El Capitan senior Phillip
Cook (17) hauls in three touchdown passes
(all shown above) from Vaqueros quarterback
Tanner Rust during
Friday's Div. III quarterfinals. Cook caught
9 passes for 204 yards,
with his scores covering 26, 25 and 57 yards
each with a different
St. Augustine defender attempting to cover
him. Rust threw for 348. (Photos by Tori Mills)
upset or not, advance to D-3 Final Four
Some pundits labeled the visiting Cougars
24-23 victory over the host Bulldogs as the upset
of the season. Maybe. Yet none of that malarkey
bothers coach RON BOEHMKEs Steele Canyon
crew, which is advancing to the semifinals for
the second time in three seasons.
Ironically, the Cougars final step before a possible
berth in the Division III championship means they
must defeat their primary rival, Valhalla, in
Fridays (Dec. 5) semifinals.
Meanwhile, the Dawgs fell at home to a Grossmont
South League program for the second straight season.
Mount Miguel scored at the gun to shock Ramona,
29-27, in 2007.
Upstart Steele Canyon opened up a 20-14 lead
early in the fourth quarter. A 35-yard field goal
by MATTHEW BRUDER and a 78-yard touchdown pass
from BRAD BOEHMKE to JAKE WRAGG on the second
play of the fourth quarter gave the Cougars a
Credit Wragg for an over-the-shoulder catch,
and then breaking a tackle near midfield en route
to the endzone.
Even when we had the lead like that I didnt
feel very comfortable, said coach Boehmke.
For good reason. Perhaps the most pivotal point
of the game came when Ramona (8-2-1), trailing
24-21 opted against a field goal attempt that
could have forced the game into overtime with
3:55 remaining. The Bulldogs gave the ball to
durable running back Joey Dambrose, who was stacked
up at the line of scrimmage by JOSIAH SMITH, JOE
MORGAN, JORDAN BUTLER and LEVI RANGEL, among others.
Thats the kind of defense weve
had all year, a pleased coach Boehmke said.
Nevertheless, Steele Canyon (7-5) was still not
out of the woods. After the Bulldogs failed to
convert a short first down play, Steele Canyon
attempted to wedge its way out of the shadows
of its own goalpost, to no avail.
Thus the pressure fell on Cougars senior punter
I figure I would have had to punt out of
the middle of the endzone, said Diaz, who
has a 42-yard punting average.
Coach Boehmke, however, ordered Diaz to run out
of the back of the endzone for a safety, leaving
the Cougars with a one-point lead with 1:18 left
Diaz capitalized on the free kick with a booming
drive that Ramona caught and made a strong return.
The Bulldog return specialist was close to putting
the ball into field goal range when he was hit
and fumbled, and the Cougars COLIN MARTIN
made the recovery.
From the there the Cougars ran out the clock.
Lady Luck was definitely on our shoulder,
said coach Boehmke. This was probably the
loudest crowd weve ever played in front
of, and they werent cheering for us.
The fact is, though, quarterback Boehmke completed
8 of 13 passes, including first half scoring strikes
of 6 yards to CAMERON MOSS and 28 yards to JEBARI
ROBINSON as the first period ended in a 14-14
Im comfortable now with being the
quarterback, I hope, Brad Boehmke said.
Just getting to know my receivers
speed has allowed me to be a lot more cool.
ALEX PERLIN paced the Cougars running game with
109 yards on 26 carries, while KYLE RICHARDS added
68 yards on 9 carries.
Perhaps the most steady weapons in the Cougars
arsenal have been the kicking of Diaz and ANTHONY
It was a little weird, giving them the
safety like I did, said Diaz. But
I understood the logic. Diaz averaged 38.5
on 6 punts.
The idea of kicking out of our endzone
was more exhilarating than getting nervous,
Diaz added. Actually, I was really glad
that I got a free kick.
Diaz reported the mayhem on the Steele Canyon
bus returning from Ramona.
Ive never seen our team pumped up
like this, he said. Everybody was
screaming and yelling all the way home. Really,
its a dream to get another shot at a rival
and a chance to go to the Q
how good can it get?
El Capitan falls 4 inches short
in near-miracle rally vs. Saints
Rallying from deficits of 21-7 and 33-14, the Vaqueros
had two shots to score the go-ahead touchdown from the
1-yard line in the final minute of play. Both times,
they were denied by the defensive line of St. Augustine,
which claimed a narrow 33-28 decision in Friday's (Nov.
28) SDCIF Division III quarterfinals at Southwestern
Colleges Devore Stadium.
"It was great defense to hold them at the end
a great stop," said Saints quarterback Evan
Crower. "That's what they did last game against
Patrick Henry, and they did it again."
Vaqueros quarterback TANNER RUST threw for 348 yards,
including three touchdown passes to PHILLIP COOK. Rust
also rushed for an additional 116 yards (including a
48-yard TD in the third period), but when it came to
gaining the single, most important yard of the season,
the Saints' line gained enough penetration to prevent
it both times.
"We expected the sneak it's one of their
best plays," said Saints coach Jerry Ralph. "It's
all I could say to them, 'Just stop them.'"
Some El Capitan observers believed Rust may have made
it on his initial lunge on fourth down, but was ruled
short by about four inches.
"It looked like Tanner got over the goalline,
but they didn't call it," noted Cook. "It's
hard to come down the way it did towards the end. We
tried our hardest, but just came up short."
"I think I crossed before I got pushed back,"
noted the senior. "We were all bunched in there
and I saw myself in."
Crower also tossed three TD passes, including a pair
to Matt Asaro, with the latter giving the Saints a seemingly
insurmountable 33-14 lead with 4:41 remaining.
However, Rust ignited the Vaqueros offense with a pair
of quick scoring strikes.
FIrst, he connected with JON MOLZEN (7 receptions,
118 yards) for 55 yards, then went deep over-the-top
for 25 yards to Cook to make it 33-21 with 4:12 left.
El Capitan (8-4) failed on an onsides kickoff, but
the defense forced the Saints out on three downs, with
ANTHONY LIMA registering a 31-yard punt runback to near
Three plays later, Rust again found Cook behind the
secondary on a 57-yard pass to trim the deficit to five
points with 2:33 to go.
"After the third game of the season, we learned
not to quit," added Rust. "We could've folded
early, but this team wanted it."
With just one timeout remaining, El Capitan was forced
to attempt an onsides kick. Rust's kick gained the perfect
bounce over the first row of St. Augustine defenders,
with sophomore DANIEL WADE breaking through the line
untouched to cover the ball with shockingly
no one within 10 feet of him.
"It was like slow motion but I knew no
one else was going to get that ball," Wade noted.
"We played our hearts out on defense."
Again starting from near midfield, the Vaqueros gained
nine yards on three downs. However, Rust converted on
fourth down with a 35-yard scramble, then survived a
delay of almost a minute while the referees discussed
Because Rust waited so long before throwing the ball,
the side judge on the Saints side tossed a flag for
an ineligible receiver downfield. But since Rust took
off on the bootleg the ball was never thrown
the lineman was legal and the flag was withdrawn.
Rust later got the call on a possible fumble following
a 10-yard gain to the Saints-1, ruled that the ground
caused the ball to bounce loose.
But when Rust needed just one more yard to post the
improbable comeback, two tries up the middle were denied,
the final assault ending with 10 seconds remaining.
Earlier in the quarter, El Capitan also had two chances
to gain one yard for a first down from the Saints-38,
but also failed on sneaks.
"We did call an outside play on the last down,
but we didn't get it relayed in on time," admitted
Burner. "Still, it was a great effort by all of
St. Augustine jumped to a quick 21-7 first-quarter
Crower completed six of his first seven passes to open
the ballgame, capping the drive with his first TD pass
El Capitan answered with gains of 17, 19 and 14 yards
on its first three plays from scrimmage. But Rust was
then sacked by Saints linebacker Tim Cookson, forcing
a fumble which was gathered by Andrew Noonan for a 58-yard
Rust answered with his first TD pass to Cook, covering
26 yards. Crower (24-40, 262 yards) answered with a
9-yard scoring pass to Dana Barbaro.
me with your best shot
El Capitan safety Joe Sabol
(left) delivers the blow
which forced a key fumble during Friday's CIF
Div. III quarterfinals. St. Augustine
survived, 33-28. (Photo by Tori Mills)
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The momentum switched to El Capitan when ALLEN THOMAS
blocked a St. Augustine punt in the third quarter.
"What can I say? We knew it could be our last
game of the season, so we wanted to come out hard. This
team showed heart," noted Thomas, a linebacker
who moved to defensive end three weeks ago. "We've
been making big plays all season, but it's sad that
it ended this way."
Later, a big hit by safety JOE SABOL (SEE PHOTO,
right) forced a fumble which was recovered by ANTHONY
SOLIS in the first minute of the fourth quarter.
"JAMES GALLIVAN made a great play and I just happened
to be there with the hit it was total teamwork,"
said Sabol. "We were all fired up there's
no better feeling than a turnover."
The Saints defeated El Capitan in postseason action
for the second time in three seasons, advancing to the
semifinals against Cathedral Catholic. In 2006, the
Vaqueros' perfect season ended in a 51-43 setback in
CIF Quarterfinals: El Capitan
Vaqueros vs. St. Augustine Saints at Southwestern
College (Slideshows by Tori Mills)
HELIX 54, GROSSMONT 10 Sometimes its
difficult to figure out just how good these Helix Highlanders
are. Oh sure, theyre ranked 3rd in most polls
and seeded No. 3 in the San Diego CIF Division II playoffs.
The flash-and-dash Highlanders destroyed longtime rival
Grossmont 54-10 with relative ease in Fridays
(Nov. 28) SDCIF quarterfinals at Jim Arnaiz Field.
Of course this onetime fabled rivalry for the coveted
Musket Trophy has all but disappeared. For all intents
and purposes it could be called the Helix Musket
Trophy, considering the Highlanders are 23-1-2
in the last 30 years against the Foothillers. (Four
years they didnt play, for those who are counting.)
So lopsided has the series become that the Helix players
dont look at Grossmont as anything special.
For the most part we dont actually focus
on who were playing, said Helix running
back TRAVON VAN, who rushed for 233 yards and 2 touchdowns
in the Highlanders latest blowout. And Van could
have had plenty more except he played only briefly in
the second half.
Helix often overlooked defense made life miserable
for the Foothillers. Except for a late, 54-yard run
by DOMINIQUE CHILDRESS, Grossmont (5-7) was limited
to only 41 yards on 28 rushes.
Yeah its a rivalry and that adds a little
more fire, said Helix Oregon-bound defensive
end ANTHONY ANDERSON, who led the team with 6 tackles,
two sacks and a fumble recovery. We just get after
them like we do against every team we face.
Helix left Grossmont face down in this one. Even the
most optimistic viewer could tell that the Foothillers
were completely overmatched.
This game meant more to us because we have farther
to go than they do, observed Anderson . We
are in the same position we were last year, and weve
got to capitalize.
No question Helix (9-1-1) will play its toughest two
games of the year in the next two weeks, beginning with
next Fridays (Dec. 5) visit to No. 2 seed Eastlake
in the South Bay for the SDCIF semifinals.
The Highlanders goal, of course, is to face off
against four-time SDCIF Division II champion Oceanside
at Qualcomm Stadium on Friday (Dec. 12).
Thats the goal, declared Anderson.
Helix scored in every quarter in its blowout victory
over Grossmont as it equaled its season scoring high
set against Granite Hills on Oct. 31. TRELAN TAYLOR
returned a punt 50 yards without being touched to skate
the Scotties into a 7-0 lead against Grossmont.
Van picked up the pace from there, rolling up 38 yards
on a pair of rushes to set up the first of two JO-JO
PHILLIPS touchdown runs the first coming from
8 yards out to make it 14-0.
After Grossmont countered with a 15-yard scoring pass
from TYLER MUTTER to FELIPE VALDEZ, Van bolted 41 yards
for the first of his two touchdowns to make it 21-7
with 10:28 left in the second quarter.
A 58-yard kickoff return by Valdez set-up a 40-yard
field goal by CHANCE HOUSE to make it 21-10.
After that, Grossmonts offense stalled.
Helix quarterback TY CULVER was on the mark with 10
of his 13 passes for 144 yards, including a pair of
scoring strikes to LEVINE TOILOLO of 25 and 6 to make
it 40-10 in the third quarter.
DANIEL VEAL came off the Helix bench and made a major
impact, rushing for 137 yards and one touchdown on only
For Grossmont, Mutter completed 14 of 28 passes for
130 yards and one score. BRETT ETHERTON (64 yards),
Valdez (31 yards), DESEAN WATERS (28 yards) each caught
4 passes for the Foothillers. Valdez also returned 5
kickoffs for 171 yards.
Valhalla High's Steve Sutton
(right) is recognized as the San Diego Chargers'
Coach of the Week, which includes a contribution
of $1,500 to the Norsemen
football program. Presenting the check is Chargers
wide receiver Legedu Naanee. (Photo by Mark Gonzales)
VALHALLA 35, SERRA 7 The Norsemen established
one milestone and positioned themselves for more to
come Friday (Nov. 28) as they smacked visiting Serra
in a San Diego CIF Division III quarterfinal contest
in Rancho San Diego.
The clubbing of the Conquistadors (8-4) resulted in
a Valhalla season record 10th victory for the once-beaten
Norsemen. Furthermore, when the Norsemen entertain Grossmont
South League archrival Steele Canyon next week it will
mark Valhallas first semifinal appearance and
the second time the Cougars have clawed this high.
CIF Division III Quarterfinals:
Serra Conquistadors at Valhalla Norsemen (Slideshow by Mark Gonzales)
This will also be the second time these Jamacha Helmet
rivals will square off this season. Valhalla captured
the GSL meeting 28-3 on the Norsemens turf on
Known for its passing prowess, Valhalla showed Serra
it has a running game when it pounded out 287 yards
on the ground. Junior tailback TRAIVONNE BROWN accumulated
170 yards and one touchdown on only 8 carries for the
Norsemen, before leaving the game early in the 4th quarter.
Brown finished with 226 all-purpose yards.
Steady PETE THOMAS didnt take the night off,
but at least he could count on another phase of the
Valhalla offense to carry the load. Not that Thomas
played poorly, as he did click on 13 of 24 passes for
165 yards, including a 16-yard scoring strike to JAMES
LEIGHTON that staked Valhalla to a 14-0 halftime lead.
Leighton finished with 4 catches for 74 yards and 96
all-purpose running yards which began with a 13-yard
scoring junket in the first quarter.
Our kids played hard, had good offensive balance
and our defense was solid as usual, Valhalla coach
STEVE SUTTON said. Our guys are excited to have
this next game at home.
The Western League-champion Conquistadors were looking
for an upset, when they put together a 10-play drive
on their first possession, driving into Valhalla territory
before Valhalla linebacker TANNER HITT (16 tackles)
stuffed the ball carrier for a loss, forcing the visitors
to punt a concept Serra became accustomed to
in the first half. The Qs punted the ball every
time in each of their first 5 possessions.
Valhalla didn't waste any time getting its offense
in gear. Starting at the Norsemen 27-yard line, slotback
MANUEL PARAMO picked up 13 yards with a quick burst
up the middle, followed by a 14-yard scamper by Brown
to the Serra 46-yard line. Then junior quarterback PETE
THOMAS threw a dart to senior wide receiver DEREK WHITE
for a 33-yard gain to the Conquistadors 13-yard
line. On the next play, junior slotback Leighton popped
through the line for a 13-yard TD run; Thomas' first
of 5 PAT kicks made it 7-0, with 5:34 remaining in the
Serra started out the second period with great field
position at the Valhalla-36, after quarterback Arthur
Stewart connected with wide receiver Andrew Nycum for
a 36-yard gain as the first quarter ended.
Valhalla's defense rose to the occasion, however, after
defensive tackle RICARDO RODRIGUEZ stopped the ball
carrier for a loss, forcing yet another punt. Starting
at their 11-yard line, the Norsemen offensive line got
down to business. ELIOTT LONG, JAMIE DeCAROLIS, TAYLOR
PHIPPS, SPENCER COUGHENOUR, and KEVAN McDOUGAL opened
big holes and provided several downfield continuation
blocks, allowing the Valhalla running backs to rip off
big chunks of turf.
Brown opened up the drive with a 19-yard run to the
Serra 30-yard line. Thomas then hooked up with Leighton
for a 29-yard pass play to the Serra 40, followed up
by a 16-yard pass to Brown to the Q's 24-yard line.
Four plays later, Leighton got open in the end zone
and hauled in a 16-yard pass from Thomas, extending
the home team's lead to 14-0, with 8:00 minutes left
Late in the second stanza, Serra got a chance to get
back in the game when linebacker Aaron Barcenas sacked
Thomas on 4th down, giving the Q's good field position
on their 47-yard line with 1:14 left in the first half.
Their hopes were dashed on the first play when IVAN
MAY picked off his first of two interceptions, preserving
Valhalla 's 14-point lead at the break. May has a team-leading
6 thefts to date.
The Conquistadors tried to make it a game in the third
quarter. After holding the Norsemen to an unsuccessful
44-yard field goal attempt, Serra's offense appeared
inspired as it moved the ball consistently down the
field to the Valhalla 24-yard line. Then Valhalla defensive
end SHANE PENNIX put on the heat, twice flushing the
Q's quarterback into making hurried throws, resulting
in another Valhalla interception, this time by defensive
back HANSELL WILSON in the endzone for a touchback.
On the ensuing first down at the Norsemen-20, Brown
kicked in the afterburners, taking a pitch from Thomas
and jetting 80 yards to pay dirt, increasing Valhalla
's lead to 21-0 with 3:02 left in the third quarter.
Valhalla put the game out of reach in the 4th quarter,
scoring two TDs after May and linebacker ALEJANDRO SAVIN
each picked off errant throws, giving the Norsemen 4
interceptions for the game.
Serra avoided a shutout with a 20-yard pass play from
Stewart to Andrew Nycum late in the game.
Valhalla utilized nine different ball carriers, and
showed a flash of the future when freshman JEVON HASTEN,
newly added to the varsity, scampered for 15 yards.
CHRISTIAN 77, FOOTHILLS CHRISTIAN 24
No surprise here. Well, maybe there were a few early
Outmanned Foothills Christian began Fridays (Nov.
28) SDCIF Division V quarterfinal playoff game against
Christian at Granite Hills with an onside kick. It backfired.
The Patriots made the recovery and scored in a matter
of minutes when CHARLES THOMPSON bolted for the first
of his five touchdowns.
Christian (10-1) executed back-to-back onside kicks
on its first two kickoffs, made the recovery both times
and punched the ball in for 14 points and a 21-0 lead.
By halftime, Christian led 56-12 en route to what would
be its highest scoring output in school history. The
Patriots set the old mark of 69 against Holtville in
a 2001 SDCIF playoff game.
Not that the Patriots were shooting for a scoring gusher
at the hands of Foothills Christian (10-2), a third-year,
Our agenda going into this game was to get ourselves
back on track after playing two lousy games against
Bishops (a 27-20 win) and Parker (45-21 loss),
Christian coach MATT OLIVER said. Our focus was
more on us than on Foothills.
The Patriots piled up 477 yards and could easily have
had more. Thompson finished with 171 yards and four
touchdowns rushing on nine carries, including a 95-yard
kickoff return for a score to pave the way.
You know I hate coaching in these kinds of games,
Oliver said. Youre a bad guy no matter what
you do. Remember, we didnt schedule these guys.
They wanted to be in the playoffs and drew us. When
you are the superior team, you cant ask your kids
to just fall down.
Ten Christian ballcarriers contributed to the Patriots
394 yards rush. Quarterbacks ERICK ALLEN and BROCK BRESHEARS
combined to complete seven of nine passes for 83 yards.
CALEB FARREL caught two passes for 25 yards and one
score and also rang up 6 points on a 37-yard run.
Oliver said he flooded the field with members of his
8-2 junior varsity team for the second half. MALCOLM
MURPHY scored on a 14-yard run in one of his three varsity
rushes. Punter JOEL ALESI collected his first varsity
touchdown by (ironically) returning a blocked punt.
We played hard for about eight minutes and had
the majority of our starters out by halftime,
said Oliver, whose Patriots will host Bishops
at Granite Hills in next weeks semifinals. A win
there will send Christian to the SDCIF Division V finals
for the fourth consecutive year.
Foothills Christians GARRET CAMPBELL returned
two kickoffs for touchdowns, both of them for
long distance covering 97 and 93 yards in the second
half. Earlier in the game, Campbell scored on an 8-yard
That kid is a good one, Oliver said.
Foothills Christian coach STEVE PERDUE said he has
lots of good ones.
I am proud of our kids, he said. We
have to travel 15 miles to practice every day. We put
up temporary lights with generators the last two weeks
just to get used to playing at night. We have no weight
room yet we never complained and just played with tremendous
heart all year long.
Perdue wasnt putting the knock on Christian.
They were bigger, faster, stronger than us and
why shouldnt they be? They are a well established
program. We are a very young program that has come a
long way in a short time. Christian had to take their
lumps when they first started too, as do most small,
I congratulate Christian. They are a very good
football team. But winners are not measured by the scoreboard
alone. I had 23 players and a coaching staff with a
tremendous amount of heart, courage and integrity.
Last Week: 6-1 (.857)
Season: 76-24 (.760)
Upset Specials: 5-5 (.500)
For Grossmont, when facing Helix,
the sky seems to keep falling
It was the Soviet Union not the United States
which invaded Afghanista. The Three Mile Island
nuclear power plant suffered a partial meltdown. America's
first space station, Skylab, fell from orbit, its reentry
covering portions of the Indian Ocean and Western Australia
with space debris. And cable television welcomed the
Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, better
known today as ESPN.
Since then, the Grossmont Foothillers have defeated
rival Helix only once (28-14 in 1991), although there
have been two ties (7-7 in 1986 and 21-21 in 1989).
Helix has handled the Hillers 22 times during span.
The teams have collided only twice in the last six years
Helix winning by a composite total of 10 points.
That has to add fire to upset-minded Grossmont (5-6)
when it faces third-ranked Helix (8-1-1) in Friday's
(Nov. 28) SDCIF Division II quarterfinals at Jim Arnaiz
Field. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. MORE BELOW
The 11th-seeded Foothillers were the lowest seeded
among the four visiting teams to secure upset victories
among 16 first-round contests last week. The others
were Point Loma (9th seed in Div. III), plus Steele
Canyon (10th in Div. III) and Fallbrook (10th in Div.
The key to Grossmont's 23-21 triumph over Bonita Vista
was turnovers, including an interception on the Barons'
attempt to tie the game on a 2-point conversion attempt
in the final minutes.
Such an effort will be needed again, but it's a plan Helix
already executes as well as anyone.
Four different Highlanders BRANDON WATSON, PAUL
BLAKENEY, TRELAN TAYLOR and JEREMY McMAHAN have runback
interceptions for touchdowns. Meanwhile, defensive end
ANTHONY LARCEVAL registered seven sacks in Grossmont
South League play to lead the defense to the GSL crown,
plus recovered a pair of fumbles, one which the senior
returned for a score.
For its efforts, Helix allows a mere 12.3 points per
contest. Throw in a ball-control offense which can run
the ball a problem for Grossmont, which allowed a
combined 74 points to ground-game attacks in Steele
Canyon and West Hills look for the streak to extend
into another decade... Helix, 28-7.
Serra (8-3) at Valhalla (9-1) Never in the
30-plus-year history of Valhalla football have the Norsemen
achieved 10 victories in a season.
Most recently, the school came close in 2005. Carrying
a 9-0-2 record into the SDCIF quarterfinals, St. Augustine
scored on the game's final play, then converted a 2-point
conversion shocking the Norsemen, 49-48.
Valhalla's current senior class, then freshmen, should
remember that heartbreak. They should also find this
second opportunity to reach the coveted 10-victory plateau
a little easier when they host Western League titlist
The Conquistadors played just enough defense to fend-off
Monte Vista, 9-7, in last weekend's first round while
third-seeded Valhalla enjoyed a bye into the round-of-8.
However, the Q-Dogs the newest nickname incarnation
for the Q's will not be facing a one-dimensional
offense like Monte Vista's, which still beat Serra on
the quick slant all night long.
The Monarchs' coaches knew how to exploit the Conquistadors,
but didn't field the personnel to defeat them. Not that
the Valhalla passing game needs any assistance; they
already downed Monte Vista, 31-7, so how much better
could Serra be?... Valhalla, 35-7.
El Capitan (8-3) vs. St. Augustine (6-4) at Southwestern
College Discussions by the SDCIF Seeding
Committee must have been interesting when attempting
to determine seeds 4 and 5 for the Division III bracket,
a meeting which elected to give the Saints a first-round
bye at No. 4, while the Vaqueros were placed fifth and
needed to play a first-round contest.
The arguments are equally compelling.
El Capitan owns a better record and was a league champion,
while St. Augustine finished next-to-last in the Eastern
League, which folks in that circuit insist as a superior
The schools have one common opponent University
City. Both sides won easily, the Vaqueros registering
a season-high scoring count in a 49-0 knockout, and
the Saints stomping the Centurions 50-21.
Since there isn't much separating these ballclubs,
there's no reason the Vaqueros can't go down to Devore
Stadium and gain a shootout victory over St. Augustine,
turning the tables on a Saints program which did the
same thing two years ago in Lakeside, 51-43, to end
the season for the previously undefeated Vaqueros in
RYAN LINDLEY's final prep start.
Both teams live by the pass El Capitans TANNER
RUST has thrown for 2,201 yards and 24 touchdowns and
Saints sophomore Evan Crower owns 2,483 yards and 28
TDs through the air.
Both sides have had lapses on defense.
St. Augustine lost 3-of-5 entering the postseason,
allowing more than 35 points per contest. El Capitan
allowed 35 points just once all season (Ramona in Week
2), so the defensive edge may belong to the Vaqueros.
So if the offenses are nearly equal, the defensive
edge is with El Capitan , and the motivation factor
(disrespect from the SDCIF, plus the playoff upset from
two seasons ago) is enough, here is our East County
Sports' Upset Special... El Capitan, 38-35.
Steele Canyon (6-5) at Ramona (8-1-1) When
the Ramona Bulldogs were 7-0, group-speak among members
of the media were the upcoming demise of the Dawgs with
Valley Center and top-ranked and defending state champion
Oceanside remaining on the schedule.
Sure enough, Valley Center won at Ramona, 16-13, leaving
the media feeling smug. However, the Bulldogs shocked
the so-called experts by getting off the mat to first
bounce Westview, 40-30, then forging a dramatic 33-33
draw with Oceanside.
The tie was impressive, thus Ramona remained ranked
in both San Diego County Top Ten polls, gaining the
second seed over Valhalla in the Division III postseason
For the Bulldogs to take advantage of a home game in
the semifinals against the Norsemen, they first need
to defeat Steele Canyon in the schools' first-ever postseason
By comparison, Ramona captured the Wildcat Canyon Trophy
by waltzing past El Capitan, 35-7, while the Cougars
fell to the Vaqueros, 16-7, this season. And now, Steele
Canyon plays its fifth consecutive contest on the road
in one of the county's most inhospitable locations
rowdy fans and temperatures approaching the high 30s
No one expects the Cougars to win. Still, you can rally
your troops around the scheduling disadvantage. And
with a solid ground game, you keep Ramona's offense
off the field by slugging the Dawgs defense by
rushing the ball straight at them. Since the Cougars
have speed in track sprinter ALEX PERLIN in the backfield
and average 300-pounds plus up front, this could happen.
Plus, the Cougars own an all-time postseason record
of 5-5, which is as good as you'll find from a program
without a championship game appearance. And if Ramona
loses its emotional high after stunning Oceanside, followed
by a bye, the formula exists for... another East
County Sports' Upset Special.. Steele Canyon,
Foothills Christian. (10-1) vs. Christian (9-1), at
Granite Hills Perhaps the SDCIF office should
considering splitting the Division V tournament into
two separate postseason brackets.
The section's small-school leagues are already divided
among "regular" small schools (Christian,
for example) and "micro" small schools (as
in Foothills Christian). Why? Because no members of
the Southern League, including the Knights and Calvin
Christian, have a shot against any of the top Coastal
Don't worry, Foothills Christian will come out pumped
up and ready to tangle with its crosstown rivals for
the first time ever. And the crowd will be large with
members from the Foothills Christian Fellowship congregation
cheering against those from Shadow Mountain Community
And give the Knights credit for a first-ever league
title, and a first-ever 10-victory season in just their
third year of 11-man football.
Christian, meanwhile, is still burning from a Coastal
League-ending 45-21 pounding administered by Francis
Parker. Dont look for the Patriots to ride the
brake pedal in this one at least not in the first
Foothills lacks the depth, size and experience to compete
with Christian. So look for the Patriots to waltz into
the semifinals... Christian, 42-10.
PREP FOOTBALL RANKINGS
FINAL REGULAR SEASON (First-place votes in parenthesis)
1. Cathedral (11)
2. Oceanside (10) 3. Helix
4. La Costa Canyon
7. Valley Center
8. Eastlake 9. Valhalla
Honorable Mention: Madison
(22), Chula Vista (5), Vista (2), Francis Parker
(1), Westview (1).
21 sportswriters, sportscasters and CIF representatives
from throughout the county vote in the weekly
poll. This year's panel includes: John Maffei,
Terry Monahan, Rick Hoff, Scott Bair, Matt Null
(North County Times), Alan Kidd and Tom Shanahan
(Hall of Champions), Nick Pellegrno (East County
Sports.com), Steve Dolan (East County), Rick Willis
(KUSI-TV), Rick Hill, Matt Gulbransen (KOGO Radio),
John Kentera. Mark Chlebowski, Ted Mendenall,
Bob Petinak (XX Sports Radio 1090), Jason Bott
(Channel 4), Dave Axelson (Coronado Eagle Journal),
Todd Salkuwski and Jeff Kortz (KBCSports) and
Bruce Ward (CIF).
*includes double-forfeit vs. Mountain Empire because
Fri., Nov. 21
First Round DIVISION I
Vista 35, Otay Ranch 0
Carlsbad 24, Torrey Pines 17
Mission Hills 28, El Camino 14
Fallbrook 17, Mira Mesa 13 DIVISION II
Lincoln 35, Mt. Carmel 29
Westview 38, Hoover 0 Grossmont 23, Bonita Vista 21
Patrick Henry 28, West Hills 20 DIVISION III
Point Loma 28, Castle Park 14 El Capitan 41, Brawley 22
Serra 9, Monte Vista 7 Steele Canyon 33, El Centro-Central 20 DIVISION V
Calvin Christian 23 Tri-City Chr. 21
La Jolla Coutnry Day 38, Mountain Emp. 6
The Bishop's 49, Julian 0 Foothills Christian 34, Holtville 20
Fri., Nov 28 DIVISION I La Costa Canyon 38, Vista 10
Carlsbad 34, Chula Vista 21
Mission Hills 20, Poway 14 Escondido 14, Fallbrook 12 DIVISION II
Oceanside 41, Lincoln 0
Eastlake 42, Patrick Henry 14 Helix 54, Grossmont 10
Scripps Ranch 41, Westview 21 DIVISION III
Catherdral 20, Point Loma 14
St. Augustine 33, El Capitan 28
Steele Canyon 24, Ramona 23 Valhalla 35, Serra 7 DIVISION IV
Valley Center 64, Imperial 6
Coronado 35, Santa Fe Christian 20
Madison 26, La Jolla 6
Mission Bay 37, Mater Dei 10 DIVISION V
Francis Parker 76, Calvin Christian 3
Army-Navy 43, LJ Country Day 24 Christian 77, Foothills Christian 24
The Bishop's 50, Horizon 49
Semifinals Fri., Dec. 5 DIVISION I
(1) La Costa Canyon 33, (5) Carlsbad 14
(2) Escondido 21, (6) Mission Hills 11 DIVISION II
(1) Oceanside 49, (4) Scripps Ranch 14 (3) Helix 27, (2) Eastlake 24 DIVISION III
(1) Cathedral 49, (4) St. Augustine 0 (3) Valhalla 28, (10) Steele Canyon 0
(1) Valley Center 28, (5) Coronado 26
(2) Madison 45, (6) Mission Bay 26 DIVISION V
(1) Francis Parker 63, (4) Army-Navy 7
(6) The Bishop's 30,(2) Christian 23 (OT)
Fri., Dec. 12
At Qualcomm Stadium
Division IV Valley Center 31, Madison 20
Division III Cathedral 49, Valhalla 13
Division II Oceanside 13, Helix 19
Division I La Costa Canyon 45, Escondido 28
Sat., Dec. 13 At Southwestern College
Division V Francis Parker 51, The Bishop's 22
State CIF Bowl Championships At Home Depot Center, Carson Fri., Dec. 19
Small Schools Division: San Juan Capistrano-St. Margaret's
(14-0) vs. Hamilton Union (10-2), 4:30 p.m.
Division I: Concord-De La Salle (12-1) vs. Corona-Centennial
(14-0), 8 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 20 Division III: Santa Rosa-Cardinal Newman (13-0) vs.
Ventura-St. Bonaventure (13-1), noon. Division II: Stockton-St. Mary's (12-2) vs Cathedral (13-0),
4 p.m. Open Division: Sacramento-Grant (13-0) vs. Long Beach Poly
(14-0), 8 p.m.
Fri., Sept 5
El Cajon Valley 33, Clairemont 23
Helix 41, Rancho Buena Vista 7
Mount Miguel 45, SD-Southwest 0
Santana 42, Kearny 12
Christian 28, Cardenas Federal Prep 0
Cathedral 48, Steele Canyon 7
Patrick Henry 24, West Hills 12
Mission Bay 40, Granite Hills 7
Otay Ranch 21, Grossmont 19
Olympian 35, Mountain Empire 6
Horizon 21, Hilltop 14
Westview 27, Francis Parker 24
Julian 30, Calipatria 16
Calvin Christian 40, Midway Baptist 0 Sat., Sept 6
El Capitan 24, Morse 0
Point Loma 29, Monte Vista 26
Foothills Christian 43, Escondido Charter 21
La Jolla 19, Santa Fe Christian 7
The Bishop's 28, Tijuana-Instituto Mexico 0
Thurs., Sept. 11 Maranatha Chr, 46, Vista-Calvary Chr, 0 Fri., Sept. 12
Christian 33, Santana 14
El Cajon Valley 54, San Ysidro 12
Foothills Christian 27, LV-Mountain View Christian 24
Grossmont 34, Montgomery 6
Mount Miguel 16, Castle Park 14
Steele Canyon 27, West Hills 0
Valhalla 33. Mater Dei 10
Mira Mesa 19, Helix 17
Ramona 35, El Capitan 7
Westview 37, Granite Hills 27
La Jolla Country Day 21, The Bishop's 20
Calipatria 22, SD Calvary Chr. 20
Vincent Memorial 7, Borrego Springs 0
Army-Navy 7, San Pasqual Academy 0
Julian 31, Mountain Empire 21 Sat., Sept. 13
Horizon Chr. 43, Murrieta Calvary 43 (tie)
Tri-City Christian 43, Midway Baptist 0
Santa Fe Chr. 55, Palo Verde Valley 26
Non-League Fri., Sept. 19 Helix 34, Carlsbad 14
Valhalla 38, Montgomery 10
Santana 19, Imperial 0
El Cajon Valley 63, EC-Southwest 0
Steele Canyon 36, Grossmont 18
Christian 62, Escondido Charter 12
Santa Fe Christian 17, Monte Vista 13
Scripps Ranch 17, West Hills 10
Point Loma 23, El Capitan 7
Chula Vista 34, Granite Hills 14
La Jolla Country Day 73, Foothills Chr. 26
American Fork (Utah) 54, Mount Miguel 34
Horizon 46, Handsworth (B.C.) 0
Francis Parker 46, L.V.-Faith Lutheran 14
Calvin Chr. 56, Tri-City Chr. 26
Olympian 50, Borrego Springs 6
San Pasqual Acad. vs. Mountain Empire, double forfeit (fight) (SPA
led 16-9) Sat., Sept. 20
The Bishop's 55, L.A.-Salesian 16
Thur., Sept. 25
El Cajon Valley 35, The Bishops 14
Fri., Sept. 26
Monte Vista 7, Grossmont 0
Granite Hills 42, Orange Glen 21
Valhalla 35, Brawley 0
West Hills 27, Montgomery 14
Christian 42, Sweetwater 17
Helix 19, Otay Ranch 19 (tie)
Eastlake 21, Steele Canyon 14
El Centro-Central 39, Santana 30
Anaheim-Esperanza 51, Mount Miguel 7
Ramona 49, Horizon 12
Francis Parker 63, EC-Southwest 12
Lancaster-Desert Christian 31, SD-Calvary Christian 6
Lucerne Valley 60, Vista-Calvary Chr. 6
Arrowhead Christian 60, Midway Baptist 22
Tri-City Christian df. San Pasqual Acad., forfeit
Foothills (Canada) 25, Julian 16
Borrego Springs at Mountain Empire, late Sat., Sept. 27
El Capitan 49, University City 0 Calvin Christian 58, Calipatria 18
Fri., Oct. 3 Non-League
Santana 35, Hilltop 34
El Capitan 16, Steele Canyon 7
Monte Vista 31, El Cajon Valley 17
Valhalla 34, Grossmont 0
Helix 49, West Hills 0
Bonita Vista 31, Mount Miguel 0 Christian 35, El Centro-Central Union 15
Francis Parker 76, La Jolla Country Day 7
St. Augustine 56, Santa Fe Christian 28
The Bishop's 48, EC-Southwest 7 Southern League Foothills Christian 42, Midway Baptist 6
Calvin Christian 35, Borrego Springs 12
Julian 31, SD-Calvary Christian 0 Sat., Oct. 4
San Pasqual Academy 56, Vista-Calvary Christian 6
Fri., Oct. 10
Monte Vista 20, West Hills 14
Madison 39, Santana 7
Valhalla 32, El Capitan 27
Grossmont 54, Granite Hills 20
Otay Ranch 42, El Cajon Valley 19
Francis Parker 49, Laguna Beach 7
Horizon 45, Anza-Hamilton 0
The Bishop's 29, Escondido Charter 6
Santa Fe Christian 38, Brawley 13 Southern League
Foothills Christian 21, Julian 15
Calvin Christian 49, San Pasqual Acad. 12
Borrego Springs 46, Vista-Calvary Chr. 20
Midway Baptist 14, SD-Calvary Christian 6 Sat., Oct. 11
Christian 48, Palo Verde Valley 14
8-man: St. Joseph 94, Lutheran 76 (state record for points by
2 teams; second-most nationally for 8-man football))
Fri., Oct. 17
Grossmont North League
West Hills 33, Santana 20
El Capitan 29, Grossmont 21 Grossmont South League
Steele Canyon 20, Monte Vista 7
Mount Miguel 49, Granite Hills 35 Helix 28, Valhalla 14 Coastal League
Christian 42, Horizon 12
Francis Parker 31, The Bishop's 23 Non-League
Santa Fe Christian 30, Coronado 20 Southern League
Foothills Christian 41, Borrego Springs 12
San Pasqual Academy 53, CV-Calvary Christian 6 Desert League
Holtville 42, Mountain Empire 6 Sat., Oct. 18
Julian 41, Vista-Calvary Christian 14
Fri., Oct. 24
Grossmont North League
Grossmont 37, Santana 0
El Capitan 33, El Cajon Valley 13 Grossmont South League
Steele Canyon 33, Granite Hills 0
Helix 41, Mount Miguel 6
Valhalla 31, Monte Vista 7 Southern League
Foothills Christian 34, Chula Vista-Calvary Chrsitian 0
Borrego Springs 24, San Pasqual Academy 12
Julian 42, Midway Baptist 20 Coastal League
Francis Parker 56, Horizon Christian 23 Desert League
Imperial 49, Mountain Empire 0 Sat., Oct. 25 Coastal League
Christian 45, Santa Fe Christian 21 Southern League
Calvin Christian 41, Vista-Calvary Chr. 0
Fri., Oct. 31
Grossmont North League
Grossmont 49, El Cajon Valley 7
El Capitan 34, West Hills 20 Grossmont South League
Valhalla 28, Steele Canyon 3
Monte Vista 35, Mount Miguel 14
No. 3 Helix 54, Granite Hills 17 Coastal League
Francis Parker 45, Santa Fe Christian 24
Horizon Christian 42, The Bishop's 18 Southern Conference
Julian 42, Borrego Springs 6
San Pasqual Acad. 39, Midway Baptist 12 Desert League
Mountain Empire 44, Vincent Memorial 6 Sat., Nov. 1
Foothills Christian 54, Vista-Calvary Chr. 14
Calvin Christian 35, CV-Calvary Chr. 13
Fri., Nov. 7
Grossmont North League
Santana 33, El Cajon Valley 27
West Hills 38, Grossmont 30 Grossmont South League
Helix 42, Steele Canyon 13
Monte Vista 33, Granite Hills 0
Valhalla 21, Mount Miguel 14 Coastal League
Christian 27, The Bishops 20 Southern League
Foothills Christian 49, San Pasqual Academy 0
Calvin Christian 31, Julian 7
Borrego Springs 33, CV-Calvary Chr. 20
Midway Baptist 38, Vista Calvary Chr. 18 Sat., Nov. 8
Santa Fe Christian 57, Horizon 51 Non-League
Francis Parker 49, San Diego 20
Fri., Nov., 14
Grossmont North League
West Hills 31, El Cajon Valley 24
El Capitan 21, Santana 7 Grossmont South League
Valhalla 49, Granite Hills 7
Steele Canyon 35, Mount Miguel 6
Helix 27, Monte Vista 14 Coastal League
Francis Parker 45, Christian 21
Santa Fe Christian 35, The Bishop's 14 Non-League
Horizon 39, Palo Verde Valley 14 Southern League
Foothills Christian 16, Calvin Christian 14
42, Vista-Calvary Chr. 27
Midway Baptist 30, Borrego Springs 14
Julian 41, San Pasqual Academy 14
END REGULAR SEASON
Cardenas Federal Prep
at El Centro-Central
Palo Verde Valley (Sat.)
*Santa Fe Chr. (Sat.) (H)
*at The Bishop's (LaJolla)
*at Francis Parker
**Foothills Christian (GH)
**The Bishop's (ECVHS), in overtime
Rancho Buena Vista
at Mira Mesa
at Carlsbad (at El Cam.)
at West Hills
*at Mount Miguel
*at Granite Hills
**Oceanside, at Qualcomm Stadium
at Mater Dei
*Monte Vista (H)
*at Mount Miguel
**Cathedral Catholic, at
at Escondido Charter (at Orange Glen,
Temecula-Mtn. View Chr.
La Jolla Country Day
*at Midway Baptist
*Vista-Calvary Christian (at Vista HS, Sat.)
*at San Pasqual Acad. (at San Pasqual HS)
**at Christian (GH)
Home Games at Junior Seau Field, at Parkway Middle School