SDSCIF CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT
OPEN DIVISION (complete
Friday, Nov. 21
Helix (9-2) 58, Ramona (8-3) 35
Friday, Nov. 28 - 7 p.m.
(1) Cathedral Catholic vs. Helix (10-2)
DIVISION I (complete
Friday, Nov. 14
(8) Grossmont (6-5) 57, (9) Westview (3-8)
(7) El Camino (5-5) 31, (10) Valhalla (4-7)
(5) Point Loma (9-2) 47, (12) Mount Miguel
Friday, Nov. 21
(7) El Camino (7-5) 33, (2) Steele Canyon (7-4)
(1) La Costa Canyon (6-5) 47, (8) Grossmont
DIVISION II (complete
Friday, Nov. 14
(5) West Hills (9-2) 41, (12)
Imperial (6-5) 27
Friday, Nov. 21
(1) El Capitan (11-0) 48, Mt. Carmel (6-6)
(4) Brawley (10-1) 29, (5) West Hills (9-3)
Friday, Nov. 28 - 7 p.m.
Brawley vs. (1) El Capitan
DIVISION III (complete
Friday, Nov. 14
(9) Parker (6-5) 41, (8) Monte Vista (6-5)
(5) Granite Hills (8-3) 55, (12) Patrick
Henry (5-6) 28
Friday, Nov. 21
(2) Christian (11-0) 42, La
Jolla (6-6) 38
(5) Granite Hills (9-3) 38, (4) Fallbrook
Friday, Nov. 28 - 7 p.m.
Granite Hills vs. (1) Hoover
Morse at (2) Christian
DIVISION IV (complete
Friday, Nov. 14
(8) El Cajon Valley (3-8) 49,
(9) Horizon Christian Academy (5-6) 34
Friday, Nov. 21
(1) The Bishop's School (11-0) 62, (8)
El Cajon Valley (3-9) 0
CIF championship games
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|Adrian Petty is off on the game-decisive
64-yard touchdown run during the fourth quarter
Friday night, as Christian edged La Jolla, 42-38,
in the San Diego Section CIF Playoff quarterfinals.
Week 13 - SDCIF Quarterfinals
East sends four teams through in wild
night of quarterfinals
Helix, El Capitan, Granite Hills,
Christian advance to semis
By Jim Lindgren
SPRING VALLEY (11-22-14) No matter how the ball
bounced, this would have been a sweet-tasting victory
or a tough pill to swallow for either team. The winner
moves on to the semifinals of the CIF San Diego Section
Division I playoffs, the loser turns in its gear.
Six lead changes in the second half ultimately favored
El Camino when Antonio Garcia chipped in a 26-yard field
goal with 31 seconds to play to give the Wildcats a
wild, 33-31, win over Steele Canyon on Friday night
(Nov. 21) at Steele Canyon.
Keep in mind this was a 0-0 game until 5:30 remained
in the second quarter, a 9-3 El Camino lead at halftime
and a 17-16 Steele Canyon advantage heading into the
Then the scoreboard went cuckoo with five alternating
scores and ultimately an upset W by the
No. 7-seeded Wildcats (7-5) over No. 2 Steele Canyon
That was crazy, Steele Canyon coach SCOTT
LONGERBONE said. From 9-3 (at halftime) to 33-31,
that was wild.
El Camino, playing with a heavy heart on the discovery
of one of its team leaders had been diagnosed with leukemia
just three days ago, rallied behind a backup quarterback
who found out hed be starting his first varsity
game about 30 minutes before kickoff.
You gotta credit their guys, Longerbone
said. They made some big plays.
Its a tough way to go out, but at least
we went out swinging.
El Camino senior nose guard D.J. Ingram, who started
the season at 6-foot-3 and 250 pounds was admitted to
the hospital last week after losing about 40 pounds
during the past several weeks. His diagnosis on Tuesday
stunned the Wildcats faithful. Ingram started chemotherapy
on Wednesday and is expected to be hospitalized for
at least another month.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to that kid,
Longerbone said. Were all out there playing
football. You never want to hear about things like that.
Wins or losses, you just hope and pray that kid gets
On top of that, El Camino had to scratch star quarterback
Sergio Lopez in pregame warm-ups due to a recurring
back injury he suffered three weeks ago.
His replacement, Beau Gallegos, played like a veteran,
completing 10-of-22 passes for 273 yards and two touchdowns.
That backup QB, he really came through for them,
Longerbone said. We were prepared all week for
their starter, but their backup did a great job.
Gallegos, truth be told, was helped immensely by receiver
Eric Wilson, who hauled in five receptions for 200 yards,
including a nifty catch over double coverage that turned
into a 78-yard TD to give the Wildcats a 30-24 lead
with 8:40 to play.
That No. 6, boy, hes a stud, Longerbone
said. We had him double-covered, and he still
caught the ball, stayed in bounds and made the play.
El Camino has won eight section championships but none
since 1999. The Wildcats have not made the semifinals
They will get another shot next Friday against No. 3-seed
St. Augustine (6-5) at Mesa College. El Camino coach
John Roberts was a top assistant coach at St. Augustine
before taking the El Camino head coach job last spring.
Steele Canyon ended a campaign that saw an improvement
of four wins over last years 3-8 squad that lost
to Mission Hills, 56-35, in the Open Division playoffs.
Our seniors did a great job all season,
Longerbone said. They went from three wins last
year to seven wins. I cant say enough about them
This team has been a real pleasure to coach.
Im very proud of our guys.
And the future looks bright. We return a lot of
key players next year.
Among them will be junior quarterback DOMINICK WOOD-ANDERSON,
who threw for 310 yards and three touchdowns on 12-of-27
attempts with two interceptions (the last one coming
in desperation time with no timeouts remaining).
ROOSEVELT JOHNSON caught five passes for 122 yards,
including a 76-yard TD that gave the Cougars a 31-30
lead with 2:27 to play.
Noteworthy on that one was that it came on a fourth-and-4
call after a timeout by the Cougars.
Man, that fourth-and-4, and we went big. That
was awesome, Longerbone said. We thought
we had them there.
Not quite. El Caminos Wilson returned the ensuing
kickoff 60 yards to set up the winning score. From the
39, Gallegos scrambled twice for 12 yards apiece before
El Camino settled into field-goal formation for the
JORDAN JOHNSON racked up 127 yards on four receptions,
including a 68-yard TD in the third quarter that cut
El Caminos lead to 16-10.
Steele Canyon then took its first lead when Wood-Anderson
kept on an option play to the left side for an 8-yard
TD that made it 17-16 with 3:03 left in the third quarter.
El Camino went up again early in the fourth quarter
when limited-used fullback Nathan Williams scored his
second touchdown on a 2-yard blast with 11:35 to play.
Earlier, Williams burst free for a 42-yard TD run to
give the Wildcats a 16-3 lead two plays after Steele
Canyon misfired on a fake-punt pass attempt on a fourth-and-4
from its 43-yard line. Williams more than doubled his
season output with 113 rushing yards and his first two
The Cougars made it 16-10 when JORDAN JOHNSON took a
short pass from Wood-Anderson and turned it into a 68-yard
TD with 8:46 to play in the third quarter. Jordan Johnson,
like Roosevelt Johnson, finished with 122 receiving
yards on just three catches.
Steele Canyon took its first lead, 17-16, on Wood-Andersons
El Camino countered with a nine-play, 84-yard TD drive
to go up 23-17. Four plays later, Wood-Anderson fired
a strike to DEREK TYLER in the end zone for a 22-yard
TD to give the host a 24-23 lead.
Three plays later, it was El Camino up 30-24 when Gallegos
tossed to Wilson for the 68-yard score.
Roosevelt Johnsons improbably TD gave Steele a
31-30 lead, but the Wildcats snared the win on Garcias
field goal two minutes later.
Remember this game started as a defensive slugfest.
Anthony Taele scored first, taking a short rollout pass
from Gallegos and turning it into a 21-yard TD with
5:30 to play in the first half.
Steele Canyon sliced that to 6-3 on a 41-yard field
goal by ALEXANDER RAYA with 3:32 left.
El Camino countered with a 21-yard field goal by Garcia
to make it 9-3 at halftime.
Steele Canyon managed just 74 yards and four first downs
(two by penalties) in the first half.
We told our kids at halftime, the plays are there,
Longerbone said. We just have to make em.
Senior linebacker WILLIE FAIR, as per norm, had a huge
game defensively for the Cougars. MARVIN CALDWELL (sack),
DYLAN HAMLET (sack) and Roosevelt Johnson also stood
out on defense.
HELIX 58, RAMONA 35 Once beaten Ramona,
in a lop-sided 42-0 victory by Helix earlier this season,
had to endure another drubbing by the Highlanders in
Friday nights (Nov. 25) SDCIF Open Division quarterfinals.
Helix quarterback MICHAEL AUSTIN started the scoring
with a 25-yard run early in the first quarter. DaSHAWN
KEIRSEY followed shortly thereafter with a TD of his
own one of three he scored on the night on two
aerials and a 65-yard punt return.
Austin was hot on this night and would finish with
four scoring passes and one rush. He completed 19 of
27 passes for 382 yards.
At the end of the first quarter MEKHI STEVENSON scored
on a 76-yard pass from Austin and also grabbed an interception,
returning it 42 yards. NATE STINSON logged a TD on a
4-yard run and SCOTTIE YOUNG scored on a 25-yard pass
from Austin. ZEKE NOA was another recipient of one of
Austins passes as he scored from 8 yards out.
NICK SOLIZ logged 5 tackles and 3 pass break-ups, while
FORREST HANLON and EMMANUEL ALAILIMA each recorded a
sack for the Highlanders.
Kicker MATTHIAS LAYTON was 7 of 8 on PATs and also
contributed a 32-yard field goal.
The score was 30-7 at halftime as the Highlanders
defense held Ramona in check throughout the first two
Ramona came out strong after intermission and made
a brave stand, scoring 28 points to go with their first
quarter touchdown, but it was too little, too late and
the outcome was never in question.
Helix will travel to Cathedral Catholic next Friday
(Nov. 28) for a semifinal game against one of the two
teams that has beaten the Highlanders this season.
|El Capitan senior
star D.J. Smith rushes the ball out of trouble during
the first quarter of the Vaqueros' playoff win over
visiting Mt. Carmel at Wendell Cutting Field Friday
EL CAPITAN 48, MT.CARMEL 6 BRAD CAGLE
and the Vaqueros won for the 11th time this season without
a loss. The veteran quarterback threw for two scores
and ran for another, as El Capitan controlled the Sundevils
in the SDCIF Division II quarterfinals Friday (Nov.
El Capitan scored on its second drive when Cagle hit
his brother ZACH CAGLE with a quick seam pass, and he
took it untouched for a 57-yard score at 5:33 of the
Brad Cagle got the Vaqueros into scoring position late
in the first quarter with a 33-yard pass to ISAIAH CAPOOCIA,
then closer with a wild, spinning scramble for a 34-yard
gain down to the 5, then the shifty-footed QB skirted
in for the score on the next play, giving the hosts
a 14-0 lead with 0:19 left in the quarter.
Zach Cagle had a tackle-for-loss in the first quarter,
while senior corner JAMES OWEN had a sack. Then, to
start the second, ball-hawking senior safety JARRED
TURNER went to his knees for an interception just outside
the Sundevil 40.
Senior back D.J. SMITH then took a sweep left to gain
a first down, followed by a short completion from Cagle
to set up first-and-goal. Smith capped his work with
a 3-yard TD run at 9:29 for a 21-0 lead.
Mt. Carmel got a big kick-off return to set up a drive
that resulted in a touchdown on a fourth-down play that
culminated following a wild QB scramble.
However, the Vaqueros would nullify the score when JOEY
LaCHAPPA got a touchdown on a 75-yard play on a completion
from Cagle, who got the pass off under the constant
pressure of the Mt.Carmel, although they had a tough
time bringing the Vaqueros' leader down.
Smith added a 54-yard touchdown in the second quarter
and a 10-yard score in the third.
El Capitan's TAKOTA CURO had field goals of 21 and 31
|Christian High junior
receiver Nick Sexton fights off a defender during
the fourth quarter of the Patriots' playoff win
over La Jolla Friday night (EastCountySports.com
CHRISTIAN 42, LA JOLLA 38 The Patriots
gave their fans the most thrilling victory of the season
Friday night (Nov. 21) in the SDCIF Division III quarterfinals.
They can thank the La Jolla Vikings for that, as Christian
faced its fastest opponent of the season and needed
every stride to secure a victory in the fourth quarter.
ADRIAN PETTY's 63-yard touchdown run early in the fourth
quarter gave Christian the final margin of victory,
as they won a clock, and field-position battle late.
The Vikings led 7-0 after one quarter, but Christian
tied the game on a 49-yard hookup from quarterback DAVID
TODD JEREMIAH to NICK SEXTON with 10:02 left in the
second. Sexton caught a short pass down the line of
scrimmage on the left side, then out-raced his man to
the corner and had clear sailing up the sideline.
After the Vikings stunned the hosts with a pair of
second-quarter touchdowns, including a pick-six by La
Jolla's Anthony Stanley, who picked off a batted pass
by a fellow defender just beyond the line of scrimmage,
to take a 24-7 lead, Christian reached into their bag
of tricks and got a 55-yard pass play from BRANDON HESTER
to TREVOR HOWELL for a touchdown.
Christian then held the Vikings to a short possession
and countered for a final score before halftime on a
long pass from Jeremiah to Howell with 1.2 left. Jeremiah
scrambled in the pocket, lofted a deep pass down the
middle that Howell actually bobbled once before securing
behind the defender, before cruising into the end zone.
The Patriots opened the second half with a ball-control
drive led by Petty. Jeremiah then hit Sexton for a conversion
on third down to take the ball to the La Jolla 15, where
Jeremiah found Howell on the next play to give Christian
a 28-24 lead with 8:06 left in the third.
The Vikings quickly countered with a big-play touchdown
covering 71 yards, taking the lead back, 31-28, in just
under a minute.
After Jeremiah threw an interception, the Vikings cashed
in with a short scoring drive, taking a 38-28 lead with
4:05 left in the third.
Petty returned the ensuing kick to the 41, and on the
next play, Jeremiah fired a quick out to Sexton, who
out-maneuvered his man with a spin, then up the right
side before cutting back to the middle for the goal
line, to cut the deficit to 38-35 with 3:43 left in
Christian's defense squelched the next drive as JOEY
MARONES and HUNTER ARVAN combined on a sack, then Howell
recorded an interception at the Pats' 27.
That set up big-play A.P. Adrian Perry for his
big jaunt. The junior back hit a quick stutter-step
delay on a toss to the right, then exploded through
the hole back up the middle against an over-committing
defense, and off to the end zone, giving Christian the
lead on the first play of the fourth quarter.
Marones had a sack, then a penalty, ended La Jolla's
next drive. Christian then took off six minutes of the
fourth-quarter clock, mostly behind Petty, before La
Jolla made a late fourth-down stop after Christian decided
against kicking a field goal, which would have made
the margin 7.
The Vikings were denied on the final drive by an offensive
interference penalty, and finally, a pass defended by
Hester on the Vikes' final play.
GRANITE HILLS 38, FALLBROOK 7 The Eagles
went to Fallbrook and stunned the hosts with a stifling
defense. And of course, a heavy dose of SETH COLLINS
and MICHAEL LEDESMA.
Collins hit RYAN ROJ for an 18-yard touchdown pass that
put Granite Hills ahead 14-0 in the first.
Earlier, Ledesma had a 5-yard score with 8:45 left in
the opening quarter, as he took an inside handoff after
coming across in motion, then easily skated in for six.
The Eagles controlled the first half, especially defensively,
making two fourth-down stops. The Eagles led 17-7 at
halftime of Friday nights (Nov. 21) SDCIF Division
III encounter as neither team could get a threat together
for most of the second quarter. Roberto Ramirez had
a TD run for the Warriors that cut it to 14-7 early
in the second.
Ledesma capped the scoring with a 7-yard run around
the left side in the fourth quarter after the Eagles
forced another turnover on downs, while THOMAS YOUMOG
had a 7-yard score in the third quarter.
Ledesma had a 3-yard touchdown run in the third quarter
on the same play that seems to work every time for Granite
Hills , as the Eagles led 31-7 into the fourth.
RILEY REYES had a fumble recovery for the Eagles in
the third quarter following his own strip of a Fallbrook
runner, while JAKE ENGLISH recorded 4 sacks for minus
36 yards and JARRED BRADLEY also had 4 sacks for minus
Overall, it was a huge night for the Eagles' defense,
as KELLEN GAEIR, GABRIEL JOHNSON, CHASE GANDY, ALEX
MACK and TRAYSHAWN WRIGHT shutdown the Warriors for
nearly three quarters of the game. Also a big contribution
came from BILLY CUMMINGS, as Granite Hills continued
the pressure in the second half, nearly recording a
safety on one particular play.
Granite Hills also blocked a punt.
LA COSTA CANYON 47, GROSSMONT 28 The
Foothillers shocked the hosts early, taking a 14-7 lead
following RICKY VALDEZ's 2-yard touchdown run with three
minutes left in the first quarter of Friday nights
(Nov. 21) SDCIF Division I quarterfinals, then extending
the advantage to 21-7 on a 32-yard touchdown run by
junior ALEX LILLIARD.
Lilliard opened the scoring with a 2-yard touchdown
run just 1:40 into the contest, but the Mavericks tied
the game, 7-7. On his 32-yard jaunt, Lilliard got the
big blocks up front from MARCUS MORGAN, LOGAN CANDELARIO
and MICHAEL BYERLINE to spring him into the secondary
and into the end zone.
Senior MALIK HAYES had an interception off a pass coming
on a fake field-goal attempt and subsequent 20-yard
return to set up Lilliard's run that gave Grossmont
the two-score lead.
The Mavericks would quickly tie the game, however, 21-21,
as the teams went into halftime. LCC had an interception
return for a touchdown, which extended the Mavs' lead
to 31-21 with 4:09 left in the third quarter.
LCC put up a third-consecutive score in the third quarter
before Grossmont answered when quarterback CALVIN FARRIS
had a 3-yard touchdown run to close the gap to 38-28.
The Mavs also recorded a safety.
BRAWLEY 29, WEST HILLS 13 The Brawley
Wildcats scored on their first four possessions, and
won the SDS-CIF Division II quarterfinal in the desert
Friday night (Nov. 21)
The Wildcats opened with a length-of-the-field drive,
capped by a 20-yard scoring run. Brawley led 20-6 with
5:36 left in the first half, extending its 14-6 lead.
West Hills countered the Wildcats first score with a
9-yard touchdown pass from SPENCER MOYER to TAJ BROOMFIELD,
as Moyer faked a handoff to the right from the right
hash, and that allowed Broomfield to slip away to the
left, and with enough field to beat the chasing defenders
after he caught a short screen.
West Hills turned the ball over during a miss-timed
snap from a read-set. West Hills couldn't seem to get
a break in the first half, especially from the officials.
JACOB SHAW had a 2-yard touchdown run for the Wolf Pack.
BISHOPS 72, (8) EL CAJON VALLEY 0
Following their first SDCIF Division IV playoff win
in nine years, the Braves season ended with a
loss to Bishop's.
The Braves won their first playoff victory in nine years
last week against a Horizon team that finished fourth
in the Coastal League.
What they went up against in Friday's Quarterfinal
Round, however, was a top-seeded Bishop's squad that
ransacked that same league by a wide margin and came
in undefeated at 10-0)
Six first-half possessions resulted in 6 touchdowns
and to make it an even longer Knight for ECV, Bishop's
kicker Chris Alleyne took the second half kickoff 98
yards for a score. That was followed up with a 22-yard
pick-six by Jack Case to make it a 55-0 lead.
|El Cajon Valley quarterback
Meriton Hasani carries last Friday night during
the Braves' first playoff win in nine years, as
the Braves beat Horizon (EastCountySports.com
SDCIF Playoffs Quarterfinals
teams try to weather playoff storm
EL CAJON (11-20-14) The San Diego Section football
quarterfinals will commence on Friday (Nov. 21) at 7
p.m. for all divisions.
updated East County season statistical leaders -
through week twelve as of 11/18/14
RAMONA (8-2) at (3) HELIX (8-2) The last
time these teams met Helix smothered Ramona 42-0. This
time around, in the SDCIF Open Division, the Highlanders
figure to roll over the Bulldogs once again but it should
be much closer . . . Helix 44-28.
EL CAMINO (6-5) at (2) STEELE CANYON (7-3)
El Camino, probably one of the most hardluck teams in
the San Diego Section since they repeatedly lose close
games, is ready to break out at any moment. Friday nights
Division I game may be their last chance. Quarterback
DOMINICK WOOD-ANDERSON is the main ticket for the Cougars
. . . Steele Canyon 32-22.
GROSSMONT (6-5) at (1) LA COSTA CANYON (5-5)
The high-scoring Grossmont Foothillers may surprise
the No. 1 rated Mavericks in Fridays SDCIF Division
I quarterfinal . . . La Costa Canyon 33-30.
(8) MT. CARMEL (6-5) at (1) EL CAPITAN (10-0)
The Vaqueros of El Capitan have yet to lose and dont
figure to do so against Mt.Carmel in Fridays SDCIF
Division II meeting. The Vaqueros have to avoid an upset
when they take on the Sun Devils . . . El Capitan
(5) WEST HILLS (9-2) at (4) BRAWLEY (9-1)
This game is anybodys guess as the two teams have
similar records. Brawley will have the advantage of
the home crowd and they get noisy out in the desert.
The Division II quarterfinal will be a close one . .
. West Hills 37-31.
(5) GRANITE HILLS (8-3) at (4) FALLBROOK (7-3)
The Eagles will travel to North County Friday for the
SDCIF Division III quarterfinals. These two teams are
ranked among the better crews in the county, but the
Eagles have a double-double offensive unit in quarterback
SETH COLLINS and quarterback-running back MICHAEL LEDESMA.
The nod goes to . . . Granite Hills 27-24.
(10) LA JOLLA (6-5) vs. (2) CHRISTIAN (10-0)
at Granite Hills The Patriots will be
hard pressed to overcome the high-scoring Vikings, whose
record belies their potential. This Division III SDCIF
quarterfinal could tilt either way as Christian doesnt
figure to relinquish its record . . . Christian 48-38.
(8) EL CAJON VALLEY (3-8) at (1) BISHOPS (10-0)
El Cajon Valley would like nothing more than
to play spoiler in the Division IV SDCIF quarterfinal
against Bishops. It might be an uphill battle
but the Braves want it pretty bad. Unfortunately desire
and defeat start with the same letter . . . Bishops
|Granite Hills junior Riley Reyes
runs with the ball during the Eagles' playoff win
over visiting Patrick Henry Friday night in El Cajon.
Eagles spread wings for playoff win
By Jim Lindgren
EL CAJON (11-15-14) As talented, fast and multi-dimensional
as MICHAEL LEDESMA is for Granite Hills, its sometimes
hard for him to pick out his favorite highlight from
a Friday night football game.
Was it the sparkling 66-yard touchdown run around
right end in which he eluded several would-be tacklers,
broke free of a couple grasps and raced to the end zone
to give the Eagles a 21-point cushion midway through
the third quarter?
Or was it the amazing 30-yard touchdown grab in which
he dived, stretched and somehow hauled in the improbable
completion while skidding toward the end zone sideline
that gave the Eagles their first 21-point spread early
in the second quarter?
In the fourth quarter, there also was an 8-yard TD
scamper and a relatively ho-hum 2-yard scoring sprint,
but those were not in the running for Best of
Show on this Friday night (Nov. 14) when Granite
Hills routed Patrick Henry, 55-28, in the first round
of the Division III playoffs at Valley Stadium.
Its really close between the 70-yarder (66
actually) or the diving catch, Ledesma said. If
I had to choose
I dont know.
Told by an observer he would eventually choose the
30-yard diving catch, Ledesma conceded, OK. Ill
go with that one.
Ledesmas four-TD night along with another stellar
performance by quarterback SETH COLLINS propelled the
No. 5-seeded Eagles (8-3) past No. 12 Patrick Henry
(5-6) and into a quarterfinal matchup with No. 4 Fallbrook
(7-3) next Friday night (Nov. 21) at Fallbrook.
After a drought of 27 years without a postseason win
on the field, Granite Hills won two playoff games last
year before losing to San Marcos, 28-17, last year in
the Division III semifinals.
We had a lot of confidence all year, Ledesma
said. I felt in all my heart that we should have
won that semifinal game last year. Confidence rolls
and flips over.
|Granite Hills wide
receiver Michael Ledesma celebrates with quarterback
Seth Collins (1) following another touchdown hook-up
during Friday night's playoff win by one of the
East County's leading - and most spectacular - passing
Granite Hills has now won three in a row after losing
three in a row after starting the season 5-0.
Listed as a wide receiver, Ledesma finished with 134
rushing yards and three TDs on only six carries, two
catches for 38 yards and a TD and a 35-yard kick return
that on the next play led to a 48-yard
touchdown pass from Collins to a wide-open ROB AGERBEEK
that made it 28-6 with 2:47 before halftime.
Collins two touchdown passes came on only four
attempts, and none of his passes hit the turf. Collins
was 3-of-4 passing for 86 yards with one non-consequence
interception. More dangerous afoot, he rushed for 133
yards on 14 carries, including a magnificent 51-yard
touchdown scramble to open the second half and a 35-13
They (Ledesma and Collins) did a good job tonight,
Eagles coach KELLAN COBBS said. Our offensive
line did a great job, getting to the edge on those sweeps.
Despite giving up 28 points, 352 total yards and 21
first downs, the Eagles defense provided a major boost
with two interceptions and significant return yards
in the first half.
Those interceptions and the return game did a
good job getting us good field position, Cobbs
RILEY REYES posted his first rushing touchdown on the
Eagles first possession to make it 7-0, a 4-yard
end-around executed to perfection.
After CHASE GANDY intercepted a Henry pass and returned
it 29 yards, THOMAS YOUMOG scored five plays later on
a 6-yarder to make it 24-0. Early in the second quarter,
Reyes fourth interception of the season that he
returned 40 yards led to Ledesmas highlight TD
catch and a 21-0 lead.
|Granite Hills wide receiver
Michael Ledesma leaves a trail of ground rubber
trying to cut against Patrick Henry defenders Friday
Ledesma had five TDs against Central, and his four
against Henry gives him 23 for the season. Collins now
has 17 rushing scores and 12 TD passes.
Theyve got speed, Henry coach Mike
Martinez said. That really hurt us tonight.
The Patriots finally got untracked late in the second
quarter, scoring twice in the final 2:56 to make it
an intriguing 28-13 game at halftime.
Five plays into the second half, this game was over.
On the third play of the third quarter, Collins scored
on a zig-zagging 51-yard run that probably covered 95
yards of real estate to make it 35-13.
After Henry reeled off a nice scoring drive, Ledesma
took the Eagles second snap for his 66-yarder
to go up 41-20.
With a barely missed extra-point attempt, Granite Hills
scoring line wound up 14-14-13-14 for 55 points. The
Eagles top mark this year was 56 against El CajonValley,
and they also posted 54 against Santana. Granite Hills
had beaten Patrick Henry 48-24 in Week 3.
Ledesmas first score of the fourth quarter made
it 48-20. A 15-yard face-mask penalty on the Patriots
was tacked onto the ensuing kickoff, and Granite Hills
SID RODRIGUEZ recovered an onside-kick attempt at the
39-yard line that led to Ledesmas fourth score
with 6:57 left. The 55-20 lead led to a running clock
for the remainder of the game, and Granite never ran
The Eagles finished with 445 total yards, including
72 rushing yards from Youmog on 11 carries.
Honestly, with the way their offense was going,
it felt like a closer game, Cobbs said.
CAMERON ROJAS (three pass defenses), KELLEN GAEIR (batted
pass in the backfield), Ledesma and Riley paced the
It was a good win, Cobbs said, Hopefully
we can keep it going. Fallbrook is a good team. They
run the wing-T (offense) really well.
Since 1986, Granite Hills had lost 14 straight playoff
games on the field it was rewarded a 2-0 forfeit
win against Mt. Carmel in 1997 before going 2-1
last year and barely missing a chance for their first-ever
San Diego Section championship.
The Eagles are 14-21 all-time in the playoffs since
Granite Hills opened in 1960.
As for the turnaround in Granite Hills postseason
fortune, Cobbs stated, Its always exciting
to win playoff games. Hopefully it will be a more regular
thing around here than its been in the past.
WEST HILLS (9-2) 41, IMPERIAL (6-5) 27
No. 5 seed West Hills upended Imperial in Fridays
(Nov. 14) first round of the San Diego Section Division
West Hills won for the eighth-straight game by shutting
down the balanced Tigers' offense 41-24.
TAJ BROOMFIELD scored on a 1-yard touchdown run with
about eight minutes left in the first quarter, as West
Hills led 7-0 after one.
JACOB SHAW had a 1-yard touchdown run late in the second
quarter, which extended the Wolf Pack's lead to 20-7.
DEVON HATHAWAY had a 56-yard scoop-and-score in the
first minute of the second half to make it 27-7. Senior
JOEY WILSON pressured a receiver who was getting a behind-the-line
screen pass that was dropped. Hathaway was the man-on-the-scene
to pick up the ball and race down the left side for
Broomfield added a 52-yard scoring reception from quarterback
SPENCER MOYER, who hauled in a high pass down the right
side with about eight minutes left in the third quarter
to make it 34-7.
With seven minutes left in the game, Hathaway scored
from 3 yards out to make it 41-20.
West Hills will travel to the desert to face 9-1 Brawley
in the quarterfinals Friday (Nov. 21).
|El Cajon Valley senior
slot Fadi Putrus carries during the Braves' home
playoff win over Horizon Friday night. (EastCountySports.com
EL CAJON VALLEY (3-8) 49, HORIZON (5-6) 34
The Braves were virtually unstoppable on offense, and
the El Cajon Valley Sack Exchange came up big during
the game's final stanza, as the hosts won in the playoffs
for the first time in nine years.
El Cajon Valley jumped out to a two-touchdown lead
in the first quarter, but the Panthers came back to
tie in the second quarter on a 13-yard quarterback keeper.
The Braves scored a touchdown with under two minutes
to go in the first half.
El Cajon Valley forced a fumble in the first quarter
and converted the turnover into a touchdown four plays
later on a 19-yard score.
The Braves scored on a six-play opening drive, capped
by a 9-yard run.
Horizon closed to within 21-20 on a touchdown early
in the third quarter, then made a big red-zone stop
on fourth down following big-play runs from MATTHEW
SHEARIN and MERITON HASANI. Shearin had a 12-yard touchdown
run to tie the game at 28-28.
Shearin had a great game, said El Cajon
Valley coach NORMAN WHITEHEAD. He played both
ways. And Hasani played great as well, finishing with
2 TDs and 141 yards rushing.
El Cajon Valley's FAAMAMA LAUIFI had an interception
off a deflected pass late in the third quarter, while
teammate PIETRO ANDERSON had a tackle-for-loss, also
near the end of the third quarter. Anderson finished
with 13 tackles, 3 sacks and caused a fumble.
Shearin rushed for a short touchdown with 9:03 left
in the game.
NICK JONES had a third-down sack in the fourth quarter,
setting up a 43-yard TD run by Shearin immediately following
the change of possession. Jones had 7 tackles with 3
sacks and a knock-down pass that led to an interception.
The Braves' defense came up big midway through the
fourth when Shearin knocked a possible touchdown pass
out of the receiver's grasp, then Lauifi and Jones stopped
the Panthers' for a tackle-for-loss on fourth down to
force a turnover on downs.
Our O-line was great, said Whitehead.
Hats off to our OL CUAUHTEMOC GUTIERREZ,
BREYDEN CHESTNUT, STEVE SARKISSIAN, ADEL MORALES, Pietro
Anderson and MUHAMAD TAHIR.
FADI PUTRUS, a senior, had a remarkable 38-yard touchdown
run that saw him bounce, spin and get out of the grasp
of defenders en route to the end zone.
Putrus played great rushed for 58 yards
and a score, Whitehead said. We rushed for
546 yards. MARTIN PATTI had 7 touchbacks and did a great
Late in the game, Jones and Anderson combined for a
sack, then Jones got a solo sack on the next play. Anderson
would later add another sack on the game's final drive.
Horizon got a touchdown with 2:25 left, but Shearin
turned a 3rd-and-6 play into a 61-yard touchdown run
with 1:38 left.
El Cajon Valley junior linebacker TAYLER PANNEL finished
off the Panthers with a final-drive sack.
Milliken (blue) sacks the Westview quarterback Friday
night during the Foothillers' home playoff win Friday
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GROSSMONT (6-5) 57, WESTVIEW (3-8) 34
RICKY VALDEZ rushed for three touchdowns for Grossmont,
which tallied 582 total yards in the wild home San Diego
Section Division I playoff win Friday night (Nov. 14).
CALVIN FARRIS had an 80-yard catch-and-run touchdown
pass to A.J. SHAW to get Grossmont on the board after
Westview opened up with a 14-0 edge.
Valdez banged off a tackler en route to a 12-yard score,
as Grossmont led 37-34.
Grossmont worked a short on-side kick on the left side
to perfection when kick KYLE PINEDA beautifully angled
a short-bouncer over the front line, allowing junior
MARCUS MELERO to easily roundup the free ball.
Grossmont led 44-34 when B.J. GONZALEZ made a diving
interception to seemingly seal the win.
Blocking the way for the 5-10, 205-pound senior Valdez
were seniors LOGAN CANDELARIO, TRISTON COX, SCOTT FOHRING,
MICHAEL BYERLINE and TARIQ BOUTROS
Grossmont will face No. 1-seed La Costa Canyon (5-5)
next Friday night.
EL CAMINO (6-5) 31, VALHALLA (4-7) 17
It was a long bus ride to Oceanside for the Valhalla
football team. After being stuck in traffic for more
than 2 hours, the Rancho San Diego team finally arrived
at El Camino for a first round San Diego Section playoff
game Friday evening (Nov. 14), just a short time before
the scheduled 7:00 p.m. kickoff.
It was a longer ride home, even though it took much
less time, after being on the wrong end of a 31-17 decision.
Even though the Norsemen lost the game, they showed
coach CHARLES BUSSEY they have talent, desire, and a
lot of gritall good ingredients for next season.
The Norsemen wanted to get off to a fast start with
their hurry-up offense. Junior quarterback PHILLIP NASEH
started with a quick hitter to junior wide receiver
KEVIN FRANCIS for an 11-yard gain to the Valhalla 31-yard
line. Then junior running back RAHSHAUN SHARPE ripped
a 9-yard gain up the middle, followed by a nifty 13-yard
dash on an option play around left end into El Camino
territory, to the 46-yard line. The drive fizzled after
a sack and two incomplete passes, forcing a punt by
sophomore JACOB PAAPE.
Valhallas defense got off to a good start as well.
The Wildcats opened from their 19-yard line following
Paapes punt. On first down, quarterback Sergio
Lopez threw a quick pass in the right flats that was
dropped by the receiver as he heard junior linebacker
LOGAN BAKERs thundering footsteps closing in;
the pass was backwards, officially making it a lateral
and not a pass. Baker alertly pursued the ball, as did
the would-be-receiver who pounced on the ball as Baker
pounced on him for a 12-yard loss. So much for fast
On the next play, Garcia completed a 23-yard pass, just
enough for a first down at the El Camino 30-yard line.
The home team systematically moved the ball downfield
to the Valhalla 25-yard line. On 2nd and 7, Garcia sprinted
up the middle, squirted free and cruised into the end
zone. The kick was good and the Wildcats led 7-0, with
5:30 left to play in the first quarter.
Late in the first quarter El Camino was on their 35-yard
line and called a middle screen pass. Unfortunately,
Valhallas rather large junior nose guard CHRIS
YOHE swatted the ball right to his cohort on the defensive
line, ANTHONY HANNA, who picked it off and returned
the interception 16 yards to the Wildcats 14 yard
line, giving the visitors the opportunity to knot the
score before the end of the first period. Three successive
running plays only netted 2 yards, however, so the Norsemen
settled for a Paape 27 yard field goal to open the second
quarter, tightening the score to 7-3.
A 40 yard return on the ensuing kickoff gave the home
team great field position at their 45 yard line. Six
plays later, running back Nick Donaldson scored from
3 yards out, extending the Wildcats lead to 14-3,
at the 8:44 mark of the second stanza.
Valhalla had good field position to start its next offensive
series, at its 42 yard line. Naseh and crew went to
work. First, he connected with senior wide receiver
SPENCER HENDERSON for a 9 yard gain to the El Camino
49 yard line. Then, after sophomore running back JEROME
JOHNSON ripped off an 8 yard gain to the EC 41, Naseh
found Henderson open again across the middle to the
Oceanside teams 28 yard line.
Two plays later, senior wide receiver SKYLAR COLEMAN
took off down the left sideline for the end zone; Naseh
spotted him and lofted a pass to Colemans left
side as the receiver entered the end zone. Coleman made
a spectacular one-hand catch, and, after Paape (3-3
PAT) split the uprights, Valhalla was back in business,
trailing only 14-10 with 6:29 remaining in the first
Not to be outdone, El Caminos offense quickly
moved downfield in an attempt to regain a comfortable
lead before intermission. Six plays later, the Wildcats
had a 1st and goal from the Norsemen 3 yard line. The
Wildcats coaching staff called for the ever-popular
center screen pass on the next play, but junior linebacker
TREY SCHIMKE sniffed it out, waited until the last second,
and then stuck his big paws up and snatched the ball
out of the air before it could find a receiver. Schimke
returned the interception 10 yards to the Valhalla 13
yard line, giving the Norsemen a chance to take the
lead before the first half ended.
Naseh methodically directed traffic as the Valhalla
offense scooted downfield into El Camino territory,
following a 20 yard pass from Naseh to Henderson (6
receptions, 94 yards) to the EC 36 yard line. Two plays
later, an El Camino defender tipped a pass, which re-routed
it to another EC defender, Eric Wilson, who returned
the interception 62 yards for another TD, giving the
home team a 21-10 halftime lead./
El Camino got the ball to open the second half, but
could only manage a 42 yard field goal, adding to its
lead, 24-10, with 8:16 remaining in the third quarter.
Valhalla wasnt intimidated and came roaring back.
Facing a 3rd and 15 from his 20, Naseh worked some magic
with Henderson, who ran a perfect flag route from right
to left; Naseh hit him in full stride across the middle,
and, after shaking off one tackler, Henderson motored
for 35 yards to the EC 45 yard line.
On the next play, sophomore Johnson showed why he is
going to be a force the next two years: he ran right
through several would-be tacklers for a 22 yard gain
to the EC 23 yard line. Naseh then threw a dart to a
diving JAKE BASSETT who gathered it in on his way to
the ground for a nice pickup to the Wildcats 11
yard line. The drive stalled, however, when the Norsemen
were unable to punch it in from the 4 yard line, turning
the ball over on downs.
Early in the 4th quarter, disaster struck. Naseh threw
a quick hitter to Coleman for a completion at the Norsemen
30 yard line. Coleman managed to break at least one
tackle before being dragged to the ground. When he hit
the ground, the ball popped out. In a very controversial
call, it was ruled a fumble, and, after a 20 yard return
to the Valhalla 11 yard line, the home team was back
in business until junior cornerback JORDAN ELLIS
picked off an errant pass at the 1 yard line and returned
it to the 9 yard line, pumping up the Norsemen sideline.
Once again, the gritty Valhalla offense came to play.
Sharpe ripped off a 20 yard run to the Valhalla 32.
Then Bassett made another diving, sliding catch on the
right sideline for a 34 yard gain to the EC 40 yard
line. Some nice runs by Sharpe and Johnson moved the
ball to the Wildcats 29 yard line. Bassett then
capped his high school football career on a high note,
as he caught a pass in traffic over the middle and fought
his way to the 4 yard line. Two plays later, Johnson
bruised his way into the end zone, making it a one-score
game, 24-17, with 6:15 left to play.
On the next series, controversy struck again. The Wildcats
quarterback lofted a pass to the end zone sideline;
the receiver came down with the ball, but appeared not
to have possession until he stepped out of bounds. Unfortunately
for the Norsemen, neither sideline reporters nor the
Valhalla fans get to make the calls; it was ruled a
touchdown, sealing Valhallas fate 34-17, with
only 2:55 left in the game.
For Valhalla, Nasseh finished 16-30-1 for 225 yards
and one TD. Logan Baker had his customary double-digit
tackles. And, keep this in mind. The Norsemen have a
lot of returning letterman next year, along with many
players from a very good JV squad. They should go deeper
into the playoffs next season.
FRANCIS PARKER (6-5) 41, MONTE VISTA (6-5) 21
Perennial power Francis Parker rolled over Monte Vista
in Friday nights (Nov. 14) Division III of the
San Diego Section opening round playoffs.
Both teams came out firing but the Lancers got on the
scoreboard first. Monte Vista followed shortly thereafter
when TRE OWENS charged for a 6-yard run into the endzone.
The Monarchs would not score again until the third
quarter when LEE WADE, JR. raced 5-yards for the TD,
then did it again for 10 yards with 3:58 left in the
Lancers quarterback Khaleel Jenkins threw for four
touchdowns and rushed for one. Two of those aerials
went to Jordan Genmark-Heath, one to Christian Sourapas
and one to Sterling Hayes as Francis Parker advanced
to the second round of the playoffs next Friday (Nov.
JOHNNY JONES led the Monarchs defense with 8
tackles, while ANDREW CANTY and JOSH CASTANEDA each
logged a sack. ANGEL URENA scooped up a loose ball in
a fumble recovery.
The game was only tied once at 7-7 before the Lancers
took a 20-7 halftime lead. The outcome was never seriously
in doubt after that.
POINT LOMA 47, MOUNT MIGUEL (3-8) 35
Mount Miguel senior star JACOB CASTILLO threw for five
touchdowns, but the visiting Matadors couldn't overcome
the Pointers at Balboa Stadium.
Matador senior GARY HASKINS was on the receiving end
of three of the strikes in the game, as the Matadors
tried a furious finish, which saw them tally three touchdowns
in the fourth quarter - including two to Haskins. The
first touchdown of the fourth quarter between the pair
was a 91-yard connection.
Castillo also had a short pass to ANTHONY GILMORE that
the speedy junior turned into a 32-yard touchdown, on
a designed play that had Gilmore slipping out of the
backfield after the linemen let the pass rush through.
The game was tied at that point, 14-14, as Haskins caught
his first TD pass from 14 yards out earlier in the period
to tie the game, 7-7.
However, the Pointers would dominate the third quarter
and take a 33-14 lead into halftime.
|Lee Wade Jr. carries
against West Hills during the Monarchs' league-deciding
showdown Friday night in Santee. (EastCountySports.com)
SDCIF Playoffs First Round
East County teams likely poised
for first-round success
By Bill Dickens
EL CAJON (11-13-14) Three teams in East County
have earned first round byes into the 2014 San Diego
CIF Playoffs SteeleCanyon (Div. I), El Capitan
(Div. II) and Christian (Div. III) and will begin
quarterfinal playoff games on Friday (Nov. 21). Helix,
in the Open Division, will also begin play in the quarterfinals
on Nov. 21.
Following are East County teams who will begin first
round play on Friday (Nov. 14).
(12) IMPERIAL (6-4) at (5) WEST HILLS (8-2)
West Hills has never won or even played for a section
football championship. But the Wolf Pack has a pretty
good shot at advancing in the Division II SDCIF playoffs
Friday night (Nov. 14) in Santee. West Hills wrapped
up its first Grossmont Valley League football championship
with a 4-0 record and are riding high . . . West
(10) VALHALLA (4-6) at (7) EL CAMINO (5-5)
This ought to be a good one as this Division I SDCIF
game is up for grabs. The Norsemen have a better than
even chance of tripping up El Camino as they count on
linebackers LOGAN BAKER and CADE BAKER on the defense
and running JEROME JOHNSON and quarterback PHILLIP NASEH
for offense . . . Valhalla 26-22.
(9) WESTVIEW (3-7) at (8) GROSSMONT (5-5)
Quarterback CALVIN FARRIS will lead the Grossmont Foothillers
in Division I play in the San Diego CIF first round
playoffs Friday night (Nov. 14) against visiting Westview.
The Foothills have had more than their share of injuries
and that could prove costly against the Wolverines .
. . Westview 21-20.
(12) MOUNT MIGUEL (3-7) at (5) POINT LOMA (8-2)
Struggling Mount Miguel will have its hands
full at Point Loma in Fridays (Nov. 14) Division
I SDCIF first round of the playoffs. The Matadors will
count on the running game of ANTHONY GILMORE and quarterback
JACOB CARRILLO. Point Loma has plenty of counterpunch
. . . Point Loma 28-10.
(9) FRANCIS PARKER (5-5) at (8) MONTE VISTA (6-4)
Only one pass was thrown in the Division
IV CIF showdown last year but it was good enough for
a touchdown and to give the Monarchs the victory. In
this years rematch the Monarchs will need more
firepower to get past Parker this time around . . .
Monte Vista 28-13.
(12) PATRICK HENRY (5-5) at (5) GRANITE HILLS (7-3)
Granite Hills has a solid 1-2 punch in SETH
COLLINS and MICHAEL LEDESMA that should be the difference
in this one in Fridays (Nov. 14) SDCIF Division
III playoffs. The Eagles beat the Patriots 48-24 in
the third game of the season. Now its a matter
of playing defense for the Eagles . . . Granite Hills
(9) HORIZON (5-5) at (8) EL CAJON VALLEY (2-8)
Some might not believe that El Cajon Valley,
which only had 2 wins in 10 games, might qualify for
Division IV playoffs. But the Braves managed to battle
their way into the postseason against Horizon, and get
a home game to boot . . . El Cajon Valley 7-6.
Fearless Forecasters Record
Last week: 7-1 (.875)
Season record: 115-20 (.852)
Michael Austin is wrapped up for a sack by El Capitan
senior Clay Cromwell during the first half of the
Vaqueros' Grossmont Valley League-clinching win
over the visiting Highlanders Friday night. (EastCountySports.com
Vaqueros roundup title
El Capitan controls
second half to cap perfect regular season; West Hills
wins Valley League championship
By Bill Dickens
LAKESIDE (11-8-14) Some might call it a shock,
but others realize that the Helix Highlanders finally
met their match in Friday nights (Nov. 7) encounter
with the El Capitan Vaqueros, who upended the Highlanders
24-17 in front of a capacity crowd in the final Grossmont
Hills League regular season game.
Helix drew first blood when JIHAD WOODS pushed his
way through a pack of defenders to score the first touchdown
of the game.
NATHAN STINSON followed with a 7-yard TD of his own
in the final seconds of the first quarter to boost the
Helix score to 14-0.
The second quarter was a different story.
The Vaqueros pulled out every option, starting with
the pint-size bearded Vaqueros mascot complete
with black cowboy hat and boots to match.
With 5:36 left in the second quarter, senior wide receiver
SAM MELERO raced to the endzone on a 20-yard pass from
Vaqueros quarterback BRAD CAGLE.
With just over a minute remaining in the first half
ZACH CAGLE grabbed a 10-yard pass from his brother BRAD
CAGLE and chalked up a TD to tie the game at 14-all.
The clock was showing 0:10.1 as Helix kicker MATTHIAS
LAYTON booted a 25-yard field goal to move the Highlanders
In the third quarter Vaqueros TAKOTA CURO converted
a 33-yard field goal to re-tie the game at 17-apiece.
Thats all the scoring either team would show in
The fourth quarter saw the El Capitan running back
D.J. SMITH plow one in from 3 yards out to log the final
winning score for the Vaqueros with 9:28 remaining.
Curo was 3-for-3 on PATs, plus his field goal, to
lend his foot to the victory.
It cant get a whole lot closer than it
was in this game, said an exultant Vaqueros coach,
RON BURNER, whose Vaqueros won their 10th straight victory.
|Monte Vista's Xavier
Wade jumps to try and deflect the eventual completion
to West Hills' Jacob Shaw (34) from quarterback
Spencer Moyer. (EastCountySports.com
WEST HILLS 21, MONTE VISTA 13 The last
time RON HAMAMOTO coached in a meaningful game at West
Hills, his club partied like it was 1999.
Then guiding Rancho Bernardo, it was 1999 when Hamamoto
and the Broncos whipped the Wolf Pack 71-48 in a playoff
game behind a San Diego Section-record 698 rushing yards.
was a different tune.
Now at the helm of Monte Vista, Hamamoto and the Monarchs
recorded a Princely 393 rushing yards, but
West Hills came up with more big plays to secure a 21-13
victory that gave the Wolf Pack their first league championship
West Hills senior running back JACOB SHAW rushed for
143 yards on 25 carries and scored two touchdowns to
lead the Wolf Pack (8-2, 4-0) to their seventh straight
victory and the Grossmont Valley League title by beating
Monte Vista (6-4, 3-1) in a winner-take-all showdown
on the blue Smurf turf at West Hills.
It feels amazing, said Shaw of the Wolf
Packs improbable run at the league crown. You
cant have too big of a head at the beginning of
the season, but we felt all the hard work we put in
would pay off.
Pay off it did.
Shaw scored West Hills first two touchdowns on
runs of 4 and 12 yards, then TAJ BROMMFIELD turned a
short pass from SPENCER MOYER into a 46-yard touchdown
reception to turn a 1-point game into a 21-13 lead with
6:14 left to play.
Monte Vista drove 49 yards in 13 plays on its ensuing
last possession, but the potential game-tying try ended
with an interception by WILL PETTY at the 10-yard line
with 1:10 left.
Shaw then rushed for 10 yards and DEVON HATHAWAY (three
carries, 82 yards) reeled off 23 yards before the Wolf
Pack took a couple of kneel-downs to wrap up a league
title that had eluded CASEY ASH in his 3-year stint
as West Hills head coach from 2008-2010.
We won nine in a row when I played here,
said Ash, a 1996 graduate of West Hills. But I
dont know if Ive ever been around seven
in a row as a coach.
Moving the chains consistently with 21 first downs,
West Hills rolled up 422 total yards. Moyer completed
14 of 24 passes for 189 yards with a touchdown and
remarkably his first interception of the season
in 176 attempts.
His first pick came in the end zone as Monte Vistas
CHARLES WEST corralled the errant toss to salvage a
7-7 tie just before halftime.
After a Senior Night halftime presentation, West Hills
took charge with a 10-play, 91-yard scoring drive that
Shaw capped with runs of 16, 28 and 12 yards to go up
Monte Vista, however, answered with a 13-play, 80-yard
scoring drive when LEE WADE Jr. tallied his second touchdown
with a 10-yard bolt around right end with 1:58 to play
in the third quarter. The PAT kick attempt went wide
left, leaving the Pack ahead 14-13.
To start the fourth quarter, West Hills SKYLER
PEYTON sacked Moyer for a 6-yard loss, and the Wolf
Pack began their final scoring drive, an 8-play, 71-yard
jaunt that culminated in Moyers TD pass to Broomfield.
Monte Vistas last drive started well with 13-
and 19-yard rushed by Wade, but it ended with Pettys
INT at the 10-yard line.
That play essentially set a couple of school records
for West Hills, which allowed zero pass completions
and obviously zero passing yards to go with interceptions
by Petty and Hathaway.
They run the ball so well, we needed to make sure
they didnt get anything through the air,
Ash said. We told our defense before the game
they have to allow no completions.
no completions. That they did!
If we could have just completed a couple passes,
wed have won this league, said Hamamoto,
who is in his third year as head coach at Monte Vista
after super-successful campaigns at USDHS, Rancho Bernardo
I tip my hat to them. They did everything they
needed to do to win.
The Monarchs 393 rushing yards were largely a
sum of Wades career-best 239 yards on 21 carries,
while JORDAN JOHNSON added 133 yards on 22 attempts.
Wade now has 1,264 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns,
and Johnson has 1,296 yards.
I think eventually the run game wore them down
a little bit, said Shaw, who topped the millennium
mark and now sits at 1,102 yards with 13 TDs.
With a 4-yard TD run by Shaw, West Hills took a 7-0
lead with 5:13 left in the second quarter to cap a 44-yard
drive after Esteban Flores recovered a fumble.
Monte Vista knotted the score at 7-7 a minute later
Wade followed a few great blocks and blasted 40 yards
for a touchdown.
This was the first league contest between these schools
since the Grossmont Conference split into two leagues
after the 1991 season. Monte Vista leads the overall
But with the win, West Hills improved its chances of
a bye in the first round of the Division II playoffs,
while Monte Vista will likely be on the road in the
first round of the Division III postseason.
With the way we run the ball, I dont think
anybodys going to be real happy to see us,
West Hills has never won or even played for a section
championship. Monte Vista lost to Sweetwater 7-0 in
last years Division IV title game in search of
its third section crown.
|Christian High star
Adrian Petty carries for a first down on a third-and-8
run from inside the 5. Petty had over 300 yards
rushing midway through the third quarter Friday
night, as the Patriots led 42-7 at halftime. The
Patriots went on for the victory in the regular
season finale. (EastCountySports.com
CHRISTIAN 49, SANTA FE CHRISTIAN 7 Christians
ADRIAN PETTY got to play a little more than usual this
week. It showed in his statistics.
Fri., Nov. 7
Grossmont Hills League
El Capitan 24, Helix 17
Grossmont 56, Valhalla 21
Steele Canyon 34, Mount Miguel 20
Grossmont Valley League
West Hills 21, Monte Vista 13
Granite Hills 54, Santana 7
Christian 49, Santa Fe Christian 7
University City 35, El Cajon Valley 7
Thurs., Nov. 6
Escondido Charter 46, Foothills Christian 3
Petty, a junior running back, rushed for over 360 yards
on just 17 carries - and had a 92-yard touchdown run
called back on a holding penalty with a four-touchdown
lead against one of the least penalized teams in the
county in Friday nights (Nov. 7) regular season
Petty had an 80-yard touchdown run on the last play
of the first quarter, as the Eagles were able to counter
the Patriots for one period, which actually extended
the playing time into the third quarter for most of
Petty had a touchdown run of 65 yards midway through
the second quarter, and added a 44-yard touchdown run
midway through the third quarter.
While Petty was the offensive star, it was J.D. PARKER
that shined brightest for the Christian defense.
Parker had a highlight-reel diving interception of
an option pass by a reversing end. Then, he had a short-field
pick-six to close out the first half.
After Petty had his long TD run called back, he immediately
answered with a 35-yard run on third-and-long backed
up inside the 10. Christian would convert the drive
into a score when DAVID TODD JEREMIAH threw a completion
to junior BRANDON HESTER to the 19. That set up another
completion to Hester for a first-and-goal, then Christian
cashed in on a touchdown run by CHAD HUMPHRIES off left
end with 15.5 seconds left in the first half, making
the Patriots' lead 35-7.
Humphries also had a 30-yard touchdown jaunt when he
caught a delayed crossing pattern from Jeremiah, then
bashed, slashed and wrestled away from a leg tackle
inside the 5 to get into the end zone.
Christian's fullback JOEY MARONES opened the scoring
with a touchdown reception early in the first quarter,
as he caught a dump-off pass following a blitz, and
raced the 13 yards into the end zone, getting a final
block from lineman WILLIAM HAIL. Patriot linemen LAITHE
ISENMANN and NATE CAZARES were there to lead the way
for Petty's big night. CODY KIRWAN has a first-half
sack for the Patriots.
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 (18) / 10-0 / 189
2 / Cathedral (1) / 9-1 / 167
3 / El Capitan / 10-0 / 152
4 / Mission Hills / 8-2 / 127
5 / Helix / 8-2 / 121 / 3
6 / Eastlake / 7-3 / 66 / 7
7 / Rancho Bernardo / 8-2 / 48
8 / Christian / 10-0 / 47 / 8
9 / Sweetwater / 10-0 / 39 / 9
10 / San Marcos / 9-1 / 31 / 6
Others receiving votes: Madison
18, Ramona 15, Bishops 10, Hoover 5, Torrey
Pines 4, Steele Canyon 3, West Hills
2, Bonita Vista 1.
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STEELE CANYON 34, MOUNT MIGUEL 20 Steele
Canyons PIERRE ALEXANDER, a junior running back,
rushed for a 58-yard touchdown in the first quarter
of Friday nights (Nov. 7) last game of the Grossmont
Hills League regular season and had a 65-yard score
in the fourth quarter, to help the Cougars pull away
to the home win in an exciting second half.
Steele Canyon quarterback DOMINICK WOOD-ANDERSON rushed
for a 1-yard touchdown to open the scoring following
DEREK TYLER's 79-yard kickoff return. That tied the
game at 7-7 in the first quarter. Later, the veteran
QB threw a 59-yard touchdown to ROOSEVELT JOHNSON in
the third quarter. Johnson caught a short pass over
the middle, then raced through what was left of the
defense to put the Cougars ahead, 19-13.
Junior back MALCOM ANDERS added a 2-yard touchdown
score behind his lineman CALEB OGORMAN, a sophomore,
in the third quarter, which gave the Cougars a 27-20
lead with 48.5 seconds left in the third quarter.
Alexander's first long TD put SteeleCanyon ahead 13-7
in the first quarter.
Mount Miguel got a great hookup in the third quarter
on a long pass from JACOB CASTILLO on a 27-yard touchdown
pass to CHRISTIAN GARCIA which tied the game, 13-13,
in the third quarter. The duo would hook up for another
beautiful medium-long pass to the right side against
coverage, that Garcia hauled in then danced around his
cover man for a score which would give the Matadors
a 20-19 lead.
GROSSMONT 56, VALHALLA 21 Fresh from
their stirring victory over Steele Canyon last week,
and eager to earn a home-field game in next weeks
playoffs, the Norsemen arrived at Grossmont Friday
evening (Nov. 7), fresh and ready to go in the final
game of the Grossmont Hills League regular season.
Alas, the Senior Night adulations for the Foothillers
outgoing cheerleaders and football players carried on
for nearly a half-hour past the normal 7 p.m. kickoff.
That delay seemed to take the wind out of Valhallas
sails. Of course, Grossmonts relentless offensive
attack might have had something to do with smashing
the Norsemen defense into submission as well in a 56-21
rout. After the dust settled, Grossmont will be hosting
its playoff game next week while the Norsemen put on
their travelin boots.
Valhallas defense did look good for one
play. Following the opening kickoff, Grossmont started
on its 26-yard line. On first down, Valhalla linebacker
DANIEL BENDER leveled the runner for a 1-yard loss.
On second down, the receiver dropped an accurate pass
from junior quarterback CALVIN FARRIS, setting up a
third and long. No problem. Farris threw a dart to senior
wide receiver HUNTER REINER for a 16-yard first down
at the Hillers 40 yard-line.
A few plays later Farris connected with junior wide
receiver KYLE PINEDA for a 15-yard gain to the Valhalla
47. On second down, Farris found senior wide receiver
AJ SHAW wide open down the middle for a 45-yard pass-catch.
Pineda, who also serves as the kicker, booted the PAT
through the uprights and Grossmont led 7-0, only 2 minutes
into the game.
A few minutes later, the potent Grossmont offense got
the ball back after Valhallas JACOB PAAPE punted
to the Hillers 10 yard-line, where it was fielded
by the Hillers' return man, who had a nifty, shake and
bake 29-yard return to the Foothillers 39-yard
line. Seven plays later, junior running back MATTHEW
LILLIARD pounded into the end zone from the 1-yard-line.
Once again, Pineda (8-8 PAT) cleared the goal posts,
giving the Foothillers a 14-0 lead with 4:41 left in
the first quarter.
Early in the second period, the Hillers were looking
to extend their lead, marching swiftly down the field.
On second and goal from the Norsemen 5-yard-line, Farris
eyeballed an open receiver in the end zone and zinged
the ball to him. Unfortunately, Valhalla linebacker
TREY SCHIMKE leapt into the air in front of the receiver,
intercepted the ball and returned it 25 yards to the
Valhalla 24-yard line.
|Valhalla quarterback Phillip
Naseh is tackled by Jake Lopez (5) of Grossmont
during their encounter Friday night. (photo
courtesy Linda Byerline) For
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Energized, the Norsemen put it in gear and started
their own march, assisted by a Grossmont pass-interference
call on 3rd and 12 from the Valhalla 22-yard-line. A
15-yard completion from Valhalla junior quarterback
PHILLIP NASEH to senior wide receiver SKYLAR COLEMAN
put the ball at the Hillers 44-yard line. On third
down, senior wide receiver JULIUS FRAZIER ran a precise
post route and Naseh hit him in full-stride for a 44-yard
TD. Paapes kick was true and Valhalla was back
in the game, trailing 14-7, with 7:28 remaining in the
It took only 1:02 to wipe out Valhallas resurgence,
when Lilliard broke at least 4 tackles on his way to
a 44-yard touchdown run, padding Grossmonts lead,
21-7, with 6:25 left until intermission.
The teams traded interceptions on the next two series;
Grossmonts BJ GONZALES picked off Naseh at the
Grossmont 42-yard-line. Three plays later, Valhallas
DASHAWN KINISTON swiped a Farris pass at the Grossmont
45 and returned it to the 17-yard line, giving the Norsemen
great field position, but the Norsemen were unable to
capitalize when Naseh, under extreme pressure, threw
an incomplete pass on 4th down.
Six plays later, Lilliard capped a 91-yard drive by
rumbling into the end zone from 5 yards out, upping
the score to 28-7 just 50 seconds before halftime.
In the 3rd quarter, Valhalla narrowed the gap to 28-14
when Naseh lasered the ball to senior wide receiver
SPENCER HENDERSON (6 receptions, 77 yards) for a 35-yard
touchdown pass with 8:18 remaining in the third period.
Grossmont answered shortly thereafter when senior defensive
back DAVID MAKAJ intercepted Naseh and returned it 18
yards for another Grossmont TD, making it 35-14, at
the 5:49 mark in the third quarter. Lilliard increased
the shellacking to 42-14 with a 3-yard run near the
end of the penultimate period.
Early in the 4th quarter, Valhallas sophomore
running back JEROME JOHNSON scored from 9 yards out,
but a minute later quarterback Ferris loped into the
end zone on a 9-yard TD run, ringing the bell 42-21
with 10:07 remaining in the game. Less than a minute
later, Lilliard raced 7 yards into the end zone for
his 5th TD of the game, finalizing the score at 56-21.
Grossmont amassed 521 yards of total offense and limited
Valhalla to 279 yards. Farris was 16-26-2 in the passing
department, with 243 yards and 1 TD. For Valhalla, Naseh
was 18-30-2, 202 yards and 2 TDs.
GRANITE HILLS 54, SANTANA 7 SETH COLLINS
rushed for two touchdowns in the first quarter of Friday
nights (Nov. 7) Grossmont Valley League last regular
game of the season and threw for another in the second
quarter, as the Eagles built a 42-7 lead by halftime.
Collins had TD runs of 66 and 12 yards, then junior
THOMAS YOUMOG had a 7-yard run to put the Eagles ahead,
21-0, in the first. Collins long run was one of
his typical keepers that has kept defenders chasing
him all season.
The Sultans only score would make it a contest in the
first when quarterback FRANKIE GUTIERREZ and ADAM CHILDRESS
had their familiar hookup this time for a long
85-yard score, to make it 21-7. Gutierrez had plenty
of time to wait for Childress to run by his defender
around the 40-yard line down the left side, where he
hauled in the heave and won the footrace for the bomb.
Junior LYDEN FRANKLIN turned in a 67-yard touchdown
run in the first quarter to put the Eagles back up by
three scores at the end of the first quarter. KALVIN
SANDERS and VICTOR GARCIA did the work up front, as
the Eagles pulled right to set the play.
Granite Hills' MICHAEL LEDESMA caught a 31-yard touchdown
pass from Collins, then had a 58-yard punt return, which
set up his own 1-yard score before halftime. Ledesma
got behind his defender on the 31-yard reception, as
Collins rolled right away from pressure from Santana's
Santana's NOAH JACKSON had an interception in the end
zone in the second quarter.
RYAN ROJ, a junior, got playing time at quarterback
in the second half, and he did his best Collins impersonation
with a 12-yard touchdown run.
UNIVERSITY CITY 35, EL CAJONVALLEY 7
MATTHEW SHEARIN carried the ball 29 times for the visiting
Braves only touchdown in Friday nights (Nov.
7) season-ending non-league contest.
El Cajon Valley registered 2 interceptions, one by
THOMAS NARAVETTE and one by TYSON SMITH.
Braves quarterback MERITON HASANI completed 3 of 8
ESCONDIDO CHARTER 46, FOOTHILLS CHRISTIAN 3
Escondido Charter picked up a season-ending Pacific
League victory over Foothills Christian on Thursday
(Nov. 6). No other information was provided about the
Helix, El Capitan,
West Hills, Monte Vista on brink of Grossmont league
By Bill Dickens
LAKESIDE (11-6-14) This is a classic duel where
these two Top 10 teams from the Grossmont Conference
will collide for the Grossmont Hills League championship
for the first time ever.
El Capitan (9-0, 4-0) has had a perfect season so far.
But that probably wont mean a whole lot to the
Helix Highlanders (8-1, 4-0) when they take on the Vaqueros
Friday (Nov. 7) in Lakeside.
This game is one of the biggest encounters that should
draw a huge crowd. Thats been the case in the
past, when the Highlanders won eight in a row.
Running off the field without a loss is undoubtedly
a feat to be proud of. But the Highlanders dont
intend to let the Vaqueros get away with that kind of
No. 3 Helix has surrendered an average of 6.2 ppg all
season, while No. 4 El Capitan is allowing 12 ppg.
The key to the Highlanders victories has been
East Countys leading rusher, NATHAN STINSON, who
has run for 1253 yards on 121 carries for 17 touchdowns.
Helix quarterback MICHAEL AUSTIN has passed for 1122
yards 75 of 124 completions with 11 TDs.
El Capitan, on the other hand, has been led by quarterback
BRAD CAGLE, who has passed for 1747 yards on 110-183
completions and 16 touchdowns. Receiver ISAIAH CAPOOCIA
has caught 47 passes for 743 yards and 12 TDS. D.J.
SMITH has rushed for 894 yards on 124 carries and 14
This is a tough one but the nod goes to . . . El
MONTE VISTA (6-3, 3-0) at WEST HILLS (7-2, 3-0),
7 In a game of survival for the Grossmont
Valley League championship, Monte Vista will travel
to East Santee Friday night (Nov. 7) to tackle West
Hills in the regular season finale.
Monte Vista is led by running backs JORDAN JOHNSON
(1163 yards on 122 carries, 9 TDs) and LEE WADE, Jr.
(1025 yards, 114 carries, 14 TDs). AUSTIN CAOLE (543
yards, 28-92 completions, 6 TDs) handles the quarterbacking
duties for the Monarchs.
The Wolf Pack will count on running back JACOB SHAW
(959 yards, 158 carries, 11 TDs), quarterback SPENCER
MOYER (1549, 87-152, 16 TDs) and receivers RAPHY CARR
(49 catches, 917 yards, 6 TDs) and TAJ BROOMFIELD (27
catches, 362 and 3 TDs).
With the championship on the line, this game basically
turns into a flip side, and the nod goes to . . . West
SANTA FE CHRISTIAN (5-4, 3-1) vs. CHRISTIAN (9-0,
3-0) at Granite Hills, 4 The Patriots
are about one TD away from completing a perfect 10-0
season. Its no fluke that Christian has rolled
over its opponents, both in the Central League and non-league.
The Patriots are proud that weve allowed
only one turnover (an interception) and one lost punt,
said offensive coordinator DAVID BEEZER.
Christian is averaging 199 yards rushing and 112 passing.
The Patriots are led by hard charging ADRIAN PETTY (87-1252,
19 TDs, 156.5 ypg), and quarterback DAVID TODD JEREMIAH
(136-190, 2092, 23 TDs, 23.7 ypg).
The receiving corps are led by NICK SEXTON (38-646,
6 TDs), Utah Valley bound shortstop TREVOR HOWELL (35-469,
4 TDs), and CHAD HUMPHRIES (20-468, 8 TDs). The Christian
defense is headed by JOEY MORONES (44 tackles and a
The Patriots own the offense and certainly wont
stumble against Santa Fe Christian . . . Christian
VALHALLA (4-5, 2-2) at GROSSMONT (4-5, 1-3), 7
The playoffs are well within reach of both teams as
they face off Friday night (Nov. 7) in a Grossmont Hills
East County leading quarterback CALVIN FARRIS directs
the Foothillers 1640 yards on 101-218 completions and
17 TDs. Receivers ALIJAH AVANT (370 yards on 21 carries,
3 TDs) and HUNTER REINER (697, 59 carries, 8 TDs) are
favorite targets. Grossmonts defense is headed
by JACOB DENSON (60 tackles, 2 fumble recoveries), MALIK
HAYES (50 tackles and a sack) and CHAZ CADWALADER (48
tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery) among others.
The Norsemens offense is directed by quarterback
PHILLIP NASEH (1571 yards on 125-229 passes, 9 touchdowns).
Hell be looking for receiver JULIUS FRAZIER (44
catches for 570 yards and 4 TDs). Running back JEROME
JOHNSON has amassed 782 yards on 154 carries and 10
The Foothillers always seem to come up with the offense,
but theyre going to need plenty to beat the Norsemen
. . . Grossmont 27-17.
SANTANA (4-5, 1-2) at GRANITE HILLS (6-3, 1-2),
7 This Grossmont Valley League game has playoff
connotations. The injury-plagued Sultans of Santana
have a shot at finishing at 5-5, but thatll be
hard to grind out because Granite Hills doesnt
appear ready to roll over in the GVL.
Granite Hills counts on double threat quarterback SETH
COLLINS, who has rushed for 629 yards on 72 carries
and 11 touchdowns, while also completing 44 of 93 passes
for 691 yards and 9 TDs. MICHAEL LEDESMA has rushed
for 398 yards on 66 carries for 9 TDs for the Eagles.
Dont look for the Eagles to fall . . . Granite
MOUNT MIGUEL (3-6, 0-4) at STEELE CANYON (6-3, 1-3),
7 Its been a rugged season for Mount
Miguel, which has lost six of nine contests this season
and all four of its Grossmont Hills League games. The
struggling Matadors will have their hands full against
Steele Canyon. Running back ANTHONY GILMORE has rushed
889 yards on 83 carries with 5 touchdowns to lead Mount
The Cougars need a victory to earn a prominent spot
in the playoffs. Quarterback DOMINICK WOOD-ANDERSON
(78-147, 1163, 10 TDs) will lead the Cougars attack
against the Matadors. His top target is receiver JORDAN
JOHNSON (14-220, 2 TDs). On defense for the Cougars
WILLIE FAIR has 88 tackles, 4 sacks, 1 fumble recovery
and 2 interceptions.
Look for the Cougars to continue Mount Miguels
losing skid . . . Steele Canyon 19-13.
EL CAJON VALLEY (2-7, 0-4) at UNIVERSITY CITY (5-4,
2-1), 6:30 The Braves have eyes on their
third win of the season as they visit University City
in a 6:30 p.m. non-league game Friday evening.
This is a chance to play spoiler for the Braves, who
could take a giant step toward the post-season if they
can sidestep the Centurions.
El Cajon Valleys chances hinge on MATTHEW SHEARIN,
who is headed for the Ivy League, and who has rushed
for an East County high 135 carries for 1366 yards and
17 touchdowns (151.8 ypg) . . . El Cajon Valley 37-27.
Thurs., Nov. 6
FOOTHILLS CHRISTIAN (0-9, 0-3) vs. Escondido Charter
(1-8, 1-2) at Orange Glen, 7 Foothills
Christian gets one more chance when the Knights close
the regular season against Escondido Charter in a Pacific
League finale. . . Escondido Charter 27-7.
Fearless Forecasters Record
Last week: 7-1 (.875)
Season record: 108-19 (.850)
|Valhalla sophomore running back
Jerome Johnson dives for the go-ahead touchdown
on a fourth down-and-goal play during the fourth
quarter of the Norsemen's come-from-behind home
win over Steele Canyon Friday night.
(photo courtesy dondemarsphotography.com)
Vaqueros set stage for East County
showdown after dispatching Matadors
SPRING VALLEY (1-1-14) About the best Mount
Miguel (3-5, 0-4) could have hoped to do in their contest
with El Capitan (9-0, 4-0) was to play spoiler, since
the Vaqueros are tied for first place with Helix (8-1,
4-0) with one regular Grossmont Hills League game remaining.
However, that didnt happen.
The Vaqueros were on top of their game as they defeated
Mount Miguel 34-14 in Friday nights (Oct. 31)
Halloween showdown to spoil the Matadors Homecoming
El Capitans D.J. SMITH got the Vaqueros on the
scoreboard with 140 yards rushing on 17 carries for
3 touchdowns. But he wasnt finished there, as
he caught 4 passes from quarterback BRAD CAGLE for 53
yards and a touchdown.
ISAIAH CAPOOCIA recorded a 90-yard kickoff return for
a score for El Cap, while kicker TAKOTA CURA was 4-for-5
on PAT kicks.
In the 1st quarter Mount Miguels CHRISTIAN GARCIA
returned an interception for 45 yards and a score to
tie the game at 7-all.
The score at halftime was 27-7 in the Vaqueros
Mount Miguel would score in the 3rd quarter as quarterback
JACOB CASTILLO hit KIKO BORJA for a 52-yard gain and
ENRIQUE KELLER was 2-for-2 on PAT kicks for the Matadors.
|The Foothillers' Domonique Gueverra
passed up this defender and several others for more
yardage during Grossmont's loss at Helix Friday
courtesy Linda Byerline) For
more coverage click here http://photosbylb.zenfolio.com/f167182419
HELIX 56, GROSSMONT 10 The Highlanders
stand out as one of the county's top prep football teams,
and when they have come across the freeway in the annual
haggle for The Musket, Helix has won 34 times to Grossmonts
12 the teams have tied twice.
The likelihood of a tie was highly unlikely when the
two teams collided Friday night (Oct. 31) in La Mesa
in a Grossmont Hills League encounter when they resumed
The Highlanders have not allowed more than 10 points
per game since the second game of the season and have
allowed only 26 points excluding that first game. Theyve
shutout four opponents.
Helix scored a season high against the Foothillers
The biggest showdown in the EastCounty season was spearheaded
by Helixs NATHAN STINSON, who rushed for 217 yards
on 16 carries for 3 touchdowns. He also caught 2 passes
for 46 yards and a touchdown.
Receivers DaSHAWN KEIRSEY caught 4 passes for 66 yards
and a touchdown, while MASON VINYARD caught 2 passes
for a TD.
MUGEN BLUE ran for 75 yards on 8 carries and a touchdown,
and MICHAEL AUSTIN ran for 70 yards on 4 carries and
Quarterback Austin finished 11 for 20 passing for
158 yards and 3 touchdowns.
MATTHAIS LAYTON was 8-for-8 on PAT kicks.
The last time Grossmont defeated Helix was in 1991
by a score of 28-14.
For the Foothillers, junior KYLE PINEDA kicked a 29-yard
field goal in the 1st quarter. Quarterback CALVIN FARRIS
scored a touchdown on a 1-yard run; Pinedas PAT
|Valhalla quarterback Phillip
Naseh attempts a pass against Steele Canyon on Friday
night. (photo courtesy dondemarsphotography.com)
VALHALLA 25, STEELE CANYON 24 The old
Norse gods Odin and Thor were smiling down on their
boys at Valhalla Friday evening (Oct. 31), when they
dialed up some mischief to help the Rancho San Diego
school reclaim the Jamacha Helmet from Steele Canyon.
The first half was all SteeleCanyon. The Cougars had
a comfortable 24-7 halftime lead, but, as the third
quarter commenced, so did the rain, just enough to rain
on Steeles parade.
Following the second half kickoff, the Cougars had good
field position at their 37-yard line, and in two plays
moved to their 46. On 3rd and 1, however, big CHRIS
YOHE and TREY SCHIMKE smothered the ball carrier for
a 1-yard loss, forcing a punt. Valhallas offense
quickly put it in gear when, on first down from their
own 35-yard line, junior quarterback PHILLIP NASEH connected
over the middle with a streaking SKLYLAR COLEMAN for
a 28-yard gain to the Cougars 38-yard line. A
pass interference penalty advanced the pigskin to the
Steele 25 and a first down.
The Cougars blitzed but Naseh slipped a screen pass
to sophomore running back JEROME JOHNSON for a 19-yard
gain to the 6-yard line. Naseh threw a dart to senior
wide receiver JOSEPH THOMAS for an apparent touchdown,
but the eagle-eyed refs spotted the ball at the 1. Johnson
bulled his way into the end zone on the next play; the
PAT attempt was barely wide right, so the home team
trailed 24-13, with 8:46 remaining in the third quarter.
On the ensuing kickoff, DEREK TYLER had a nice 42-yard
return to the Valhalla 46-yard line, giving the Cougars
a spark to regain their momentum. A 9-yard run on first
down was promising. On the next play, however, Valhalla
junior linebacker LOGAN BAKER sacked the quarterback
for a 4-yard loss.
Steele Canyon junior quarterback DOMINICK WOOD-ANDERSON
tossed a couple of short passes that advanced the ball
to the Valhalla 28-yard line. On 4th and 3, Wood-Anderson
found a wide open receiver, but that pesky rain caused
the ball to slip through the receivers fingers,
killing the drive.
The 4th period opened with Steele poised to strike
at the Valhalla 14-yard line. Wood-Anderson threw a
shot to the end zone for what looked like a sure touchdown,
but at the last second, Valhalla linebacker LUCAS WALZ
stuck his hand in and batted the ball to his teammate,
J.J. MEIER, who intercepted the pass and returned it
32 yards to the Valhalla 30-yard line.
This time, Odin and Thor must have been snoozing, because
on 3rd and 1 from the Valhalla 39-yard line, Cougars
defensive lineman EDWARD DELGADO, anticipating a center-screen
pass, read it perfectly, picked the errant throw and
lumbered 12 yards to the Norsemen 23-yard line, giving
his offense a golden opportunity to extend The Cougars
lead. Unfortunately, on first down the ball squirted
out of the running backs hands and into those
owned by Valhalla defensive tackle Yohe.
The tide was turning in favor of the Valhalla. On first
down, Johnson rumbled 23 yards to midfield. Then, a
quick pass to senior wide receiver JULIUS FRAZIER (5
receptions for 89 yards) and a screen pass to Johnson
advanced the ball to the Steele 39-yard line. On the
next play, Steele defensive back NY JOHNSON picked off
an errant pass at the Valhalla 10-yard line, thwarting
the Norsemens attempt to narrow the gap.
Although the rain had stopped, the ball was still wet,
as the Steele Canyon ball carrier discovered on the
very next play when the ball flew out of his hands and
directly into the rushing defense. Norsemen linebacker
DANIEL BENDER scooped up the ball and carried it unmolested
into the end zone for a touchdown. The 2-point conversion
attempt failed, but Valhalla had cut the deficit to
24-19, with 10:06 left in the game.
|Valhalla junior end Daniel Bender
(32) harasses a pass attempt against Steele Canyon
on Friday night. (photo courtesy dondemarsphotography.com)
To the men of Steele, the rain drops must have felt
like they were made of Kryptonite, for, on the ensuing
kickoff, the ball plopped from the receivers hands
and was recovered by Valhalla special teamer JARED SULLIVAN
at the Cougars 46-yard line. The home team took
advantage of their good fortune, aided by a pass interference
call against Steele.
On 1st and 10 from the Cougars 28-yard line, Naseh
burst through the middle of the line for a 6-yard gain
to the Steele 22. On the next play, left tackle MICHAEL
RIVERA and center LIAM CLINGAN made a huge hole for
Johnson who scampered 20 yards to the 2-yard line. It
took four tries, but Johnson pushed across the goal
line on 4th down for a 1 yard go-ahead TD, 25-24 (the
2 point PAT failed), with 6:25 remaining in the game.
The visitors were not ready to pack it in. Starting
at their 41-yard line, an offside penalty against Valhalla
on 3rd and 10 gave the Cougars a burst. With it now
3rd and 5 from their 46, Wood-Anderson dropped back
to pass and was flushed from the pocket by junior linebacker
CADE BAKER. The quarterback made some nifty moves and
managed to pick up 5 yards on a busted play for a much
needed first down at the Valhalla 49-yard line.
After Valhalla defensive back DASHAWN KINISTON stuffed
the runner for a 3-yard loss, Wood-Anderson threw a
deep spiral down the right sideline to JAVANTE WOFFORD
for a whopping 43-yard gain to the Valhalla 9-yard line.
The drive stalled at the 6 yard line with just over
2 minutes left in the game. The confident Cougars trotted
out their field goal team for a chip-shot kick that
would allow them to re-take the lead. Kicker ALEXANDER
RAYA had already kicked a 44-yard field goal in the
first half. But, stuff happens. Whether mischief from
above or otherwise, Valhallas Schimke broke through
the line and blocked the field goal, enabling the Norsemen
to hang on to their hard-fought 25-24 victory.
Back in the first quarter, things werent going
Valhallas way, even after Meier picked off his
first of two interceptions early in the first quarter.
Three plays later, Valhalla running back RAHSHAUN SHARPE
motored 16 yards to the Steele 43-yard line when an
alert defender stripped the ball. It was picked up by
SEAN McCRANE, who returned it 57 yards for the first
score of the game. Following Rayas kick, the Cougars
led 7-0, only 2:06 into the contest.
Late in the first period, Raya kicked the aforementioned
44-yard field goal, making it 10-0 after one quarter.
Valhallas Johnson scored a TD from 2 yards out
just 20 seconds into the second stanza; placekicker
JACOB PAAPEs kick was good; Valhalla appeared
to crawl back into the game 10-7 with 11:40 to play
Thats when the game appeared to get out of hand.
Wood-Anderson threw two tight spiral TD passes in the
second quarter, the first a 31-yarder to junior wide
receiver AVERY TUCK and the next a 24-yard TD pass to
senior wide receiver JORDAN JOHNSON.
For Valhalla, Naseh completed 18 of 31 passes with 2
interceptions and 203 yards in the air. Johnson rushed
23 times for 130 yards and snagged 3 passes for 32 yards.
Frazier had 5 receptions for 89 yards.
WEST HILLS 53, SANTANA 11 Injury-plagued
Santana battled gamely Friday night (Oct. 31) in a Grossmont
Valley League game, but was no match for West Hills,
who at the moment is in a tie for the league lead with
Monte Vista. The best Santana could hope for was to
play spoiler, but even that was out of reach.
West Hills scored three times before Santana could get
on the board. JACOB SHAW scored on a 7-yard gain, TAJ
BROOMFIELD scored on a 9-yard pass from Wolf Pack quarterback
SPENCER MOYER, and DEVON HATHAWAY took a pass from Moyer
for a 50-yard gain and a score.
On Shaw's TD run, the back dashed between defenders,
getting the block from GARRETT MEAD for the open path.
Just before intermission JACOB HAMPSON blasted a 27-yard
field goal to give the Sultans 3 points.
The 3rd quarter was all West Hills as Moyer hit RAPHY
CARR for a 65-yard gain and a score just 34 seconds
into the second half, Shaw ran for a 3-yard touchdown
and WILL PETTY scored on a 24-yard run.
| A Santana back carries
during the Sultans' loss to visiting West Hills
Friday night in the battle for The Mayor's Trophy
in Santee. (EastCountySports.com photo)
Santana rallied in the 4th quarter as quarterback FRANKIE
GUTIERREZ ran for a 17-yard gain and a TD. The Sultans
finished off with a 2-point conversion pass from Gutierrez
to ADAM CHILDRESS.
Santana got an early turnover in the game, but West
Hills controlled the first half.
Leading 26-3, the Wolf Pack held the hosts after a
modest Sultans drive into West Hills territory was halted
by a sack and fourth-down defended pass. West Hills
took over at their own 36.
The Wolf Pack's Broomfield hauled in 34-yard pass at
Santana 3, then Shaw banged his way into the end zone
for a score at 6:05 of third to make it 33-3 Wolf Pack.
The Wolf Pack forced and recovered a fumble on the
ensuing kick off. From the 24, Petty sweept his way
to a score at 5:47 for a 40-3 lead.
Carr deflected a pass to himself in the secondary for
a interception at the Santana 22. He knocked the pass
slightly in the air and caught it on a forward dive.
DEVON HATHAWAY added a 3-yard run for a score at 3:20
of third to make it 47-3.
West Hills got a TD pass on third down from QB KIAN
AHMADIAN to JOSEPH WILSON for a 75-yard score. ALFONSO
GREGG also had 5-yd TD run for the Wolf Pack in third.
The Pack linemen were led by junior DOMINIC TUFI, senior
JOSE ESTRADA and junior RICHARD IMBIMBO.
Junior Moyer threw a pair of TDs in second quarter,
including the 50-yarder to a wide-open Hathaway, who
caught the easy pass and sprinted the final 30 yards
for the score.
|Granite Hills junior
running back Lyden Franklin surveys the situation
during a first-quarter carry Friday night against
El Cajon Valley. (EastCountySports.com photo)
GRANITE HILLS 56, EL CAJON VALLEY 14
Eagles' quarterback SETH COLLINS was too tough to stop
for the Braves.
CHASE GANDY recorded an interception for Granite Hills
on the first play from scrimmage, then Collins turned
in a couple of mad-scramble type runs, then a play-fake
keeper around the right end for an easy jaunt into the
end zone for a touchdown just 42 seconds into the game.
The Braves got an early boost of confidence when they
got a sack of the talented Granite Hills dual-threat
QB near midfield, but then Granite Hills turned to LYDEN
FRANKLIN for a couple of first-down runs, then a short
scoring pass from a scrambling Collins to RYAN ROJ,
giving the Eagles a 14-0 lead at 6:37 of the first quarter.
After the Eagles forced a three-and-out, they capitalized
on a short field with a gadget play, as a double-reverse
ended with Raj throwing a 38-yard touchdown pass to
The Braves were punting again when the attempt resulted
in a safety, as a team of Eagles got in quickly for
a block through the back of the end zone, increasing
the lead to 23-0 with 2:54 left in the first.
El Cajon Valley appeared to have another bother of
Collins after he threw a deep incompletion following
a scramble, but a roughness penalty on the Braves' erased
Collins then followed up the break by scrambling again
for another touchdown, this time from 13 yards out,
still with 1:08 left in the first quarter.
Granite Hills led 43-0 at halftime.
El Cajon Valleys MATTHEW SHEARIN scored on a
25-yard run in the 3rd quarter and scored on a 64 yard
run in the 4th. MARTIN PATTIs PAT kicks were good
Franklin raced for a 19 yard touchdown in the 4th quarter
for Granite Hills, and JARROD WEISHAN closed out the
Eagles scoring with a 10 yard run in the final
CHRISTIAN 42, UNIVERSITY CITY 6 ADRIAN
PETTY went 66 yards for the game's opening touchdown,
as Christian led 7-0 with 9:42 left in the first quarter.
Petty would score three more times before halftime and
the undefeated Patriots won the Central League championship.
Petty added touchdown runs of 10, 80 and 8 yards before
intermission, and the Patriots returned a pair of interceptions
for touchdowns in the second quarter, as sophomore ETHAN
CONTRERAS returned one for 26 yards and senior WILLIAM
HAIL returned his 20 yards. Petty had 138 yards rushing
in the first half, as Christian led 42-0 at halftime
and a running clock was used in the second half.
As good as Petty was getting to - and around - the
corner, he got plenty of help up front from junior NATE
CAZARES, sophomore JON STEIN and senior MATTHEW CARILLO.
CODY KIRWAN also paced the Patriots defense with
CLASSICAL ACADEMY 27, FOOTHILLS CHRISTIAN 7 -
Foothills Christian turned in one of its best defensive
quarters of the season on Thursday (Oct. 30), shutting
out Classical Academy in the first quarter, as the game
Classical Academy would score three touchdowns in the
second quarter, however, and took a 27-0 lead in the
third before the Knights answered with their score,
which came in the third quarter.
The Caimans clinched the Pacific League championship
with the victory. Foothills closes out the season on
Thursday, Nov. 6 versus Esconsido Charter at Orange
Glen at 7 p.m.
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.
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.
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
|Helix's Mugan Blue is brought
down by Valhalla defenders, including Daniel Bender
(32). (photo courtesy
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.
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
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)