Obviously that (field position) makes a big difference,
El Capitan coach RON BURNER said. We were able
to capitalize on those opportunities, and that was the
In spoiling Monte Vistas homecoming and a huge
game by Monarchs quarterback MAURICE PAYNE, El Capitan
(2-3) snapped a three-game losing streak, while Monte
Vista (1-4) has now lost three in a row.
Depending on your perspective and jersey colors, it
was either a bundle of big plays by the Vaqueros or
a bunch of blown plays by the Monarchs that gave El
Capitan a 27-0 first-half lead.
We played as bad as we could have played in the
first half and made as many mistakes as we could have,
Monte Vista coach PAGE CULVER said. I dont
have an adjective to adequately describe how bad that
It started with El Capitan's ROBERT CRAIGHEAD returning
the opening kickoff 32-yards to the 50-yard line. Ten
plays later, senior MARK SCHARFENBERG scored on a quarterback
sneak from 1 yard out for a 7-0 lead.
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Granite Hills 43, El Centro-Central 22
Steele Canyon 40, Santana 0
Valhalla 55, West Hills 7
Mount Miguel 14, Grossmont 0
Otay Ranch 56, Christian 7
Monte Vista 15, El Capitan 12
Helix 28, ECVHS 7
North: Grossmont 3-2, El Capitan 3-2,
Santana 3-2, ECVHS 0-4, West Hills 0-4. Grossmont South: Granite Hills 4-0,
Mount Miguel 3-1, Steele Canyon 3-1, Helix
4-1, Monte Vista 3-2, Valhalla 3-2. Others:
Granite Hills 28, El Centro-Central 6
Steele Canyon 16, Santana 2
West Hills 24, Valhalla 21
Grossmont 20, Mount Miguel 7
El Capitan 34, Monte Vista 7
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Morse 20, El Capitan 6
North: Grossmont 3-2, El Capitan 3-2,
Santana 2-2, West Hills (unknown).
Grossmont South: Granite Hills 4-0, Helix
3-0, Valhalla 4-1, Mount Miguel 2-2, Steele
Canyon 2-2, Monte Vista (unknown).
On the next possession from their 35-yard line, the Vaqueros
marched 65 yards in nine plays, and MATT BURKETT scored
the first of his two 5-yard touchdown runs to make it
13-0. The big play in the drive was Scharfenberg finding
Craighead on a 23-yard reception.
To finish Monte Vistas ensuing possession, a
high snap allowed El Capitan to tackle Monarchs punter
ALEX ROSSELL for a 14-yard loss and take over possession
at the 12-yard line.
Three plays later, the 6-foot-4, 230-pound Craighead
pulled in a high pass from Scharfenberg at the 3 and
bulled into the end zone for a 19-yard scoring play.
Scharfenberg then found MARQUISE HAWKINS in the end
zone for the 2-point conversion, giving the Vaqueros
a 21-0 lead.
A high snap allowed El Capitan's JAKE BURTON to block
Rossells next attempted punt, and DILLIAN SCHLOTTER
recovered the loose ball on the 5-yard line. Two plays
later, it was 27-0 as Burkett scored his fourth touchdown
of the season.
Asked to describe the first half, Burkett said, Thats
gold. Thats just El Cap football. Thats
our A game.
Scharfenberg was 9-of-12 for 108 yards in the first
half en route to a 15-for-24 performance for 172 yards,
with one TD and two interceptions.
Mark had a good game, Burner said. Hes
a senior playing his first season as a varsity starter.
Hes got to cram his junior year and senior year
into one year, and hes learning. Hes getting
better every week.
Craighead finished with four receptions for 87 yards
and the nice TD catch-and-run.
Hes a big target, Scharfenberg said.
Its hard to miss him. Hes always open,
and hes got some big paws.
Payne finished with 25 carries for 174 yards and fourth-quarter
TD runs of 20 and 3 yards. He also completed 15-of-29
passes for 139 yards with two interceptions.
Hes an interesting kid, Culver said.
He has those special qualities, and some nights,
like this one, he shines.
All totaled, Monte Vista had 316 yards and 15 first
downs to El Capitan's 249 yards and 13 first downs.
We played hard in the second half, Culver
said. That was a much better effort than the first
Monte Vista's SHERVIN IRANIHA caught 9 passes for 69
yards, giving him 20 receptions for the season.
With stars RYAN LINDLEY and TANNER RUST under center
the past five years, El Capitan was widely known as
an offensive juggernaut. Now, its a defense allowing
only 11.6 points per game that is setting the tone for
I think people are respecting our defense a lot
more these days, said BUBBA PROUTY, who had a
key interception in the fourth quarter. Teams
have to game-plan against our defense a little more
now. They had so much to worry about with our offense
the past few years. Now, they have to worry about our
Burner agreed, saying the intensity and experience
of second-year defensive coordinator JUDD HULBERT is
having a remarkable effect on the defensive unit.
I dont like to worry about defense,
Burner said. I let Judd do that, and hes
doing a great job. He brings an intensity with him and
a style we like.
RYAN McBURNEY also had an interception for the Vaqueros.
Monte Vista got interceptions from ANDREAS SANCHEZ
and GILBERT BATES.
HELIX 41, EL CAJON VALLEY 12 The 10th-ranked
Highlanders were expected to roll over visiting El Cajon
Valley, and by the final score of Friday nights
(Oct. 2) non-league tussle it could be said that Helix
did just that.
The excitement of the Helix Homecoming added to the
triumph, which raised the Highlanders record to
But the Highlanders may have paid a hefty price, as
sophomore quarterback JAKE REED was injured in the opening
moments of the game. Reed hobbled off the field with
a knee injury.
He twisted a knee and is scheduled for an MRI
on Saturday, said Helix coach TROY STARR. It
doesnt look good but you never know until we get
a medical report. I guess you could say hes day-to-day.
Fortunately we have a bye next week so it will give
him extra time to heal. Hopefully its not too
Sophomore JIMMY PRUITT took over for Reed and did a
solid job, passing for two touchdowns and scoring two
Our backup quarterback was shaky at the start
but our players rallied around him, Starr noted.
The 5-foot-10, 165-pound Pruitt completed 7 of 12 passes
for 118 yards, including an 11-yard touchdown pass to
CAMERON LEE and a 72-yard scoring strike to AUSTIN GONZALEZ
to make it 28-0 at halftime.
Pruitt scored both of Helix 2nd half touchdowns
on runs of 4 and 43 yards.
Sophomore running back CHRIS HUNTER led the Helix ground
game with 109 yards and one touchdown on 11 carries.
Starr focused on his defense.
AKIDA CUNNINGHAM had four sacks and GARY THOMPSON had
two for the Highlanders as El Cajon Valley quarterback
ALEX HANN was sacked eight times for 56 yards in losses.
A standout every game has been sophomore safety KACY
SMITH, the Highlanders leading tackler for the
first half of the season. Smith also contributed to
the scoring as he blocked a punt and carried it the
final yard into the endzone, staking the Highlanders
to a 21-0 first quarter lead.
Smith also had an interception and a dozen tackles.
Hann completed 15 of 28 passes for 170 yards, including
scoring strikes of 23 yards to JIMMY TRAYLOR and 43
yards to PATRICK JOHNSON in the 4th quarter.
It was a tough one tonight, said El Cajon
Valley coach DANNY GOODRICH. Helix is really good.
They are a young and talented team. Their program is
where we all aspire to be. We got good pressure on their
quarterback when they tried to throw.
AJ WHITE led the Braves with 55 yards on 12 rushes.
He also caught two passes for 20 yards.
Johnson led the Braves receivers with 6 catches
for 77 yards.
STEELE CANYON 42, SANTANA 0 Senior running
back COLIN MARTIN spends the majority of Steele Canyon
s daily practices executing plays for the scout
team. In other words, he runs the plays of the opposition
the Cougars are slated to face on the upcoming Friday.
Martin got more bang for his effort in Fridays
(Oct. 2) Steele Canyon romp over the visiting Sultans.
In fact, the 5-foot-7, 168-pound Martin was the leading
rusher with 173 yards on a mere seven carries. That
included a 3-yard scoring dash in the 1st half and a
50-yard scoring burst during a running clock in the
Hes been awesome in practice for us,
Cougars coach RON BOEHMKE said. Colin would see
a lot more playing time on some teams. But here hes
behind two guys with excellent speed ALEX PERLIN
and JAKE WRAGG. But he certainly is going to rotate
in when those guys need a breather.
Perlin scored three touchdowns against Santana, two
on first quarter rushes of 27 and 16 yards. A quarter
later Perlin reeled in a 15-yard scoring pass from quarterback
Then it was Martins turn.
This was my best high school game ever,
Martin said. It was exciting my line gave
me a lot of holes to run through.
Despite averaging 25 yards per carry Martin was not
Im not real fast, I mean I dont have
sprinter speed like some guys on our team, he
said. I try to look at myself as being quick and
shifty. You know I really wasnt nervous out there,
but I was pumped up. I was relaxed and I did what I
knew I can do.
Steele Canyons JOSEPH CISNEROS accounted for
the Cougars other TD on a 23-yard run to close
out the 1st half with the Cougars leading 35-0.
Perlin finished with 105 yards on just seven carries.
Wragg chipped in 57 yards on seven carries.
This was a fun game for us because a lot of guys
that dont usually get to play, got to play,
coach Boemke said.
It was the longest of nights for Santana, however.
The Sultans played without quarterback ZACH BREIDT,
who suffered a bruised collarbone during the waning
minutes of Wednesday nights practice.
When we came out Friday for pre-game warm-ups,
there was Breidt, warming up, Gross said. I
said did you get a release from your doctor or your
parents. He said no. There was no way I
was going to play that kid under those circumstances.
Thats a major loss for Santana (2-3) considering
Breidt figures in almost every play. He averages 217
yards total offense and has had a hand in 12 touchdowns.
Gross expects him back next week when the Sultans host
The Sultans were limited to 78 yards in the game.
We were in survival mode all night, Gross
MOUNT MIGUEL 49, GROSSMONT 20 With their
ears still burning from last weeks slap in the face
delivered by Serra, the Mount Miguel Matadors returned
home to take their anger out on the Grossmont Foothillers
Friday night (Oct. 2).
Senior running back DERALL HUNTER made his intentions
known all night as he rushed for 132 yards and 3 touchdowns
on 18 carries. He also caught a 63-yard scoring pass
from quarterback BRANDON RAMOS to help Mount Miguel
take a 42-7 lead in the 3rd quarter.
It was a special night for Hunter, who established
two Mount Miguel career scoring records points
(212) and touchdowns (35) at the Foothillers
In the exuberance of the Mount Miguel faithful, it
was announced that Hunter had also captured the career
rushing record. NOT TRUE.
ON THE RUN
Mount Miguel Career
(Through Oct. 3rd)
EARL BRYERS, who surrendered the scoring and touchdowns
records to Hunter, maintains the Mount Miguel career rushing
record with 2,760 yards set during the 1989-91 seasons.
In fact, Hunter stands second, passing Mount Miguels
other all-time career rushers FREDDY CAESAR (2,282, 1977-78)
and KASHUN McCLAY (2,234, 1999-2000).
For the record Hunters rushing total stands at
2,718 yards at the moment. Of course, the season is
not even half over and the Matadors are 3-1 with six
regular season games remaining and a solid chance of
making the playoffs. So the career rushing record will
likely land in Hunters lap as long as he stays
I knew about the records going into this game
because everybody kept talking about them, Hunter
said. But thats not what I had on my mind.
After that loss to Serra (last week) all I could think
about was getting a W and getting our momentum
Hunter couldnt help but admit that he was proud
of putting his name at the top of two categories in
the Mount Miguel record book.
I dont slack I work hard in practice
as much as I do in the games, he said. I
didnt run any harder this week to get the records
than I do in any other week. I just try to run strong
and stay healthy.
Although Grossmont was never really in the game, the
Foothillers did get two touchdown passes from quarterback
TYLER MUTTER and a 65-yard scoring dash by RONNIE DODD.
Dodd led the Foothillers with 133 all-purpose yards.
Mutter completed 8 of 16 passes for 139 yards, including
touchdown passes to DESEAN WATERS and DIMITRI SCOTT.
VALHALLA 48, WEST HILLS 7 Rancho San
Diego is usually a quiet, peaceful neighborhood, but
the bombs were bursting in mid-air there Friday night
(Oct. 2) as Valhalla's senior quarterback PETE THOMAS
had the artillery at full strength, hurling 4 touchdown
passes against visiting West Hills, leading the Norsemen
to a 48-7 shellacking of the Wolfpack.
Valhalla coach STEVE SUTTON had to be a little nervous
at game-time since this was the first meeting against
the Santee team he coached for 17 years before moving
on to Valhalla three years ago.
It didn't help when West Hills' MICHAEL SCALES returned
the opening kickoff 33 yards to the Wolf Pack 43-yard
line. The visitors promptly marched to the Norsemen
17-yard line, led by senior running back NICK McDANIEL,
following several key blocks by junior guard NINO LARUSSA.
The drive stalled there, however, as Valhalla defenders
SHANE PENNIX, DAVID BELL and LEONARD PANNEK imitated
a brick wall, forcing a 34-yard field goal attempt that
just missed splitting the uprights.
Taking over on their 20, the Norsemen artillery crew
went to work. After a 7-yard run by THOMAS KITZMILLER,
Thomas launched a 39-yard pass to MATT SWANGER for a
first down at the Wolf Pack 34-yard line. Quickly reloading,
Thomas shot off another bomb, this time to wide receiver
MIKE BAZZI for a 34-yard touchdown. NICK GIANDONI supplied
the PAT, giving Valhalla the early lead, 7-0, mid-way
through the first quarter.
After West Hills' first possession, Valhalla 's defense
did not allow the visitors another first down for the
rest of the half. Valhalla 's offense was another story.
Thomas hit NINO MALLORY for a 14-yard TD pass with 53
seconds remaining in the initial period, but Giandoni's
PAT attempt bounced off the upright, making the score
The first play of the second quarter turned the game
into a rout. Pennix batted a pass to Valhalla defensive
tackle ANTHONY TOMA, who took the interception to the
endzone for a 29-yard touchdown. Giandoni's kick was
true; it was 20-0 only 11 seconds into the second stanza.
The rout turned into a major disaster for the Santee
lads on the ensuing kickoff when Valhalla linebacker
ALEJANDRO SAVIN forced a fumble that was recovered by
his teammate ANDREW QUARTUCCIO at the West Hills 42-yard
line. Five plays later, Thomas found JAMES LEIGHTON
wide open in the endzone for a 24-yard touchdown, increasing
the lead to 27-0 following the PAT, at the 10:11 mark
To start the second half, Thomas brought out the long-range
guns when he rifled the ball to JEVON HASTEN for a 68-yard
touchdown pass, the longest of the season for Arizona
State-bound Thomas, and increasing Valhalla 's lead
to 34-0, with 10:47 remaining in the third quarter.
Senior running back TRAIVONNE BROWN (9 carries for 86
yards) added a 19-yard TD run up the middle, widening
the score to 41-0, with 47 seconds left in the third
Pennix started off the 4th quarter with a bang, returning
an interception for a 17-yard touchdown only 10 seconds
into the last quarter. After Giandoni connected again
on the PAT attempt, Valhalla led 48-0.
Through three periods of play, Valhalla 's defense
limited West Hills to 87 yards of total offense. The
Wolf Pack did put together a 16-play drive that took
up most of the 4th quarter, when quarterback ADRIAN
MARAZITI scored on a 1-yard run; KYLE VELOVICH's kick
was good, ending the scoring at 48-7.
Thomas played less than 3 quarters, but threw for 297
yards and 4 TDs, completing 16 of 24 passes with one
Valhalla amassed 435 yards total offense, with seven
different players scoring touchdowns, while its defense
held West Hills to 173 yards total offense.
Hoping for a fast start, West Hills took the opening
kickoff and drove downfield but missed a field goal.
After West Hills first drive our defense
put the clamps on their offense, Sutton said.
GRANITE HILLS 38, EL CENTRO-CENTRAL 13
Things are going pretty much to plan the way Granite
Hills coach RANDY DeWITT sees it.
The way we stacked our schedule was that every
week the competition was going to get tougher,
DeWitt said. So far thats panned out.
After falling behind 7-0 early in the 2nd quarter the
Eagles scored 38 unanswered points to roll their record
FRANTZ LAROQUE led a potent ground game for the Eagles,
stacking up 129 yards and 2 touchdowns on 14 carries.
FREDDY HALTON chipped in with 62 yards on 12 carries.
This is no one-dimensional effort for Granite Hills
as CORY LOCKMAN completed 11 of 16 passes for 220 yards
and a pair of TDs.
Not surprisingly, Laroque was on the scoring end of
one of Lockmans tosses, covering 37 yards to give
Granite Hills a 38-7 advantage in the 4th quarter.
Its always tough coming off a bye week,
said DeWitt. We were sluggish at first but we
got things together in the 2nd quarter. We did a good
job of controlling the line of scrimmage on both sides
of the ball. Our defense really stepped up tonight.
Central has a pretty good offense and our defense kept
them under control.
Senior BRIAN CARROLL, a two-way starter, led the Eagles
with 3 receptions for 51 yards and totaled 117 all-purpose
yards on the night.
One of our goals was to have a winning record
going into league, and we have accomplished that,
added DeWitt. The kids were really excited after
the game. They are starting to believe in themselves.
FOOTHILLS CHRISTIAN 34, MIDWAY BAPTIST 24
CALEB GARDNER led a 202-yard rushing attack by the Knights
with 24 carries and 106 yards in Friday (Oct. 2) nights
Southern League opening victory at Midway Baptist in
GARRET CAMPBELL, coming off a season-opening game injury,
contributed with 67 yards rushing, 61 yards passing
and returned the second half kickoff 88 yards for a
score to add to the defending league champions surge.
But Foothills also played some defense, CODY LEWIS,
SAM MARTIN and AJ "Thunder Midget" HOFFMAN
all had interceptions leading to points by the offense.
ROBERT KAKOS led the Knight defense with 8 tackles,
2 assists and 2 sacks. Lewis had 3 tackles 3 assists
and one pick.
Offensive line coach SCOT WOLFE made critical adjustments
with Foothills line splits and the Knights
began attacking the Patriots with a scissor trap, which
was good for 4 touchdowns.
Left tackle Lewis made a suggestion at halftime
based on their end play and it too contributed to our
success running the ball so well in the second half,
said Foothills Christian coach STEVE PERDUE. We
also received outstanding line play by LUKE VAN NORTWICK,
who has been sidelined most of the last year and a half
with a bad back. It was great to get him going.
Our defense spent an hour and 40 minutes on team
defense when we returned from Pine Valley retreat at
noon yesterday, said Perdue. (Assistant coach)
THOM LUBIC made some great game time adjustments after
the first quarter and our kids, tired from an odd week
and at least 4 kids playing sick, responded to the Lubic
All in all it was not pretty, added Perdue,
but we did enough things well to finally get our
Foothills Christian is only 1-3 overall, but unbeaten
where it counts most.
OTAY RANCH 30, CHRISTIAN 7 The visiting
Mustangs raced to a 24-0 halftime lead, then pushed the
margin to 30 before the Patriots connected for a cosmetic
score in the final moments of Saturday's (Oct. 3) non-league
contest at Valley Stadium.
The decision begs the question: What is Christian doing
playing a SDCIF Division I school with six times greater
student enrollment? Conversely, what was Otay Ranch
thinking when scheduling the Division V Patriots?
Nevertheless, there was little surprise when the deeper,
stronger visitors from the South Bay marched 80 and
79 yards on their first two drives to quickly jump to
a 14-0 advantage. Mustangs running back Ernie Hicks
led a ground attack by gaining 122 of the team's 364
rushing yards. Meanwhile, quarterback Juan Leary ran
15 times for 121 yards, and completed 5-of-9 passses
for 57 yards and a touchdown.
"No doubt, they were the better team," noted
Patriots coach MATT OLIVER. "But this will make
us a better team."
Despite the margin, Oliver was still pleased with the
"We played good defense all game, even though
they got a good push from their offensive line in the
first half," added the coach. "And I'm sure
glad we brought TYRONE SAULS along -- he made almost
every tackle for us tonight."
Sauls, who has yet to play at 100 percent health all
season, was among the tacklers on more than 20 stops
in the contest.
But the Patriots, even though it was just a moral victory,
was pleased by out-scoring Otay Ranch in the second
half, 7-6, and that the Mustangs re-inserted much of
their starting offense, including Hicks, for their lone
score of the second half.
Christian (3-2) finished the season by splitting four
games against South Bay opposition, soundly downing
Mar Vista (21-0) and Sweetwater (29-14), while getting
nipped by Olympian (21-17).
For Otay Ranch (1-3-1), the triumph was its first of
the season following a narrow 2-point setback to Grossmont
to open the campaign, then a 21-21 tie with Rancho Buena
Vista before falling to Helix, 26-14, last week.
"We're trying build a team bond, so it doesn't
matter who we play we only try to worry about
ourselves," said Mustangs strong safety Jonathan
Bajet, a team captain. "We're a young team, so
we're just trying to take things one step at a time."
Added Hicks, "We're just trying to do whatever
we need to for a win. This was our first one, so it
doesn't matter who we play. It will also get us ready
for our league opener (next week against Bonita Vista)."
The Pats lone score came with 2:03 remaining.
Following a 22-yard runback of an interception by cornerback
MARTIN RUIZ, Christian quarterback SHANE DILLON was
able to turn a pair of Mustangs cornerbacks around.
The first resulted in a pass interference call along
the left sideline to gain a 1st-and-goal at the Otay
Ranch 8. The next was a high lob to the right side,
where WILL MARTIN out-leaped a defender for a 5-yard
The Mustangs also feature Niall Wilkinson, who is among
the San Diego Section's top placekickers. He easily
converted a 49-yard field goal for a 17-0 lead in the
second quarter, then boomed almost every kickoff for
a touchback. Later, Wilkinson was just short on a 56-yard
field goal attempt.
Others receiving votes: St.
Augustine (24), Misson Bay (9), Mission Hills (2),
Lincoln (2), Rancho Buena Vista (1), Santa Fe Christian
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).
Mount Miguels surprising loss to Serra 31-17 a week
ago did not set well. Thus the Matadors are primed to
mow down any team that crosses their path.
In the loss to Serra, we had our worst game,
said Matadors coach TOM KARLO. They beat us in
every phase, but they really hurt us in special teams.
In its first two victories Mount Miguel led Morse 21-0
at halftime and West Hills 21-0 at the break. Against
Serra the Matadors trailed 14-10 at intermission.
Im not sure that our kids knew how to react
after being behind against Serra after we had sizeable
leads in our first two games, Karlo noted.
Mount Miguels victory ticket is East County rushing
leader DERALL HUNTER, who has slashed his way for 578
yards and 8 touchdowns on 58 carries.
Grossmonts ace is versatile DESEAN WATERS, who
has amassed 622 all-purpose yards 8 yards fewer
than Hunter and 48 points (same as Hunter). Hunter
may have the bigger burden as hes a quality defensive
back who rarely leaves the field.
Were making a lot of adjustments this week,
said Grossmont coach RON MURPHY. Weve got
to be able to get the ball to (tight end) BRETT ETHERTON
more than we have in the past.
One of the struggles for Grossmont has been the inconsistent
passing of TYLER MUTTER, who has served up eight interceptions
in three games this season after throwing only 8 in
12 games a year ago.
The way things are going in East County anybody can
win, no matter who has what, but the pick here is ...
Mount Miguel 28-17.
EL CENTRO-CENTRAL (3-1) at GRANITE HILLS (2-1), 7
Although Imperial Valley League king Central Union
is eager to showcase its new two-prong offense Friday
(Oct. 2) at Granite Hills, Eagles coach RANDY DeWITT believes
his team is up to defend the challenge.
It could turn into a real scoring fest, a free-for-all.
That should thrill the Granite Hills crowd which saw
the Eagles stumble to the finish line with a 1-9 record
a year ago.
This will be the first home game weve had
when our kids have been in school, DeWitt said.
Weve had a taste of success and were
excited about the season.
The Eagles look to running backs FRANTZ LAROQUE (28-243,
TD) and FREDDY HALTON (28-148, 2 TDs) to carry the ground
attack, but the top weapon may be junior quarterback
CORY LOCKMAN (6-3, 215).
Playing only sparingly in a reserve role, Lockman has
completed 12 of 19 passes for 177 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Central Union is led by senior running back Charly
Moreno, who scored a school record 5 touchdowns while
rushing for 157 yards on 24 carries as the Spartans
edged Santana 37-29 last week in the desert.
The Spartans J.T. Adams, a 6-foot-5, 185-pound senior
signal-caller has connected on 45 of 81 passes for 660
yards and four TDs through four games this season.
This is the first meeting between these teams and it
certainly could go either way, but we give the nod to...
Granite Hills 25-21.
EL CAJON VALLEY (1-2) at No. 10 HELIX (3-1), 7
Some games were never meant to be played. Take
this battle between two of the oldest members of the
Grossmont Conference. Helix swung open its doors in
1951 and El Cajon Valley did so in 1955. But this series
has been one-sided from the opening kickoff.
El Cajon Valleys last win over the Highlanders
was 21-14 when former Arizona State standout and NFL
quarterback MARK MALONE was at the helm.
The Highlanders have won 12 in a row from the Braves
and own an all-time mark of 29-2-1. They have met only
once in the past 23 years, Helix rolling to a 55-0 victory
This meeting on Friday (Oct. 2) might not be as lopsided
as in past years considering Helix is laden with underclassmen
and the Braves do have some quality skill performers.
They are a huge favorite and we know that,
El Cajon Valley coach DANNY GOODRICH said. On
our end we tried to find another game this week, but
could not do that. To be honest I know we will be mentally
prepared. We want our kids to be confident going into
this game with no worries and nothing to lose.
Quarterback ALEX HANN (258 ypg, 9 TDs) leads the Braves,
who also look for another big game from running back
AJ WHITE (25-175, TD vs. Granite Hills).
Helix cast of characters seem to rotate every
week. The mainstay is quarterback JAKE REED (203.3 ypg,
For the Braves this is more a game of survival.
Once we start (Grossmont North) League play we
should have everybody healthy and everyone eligible
(in two weeks), Goodrich said.
None the less, the pick is... Helix 42-14.
EL CAPITAN (1-3) at MONTE VISTA (1-3), 7
Two traditionally strong teams find themselves in scramble
mode. Thats what makes this such a pivotal game
if either side has hopes of contending for a league
Perhaps a homecoming crowd will help Monte Vista break
loose. In three of their four games, the Monarchs have
scored seven points or less. All three resulted in losses.
Neither of our teams can score, so this should
be decided by defense and whoever makes the fewest mistakes,
said Monte Vista coach PAGE CULVER.
These teams have one common opponent this season
Point Loma. The Monarchs scored only on defense in a
14-6 loss and El Capitan tripped all over itself in
a 9-7 loss to the Pointers. Two blocked field goals
and a 4th-down fumble at Point Loma spelled doom for
the Lakeside gang.
El Capitan coach RON BURNER believes this a possible
turn-around game for his squad.
This is a chance for us to gain some momentum
and right the ship a little, Burner said. But
we cant expect them to lay down and let us run
over them. They are looking to break out too.
El Capitans defense has been stingy all season,
but the Vaqueros offense is just beginning to
get off the floor. QB MARK SCHARFENBERG is starting
to hit his mark and definitely has some quality receivers
in TYLER MASON, BRANDON SANCHEZ and 6-foot-5 tight end
Monte Vistas chances hover around versatile QB-RB
MAURICE PAYNE and RB-LB SHAMAR BARNES.
These teams havent collided since 2001 when Monte
Vista prevailed 31-7. No question this is the toughest
game of the week to pick... El Capitan 14-12
SANTANA (2-2) at STEELE CANYON (1-2), 7
Scoring has been no problem for the Santana Sultans.
Heck, the Santee fellas are averaging better than 28
points per game. Problem is this same team is surrendering
26 points per outing.
Unless Santanas defense buckles down, Steele
Canyons steamroller speed may have a field day
with ALEX PERLIN, CODY SIMPSON and quarterback BRAD
BOEHMKE armed to shred the Sultans.
Double-threat ZACH BREIDT is Santanas offensive
maestro. The junior quarterback is averaging 217 yards
total offense and has had a hand in a dozen Sultans
touchdowns. Sophomore tight end T.D. GROSS is East Countys
leading receiver with 20 catches for 159 yards.
This is the first meeting between these East County
teams and not by choice.
This is not a game we wanted to play, but theyre
(the District) forcing me to play it, said Santanas
DAVE GROSS, whos Sultans are a Division IV member
opposing Division III Steele Canyon. We already
have enough problems with guys being banged up and another
10 or so with the flu.
Steele Canyon was hammered by Cathedral Catholic 27-7
(a game they led 7-6 heading into the fourth quarter),
rebounded to whip West Hills 48-28 and then succumbed
to Eastlake 38-13.
We need a win real bad, said Steele Canyon
coach RON BOEHMKE. So weve spent this week
going back to fundamentals. Weve missed too many
tackles, too many blocks generally played a sloppy
game against Eastlake , which is a very good team.
Look for the Cougars to balance their ledger this week...
Steele Canyon 43-13.
WEST HILLS (2-2) at VALHALLA (2-2), 7
The Valhalla Norsemen want to establish themselves among
the San Diego CIF elite. But its time to start
making a move to proving themselves worthy of such a
When the Wolf Pack arrives at Rancho San Diego for
Fridays (Oct. 2) showdown history will certainly
be on West Hills side. The Pack has won eight
in a row over the Norsemen. Ironically the last time
Valhalla won was 21-7 when now Valhalla head coach STEVE
SUTTON was the leader of the Wolf Pack.
So really, how good is Valhalla ? The Norsemen have
a Division I quarterback in Arizona State-bound PETE
THOMAS (68-115, 848 yards, 10 TDs passing, and 3 TDs
rushing). He has a horde of receivers paced by NINO
MALLORY (17-164, 2 TDs) and JAMES LEIGHTON (14-160,
On the defensive side Valhalla looks to defensive lineman
SHANE PENNIX, linebacker GREG GOULDING and lineman/defensive
back KWEISHI BROWN.
West Hills will count on junior quarterback GARY ISAACSON
(23-32, 432 yards, 7 TDs) and running back NICK McDANIEL
(52-258, 3 TDs) to set the tone for its offense.
At this point in the season players are suffering injuries
weekly. The loss of 3-year offensive right tackle TAYLOR
PHIPPS for the season with a knee injury made a major
hole in Valhallas offensive line.
Thats a big loss for us really hurt
us, Sutton said.
Hoping to fill the gap is junior offensive tackle JOHN
CORTES, whose brother currently is a freshman at the
University of Buffalo.
Despite playing with one wing down Valhalla doesnt
figure to stumble... Valhalla 30-21.
FOOTHILLS CHRISTIAN (0-0, 0-3) at MIDWAY BAPTIST
(0-0, 1-2), 7 The defending champion Southern
League Foothills Christian Knights have taken a physical
beating in the preseason, but still may have enough
oomph to knock off the Patriots in their circuit opener
Friday night (Oct. 2).
Foothills flattened Midway 42-6 a year ago, but neither
team is playing championship football at the moment.
That may change in a hurry.
Were all healthy now 27 guys in
uniform were ready to repeat, Knights
coach STEVE PERDUE... Foothills Christian 28-6.
OTAY RANCH (0-3-1) vs. CHRISTIAN (3-1) at Granite
Hills, 7 A team much better than their record,
the Mustangs have been beaten by two East County squads
Grossmont (16-14 and Helix 26-14) already
this year. Colorado Monarch also pasted the Mustangs
35-14, but Otay Ranch did escape Rancho Buena Vista
with a 21-21 tie.
Mustangs QB Juan Leary can run and shoot with the best
of them. Its just a matter of Christian making
sure nobody else gets into the act.
The Patriots are riddled with injuries, but have plenty
of punch in guys like RB-DE TYRONE SAULS and RB-LB MALCOM
MURPHY, which should make this a head knocker of an
encounter. Upset Special of the Week... Otay Ranch 23-17.
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