Fortunately, the defensive and special teams units
of the Patriots were in mid-season form for Saturday's
(Sept. 5) season opener.
Powered by a sack and forced fumble by BRETT HUFF which
allowed GARRETT HEIN to race 15 yards for a fumble return
touchdown. Christian scored all of the game's points
in the fourth period to slide past visiting Mar Vista,
21-0, at Valley Stadium.
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"I didn't know I was going to be the starter (at
quarterback) until two-a-days," said SHANE DILLON,
who joined the school after spending his freshman year
with Coastal League rival The Bishop's. "I worked
hard and worked hard, then God blessed me with this
opportunity. It all paid off."
The 6-foot-6, 175-pound Dillon completed eight of 16
passes for 57 yards in his debut. TYRONE SAULS made
four receptions for 29 yards.
Huff Christians leading rusher with 62
yards on 14 carries snapped the scoreless drought
by rushing 7 yards off right tackle with 10:32 left
in the contest. But it was his play at linebacker that
secured the victory. He crashed through the line to
sack the Mariners quarterback, forcing the fumble which
led to Heins victory-clinching score to make it
14-0 with 4:46 left.
"If we didn't have all the players we have, we
would not have won the game," said Huff, a junior
two-way starter. "We struggled a little bit, but
stepped up at the end."
Sauls added a late score with 63 seconds to go on a
2-yard run, also to the right side.
While Christian had trouble scoring, the defense owned
the Mar Vista offense, limiting the Mariners to less
than 150 yards in total offense. Meanwhile, the Patriots
special teams, paced by punter JOEL ALESI, maintained
excellent field position all evening, averaging 50 yards
on six punts.
"Our defense came out to play and were pretty
solid -- they weren't able to run on us after we watched
films and scouted them really well," said Alesi,
the starting defensive end who registered punts of 61,
53, 55 and 44 yards. "We believe we can compete
with teams like Francis Parker and Bishop's if we keep
playing like this."
Alesi's punting forced Mar Vista into a hole of attempting
to go 80-plus yards on almost every possession.
"It's great to have Joel," added Dillon.
"He gave us great field position. It's tough to
play from your own 5 or near the goal line, and he kept
them back inside the 20 all night."
Meanwhile, the Christian offense continued to make
strides throughout the contest, eventually wearing down
"We kept improving as the game went on -- in the
first half, we just weren't moving the ball, which wasn't
all Dillons fault," said head coach MATT
OLIVER. "The line wasn't hitting their blocks very
well, but in the second half, we started moving the
ball fairly effectively."
Oliver also praised Hein, Sauls, "who was an animal,"
and Huff for leading the defense.
Thus in this season when the Braves christen their
brand new Field Turf playing surface, Goodrich was hoping
for a healthy beginning.
Things didnt start out so swift. As hopeful as
Goodrich might be, he had to somewhat hold his breath
in the first half as host Montgomery took a 10-0 lead
in the second quarter of Fridays (Sept. 4) season-opening
contest held at San Ysidro High stadium.
he Braves rebounded to score 28 points in the third quarter
and continued on to a 40-24 victory over the South Bay
Grossmont 10, Otay Ranch 7
Granite Hills 37, San Ysidro 0
Bonita Vista 21, Valhalla 7
Cathedral 20, Steele Canyon 0
El Capitan 43, University City 13
Santana 26, Kearny 0
Christian 7, Mar Vista 0
Morse 7, Mount Miguel 0
Point Loma 34, Monte Vista 6 Helix df. RBV, no score reported
Patrick Henry df. West Hills, no score reported Only scores reported
Helix 49, Rancho Buena Vista 6
University City 19, El Capitan 14
Valhalla 34, Bonita Vista 3
Otay Ranch 24, Grossmont 6
Granite Hills 20, Santana 6
Cathedral 28, Steele Canyon 3
Morse 14, Mount Miguel 6 Only scores reported
Quarterback ALEX HANN accounted for 380 total yards and
5 touchdowns in his varsity debut under center. The senior
southpaw completed 22 of 41 passes for 310 yards and 4
touchdowns despite heavy pressure applied by the Aztecs.
He also rushed for 70 yards on 15 carries, including a
34-yard scoring dash.
Alex did a good job of eluding pressure,
said Goodrich. He probably got sacked six times,
but we went a lot with our 5-Wide offense to get one-on-one
coverage on Jackson, so it was worth it.
Three of Hanns scoring strikes went to ANTHONY
JACKSON, who finished with five receptions for 108 yards.
But that combination began in the 2nd quarter when the
two hooked up for a 12-yard score, leaving the Braves
down 10-6 at intermission.
The 3rd quarter was all about the Braves. Hann hurled
scoring tosses to Jackson of 55 and 33 yards, and JUDE
BERMUDES scored on a 17-yard run.
But the Braves defense was not about to be overlooked
as sophomore PATRICK JOHNSON intercepted a pass and
returned it 58 yards in El Cajon Valleys 3rd quarter
scoring burst for a touchdown.
Johnson also caught seven passes for 65 yards.
He reminds me of those Waters kids that Grossmont
has had, said Goodrich.
Jackson finished with 224 all-purpose yards.
It was a sloppy game on both sides with a lot
of holding calls, false starts and offsides, said
This was a marathon battle a game that last
3 hours and 20 minutes.
I know that our guys are exhausted since so many
of them go both ways, Goodrich said. But
I sure cant complain about the outcome.
GROSSMONT 16, OTAY RANCH 14 It wasnt
quite déjà vu it was more like one
of those DVD movies where the producer offers the audience
several different endings. Most viewers will watch all
Grossmont didnt like the choice it selected last
year, but the Foothillers hit the jackpot in Friday
nights (Sept. 4) season opener against visiting
The Foothillers left the South Bay two points short
when a 40-yard field goal attempt on the final play
missed the mark in last seasons opener at Otay
No doubt, coach RON MURPHY was thinking about how his
kicking game could leave him short again when CHASE
HOUSEs first PAT kick struck the left upright
and fell to the ground, leaving the Foothillers down
14-6 at halftime.
However, some nifty work by the Grossmont defense kept
the Foothillers chance for a victory alive. With
just under six minutes to play the Foothillers
trailing 14-13 embarked on an 86-yard, 10-play
clock-eating drive that positioned them with a 4th-and-goal
at the 1-yard line with 7 seconds remaining.
House said he wasnt nervous as he walked onto
the field to boot what would be a game-winning 18-yard
I know we lost at Otay last year when we missed
a longer kick in the final seconds (it wasnt House),
he said. But I blocked all that out. I knew I
was going to make this one and so did our whole team.
House may never have had a chance to redeem himself
from a missed PAT if it hadnt been for DESEAN
WATERS, who caught six passes for 118 yards, rushed
for 96 yards on 20 carries and returned a punt 10 yards.
Waters was at his best with the game on the line, as
was senior quarterback TYLER MUTTER.
Pinned down at their own 12-yard line as they began
their winning drive, Mutter connected with Waters for
a 51-yard completion. Outside of another Mutter-to-Waters
8-yard completion, Grossmont pounded the ball on the
ground to advance into its game-winning position.
Waters accounted for 75 of the 86 yards on that drive,
yet was denied a chance to score the winning touchdown
on three straight carries from the 5-yard line that
left the ball on the 1-yard line.
Yeah Im tired, said an exhausted
Waters who rarely left the field. But Im
just glad we pulled this one out.
Otay Ranch dominated the majority of the 1st half,
taking a 14-0 lead. But penalties (8 for 89) dogged
the Mustangs, wiping out a 90-yard punt return for a
Linebacker CODY SOS put some sauce into the Grossmont
huddle. He logged seven tackles, one interception and
a fumble recovery that brought the Foothillers back
After Sos gave the Foothillers possession at midfield,
Mutter and Waters took over. The key play was a slant
pass of 36 yards that led Waters to the endzone and
the Foothillers to the scoreboard.
It was a skinny post, Waters
gasped of the scoring play that left the Foothillers
only eight points down at halftime.
Grossmont kept the momentum on its side when Sos picked
off an Otay Ranch pass and returned it 25 yards to the
Mustangs 20 early in the 3rd quarter. Three runs
later Water scored, his last burst coming from a yard
out. House kicked the PAT and suddenly it was anybodys
It was an interesting game in that Otay Ranch outgained
Grossmont 324 to 268. The turnovers were even at 3 and
I look at myself as being a leader, said
Sos. We wanted this game and we werent about
to let it get away.
HELIX 23, RANCHO BUENA VISTA 19 Even a young
Helix football team is pretty good. The Highlanders showed
up with 19 new starters for Fridays (Sept. 4) season
opener against North County Rancho Buena Vista.
Sure, the youthful Highlanders fell behind 19-10 in
the 3rd quarter and could well have folded. That would
have been understandable, considering their inexperience.
It didnt happen.
Sophomore running back CHRIS HUNTER made his varsity
debut a memorable outing as he rushed for 146 yards
and 2 touchdowns on 14 carries as the No. 5 ranked Highlanders
pulled out a come-from-behind victory.
The 5-foot-10, 175-pound Hunter scored the winning
touchdown on a 14-yard dash in the 4th quarter that
culminated in a 5-play, 70-yard drive.
If we make some throws and catches it might not
have been so close, said Helix coach TROY STARR.
Were not that great right now but well
take this win.
Starr was elated with the work of Hunter, who is rapidly
becoming the Highlanders go-to guy. He was also
pleased by the work of quarterback JAKE REED, who completed
half of his 24 passes for 161 yards.
He was exceptional at times, Starr said
of Reed. He made some impressive throws during
the game but also wasnt so great at other times.
Nevertheless they dont get a whole lot better
than Reed, who scored on a 1-yard run, kicked a 22-yard
field goal and converted 2-of-3 PATs.
Senior SEAN LINTON was the Highlanders leading receiver
with 7 catches for 101 yards.
RAYMONT NAILON added 48 yards on seven carries for
CATHEDRAL CATHOLIC 27, STEELE CANYON 7 Except
for a brief sparkle at the beginning of Friday's (Sept.
4) season opener in Carmel Valley, the near-sellout crowd
at Cathedral Catholic's Manchester Stadium sat in near
silence for three full quarters.
Forget the game action -- look
at the height
reached by a Steele Canyon assistant coach
along the sidelines in the background (left) (Photo by Bob Davis, CCHS)
Steele Canyon Cougars at Cathedral
Dons (Slideshow by Bob Davis, CCHS)
"Going into the half, Cathedral's crowd was in total
shock," said Cougars defender MICHAEL WINTER. "It's
7-to-6 against an unranked Steele Canyon and they're
the defending state bowl game champs."
However, the 4th-ranked Dons rallied with three quick
touchdowns over a 4:47 span early in the fourth quarter,
extending their winning streak to 22 games over three
seasons after avoiding the Cougars' upset bid.
"(Cathedral) came out and played a good second
half," added Winter. "We're a young team without
a lot of seniors, so I'm proud of our defense. It was
just one small letdown in the fourth quarter and they
built on it."
Cathedral altered its tactics in the second half, staying
on the ground more by running behind senior tackle Alex
Crosthwaite, who has committed to play for Cal.
After blocking for Tyler Gaffney, the 2008 CalHiSports'
state player of the year who now is at Stanford after
setting the CIF-SDS rushing record, Crosthwaite hopes
to do the same for Jonny Martin, Gaffney's replacement
as the Dons' premiere ball-carrier.
Martin rushed for 171 yards and four touchdowns on
23 carries. Included was a 37-yarder on the second play
of the contest for a brief rise from the Dons
faithful, which was offset by a 27-yard scamper by Steele
Canyon's ALEX PERLIN late in the first quarter for a
Perlin paced the Cougars with 94 yards on 13 carries,
while JAKE WRAGG collected 57 yards on 11 sorties. BRANDON
WATSON only had two touches yet mustered 21 yards rushing.
REECE DALE averaged seven yards on two carries for the
Cougars, who saw their passing game sputter all night.
The Cougars' defense maintained the advantage for two
full quarters, powered by Winter and HUNTER SALLEE,
two of just a handful of seniors who start for the Cougars.
"We were working hard, but they made more plays
on offense than we did." noted Sallee. "Their
blockers stepped it up and we couldn't force a turnover."
Winter, who plays what the team calls a "hybrid"
position closely related to a strong safety, reached
double digits in tackles, while Winter plugged holes
to limit Martin for three periods.
However, Martin cashed in from the Cougars 5 on the
first play of the fourth quarter to reclaim the lead,
then added a 5-yarder to the right side just 3:23 later.
Cathedral closed the scoring after Brien Moynihan returned
an interception 35 yards, setting up Martin for his
final score -- a 10-yarder -- just two plays later.
Meanwhile, Steele Canyon was limited to just 27 yards
in the second half, consistently pinned back due to
three kickoff touchbacks by the Dons.
"It was just frustrating the way it ended because
I feel we played three quarters of pretty good football,
but the mistakes piled up in the fourth quarter,"
said Cougars head coach RON BOEHMKE. "We know where
we have to be and these are the guys we have to beat
if we want to be CIF champs."
"Our kids saw how they play, so we should come
out of this game confident should we get a chance to
play them again."
The daunting schedule should prepare the Cougars for
Top 10 league opponents in No. 4 Helix and No. 8 Valhalla.
"We take on the best games and play the best teams,
so this will get us ready for the (West Hills) Wolf
Pack next week," noted Sallee.
Added Winter, "We have a tough Grossmont South
League schedule, so we play the best to get ready for
it. We don't get a lot of respect so we need to earn
GRANITE HILLS 31, SAN YSIDRO 0 Granite Hills
snapped a 6-game losing streak from a year ago in Friday
nights (Sept. 4) opener and made it look easy.
The Eagles buzzed out to a 24-0 halftime lead and then
cruised to its first shutout victory in a 24-game streak
dating back to 2006.
I was really excited by the defensive play of
BRENDAN NAGER, said Granite Hills coach RANDY
DeWITT. He had an impressive interception and
20-yard return for us.
Of course, the Eagles offense gave their defensive
comrades plenty of room to work with when they scored
17 points in the 2nd quarter to take a 24-0 halftime
I felt the kids after their off-season workout
and early practices really came out and played hard
tonight, said DeWitt. We are really ready
to play. We controlled both sides of the line of scrimmage
and we were really explosive off the ball.
Senior quarterback TYLER JOWORSKI was in economy
mode, yet completed 7 of 11 passes for 63 yards,
including scoring strikes of 24 yards to NATE HUFF and
10 to BRIAN CARROLL.
Junior CORY LOCKMAN, who came on in relief of Joworski
in his varsity debut, was 2-for-2 for 17 yards, including
a 13-yard scoring pass to JOE CRESTIK in the 4th quarter.
Returning all-league kicker TYLER STRICKLAND was 4-for-4
on PATs and also booted a 37-yard field goal.
Granite Hills rushed for 170 yards on 25 carries. FREDDY
HALTON led the way with 58 yards and a touchdown on
7 carries, while FRANTZ LAROQUE chipped in with 51 yards
on 10 carries. Lockman scrambled for 30 yards on two
Huff was the Eagles top receiver with four catches
for 30 yards.
EL CAPITAN 32, UNIVERSITY CITY 0 El Capitan
coach RON BURNER doesnt want to think about what
the final score could have been in Friday nights
(Sept. 4) opener against visiting University City.
All of the Vaqueros points came in the 1st half,
led by running back MATT BURKETT, who found the endzone
on runs of 11 and 2 yards. Burkett totaled 61 yards
on only six carries, but no doubt could have inflated
his totals had Burner left him in the lopsided game
beyond the first series of the 3rd quarter.
Hes our go-to guy this year, Burner
said of Burkett. Hes made a lot of progress
this season in that he runs harder and is more physical.
Senior quarterback MARK SCHARFENBERG, who missed most
of the preseason drills due to a bout with meningitis,
had a solid start to the season. He completed 14 of
23 passes for 123 yards and 2 touchdowns. Scharfenberg
served up scoring passes of 10 yards to TYLER MASON
and 3 yards to BRANDON SANCHEZ.
Yet the story of the El Capitan Vaqueros centers around
its defensive unit. Against hapless University City
the Vaqueros limited the Centurions to five first downs.
In 11 series University City punted six times, surrendered
two safeties and turned the ball over on downs.
I told you our defense was pretty good,
The coach highlighted the play of BUBBA PROUTY, JT
WILDES, DANIEL WADE and COLE DAVIDSON.
Our defense set up our offense all game long,
Burner added. We kept a lot of pressure on their
Wildes recorded a safety when he tackled the punter
in the endzone. Davidson also scored two points for
the defense when he blocked a punt out of the endzone.
Our defense is for real, Burner said. But
were going to find out just how good we are when
we take on Ramona next week.
MOUNT MIGUEL 35, MORSE 14 In the first regular
season game between these longtime neighborhood schools,
the charged-up Matadors raced to a 21-0 halftime lead
and never looked back.
Morse Tigers at Mount Miguel
Matadors (Slideshow by Ed Piper)
The only time these teams actually locked horns during
their nearly five decades of existence was in a crucial
postseason encounter in 1987. The Matadors were undefeated
going into that game at 11-0 and fell to the Tigers 12-7.
Thats the last time Mount Miguel won a Grossmont
League championship. But the Matadors showed in Fridays
(Sept. 4) opener that they are clearly geared up to
make a run for the Grossmont South title this season.
The Matadors bullied the Tigers all night.
DERALL HUNTER, who rushed for 217 yards on 21 carries,
scored on runs of 2, 3 and 79 yards to pace the Matadors.
Quarterback AJ STANFORD, who generated 192 yards total
offense, gave the Matadors a 7-0 lead on a 19-yard scamper.
DERRICK DUNN closed the scoring with a 2-yard run in
the 4th quarter.
While Stanford was clicking on 8 of 13 passes for 114
yards, BRAYNT MITCHELL was reeling in five aerials for
Even so, this game belonged to the Mount Miguel defense.
We had them locked down all night, said
senior linebacker KHAALID ABDULLAH. They put together
one drive on the first series of the 2nd half and then
scored again on the final play of the game. We were
in control and there was no doubt about it.
Another defensive standout for Mount Miguel included
senior MONTEL WILLIAMS, a 6-foot-2, 335-pound nose guard.
He was the man in the middle, Abdullah
said. They couldnt get through or around
Abdullah also praised teammates MALCOLM JOHNSON, MALCOLM
JACKSON, IZZIE GONZALEZ, SAOFAGIA MAULUPE, linebackers
JORDAN GENTNER, RAMON FOSTER and DIANTE LEE.
This is a sweet win for us because its
the first win on our new (2nd year old) turf field,
WEST HILLS 28, PATRICK HENRY 20 It was a
bittersweet season-opening victory Friday night (Sept.
4) for the visiting West Hills Wolf Pack. Just the fact
that the Pack snapped a two-game losing streak against
the Patriots from a year ago should have been enough to
make West Hills coach CASEY ASH happy.
The price tag for that victory was a little
bit steep, to Ashs way of thinking. Even before
the Pack took its first snap at Patrick Henry, it lost
senior free safety DANNY EISENBARTH to a knee injury
for the season as West Hills conducted its first practice
the night before on its new, blue artificial turf.
Things got worse for West Hills at Patrick Henry as
the first half came to a close. They lost all purpose
performer ALAN PARKS to a knee injury. Although not
predicted to be as devastating as Eisenbarths,
Parks will be out indefinitely.
Its been a pretty rough week, Ash
said. Weve suffered two crucial injuries.
I feel bad for Parks and Eisenbarth.
On the upside West Hills leaped out to a 15-0 first
quarter lead on the second play of the game. Quarterback
GARY ISAACSON connected with DONTE ADDISON for a 72-yard
touchdown. Parks ran across the 2-point conversion to
make it 8-0.
West Hills called on its other quarterback ADRIAN MARAZITI,
who drove the team downfield and flipped a 5-yard scoring
pass to ADAM COYLE. STEVEN ARMSTRONG kicked the first
of his two PATs to make it 15-0.
Prior to his injury Parks darted 8 yards for a score
and Armstrong added the extra point kick to make it
After the loss of Parks, West Hills offense was
limited to a pair of Armstrong field goals one
from 37 yards and one from 25.
Senior NICK McDANIEL paced the Pack in rushing with
66 yards on 13 carries. Maraziti connected on half of
his 14 passes for 80 yards.
SANTANA 52, KEARNY 13 Santana coach DAVE
GROSS didnt know what to expect from the visiting
Kearny Komets Friday night (Sept. 4) after watching them
in a preseason scrimmage last week. His Sultans diminished
the worry right away by taking a 38-0 halftime lead.
Kearny Komets at Santana Sultans (Slideshow by Scott Seidel)
Santana rolled up 420 total yards and could have easily
Gross got what he expected from veteran quarterback
ZACH BREIDT, who completed 15 of 21 passes for 238 yards
and 4 touchdowns. The junior signal caller delivered
scoring strikes of 15 and 12 yards to JOHN BURKE and
hooked up with JOSH BRENNER for a 61-yard touchdown.
Seven Sultans receivers shared in Breidts completions.
Burke led the way with four catches for 38 yards, while
Brenner (68 yards), JUNIOR NUNEZ (51 yards) and JORGE
MARRON (38 yards, 1 TD) caught two passes apiece.
The focus of Kearny s defense was on sophomore
tight end T.D. GROSS, who was limited to three catches
for 18 yards.
Coach Gross wasnt surprised that the Komets were
glued on denying his son, but he was pleased that six
other Sultans caught passes.
The story is similar in Santanas running game.
This is a team that began with no varsity experience
other than Breidt in the backfield. Senior TYLER PETTY
gave the Sultans a lift with 102 yards, including a
32-yard touchdown on just 11 carries. Sophomore SPENCER
LOVE also put a positive foot forward in the running
game, finishing with 58 yards on seven carries.
Junior JAYLEN FLEER scooped up a Kearny fumble and
rambled 38 yards for a TD, giving Santana a 14-0 advantage
after one quarter.
OUR LADY OF GOOD COUNSEL (Md.) 28, VALHALLA 16
Valhalla battled a hard-nosed football team Friday night
(Sept. 4) as Our Lady of Good Counsel, the No. 2 ranked
team in the Washington D.C. metro area, traveled 3,000
miles to Rancho San Diego.
Norseman senior quarterback PETE THOMAS, who has committed
to Arizona State, connected on 24 of 41 passes for 202
yards and a touchdown.
The visiting Falcons, who returned eight starters from
last seasons 11-1 team, are included among the
top defensive secondarys in the nation. And they
taught Thomas a thing or two. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound
Valhalla marksman was intercepted three times, which
is somewhat stunning considering he was picked off only
five times in 360 attempts a year ago.
Good Counsel got on the scoreboard first when junior
quarterback Zach Dancel followed his center for a 1-yard
touchdown with 3:36 left in the 1st quarter.
Thomas duplicated that feat with 5:21 remaining in
the first half to knot the score 7-7 at halftime.
After the Falcons' lone TD drive in the first quarter,
Valhalla's defense, led by senior defensive end SHANE
PENNIX, senior linebacker GREG GOULDING and junior safety
DILLON TALIA, shut down the powerhouse running game
for the rest of the half, limiting the visitors to 114
yards before intermission.
Midway through the 3rd quarter, Valhalla took the lead
10-7 on Thomas' 36-yard field goal, which is the 14th
of his career.
On the ensuing kickoff, the Norsemen almost converted
an onside kick, but the ball rolled out of bounds at
the Falcons' 40-yard line, giving Good Counsel excellent
field position. The Maryland based lads took advantage
of this good fortune, moving the ball quickly to the
Valhalla 42-yard line in two plays.
On the next attempt, Pennix stuffed the ball-carrier
for a 7-yard loss, setting up a 3rd-and-13 situation
near midfield, clearly shifting the momentum back to
the Norsemen. A late flag, however, squelched Valhalla
s enthusiasm, resulting in a 15-yard penalty and
a first down for the Falcons at the Norsemens
30. Fullback Michael Noottoli powered his way into the
endzone for a 24 yard go-ahead TD, putting the Falcons
on top 13-10 with 1:23 remaining in the 3rd stanza.
The Falcons' defense put intense pressure on quarterback
Thomas all night long. As the 3rd quarter was drawing
to a close, Thomas was picked off by safety Al Thompson,
who returned it to the Valhalla 10.
On the next play, TYLER ZALICH, converted to defense
this season, recovered a Good Counsel fumble at the
Valhalla 9-yard line, ping ponging momentum back to
the Norsemen. Two plays later, defensive tackle Joe
Rosenblatt put up his big mitts and intercepted Thomas
at the Norsemen 15 and waltzed into the endzone. Following
a 2-point pass play, Good Counsel extended its lead
to 21-10, with 11:56 left in the game.
The game got out of reach when the visitors scored
another touchdown on a 29-yard scamper by sophomore
Wes Brown, with 5:03 remaining in the contest.
Thomas led the Norsemen offense on a final march down
the field, finding sophomore JEVON HASTEN open for a
13-yard gain to the 1-yard line. With four seconds left,
Thomas hooked up with slotback ANDY LOPEZ for a 1-yard
ESCONDIDO CHARTER 69, FOOTHILLS CHRISTIAN 41
The Knights of Foothills Christian were taken by surprise
in Friday nights (Sept. 4) opener at Junior Seau
Field in La Mesa.
The visiting White Tigers of Escondido Charter had
a little more bite in their attack, and Foothills Christian
coach STEVE PERDUE had a pretty good idea why.
Escondido Charter was coached by Ed Burke, the
legendary former coach of Torrey Pines, Perdue
said. We sure didnt anticipate that. They
were bigger, faster, stronger than us.
The Knights already had enough problems heading into
the game with the loss of senior linebacker CALEB GARDNER,
who broke his wrist in practice this week.
Foothills Christian also lost junior offensive lineman
RAMSEY WALLACH, who suffered a concussion in the game
and was taken by ambulance to Alvarado Hospital for
It seems like no matter who the Knights collide with
theres no stopping senior GARRETT CAMPBELL. He
rushed for 178 yards and 4 touchdowns on 18 carries.
He also converted 3-of-4 PAT kicks for a 27-point night.
The versatile Campbell also completed 18-of-30 passes
for 257 yards and two touchdowns. Both scoring strikes
went to ZAC CUMMINGS.
Foothills Christian was not allowed to play a full
game due to problem with the lights.
The lights are pre-programmed to shut off at
10 p.m. so we didnt get to finish the game,
said Perdue. The lights went off with 7½
minutes left in the 4th quarter.
Perdue mentioned that he is going to try to get all
the Knights home games moved up to 6:30.
POINT LOMA 14, MONTE VISTA 6 It was a long
opening night for the Monarchs, who were limited to 38
yards in 28 plays against visiting Point Loma in a non-league
opener for both teams Friday night (Sept. 4).
The majority of Monte Vistas meager offense was
generated by senior running back KENNETH TRIBBLE, who
rushed for 47 yards on 10 carries.
Point Loma kept the pressure on quarterback SHERVIN
IRANIHA, who finished with a minus-22 yards on seven
carries. He was sacked five times. Iraniha was 0-for-5
One of the few highlights for Monte Vista was MAURICE
PAYNEs 93-yard kickoff return for a touchdown
which was too little, too late in the 4th quarter.
Defensively, however, Monte Vista turned in a solid
effort all evening.
Middle linebacker GILBERT BATES had several tackles
and an interception, and linebacker MATT PARRIS had
a number of big tackles and two sacks, said Monarchs
coach PAGE CULVER.
Culver noted the first Point Loma touchdown came in
the 1st quarter after a muffed punt at the Monte Vista
Point Lomas second touchdown, which came in the
4th quarter, was a result of blown coverage on
the tight end.
Defensively we played well enough to win,
said Culver. We need to get better with our blocking.
We didnt move the ball well at all.
TOP 20 PREP FOOTBALL RANKINGS
North County Times'
POLL (First-place votes in parenthesis)
1. Oceanside (17)
2. La Costa Canyon(2)
3. Escondido 4. Helix
7. Cathedral 8. Valhalla
9. Valley Center
11. Scripps Ranch
12. Torrey Pines
13. Mission Hills
15. St. Augustine
16. Francis Parker
19. El Camino
tie. Mission Bay
Others receiving votes: El Capitan
19 sportswriters, sportscasters and CIF representatives
from throughout the county vote in the weekly
poll. This year's panel includes: John Maffei,
Terry Monahan, Tom Sheridan, Matt Null, Rick Hoff,
Tom Saxe (North County Times), Alan Kidd (Hall
of Champions), Nick Pellegrino (East County Sports.com),
Steve Dolan and Rick Hill (East County), Rick
Willis (KUSI TV), John Kentera, Mark Chlebowski,
Ted Mendenhall, Bob Petinak (XX Sports radio 1090),
Bruce Ward (San Diego City Schools), Jeff Kortz
(kbcsports.net), Craig Elsten (619sports.net)
and Dave Axelson (Coronado Journal).
PREDICTIONS Fearless Forecaster
Vaqueros claim to stress ground game
This years El Capitan unit will no doubt be much
more conservative. The bulk of the offensive load will
fall on the shoulders of senior running back MATT BURKETT
rather than a pass-happy quarterback.
I know people may think this sounds a little
odd for our team, but well probably run the ball
more than half the time, said Vaqueros coach RON
Not that senior signal-caller MARK SCHARFENBERG isnt
capable of connecting through the air.
I can see Scharfenberg getting his confidence
back, said Burner of the 6-foot-2, 200-pound senior
who is recovering from spinal meningitis. Hes
gaining a lot of his weight back and he made a couple
of nice runs (in a scrimmage) against Lincoln .
El Capitan is not short of pass receivers. The best
of the lot is 6-foot-4, 235-pound junior tight end ROBERT
CRAIGHEAD, clearly a Division I prospect. Senior slot
BRANDON SANCHEZ is also a proven receiver with 29 catches
for 558 yards and 4 TDs as a junior.
All of that talk about the offense is probably secondary
to El Capitan s greatest strength, which is defense.
I know its been awhile since people have
talked about our defense, Burner noted. But
we have a lot of experience on that side.
The leaders of the Vaqueros tackling unit are
Grossmont North League Defensive Player of the Year
senior DOMENIC Bubba PROUTY, corner ANTHONY
LIMA, linebacker DANIEL WADE, tackle ALLEN THOMAS, Craighead
and senior linebacker DILLON SCHLOTTER.
Linebackers J.T. WILDES, DAKOTA FURR and tackle JAKE
BURTON are others that give the Vaqueros additional
muscle on the defensive side.
For starters this should be a good one for the Vaqueros...
El Capitan 26-7.
No. 18 POINT LOMA at MONTE VISTA, 7: Opening
games such as this should be considered a tossup, and
this one is. Although the Monarchs should be considered
the underdogs, they certainly are capable of pulling
No surprise there considering the Pointers escaped
last year with a 29-26 victory when a Monte Vista onside
kick attempt backfired with 1:25 remaining.
The outcome of this years rematch should be decided
on the run. The Monarchs are banking their hopes on
converted quarterback MAURICE PAYNE.
We have a lot of skill guys guys like
Payne and we need to get the ball in their hands,
said Monte Vista coach PAGE CULVER. So thats
why we moved him to running back.
That leaves the quarterbacking chores to junior SHERVIN
IRANIHA. Two-way starters KENNETH TRIBBLE and SHAMAR
BARNES will also share in the running game.
Offensively, were ahead of where we were
last year, Culver said. Defensively, were
a little bit behind.
If Monte Vistas defense the least bit porous,
Point Lomas Leslie Rogers is sure to take advantage.
He burned the Monarchs for 290 yards and 3 touchdowns
on 24 carries as a junior.
However, hes coming off a season-ending injury
so Pointers coach Mike Hastings isnt sure
what to expect from the 6-2, 190-pounds Rogers . One
thing is certain the University of Arizona has
already offered Rogers a scholarship.
Nuf said... Monte Vista 21-19.
OUR LADY of GOOD COUNSEL (Maryland) at No. 12 VALHALLA,
7: This classic cross-country battle with the Falcons
of Olney, Md., should be something to see. Anybody who
has ever seen a STEVE SUTTON football team should know
he loves the forward pass.
Suttons Norsemen are no exception. Not when he
has one of the nations top passers in PETE THOMAS
at the controls.
Our Lady of Good Counsel, which finished 11-1 a year
ago, returns eight defensive starters, including three
defensive backs which should make Thomas work for every
Weve exchanged films but Im not exactly
sure what to expect, Sutton said.
Valhalla , which was 11-2 a year ago, defeated Westview
in a scrimmage under game-like conditions in last weeks
Kickoff Classic, 35-28.
We would have killed them if we had kept our
first team in the entire time, Sutton said, But
that wasnt the purpose of the scrimmage.
Rivals.com rates OLGC No. 53 in the nation,
for whatever thats worth... Valhalla 34-30.
No. 5 HELIX at No. 19 RANCHO BUENA VISTA , 7:
Second-year Helix head coach TROY STARR isnt doing
cartwheels over the fact that his team is ranked No.
5 in the county.
Not that Starr is even concerned about where his Highlanders
are ranked in the preseason. His focus is on knocking
the Longhorns on their collective hides.
In last weeks scrimmage against Fallbrook, Starr
was less than elated.
We did some things well but we still need a lot
of work, he said. Were not a good
football team right now but I think we can become one
with a little more work.
On the positive side Starr was pleased with the work
of junior quarterback JAKE REED and sophomore running
back CHRIS HUNTER.
Reed looked pretty good but he had a lot of balls
dropped on him, Starr said.
Rancho Buena Vista defensively dominated Santa Fe Christian,
Castle Park and Orange Glen in its preseason scrimmage.
Helix has not lost in two previous meetings against
the Longhorn, including a 41-7 victory last season.
It wont be that lopsided this time around, but
give the edge to the Highlanders... Helix 27-14.
MORSE at MOUNT MIGUEL, 7: Get your track shoes
out for this one. But there will be differences when
these teams open the season Friday (Sept. 4) night in
The visiting Tigers will attack the Matadors out of
a Wing-T formation.
They certainly have the speed to break some long
ones, said Matadors coach TOM KARLO. So
its up to our defense to contain them, not let
them get outside.
The key to the Mount Miguel defense is senior linebacker
KHAALID ABDULLAH, who is moving from the defensive line.
I think its just a more effective position
for him, where he can use his athletic abilities,
Linebacker JORDAN GENTNER should also contribute on
the defensive side, where he led the team in tackles
a year ago.
Offensively Mount Miguel should be explosive. Senior
DERALL HUNTER, who skipped the preseason scrimmage is
eager to roll up some yardage against the Tigers. Sophomore
DERRICK DUNN also would like to get a few hand-offs
like he did in a Kickoff Classic against Calexico where
he collected 123 yards on 11 carries.
Our whole team is anxious to start the season,
Karlo said. But we know that Morse will probably
be a bigger challenge than we expected."... Mount
The final pair of East County
high schools still playing football on grass
West Hills and El Cajon Valley will join
all the others and battle on artificial surfaces
this year, featuring this wild, double-blue colored
gridiron for the West Hills Wolf Pack. Also, Steele
Canyon and Granite Hills recently completed the
installation of all-weather running tracks around
its fields. (West Hills High School courtesy photo)
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WEST HILLS at PATRICK HENRY, 7: Seems like these
teams should be in the same league considering theyve
played three times in the last two years. The Patriots
won both meetings a year ago 24-12 in the regular
season opener and 28-20 in the first round of the playoffs.
West Hills versatile speedster ALAN PARKS is
a scoring threat every time he touches the ball. He
averaged better than 9 yards per tote last season.
We got banged up a little bit in our scrimmage,
said Wolf Pack coach CASEY ASH, after West Hills sparred
with La Jolla , Bonita Vista and Crawford. Nothing
too serious, but a couple of guys will have to sit this
ADRIAN MARAZITI and Helix transfer GARY ISAACSON were
ticketed to share the quarterback duties, but not so
much this game. Isaacson will be needed more to help
a dinged up pass receiving corps.
This is a game we should learn a lot about ourselves,
Our choice is a mild upset... West Hills 14-13.
STEELE CANYON at No. 4 CATHEDRAL CATHOLIC, 7:
Talk about tall assignments Coach RON BOEHMKES
Steele Canyon Cougars open the season against the defending
Division II state champions, who have won 21 games in
a row. That is the fourth-longest winning streak in
the CIF San Diego Section history.
Despite having its proven skill position players wiped
out by graduation, Cathedral remains solid up front.
Alex Crosthwaite, a 6-foot-5, 310-pound tackle who has
committed to Cal Berkeley, is the anchor of the offensive
Jumbo linemen have always been a Steele Canyon strength.
However, the Cougars probably lost their best blocker
in LEVI WRANGEL (6-2, 310) to a broken ankle.
No question, that hurt us, Boehmke said.
What the Cougars do have on their side is excellent
team speed led by senior track sprinter ALEX PERLIN
(1,723 all-purpose yards, 14 TDs). Junior JAKE WRAGG
is capable of rolling up big numbers as well.
For one of the few times in Steele Canyon s brief
history, they should be able to throw the football,
with junior quarterback BRAD BOEHMKE at the helm. Track
sprinters CODY SIMPSON and JOSEPH CISNEROS will provide
excellent targets. Kicker MATT BRUDER should make an
impact as well.
The Dons have beaten the Cougars in three of four meetings
and do not figure to stumble this time... Cathedral
EL CAJON VALLEY vs. MONTGOMERY at SAN YSIDRO, 7:
One of the most improved teams in East County could
be the Braves, who have some bigger linemen than theyve
had in recent years. On top of that four starters return
on the offensive front, including seniors BRYANT QUINONEZ
(6-1, 250) and JIM CATLETT (6-4, 230).
Senior ALEX HANN takes over at quarterback in what
has been one of the countys top passing offenses.
While Hann will certainly not be afraid to put the ball
up, he will be the best running QB since ABRAHAM MUHEIZE
Senior ANTHONY JACKSON will spearhead the running game
when it comes to power, while sophomore PATRICK JOHNSON
gives the Braves excellent speed.
The key to the season will come when JOHNNY BULLOCK
(6-3, 185) a transfer from Lincoln gains
eligibility. Once the Braves have Johnson and Bullock
running at full speed theyll be hard to catch.
Montgomery is the favorite in the South Bay League,
returning 13 starters from last years 5-5 team.
The Aztecs strength will be on defense although
they believe they can throw the ball as well.
Since El Cajon Valley scrimmaged Morse and its Wing-T
offense its difficult to predict how theyll
match up against Montgomery s spread offense.
This is a pivotal game for both teams, which are traditionally
not powerhouses... Montgomery 22-20.
SAN YSIDRO at GRANITE HILLS, 7: The Eagles have
suffered some key losses during the preseason workouts,
but should be muscled enough to tame the Cougars.
Entering the season with a six-game losing streak carrying
over from last years 1-9 finish, coach RANDY DeWITT
believes his Eagles are eager and ready to begin the
season with a victory. He bases his confidence on Granite
Hills performance against No. 10 ranked Poway
in a preseason scrimmage last week.
We moved the ball consistently against Poway
and I felt good about that, DeWitt said. I
like our team because we have some leaders. Were
meshing very well right now. Our schedule is designed
where every week our opponents will get tougher.
Returning senior TYLER JOWORSKI and junior CORY LOCKMAN
will share the quarterback chores. JOE CARDONA, who
is seeking an appointment to the Naval Academy , along
with 6-foot-3, 270-pound junior JESSE SHEARD bolster
a bigger and stronger offensive line for the Eagles.
Big-time free safety BRIAN CARROLL is the main cog
TYLER STRICKLAND is ranked with the best kickers in
East County and that could prove key in close games...
Granite Hills 24-8
KEARNY at SANTANA, 7: On paper the game should
be so basic for Santana. A simple game of pitch and
catch, with junior quarterback ZACH BREIDT chucking
to 6-foot-2, 212-pound sophomore tight end T.D. GROSS.
The problem with that is any defensive coordinator
worth his salt realizes thats the connection that
must be short-circuited to send the Sultans flailing.
Were still trying to develop some receivers
and running backs, Santana coach DAVE GROSS said.
We used five different running backs and at least
that many receivers in our scrimmage against Monte Vista
and Bishop. We saw some good things so now we know a
little bit more what some of our kids can do.
During Grosss 10-year reign Santana has lived
by the passing game. That might not be the case on a
weekly basis this season.
Against teams like Kearny , which has game-breaker
speed, we might find ourselves in the rare role of trying
to eat up the clock, Gross noted. Kearny
runs a lot of stuff that they havent done in the
past. They throw quick passes out of the shotgun and
show a lot of spread and single back stuff. Theyre
real aggressive on defense it seems like they
blitz on every down.
Santana blew the Komets out 42-12 a year ago, but it
will be nothing like that this time... Kearny 25-21.
OTAY RANCH at GROSSMONT, 7: Widespread illness
has been stalking the Foothillers this week, which could
result in a Friday night (Sept. 4) disaster in a season
opener against visiting Otay Ranch.
Id like to think well have everybody
back, said Grossmont coach RON MURPHY. It
really hurt losing to Otay last year on the final play
of the game when we missed that 40-yard field goal.
No doubt the Foothillers want to avenge that last-second
setback. Granted, Otay Ranch lost a lot of starters
from last years team but is bolstered by a 10-0
junior varsity squad.
It boils down to Grossmonts health and Otay Ranchs
experience... Otay Ranch 20-17.
ESCONDIDO CHARTER vs. FOOTHILLS CHRISTIAN, at Seau
Field 7: This one will be a shootout. A dozen starters
return for the White Tigers, including running back
Joseph Kanahele. He should have room to move since Escondido
Charter has some size up front.
Yet, the nod should go to the Knights, led by do-it-all
quarterback GARRETT CAMPBELL... Foothills 32-21.
Sat., Sept 5
CHRISTIAN vs. MAR VISTA, at Granite Hills, 7: Neither
team was overly impressive in its preseason scrimmage.
The highlight point for the Patriots was the kicking
of MICHAEL GRUBER, who booted a 58-yard field goal then
fell just short on a 60-yarder which smacked the crossbar.
The Patriots are not short of standouts, including
junior TYRONE SAULS (LB-TE) and senior offensive lineman
MATT KNIGHT (6-2, 240). Defense may be the strong suit.
Despite losing senior linebacker STEPHEN PITTS to a
high ankle sprain for at least four weeks, and entering
the campaign without an experienced quarterback the
Patriots should have enough firepower to submerge the
visiting Mariners for the 6th time in 10 meetings...
As much as it pains us, there will be no prep football
on Channel 4 this year, said prep football director
JASON BOTT, a resident of East County. This is my
baby. It personally really hurts me. Its not officially
dead forever the future is still up in the air.
Bottom line is money. According to station director
Dennis Morgigno, the goal of Channel 4 was to break
even, not to get rich. The situation has gotten worse
than that, as all involved have lost money.
The station will continue to carry the CIF San Diego
Section championship quadrupleheader from Qualcomm Stadium.
"The games were the victim of a couple of things,"
Morgigno told The North County Times. "First
and foremost was not finding an audience. Because we
couldn't find an audience, we couldn't find sponsors."
EXHIBITIONS CIF KICKOFF CLASSIC
Saturday, August 29 At Valhalla
Foothills Christian 12
Knights quarterback Garret
Campbell (left) receives strong pass protection
as he looks deep downfield. Campbell rushed
for one touchdown and returned the second-half
kickoff 98 yards for another score, but
Foothills fell late to the visitors from
(By Rod Villa, iCrew
ADDITIONAL PHOTOS HERE
Matadors running back
Derrick Dunn (6) powered a ground game which
steam-rolled over the visitors from the
Imperial Valey. In addition to five TD's
by the Mount Miguel offense, the defense
also blocked a punt to score a safety while
posting a shutout of the Bulldogs.
(By Rod Villa, iCrew
ADDITIONAL PHOTOS HERE
The above photos and slideshows courtesy
of iCrew Photos from Hilltop High School.
If you or your school would like to participate, contact
East County Sports.comHERE
The defense of the Norsemen
made several key second-half stops to preserve
the lead to defeat the visiting Wolverines
during the annual CIF Kickoff Classic, hosted
(Photos by Ed Piper)
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East County Composite Football Schedule
UPDATED: Sept. 1st
Sat., Aug 29
CIF Kickoff Classic, At Valhalla
Foothills Christian vs. Cathedral Central
(Lethbridge, Alberta), 2:30
Mount Miguel vs. Calexico, 5
Valhalla vs. Westview, 7:30
Fri., Sept. 4
Kearny at Santana, 7
Morse at Mount Miguel, 7
Otay Ranch at Grossmont, 7
Our Lady of Good Counsel (Olney, Md.) at
Point Loma at Monte Vista, 7
San Ysidro at Granite Hills, 7
University City at El Capitan, 7
Escondido Charter vs. Foothills Christian,
at Seau Field, 7
El Cajon Valley vs. Montgomery, at San Ysidro,
Helix at Rancho Buena Vista, 7
Steele Canyon at Cathedral Catholic, 7
West Hills at Patrick Henry, 7 Sat., Sept. 5
Mar Vista vs. Christian, at Valhalla, 7
Fri., Sept. 11
Monte Vista at El Cajon Valley, 7
Grossmont at Valhalla, 7
Steele Canyon at West Hills, 7
Mira Mesa at Helix, 7
Santana vs. Christian, at Granite Hills,
Granite Hills at Olympian, 7
El Capitan at Ramona, 7:30
Bye Mount Miguel Sat., Sept. 12
Foothills Christian at Las Vegas-Mountain
View Christian, 2
Fri., Sept. 18 Non-League El Capitan at Point Loma, 3
Granite Hills at El Cajon Valley, 7
Castle Park at Grossmont, 7
Cathedral at Helix, 7
Christian at Olympian, 7
Hoover vs. Foothills Christian, at Seau
Imperial at Santana, 7
Montgomery at Valhalla, 7
West Hills at Mount Miguel, 7 Sat., Sept. 19
Monte Vista at Santa Fe Christian, 2
Fri., Sept. 25
Mount Miguel at Serra, 6:30
Clairemont at West Hills, 7
Eastlake at Steele Canyon, 7
Morse at El Capitan, 7
Otay Ranch at Helix, 7
Sweetwater vs. Christian, at Granite Hills,
Monte Vista at Lincoln, 7
Santana at El Centro-Central, 7
Valhalla at Ramona, 7:30 Sat., Sept. 26
Grossmont at Santa Fe Christian, 2:30
Bye Granite Hills, Foothills Christian
Fri., Oct. 2 Non-League El Cajon Valley at Helix, 7
El Capitan at Monte Vista, 7
El Centro-Central at Granite Hills, 7
Grossmont at Mount Miguel, 7
Santana at Steele Canyon, 7
West Hills at Valhalla, 7 Southern League
Foothills Christian at Midway Baptist, 7 Sat., Oct. 3 Non-League Otay Ranch vs. Christian, at Granite
Fri., Oct. 9 Non-League Christian at El Cajon Valley, 7
Mount Miguel at El Capitan, 7
Steele Canyon at Grossmont, 7
Madison at Santana, 7
Granite Hills at West Hills, 7 Southern League
CV-Calvary Christian vs. Foothills Christian,
at Seau Field, 7
Bye Monte Vista, Valhalla
Fri., Oct. 16 Coastal League
Christian at Horizon, 3 Grossmont North League
El Capitan at Santana, 7
El Cajon Valley at West Hills, 7 Grossmont South League
Helix at Monte Vista, 7
Mount Miguel at Valhalla, 7
Steele Canyon at Granite Hills, 7 Southern League
Foothills Christian at Borrego Springs, 7
Fri., Oct. 23 Grossmont North League
Grossmont at El Capitan, 7
Santana at West Hills, 7 Grossmont South League
Valhalla at Monte Vista, 7
Helix at Steele Canyon, 7
Granite Hills at Mount Miguel, 7 Southern League
San Pasqual Acad. vs. Foothills Christian,
at Seau Field, 7 Non-League
Compton at El Cajon Valley, 7 Sat., Oct. 24 Coastal League
Christian at Santa Fe Christian, 2
Bye El Cajon Valley
Thur., Oct. 29 Southern League
Foothills Christian at SD Jewish Acad.,
3:30 Fri., Oct. 30 Grossmont North League
El Capitan at *El Cajon Valley, 6:30
Santana at *Grossmont, 7 Grossmont South League
Helix at Valhalla, 7
Monte Vista at *Granite Hills, 7
Mount Miguel at *Steele Canyon, 7
Bye West Hills, Christian
Fri., Nov. 6 Grossmont North League
Grossmont at El Cajon Valley, 6:30
West Hills at *El Capitan, 7 Grossmont South League
Granite Hills at *Helix, 7
Monte Vista at Mount Miguel, 7
Valhalla at Steele Canyon, 7 Southern League
Foothills Christian at Calvin Christian,
7 Sat., Nov. 7 Coastal League
The Bishops vs. *Christian at Granite
Bye - Santana
Fri., Nov. 13 Coastal League
Francis Parker vs. Christian, at Valhalla,
7 Grossmont North League
El Cajon Valley at *Santana, 7
West Hills at Grossmont, 7 Grossmont South League
Mount Miguel at Helix, 7
Steele Canyon at Monte Vista, 7
Valhalla at Granite Hills, 7 Southern League
Julian vs. Foothills Christian, at Seau
Bye El Capitan
7th annual Kickoff Classic
Fri., Aug. 28,
At Ramona Olympian vs. Imperial, 5:30;
Rancho Bernardo at Ramona, 8. Sat., Aug. 29, At Valhalla Foothills
Christian vs. Catholic Central (Alberta), 2:30;
Mount Miguel vs. Calexico, 5; Westview at Valhalla,
No one is actually sure why the veteran Norseman coach
has chosen to hang that handle on his premier passer,
but Thomas was firing bullets with pinpoint accuracy
during his junior season during Suttons second
year at calling the plays.
Coach has done a lot to make us a better football
team in his two years here, Thomas said. It
starts with getting up at 5:30 in the morning all summer,
lifting weights and playing in as many passing tournaments
as we can.
Coming off his junior season when he passed for 3,159
yards and 28 touchdowns on 246-of-360 accuracy, Thomas
attracted college scouts by the dozens. He was offered
recruiting trips by the handfuls, but made actual official
visits to Boston College, Maryland, Northwestern, Colorado
State and Arizona State. He also was accepted at Harvard
where only academic scholarships apply.
On top of that, Thomas and his family toured the country
last summer, visiting colleges showing interest in the
6-foot-5, 210 pound quarterback.
When we weighed all the pros and cons it always
came back to Arizona State as the best fit for me,
Thus, Thomas recently made a verbal commitment to Arizona
State . He will enroll at the Tempe , Ariz. university
in time for the 2010 season.
Three factors led to Thomass final decision.
No. 1: I guess the biggest thing is they run
a pro style offense similar to what we do at Valhalla
only a lot more sophisticated, he said.
No. 2: They play in the Pac-10 which is something
Ive always wanted to do.
No. 3: ASU is a lot closer to home than many
of the others, which isnt a big deal, but it does
allow my parents a chance to attend more games.
College footballs elite institutions have been
in pursuit of Thomas for more than a year. At the top
of the list is USC.
They approached me, but never made any firm offers,
Thomas said. Same is true with several schools of that
Im happy with my decision, Thomas
said. I have family living out there and that
made it a more comfortable fit.
Playing for Arizona States father-son coaching
tandem of Dennis and Bryce Erickson is another plus
in Thomas eyes. The young recruit finds Xs and
Os on the Sun Devils drawing board as magnetic.
Coach Dennis has won two national college championships
and coached in the NFL, Thomas said. He
definitely knows how to develop quarterbacks.
With his future planned, Thomas believes he can take
a clearer focus on his final season. Valhalla fell one
victory short of claiming the San Diego CIF Division
III championship, falling in the final, 49-13, to Cathedral
We plan to have a better finish this year, Thomas
Thomas will graduate next January.
Ill be able to get to Tempe early enough
to compete for the starting job as a true freshman,
PREP FOOTBALL RANKINGS
FINAL 2008 POLL (First-place votes in parenthesis)
1. Cathedral (12)
2. Oceanside (9)
3. La Costa Canyon
5. Valley Center
6. Escondido 7. Valhalla
Honorable Mention: Francis
Parker (21), Mission Hills (12), Carlsbad (9), Poway
(7), Vista (4), Scripps Ranch (4).
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).
Fri., Dec. 11
DIVISION I Eastlake 21, Vista 14
DIVISION II Oceanside 26, HELIX 10
DIVISION III Cathedral Catholic 20, Point Loma 14
DIVISION V Francis Parker 55, The Bishop's 20
Sat., Dec. 12
DIVISION IV Mission Bay vs. Valley Center, at Southwestern College
Fri., Dec. 4
DIVISION I Vista 47, La Costa Canyon 7
Eastlake 35, Escondido 14
DIVISION II Oceanside 28, Mission Hills 7 HELIX 17, Scripps Ranch 6 DIVISION III Cathedral 42, St. Augustine 3 Point Loma 30, STEELE CANYON 26
DIVISION IV Mission Bay 58, Santa Fe Chr. 42
Valley Center 16, Madison 6
DIVISION V Francis Parker 42, La Jolla Country Day 14
The Bishop's 28, CHRISTIAN 27
Fri., Dec. 27
DIVISION I La Costa Canyon 21, Torrey Pines 7
Vista 27, Fallbrook 7
Escondido 47, Mira Mesa 21
Eastlake 42, El Camino 7 DIVISION II
Oceanside 38, Mt. Carmel 14
Mission Hills 35, GROSSMONT 7
Scripps Ranch 30, Lincoln 27
HELIX 24, VALHALLA 20
DIVISION III Cathedral 27, EL CAPITAN 6
St. Augustine 42, Serra 7
Point Loma 42, MOUNT MIGUEL 35
STEELE CANYON 49, Ramona 14 DIVISION IV
Mission Bay 56, Coronado 17
Santa Fe Christian 40, Olympian 14
Madison 48, El Centro-Central 6
Valley Center 49, La Jolla 6
DIVISION V Francis Parker 56, Calvin Christian 27
La Jolla Country Day 56, Tri-City Christian 0
The Bishop's 22, FOOTHILLS CHRISTIAN 7
CHRISTIAN 51, Horizon 35
Fri., Dec. 20
(1) La Costa Canyon (10-0) - bye
Torrey Pines (5-5-1) 27, Otay Ranch (3-7-1) 17
Fallbrook (3-8) 7, Rancho Bernardo (8-3) 6
(4) Vista (8-2) - bye
(3) Escondido (7-2-1) - bye
Mira Mesa (7-4) 48, Carlsbad (3-8) 29
El Camino (4-7) 31, Chula Vista (6-5) 7
(2) Eastlake (8-0-2) - bye
(1) Cathedral Catholic (9-1) bye
EL CAPITAN (7-4) 35, Brawley (8-3) 10
St. Augustine (8-3) 42, Mar Vista (5-6) 20
(4) Serra (6-4) bye
(3) Point Loma (7-3) bye
MOUNT MIGUEL (8-2-1) 45, Hoover (6-5) 14
STEELE CANYON (7-3-1) 28, San Marcos (4-7) 20
(2) Ramona (8-2) bye
(1) Mission Bay (10-0) bye
Coronado (7-4) 56, Escondido Charter (8-3) 14
Olympian (11-0) 45, SANTANA (2-9) 7
(4) Santa Fe Christian (9-1) bye
(3) Madison (9-1) bye
El Centro-Central (9-2) 51, Clairemont (4-7) 26
La Jolla (5-6) 38, Palo Verde Valley (5-6) 32
(2) Valley Center (9-1) bye
(1) Francis Parker (8-2) bye
Calvin Christian (8-3) 13, Calipatria (6-5) 10
Sat., Nov. 21: Tri-City Christian (8-2-1) 56, SD Jewish Academy (6-32)
(4) La Jolla Country Day (9-1) bye
(3) The Bishop's (6-4) bye
FOOTHILLS CHRISTIAN (7-4) 28, Army-Navy (5-5-1) 8
Horizon (3-8) 21, Mountain Empire (6-5) 20
(2) CHRISTIAN (6-4) bye
Fri., Sept. 4 El Cajon Valley 40, Montgomery 24
Grossmont 16, Otay Ranch 14
West Hills 28, Patrick Henry 20
El Capitan 32, University City 0
Santana 52, Kearny 13
Helix 23, Rancho Buena Vista 19
Mount Miguel 35, Morse 14
Cathedral Catholic 27, Steele Canyon 7
Point Loma 14, Monte Vista 6
Our Lady of Good Counsel (Md.) 28, Valhalla 16
Granite Hills 31, San Ysidro 0
Escondido Charter 69, Foothills Christian 41
CV-Calvary 34, Vincent Memorial 0 Sat., Sept. 5
Christian 21, Mar Vista 0
Fri., Sept. 11 Monte Vista 34, El Cajon Valley 21
Valhalla 34, Grossmont 7
Steele Canyon 48, West Hills 28
Helix 43, Mira Mesa 35
Christian 41, Santana 14
Olympian 41, Granite Hills 21
Ramona 9, El Capitan 0
Bye Mount Miguel
Sat., Sept. 12 LV-Mountain View Christian 46, Foothills Christian 0
Thurs., Sept. 17
Southern League San Diego Jewish 38, CV-Calvary 0
Fri., Sept. 18
Granite Hills 42, El Cajon Valley 26
Mount Miguel 35, West Hills 7
Grossmont 42, Castle Park 0
Santana 18, Imperial 16
Valhalla 28, Montgomery 3
Cathedral Catholic 41, Helix 17
Hoover 55, Foothills Christian 0
Olympian 21, Christian 17
Point Loma 9, El Capitan 7
Mission Bay 43, Francis Parker 28
The Bishop's 14, La Jolla Country Day 13
Mountain Empire 26, Julian 0
SJC-St. Margaret's 41, Horizon 21
Calipatria 13, Borrego Springs 0 Southern League
San Pasqual Acad. 25, Midway Baptist 6 Sat., Sept. 19
Santa Fe Christian 42, Monte Vista 6
WEEK FOUR Fri., Sept. 25
Non-League Christian 29, Sweetwater 14
Helix 26, Otay Ranch 14
West Hills 38, Clairemont 17
Eastlake 38, Steele Canyon 13
El Centro-Central 37, Santana 29
Lincoln 41, Monte Vista 7
Morse 27, El Capitan 21
Ramona 37, Valhalla 31
Serra 31, Mount Miguel 17
Francis Parker 41, Imperial 6
Mar Vista 33, The Bishop's 19
The Rock 37, CV-Calvary Christian 0
Escondido Charter 35, San Pasqual A. 17 Southern League
San Diego Jewish 27, Julian 14
Sat., Sept. 26 Non-League
Santa Fe Christian 24, Grossmont 13
Tri-City Christian 42, Calvin Christian 7
Thurs., Oct. 1
Southern League Calvin Christian 24, San Pasqual Acad. 10 San Diego Jewish 10, Borrego Springs 0
Fri., Oct. 2
Helix 41, El Cajon Valley 12
El Capitan 27, Monte Vista 13
Granite Hills 38, El Centro-Central 13
Mount Miguel 49, Grossmont 20
Steele Canyon 42, Santana 0
Valhalla 48, West Hills 7
Santa Fe Christian 42, La Jolla 21
Horizon 21, Palo Verde Valley 14
La Jolla Country Day 49, Mtn. Empire 8 Southern League
Foothills Christian 34, Midway Baptist 24
Julian 40, Calvary Chr.-CV 8 Sat., Oct. 3
Otay Ranch 30, Christian 7
The Bishop's 52, Tijuana Federal Prep 12
Fri., Oct. 9
Foothills Christian 47, CV-Calvary Chr. 7
Calvin Christian 50, Midway Baptist 8
San Pasqual Aca. 48, Borrego Springs 6 Non-League
West Hills 27, Granite Hills 26
Christian 36, El Cajon Valley 22
Steele Canyon 35, Grossmont 7
Madison 27, Santana 0
Mount Miguel 27, El Capitan 15
Army-Navy Acad. 24, Mountain Empire 0
Francis Parker 49, Laguna Beach 24
Linfield Christian 28, Horizon 7
Bye Helix, Monte Vista, Valhalla, Julian, San Diego Jewish,
Santa Fe Christian, The Bishop's
Thurs., Oct. 15
Southern League Calvin Christian 28, San Diego Jewish 17
Fri., Oct. 16
Grossmont North League
West Hills 24, El Cajon Valley 24, tie (West Hills wins CIF
tiebreak, 40-38, 4OT)
El Capitan 21, Santana 0 Grossmont South League
Steele Canyon 41, Granite Hills 34
Helix 17, Monte Vista 14
Valhalla 36, Mount Miguel 29 Southern League
Foothills Christian 48, Borrego Springs 0
Midway Baptist 50, Julian 12
San Pasqual Acad. 57, CV-Calvary Chr. 0 Coastal League
Francis Parker 52, The Bishop's 24 Pacific League
Mountain Empire 27, Escondido Charter 21 Sat., Oct. 17
Christian 28, Horizon 7 Non-League
Santa Fe Christian 39, Coronado 17
Thurs., Oct. 22
Southern League San Diego Jewish 27, Midway Baptist 14
Fri., Oct. 23 Grossmont North League
West Hills 35, Santana 14
El Capitan 16, Grossmont 13 Grossmont South League
Valhalla 35, Monte Vista 14
Steele Canyon 31, Helix 14
Mount Miguel 38, Granite Hills 21 Southern League
Foothills Christian 20, San Pasqual A. 13
Julian 10, Borrego Springs 0
Calvin Christian 49, CV-Calvary Christian 13 Non-League
Compton at El Cajon Valley, ccd.
The Bishop's 56, The Rock Academy 0 Sat., Oct. 24 Coastal League
Santa Fe Christian 33, Christian 13
Francis Parker 45, Horizon 16
Thur., Oct. 29
Foothills Christian 21, SD Jewish Acad. 0 Fri., Oct. 30
Grossmont North League
El Capitan 42, El Cajon Valley 26
Grossmont 35, Santana 21 Grossmont South League
Valhalla 28, Helix 14
Mount Miguel 21, Steele Canyon 21 (tie), Matadors win CIF
tiebreaker, 28-21 (1-OT)
Monte Vista 24, Granite Hills 23 Southern League
San Pasqual Aca. 27, Midway Baptist 6
Calvin Christian 38, Julian 0
Borrego Spirngs 2, CV-Calvary Chr. 0, fft. Sat., Oct. 31
Francis Parker 31, Santa Fe Christian 20
The Bishop's 53, Horizon 34
Bye Christian, West Hills
Fri., Nov. 6
Grossmont North League
Grossmont 28, El Cajon Valley 0
El Capitan 35, West Hills 0 Grossmont South League
Helix 49, Granite Hills 17
Mount Miguel 28, Monte Vista 21
Valhalla 14, Steele Canyon 7 Southern League
Calvin Christian 14, Foothills Christian 10
San Pasqual Ac. 43, Julian 7
Midway Baptist 18, Borrego Springs 0
San Diego Jewish vs. CV-Calvary Chr., played Sept. 17
Christian 21, The Bishop's 7
Santa Fe Christian 40, Horizon 21 Non-League
Francis Parker 56, San Diego 26
Bye - Santana
Thurs., Nov. 12
Southern League San Diego Jewish 27, San Pasqual Ac. 0
Fri., Nov. 13
Foothills Christian 41, Julian 6
Calvin Christain 42, Borrego Springs 6
Midway Baptist 38, CV-Calvary Chr. 8 Coastal League
Francis Parker 30, Christian 0
Santa Fe Christian 40, The Bishop's 15 Grossmont North League
El Cajon Valley 42, Santana 35
Grossmont 26, West Hills 14 Grossmont South League
Mount Miguel 44, Helix 21
Valhalla 49, Granite Hills 14
Steele Canyon 35, Monte Vista 14
Bye El Capitan
Mar Vista (at Val.)
Santana (at GH)
Sweetwater (at GH)
Otay Ranch (at GH)
at El Cajon Valley
*at Santa Fe Christian
*The Bishop's (at GH)
*Francis Parker (at Val.)
**Horizon (at GH)
**The Bishop's (at GH)
at Rancho Buena Vista
El Cajon Valley
*at Monte Vista
*at Steele Canyon
**at Scripps Ranch
at LV-Mountain View
*at Midway Baptist
*at Borrego Springs
*San Pasqual Academy
*at San Diego Jewish
*at Calvin Christian
**at Army-Navy (at El Camino)
**at The Bishop's (at La Jolla)
Home Games at Junior
Seau Field, at Parkway Middle School