East County Sports

What opening night could’ve looked like

ECS staff report

EL CAJON – For those of you that were on the optimistic side, believing there will be high school interscholastic sports during the school year, athletic departments still needed to prepare just in case sports returned before an unsightly surge in the current regional pandemic crisis.

While our state took precautions early either in reaction to the circumstances or by the governor’s decree, the harmful virus’ resurgence will postpone what was to be the opening night of the high school football season that was announced not too long ago.

Meanwhile, nearly three dozen states conducted seasons with most conducting championships all the way up to the state level.

In that regard, the following is the composite East County high school football schedule for 2020-21.

A chance to realize the potential matchups that would have occurred this Friday and beyond. Hopefully, some of the athletic calendars in some sports can be contested.

The master schedule includes are all 11 football-playing schools in the Grossmont Conference, along with Christian High of the City Conference’s Eastern League, and Foothills Christian of the small-school division Pacific League, according to information gathered by EastCountySports.

The Grossmont Conference remains split into its traditional two leagues, but with a twist. The Grossmont Hills will now field only four teams — creating a “Super League” like in baseball – featuring Granite Hills, Grossmont, Helix and Steele Canyon. The remaining seven programs will collide in Grossmont Valley competition.

Because of the limited number of GHL schools, Granite Hills and Steele Canyon were unable to schedule a complete slate of non-league games.
Thus, they were hopeful to meet twice, first in a non-league affair, then one which counts towards the GHL championship.

The same happened to Foothills Christian. The Knights will twice meet Army-Navy Academy, with both contests slated fr Junior Seau Field at Parkway Middle School.

The Knights were returning to 11-man football after building the county’s top 8-man program.

Even if there is a season now, all schedules are still subject to change. Each was slated for 7 p.m. unless noted. Also note, most (not all) City Conference schools play home games at 6:30 p.m.

In order to squeeze in fall, winter and spring sports before the end of the school year, football was being reduced from 10 games over an 11-week period to nine games over 10.

Any contingency plan now would likely include a six-game schedule with a possible one-week bowl-game series conducted between conferences, was one floated idea.

On Monday, a CIF spokesperson said that the CIF is going by a return-to-play date of Jan. 25 unless told otherwise by the California Department of Public Health. At this point, the CDPH has not had any more updates, although it was likely that athletics could only resume in each respective sport as it relates to the health-tier color we’ve become familiar with.

2020-21 Composite East County Football Schedule
All at 7 p.n., unless noted
*league contests
Fri., Jan. 8
Hilltop at El Capitan, 6:30
Christian at Rancho Bernardo
ECVHS at Hoover
El Camino at Grossmont
Helix at Mission Hills-Alemany
Chula Vista at Mounbt Miguel
Kearny at West Hills
Madison at Steele Canyon
Rancho Buena Vista at Monte Vista
Santana at La Jolla Country Day
Valhalla at Granite Hills
Foothills Christian at Long Beach-Rancho Dominguez
Fri., Jan. 15
Coronado at El Capitan
ECVHS at Calexico-Vincent Memorial
Granite Hills at Madison
Helix at Oceanside
Patrick Henry at Monte Vista
Imperial at Valhalla
Mater Dei Catholic at Mount Miguel
Santana at Mar Vista
Torrey Pines at Christian
West Hills at Olympian
Cathedral Catholic at Steele Canyon
Sat., Jan. 16
Christian vs. Temecula-Linwood Christian, site TBA
Foothills Christian at Calipatria
Fri., Jan. 22
El Capitan at Hilltop, 6:30
Mount Miguel at Crawford, 6:30
Santana at Sweetwater, 6:30
Clairemont at ECVHS
Helix at Cathedral Catholic
Monte Vista at Granite Hills
Mt. Carmel at Valhalla
West Hills at Escondido
Rancho Bernardo at Grossmont
Steele Canyon-St. Augustine, site/time TBA
Sat., Jan. 23
Christian at Santa Fe Christian, time TBA
Fri., Jan. 29
*El Capitan at ECVHS
*Valhalla at Santana
*Mount Miguel at West Hills
Christian at El Centro-Central
Del Norte at Christian
Granite Hills at Otay Ranch
Hoover at Foothills Christian
Imperial at Monte Vista
La Jolla at Grossmont
Lincoln at Steele Canyon
St. Augustine at Helix
Fri., Feb. 5
*ECVHS at Monte Vista
*West Hills at Valhalla
*Mount Miguel at Santana
*Maranatha Christian at Foothills Christian
Corona-Centennial at Helix
El Capitan at Granite Hills
Grossmont at Mira Mesa
Steele Canyon at Otay Ranch
Thurs., Feb. 11
Granite Hills at Chula Vista, 6
Christian at Mira Mesa, 6:30
Fri., Feb. 12
*ECVHS at Valhalla
*Santana at El Capitan
*Monte Vista at Mount Miguel
Grossmont at West Hills
Steele Canyon at La Canada-St. Francis
Sat., Feb. 13
*Foothills Christian at Escondido Charter
Fri., Feb. 19
*Christian at San Diego HS, 6:30
*Monte Vista at Santana
*El Capitan at Mount Miguel
*West Hills at ECVHS
Mission Viejo at Helix
Poway at Grossmont
Steele Canyon at Granite Hills (non-league)
Army-Navy at Foothills Christian (non-league)
Fri., Feb. 26
*Christian at Morse, 6:30
*Steele Canyon at Helix
*Valhalla at El Capitan
*West Hills at Monte Vista
*ECVHS at Mount Miguel
*Foothills Christian at O’Farrell Charter, time TBA
Fri., Mar. 5
*Granite Hills at Steele Canyon
*Grossmont-Helix, site TBA
*Monte Vista at El Capitan
*Mount Miguel at Valhalla
*Santana at West Hills
Francis Parker at ECVHS
*Christian-La Jolla, site TBA, 6:30
Fri., Mar. 12
*Christian at Point Loma, 6:30
*El Capitan at West Hills
*Helix Granite Hills
*Santana at ECVHS
*Steele Canyon-Grossmont, site TBA
*Valhalla at Monte Vista
*Army-Navy at Foothills Christian

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