|Helix senior wide
receiver Dashawn Keirsey, Jr., makes a catch in
the end zone, wresting the ball away from Valhalla
junior defensive back Dashawn Kinneston for a 24-yard
touchdown in the Highlanders' win over the visiting
Norsemen in La Mesa on Friday night.
(photo courtesy dondemarsphotography.com)
host league-leading Classical Academy Thursday night
By Bill Dickens
EL CAJON (10-30-14) This weeks contest
will begin a day earlier, on Thursday (Oct. 30) when
Foothills Christian (0-8, 0-2) host Classical Academy
(7-1, 3-0) at Seau Field at 7 p.m.
updated East County season statistical leaders -
through week 9 10/28/14 -
CLASSICAL ACADEMY (7-1, 3-0) vs. FOOTHILLS CHRISTIAN
(0-8, 0-2) at Seau Field, 7 Classical Academy
is one win away from locking up the Pacific League championship
in one of their final two games. All thats left
is for the Knights is to play spoiler . . . Classical
GROSSMONT (4-4, 1-2) at HELIX (7-1, 3-0), 7
No. 1 ranked Helix is 2 points short of being undefeated,
losing only to Cathedral 9-7. In the battle with visiting
Grossmont on Friday (Oct. 31) the Highlanders figure
to lock up the Grossmont Hills League championship along
with the fabled Musket trophy. Helix has held the Musket
33 years, with Grossmont winning it 12 times, and the
teams tying twice.
MICHAEL AUSTIN will handle the Helix quarterbacking
duties. He has completed 64 of 104 passes for 964 yards
and 8 TDs. NATHAN STINSON has rushed for 1036 yards
on 105 carries for 14 TDs. Receiver DaSHAWN KIERSEY
has caught 15 passes for 324 yards and 2 TDs.
For Grossmont, quarterback CALVIN FARRIS in six games
has completed 86 of 183 passes for 1506 yards and 17
TDs. ALIJAH AVANT, one of his favorite targets, is 21-for-370
and 3 touchdowns. He also has rushed for 255 yards on
20 carries for 3 TDs.
The nod here goes to . . . Helix 38-0.
|Helix's Mugan Blue is brought
down by Valhalla defenders, including Daniel Bender
(32). (photo courtesy
|Thurs., Oct. 30
Classical Academy vs. Foothills Christian, Seau
Fri., Oct. 31
Grossmont Hills League
Grossmont at Helix, 7
El Capitan at Mount Miguel (H), 7
Steele Canyon at Valhalla, 7
Grossmont Valley League
West Hills at Santana, 7
Granite Hills at El Cajon Valley, 7
Christian at University City, 6:30
EL CAPITAN (8-0, 3-0) at MOUNT MIGUEL* (3-4, 0-3),
7 Mount Miguel is pinning its plans for a
victory on the momentum of a Homecoming crowd as they
entertain undefeated El Capitan in Grossmont Hills League
action in Spring Valley. This will be the first meeting
of these two teams, coming about as a result of the
El Capitan will count on quarterback BRAD CAGLE, who
has completed 91 of 149 passes for 1463 yards and 11
touchdowns. Receivers ISAIAH CAPOOCIA (41 catches for
619 yards, 10 TDs) and JOEY LaCHAPPA (19 catches for
326 yards, 2 TDs) are prime targets. Running back D.J.
SMITH has rushed for 600 yards on 84 carries and 10
Quarterback JACOB CASTILLO (78-147, 1075 yds, 12 TDs)
will lead Mount Miguel, while receivers CHRISTIAN GARCIA
(3 carries, 111 yards, 2 TDs) and JAYVON JONES (29 catches
for 403 yards) will be two of his targets. Running back
ANTHONY GILMORE has rushed for 489 yards on 83 carries
for 5 touchdowns.
Mount Miguel would dearly love to unseat the Vaqueros,
but the nod goes to . . . El Capitan 32-23.
STEELE CANYON (6-2, 1-2) at VALHALLA (3-5, 1-2),
7 Steele Canyon will visit Valhalla in the
battle for the Jamacha Helmet Friday night (Oct. 31)
in Grossmont Hills League action.
Steele Canyon quarterback DOMINICK WOOD-ANDERSON (56-119,
1016 yds, 8 TDs) will guide the Cougars. Receiver DEREK
TYLER (17-429, 3 TDs) is one of his favorite targets,
along with ROOSEVELT JOHNSON (21-369, 2 TDs). Rusher
PIERRE ALEXANDER has carried 36 times for 333 yards
and 3 TDs.
Valhalla is led by quarterback PHILLIP NASEH (94-170,
1242 yds, 8 TDs) along with rusher JEROME JOHNSON (130-648,
7 TDs) and receiver JULIUS FRAZIER (34-433, 3 TDs).
The defense is headed by East County leader LOGAN BAKER
(87 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries and an interception)
and CADE BAKER (83 tackles).
Steele Canyon has an excellent shot at an upset, but
dont bet on it . . . Steele Canyon 31-27.
CHRISTIAN (8-0, 2-0) at UNIVERSITY CITY (5-3, 2-0),
6:30 Nobody puts up points faster than the
Christian High Patriots. If offensive coordinator DAVID
BEEZER is on top of his game, University City will be
in for a long night Friday (Oct. 31).
Even though the two are tied for first in the Central
League, the Patriots are pumping out 54.1 points per
Patriots leading rusher ADRIAN PETTY has amassed 1075
yards on 80 carries for 15 TDs for an average of 134.4
ypg. Quarterback DAVID TODD JEREMIAH has passed for
1995 yards for 23 TDs and averages 249.4 ypg. Receiver
NICK SEXTON has caught 36 passes for 600 yards and 6
TDs, while TREVOR HOWELL has grabbed 34 aerials for
466 yards and 8 TDs, and CHAD HUMPHRIES is 19 for 437
and 8 TDs. Patriots defender JOEY MORONES has
30 tackles and a sack, while JON STINES has 3 sacks.
On paper this one should be a battle for the title.
In reality, though, it should be a runaway. Give the
nod to . . . Christian 37-7.
Friday, Oct. 17
Mount Miguel 31, Grossmont 28
Valhalla 28, Helix 12
El Capitan 28, Steele Canyon 18
Santana 33, El Cajon Valley 0
Only scores reported
Thursday, Oct. 30
Valhalla 28, Steele Canyon 14
El Capitan 27, Mount Miguel 14
Only scores reported
GRANITE HILLS (5-3, 0-2) at EL CAJON VALLEY (2-6,
0-3), 7 In another one of the longtime rivalries,
Granite Hills will travel to El Cajon Valley Friday
night (Oct. 31) in Grossmont Valley League action for
the Battle of Madison Avenue (formerly known as the
Eagles double-threat quarterback SETH COLLINS (33-71,
541 yds, 6 TDs) has also carried the ball 66 times for
361 yards and 10 TD. MICHAEL LEDESMA has rushed for
56 times for 326 yards and 7 TDs. As a receiver he also
has made 14 catches for 325 yards and 5 TDs. RILEY REYES
leads the Eagles defense with 73 tackles, 3 sacks, a
fumble recovery and 2 interceptions.
El Cajon Valleys MATTHEW SHEARIN leads EastCounty
in rushing with 123 carries for 1199 yards and 15 touchdowns.
MERITON HASANI has rushed for 373 yards on 90 carries
for the Braves.
This one could be a high-scoring affair when all is
said and done. Some of the best players in the GVL will
be on the field . . . Granite Hills 38-23.
WEST HILLS (6-2, 2-0) at SANTANA (4-4, 1-1), 7
A West Hills victory over archrival Santana Friday (Oct.
31) will put the Wolf Pack in position to vie for a
Grossmont Valley League championship. This contest is
known as a battle for
the Jack Dale Cup (formerly the Mayors Cup).
West Hills running back JACOB SHAW has carried the
ball 144 times for 792 yards and 9 TDs. Quarterback
SPENCER MOYER is 78-140 passing for 1341 yards for 13
touchdowns to lead the Pack. Receiver RAPHY CARR has
caught 46 passes for 826 yards and 5 touchdowns.
Santana quarterback FRANKIE GUTIERREZ has completed
79-of-136 passes for 991 yards and 7 TDs. HINA ALIU
has logged 35 tackles, 2 fumble recoveries and one interception.
TANNER KVEDERIS has made 5 sacks. ZACH LEWIS, who has
amassed 361 yards on 75 carries for 8 TDs is reportedly
sidelined with a broken collar bone.
This will no doubt have an impact on the outcome of
the game . . . West Hills 28-20.
Fearless Forecasters Record
Last week: 4-2 (.667)
Season record: 101-18 (.849)
|El Capitan senior
quarterback Brad Cagle uses a stiffarm trying to
elude the grasp of Steele Canyon senior lineman
Paul Alexander Friday night during the Vaqueros'
win over the Cougars. (EastCountySports.com
|Fri., Oct. 24
Grossmont Hills League
El Capitan 49, Steele Canyon 24
Grossmont 63, Mount Miguel 29
Helix (H) 49, Valhalla 7
Grossmont Valley League
Monte Vista 31, Granite Hills 28
Santana 28, El Cajon Valley (H) 21
Christian 42, Clairemont 3
work paying off in the form of season-long win streak
By Jim Lindgren
LAKESIDE (10-25-14) Shortly after being named
the Walter J. Zable player of the game for the National
Football Foundation game of the week, ISAIAH CAPOOCHIA
was asked which of his 17 touchdowns this season was
The three he scored in helping El Capitan defeat Steele
Canyon, 49-24, in Fridays (Oct. 24) Homecoming
game were inspiring indeed.
He had a 69-yard scoring pass from BRAD CAGLE in the
second quarter, hauling in a long post route pass about
40 yards downfield and then racing away from the opposition.
He had a 6-yard TD run in the fourth quarter that extended
El Caps lead to 35-24 in the fourth quarter. Then
three minutes later, he accepted another toss from Cagle
for a 13-yard tally that made it 42-24 and essentially
sealed the win in the first-ever Grossmont Hills League
game played between El Capitan and Steele Canyon.
But Capoochia was more ecstatic about a touchdown catch
in a 63-28 win over Grossmont two weeks ago. A moment
later, though, he changed his mind as quickly as he
changes gears and makes defenders miss, opting instead
for a touch he made in a 28-14 win over Granite Hills
a week earlier.
Given time, hell have a lot more to ponder once
this seemingly magical season runs its course in the
next few weeks.
No. 4-ranked El Capitan remained unbeaten at 8-0 overall
and 3-0 in the Grossmont Hills League, largely because
of Capoochias work on offense, defense and special
He had four catches for 100 yards, 84 rushing yards
on nine carries, a 39-yard punt return and five impressive
pass defenses from his cornerback slot.
It feels great, Capoochia said. Hard
work pays off.
Capoochia was hardly the only star for a Vaquero team
that was trailing 24-21 in the third quarter and then
finished with 28 unanswered points to beat No. 9-ranked
Steele Canyon (6-2, 1-2).
D.J. SMITH rushed 22 times for 137 yards and a 13-yard
touchdown to give the Vaqueros a 7-0 lead after their
U-T SAN DIEGO
PREP FOOTBALL POLL
(First-place votes in parenthesis)
Points awarded on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1
1. Oceanside (16)/ 8-0/ 187/ 1
2. Cathedral Catholic (1)/ 8-1/ 163 / 2
3. Helix (2) / 7-1/ 155/ 3
4. El Capitan/ 8-0/ 131 / 4
5. Mission Hills/ 6-2/ 114 / 5
6. San Marcos/ 8-0/ 81/ 6
7. Ramona/ 7-1/ 78 / 7
8. Eastlake/ 5- 3/ 58 / 8
9. Christian/ 8-0/ 27 / 10
10. Sweetwater/ 8-0 / 18 / ----
Others receiving votes: Point Loma (16), Steele
Canyon (10), Rancho Bernardo (2), La Costa Canyon
(2), Bishop's (1), Hoover (1), Madison (1).
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Cagle was 10-of-18 passing for 191 yards and four touchdowns,
though he threw only five passes in the second half
when El Capitan was pulling away. In addition to Capoochias
two receiving TDs, Cagle tossed a pair of scoring strikes
to his twin, ZACH CAGLE, who had three catches for 29
|Senior Zach Cagle,
of El Capitan, gets away from a tackler with help
from a block Friday night. (EastCountySports.com
The twins first scoring connection of the season
was a thing of beauty. From the 6-yard line, Brad rolled
left, contorted his body into throwing position and
fired a strike to Zach in the front corner of the end
zone. Zach just did manage to get one foot down in play
before rolling several times and at least 10 yards onto
the synthetic running track surrounding the field. The
sideline official waited several seconds before hoisting
his arms up to signal the score.
Better than that one was Zachs leaping and smashing
to the turf grab on a 10-yard TD pass that gave El Cap
a 28-24 lead with 8:40 left in the third quarter.
The Vaqueros, who trailed for the first time this season
in a game last week and trailed twice on Friday, went
on to score three more times to punctuate a great win.
The final score came on a 52-yard interception return
by JARRED TURNER with 4:20 to play.
They had a great game plan, El Capitan
coach RON BURNER said. Theyre a great team.
Theyre in the Top 10 (rankings) for a reason.
It was playoff atmosphere out there tonight.
We knew it was going to be a battle.
It was for much of the contest as SteeleCanyon got a
season-best game out of quarterback DOMINICK WOOD-ANDERSON,
who threw for 303 yards on 17-of-40 passing and two
touchdowns. He also ran for an 11-yard TD that gave
the Cougars a 14-7 lead with 5:17 to play in the second
Two minutes later, Brad Cagle tossed long to Capoochia
to knot the affair at 14-14. Zach Cagles first
score made it 21-14 with 1:01 before intermission. But
SteeleCanyon raced right back to make it 21-17 on a
46-yard field goal by ALEXANDER RAYA as time expired
before halftime homecoming festivities, which included
an impressive fireworks display.
Note: El Capitan was supposed to have held its homecoming
game against Serra on Oct. 19, but a tear was noticed
on its turf field earlier that week, and the game was
switched to Serra a 42-0 rout in which Burner
called off the regulars at halftime. The rescheduled
homecoming Friday included the traditional festive carnival
beyond the northeast side of the stadium.
|Steele Canyon junior
quarterback Dominic Wood-Anderson dives over the
goal during the Cougars' loss at undefeated El Capitan
Friday night. (EastCountySports.com photo)
Brad Cagle is already among the top 10 in San Diego
Section history for career passing yards, completions
and touchdown passes. As the season has progressed,
he has passed RYAN LINDLEY in nearly every quarterback
stat category in school history. Cagle now has 6,335
passing yards, 383 completions and 66 touchdown passes
the latter being most impressive since the section
record is 82.
That being stated, El Cap went with a conservative
run game for most of the second half. But it paid off
We saw some things in the second half that we
felt we could run, and we did, Burner said. And
our defense came up huge in the second half. I think
its our fifth or sixth pick-six of the season.
Said Capoochia, We felt we could move the ball
on the ground. Keep moving the chains. If its
working dont mess with it.
After missing the first two games of the season following
an appendectomy, Wood-Anderson was on his game against
El Cap. He connected with eight different receivers
for 303 yards with JAVONTE WOLFORD nabbing five passes
for 58 yards and AVERY TUCK catching two for 72 yards,
including a 65-yard TD pass. ROOSEVELT JOHNSON had three
grabs for 84 yards, including a 67-yard TD.
In addition to Capoochias stellar play on defense,
JOHN LaCHAPPA had a pair of sacks, ROBBY CALLAWAY posted
another sack, and CHANCE COLSON blocked a punt that
was recovered by Zach Cagle.
For Steele Canyon, WILLIE FAIR had a sack, numerous
tackles and disruptions and was named the defensive
player of the game. MARVIN CALDWELL added a fumble recovery
and a sack and JOSEPH ALSHEIKH had a fumble recovery.
El Capitan plays at Mount Miguel next week and then
wraps up its regular season at home against No. 2-ranked
Helix on Nov. 7, which could pit the highest-ranking
duo matchup in the East County in quite some time. The
Vaqueros, of course, are hoping to match the 10-0 regular-season
record posted by the 2006 team led by Lindley.
Steele Canyon, still very much in the hunt for an
Open Division playoff spot, visits Valhalla next week
before hosting Mount Miguel.
MONTE VISTA 31, GRANITE HILLS 28 The
Monarchs scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter
to overtake the visiting Eagles in Friday nights
(Oct. 24) Grossmont Valley League encounter.
LEE WADE JR. had touchdown runs of 38 and 2 yards in
the final quarter to rally Monte Vista to its first
league win of the season.
Wade took off behind pulling linemen JOSH CASTANEDA
and ALEJANDRO BUSTOS to the right side, then dashed
through the hole, bouncing off a hit by an Eagles' defender,
then raced up the right side for his 38-yard score to
make it 28-24.
Wade's goal-line score came on the same trap, as he
crashed in for the short score, which ended up deciding
SETH COLLINS had a 63-yard run for the Eagles to make
it 21-17 in the third quarter, as he faked a handoff
then took off behind blockers to the right, before stutter-stepping
through several waves of defenders, then switched the
ball to his left hand and out-raced the last defender
for 20 yards to the end zone.
Collins threw a 12-yard TD pass to senior tight end
ROB AGERBEEK, cutting across the middle of the end zone
near the end of third quarter, extending the Eagles'
advantage to 28-17.
Monte Vista quarterback AUSTIN CAOLE had three hook-ups
with XAVIER WADE during the evening all of which
resulted in significant gains. TRE OWENS had a key 32-yard
run for Monte Vista.
MATT GOFIGAN had a 25-yard field goal for the Monarchs.
HELIX 49, VALHALLA 7 The Helix High School
football game announcer always does a fine job keeping
the fans accurately informed until Friday evening
(Oct. 24) when the Norsemen from Valhalla stopped by
to lend a hand in the Highlanders Homecoming festivities.
Always on top of things, the announcer let the fans
know earlyand oftenthat the fireworks would
start immediately after the end of the game.
The real fireworks started on the second play of the
game when Helix junior fleet-footed running back,
NATHAN STINSON, broke through the line, put it in 5th
gear, jetted to the left sideline, turned up-field,
shifted smoothly into 6th gear, and thats when
the afterburners kicked in; 59 yards later, he soared
into the end zone for the games first touchdown.
Two minutes later, MEKHI STEVENSON hauled in a 37-yard
TD pass from junior quarterback MICHAEL AUSTIN (11-15-0,
240 yards, 4 TDsin the first half). After Layton
split the uprights (7-7 PAT), Helix had a 14-0 lead,
with 8:51 remaining in the first quarter.
On cue, another two minutes later Stinson scored his
second touchdown of the evening on a 3-yard run; half-way
through the initial period, Helix had a commanding 21-0
All that running up and down the field must have plain
tuckered out the Highlanders because it took them another
three minutes before they padded the score. Senior wide
receiver DASHAWN KEIRSEY, JR. made a spectacular, leaping
catch in the end zone, wresting the ball away from Valhalla
junior defensive back and namesake DASHAWN KINNISTON
who had tight coverage on the play, for a 24-yard score,
putting the game on ice 28-0 with 3:20 remaining in
the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Austin tossed another two touchdown
passes, a 16-yarder to Stevenson, and a 24-yard throw
to junior wide receiver 6-foot-5 MASON VINYARD, giving
Helix a 42-0 lead at intermission.
Determined to be the first team in several weeks to
score any points against the Highlanders, Valhallas
offense was inspired early in the third quarter, when
EastCounty leading tackler LOGAN BAKER smoked the Helix
punter for a 12-yard loss, giving the Norsemen good
field position at the Scotties 36-yard line.
On first down, Valhalla junior quarterback PHILLIP
NASEH threw an accurate pass for what appeared was a
15-yard gain when junior defensive back DERRICK ATKINS
stepped in front of the receiver and batted the ball
to the ground. Undeterred, Naseh threw a strike to senior
wide receiver JULIUS FRAZIER for an 18-yard gain to
the Highlanders 18-yard line.
Three plays later, just when the drive seemed to stall
on 3rd and 10, Naseh rolled out, spun away from a would-be
tackler, and lasered the pigskin to Frazier at the 8-yard
line, who spun and juked his way into the end zone for
Valhallas only touchdown. Junior placekicker JACOB
PAAPE kicked the extra point; with 2:13 remaining in
the penultimate period, Helix led 42-7.
Helix got another shot to extend its lead midway through
the 4th quarter when it recovered a Valhalla fumble
at the Norsemen 34-yard line.
Junior running back CURTIS HOLMES ripped off 17 yards
on first down to the Valhalla 17. Holmes picked up another
8 yards on the next play, to the Norsemens 9-yard
line. Two plays later, senior quarterback JOSH CASTRO
cruised into the end zone for a 3-yard touchdown run,
ending the scoring at 49-7 with 4:01 left in the game.
Helix vaunted defense held Valhalla to 121 yards
passing and minus 3 yards rushing, while the Highlanders
offense gained 432 yards in the first half.
The entire second half was played with a running clock.
Valhalla ran 14 plays in the second half; Helix ran
13. Normal is 30-35 for each team.
| Grossmont's Ricky
Valdez (26) drags a Mount Miguel defender along
the sideline during a carry Friday night in La Mesa.
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| BJ Gonzalez (blue),
of Grossmont, is tackled following an interception
against visiting Mount Miguel Friday night.
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GROSSMONT 63, MOUNT MIGUEL 29 Foothillers
(4-4, 1-2 GHL) head coach TOM KARLO vehemently swore
up-and-down that it was just another game for his team
going against the squad he coached just four years ago.
That may be true, but his team couldn't pick a better
time to start putting things all together.
They jumped out to an early 28-3 lead before the two
teams started to swap scores and just like he taught
the Matadors (3-5, 0-3 GHL) a few years back, they never
took their foot off the gas pedal.
It was great just to get back to playing winning
football, Karlo said after posting 580 yards of
total offense. Overall, it was a great performance
by everyone on all sides of the ball.
Grossmont quarterback CALVIN FARRIS threw for 6 touchdowns
and had another pair rushing. HUNTER REINER and KHALEED
DAVIS each caught two scores and KYLE CREWS had his
first touchdown reception of the year. RICKY VALDEZ
also had his best game of the season, rushing 14 times
for 110 yards.
They beat us pretty good, said Mount Miguel
coach SHAUN McDADE. Their QB (Farris) was just
picking us apart all night and their running back (Valdez)
was impressive too. We got on a roll and were able to
trade scores with them, but we just couldn't stop anything
they were doing.
Defensively for the Hillers, DAVID MAKAJ had his first
interception of the year and B. J. GONZALES picked off
a pair of errant throws. Senior linebacker JACOB DENSON
was also called out by the Grossmont coaching staff
for having an outstanding game.
SANTANA 28, EL CAJON VALLEY 21 Santana
sophomore BOBBY WALLACE rushed for two touchdowns in
the first quarter of Fridays (Oct. 24) Grossmont
Valley League contest, then threw for a touchdown in
the second quarter to stake the Sultans to a 21-7 halftime
Wallace's first touchdown run came from 13 yards out,
as he took a handoff straight-up-the-middle through
a huge hole opened by seniors TRAVIS GROOVER, CASEY
PASCO and TANNER KVEDERIS.
MATTHEW SHEARIN turned in one of his patented ad-lib
runs to get the Braves to within 14-7, as he bounced
outside after a backfield standoff against the Sultans'
line, then found an open left sideline, getting help
out of the backfield by the block of FADI PUTRUS, which
interfered with three potential defenders.
However, the Braves came back to tie the game at 21-21
in the third quarter thanks to their superstar back.
Shearin, who ran for a 55-yard score in the second quarter,
had TD runs of 75 and 80 yards.
Santana QB FRANKIE GUTIERREZ threw a 5-yard touchdown
to junior receiver ADAM CHILDRESS in the fourth quarter
to determine the winning margin. Childress also caught
a 38-yard pass from Gutierrez to set up the Sultans'
third score of the first half.
Wallace took a halfback option pitch and before he
could even take three steps to his left, he tossed the
ball with his left hand into the end zone's left side,
where Childress was standing all alone for the easy
2-yard touchdown reception.
Gutierrez was 11-for-23 for 119 yards, while Wallace
finished with 130 yards on 23 carries. Childress had
five receptions for 63 yards.
Junior JONNY WARE led Santana's defense with 10 tackles,
including two for loss. Santana senior MATTHIAS EMORY
had an interception, while teammate HINA ALIU recovered
CHRISTIAN 42, CLAIREMONT 3 Christian
Highs ADRIAN PETTY had three touchdowns, while
TREVOR HOWELL threw a 55-yard halfback option pass for
a touchdown, in the Patriots' Central League road win
Friday (Oct. 24), improving the Christian score to 8-0.
The Patriots NICK SEXTON caught the halfback
pass for the touchdown to make it 28-3.
JOEY MORONES bowled over defenders and fought his way
to the left pylon for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Petty rushed nine times for 105 yards, while Howell
also had an interception on defense. HUNTER ARVAN also
had an interception for Christian.
Petty went up the middle, then took off to the right
for a 43-yard score to give the Pats a 35-3 lead.
Patriots quarterback DAVID TODD JEREMIAH finished 13-of-19
for 150 yards and one interception. Sexton finished
with six receptions for 120 yards.
Christian's TD-shutout was led by CODY KIRWAN, who
had six tackles, including two for loss, and JON STEIN,
who finished with 6 1/2 tackles.
County division top-ranked Vaqueros
host challenge from hungry Cougars
By Bill Dickens
LAKESIDE (10-23-14) This encounter should be
one of the best match-ups in the Grossmont Hills League
when the Steele Canyon Cougars (6-1, 1-1) travel to
El Capitan (7-0, 2-0) on Friday night (Oct. 24) to face
the Vaqueros in a battle between Top 10 teams. These
teams have only met four times before, with the outcome
standing at 2 apiece.
D.J. SMITH leads the running game for El Capitan with
84 carries for 600 yards and 10 touchdowns. He has registered
50 tackles and 3.5 sacks.
Quarterback BRAD CAGLE has completed 91 of 149 passes
for 1463 yards through the air and 11 touchdowns.
Receiver ISAIAH CAPOOCIA has caught 41 passes for 619
yards and 10 touchdowns. JAMES OWEN has contributed
6.5 sacks for the Vaqueros.
Steele Canyon will rely on the strong arm of quarterback
DOMINICK WOOD-ANDERSON, who in just 5 games has completed
41 of 82 passes for 723 yards and 6 touchdowns.
The running backs for the Cougars MALCOLM ANDERS
62-287, 2 TDs) and RILEY JONES (52-287, 5 TDs) will
bolster the offense for Steele Canyon.
Receiver DEREK TYLER (14-376, 3 TDs) and ROOSEVELT
JOHNSON (19-292, 1 TD) will help round out the corps.
The Cougars will put up a fight, but the nod goes to
. . . EL CAPITAN 37-7.
Thomas is pursued by Mount Miguel's Travis Chalke-Daly
during the Norsemen's victory over the Matadors
earlier this season. (photo
VALHALLA (3-4, 1-1) at HELIX* (6-1, 2-0), 7
Homecoming has annually been a big deal at Helix High
School and it certainly will be a crowd pleaser again
on Friday night (Oct. 24) in the Grossmont Hills League
match-up with Valhalla.
The Norsemen beat the Highlanders 18-13 in 1975 in
their very first contest. Since then the Highlanders
have led the all-time series 36-5-2.
Speedy NATHAN STINSON ranks second in East County rushing
with 98 carries for 948 yards and 12 touchdowns. Versatile
MICHAEL AUSTIN, who handles the quarterbacking duties,
has rushed 42 times for 313 yards and 5 touchdowns.
As a passer he is 53 of 89 for 724 yards and 4 touchdowns.
Valhalla will look to junior quarterback PHILLIP NASEH
who has completed 94 of 170 passes for 1242 yards and
8 touchdowns. Running back JEROME JOHNSON has carried
for 130 times for 648 yards and 7 touchdowns, and RASHAUN
SHARPE has run for 59 times for 297 yards and 2 scores.
Receiver JULIUS FRAZIER has caught 34 passes for 433
yards and 3 touchdowns. East County leading tackler
LOGAN BAKER has logged 87 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 fumble
recoveries and an interception. Teammate CADE LOGAN,
is close behind him with 83 tackles.
The chances of an upset are unlikely for the Norsemen
this time around because Helix is ranked in the Top
3, but you never know . . . Helix 16-14.
|Granite Hills' Billy
Cummings sacks the Vaqueros' Brad Cagle in a matchup
earlier this season.
GRANITE HILLS (5-2, 0-1) at MONTE VISTA (5-3, 0-1),
7 Not many players are more versatile than
Granite Hills senior SETH COLLINS, who despite
injuries picked up 10 touchdowns on 538 yards
on mere 88 carries.
MICHAEL LEDESMA has also been a big gun for the Eagles
with 326 yards on 56 carries for 7 touchdowns. RILEY
REYES has 73 tackles and 3 sacks to his credit.
Monte Vista counts on the leadership of running backs
JORDAN JOHNSON (97-861, 7 TDs) and LEE WADE, Jr. (81-664,
6 TDs) in the Friday night (Oct. 24) Grossmont Valley
League joust with Granite Hills.
Granite Hills leads the all-time series 29-20, but
an upset is not out of reach . . . Granite Hills
MOUNT MIGUEL (3-4, 0-2) at GROSSMONT (3-4, 0-2),
7 Two teams that are attempting to escape
the Grossmont Hills League cellar will square off Friday
night (Oct. 24) when the Foothillers host the Matadors.
Mount Miguel is led by fleet-footed ANTHONY GILMORE,
who has rushed for 386 yards and 5 touchdowns.
The Matadors quarterback, JACOB CASTILLO has
completed 837 yards and 9 touchdowns. Wide receivers
JAYVON JONES (22-319 yds, 5 TDs), GARY HASKINS (7-86)
and KIKO BORJA (3-5, 98 yds, 1 TD) will be looking for
CALVIN FARRIS (62-148, 1146 yds, 11 TDs) has returned
to take over the quarterbacking duties for the Foothillers.
HUNTER REINER (40-525 yds, 6 TDs) leads the receiving
corps along with A.J. SHAW (16-624 yds, 3 TDs).
This ones a toss-up, but give the edge to . .
. Mount Miguel 23-21.
CHRISTIAN (7-0, 1-0) at CLAIREMONT (3-5, 1-1), 7
Christian High, which is averaging 55.9 points
per game, has wrapped up the Central League championship.
The Patriots are led by East County rushing leader ADRIAN
PETTY (71-970, 12 TDs) and JOEY MORONES (66-292, 14
Quarterback DAVID TODD JEREMIAH is also EastCountys
leading passer with 115-161 for 1842 yards and 23 touchdowns.
His favorite targets are NICK SEXTON (30 receptions,480
yds, 5 TDs) and CHAD HUMPHRIES (18-413 yds, 8 TDs).
Christian should roll with this one . . . Christian
SANTANA (3-4, 0-1) at EL CAJON VALLEY* (2-5, 0-2),
7 The Santana Sultans remain in the running
for a post-season playoff berth in the Grossmont Valley
League. However, El CajonValley has eyes for an upset
against the Sultans in Fridays (Oct. 24) Homecoming
Santana has a one-two punch in running back ZACH LEWIS
(73-337, 8 TDs) and quarterback FRANKIE GUTIERREZ (68-113,
875 yds, 6 TDs) who will lead the charge for the Sultans.
Lewis also has 36 tackles and 3 sacks to his credit.
El Cajon Valley will counter with fleet-footed MICHAEL
SHEARIN, who has rushed for 912 yards on 101 carries
and 12 touchdowns.
The nod in this one should go to . . . Santana 28-26.
|Granite Hills star
Michael Ledesma runs through traffic Friday night
against visiting West Hills in El Cajon.
(photo courtesy Nathan Price,
Claims Claymore Sword
By Andrew Smith
SPRING VALLEY (10-17-14) Three years ago,
after losing to Eastlake 21-14 in their season opener
the Helix Highlanders went on to outscore their opponents
by an average score of 45-8 en route to a Division II
State Championship. Four games after suffering their
lone loss this season, the turnaround is beginning to
look eerily similar.
Their battle for the Claymore Sword with Mount Miguel
got off to an exciting start after the Matadors scrambled
to recover an onside kick on the game's first play.
On third down, they went for the home run ball, but
it barely slipped through the receiver's hands. Thereafter,
the game quickly slipped away as well, as the Highlanders
went on to claim the sword 42-0.
Four weeks after their 9-7 defeat at the hands of Cathedral
Catholic, the Highlanders have outscored their opponents
167-0 and haven't allowed a point for 19 straight quarters.
"There's no doubt about it our defense is playing
reall well," said head coach TROY STARR before
adding a scary thought, "We can still play better."
Dual-threat quarterback MICHAEL AUSTIN took a play
fake 40 yards down the right side for a score and NATHAN
STINSON put his speed on display a few plays later with
a 45-yards score putting Helix (6-1, 2-0 GHL) up 14-0
midway through the first quarter.
|Mount Miguel's Jacob
Castillo on a keeper Friday night against visiting
Helix. (EastCountySports.com photo)
The Mt. Miguel (3-3, 1-1) defense looked as if it had
finally figured things out when TRAVIS CHALKE-DALY got
first down sack and then combined with TITO ORTIZ on
another, two plays later. Then a stop on fourth down
gave them the ball at midfield, but a penalty and botched
snap on a punt gave Helix the ball and a short field.
However, the defense turned them over on downs and
ANTHONY GILMORE ripped off a 25-yard run to get the
crowd back into it. The drive enventually led to another
punt and Stinson took in his second rushing score of
the game from 1 yard out to build a 3-score lead.
Holding a 28-0 lead just before the half, sophomore
EVAN PERKINS intercepted a pass for the Highlanders
and nearly turned it into a pick-six, but came up just
short. Austin then added a pair of touchdowns passes
to MEKHI STEVENSON (24 yds) and NICK SOLIZ (19 yds)
in the third quarter to put the game out of reach, ensuring
the Claymore Sword will be back in the library of their
La Mesa campus for at least one more year.
CHRISTIAN 63, HILLTOP 7 One of the unsung
offensive coordinators in the San Diego Section is Christian
Highs DAVID BEEZER. The Patriots (7-0) offensive
designer has his team averaging 55.9 points per game.
Thus it was no surprise that the Patriots hammered
Hilltop in Fridays (Oct. 7) non-league encounter.
Christian had plenty of stars in this one. ADRIAN PETTY
pounded the ground forces with 125 yards and a touchdown
in 9 carries.
Not to be overlooked was the running of MICHAEL TOBIASON,
who averaged 10 yards on 3 carries, and JOEY MORONES,
who carried the ball only 7 times for 24 yards and 3
Quarterback DAVID TODD JEREMIAH led the charge for the
unbeaten Patriots by completing 12 of 14 passes for
180 yards and 4 touchdowns.
Two Patriots pulled down scoring passes, including
CHAD HUMPHRIES and TREVOR HOWELL two apiece.
Also not to be overlooked was Christian place kicker
KYLE THOMPSON, who was 9-for-9 on PATs.
Among the standouts for Christian were ETHAN CONTRERAS,
who intercepted two passes.
Humphries, who caught 3 passes for 70 yards and 2 touchdowns,
also had an interception.
Our kids look at every week as a challenge,
|Steele Canyon QB
Dominick Wood-Anderson is sacked by Nathan Hamilton,
of Grossmont, Friday night in Jamul. (photo
courtesy Linda Byerline) For
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STEELE CANYON 20, GROSSMONT 14 After
being dealt consecutive defeats by Grossmont in Grossmont
Hills League action, the Steele Canyon Cougars rebounded
with a victory over the Foothillers on Friday (Oct.
17) in Cougar Canyon.
The key to the Cougars success was the passing
and rushing of quarterback DOMINICK WOOD-ANDERSON.
The Cougars came out alive as ROOSEVELT JOHNSON raced
85 yards on a Wood-Anderson pass for the touchdown early
in the first quarter.
MALCOLM ANDERS scored for the Cougars on the first
play of the second quarter on a 4-yard run, and PIERRE
ALEXANDER did the same thing on the first play of the
3rd quarter, on a 60-yard run.
Grossmont regrouped in the second half with a momentum
change as quarterback CALVIN FARRIS completed a 2-yard
run into the endzone with 1:39 left in the 3rd quarter.
The Foothillers would score once more, in the 4th quarter
when KHALEED DAVIS scored on a 15-yard pass from Farris.
EL CAPITAN 34, VALHALLA 14 The old cliché
football is a game of inches really hit
home to the boys of the visiting Valhalla football team
Friday evening (Oct. 17), as they were trying to upset
unbeaten El Capitan on the Vaqueros home turf.
Down 21-0 after halftime, the Norsemen came storming
back to start the second half. After junior kicker CODY
MATTISON boomed his usual kickoff deep into the endzone
for a touchback, Valhallas junior quarterback,
PHILLIP NASEH, went to work quickly and efficiently.
First he threw a dart to senior wide receiver JULIUS
FRAZIER for an 18-yard gain to the Valhalla 38-yard
line. Then senior slotback SKYLER COLEMAN swept left
and cut right for a 9-yard pickup.
A Vaquero personal foul penalty moved the visitors
into El Capitan territory, where Naseh hooked up with
junior wide receiver CONNOR CHAMBERLAIN for another
9-yard gain to the 27-yard line. The Norsemen continued
to march to the El Cap 6-yard line when Frazier leapt
above the defender to snag a pass from Naseh in the
left corner of the end zone for the Norsemens
first score of the game. After sophomore kicker JACOB
PAAPE split the uprights, it was 21-7, with 7:27 left
in the third quarter.
Trying to claw its way back into the game, Valhallas
defense also put the Vaqueros on notice that the game
wasnt over. On El Caps first play of the
second half, Valhallas ANTHONY HANNA swatted a
pass before it got to the line of scrimmage. On the
next play, senior quarterback BRAD CAGLE (21-30-0, 369
yards, 2 TDs), was flushed from the pocket, but turned
on the jets and started racing up the sideline only
to be hammered out of bounds by junior linebacker CADE
BAKER, which caused a minor uproar on the Vaqueros
side of the field, costing the home team a 15-yard penalty.
Unable to convert, El Capitan had to punt.
Starting at their 14-yard line, the Norsemen responded
in a hurry. On second down, Naseh zinged the ball to
receiver SPENCER HENDERSON on a slant pass over the
middle; Henderson broke a tackle and headed for the
end zone about 70 yards away. However, El Capitan safety
JARED TURNER managed to catch Henderson at the Vaqueros
21-yard line, saving the sure touchdown.
Faced with a 4th and 2 at the Vaqueros 13-yard
line, and trailing by 14, Valhalla head coach CHARLES
BUSSEY called a time-out to hatch a play. Sophomore
running back JEROME JOHNSON tested the left side and
appeared to be tackled at the 10 -yard line, but a questionable
spot resulted in the ball being placed a couple of inches
short, thwarting Valhallas touchdown chance and
turning the ball over to the Vaqueros at the 11-yard
Once again, Valhallas rejuvenated defense forced
another 3-and-out; but this time, junior linebacker
LOGAN BAKER blocked the Vaqueros punt and, for
the second week in a row, linebacker TREY SCHIMKE recovered
the ball in the end zone for a Valhalla touchdown. Paapes
kick was true and El Caps lead was reduced to
21-14, with 3:15 left to play in the penultimate period.
After the ensuing kickoff, El Capitan opened for business
at its 36-yard line. Cagle threw a quick-hitter to his
brother, ZACH CAGLE, who galloped for a 22-yard gain
to the Valhalla 34-yard line. On second down and still
at the 34-yard line, Brad Cagle was flushed from the
pocket and was being chased fervently towards the sideline
where he appeared to step a few inches out of bounds
(remember, its a game of inches) and then threw
a desperation pass that appeared to land on the ground
a few inches before the receiver scooped it in. Regardless,
it resulted in a 27-yard gain to the Valhalla 17-yard
Undeterred, the Norsemen defense hung tough. First,
junior nose tackle CHRIS YOHE stuffed the runner for
a 4-yard loss. Then junior linebacker DANIEL BENDER
batted a pass which fell to the ground. On third down,
a misdirection pass play was sniffed out by senior free
safety TYLER BUZZEL, who tackled the receiver for a
2-yard loss at the Norsemen 23-yard line.
El Capitan coach RON BURNER, who was honored before
the game after being selected by the San Diego Chargers
as high school Coach of the Week, called a timeout to
see if he could devise a play to slow down the charged-up
Valhalla defense. On 4th and 16, Cagle threw a screen
pass to D.J. SMITH, who scrambled for an 11-yard gain,
but it was well short of the first down, turning the
ball back to the Norsemen with just 6 seconds left in
the third quarter,
It looked like Valhalla would be able to maintain its
second-half surge when, on the last play of the third
period Johnson literally dragged several would-be tacklers
for more than 10 yards for a 16-yard gain on first down
to the Valhalla 28-yard line, but the Vaqueros, perhaps
remembering having to come from behind to defeat Granite
Hills a few weeks earlier, put the clamps on the Norsemen
offense, forcing a Paape punt to the El Cap 28-yard
Cagle then showed his stuff, directing a 13-play, time-consuming
drive highlighted by a diving 30-yard catch by senior
wide receiver FRANKIE LIMA at the Valhalla 16-yard-line;
the drive culminated in a one yard TD run by Smith.
This time the PAT fizzled, and the Lakeside team led,
27-14, with only 5:30 remaining in the game.
Valhallas offense started moving the ball, but
after getting a first down at its own 37, a ferocious
pass rush by the El Cap front seven throttled the visitors
on third down, Naseh was sacked by senior linebacker
JOHN LaCHAPPA, forcing another punt.
Starting at his 36-yard line, Cagle didnt waste
any time putting the proverbial dagger into Valhallas
chance of victory when he found a wide-open ISAIAH CAPOOCIA
for a 64-yard TD pass-catch. This time, TAKOTA CUROs
kick was good, making the final score 34-14.
In the first half, El Cap led 7-0 after Smith cruised
into the end zone at the end of an 8-yard Iun. Brad
Cagle added another touchdown in the second quarter
when he was flushed out of the pocket but managed to
scramble down the left sideline for an 11-yard TD. SAM
MELERO caught a 47-yard touchdown pass from Cagle with
3:39 remaining in the first half, which gave the Vaqueros
their 21-0 halftime lead.
For Valhalla, Naseh was 17-36-1 for 215 yards and 1
TD. Altogether, El Capitan amassed 483 yards of total
El Cap senior defensive lineman ROBBY CALLAWAY and senior
linebacker JOEY LaCHAPPA had several key tackles for
WEST HILLS 24, GRANITE HILLS 21 After
allowing dual-threat quarterback SETH COLLINS to run
for a pair of first-quarter touchdowns, the Wolf Pack
defense stopped the multi-faceted Eagles' offense until
late in the fourth quarter, providing the support for
SPENCER MOYER and Co. to direct an impressive road victory
in front of a Granite Hills Homecoming crowd to win
a Grossmont Valley League showdown in El Cajon on Friday
night (Oct. 17).
The anticipated matchup of two headline-making quarterbacks
figured to be all of that, after Collins' early scores
of 19 and 3 yards, and a run during one of the scoring
drives where he jumped over a would-be tackler before
a defender took him down to set up a first-and-goal
inside the 5. His first scoring run from 19 yards away
came on a play-fake option keeper that allowed him to
take off up the right hash and dive into the end zone.
But then, following the staunch effort of the West
Hills defense following the early deficit, Moyer was
able to soak up the spotlight in front of the big crowd
by throwing two touchdowns to senior star RAPHY CARR
and running for another, as the Wolf Pack took the lead
in the third quarter following a 14-14 tie at halftime.
Moyer took a page out of Collins' playbook when he
took off running for a 38-yard run, as Pack linemen
DOMINIC TUFI, RICHARD IMBIMBO, ALFONSO GREGG and GARRETT
MEAD cleared the way to get West Hills back in the game.
|Granite Hills senior
Jalen Carter tries to elude the grasp of West Hills
senior Devon Hathaway Friday night. (photo
courtesy Nathan Price, youatplay.com)
Moyer connected with Carr in the second quarter from
36 yards out to tie the game, then in the third quarter,
a West Hills drive was helped by a pass interference
call to put the Wolf Pack in scoring position, and Moyer
would find Carr again, as the senior would make space
behind the defender following a fake move to the inside,
and he hauled in a 19-yard perfectly thrown ball from
The Eagles were able to march a third-quarter drive
down to the West Hills 33, but Carr broke up a fourth-down
pass attempt by Collins.
In the fourth, Granite Hills thought they had made
an interception in West Hills territory following one
officials' signal, but the 50/50-ball was ruled a completion.
The Wolf Pack extended the drive with a completion to
Carr, then senior CADE CALVERT booted a 27-yard field
goal for a two-score lead with 3:30 left in the game.
Collins moved the Eagles swiftly, then got a Play-of-the-Week-type
catch from MICHAEL LEDESMA, who made a one-handed diving
grab at the 4. Collins scored on a short keeper to the
left, to make it 24-21.
Granite Hills' on-side attempt was short of ten yards,
but the Eagles were able to hold with the aid of a penalty,
and get the ball back at their own 14 with 59.4 seconds
remaining. The Eagles were able to pick up a first down,
but couldn't move into scoring position nor have a short
enough field for a last-second bomb, as the game ended
on a deflection near the Wolf Pack 30.
Ledesma broke up a fourth-down pass attempt at the
goal line in the first quarter to squelch a Wolf Pack
JACOB SHAW ran the ball over 100 yards
broke the century mark, said West Hills coach
TYLER HOWARD had a fumble recovery on the kickoff in
the second quarter that led to the Packs 2nd touchdown.
Calvert contributed 3 PATs.
The kicker made some kicks and that was the difference
in the game, Ash said. With one minute remaining
and Granite Hills down by 3, we stopped them on defense,
the coach added. Defensively the standouts in
the game for us were Mead and Gregg.
MONTE VISTA 57, EL CAJON VALLEY 7 The
Monte Vista Monarchs scored 29 points in the first quarter
and built a 43-7 halftime lead in Fridays (Oct.
17) Grossmont Valley League Homecoming game.
The Monarchs hammered out 456 yards and 7 touchdowns
as they improved their season record to 5-3, 2-0 GVL.
The victory allowed Monte Vista to earn a share of the
TRE OWENS and FREDDIE SIMS set the scoring pace for
Monte Vista as they each scored 2 touchdowns.
Ten Monarchs contributed to the scoring, including
kicker MATT GOFIGAN, who was 6-for-6 on PATs.
El Cajon Valley (2-5, 0-2) avoided the shutout with
an 80-yard touchdown run by MATTHEW SHEARIN in the opening
ARMY-NAVY 47, FOOTHILLS CHRISTIAN 14
Army-Navy opened up a 27-0 lead on the visiting Knights
in Pacific League action Friday night (Oct. 17). Foothills
Christian closed the game to 27-7, but trailed 34-7
After Army-Navy opened the lead again, The Knights
got a score to make it 41-14.
face-off against injury-riddled Foothillers in Hills
By Bill Dickens
Steele Canyon got stung last week with their loss
to Helix and will be fired up to boost their record
Grossmont, on the other hand, is charged up and figures
they can run with best of them in order to raise their
record (3-3, 0-1) in the Grossmont Hills League in Fridays
(Oct. 17) meeting in Cougar Canyon.
With offensive stars JAKE HARR (107.8 ypg, 6 TDs) and
ALIJAH AVANT (21-for-370, 3 TDs) out for the season
with injuries, the workhorse for the Foothillers in
the passing game is expected to be receiver HUNTER REINER
(39-for-485, 6 TDs). Grossmont has had some tough luck
with their quarterbacks getting injured, as well, so
the QB call is up in the air. Harr suffered a broken
collarbone last week, while Avant is sidelined with
a knee injury.
Defensively for Grossmont MALIK HAYES has logged 43
tackles, JACOB DENSON (42 tackles, 2 fumble recoveries),
JAKE LOPEZ (37 tackles), CHAZ CADWALADER (30 tackles)
and JOSH McFAUL (29 tackles).
Steele Canyon counts on the powerful arm of junior quarterback
DOMINICK WOOD-ANDERSON (31-for-56, 5 TDs). Two of his
favorite targets are DEREK TYLER (12-for-331 catches,
3 TDs) and ROOSEVELT JOHNSON (17-for-264 and a touchdown).
RILEY JONES will handle the ground game, averaging 47.7
ypg and recording 5 TDs.
On the defensive side WILLIE FAIR (42 tackles, 3 sacks,
a fumble recovery and 2 interceptions) leads the Cougars
This one will be close, but the pick goes to (more...)
Highlanders defense a steel curtain
following third-straight shutout
By Bill Dickens
LA MESA (10-11-14) When it comes to perfect
games the Helix Highlanders are right at the top of
the list. In fact, Helix has posted three consecutive
The Highlanders (5-1, 1-0) latest victim was
Grossmont Hills League opponent Steele Canyon (5-1,
0-1), which Helix dealt their first defeat of the season
with a shocking 41-0 shutout.
One thing about the Highlanders that tends to get overlooked
is their defense, which has allowed slightly more than
100 yards a game. Are the Highlanders a runaway defense?
There is plenty of argument to suggest that assessment.
CHRISTIAN CHAVEZ logged 2 sacks, and MICHAEL BENJAMIN
and FORREST HANLON each had a sack.
This is not to say that the Highlanders cant
register points on the scoreboard, because they certainly
can. DaSHAWN KEIRSEY exploded for a 22-yard pass from
quarterback MICHAEL AUSTIN for the Highlanders
NATHAN STINSON bolted for two touchdowns one
for 39 yards, the other for 92 outracing a pack
of defenders with ease.
ZEKE NOA would stun the Cougars when he intercepted
a ball and raced 77 yards for the touchdown.
Not to be overlooked in the running game was Austin,
who dashed on a quarterback keeper for 66 yards. Sophomore
receiver MUGEN BLUE picked up the final score for Helix
with a 10-yard run.
Kicker MATTHIAS LAYTON was 5-for-6 on PAT kicks.
Steele Canyon struggled mightily but the game belonged
to the Highlanders from start to finish.
VALHALLA 38, MOUNT MIGUEL 26 Valhalla
picked a perfect night for its Homecoming Friday (Oct.
10). For the first time this season, there was a nip
in the air as the temperature dropped just enough to
be called football weather. It was a lot
hotter on the field, as the two foes amassed nearly
1,000 yards of offense to the delight of the crowd.
Valhalla, junior quarterback PHILLIP NASEH was on fire.
He lit up the scoreboard, throwing 4 touchdown passes
and gaining 372 yards, while completing 18 of his 29
tosses, as the Norsemen vanquished Mount Miguel, 38-26.
He also rushed for 66 yards on 18 of 29 carries.
The Norsemen got the ball first, starting at their
20-yard line. Sophomore running back JEROME JOHNSON
smashed through the defensive line on his first carry,
picking up 9 yards. Naseh then threw a dart to wide
receiver JAKE BASSETT for a 15-yard gain to the Valhalla
39-yard line. The drive quickly stalled, however, after
linebacker CHRIS CALZADILLAS dragged down the runner
for a 1-yard loss on 2nd-and-5 at the Norsemen 44-yard
Valhalla was unable to convert on third down and had
to punt, giving the Matadors an opportunity to show
their stuff. The Norsemen defense set the tone early,
forcing the Matadors to punt without getting a first
With great field position at the Moun tMiguel 49-yard
line after the punt, Valhalla quickly advanced to the
31-yard line. where a hard hit dislodged the ball from
the runner; senior linebacker MICHAEL NODALO recovered
the fumble for the Matadors at their own 33 yard line.
This time, the Matadors didnt disappoint its fans.
Senior quarterback JACOB CASTILLO connected with senior
wide receiver CHRISTIAN GARCIA for a 73-yard TD bomb.
After sophomore kicker JOEL BEAS split the uprights,
MountMiguel jumped to an early 7-0 lead, with 6:07 left
in the first quarter.
Starting once again at their 20-yard line, the Norsemen
put it in gear. Naseh rifled a pass to senior wide receiver
JULIUS FRAZIER for a 22-yard gain on first down. On
the next play, he hit wide receiver SKYLAR COLEMAN for
17 more to the Matadors 36-yard line. After a
couple of nifty runs by Johnson and RAHSHAUN SHARPE,
Valhalla was knocking on the door inside the 10-yard
We had excellent balance, said Valhalla
coach CHARLES BUSSEY. We did a great job of spreading
the ball around. When you can do that youre gonna
Naseh picked up his first TD of the evening for Valhalla
when he found Bassett open in the left flat for a 5-yard
touchdown, receiving great pass protection from sophomore
offensive lineman JACOB SMITH . Sophomore kicker JACOB
PAAPE (5-5 PATs), knotted the game at 7-7, with 3:33
left to play in the initial period.
Mid-way through the second quarter, Valhalla took the
lead when DASHAWN KINISTON blocked a punt deep in Mount
Miguel territory that was recovered by junior linebacker
TREY SCHIMKE in the end zone, giving the Norsemen a
14-7 lead with 7:01 left in the second stanza.
Later in the same quarter, Valhalla extended its lead
to 21-7 when Sharpe hauled in a perfect center screen
pass from Naseh and quickly turned on the afterburners
for a 69-yard touchdown, with 2:36 left to play before
The Matadors got fired up on the ensuing kickoff when
junior running back ANTOINNE HAMILTON broke several
tackles returning the kick 33 yards to the MountMiguel
42-yard line. On second down, running back CURTIS HIBLER
slashed his way to the Valhalla 8-yard line for a 39-yard
gain. He followed that up with an 8-yard TD burst on
the next play, narrowing the gap to 21-14 at halftime.
It was a good omen at halftime when Valhalla senior
defensive back JOHNNY TOMA was crowned Homecoming King,
but as the second half opened, it appeared that the
Matadors were going to tie the game on their first possession.
Hamilton ripped off back-to-back runs of 27 and 28 yards,
all the way to the Valhalla 3-yard line, but at the
end of the last scamper, Norsemen defensive back JAMES
WOODS ripped the ball loose and linebacker CADE BAKER,
who was a force on defense all evening, recovered the
fumble for the Norsemen.
Well rested after the halftime festivities, Valhallas
offense put together a 17-play drive that culminated
in a 19-yard Paape field goal, and, with 5:59 remaining
in the third quarter, Valhalla upped its lead to 24-14.
Bender (32) attempts a tackle against the Matadors
Friday night. (photo
The Norsemen defense responded in kind. MountMiguel
started its next drive at its 34-yard line, but after
quickly getting to its 46-yard line, Valhalla defenders
DANIEL BENDER and JACOB WALZ smothered the ball carrier
for a 5-yard loss. Castillo then threw a quick-hitter
to Hibler for a 9-yard gain, but on 4th and 1 at the
Norsemen 46-yard line, East Countys leading tackler,
junior linebacker LOGAN BAKER, caught the ball carrier
from behind in the backfield and dragged him to the
ground for a 1-yard loss, giving Naseh and the Valhalla
offense another opportunity.
It took one play to do so. Coleman got behind his defender
and Naseh lofted a strike to his receivers outstretched
arms. Coleman had to extend to catch it on the dead
run, and just as he was losing his balance
he dove across the goal line for a spectacular 53-yard
pass-catch-run, increasing the Valhalla lead to 31-14,
at the 3:06 mark in the third quarter.
Not to be outdone, on the opening drive of the fourth
quarter, Frazier grabbed a pass from Naseh at the Mount
Miguel 35-yard line, abruptly stopped to make the defender
miss him, immediately changed direction, juked a would-be
tackler, and sprinted to the end zone to put the game
out of reach, 38-14, with 8:55 remaining.
The Matadors scored two TDs late in the 4th quarter,
with Castillo galloping into the end zone for a 7-yard
score, and senior wide receiver JAYVON JONES hauling
in an 8-yard pass from Castillo.
The fact that we won this game gives us an excellent
chance of making the playoffs, Bussey said. We
figure if we win one more, were in.
|Grossmont's Jacob Denson (10)
and teammates tackle an El Capitan ball carrier
Friday night in La Mesa. (photo
courtesy Linda Byerline) For
more coverage click here http://photosbylb.zenfolio.com/f167182419
EL CAPITAN 63, GROSSMONT 28 Two years
ago, El Capitan head coach RON BURNER stated, "I
don't know how good we will be this year, but in two
years, we will be awfully tough."
The time has come.
The 5th ranked Vaqueros (6-0, 1-0 Grossmont Hills League)
invaded El Cajon to tackle the resurgent Grossmont High
Foothillers (3-3, 0-1 GHL) on Friday night (Oct. 10).
And El Cap was bringing a load. A scary combination
of offense and a punch of defense the likes the school
has never seen. The result was an overwhelming 63-28
win in the opening of league play.
"We saw a few things on tape and put them into
our game plan", said Burner. "We thought if
we could get settled early, we had a great opportunity
Getting 'settled early' is code for BRAD CAGLE. The
senior QB is in his 3rd full season at the helm of the
El Capitan offense and he looked every bit the leader
from the opening kickoff. Cagle did it through the air
(302 yards and 4 TD's) and he did it with his legs (82
yards rushing, 2 TD's).
"We knew Grossmont wanted to prove something tonight,"
said Cagle. "When they tried to take away the run,
it gave us an opportunity to open some things up."
That might be the understatement of the year.
Cagle needed just 51 seconds on the first drive. After
a short pass to ISAIAH CAPOOCIA and a short Capoocia
run, Cagle surveyed the field on 3rd down and 4 on his
own 48-yard line. As Capoocia broke free over the middle,
Cagle's pass found him in midstride and 52 yards later,
El Capitan led 7-0.
High flying offense is certainly a Foothillers trademark
though. And the Hillers responded with a drive of their
own. It would take them a little over 3 minutes to answer.
JAKE HARR had runs of 7 and 12 yards and hauled in a
20-yard reception. On a first and 10 from the Vaquero's
37-yard line QB CALVIN FARRIS scanned the near sideline
and found wideout AJ SHAW for the 37-yard grab. With
8:45 left in the first quarter, the game was knotted
If ever there was sign of things to come, it was on
the next El Capitan drive. After a 5 play drive stalled
at the Grossmont 11-yard line, they lined up for a short
28 yard field goal attempt. Grossmont burst up the middle
and blocked the attempt and it appeared that the drive
was thwarted. But the block had moved past the line
of scrimmage and was touched by a Grossmont player and
recovered by the Vaqueros.
It took Cagle only 3 plays to torture the Foothillers
with his 2nd TD pass of 10 yards.
|Grossmont's Jake Harr (32) prepares
to receive a handoff during the first half against
El Capitan Friday night in La Mesa. (photo
courtesy Linda Byerline) For
more coverage click here http://photosbylb.zenfolio.com/f167182419
Farris wasn't nearly done though. Starting on his own
20, Farris found HUNTER REINER for a quick-hitting catch
and run for 50 yards to the El Cap 30-yard line. Farris
then gained 6 yards on a keeper. Then on a rollout to
his right he located KAHLEED DAVIS for a 26-yard score.
The two teams had played only 7 minutes and 20 seconds
in the first quarter and were tied 14-14.
Those anticipating a shootout were not being disappointed.
The teams were on a pace for 60-plus points apiece.
Unfortunately for Grossmont, El Capitan would be the
only team to get there. The Vaqueros reeled off the
next 42 straight points.
The downpour started when the Foothillers had Cagle
stopped at the Grossmont 21-yard line. The Vaqueros
decided to forgo another field goal and go for it.
Having bottled up Cagle in the backfield, Cagle spun
quickly to his left to avoid the rush and as he neared
the far side line, he found a seam up the sideline and
went untouched 21 yards for his first rushing TD.
Grossmont wasn't doing themselves any favors either.
At one point they had 5 of their 6 drives end in interceptions.
The first ended with a Capoocia (7 catches, 142 yards,
3 TD) touchdown from Cagle to make it 28-14. The next
found another Cagle scramble that made it 35-14 on the
25-yard TD run.
"Both running TD's were on broken plays,"
said Cagle. "I was just trying to keep the play
alive and managed to shake free."
Cagle would next find Capoocia on a 19-yard hook-up
to extend the lead to 42-14.
"Coach put in some new formations for me this week
to try and single me up," stated Capoocia. "We
thought we'd be in a dogfight tonight but we were prepared."
This wasn't only the Cagle and Capoocia show though.
Senior running back DJ SMITH (19 rushes, 82 yards, 2
TD) got into the action on the next series with a 3
yard bashing up the gut. The defense had 5 picks and
a fumble recovery, and senior safety SAM CÉLÈBRE
decided to get in on the fun. Having already intercepted
Farris once, Mueller snagged a tipped pass at the 35-yard
line and raced into the end zone for a 56-14 bulge.
Grossmont would add 2 late TD's on passes to KHALEED
DAVIS (7 receptions, 124 yards 2 TD) and Reiner (8 for
111, 1 TD). While Farris would end up throwing for 368
yards and 4 TD's, those stats were offset by the 5 interceptions.
We didnt help our cause much with the turnovers,
Foothillers coach TOM KARLO said.
"We stressed all week that we wanted to get off
to a good start in league," said coach Burner.
"We've done that, but now it's all about Valhalla,
and we will start those preparations tomorrow."
Harr left the game in the first half with a possible
broken collar bone.
MONTE VISTA 45, SANTANA 10 Santana presented
its homecoming crowd with a rousing start, jumping out
to a 10-0 lead early in the second quarter of the Grossmont
Valley League opener. However, the Monarchs carried
the game from there behind a pair of touchdowns for
both LEE WADE JR. and JORDAN JOHNSON.
The duo have now accounted for 13 touchdowns this season
for Monte Vista
Running back ZACH LEWIS scored on a 14-yard touchdown
run around the right side in the second quarter for
Santana, his sixth touchdown of the season, which put
the Sultans ahead 7-0 after a scoreless first. Reliable
senior kicker JACOB HAMPSON continued to show why he
is one of the EastCounty's best place-kickers, as he
booted a 46-yarder to give the Sultans their lead.
A turnover led to the start of Monte Vista's comeback.
Wade and Johnson both had a touchdown in the second
quarter, while MATT GOFIGAN would provide a 25-yard
field goal to send the Monarchs into halftime with a
Monte Vista linebacker CHRISTIAN TOVES intercepted
a pass and returned it 36 yards down the right side
on the Sultans first drive of the second half.
The Monarchs' defense then held Santana to a three-and-out,
then put together a 55-yard drive, capped by a 3-yard
TD run by Johnson for a 31-10 lead.
After another three-down stop by the Monarchs, Wade
turned in a 54-yard burst up the field for a touchdown,
asserting the Monte Vista advantage.
Putting the work in up front for the Monarchs were
senior JOSH CASTANEDA, ALEJANDRO BUSTOS and ERIC LASGASSE.
Senior DOMINIC KOSTAMO had three receptions for 33
yards for the Sultans, while sophomore SPENCER GULIHUR
paced the defense with 10 tackles. DAKOTA HARP recovered
a fumble for Santana.
|West Hills senior lineman Esteban
Flores (58) wraps up an El Cajon Valley ball carrier
during the Wolf Pack's 36-7 win over the Braves
Friday night. (EastCountySports.com
WEST HILLS 36, EL CAJON VALLEY 7 The
Wolf Pack (5-2) won its inaugural Grossmont Valley League
opener over the Braves in front of the Homecoming crowd
Friday (Oct. 10).
After the Braves opened the game with a modest drive,
the Wolf Pack went 87 yards on their first drive of
the game behind the running of JACOB SHAW, to set up
a play-action pass from quarterback SPENCER MOYER to
senior receiver DEVON HATHAWAY for a 23-yard touchdown
connection at 3:53 of the first quarter.
After the Wolf Pack defense held El Cajon Valley to
a three-and-out, they ran Shaw to near midfield, then
Moyer scrambled left in a short play design, then Carr
took the route upfield, and the quarterback floated
an open pass for a catch-and-run hook-up of 40 yards,
giving West Hills a 13-0 lead.
Hes an old school football
player, Wolf Pack coach CASEY ASH said. Hes
one tough kid who wont back down.
El Cajon Valley's ensuing drive gave promise to the
visitors' chances, as quarterback MERITON HASANI took
off running for a pair of first-down gains, which moved
the ball to the Wolf Pack 30. Braves' star back MATTHEW
SHEARIN needed just two carries from there, including
a 3-yard score to close the gap to 13-7.
After the teams traded special teams highlights
as both teams pinned the other inside the 2 on back-to-back
possessions West Hills got a big defensive play
to send the momentum to the home side for halftime.
El Cajon Valley failed to execute the short snap, as
they were backed up near the goal line, and Wolf Pack
senior ALFONSO GREGG fell on the scramble for the football
for a defensive score in the final minute of the first
Moyer threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to 6-foot receiver
RAPHY CARR with 11 minutes remaining in the game.
CHRISTIAN 56, CORONADO 0 Many believed
that last year's Patriots (6-0, 1-0 Central League)
team that won a San Diego C.I.F. Division III championship
was the best to ever step foot on the field. If that
was true, this year's squad is putting forth a good
argument that they are just as good, if not better.
Every year it's a homecoming ritual for alumni to pack
the stands at Granite's Hills Valley Stadium and this
year they got a real treat as the Patriots pitched a
perfect game and threw in a few wrinkles to keep them
Perhaps the lone mistake was on the opening kickoff
when ADRIAN PETTY bobbled the ball a bit. Even that
though is nitpicking because he calmly picked it up
and took it 92 yards for a touchdown and the rout was
Then the fun began...
All his life six-foot-four, 300 pound left tackle LAITHE
ISENMANN has been anchoring the offensive line blocking
for teammates. On this night however, he got his chance
to his mitts on the ball as he took an inside hand off
on a reverse and darted 13 yards for a touchdown.
Junior quarterback DAVID TODD JEREMIAH was 25-for-31
passing on the night for 307 yards and 5 touchdowns,
but his favorite pass of the night came straight out
of Christian's bag of tricks.
He took a snap and threw a lateral pass to BRANDON
HESTER who quickly returned the favor by tossing it
right back. Jeremiah caught it and calmly chucked a
perfect strike down field to TREVOR HOWELL for a 40-yard
Howell finished the game with 9 receptions, 175 yards
and 2 touchdowns. CHAD HUMPHRIES scored touchdowns on
each of his two catches and MICHAEL TOBIASON had 3 catches
for 21 yards and a score.
TRI-CITY CHRISTIAN 50, FOOTHILLS CHRISTIAN 33 -
In a wild affair Saturday afternoon in Vista, the Knights
took a 14-12 lead in the first half, but Tri-City struck
back, and quickly, to go into halftime ahead 42-20.
But Foothills offense would continue to show its steady
improvement, putting up two more touchdowns on the hosts
to close to within 43-33. (more)...
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