin.

CALVIN FARRIS (62-148, 1146 yds, 11 TDs) has returned to take over the quarterbacking duties for the Foothillers.

HUNTER REINER (40-525 yds, 6 TDs) leads the receiving corps along with A.J. SHAW (16-624 yds, 3 TDs).

This one’s a toss-up, but give the edge to . . . Mount Miguel 23-21.

CHRISTIAN (7-0, 1-0) at CLAIREMONT (3-5, 1-1), 7 – Christian High, which is averaging 55.9 points per game, has wrapped up the Central League championship. The Patriots are led by East County rushing leader ADRIAN PETTY (71-970, 12 TDs) and JOEY MORONES (66-292, 14 TDs).

Quarterback DAVID TODD JEREMIAH is also EastCounty’s leading passer with 115-161 for 1842 yards and 23 touchdowns. His favorite targets are NICK SEXTON (30 receptions,480 yds, 5 TDs) and CHAD HUMPHRIES (18-413 yds, 8 TDs).

Christian should roll with this one . . . Christian 57-7.

SANTANA (3-4, 0-1) at EL CAJON VALLEY* (2-5, 0-2), 7 – The Santana Sultans remain in the running for a post-season playoff berth in the Grossmont Valley League. However, El CajonValley has eyes for an upset against the Sultans in Friday’s (Oct. 24) Homecoming game.

Santana has a one-two punch in running back ZACH LEWIS (73-337, 8 TDs) and quarterback FRANKIE GUTIERREZ (68-113, 875 yds, 6 TDs) who will lead the charge for the Sultans. Lewis also has 36 tackles and 3 sacks to his credit.

El Cajon Valley will counter with fleet-footed MICHAEL SHEARIN, who has rushed for 912 yards on 101 carries and 12 touchdowns.
The nod in this one should go to . . . Santana 28-26.


Granite Hills star Michael Ledesma runs through traffic Friday night against visiting West Hills in El Cajon. (photo courtesy Nathan Price, youatplay.com)


Stingy Defense Claims Claymore Sword

By Andrew Smith
SPRING VALLEY (10-17-14) —Three years ago, after losing to Eastlake 21-14 in their season opener the Helix Highlanders went on to outscore their opponents by an average score of 45-8 en route to a Division II State Championship. Four games after suffering their lone loss this season, the turnaround is beginning to look eerily similar.

Their battle for the Claymore Sword with Mount Miguel got off to an exciting start after the Matadors scrambled to recover an onside kick on the game's first play. On third down, they went for the home run ball, but it barely slipped through the receiver's hands. Thereafter, the game quickly slipped away as well, as the Highlanders went on to claim the sword 42-0.

Four weeks after their 9-7 defeat at the hands of Cathedral Catholic, the Highlanders have outscored their opponents 167-0 and haven't allowed a point for 19 straight quarters.

"There's no doubt about it our defense is playing reall well," said head coach TROY STARR before adding a scary thought, "We can still play better."

Dual-threat quarterback MICHAEL AUSTIN took a play fake 40 yards down the right side for a score and NATHAN STINSON put his speed on display a few plays later with a 45-yards score putting Helix (6-1, 2-0 GHL) up 14-0 midway through the first quarter.

Mount Miguel's Jacob Castillo on a keeper Friday night against visiting Helix. (EastCountySports.com photo)

The Mt. Miguel (3-3, 1-1) defense looked as if it had finally figured things out when TRAVIS CHALKE-DALY got first down sack and then combined with TITO ORTIZ on another, two plays later. Then a stop on fourth down gave them the ball at midfield, but a penalty and botched snap on a punt gave Helix the ball and a short field.

However, the defense turned them over on downs and ANTHONY GILMORE ripped off a 25-yard run to get the crowd back into it. The drive enventually led to another punt and Stinson took in his second rushing score of the game from 1 yard out to build a 3-score lead.

Holding a 28-0 lead just before the half, sophomore EVAN PERKINS intercepted a pass for the Highlanders and nearly turned it into a pick-six, but came up just short. Austin then added a pair of touchdowns passes to MEKHI STEVENSON (24 yds) and NICK SOLIZ (19 yds) in the third quarter to put the game out of reach, ensuring the Claymore Sword will be back in the library of their La Mesa campus for at least one more year.

CHRISTIAN 63, HILLTOP 7 – One of the unsung offensive coordinators in the San Diego Section is Christian High’s DAVID BEEZER. The Patriots’ (7-0) offensive designer has his team averaging 55.9 points per game.

Thus it was no surprise that the Patriots hammered Hilltop in Friday’s (Oct. 7) non-league encounter.

Christian had plenty of stars in this one. ADRIAN PETTY pounded the ground forces with 125 yards and a touchdown in 9 carries.

Not to be overlooked was the running of MICHAEL TOBIASON, who averaged 10 yards on 3 carries, and JOEY MORONES, who carried the ball only 7 times for 24 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Quarterback DAVID TODD JEREMIAH led the charge for the unbeaten Patriots by completing 12 of 14 passes for 180 yards and 4 touchdowns.

Two Patriots pulled down scoring passes, including CHAD HUMPHRIES and TREVOR HOWELL – two apiece.

Also not to be overlooked was Christian place kicker KYLE THOMPSON, who was 9-for-9 on PATs.

Among the standouts for Christian were ETHAN CONTRERAS, who intercepted two passes.

Humphries, who caught 3 passes for 70 yards and 2 touchdowns, also had an interception.

“Our kids look at every week as a challenge,” said Beezer.

Steele Canyon QB Dominick Wood-Anderson is sacked by Nathan Hamilton, of Grossmont, Friday night in Jamul. (photo courtesy Linda Byerline) For more coverage click here http://photosbylb.zenfolio.com/f167182419

STEELE CANYON 20, GROSSMONT 14 – After being dealt consecutive defeats by Grossmont in Grossmont Hills League action, the Steele Canyon Cougars rebounded with a victory over the Foothillers on Friday (Oct. 17) in Cougar Canyon.

The key to the Cougars’ success was the passing and rushing of quarterback DOMINICK WOOD-ANDERSON.

The Cougars came out alive as ROOSEVELT JOHNSON raced 85 yards on a Wood-Anderson pass for the touchdown early in the first quarter.

MALCOLM ANDERS scored for the Cougars on the first play of the second quarter on a 4-yard run, and PIERRE ALEXANDER did the same thing on the first play of the 3rd quarter, on a 60-yard run.

Grossmont regrouped in the second half with a momentum change as quarterback CALVIN FARRIS completed a 2-yard run into the endzone with 1:39 left in the 3rd quarter.

The Foothillers would score once more, in the 4th quarter when KHALEED DAVIS scored on a 15-yard pass from Farris.

EL CAPITAN 34, VALHALLA 14 – The old cliché “football is a game of inches” really hit home to the boys of the visiting Valhalla football team Friday evening (Oct. 17), as they were trying to upset unbeaten El Capitan on the Vaqueros’ home turf.

Down 21-0 after halftime, the Norsemen came storming back to start the second half. After junior kicker CODY MATTISON boomed his usual kickoff deep into the endzone for a touchback, Valhalla’s junior quarterback, PHILLIP NASEH, went to work — quickly and efficiently. First he threw a dart to senior wide receiver JULIUS FRAZIER for an 18-yard gain to the Valhalla 38-yard line. Then senior slotback SKYLER COLEMAN swept left and cut right for a 9-yard pickup.

A Vaquero personal foul penalty moved the visitors into El Capitan territory, where Naseh hooked up with junior wide receiver CONNOR CHAMBERLAIN for another 9-yard gain to the 27-yard line. The Norsemen continued to march to the El Cap 6-yard line when Frazier leapt above the defender to snag a pass from Naseh in the left corner of the end zone for the Norsemen’s first score of the game. After sophomore kicker JACOB PAAPE split the uprights, it was 21-7, with 7:27 left in the third quarter.

Trying to claw its way back into the game, Valhalla’s defense also put the Vaqueros on notice that the game wasn’t over. On El Cap’s first play of the second half, Valhalla’s ANTHONY HANNA swatted a pass before it got to the line of scrimmage. On the next play, senior quarterback BRAD CAGLE (21-30-0, 369 yards, 2 TDs), was flushed from the pocket, but turned on the jets and started racing up the sideline only to be hammered out of bounds by junior linebacker CADE BAKER, which caused a minor uproar on the Vaqueros’ side of the field, costing the home team a 15-yard penalty. Unable to convert, El Capitan had to punt.

Starting at their 14-yard line, the Norsemen responded in a hurry. On second down, Naseh zinged the ball to receiver SPENCER HENDERSON on a slant pass over the middle; Henderson broke a tackle and headed for the end zone about 70 yards away. However, El Capitan safety JARED TURNER managed to catch Henderson at the Vaqueros’ 21-yard line, saving the sure touchdown.

Faced with a 4th and 2 at the Vaqueros’ 13-yard line, and trailing by 14, Valhalla head coach CHARLES BUSSEY called a time-out to hatch a play. Sophomore running back JEROME JOHNSON tested the left side and appeared to be tackled at the 10 -yard line, but a questionable spot resulted in the ball being placed a couple of inches short, thwarting Valhalla’s touchdown chance and turning the ball over to the Vaqueros at the 11-yard line.

Once again, Valhalla’s rejuvenated defense forced another 3-and-out; but this time, junior linebacker LOGAN BAKER blocked the Vaqueros’ punt and, for the second week in a row, linebacker TREY SCHIMKE recovered the ball in the end zone for a Valhalla touchdown. Paape’s kick was true and El Cap’s lead was reduced to 21-14, with 3:15 left to play in the penultimate period.

After the ensuing kickoff, El Capitan opened for business at its 36-yard line. Cagle threw a quick-hitter to his brother, ZACH CAGLE, who galloped for a 22-yard gain to the Valhalla 34-yard line. On second down and still at the 34-yard line, Brad Cagle was flushed from the pocket and was being chased fervently towards the sideline where he appeared to step a few inches out of bounds (remember, it’s a game of inches) and then threw a desperation pass that appeared to land on the ground a few inches before the receiver scooped it in. Regardless, it resulted in a 27-yard gain to the Valhalla 17-yard line.

Undeterred, the Norsemen defense hung tough. First, junior nose tackle CHRIS YOHE stuffed the runner for a 4-yard loss. Then junior linebacker DANIEL BENDER batted a pass which fell to the ground. On third down, a misdirection pass play was sniffed out by senior free safety TYLER BUZZEL, who tackled the receiver for a 2-yard loss at the Norsemen 23-yard line.

El Capitan coach RON BURNER, who was honored before the game after being selected by the San Diego Chargers as high school Coach of the Week, called a timeout to see if he could devise a play to slow down the charged-up Valhalla defense. On 4th and 16, Cagle threw a screen pass to D.J. SMITH, who scrambled for an 11-yard gain, but it was well short of the first down, turning the ball back to the Norsemen with just 6 seconds left in the third quarter,

It looked like Valhalla would be able to maintain its second-half surge when, on the last play of the third period Johnson literally dragged several would-be tacklers for more than 10 yards for a 16-yard gain on first down to the Valhalla 28-yard line, but the Vaqueros, perhaps remembering having to come from behind to defeat Granite Hills a few weeks earlier, put the clamps on the Norsemen offense, forcing a Paape punt to the El Cap 28-yard line.

Cagle then showed his stuff, directing a 13-play, time-consuming drive highlighted by a diving 30-yard catch by senior wide receiver FRANKIE LIMA at the Valhalla 16-yard-line; the drive culminated in a one yard TD run by Smith. This time the PAT fizzled, and the Lakeside team led, 27-14, with only 5:30 remaining in the game.

Valhalla’s offense started moving the ball, but after getting a first down at its own 37, a ferocious pass rush by the El Cap front seven throttled the visitors — on third down, Naseh was sacked by senior linebacker JOHN LaCHAPPA, forcing another punt.

Starting at his 36-yard line, Cagle didn’t waste any time putting the proverbial dagger into Valhalla’s chance of victory when he found a wide-open ISAIAH CAPOOCIA for a 64-yard TD pass-catch. This time, TAKOTA CURO’s kick was good, making the final score 34-14.

In the first half, El Cap led 7-0 after Smith cruised into the end zone at the end of an 8-yard Iun. Brad Cagle added another touchdown in the second quarter when he was flushed out of the pocket but managed to scramble down the left sideline for an 11-yard TD. SAM MELERO caught a 47-yard touchdown pass from Cagle with 3:39 remaining in the first half, which gave the Vaqueros’ their 21-0 halftime lead.

For Valhalla, Naseh was 17-36-1 for 215 yards and 1 TD. Altogether, El Capitan amassed 483 yards of total offense.

El Cap senior defensive lineman ROBBY CALLAWAY and senior linebacker JOEY LaCHAPPA had several key tackles for the Vaqueros.

WEST HILLS 24, GRANITE HILLS 21 – After allowing dual-threat quarterback SETH COLLINS to run for a pair of first-quarter touchdowns, the Wolf Pack defense stopped the multi-faceted Eagles' offense until late in the fourth quarter, providing the support for SPENCER MOYER and Co. to direct an impressive road victory in front of a Granite Hills Homecoming crowd to win a Grossmont Valley League showdown in El Cajon on Friday night (Oct. 17).

The anticipated matchup of two headline-making quarterbacks figured to be all of that, after Collins' early scores of 19 and 3 yards, and a run during one of the scoring drives where he jumped over a would-be tackler before a defender took him down to set up a first-and-goal inside the 5. His first scoring run from 19 yards away came on a play-fake option keeper that allowed him to take off up the right hash and dive into the end zone.

But then, following the staunch effort of the West Hills defense following the early deficit, Moyer was able to soak up the spotlight in front of the big crowd by throwing two touchdowns to senior star RAPHY CARR and running for another, as the Wolf Pack took the lead in the third quarter following a 14-14 tie at halftime.

Moyer took a page out of Collins' playbook when he took off running for a 38-yard run, as Pack linemen DOMINIC TUFI, RICHARD IMBIMBO, ALFONSO GREGG and GARRETT MEAD cleared the way to get West Hills back in the game.

Granite Hills senior Jalen Carter tries to elude the grasp of West Hills senior Devon Hathaway Friday night. (photo courtesy Nathan Price, youatplay.com)

Moyer connected with Carr in the second quarter from 36 yards out to tie the game, then in the third quarter, a West Hills drive was helped by a pass interference call to put the Wolf Pack in scoring position, and Moyer would find Carr again, as the senior would make space behind the defender following a fake move to the inside, and he hauled in a 19-yard perfectly thrown ball from Moyer.

The Eagles were able to march a third-quarter drive down to the West Hills 33, but Carr broke up a fourth-down pass attempt by Collins.

In the fourth, Granite Hills thought they had made an interception in West Hills territory following one officials' signal, but the 50/50-ball was ruled a completion. The Wolf Pack extended the drive with a completion to Carr, then senior CADE CALVERT booted a 27-yard field goal for a two-score lead with 3:30 left in the game.

Collins moved the Eagles swiftly, then got a Play-of-the-Week-type catch from MICHAEL LEDESMA, who made a one-handed diving grab at the 4. Collins scored on a short keeper to the left, to make it 24-21.

Granite Hills' on-side attempt was short of ten yards, but the Eagles were able to hold with the aid of a penalty, and get the ball back at their own 14 with 59.4 seconds remaining. The Eagles were able to pick up a first down, but couldn't move into scoring position nor have a short enough field for a last-second bomb, as the game ended on a deflection near the Wolf Pack 30.

Ledesma broke up a fourth-down pass attempt at the goal line in the first quarter to squelch a Wolf Pack scoring attempt.

“JACOB SHAW ran the ball over 100 yards – broke the century mark,” said West Hills coach CASEY ASH.

TYLER HOWARD had a fumble recovery on the kickoff in the second quarter that led to the Pack’s 2nd touchdown.

Calvert contributed 3 PATs.

“The kicker made some kicks and that was the difference in the game,” Ash said. “With one minute remaining and Granite Hills down by 3, we stopped them on defense,” the coach added. “Defensively the standouts in the game for us were Mead and Gregg.”

MONTE VISTA 57, EL CAJON VALLEY 7 – The Monte Vista Monarchs scored 29 points in the first quarter and built a 43-7 halftime lead in Friday’s (Oct. 17) Grossmont Valley League Homecoming game.

The Monarchs hammered out 456 yards and 7 touchdowns as they improved their season record to 5-3, 2-0 GVL. The victory allowed Monte Vista to earn a share of the GVL lead.

TRE OWENS and FREDDIE SIMS set the scoring pace for Monte Vista as they each scored 2 touchdowns.

Ten Monarchs contributed to the scoring, including kicker MATT GOFIGAN, who was 6-for-6 on PATs.

El Cajon Valley (2-5, 0-2) avoided the shutout with an 80-yard touchdown run by MATTHEW SHEARIN in the opening quarter.

ARMY-NAVY 47, FOOTHILLS CHRISTIAN 14 – Army-Navy opened up a 27-0 lead on the visiting Knights in Pacific League action Friday night (Oct. 17). Foothills Christian closed the game to 27-7, but trailed 34-7 at halftime.

After Army-Navy opened the lead again, The Knights got a score to make it 41-14.


Fearless Forecaster

Seething Cougars face-off against injury-riddled Foothillers in Hills League showdown

By Bill Dickens
Steele Canyon got stung last week with their loss to Helix and will be fired up to boost their record (5-1, 0-1).

Grossmont, on the other hand, is charged up and figures they can run with best of them in order to raise their record (3-3, 0-1) in the Grossmont Hills League in Friday’s (Oct. 17) meeting in Cougar Canyon.

With offensive stars JAKE HARR (107.8 ypg, 6 TDs) and ALIJAH AVANT (21-for-370, 3 TDs) out for the season with injuries, the workhorse for the Foothillers in the passing game is expected to be receiver HUNTER REINER (39-for-485, 6 TDs). Grossmont has had some tough luck with their quarterbacks getting injured, as well, so the QB call is up in the air. Harr suffered a broken collarbone last week, while Avant is sidelined with a knee injury.

Defensively for Grossmont MALIK HAYES has logged 43 tackles, JACOB DENSON (42 tackles, 2 fumble recoveries), JAKE LOPEZ (37 tackles), CHAZ CADWALADER (30 tackles) and JOSH McFAUL (29 tackles).

Steele Canyon counts on the powerful arm of junior quarterback DOMINICK WOOD-ANDERSON (31-for-56, 5 TDs). Two of his favorite targets are DEREK TYLER (12-for-331 catches, 3 TDs) and ROOSEVELT JOHNSON (17-for-264 and a touchdown). RILEY JONES will handle the ground game, averaging 47.7 ypg and recording 5 TDs.

On the defensive side WILLIE FAIR (42 tackles, 3 sacks, a fumble recovery and 2 interceptions) leads the Cougars

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Highlanders defense a steel curtain following third-straight shutout

By Bill Dickens

LA MESA (10-11-14) — When it comes to perfect games the Helix Highlanders are right at the top of the list. In fact, Helix has posted three consecutive shutouts.

The Highlanders’ (5-1, 1-0) latest victim was Grossmont Hills League opponent Steele Canyon (5-1, 0-1), which Helix dealt their first defeat of the season with a shocking 41-0 shutout.

One thing about the Highlanders that tends to get overlooked is their defense, which has allowed slightly more than 100 yards a game. Are the Highlanders a runaway defense? There is plenty of argument to suggest that assessment. CHRISTIAN CHAVEZ logged 2 sacks, and MICHAEL BENJAMIN and FORREST HANLON each had a sack.

This is not to say that the Highlanders can’t register points on the scoreboard, because they certainly can. DaSHAWN KEIRSEY exploded for a 22-yard pass from quarterback MICHAEL AUSTIN for the Highlanders’ first score.

NATHAN STINSON bolted for two touchdowns – one for 39 yards, the other for 92 – outracing a pack of defenders with ease.

ZEKE NOA would stun the Cougars when he intercepted a ball and raced 77 yards for the touchdown.

Not to be overlooked in the running game was Austin, who dashed on a quarterback keeper for 66 yards. Sophomore receiver MUGEN BLUE picked up the final score for Helix with a 10-yard run.

Kicker MATTHIAS LAYTON was 5-for-6 on PAT kicks.

Steele Canyon struggled mightily but the game belonged to the Highlanders from start to finish.

VALHALLA 38, MOUNT MIGUEL 26 – Valhalla picked a perfect night for its Homecoming Friday (Oct. 10). For the first time this season, there was a nip in the air as the temperature dropped just enough to be called “football weather.” It was a lot hotter on the field, as the two foes amassed nearly 1,000 yards of offense to the delight of the crowd.

Valhalla, junior quarterback PHILLIP NASEH was on fire. He lit up the scoreboard, throwing 4 touchdown passes and gaining 372 yards, while completing 18 of his 29 tosses, as the Norsemen vanquished Mount Miguel, 38-26. He also rushed for 66 yards on 18 of 29 carries.

The Norsemen got the ball first, starting at their 20-yard line. Sophomore running back JEROME JOHNSON smashed through the defensive line on his first carry, picking up 9 yards. Naseh then threw a dart to wide receiver JAKE BASSETT for a 15-yard gain to the Valhalla 39-yard line. The drive quickly stalled, however, after linebacker CHRIS CALZADILLAS dragged down the runner for a 1-yard loss on 2nd-and-5 at the Norsemen 44-yard line.

Valhalla was unable to convert on third down and had to punt, giving the Matadors an opportunity to show their stuff. The Norsemen defense set the tone early, forcing the Matadors to punt without getting a first down

With great field position at the Moun tMiguel 49-yard line after the punt, Valhalla quickly advanced to the 31-yard line. where a hard hit dislodged the ball from the runner; senior linebacker MICHAEL NODALO recovered the fumble for the Matadors at their own 33 yard line. This time, the Matadors didn’t disappoint its fans. Senior quarterback JACOB CASTILLO connected with senior wide receiver CHRISTIAN GARCIA for a 73-yard TD bomb. After sophomore kicker JOEL BEAS split the uprights, MountMiguel jumped to an early 7-0 lead, with 6:07 left in the first quarter.

Starting once again at their 20-yard line, the Norsemen put it in gear. Naseh rifled a pass to senior wide receiver JULIUS FRAZIER for a 22-yard gain on first down. On the next play, he hit wide receiver SKYLAR COLEMAN for 17 more to the Matadors’ 36-yard line. After a couple of nifty runs by Johnson and RAHSHAUN SHARPE, Valhalla was knocking on the door inside the 10-yard line.

“We had excellent balance,” said Valhalla coach CHARLES BUSSEY. “We did a great job of spreading the ball around. When you can do that you’re gonna win games.”

Naseh picked up his first TD of the evening for Valhalla when he found Bassett open in the left flat for a 5-yard touchdown, receiving great pass protection from sophomore offensive lineman JACOB SMITH . Sophomore kicker JACOB PAAPE (5-5 PATs), knotted the game at 7-7, with 3:33 left to play in the initial period.

Mid-way through the second quarter, Valhalla took the lead when DASHAWN KINISTON blocked a punt deep in Mount Miguel territory that was recovered by junior linebacker TREY SCHIMKE in the end zone, giving the Norsemen a 14-7 lead with 7:01 left in the second stanza.

Later in the same quarter, Valhalla extended its lead to 21-7 when Sharpe hauled in a perfect center screen pass from Naseh and quickly turned on the afterburners for a 69-yard touchdown, with 2:36 left to play before intermission.

The Matadors got fired up on the ensuing kickoff when junior running back ANTOINNE HAMILTON broke several tackles returning the kick 33 yards to the MountMiguel 42-yard line. On second down, running back CURTIS HIBLER slashed his way to the Valhalla 8-yard line for a 39-yard gain. He followed that up with an 8-yard TD burst on the next play, narrowing the gap to 21-14 at halftime.

It was a good omen at halftime when Valhalla senior defensive back JOHNNY TOMA was crowned Homecoming King, but as the second half opened, it appeared that the Matadors were going to tie the game on their first possession. Hamilton ripped off back-to-back runs of 27 and 28 yards, all the way to the Valhalla 3-yard line, but at the end of the last scamper, Norsemen defensive back JAMES WOODS ripped the ball loose and linebacker CADE BAKER, who was a force on defense all evening, recovered the fumble for the Norsemen.

Well rested after the halftime festivities, Valhalla’s offense put together a 17-play drive that culminated in a 19-yard Paape field goal, and, with 5:59 remaining in the third quarter, Valhalla upped its lead to 24-14.

Valhalla's Daniel Bender (32) attempts a tackle against the Matadors Friday night. (photo courtesy dondemarsphotography.com)

The Norsemen defense responded in kind. MountMiguel started its next drive at its 34-yard line, but after quickly getting to its 46-yard line, Valhalla defenders DANIEL BENDER and JACOB WALZ smothered the ball carrier for a 5-yard loss. Castillo then threw a quick-hitter to Hibler for a 9-yard gain, but on 4th and 1 at the Norsemen 46-yard line, East County’s leading tackler, junior linebacker LOGAN BAKER, caught the ball carrier from behind in the backfield and dragged him to the ground for a 1-yard loss, giving Naseh and the Valhalla offense another opportunity.

It took one play to do so. Coleman got behind his defender and Naseh lofted a strike to his receiver’s outstretched arms. Coleman had to extend to catch it on the dead run, and – just as he was losing his balance – he dove across the goal line for a spectacular 53-yard pass-catch-run, increasing the Valhalla lead to 31-14, at the 3:06 mark in the third quarter.

Not to be outdone, on the opening drive of the fourth quarter, Frazier grabbed a pass from Naseh at the Mount Miguel 35-yard line, abruptly stopped to make the defender miss him, immediately changed direction, juked a would-be tackler, and sprinted to the end zone to put the game out of reach, 38-14, with 8:55 remaining.

The Matadors scored two TDs late in the 4th quarter, with Castillo galloping into the end zone for a 7-yard score, and senior wide receiver JAYVON JONES hauling in an 8-yard pass from Castillo.

“The fact that we won this game gives us an excellent chance of making the playoffs,” Bussey said. “We figure if we win one more, we’re in.”

Grossmont's Jacob Denson (10) and teammates tackle an El Capitan ball carrier Friday night in La Mesa. (photo courtesy Linda Byerline) For more coverage click here http://photosbylb.zenfolio.com/f167182419

EL CAPITAN 63, GROSSMONT 28 – Two years ago, El Capitan head coach RON BURNER stated, "I don't know how good we will be this year, but in two years, we will be awfully tough."

The time has come.

The 5th ranked Vaqueros (6-0, 1-0 Grossmont Hills League) invaded El Cajon to tackle the resurgent Grossmont High Foothillers (3-3, 0-1 GHL) on Friday night (Oct. 10). And El Cap was bringing a load. A scary combination of offense and a punch of defense the likes the school has never seen. The result was an overwhelming 63-28 win in the opening of league play.

"We saw a few things on tape and put them into our game plan", said Burner. "We thought if we could get settled early, we had a great opportunity for success."
Getting 'settled early' is code for BRAD CAGLE. The senior QB is in his 3rd full season at the helm of the El Capitan offense and he looked every bit the leader from the opening kickoff. Cagle did it through the air (302 yards and 4 TD's) and he did it with his legs (82 yards rushing, 2 TD's).

"We knew Grossmont wanted to prove something tonight," said Cagle. "When they tried to take away the run, it gave us an opportunity to open some things up."

Grossmont's Khaleed Davis hauls in a touchdown reception against El Capitan Friday night in La Mesa. (photo courtesy Linda Byerline) For more coverage click here http://photosbylb.zenfolio.com/f167182419

That might be the understatement of the year.

Cagle needed just 51 seconds on the first drive. After a short pass to ISAIAH CAPOOCIA and a short Capoocia run, Cagle surveyed the field on 3rd down and 4 on his own 48-yard line. As Capoocia broke free over the middle, Cagle's pass found him in midstride and 52 yards later, El Capitan led 7-0.

High flying offense is certainly a Foothillers trademark though. And the Hillers responded with a drive of their own. It would take them a little over 3 minutes to answer. JAKE HARR had runs of 7 and 12 yards and hauled in a 20-yard reception. On a first and 10 from the Vaquero's 37-yard line QB CALVIN FARRIS scanned the near sideline and found wideout AJ SHAW for the 37-yard grab. With 8:45 left in the first quarter, the game was knotted at 7-7.

If ever there was sign of things to come, it was on the next El Capitan drive. After a 5 play drive stalled at the Grossmont 11-yard line, they lined up for a short 28 yard field goal attempt. Grossmont burst up the middle and blocked the attempt and it appeared that the drive was thwarted. But the block had moved past the line of scrimmage and was touched by a Grossmont player and recovered by the Vaqueros.

It took Cagle only 3 plays to torture the Foothillers with his 2nd TD pass of 10 yards.

Grossmont's Jake Harr (32) prepares to receive a handoff during the first half against El Capitan Friday night in La Mesa. (photo courtesy Linda Byerline) For more coverage click here http://photosbylb.zenfolio.com/f167182419

Farris wasn't nearly done though. Starting on his own 20, Farris found HUNTER REINER for a quick-hitting catch and run for 50 yards to the El Cap 30-yard line. Farris then gained 6 yards on a keeper. Then on a rollout to his right he located KAHLEED DAVIS for a 26-yard score. The two teams had played only 7 minutes and 20 seconds in the first quarter and were tied 14-14.

Those anticipating a shootout were not being disappointed. The teams were on a pace for 60-plus points apiece. Unfortunately for Grossmont, El Capitan would be the only team to get there. The Vaqueros reeled off the next 42 straight points.

The downpour started when the Foothillers had Cagle stopped at the Grossmont 21-yard line. The Vaqueros decided to forgo another field goal and go for it.

Having bottled up Cagle in the backfield, Cagle spun quickly to his left to avoid the rush and as he neared the far side line, he found a seam up the sideline and went untouched 21 yards for his first rushing TD.

Grossmont wasn't doing themselves any favors either. At one point they had 5 of their 6 drives end in interceptions. The first ended with a Capoocia (7 catches, 142 yards, 3 TD) touchdown from Cagle to make it 28-14. The next found another Cagle scramble that made it 35-14 on the 25-yard TD run.

"Both running TD's were on broken plays," said Cagle. "I was just trying to keep the play alive and managed to shake free."

Cagle would next find Capoocia on a 19-yard hook-up to extend the lead to 42-14.

"Coach put in some new formations for me this week to try and single me up," stated Capoocia. "We thought we'd be in a dogfight tonight but we were prepared."

This wasn't only the Cagle and Capoocia show though. Senior running back DJ SMITH (19 rushes, 82 yards, 2 TD) got into the action on the next series with a 3 yard bashing up the gut. The defense had 5 picks and a fumble recovery, and senior safety SAM CÉLÈBRE decided to get in on the fun. Having already intercepted Farris once, Mueller snagged a tipped pass at the 35-yard line and raced into the end zone for a 56-14 bulge.

Grossmont would add 2 late TD's on passes to KHALEED DAVIS (7 receptions, 124 yards 2 TD) and Reiner (8 for 111, 1 TD). While Farris would end up throwing for 368 yards and 4 TD's, those stats were offset by the 5 interceptions.

“We didn’t help our cause much with the turnovers,” Foothillers coach TOM KARLO said.

"We stressed all week that we wanted to get off to a good start in league," said coach Burner. "We've done that, but now it's all about Valhalla, and we will start those preparations tomorrow."

Harr left the game in the first half with a possible broken collar bone.

— Mark Meadows

MONTE VISTA 45, SANTANA 10 – Santana presented its homecoming crowd with a rousing start, jumping out to a 10-0 lead early in the second quarter of the Grossmont Valley League opener. However, the Monarchs carried the game from there behind a pair of touchdowns for both LEE WADE JR. and JORDAN JOHNSON.

The duo have now accounted for 13 touchdowns this season for Monte Vista

Running back ZACH LEWIS scored on a 14-yard touchdown run around the right side in the second quarter for Santana, his sixth touchdown of the season, which put the Sultans ahead 7-0 after a scoreless first. Reliable senior kicker JACOB HAMPSON continued to show why he is one of the EastCounty's best place-kickers, as he booted a 46-yarder to give the Sultans their lead.

A turnover led to the start of Monte Vista's comeback.

Wade and Johnson both had a touchdown in the second quarter, while MATT GOFIGAN would provide a 25-yard field goal to send the Monarchs into halftime with a 17-10 lead.

Monte Vista linebacker CHRISTIAN TOVES intercepted a pass and returned it 36 yards down the right side on the Sultans first drive of the second half.

The Monarchs' defense then held Santana to a three-and-out, then put together a 55-yard drive, capped by a 3-yard TD run by Johnson for a 31-10 lead.

After another three-down stop by the Monarchs, Wade turned in a 54-yard burst up the field for a touchdown, asserting the Monte Vista advantage.

Putting the work in up front for the Monarchs were senior JOSH CASTANEDA, ALEJANDRO BUSTOS and ERIC LASGASSE.

Senior DOMINIC KOSTAMO had three receptions for 33 yards for the Sultans, while sophomore SPENCER GULIHUR paced the defense with 10 tackles. DAKOTA HARP recovered a fumble for Santana.

West Hills senior lineman Esteban Flores (58) wraps up an El Cajon Valley ball carrier during the Wolf Pack's 36-7 win over the Braves Friday night. (EastCountySports.com photo)

WEST HILLS 36, EL CAJON VALLEY 7 – The Wolf Pack (5-2) won its inaugural Grossmont Valley League opener over the Braves in front of the Homecoming crowd Friday (Oct. 10).

After the Braves opened the game with a modest drive, the Wolf Pack went 87 yards on their first drive of the game behind the running of JACOB SHAW, to set up a play-action pass from quarterback SPENCER MOYER to senior receiver DEVON HATHAWAY for a 23-yard touchdown connection at 3:53 of the first quarter.

After the Wolf Pack defense held El Cajon Valley to a three-and-out, they ran Shaw to near midfield, then Moyer scrambled left in a short play design, then Carr took the route upfield, and the quarterback floated an open pass for a catch-and-run hook-up of 40 yards, giving West Hills a 13-0 lead.

“JACOB SHAW … He’s an old school football player,” Wolf Pack coach CASEY ASH said. “He’s one tough kid who won’t back down.”

El Cajon Valley's ensuing drive gave promise to the visitors' chances, as quarterback MERITON HASANI took off running for a pair of first-down gains, which moved the ball to the Wolf Pack 30. Braves' star back MATTHEW SHEARIN needed just two carries from there, including a 3-yard score to close the gap to 13-7.

After the teams traded special teams highlights – as both teams pinned the other inside the 2 on back-to-back possessions – West Hills got a big defensive play to send the momentum to the home side for halftime.

El Cajon Valley failed to execute the short snap, as they were backed up near the goal line, and Wolf Pack senior ALFONSO GREGG fell on the scramble for the football for a defensive score in the final minute of the first half.

Moyer threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to 6-foot receiver RAPHY CARR with 11 minutes remaining in the game.

CHRISTIAN 56, CORONADO 0 – Many believed that last year's Patriots (6-0, 1-0 Central League) team that won a San Diego C.I.F. Division III championship was the best to ever step foot on the field. If that was true, this year's squad is putting forth a good argument that they are just as good, if not better.

Every year it's a homecoming ritual for alumni to pack the stands at Granite's Hills Valley Stadium and this year they got a real treat as the Patriots pitched a perfect game and threw in a few wrinkles to keep them entertained.

Perhaps the lone mistake was on the opening kickoff when ADRIAN PETTY bobbled the ball a bit. Even that though is nitpicking because he calmly picked it up and took it 92 yards for a touchdown and the rout was officially on.

Then the fun began...

All his life six-foot-four, 300 pound left tackle LAITHE ISENMANN has been anchoring the offensive line blocking for teammates. On this night however, he got his chance to his mitts on the ball as he took an inside hand off on a reverse and darted 13 yards for a touchdown.

Junior quarterback DAVID TODD JEREMIAH was 25-for-31 passing on the night for 307 yards and 5 touchdowns, but his favorite pass of the night came straight out of Christian's bag of tricks.

He took a snap and threw a lateral pass to BRANDON HESTER who quickly returned the favor by tossing it right back. Jeremiah caught it and calmly chucked a perfect strike down field to TREVOR HOWELL for a 40-yard touchdown.

Howell finished the game with 9 receptions, 175 yards and 2 touchdowns. CHAD HUMPHRIES scored touchdowns on each of his two catches and MICHAEL TOBIASON had 3 catches for 21 yards and a score.

TRI-CITY CHRISTIAN 50, FOOTHILLS CHRISTIAN 33 - In a wild affair Saturday afternoon in Vista, the Knights took a 14-12 lead in the first half, but Tri-City struck back, and quickly, to go into halftime ahead 42-20.

But Foothills offense would continue to show its steady improvement, putting up two more touchdowns on the hosts to close to within 43-33. (more)...

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Patriots' Stowers, Howell to play at Stanford, Utah; former Christian High star, MLB veteran Robinson dies

EL CAJON (10-30-14) — Christian High outfielder-pitcher KYLE STOWERS has accepted a scholarship to Stanford University to play baseball for the Cardinal.

Utah State University in Logan, Utah, has recruited Christian’s TREVOR HOWELL to play ball for the Aggies as a shortstop.

Former Christian High pitcher JEFF ROBINSON, 52, passed away on Sunday (Oct. 26). Robinson, who helped the Detroit Tigers to an AL East championship as a rookie in 1987, went on to pitch in the major leagues through 1992.

Robinson's death was confirmed Monday by both the Tigers and the Kansas-based Natural Basebal lAcademy, where he served as a pitching director, coach and instructor.


Former Griffins QB Shining in Colorado

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Pueblo, Colo. (10-29-14) — Former Grossmont College quarterback CHRIS BONNER has led Colorado State University-Pueblo to a 17-2 record in two seasons.
At Grossmont College Bonner thrived as a sophomore, throwing for 2,470 yards and 19 TDs in 10 games. The 6-foot-7, 235-pound signal caller developed into a big league player but didn’t attract a lot of major college attention.

"I didn't learn a lot about the quarterback position in high school," Bonner said. "Once I got to JC, I got some coaching, played with better guys, raised my game."

Still, college recruiters weren't beating down his door.

So when Colorado State-Pueblo flew him out, told him there was an opportunity to start, "I jumped at it," Bonner said.

Last season, Bonner threw for 3,413 yards and 33 TDs as the ThunderWolves went 11-1.

The team is 6-1 this season and Bonner is a candidate for the Harlon Hill Award, the Division II version of the Heisman Trophy.

"Pueblo is great," Bonner said. "The community is awesome. The facilities and coaching are great."

CSU's offensive coordinator Daren Wilkinson said of Bonner, "He has a chance to play at the next level, but the NFL tries to find ways not to draft Division II guys.

"We've struggled with injuries at receiver. But we're healthy now, so our last five games will be a huge test for Chris."

The SportsXchange has Bonner ranked No. 1 at the Division II level.

"As a Division II player I'm an underdog, but the NFL is definitely the goal," Bonner said. "I've got to perform down the stretch to help the team. If I perform, maybe I'll get drafted, but at least get to camp with an NFL team.

"Really, it's all pretty exciting."

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Former Griffins quarterback Bonner producing wins at CSU-Pueblo

Pueblo, Colo. (10-29-14) — Former Grossmont College quarterback CHRIS BONNER has led Colorado State University-Pueblo to a 17-2 record in two seasons.

At Grossmont College Bonner thrived as a sophomore, throwing for 2,470 yards and 19 TDs in 10 games. The 6-foot-7, 235-pound signal caller developed into a big league player but didn’t attract a lot of major college attention.

"I didn't learn a lot about the quarterback position in high school," Bonner said. "Once I got to JC, I got some coaching, played with better guys, raised my game."

Still, college recruiters weren't beating down his door.

So when Colorado State-Pueblo flew him out, told him there was an opportunity to start, "I jumped at it," Bonner said.

Last season, Bonner threw for 3,413 yards and 33 TDs as the ThunderWolves went 11-1.

The team is 6-1 this season and Bonner is a candidate for the Harlon Hill Award, the Division II version of the Heisman Trophy.

"Pueblo is great," Bonner said. "The community is awesome. The facilities and coaching are great."

CSU's offensive coordinator Daren Wilkinson said of Bonner, "He has a chance to play at the next level, but the NFL tries to find ways not to draft Division II guys.

"We've struggled with injuries at receiver. But we're healthy now, so our last five games will be a huge test for Chris."

The SportsXchange has Bonner ranked No. 1 at the Division II level.

"As a Division II player I'm an underdog, but the NFL is definitely the goal," Bonner said. "I've got to perform down the stretch to help the team. If I perform, maybe I'll get drafted, but at least get to camp with an NFL team.

"Really, it's all pretty exciting."

Griffins' comeback falls short against Hornets

By Bill Dickens
FULLERTON (10-26-14) — Visiting Grossmont College had Fullerton on the ropes, trailing 33-22 late in the 2nd half in Saturday’s (Oct. 27) Southern Conference League game.

But the Griffins could not maintain their momentum and eventually succumbed to the Hornets 40-22.

THOMAS McDONALD scored on a 19-yard rushing touchdown in the 2nd quarter. Down 26-6 the Griffins managed to keep themselves in the game, scoring two consecutive touchdowns on a 1-yard plunge by quarterback MICHAEL CARRILLO and a 5-yard dive by PARIS MILLER.

In the 4th quarter BRANDON DUARTE kicked a 31-yard field goal to add 3 points to the Griffs’ score.

It was a physical game in which three kickoff returns went for touchdowns by Fullerton, but one was nullified by penalty.

The Griffins have a bye Saturday (Nov. 1) but will return to action when they travel to Santa Ana on Saturday (Nov. 8) for a 1 p.m. league game.

The next ­– and last – home game for the Griffs will be on Saturday (Nov. 15) when Grossmont hosts OrangeCoast at 1 p.m. at Mashin-Roth Stadium.

Griffins turn over winning leaf to snap losing streak

By Bill Dickens
EL CAJON (10-19-14) — Grossmont College pulled off its second major victory when the Griffins defeated the Saddleback Gauchos 41-27 on Saturday (Oct. 18) at Mashin-Roth Field.

After tripping up No. 1 ranked Riverside City College, the Griffins were dealt three straight losses but facing the Gauchos, the Griffins rebounded in hopes of gaining a late ticket to the playoffs.

Unfortunately, such luck has not fallen their way. Grossmont needed at least of 6 victories and no losses to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Griffins now rank 3-4 overall, 1-2 in the National Southern Conference.

Freshman quarterback MICHAEL CARRILLO threw a 45-yard scoring strike to THOMAS McDONALD, who followed that up with runs of 23 and 5 yards for the trifecta. McDonald finished with 114 total yards rushing.

Carrillo would also hook up with JEFFERY STEPHENS on a 30-yard pass and with PAUL GOODEN for a 50-yard aerial.

Carrillo completed 21 of 35 passes for 382 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Wide receiver CHRISTOPHER LACHANCE hauled in a 20-yard halfback pass from CHRISTIAN BROOKS.

Defensively the Griffins registered 4 interceptions – 2 by BRANDON PAYNE and one each by AIRRIC PARKER, who also had 5 tackles, and DERRIC MENEELY.

Freshman fullback DAVID SOLOMON recorded 2 sacks, and RYDEN KERR came up with 2 fumble recoveries and a sack. JEFFREY BRANCH led all tacklers with 9, while former Valhalla star De’SHAWN TONE forced a fumble and had a 1 1/2 sacks.


Griffins avoid shutout, but have little for Mounties

By Bill Dickens
WALNUT (10-9-14) — Visiting Grossmont College could not find the endzone until the 3rd quarter of Saturday’s (Oct. 11) non-conference game at Mt. San Antonio College, falling to the Mounties 52-7.

That lone score was a 4-yard run by THOMAS McDONALD. McDonald had a total of 11 rushes for 24 yards and the TD.

The Griffins (2-4) fell behind 38-0 before scoring their first – and only – touchdown.

MICHAEL CARRILLO completed 5 of 11 passes for 60 yards, plus 4 rushes for 25 yards.

PARIS MILLER caught 6 passes for 44 yards, while CHRISTOPHER LACHANCE pulled in 3 passes for 67 yards.

The Griffins will host Saddleback on Saturday (Oct. 18) at Mashin-Roth Field at 1 p.m.

Grossmont College freshman running back Thomas McDonald, of Palm Beach, Fla. rushes to the end zone Oct. 6 against visiting Palomar College at Mashin-Roth Field.

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Grossmont College schedule

Date -- Site/Opponent/Time
Sept. 6 – SOUTHWESTERN 35, Grossmont 6
Sept. 13 – GROSSMONT 17, Pasadena 14
Sept. 20 – GROSSMONT 38, Riverside 28
Sept. 27 – GOLDEN WEST 41, Grossmont 6
Oct. 4 – *Palomar 41, GROSSMONT 24
Oct. 11 –8 MT. SAN ANTONIO 52, Grossmont 7
Oct. 18 – *GROSSMONT 41, Saddleback 27
Oct. 25 – *FULLERTON 40, Grossmont 22
Nov. 1 – Bye
Nov. 8 – *at Santa Ana, 1
Nov. 15 – *ORANGE COAST, 1

Nov. 22 – Bowl Games – TBA

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Former Griffin Ash stars, as hoop Classic Raises $2500 for United Way

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Welland, Ontario, CAN (10-1-14) — Saturday (Sept. 27) saw over 500 members of the Niagara College community pack the Welland, Ontario, Canada campus athletic center for the fifth annual Peninsula Hoop Classic. The evening saw the four post-secondary men's and women's basketball program in the Niagara Region square off in support of the United Way
Aside from settling 2014's basketball bragging rights in the Niagara Region, the game served as the tip-off for Niagara College's 2014 United Way campaign. At the end of the night $2500 was raised in support of the United Way cause.

Leading the way offensively for Niagara was newcomer TREVON ASH, an Eastlake High graduate out of San Diego. Ash, who most recently competed at the JUCO level with Grossmont College (2010-12), finished with 23 points on 8 of 13 shot attempts.


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Shearin, an Ivy League bound 5-foot-7, 160 pound running back-free safety ran for a 55-yard score in the second quarter in a losing effort to Santana. However, the Braves came back to tie the game at 21-21 in the third quarter thanks to their superstar back, who also had touchdown runs of 75 and 80 yards.


Quarterback CALVIN FARRIS, a 6-foot, 200-pound junior, threw for 6 touchdowns and had another pair rushing as the Foothillers defeated Grossmont Hills League opponent Mount Miguel.

Week 8

BRAD CAGLE, El Capitan

The senior, 6-foot-1, 195-pound quarterback for the Vaqueros connected on 21 of 30 passes for 369 yards and two touchdowns as El Capitan vanquished Valhalla.


The junior 6-foot-4, 210-pound quarterback completed 41 of 82 passes for the Cougars for 297 yards and 4 touchdowns in Steele Canyon’s victory over Grossmont.


Week 7

LEE WADE, Jr., Monte Vista

The 5-foot-6, 145-pound senior defensive back-running back scored a touchdown in the 2nd quarter of the Monte Vista-El Cajon Valley game, and then scored another marker for the Monarchs on a 54-yard burst up the field.


All his life the 6-foot-four, 300-pound left tackle has been anchoring the offensive line blocking for teammates. On this night however, he got his chance to get his mitts on the ball as he took an inside hand off on a reverse and darted 13 yards for a touchdown.

Week 6


Senior 180-pound slotback ISAIAH CAPOOCIA threw a 71-yard designed option pass, hauled in a 28-yard reception, then later connected for an 8-yard TD pass in the Vaqueros victory over Granite Hills.


The 6-foot-1 junior quarterback, threw for two touchdowns of 21 and 44 yards and rushed for a 53-yard touchdown in the first quarter, which sparked the Scotties to a win over Bonita Vista.

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Long-time sports figure Noel Mickelsen passes

By Bill Dickens
EL CAJON (10-1-14) — Legendary San Diego coach and sports fixture NOEL MICKELSEN passed away on Sunday (Sept. 28) at the age of 80.

The 6-foot-6 Mickelsen served as an assistant coach at SDSU under George Ziegenfuss and later as the head basketball and head baseball coach at Grossmont College.

He was a 4-year letterman in both baseball and basketball at San Diego State from 1953-56. He attained a career pitching record of 25-10 with a 2.8 ERA.

His 25 victories rank fifth best in SDSU history. His ERA is eighth best on the SDSU list for pitchers throwing 200 or more innings, and his 1.6 ERA during his 1955 junior season is the fifth best ever for an Aztec.

Mickelsen was named All-Californian College Athletic Association first team as a junior and senior, and second team All-CCAA as a freshman. He ranked fourth on the career innings pitched list with 294 innings, and ranked ninth in career strikeouts with 195 innings.

In his basketball career he was the team captain his final three years at SDSU and recorded 642 career rebounds for the Aztecs – the seventh most for the team.

Mickelsen went on to play in the Milwaukee Braves organization as a pitcher, then came back to San Diego to coach under Ziegenfuss, and went on to start the basketball and baseball programs at Grossmont College. Grossmont College Baseball field is named after him – his name is emblazoned on the back of the Griffins press box.

“He was a sports fixture for a long time in San Diego East County, and helped a lot of kids along the way,” noted his son Jay Mickelsen.





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