Sportswriters/Sportscasters Assn. CIF-SDS Prep Football Poll -- Nov. 6th
receiving votes: Santa Fe Chr. (20), St. Augustine (15), Hoover (7), Mira
Mesa (7) El Camino (5), Poway (3), Steele Canyon (2), Brawley (1),
El Centro-Central (1).
2006, 22 sportswriters, sportscasters and CIF representatives from throughout
the San Diego County vote in the weekly poll. This season's panel includes: Nick
Pellegrino (East County Sports.com), John Maffei, Terry Monahan, Rick Hoff, Scott
Bair, Tom Saxe (North County Times), Alan Kidd and Tom Shanahan (SD Hall of Champions),
Steve Dolan (East County), Rick Willis (KUSI-TV/Prep Pigskin Report), Matt Gulbransen,
Rick Hill (KOGO Radio), "The Coach" John Kentera. Mark Chlebowski, Ted
Mendenall, Bob Petinak (XX Sports Radio 1090), Jason Bott, Steve Quis and John
Weisbarth (Cox Channel 4), Bruce Ward, Jim Arnaiz, John Shacklett (CIF).
11 -- Thurs.-Fri., Nov. 9-10
Christian settles for draw with Horizon
East County Sports.com EL CAJON (11-11-06) -- It was a mixed bag for the
Executing every big play when needed, the Patriots
mounted a quick 17-0 lead. But when fortunes turned, the team was forced to scramble
back, finally settling for an unsatisfying 24-24 draw with Horizon in Friday's
(Nov. 10) Coastal League finale at Valley Stadium.
call kept a late Panthers drive alive, allowing kicker Chalium Muir-Miller to
boot a 37-yard field goal with 46 seconds remaining to forge the tie. Christian
kicker KYLER DWYER, who accounted for all 24 Patriots points, attempted a 54-yard
field goal at the gun, but the ball landed about two yards short.
didn't seem to get a break all night," noted Dwyer, who rushed for 195 yards
and three touchdowns, plus booted a 25-yard field goal and three PATs. "It's
hard to go out with a tie. I just can't wait to get them in the playoffs."
trailing 24-21, faced a fourth down from near midfield on its final drive, so
quarterback Spencer Danielson fired a pass over the middle to Jonathan Cruz. Christian
linebacker PAT KELLY made a leaping stab at the ball, which landed to the side
of the receiver.
However, the officials ruled that Cruz caught the
ball on the deflection for a 17-yard gain and a first down with 2:07 left. Kelly
registered stops on the next two plays, then Danielson overshot a wide-open receiver
in the end zone in an attempt to win the game, instead settling for the tying
"We tipped the ball away on fourth down and it clearly
bounced off the ground -- what else can you do?" noted Kelly. "It's
very frustrating. I would have loved to play it out, even if we lost."
tie left the teams locked for third place in the Coastal League. Both coaches
stated that conference rules did not allow for overtime, even though the teams
are both in Division IV, thus requiring extra time according to CIF guidelines.
rushed for 113 of his yards in the first half, as the Patriots scored on all three
of their possessions. The first drive stalled, setting up Dwyer's field goal,
then the senior capped a 75-yard drive by going up the middle for 34 yards and
a 10-0 first-quarter lead. The score was set-up on a 44-yard run by LAWRENCE WALKER.
the second period, Christian took 7:35 off the clock on a methodical 83-yard march,
capped by a Dwyer romp of 15 yards. However, just before the intermission, Danielson
connected with Miles McPherson, who leaped over a Patriots defender, for a 14-yard
TD pass with four seconds left.
The Panthers then took the second-half
kickoff and raced 66 yards for another score, as Danielson hit Muir-Miller on
an 18-yard pass. Following a fumble recovery, the same combination went for a
31-yard score early in the fourth period to take a 21-17 lead.
immediately reclaimed the advantage by going 79 yards in 12 plays. Not included
was a nullified fourth-down play when Horizon was called for pass interference.
Dwyer ran the ball over the final five plays of the march, including a 5-yard
TD haul up the middle with 3:22 to play.
Walker, who missed last
week's game against The Bishop's School, rebounded for a 100-yard effort on 15
Foothills Christian 44, Christian Life Academy 6 --
It took the Knights the entire season, yet the school finally collected Victory
No. 1 playing 11-man football after whipping the visitors from Escondido at Junior
Running back BRANDON JOHNSTON opened the scoring with a school-record
96-yard TD romp, part of his 207-yard performance which include three touchdowns
on just five carries. Johnston also scored on runs of 41 and 43 yards in the second
Leading 6-0, ZACH WOLFE posted a breakthrough effort in the second
quarter, collecting consecutive TD passes from GARRET CAMPBELL of 13 and 55 yards
to mount a 22-6 halftime lead. Campbell went4-for-9 passing for 88 yards
finished with 22 total points, including a pair of 2-point conversions. The Knights'
defense then blanked CLA in the second half, featuring an interception by CHRIS
NIGH, which he returned 14 yards, and a quarterback sack by LEVI GARDNER.
NURSE and Johnston, both seniors, were the leading tacklers with 11 each, including
six primary stops by Nurse.
Foothills Chrisitan completes its debut season
in 11-man football at 1-9 overall (0-6 in the Pacific League). Last season, the
Knights were 5-1 at the 8-man level. (c) East County Sports.com
Wilkins (22) grinds through the line for one of his two touchdowns, rushing for
180 yards to help El Cap complete a perfect 10-0 regular season after downing
Grossmont. (Photo by Greg Eichelberger)
'get 'er done' for perfection El Capitan completes 10-0 regular season
East County Sports.com EL CAJON (11-10-06) -- Although the visiting Vaqueros
struggled to a season-ending 21-14 victory over Grossmont to clinch the Grossmont
North League title Thursday night (Nov. 9) for their 10th straight win, they will
probably earn the top rung in the San Diego CIF rankings next week.
Pines, which at one time was considered invincible, fell on its collective face
29-13, courtesy of La Costa Canyon in Thursday's regular season finale. That leaves
the door open to the Vaqueros for the top spot.
Consider the facts: The
Vaqueros are the only team with 10 wins (as in 10-0) and one of only two undefeated
teams. Carlsbad is the other, only the Lancers have two ties among their 10 decisions.
El Capitan is a perfect 10 and a prime candidate to be No. 1 heading into the
"All we talked about going into this game was to finish it,"
El Capitan coach RON BURNER said, referring to the Vaqueros' first unblemished
regular-season record in the 48-year history of the program.
took a 14-0 lead midway through the second quarter, but then had to scramble to
the finish line after that.
The Vaqueros' defense limited Grossmont to
87 yards on 36 plays. At the same time El Capitan produced 485 yards on 74 plays.
Quarterback RYAN LINDLEY, who earlier in the week committed to San Diego
State University, wasn't his usual flashy self. But the 6-foot-4, 205-pound senior
completed half of his 38 passes for 273 yards and 1 touchdown. Lindley's totals
could easily have been higher had not his receivers dropped a half dozen passes.
Lindley's efforts sub-par is probably a bit extreme, but junior running back BEN
WILKINS picked up the slack. In his finest performance to date, Wilkins crashed
his way to 180 yards and 2 touchdowns on 25 carries.
It was a 3-yard run
by Wilkins with 54 seconds left in the third quarter that broke a 14-14 tie.
wonder whether we can run, well I guess Wilkins showed that we can," Burner
said. "Not everybody knows how good this kid is, but he has the size and
speed to get the job done."
Wilkins also caught 3 passes for 68 yards.
A.J. CONTI was El Capitan's leading receiver with 6 catches for 101 yards, including
a 40-yarder that setup the Vaqueros' second touchdown.
MICHAEL HOLZ, who
was injured on El Capitan's first play of the night as he attempted to throw a
block on one of the larger Foothillers, rebounded after a short respite to catch
5 passes for 50 yards, including a 13-yard TD strike from Lindley.
Wilkins capped a 6-play, 57-yard scoring march with a 2-yard TD dash to extend
El Capitan's advantage to 14-0, the Foothillers' JVONE TAYLOR returned a kickoff
99 yards to chop El Capitan's lead in half.
Following El Capitan's second
muffed punt of the night, the Foothillers (4-5-1, 2-2 GNL) tied the game on a
25-yard pass from quarterback CHARLIE PIRO to wide receiver JOSH SIMMS with 4:07
left in the third quarter.
Determined not to let their perfect season dissolve,
El Capitan trooped 75 yards in 10 plays to regain the lead. No doubt the biggest
play of the night was a 4th-and-9 gamble from the 32-yard line by the Vaqueros.
Coming up short on the majority of its gamble plays, the Vaqueros came through
with the game on the line as Lindley connected with Conti for 11 yards and a 1st
down at the Grossmont 21.
The Vaqueros left it up to Wilkins from there.
hard-charging junior carried 18 yards for a 1st-and-goal at the Grossmont 3. Once
again the Vaqueros handed the ball to Wilkins, who appeared to be stopped at the
line of scrimmage but managed to bounce outside and carry tacklers into the endzone
for what proved to be the winning touchdown.
Not to be overlooked was the
El Capitan defensive effort which was solidified by the 12 tackles of middle linebacker
TOMMY TOWNS. BRYCE BURKLEO had an interception for the Vaqueros.
defense, which was riddled by Santana a week earlier, was much more challenging
this week. AUGIE WILLIAMS intercepted 2 Lindley passes and Taylor picked off another.
Grossmont linebacker MICHAEL BARTLETT made a team-leading 11 tackles, including
1 sack. ERIC SPRINGE added 7 tackles and recovered a fumble for the Foothillers.
Williams also had 7 tackles -- one more than EVAN SCHWIMMER and JESS BAIRD.
is awesome," Burner said of going 10-0. "You talk about goals like this
and you hope you can achieve them. Now that we've done it, it really feels good.
But the kids, not the coaches, deserve most of the credit. But we're not done
because now its playoff time and everybody starts over."
losses have no doubt damaged Grossmont's playoff chances. But Foothillers' coach
JUDD HULBERT believes the Foothillers still have the credentials to demand a post-season
"The teams that we've lost to have all been ranked teams
at one time or another," Hulbert said. "We've played them all tough.
We lost to Helix by four points. We lost to the team that's probably going to
be No. 1 by a touchdown. I honestly think we deserve to go, but it's up to the
(playoff seeding) committee."
Grossmont earned a No. 12 seed and a
trip to San Pasqual. El Capitan, the No. 1 seed in Division draws a first-round
bye and the knowledge that it will not have to play a road game.
defense clinches second place
(c) East County Sports.com SPRING
VALLEY (11-10-06/Modified 11-12-06) -- Following every Steele Canyon High football
game, the players create the Circle of Steele as a display of team unity. The
circle is only concerned about one thing: what the members of the circle believe
Ignoring the doubters that stated last season's Grossmont South League
title was a fluke, the Cougars converted the big play on offense, defense and
special teams, staving off the rally attempt by Mount Miguel, 21-17, in Thursday's
(Nov. 9) regular-season finale.
The triumph gave Steele Canyon (7-3 overall,
4-1 GSL) sole possession of second place in the GSL standings. Meanwhile, the
Matadors (5-5, 2-3) finished in a 3-way tie for third with Valhalla and Granite
BRANDON HUGHES returned a kickoff 82 yards for the tie-breaking touchdown
late in the first half, then the Cougars repelled three Mount Miguel attempts
to claim the lead in the fourth period, and now will enter the playoffs on a hot
streak with victories in six of their last seven contests.
kicking the ball short, but I got the ball on a nice bounce then took it to the
house," said Hughes, who noted several solid blocks along his path to the
end zone, including one by TONY MINNIFIELD to spring him along the right sideline.
"Then we held them with our defense, which is solid because of all the hard
work we put in."
Hughes' long return lifted Steele Canyon to a 21-14
lead with 2:30 left in the half. Mount Miguel attempted to respond immediately,
but the clock ran out.
The Matadors opened the second half, with a long
march to the Cougars-8. However, a hit in the backfield for a loss by RICHIE WICK
and a pair of incompletions forced the hosts to settle for a 31-yard field goal
by ANTHONY AMODEO, capping a drive which took 8:04 off the clock.
Miguel regained possession three more times, but someone different for Steele
Canyon would slam the door on any comeback attempt. Leading the way was defensive
back JUSTIN WOODS, who was in on a series of tackles for the Cougars.
key stop came on an interception by Wick on the opening play of the fourth quarter.
Next possession, the Matadors were forced to punt following a fumbled snap on
second down, then Hughes held his position in pass coverage to break-up a third-down
Finally, with 4:31 remaining, JOEY GUILLORY penetrated into the backfield
to nail Mount Miguel's ELLIOT TAYLOR for a 4-yard loss on fourth down. The Cougars
were then able to collect a pair of first downs to run out the clock.
finished with 178 rushing yards to maintain his East County lead, but only 42
of his yards came in the second half.
The contest started like a table tennis
match, with both teams going up-and-down the field for quick scores.
collected a 36-yard TD pass from NICK STATHAS for a quick 7-0 advantage, but Mount
Miguel answered -- thanks to the return of senior LARON RUSH to the lineup --
hauling in a 10-yard scoring pass by AARON BRYANT on a fade route to the left
corner of the end zone.
"I felt some pressure from their pass rush,
but then I saw Brandon and tossed it up," said Stathas, who completed five
of 12 passes for 74 yards. "Then we made some mistakes -- the interception
and the fumble -- but we got the offense to work late to hold onto to the win."
the second period, Guillory, who rushed for 90 yards on 11 carries, capped a 68-yard
drive with a TD run from 1 yard out. However, the Matadors countered again by
surviving a solid hit by Cougars defender ARLIN TAYLOR, which caused a fumble,
but the ball sailed out of bounds.
However, Taylor was injured and did not
return. He suffered a broken clavicle (collarbone) in his left shoulder.
Arlin went down, it got all of us to play with more energy," Woods noted.
"We didn't want them to come back because we lost one of our best players."
plays later, Mount Miguel's Elliott Taylor tied the score at 14-all on a 4-yard
run to the right side, but the deadlock lasted a mere 11 seconds when Hughes returned
the ensuing kickoff 82 yards.
Meanwhile, Mount Miguel's defense tossed a
second-half shutout at the Cougars, limiting them to just 44 total yards during
"It was good to see a lot of guys make plays for us,"
noted Matadors coach TOM KARLO. "(Linebacker) SETH COLLINS made three nice
tackles and an interception for us, then there were others who were hustling all
over the field."
Collins returned his interception 11 yards. Teammate
KENNY VAUGHN also recovered a fumble caused by a hard hit by BRANDON KAIMULOA.
Matadors earned their second straight post-season berth under Karlo. They'll open
the Division III playoffs at Cathedral Catholic on Friday (Nov. 17). Steele Canyon,
meanwhile, hosts University City in the Division III opening round.
33, GRANITE HILLS 23 -- Granite Hills looked forward to ending the regular
season on a winning note at Valhalla Thursday night (Nov 9), but ran into a buzzsaw
Norsemen defense instead. Valhalla limited the Eagles to minus 5 yards rushing
in 26 attempts, to balance its season ledger at 5-5, while dropping visiting Granite
Hills to 6-4. Both teams were 2-3 in Grossmont South League action.
senior quarterback, TOMAS KARAGIANES, romped on the ground and through the air,
rushing for 200 yards and 4 touchdowns on 23 carries and passing for another 107
yards (hitting 8 of 14). His spark helped Valhalla put up 467 yards total offense.
PETE THOMAS, called up from JV, was perfect in the kicking department, making
all three of his PAT attempts and was good for two field goals as well.
Hills senior southpaw quarterback CODY SWANSON connected on 14 of 23 passes for
220 yards and a touchdown.
Stuck in the proverbial rut the past few games,
HURAN HUTCHINSON, Valhalla's offensive coordinator, tweaked the game plan this
week with splendid results.
"Karagianes is our best weapon," said
Valhalla head coach DAVE HOSTETLER. "We wanted to get him the ball more so
we moved him around a lot. I think it worked out. Tomas was the fastest guy on
the field tonight."
In their first possession, the Norsemen scored
quickly in seven plays when Karagianes, shifting to wingback, took off around
left end for a 30-yard touchdown romp only 2 minutes into the game.
lead lasted all of 12 seconds as Granite Hills' JARED FRANCIS took the ensuing
kickoff 91 yards for a game-tying touchdown. It was Francis' second KOR for a
TD this season. Both teams failed to convert their initial PAT try leaving the
score tied at 6.
Less than a minute later, Karagianes ran right on second
down and motored 61 yards for his second TD. After Thomas' PAT, the Norsemen led
13-6 with 8:39 left in the first quarter.
Early in the second quarter,
an Eagles turnover resulted in another Valhalla touchdown. Norsemen linebacker
JON FORTUNA stripped the ball from a Granite Hills runner and CHRIS THOMAS recovered,
giving Valhalla good field position at the Granite 42. Seven plays later, Karagianes
took it in from the 11, increasing Valhalla's lead to 20-6 with 5:40 to play before
The Eagles bounced right back on their next possession. Facing
a 3rd and 15 from their own 46-yard line, Swanson connected with senior tight
end CHASE KETCHUM for a 29-yard pass play to the Valhalla 25. Swanson then found
BRAD CARTER open at the Norsemen 14 for another big gain. Swanson hooked up with
Carter once again at the Valhalla 1-yard line. Junior running back TYLER WHITTINGHAM
bounced in from there for the TD with 2:06 left in the half. COLLIN CRESAP added
the PAT, tightening the score to 20-13.
The Norsemen tried to add to their
lead before halftime. Starting at their 28, Karagianes got the necessary spark
when he rambled 32 yards to the Granite 33, with 1:11 left to play in the second
stanza. He then lofted a fade pass to wide receiver KEVIN KRIEBEL, who made a
leaping catch inside the 10-yard line, fought off two defenders for several more
yards, fumbled the ball into the air, and eventually caught it as he landed on
his back at the 1-yard line.
On the next play, Karagianes walked into the
endzone behind left tackle JOSE CORTEZ, who had opened a huge hole, driving the
defender 7 yards deep into the endzone. After Thomas' kick, the Norsemen led 27-13
"Valhalla came out in a completely different offense,"
said Granite Hills coach RANDY DeWITT, who admitted that his team was caught by
surprise by the Norsemen's late season changes. "They had Karagianes as their
2-back out of their Wing-T. He's a great ballplayer and they gave him a chance
to prove it."
"You watch nine games of film on them, noting all
their tendencies and everything they do," DeWitt added. "And then they
come out with a completely different look."
As the second half started,
Valhalla's defense was inspired. Defensive back MICHAEL COATS stuffed the runner
on the first play for a 4-yard loss. On second down, CHRIS BROWN spoiled a reception,
knocking the ball away from the receiver. On third down, defensive tackle ANTONY
WARRING, who had two sacks in the game, flushed the quarterback, forcing an errant
throw, and forcing a Granite Hills punt.
Valhalla put together a time-consuming
13 play drive, using up nearly 8 minutes. Freshman Thomas padded the lead to 30-13
with a 38-yard field goal, with 4:23 left in the third quarter.
were due for some spirited play and I think we got it tonight," Hostetler
said. "We played a spirited game on defense against Helix (a 21-0 loss last
week), and I think that carried over."
The Eagles didn't quit; two
minutes later, Cresap also hit a 38-yard field goal, shortening the gap to 30-16.
added a 28-yard field goal for the Norsemen early in the 4th quarter, making it
a three-score game, 33-16. Granite Hills added a late touchdown when Swanson tossed
a completion to BRAD CARTER from 36 yards out.
"We've been riding
a rollercoaster all season, playing two good games in a row and then followed
by one that's not so good," DeWitt said. "Maybe we don't deserve a home
game but I truly believe that we are one of the top 12 teams in our division."
teams qualified for the playoffs -- Granite Hills in Division I and Valhalla in
Division III. The Eagles face third-seeded El Camino in Oceanside, while Valhalla
ventures to Ramona for Friday night's openers. (c) East County Sports.com
HILLS 34, SANTANA 20 -- The visiting Wolf Pack came from behind Friday night
(Nov. 9) with a strong second half to down the Sultans and retain the Santee Mayor's
Trophy for the fourth straight year.
All that ended well did not start that
way for West Hills (6-4, 2-2 GNL). Junior quarterback ERIC FIEGE was not allowed
to play due to a ruling by the officials, who said they could not clear him without
a doctor's note.
"Fiege broke his wrist on his non-throwing hand in
the Grossmont game (Oct. 20)," Wolf Pack coach STEVE SUTTON said. "But
he didn't tell any of the coaches, didn't say anything about it."
eventually submitted to a doctor's exam and wound up with a cast on his left wrist.
West Hills coaches and trainers wrapped the cast and it was sufficient to pass
the pre-game examination by the officials prior to the Santana kickoff.
never heard of a referee having to require a doctor's note in order for a player
to play," Sutton said. "I thought that was up to us to get clearance."
Fiege had to watch from the sidelines as sophomore MICHAEL LIFGREN made his first
varsity start. Lifgren, a converted wide receiver, had appeared briefly in three
previous games, throwing a total of two passes.
In spite of all of that,
West Hills scored 21 points in the third quarter to erase a 14-6 Santana lead.
All of those plays were rushes, which -- to anyone who knows the history of Wolf
Pack football -- might be a record.
RALEIGH SEVIER scored 2 of his 3 rushing
touchdowns in the third quarter. He also ran across a 2-point conversion, which
at the time tied the game, 14-14.
Sevier, ever the workhorse, racked up
228 rushing yards on 34 carries.
With West Hills clinging to a 27-20 lead
in the waning moments of the fourth quarter, Sevier bolted 50 yards for the victory-clinching
touchdown with less than 2 minutes to play.
West Hills' TREVOR KOLOCHESKI,
a senior wide receiver/defensive back/kick returner/punter, took over at quarterback
in the second half. Kolocheski fired a 60-yard TD pass to nose guard NICK ARMSTRONG.
"That was something to see," said Sutton. "Armstrong almost
had to call for a fair catch on that pass, but once he caught it he turned around
and straight-armed the DB and then had to "serpentine" the final 25-30
yards for the touchdown."
Once again Santana's offensive focus hovered
around senior quarterback COLLIN TAYLOR, who scored on a 1-yard run and threw
touchdowns passes to JON TIPPIN and BLAKE KAHLER.
"Collin took a physical
beating but threw for something like 202 yards," Santana coach DAVE GROSS
said. "But the bottom line is their big offensive line just wore us down,
they just pounded us."
Taylor totaled 249 yards total offense and had
a direct hand in all three Santana touchdowns.
At 5-4, Santana made the
SDCIF Division IV playoffs and will host Valley Center in the Nov. 24 quarterfinals.
"We didn't have super expectations coming into this season,"
Gross said. "But I think we can score on anybody in our division."
Hills also earned a Division II playoff berth and hosts Scripps Ranch in the opening
round Friday (Nov. 17). But Sutton is miffed that a victory over the Falcons will
send his Wolf Pack north to face top-seeded and two-time defending champion Oceanside.
Sutton's beef is that Castle Park -- a team the Wolf Pack overpowered 41-10 on
Sept. 15 -- is seeded No. 8, one notch lower the Trojans. Castle Park, however
won the South Bay League title and therefore was guaranteed a home game.
know there are teams with better records than we have," Sutton said. "But
we're the best 6-4 team in town." (c) East County Sports.com
56, Monte Vista 6 -- Helix: GSL champs; 27-game win streak Steele
Canyon 45, Mount Miguel 21
Hills 41, Valhalla 6
Grossmont 20, El Capitan 12
45, Christian 33
West Hills-Santana, no report
Helix 10-0 (5-0), Steele Canyon 8-1 (4-1), Granite Hills 5-5 (3-2), Valhalla
7-3 (2-3), Monte Vista 0-9+1 (0-4+1), Mount Miguel 0-9+1 (0-4+1). North:
Grossmont 6-4 (4-0), El Cap 3-7 (2-2),West Hills 4-3,+2 (1-1+2), El Cajon Valley
3-6,+1 (1-2,+1), Santana 4-4+1 (0-3+1)... Missing scores: WH vs. ECV, WH vs.
Santana. Coastal: Christian 6-4 (3-2). (Based on Reported
Mount Miguel 16, Steele Canyon 10 -- Matadors' first GSL league crown in
10 seasons Granite Hills 14, Valhalla 0 Monte Vista 19, Helix 8 Grossmont
35 El Capitan 7 West Hills-Santana, no report
Mount Miguel 7-2-1 (4-0-1), Monte Vista 5-5 (3-2), Helix 3-5-2 (2-2-1), Granite
Hills 7-3 (2-3), Steele Canyon 5-5 (2-3), Valhalla 3-7 (1-4). North:
West Hills 1-6+2 (1-0+2), El Capitan 4-6 (1-3), Santana 3-3+1 (0-2+1), Grossmont
3-4,+1 (2-0,+1), El Cajon Valley 1-0 (1-0). (Missing: West Hills vs.
Santana and West Hills vs.Grossmont)
MONTE VISTA 7 -- Color the Helix Highlanders ready for the San Diego CIF Division
II playoffs. The Grossmont South League champion Highlanders (8-2, 5-0 GSL) pounded
out 336 yards and 8 touchdowns in a regular season ending rout of visiting Monte
Vista Thursday night (Nov. 9).
Helix coach DONNIE VAN HOOK began a parade
of substitutions in the first half as the Highlanders led 21-0 after one quarter
and 41-7 by intermission. A running clock was instituted in the second half.
FORNEY carried the ball only 5 times for 20 yards, but scored Helix's first two
touchdowns on short runs. He also caught a 13-yard pass from quarterback DORIAN
STATON, who completed 6 of 7 passes for 131 yards and 2 TDs.
pulled from the game early as were most of the Helix starters.
contributed to Helix's 205 yards on 35 rushes. Junior GEORGE CONLEY paced the
Helix ground game with 58 yards on 7 carries. ANDRAY JACKSON, also a junior, collected
only 18 yards on 6 carries, but scored 2 touchdowns.
Sophomore JOJO PHILLIPS
scored on a 29-yard run and finished with 35 yards on 3 carries for the Highlanders.
KENSLOW SMITH added 6 carries for 20 yards and one score.
passes went to tight end MATT COBB for 18 yards, and to DERRIC MILLER covering
30 yards. Kicker KENNY EWERT converted 7 of 8 PAT kicks.
Helix's CHRIS SMITH
made 2 receptions for 64 yards.
EDDIE FAAMAILE, DEREK ANCRUM, ISMAEL REVELES
and RONALD BROOKINS each recovered a fumble for the Helix defense. ARAN DODD-WADDINGTON
notched a sack for the Highlanders.
Monte Vista (1-8-1, 0-5 GSL) avoided
the shutout when sophomore JEFF HARTMAN completed a 3-yard pass to KYLE RICHARDSON
with three seconds left in the first half. JAVIER LUNA kicked the PAT.
Monarchs finished with 170 total yards. That included Hartman's 3-for-5 passing
that covered 65 yards.
Helix, which missed the playoffs for the first time
in 29 seasons a year ago, now has two weeks to get ready for the Division II playoff
quarterfinals. (c) East County Sports.com
Capitan quarterback Ryan Lindley
photo by Chris Edwards)
Lindley to marshall Aztecs'
(c) East County Sports.com LAKESIDE (11-8-06) -- Following
the advice of his quarterback coach, El Capitan senior RYAN LINDLEY, one of East
County's most prolific passers, has accepted a scholarship offer to play football
at San Diego State.
Lindley selected the Aztecs, the same school attended by
his mentor, former SDSU starting quarterback LON SHERIFF, after narrowing his
choices among three schools including Fresno Sate and Idaho. Lindley informed
Aztecs head coach Chuck Long of his decision late Monday.
feel fortunate to have the opportunity to play close to home," Lindley said.
"I believe this is a program on the rise."
all East County passers (second in the SDCIF) with 2,576 yards and 27 touchdowns
heading into Thursday's (Nov. 9) regular-season finale at Grossmont, as the Lindley-led
Vaqueros seek a perfect 10-0 record. The team is ranked second in the section.
WEEKLY WIZARD -- PREDICTIONS Last Week: 3-3
(.500) Season: 58-19 (.753)
picks: psychic or psycho?
(c) East County Sports.com EL CAJON
(11-7-06) -- Much to the surprise of area football coaches, The Wizard again proved
to be prophetic if not accurate in recent weeks.
Well, sort of.
this column, we stated that Santana quarterback COLLIN TAYLOR would have a breakout
outing as the Sultans would light-up the scoreboard. Then again, we noted the
effort would come against El Capitan, but it actually occurred a week later versus
Close. Blame that one on a riff in the time-space continuum.
weeks ago, we predicted Steele Canyon would bump off Helix. Although the Highlanders
won, then came through with another victory in their next outing, the Scotties
actually dropped in the section rankings, falling to No. 7. Indeed, we did foresee
that Helix would go down, but the details got a bit twisted -- this Remote Viewing
thing can sometimes get extremely tricky.
So with respect to ART BELL and
other residents in The Philippines (the late-night talk radio show host recently
moved from Pahrump, Nev.), here's a look at East County's final regular season
ballgames. Grossmont Conference games will be held Thursday (Nov. 9), while Christian
plays on Friday (Nov. 10), with the SDCIF playoff seeding meeting scheduled for
the following morning.
El Capitan at Grossmont -- The Foothillers
thought they would be playing for the outright Grossmont North League title, but
key injuries and the arm of the Sultans' Taylor derailed those plans.
best Grossmont can achieve is a co-championship (or a 3-way share of the crown
should Santana defeat West Hills, too), but after allowing a 22-point lead to
slip away, even a homecoming crowd may not be able to overcome the physical woes.
Running back AUGIE WILLIAMS is in position to collect more than 1,000 all-purpose
yards, but the Vaqueros -- the top defensive unit in the GNL -- is well aware
However, El Cap lost a top player when BEN NOY snapped a collarbone.
Noy can be replaced on offense thanks to a deep receiving corps to keep the 2nd-ranked
Vaqueros on track to reach the SDCIF Division III final at Qualcomm Stadium?
these two teams have question marks, but fewer on the Vaqueros' side... El Capitan,
West Hills at Santana -- Since 2000, every team in the Grossmont
Conference has fielded at least one 1,000-yard rusher, except one: the Wolf Pack.
However, RALEIGH SEVIER is now within 51 yards of the magic number. Sevier helped
West Hills snap a four-game losing streak last week, but the team still might
need another victory to get into the SDCIF playoffs. Situation: Desperate.
biggest problem for the Wolf Pack may be on the other side of the ball. Although
their rush defense has performed well, they have allowed a ton of yards against
passing teams, which, in turn, have posted the most points against them.
exception was the El Capitan contest, yet West Hills still lost, 13-6, in the
GNL opener. Can the Pack lift their play to similar levels, or will Santana's
Taylor get a second chance at eclipsing the Sultans pass-yardage record?
forecast West Hills playing keepaway with Sevier running the ball, so if the Sultans
don't score early, they may not get a chance to play catch-up like they did against
Grossmont... Give the Santee Mayor's Trophy to... West Hills, 17-14.
Hills at Valhalla -- The downfall of the Norsemen offense can be tied to the
loss of running back SPENCER MYERS. With the senior, Valhalla averaged more than
30 points per outing; sans Myers, the team has scored just two touchdowns in three
outings (not counting the victory over last-place Monte Vista).
Valhalla thinks it learned some things after looking at last week's video, when
Mount Miguel shutdown the Eagles in the second half. If the Norsemen can post
similar results, maybe a single touchdown is all that is needed. Thus, a low-scoring
game should go Valhalla's way; plenty of points means an Eagles victory.
Granite Hills has been very predictable. Against strong teams, the Eagles are
not quite ready to make the jump to the next level, but against comparable opposition
-- notably West Hills and Mount Miguel -- they keep winning by a field goal. So
why change here?. . . Granite Hills, 20-17.
Monte Vista at Helix -- The
Highlanders have been warned: The rest of the county wanted a repeat of 2005's
failures, so they voted you down in the polls, hoping to influence the SDCIF seeding
committee to give you a poorer playoff position.
Conspiracy theory? Perhaps,
but it may be the motivation the Scotties need to go far into the playoffs. And
a healthy team entering the postseason with consecutive shutouts would force the
North County to take notice... Helix, 21-0.
Steele Canyon at Mount Miguel
-- Unless Monte Vista pulls off a miracle, the defending GSL champion Cougars
are playing for second place against the Matadors. The Cougars' road to a repeat
was detoured two weeks ago, when Helix shut them out in the second half. Mount
Miguel's road to a first-division finish was temporarily halted when Granite Hills
raced to a 21-7 halftime lead last week, then staved off a Matadors rally.
Mount Miguel can still post its best GSL finish this decade and capture the Spring
Valley city championship with a home-field triumph.
So in the battle of
East County rushing leaders -- Mount Miguel's ELLIOT TAYLOR (1,081 yards) vs.
JAMIE DALE (1,014) of Steele Canyon -- we'll take the team with the slightly better
passing game of late... Mount Miguel, 22-20.
Christian vs. Horizon, at
Granite Hills -- Game time has been switched to 7 p.m. Friday at Valley Stadium,
where the Patriots can still claim second place in the Coastal League.
may have lost the top seed in the playoffs with last week's Coastal League setback
to Francis Parker, but five key performers were either missing or playing other
positions. Many will return for this week's game with the Panthers, one of three
teams tied with Christian for second place in the standings.
One of the
returnees is running back LAWRENCE WALKER, who has a season-high of 196 yards
this season. If Walker can push past the total and reach 217, he'll reach 1,000
yards for the second straight season.
The most recent East County runners
to post back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons are: ABRAHAM MUHEIZE (El Cajon Valley),
GAREN DEMERY (Valhalla), JERRAD SCHNAUTZ (Santana), and REGGIE BUSH (Helix), who
reached the mark three times.
Throw in a great home-field record and we'll
take... Christian, 28-14.
III St. Augustine (9-3) 51, El Capitan (11-1) 43 Point Loma (10-2)
28, Steele Canyon (9-4) 21
DIVISION IV Mission Bay (10-1) 21,
Santana (6-5) 0 Santa Fe Christian (10-2) 35, Palo Verde Valley (8-4)
Fri., Dec. 1 DIVISION V Christian (8-3) 31, The Bishop's (7-4)
21 Francis Parker (9-3) 17, Horizon Chr. (4-7-1) 7
13 CIF PLAYOFFS - Quarterfinals Friday, Nov. 24 DIVISION I Poway
27, Torrey Pines 21 Escondido 21, El Camino 7 La Costa Canyon 24, Otay Ranch
10 Carlsbad 17, Rancho Buena Vista 0
DIVISION II Oceanside
50, West Hills 13 Eastlake 18, San Pasqual 6 Mission Hills 29, Hoover
8 Helix 49, Castle Park 7
DIVISION III El Capitan
52, Cathedral 28 St. Augustine 58, Brawley 12 Steele Canyon 31,
EC-Central 17 Point Loma 30, Valhalla 17
DIVISION IV Mission
Bay 42, La Jolla 28 Santana 27, Valley Center 14 Palo Verde Valley
34, Marian 21 Santa Fe Chr. 56, Coronado 21
DIVISION V Francis
Parker 49, Holtville 14 Horizon Chr. 49, Imperial 18 The Bishop's 37, LJCD
14 Christian 49, Vincent Memorial 0
12 CIF PLAYOFFS - First Round Fri., Nov. 17 DIVISION I El
Camino 40, Granite Hills 0 Rancho Buena Vista 28, Chula Vista 14 Poway
41, Mira Mesa 28 Otay Ranch 42, Rancho Bernardo 7
DIVISION II West
Hills 20, Scripps Ranch 17 San Pasqual 39, Grossmont 14 Hoover
28, Mt. Carmel 16 Castle Park 13, Bonita Vista 10
DIVISION III Cathedral
44, Mount Miguel 14 Steele Canyon 28, University City 0 Brawley
32, SD-Southwest 7 Valhalla 25, Ramona 24
DIVISION IV La
Jolla 19, Clairemont 7 Coronado 27, San Marcos 21
DIVISION V Imperial
56, Tri-City Christian 7 LJ Country Day 48, Army-Navy Academy 8 Vincent
Memorial 37, Calipatria 7
Sat., Nov. 18 DIVISION
V Holtville 20, H-Town 6
1 Thurs., Aug. 31 Non-League Oceanside 27, Helix 0
Sept. 1 Non-League Christian 42, Vincent Memorial 0 El Cajon
Valley 41, Sweetwater 0 El Capitan 49, Serra 14 Granite Hills 33,
Clairemont 21 Grossmont 31, Horizon 0 Santana 35, Patrick Henry 21 Steele
Canyon 20, Cathedral 13 Valhalla 66, San Ysidro 0 West Hills 26, Coronado
6 H-Town 48, Foothills Christian 0 The Bishop's 61, Mountain Empire 0 Francis
Parker 35, Fort MacMurray (Albt., Canada) 0 Calipatria 44, Escondido Charter
Sat., Sept. 2 Non-League Santa Fe Christian
34, La Jolla 14 LJCD 57, Abbotsford (B.C., Canada) Rick Hansen 15 Capistrano
Valley Chr. 19,Tri-City Chr. 0 Fairmont 47, Midway Baptst 8
2 Fri., Sept. 8 Non-League Christian 31, Santana 29 El
Capitan 30, Ramona 14 Eastlake 21, Grossmont 7 Helix 36, Logan (Utah) 27 Monte
Vista 21, Hilltop 0 Montgomery 42, El Cajon Valley 14 Mount Miguel 16, Lawndale-Leuzinger
12 Valhalla 20, Chula Vista 13 West Hills 21, Steele Canyon 0 Vincent
Memorial 54, Foothills Christian 0 Mountain Empire 20, Julian 8 Holtville
50, Calipatria 7 Pacific League H-Town 54, Midway Baptist 0
Sept. 15 Non-League Bonita Vista 14, Mount Miguel 4 El Cajon
Valley 48, Kearny 13 El Camino 35, Monte Vista 0 Grossmont 14, Steele Canyon
10 Granite Hills 38, San Diego 0 Helix 27, No. 10 Eastlake 21 Mission
Hills 33, Valhalla 17 West Hills 41, Castle Park 13 Mission Bay 28, Santa
Fe Chr. 21 Midway Baptist 30, Hunt. Beach-Liberty 26 LJ Country Day 56,
Capo. Valley Chr. 12 Francis Parker 34, Mar Vista 14 Mission Bay 28, Santa
Fe Chr. 21 San Pasqual Aca. 30, Foothills Chr. 20 Linfield Christian 14,
Julian 6 Bloomington Chr.30, Calipatria 20
Sat., Sept. 16 Christian
35, Holtville 8 Imperial 21, H-Town 6 The Bishop's 39, Ojai-Villanova Prep
7 Army-Navy Aca. 46, Mountain Empire 24 Brentwood 48, Tri-City Christian
3 WEEK 4 Thurs., Sept. 21 Non-League Mount
Miguel 26, Madison 7 West Hills 31, Monte Vista 3 Francis Parker 21, Pasadena
Fri., Sept. 22 Non-League El Capitan 31, Valhalla
0 Helix 20, Grossmont 16 Santana 56, Sweetwater 0 Patrick Henry 34,
El Cajon Valley 0 Chula Vista 45, Granite Hills 7 Taft Union 22, Christian
19 San Pasqual Aca.12, Julian 7 Army-Navy Aca. 6, LJCD 3 San Diego 23,
H-Town 21 Calipatria 66, Mtn. Empire 20 Capo. Valley Chr. 57, Midway 8
Sept. 23 Non-League The Bishop's 42, Claremont-Webb 0 Santa Fe Chr.
45, University City 14
WEEK 5 Fri.,
Sept. 29 Non-League Cathedral 24, Monte Vista 0 El Centro-Central
14, Grossmont 7 Christian 28, Mount Miguel 19 El Cajon Valley 21, Calexico
14 Granite Hills 17, West Hills 14 Helix 17, Brawley 14 Santana 42,
El Centro-Southwest 8 Steele Canyon 33, Hilltop 17 Vincent Memorial 43,
Julian 24 Pacific League LJCD 56, Midway Baptist 0 H-Town 38,
Sat., Sept. 30 Non-League El Capitan
35, Santa Fe Christian 34 Army-Navy Aca. 22, Linfield 7 St. Margaret's 3,
The Bishop's 0 Pacific League Tri-City Christian 52, Foothills Christian
WEEK 6 Thurs., Oct. 5 Non-League The
Bishop's 21, H-Town 14 Fri., Oct. 6 Non-League Valhalla
49, Santana 35 Mount Miguel 21, West Hills 20 Steele Canyon 41, El Cajon
Valley 3 Grossmont 14, Monte Vista 14 (tie) Granite Hills 52, Sweetwater
6 El Centro-Central 42, Francis Parker 28 Santa Fe Christian 35, Marian
Catholic 14 Army-Navy-24, Newport Beach-Sage Hill 14 Calabasas-Viewpoint
29, Midway Baptist 0 Saddleback Valley Chr. 31, Tri-City Christian 6 Citrus
League La Jolla Country Day 56, Foothills Chr. 0 Calipatria 36, Julian
Sat., Oct. 7 Non-League El Capitan 48, Clairemont
WEEK 7 Thurs., Oct.
12 Grossmont South League Steele Canyon 31, Valhalla 7
Oct. 13 Grossmont North League El Capitan 13, West Hills 6
Grossmont 45, El Cajon Valley 7 Grossmont South League Helix
43, Granite Hills 14 Mount Miguel 28, Monte Vista 7 Pacific League Midway
Baptist 8, Foothills Christian 0 La Jolla Country Day 42, Julian 0 Coastal
League The Bishop's 49, Army-Navy 0 Horizon 18, Francis Parker 14
Oct. 14 Coastal League Santa Fe Christian 30, Christian 14 Pacific
League H-Town 62, Tri-City Chr. 0
8 Fri., Oct. 20 Grossmont North League Grossmont 17, West
Hills 12 Santana 43, El Cajon Valley 10 Grossmont South League
Helix 17, Mount Miguel 14 Steele Canyon 28, Granite Hills 0 Valhalla 31,
Monte Vista 12 Coastal League Christian 65, Army-Navy Academy 0 The
Bishop's 31, Horizon Chr. 29 Pacific League Calipatria 29, Foothills
Christian 8 Tri-City Chr. 41, Midway Baptist 0
Sat., Oct. 21 Coastal
League Santa Fe Christian 42, Parker 6 Pacific League H-Town
42, Julian 6
WEEK 9 Fri., Oct. 27 Grossmont
North League El Capitan 38, Santana 0 West Hills 39, El Cajon Valley
14 Grossmont South League Helix 28, Steele Canyon 14 Mount Miguel
36, Valhalla 7 Granite Hills 50, Monte Vista 0 Pacific League Julian
44, Foothills Christian 21 Calipatria 36, Midway Baptist 0 LJCD 55, Tri-City
Sat., Oct. 28 Coastal League Christian 28,
The Bishop's 26 Santa Fe Chr. 24, Horizon Chr. 6 Francis Parker 35, Army-Navy
0 WEEK 10 Fri., Nov. 3 Grossmont North League Santana
45, Grossmont 35 El Capitan 44, El Cajon Valley 12 Grossmont South League Granite Hills 23, Mount Miguel 20 Steele Canyon
42, Monte Vista 6 Helix 21, Valhalla 0 Coastal League Francis
Parker 27, Christian 14 Horizon Chr. 51, Army-Navy 0 Pacific
League H-Town 47, Foothills Christian 6 LJCD 38, Calipatria 0
Tri-City Christian 41, Julian 6
Sat., Nov. 4 Coastal
League Santa Fe Christian 49, The Bishop's 7
11 Thurs., Nov. 9 Grossmont North League El Capitan 21, Grossmont
14 West Hills 34, Santana 20 Grossmont South League Valhalla
33, Granite Hills 23 Helix 55, Monte Vista 7 Steele Canyon 21, Mount Miguel
17 Pacific League Calipatria 34, Tri-City Chr. 20
Nov. 10 Coastal League Christian 24,. Horizon Chr. 24, tie Santa
Fe Chr. 41, Army-Navy Aca. 8 Francis Parker 21, The Bishop's 10 Non-League Foothills
Chr. 44, Christian Life Academy 6 Pacific League Midway Baptist
14, Julian 0 La Jolla Country Day24, H-Town 7
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