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OPEN DIVISION (complete bracket)
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 bracket)
Friday, Nov. 14

(8) Grossmont (6-5) 57, (9) Westview (3-8) 34
(7) El Camino (5-5) 31, (10) Valhalla (4-7) 17
(5) Point Loma (9-2) 47, (12) Mount Miguel (3-8) 35
Friday, Nov. 21

(7) El Camino (7-5) 33, (2) Steele Canyon (7-4) 31
(1) La Costa Canyon (6-5) 47, (8) Grossmont (6-6) 28

DIVISION II (complete bracket)
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) 6
(4) Brawley (10-1) 29, (5) West Hills (9-3) 13

Friday, Nov. 28 - 7 p.m.
Brawley vs. (1) El Capitan

DIVISION III (complete bracket)
Friday, Nov. 14
(9) Parker (6-5) 41, (8) Monte Vista (6-5) 21
(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 (7-4) 7(2)
Friday, Nov. 28 - 7 p.m.
Granite Hills vs. (1) Hoover
Morse at (2) Christian

DIVISION IV (complete bracket)
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
DeVore Stadium

Division III
Saturday, December 6, 2014 12:00 p.m.
Division II
Saturday, December 6, 2014 3:30 p.m.
Open Division
Saturday, December 6, 2014 7:00 p.m.

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. (EastCountySports.com photo)

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 fourth quarter.

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 (7-4).

“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 he’d be starting his first varsity game about 30 minutes before kickoff.

“You gotta credit their guys,” Longerbone said. “They made some big plays.

“It’s 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. “We’re 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 better.”

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, he’s 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 since 2000.

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 year’s 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 can’t say enough about them … This team has been a real pleasure to coach. I’m 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 Camino’s 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 win.

JORDAN JOHNSON racked up 127 yards on four receptions, including a 68-yard TD in the third quarter that cut El Camino’s 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 touchdowns.

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-Anderson’s TD scamper.

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 Johnson’s improbably TD gave Steele a 31-30 lead, but the Wildcats snared the win on Garcia’s 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 night’s (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 Austin’s 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 quarters.

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 night. (EastCountySports.com photo)

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. 21).

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 first quarter.

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 yards.

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 photo)

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 the third.

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 night’s (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 36 yards

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 night’s (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.

BISHOP’S 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 photo)

Fearless Forecaster – Week 13
SDCIF Playoffs – Quarterfinals

East teams try to weather playoff storm

By Bill Dickens

EL CAJON (11-20-14) — The San Diego Section football quarterfinals will commence on Friday (Nov. 21) at 7 p.m. for all divisions.

Complete updated East County season statistical leaders - through week twelve as of 11/18/14 - click here

(6) 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.

(7) 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 night’s Division I game may be their last chance. Quarterback DOMINICK WOOD-ANDERSON is the main ticket for the Cougars . . . Steele Canyon 32-22.

(8) GROSSMONT (6-5) at (1) LA COSTA CANYON (5-5) – The high-scoring Grossmont Foothillers may surprise the No. 1 rated Mavericks in Friday’s 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 don’t figure to do so against Mt.Carmel in Friday’s SDCIF Division II meeting. The Vaqueros have to avoid an upset when they take on the Sun Devils . . . El Capitan 27-20.

(5) WEST HILLS (9-2) at (4) BRAWLEY (9-1) – This game is anybody’s 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 doesn’t figure to relinquish its record . . . Christian 48-38.

(8) EL CAJON VALLEY (3-8) at (1) BISHOP’S (10-0) – El Cajon Valley would like nothing more than to play spoiler in the Division IV SDCIF quarterfinal against Bishop’s. It might be an uphill battle but the Braves want it pretty bad. Unfortunately desire and defeat start with the same letter . . . Bishop’s 27-17.


Granite Hills junior Riley Reyes runs with the ball during the Eagles' playoff win over visiting Patrick Henry Friday night in El Cajon. (EastCountySports.com photo)
Week 12

Eagles spread wings for playoff win over Henry

By Jim Lindgren
EL CAJON (11-15-14) — As talented, fast and multi-dimensional as MICHAEL LEDESMA is for Granite Hills, it’s 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.

His favorite?

“It’s really close between the 70-yarder (66 actually) or the diving catch,” Ledesma said. “If I had to choose … (long pause) … (longer pause) … I don’t know.”

Told by an observer he would eventually choose the 30-yard diving catch, Ledesma conceded, “OK. I’ll go with that one.”

Ledesma’s 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 combos. (EastCountySports.com photo)

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 GH advantage.

“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 said.

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 Ledesma’s 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 night. (EastCountySports.com photo)

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.

“They’ve 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.

Ledesma’s 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 Ledesma’s 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 another play.

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 defense.

“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, “It’s always exciting to win playoff games. Hopefully it will be a more regular thing around here than it’s been in the past.”

WEST HILLS (9-2) 41, IMPERIAL (6-5) 27 – No. 5 seed West Hills upended Imperial in Friday’s (Nov. 14) first round of the San Diego Section Division II playoffs.

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 the touchdown.

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 photo)

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 job punting.”

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.

Grossmont's Tyler Milliken (blue) sacks the Westview quarterback Friday night during the Foothillers' home playoff win Friday night. (photo courtesy Linda Byerline) For more coverage click here http://photosbylb.zenfolio.com/f167182419

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 grit—all 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.

Valhalla’s defense got off to a good start as well. The Wildcats opened from their 19-yard line following Paape’s 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 BAKER’s 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 starts.

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, Valhalla’s 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 team’s 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 Coleman’s 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 half.

Not to be outdone, El Camino’s 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 wasn’t 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 Valhalla’s 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 night’s (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 fourth.

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. 21).

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)

Fearless Forecaster – Week 12
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 Hills 35-14.

(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 Friday’s (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 year’s 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 Friday’s (Nov. 14) SDCIF Division III playoffs. The Eagles beat the Patriots 48-24 in the third game of the season. Now it’s a matter of playing defense for the Eagles . . . Granite Hills 31-28.

(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 the SDCIF
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 Forecaster’s Record
Last week: 7-1 (.875)
Season record: 115-20 (.852)


Week 11

Helix quarterback 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 photo)

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 night’s (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 ahead 17-14.

In the third quarter Vaqueros’ TAKOTA CURO converted a 33-yard field goal to re-tie the game at 17-apiece. That’s all the scoring either team would show in that stanza.

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 can’t 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 photo)

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.

Friday night … 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 since 2007.

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 Pack’s improbable run at the league crown. “You can’t 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 don’t know if I’ve 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 Vista’s 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 14-7.

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 Moyer’s TD pass to Broomfield.

Monte Vista’s last drive started well with 13- and 19-yard rushed by Wade, but it ended with Petty’s 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 didn’t get anything through the air,” Ash said. “We told our defense before the game they have to allow no completions.”

Seriously … no completions. That they did!

“If we could have just completed a couple passes, we’d 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 and Lincoln.

“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 Wade’s 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 series 13-5.

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 don’t think anybody’s going to be real happy to see us,” Hamamoto said.

West Hills has never won or even played for a section championship. Monte Vista lost to Sweetwater 7-0 in last year’s Division IV title game in search of its third section crown.

— Jim Lindgren

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 photo)

CHRISTIAN 49, SANTA FE CHRISTIAN 7 – Christian’s 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
Central League
Christian 49, Santa Fe Christian 7
University City 35, El Cajon Valley 7
Thurs., Nov. 6
Pacific League

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 night’s (Nov. 7) regular season nonleague finale.

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 the starters.

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.

(through 11-10-14)

(First-place votes in parenthesis)
Points awarded on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis

1 / Oceanside (18) / 10-0 / 189 / 1

2 / Cathedral (1) / 9-1 / 167 / 2

3 / El Capitan / 10-0 / 152 / 4

4 / Mission Hills / 8-2 / 127 / 5

5 / Helix / 8-2 / 121 / 3

6 / Eastlake / 7-3 / 66 / 7

7 / Rancho Bernardo / 8-2 / 48 / 10

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, Bishop’s 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 Canyon’s PIERRE ALEXANDER, a junior running back, rushed for a 58-yard touchdown in the first quarter of Friday night’s (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's AJ Shaw dances around the Valhalla defense to score more yardage Friday night in La Mesa. (photo courtesy Linda Byerline) For more coverage click here http://photosbylb.zenfolio.com/f167182419

GROSSMONT 56, VALHALLA 21 – Fresh from their stirring victory over Steele Canyon last week, and eager to earn a home-field game in next week’s

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 Valhalla’s sails. Of course, Grossmont’s 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.

Valhalla’s 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 Valhalla’s 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 more coverage click here http://photosbylb.zenfolio.com/f167182419

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. Paape’s kick was true and Valhalla was back in the game, trailing 14-7, with 7:28 remaining in the first half.

It took only 1:02 to wipe out Valhalla’s resurgence, when Lilliard broke at least 4 tackles on his way to a 44-yard touchdown run, padding Grossmont’s lead, 21-7, with 6:25 left until intermission.

The teams traded interceptions on the next two series; Grossmont’s BJ GONZALES picked off Naseh at the Grossmont 42-yard-line. Three plays later, Valhalla’s 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, Valhalla’s 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 night’s (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 MATT HOMAN

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 night’s (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 passes.

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 game.

Fearless Forecaster

Helix, El Capitan, West Hills, Monte Vista on brink of Grossmont league titles

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 won’t 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. That’s 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 don’t intend to let the Vaqueros get away with that kind of escape.

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 County’s 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 TDs.

This is a tough one but the nod goes to . . . El Capitan 22-21.

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 Hills 21-20.

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. It’s no fluke that Christian has rolled over its opponents, both in the Central League and non-league.

The Patriots are “proud that we’ve 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 sack).

The Patriots own the offense and certainly won’t stumble against Santa Fe Christian . . . Christian 37-14.

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 League finale.

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. Grossmont’s 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 Norsemen’s offense is directed by quarterback PHILLIP NASEH (1571 yards on 125-229 passes, 9 touchdowns). He’ll 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 touchdowns.

The Foothillers always seem to come up with the offense, but they’re 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 that’ll be hard to grind out because Granite Hills doesn’t 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.

Don’t look for the Eagles to fall . . . Granite Hills 37-21.

MOUNT MIGUEL (3-6, 0-4) at STEELE CANYON (6-3, 1-3), 7 – It’s 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 Miguel.

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 Miguel’s 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 Valley’s 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 Forecaster’s 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)

Week 10

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 didn’t happen.

The Vaqueros were on top of their game as they defeated Mount Miguel 34-14 in Friday night’s (Oct. 31) Halloween showdown to spoil the Matadors Homecoming festivities.

El Capitan’s D.J. SMITH got the Vaqueros on the scoreboard with 140 yards rushing on 17 carries for 3 touchdowns. But he wasn’t 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 Miguel’s 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’ favor.

Mount Miguel would score in the 3rd quarter as quarterback JACOB CASTILLO hit KIKO BORJA for a 52-yard gain and a touchdown.

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 night.(photo 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 Grossmont’s 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 series.

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. They’ve shutout four opponents.

Helix scored a season high against the Foothillers

The biggest showdown in the EastCounty season was spearheaded by Helix’s 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 a TD.

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; Pineda’s PAT was good.


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 Steele’s 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. Valhalla’s 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 receiver’s 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 back’s 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 Norsemen’s 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 receiver’s 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, Valhalla’s 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 weren’t going Valhalla’s 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 Raya’s 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. Valhalla’s Johnson scored a TD from 2 yards out just 20 seconds into the second stanza; placekicker JACOB PAAPE’s kick was good; Valhalla appeared to crawl back into the game 10-7 with 11:40 to play before intermission.

That’s 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 JAKE MORGAN.

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 the effort.

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 Valley’s MATTHEW SHEARIN scored on a 25-yard run in the 3rd quarter and scored on a 64 yard run in the 4th. MARTIN PATTI’s PAT kicks were good both times.
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 period.

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 a sack.

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 remained tied.

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.

Fearless Forecaster

Knights host league-leading Classical Academy Thursday night

By Bill Dickens
EL CAJON (10-30-14) — This week’s 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 that’s left is for the Knights is to play spoiler . . . Classical Academy 40-12.

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 league realignment.

Helix's Mugan Blue is brought down by Valhalla defenders, including Daniel Bender (32). (photo courtesy dondemarsphotography.com)

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 TDs.

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 don’t 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 game.

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 Golden Feather).

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 Valley’s 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 Mayor’s Cup).

West Hills running back JACOB SHAW has carried the ball 144 times for 792 yards and 9 TDs. Quarterback SPENCER MOYER is 78-140 passing for 1341 yards for 13 touchdowns to lead the Pack. Receiver RAPHY CARR has caught 46 passes for 826 yards and 5 touchdowns.

Santana quarterback FRANKIE GUTIERREZ has completed 79-of-136 passes for 991 yards and 7 TDs. HINA ALIU has logged 35 tackles, 2 fumble recoveries and one interception. TANNER KVEDERIS has made 5 sacks. ZACH LEWIS, who has amassed 361 yards on 75 carries for 8 TDs is reportedly sidelined with a broken collar bone.

This will no doubt have an impact on the outcome of the game . . . West Hills 28-20.

Fearless Forecaster’s Record
Last week: 4-2 (.667)
Season record: 101-18 (.849)


Leaf commits to national powerhouse Arizona

EL CAJON (11-22-14) - Foothills Christian, 6-foot-9, junior T.J. LEAF has committed to the University of Arizona and will play under coach Sean Miler.

A Five-star 2016 forward, Leaf committed to Arizona last Wednesday. UCLA, Gonzaga, Cal, and San Diego State were also considered by the Foothills Christian star.

The tall, skilled player had been a target of Indiana University, and he was thought earlier in the process to have significant interest in the Hoosiers because his family is from Indiana.

Louisville also offered a scholarship over the summer..

Leaf, considered a top-20 national prospect, is the first pledge in the 2016 class for Arizona, which also has the top recruiting class in 2015. Jerry Meyer of 247Sports.com compares Leaf to Chandler Parsons and Kyle Singler.

"So excited to have this opportunity!" Leaf said on Twitter last week.

Tip-Off Showcase features county's best teams, including Foothills Christian boys, Mount Miguel girls

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SAN DIEGO (11-9-14) — The San Diego Basketball Coaches Association is pleased to announce the participating teams for the San Diego Tip-Off Showcase, scheduled for Saturday (Nov. 29) at Mount Miguel High School.

The Showcase begins at 12:00 p.m. with girls’ North County power Torrey Pines High School battling back-to-back Eastern League Champions Serra High School.

At 1:30 p.m. girls’ Open Division semi-finalist La Costa Canyon High School takes on always-tough Horizon High School.

At 3:00 p.m. girls’ beast of the East County Mt. Miguel High School plays Division V State runner-ups La Jolla Country Day.

The 4:30 p.m girls’ game will have defending Division I Champions Mission Hills High School try to take down the defending Open Division champions The Bishop’s School.

At 6:00 p.m. boys’ very talented Foothills Christian will tangle with the defending Division I Champions Morse High School.

In the final game of the evening, Boys’ Open Division semifinalist El Camino High School goes up against Open Division runners–up St. Augustine.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for Children under 12 & Seniors for this all day event. This will be a great way to begin the 2014-15 Basketball Season. For more information on the Tip-Off Showcase contact: ROBBIE SANDOVAL (619) 405-5117 or MARLON WELLS (619) 212-6289.


Humboldt State all-time scoring record is set by Steele Canyon's Bruder

ARCATA (11-23-14) — The Humboldt State football program completed the best turnaround in Great Northwest Athletic Conference history this season and was honored by the league for its accomplishments.

Senior kicker MATT BRUDER, a Steele Canyon alum of 2010, broke the football all-time scoring record at Humboldt State University Saturday (Oct 4), earning All-Great Northern Athletic Conference honors.

After writing his name in the HSU record books this season, Bruder was tabbed a First Team choice. He holds program records for most career points (249), most career extra points (147) and career field goals (33). He also matched the program season records for: extra points in a game (9 vs. DixieState) and extra points in a season (44).

“Matt leaves here with a lot of records for career kicking,” said Lumberjacks head coach Rob Smith, who was awarded Coach of the Year honors for the 10th time he has earned the award and the 5th time he has won the GNAC honor.

“Matt has been very consistent. We have been blessed in the kicking game. With all three kickers graduating, it creates a hole that we have to fill. Matt should be very proud of the career that he had here at Humboldt.”

Former Griffins star Brown has interception in ASU win over Fighting Irish

TEMPE, Ariz. (11-9-14) — Grossmont College alum KWEISHI BROWN, out of Valhalla High, made his first career interception for Arizona State University as the Sun Devils defeated visiting Notre Dame 55-31 on Saturday (Nov. 8).

The Fighting Irish was driving to the endzone when Brown made the interception, returning the ball 6 yards.

Brown was pictured in the SportsIllustrated College Football Preview edition Sun Devils' preview page.

Former Griffins QB Shining in Colorado

Pueblo, Colo. (10-29-14) — Former Grossmont College quarterback CHRIS BONNER has led Colorado State University-Pueblo to a 17-2 record in two seasons.

At Grossmont College Bonner thrived as a sophomore, throwing for 2,470 yards and 19 TDs in 10 games. The 6-foot-7, 235-pound signal caller developed into a big league player but didn’t attract a lot of major college attention.

"I didn't learn a lot about the quarterback position in high school," Bonner said. "Once I got to JC, I got some coaching, played with better guys, raised my game."

Still, college recruiters weren't beating down his door.

So when Colorado State-Pueblo flew him out, told him there was an opportunity to start, "I jumped at it," Bonner said.

Last season, Bonner threw for 3,413 yards and 33 TDs as the ThunderWolves went 11-1.

The team is 6-1 this season and Bonner is a candidate for the Harlon Hill Award, the Division II version of the Heisman Trophy.

"Pueblo is great," Bonner said. "The community is awesome. The facilities and coaching are great."

CSU's offensive coordinator Daren Wilkinson said of Bonner, "He has a chance to play at the next level, but the NFL tries to find ways not to draft Division II guys.

"We've struggled with injuries at receiver. But we're healthy now, so our last five games will be a huge test for Chris."

The SportsXchange has Bonner ranked No. 1 at the Division II level.

"As a Division II player I'm an underdog, but the NFL is definitely the goal," Bonner said. "I've got to perform down the stretch to help the team. If I perform, maybe I'll get drafted, but at least get to camp with an NFL team.

"Really, it's all pretty exciting."

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Patriots' Stowers, Howell to play at Stanford, Utah; former Christian High star, MLB veteran Robinson dies

EL CAJON (10-30-14) — Christian High outfielder-pitcher KYLE STOWERS has accepted a scholarship to Stanford University to play baseball for the Cardinal.

Utah State University in Logan, Utah, has recruited Christian’s TREVOR HOWELL to play ball for the Aggies as a shortstop.

Former Christian High pitcher JEFF ROBINSON, 52, passed away on Sunday (Oct. 26). Robinson, who helped the Detroit Tigers to an AL East championship as a rookie in 1987, went on to pitch in the major leagues through 1992.

Robinson's death was confirmed Monday by both the Tigers and the Kansas-based Natural Baseball Academy, where he served as a pitching director, coach and instructor.




Griffins fall one-point short of playoffs

By Bill Dickens
EL CAJON (11-16-14) — Grossmont College missed by one point of making the Southern California playoffs as they lost to Orange Coast College 42-41 on Saturday (Nov. 15).

The Griffins, who finished the season 4-6, (2-4 in conference), despite the narrow defeat were led by running back THOMAS McDONALD, who rushed for 102 yards, and the 28 for 47 passing of quarterback MICHAEL CARRILLO. Carrillo passed for 412 yards and a touchdown.

On the receiving end CHRISTIAN BROOKS completed 10 catches for 231 yards and a touchdown. JAVON HASTEN reeled in 5 passes for 64 yards for the Griffs. Also scoring touchdowns for Grossmont were CHRISTOPHER LACHANCE on a 39-yard pass from Brooks, TONY JOHNSON on a 4-yard run, and MICHEAL ZAKHAR on a 3-yard run.

On the defensive side DARRION SALAZAR made 9 tackles and AIRRIC PARKER logged 8. RYDEN KERR made an interception and returned it 9 yards. DAVID SOLOMON and ITAGIA POUMELE each had a sack. CORY McKESSON recovered a fumble.

BRENDON CHITURA was 3 for 3 on PATs plus a 31-yard field goal, and BRANDON DUARTE kicked a 38-yard field goal.

Bowl Games: Southwestern College (9-1), the American Pacific Conference champs, will play Santa Monica College (7-3) on Saturday (Nov. 22) at Southwestern’s Chet DeVore Stadium at 6 p.m. in the American Division Championship Bowl . . . Palomar College (6-4) will play Glendale College (9-1) on Saturday (Nov. 22) at Escondido High School at 2 p.m. in the Patriotic Bowl.


Griffins can see bowl picture after start-to-finish win over Santa Ana

By Bill Dickens
SANTA ANA (11-9-14) — GrossmontCollege scored in all four quarters en route to a 30-23 victory over host Santa Ana College Saturday (Nov. 8) in OrangeCounty at Eddie West Field.

Quarterback MICHAEL CARRILLO completed 10 of 23 passes for 723 yards as the Griffins improved their record to 4-5 overall, 2-3 in conference.

THOMAS McDONALD led Grossmont’s offensive ground charge with 78 yards and 2 touchdowns on 20 carries.

Grossmont got sure-handed receiving from CHRISTOPHER LACHANCE, who caught 3 passes for 131 yards.

Defensively RYDEN KERR had 8 tackles against the Dons, while JEMEIL JACKSON had 7 tackles and a pass breakup. BEN MOA had 2 sacks and DE’SHAWN TONE, ITAGIA POUMELE, DAVID SOLOMON each had a sack. AIRRIC PARKER registered an interception.

Griffin Graffiti: Ben Moa has accepted a scholarship to BoiseStateUniversity . . . The Griffins won their first game in school history 14-6 over San BernardinoValley, but then tripped over Fullerton 22-0 . . . The key to the Grossmont-Fullerton game in 1962 was it was the only televised home game in Grossmont College history . . . The Griffins have also played Saddleback College twice and San Francisco City College in the post-season, also twice . . . In 19734 and 1975 the Griffins split against San Francisco, winning the State Championship in 1975 . . . The Griffs are still eyeballing a .500 finish, which may land them a bowl game this season.

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Grossmont College schedule

Date -- Site/Opponent/Time
Sept. 6 – SOUTHWESTERN 35, Grossmont 6
Sept. 13 – GROSSMONT 17, Pasadena 14
Sept. 20 – GROSSMONT 38, Riverside 28
Sept. 27 – GOLDEN WEST 41, Grossmont 6
Oct. 4 – *Palomar 41, GROSSMONT 24
Oct. 11 –8 MT. SAN ANTONIO 52, Grossmont 7
Oct. 18 – *GROSSMONT 41, Saddleback 27
Oct. 25 – *FULLERTON 40, Grossmont 22
Nov. 1 – Bye
Nov. 8 – *Grossmont 30, SANTA ANA 23
Nov. 15 – *Orange Coast 42, GROSSMONT 41

Nov. 22 – Bowl Games – TBA

*National Southern Conference games
BOLD FACE – home games



Griffins topple Condors for Knights Invitational consolation win

SAN DIEGO (11-16-14) — Grossmont College rallied from a 0-1 start in the San Diego City College Tournament Saturday (Nov. 15) when they beat Porterville 72-63 and then knocked off Oxnard 87-76 on Sunday to earn the tournament consolation championship.

Earlier in the tournament the Griffins lost to Citrus 73-63.

KAELEN MITCHELL scored 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in the Porterville game, while ALI MAJIDZADA rang up 11 points and 7 rebounds.

ROBERT ROMERO scored 20 points in the consolation final and was named to the all-tournament team. Romero was 9-of-13 from the field in that one, as he came off the bench to heat up the Griffins in the second half after Grossmont trailed, 44-43, at halftime.

KAELEN MITCHELL scored 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in the Porterville game, while ALI MAJIDZADA rang up 11 points and 7 rebounds.

The Griffins won’t play again until Friday (Dec. 5) when they host the 43rd Annual Grossmont College Invitational. The tournament runs Friday through Saturday (Dec. 5, 6, 7) – game times are at 2, 4, 6 and 8 p.m.

Former Griffin Ash stars, as hoop Classic Raises $2500 for United Way

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Welland, Ontario, CAN (10-1-14) — Saturday (Sept. 27) saw over 500 members of the Niagara College community pack the Welland, Ontario, Canada campus athletic center for the fifth annual Peninsula Hoop Classic. The evening saw the four post-secondary men's and women's basketball program in the Niagara Region square off in support of the United Way
Aside from settling 2014's basketball bragging rights in the Niagara Region, the game served as the tip-off for Niagara College's 2014 United Way campaign. At the end of the night $2500 was raised in support of the United Way cause.

Leading the way offensively for Niagara was newcomer TREVON ASH, an Eastlake High graduate out of San Diego. Ash, who most recently competed at the JUCO level with Grossmont College (2010-12), finished with 23 points on 8 of 13 shot attempts.


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Week 12 – SDCIF Rnd. 1

# 15


The 6-foot-2, 209-pound quarterback finished 16-30-1 for 225 yards and a TD in a losing effort versus El Camino in the first round of the San Diego Section playoffs.

# 23


The 5-foot-11, 200-pound junior outside linebacker made 11 tackles, including 2 for loss, against El Camino in the first round of the San Diego Section playoffs. For the season to date Baker has 110 tackles to his credit.



Petty, a 5-foot-7, 153-pound junior running back, rushed for over 360 yards on just 17 carries as Christian won the Central League championship. He had an 80-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, a TD run of 65 yards midway through the second quarter, and added a 44-yard touchdown run in the third.

D.J. SMITH, El Capitan

The 6-foot, 225-pound senior running back-linebacker plowed in from 3 yards out in the fourth quarter to log the final winning score for the 10-0 Vaqueros as they defeated Helix and won the Grossmont Hills League championship.

Week 10


The 6-foot-4, 210-pound quarterback completed 9 of 12 passes for 208 yards and scored three times in West Hills’ 53-11 defeat of Santana.

JACOB SHAW, West Hills

The senior, 5-foot-9, 200-pound running back-linebacker scored twice against Santana, once on a 7-yard gain and again on a 3-yard TD.

Week 9


Shearin, an Ivy League bound 5-foot-7, 160 pound running back-free safety ran for a 55-yard score in the second quarter in a losing effort to Santana. However, the Braves came back to tie the game at 21-21 in the third quarter thanks to their superstar back, who also had touchdown runs of 75 and 80 yards.


Quarterback CALVIN FARRIS, a 6-foot, 200-pound junior, threw for 6 touchdowns and had another pair rushing as the Foothillers defeated Grossmont Hills League opponent Mount Miguel.

Week 8

BRAD CAGLE, El Capitan

The senior, 6-foot-1, 195-pound quarterback for the Vaqueros connected on 21 of 30 passes for 369 yards and two touchdowns as El Capitan vanquished Valhalla.


The junior 6-foot-4, 210-pound quarterback completed 41 of 82 passes for the Cougars for 297 yards and 4 touchdowns in Steele Canyon’s victory over Grossmont.


Week 7

LEE WADE, Jr., Monte Vista

The 5-foot-6, 145-pound senior defensive back-running back scored a touchdown in the 2nd quarter of the Monte Vista-El Cajon Valley game, and then scored another marker for the Monarchs on a 54-yard burst up the field.


All his life the 6-foot-four, 300-pound left tackle has been anchoring the offensive line blocking for teammates. On this night however, he got his chance to get his mitts on the ball as he took an inside hand off on a reverse and darted 13 yards for a touchdown.

Week 6


Senior 180-pound slotback ISAIAH CAPOOCIA threw a 71-yard designed option pass, hauled in a 28-yard reception, then later connected for an 8-yard TD pass in the Vaqueros victory over Granite Hills.


The 6-foot-1 junior quarterback, threw for two touchdowns of 21 and 44 yards and rushed for a 53-yard touchdown in the first quarter, which sparked the Scotties to a win over Bonita Vista.

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Long-time sports figure Noel Mickelsen passes

By Bill Dickens
EL CAJON (10-1-14) — Legendary San Diego coach and sports fixture NOEL MICKELSEN passed away on Sunday (Sept. 28) at the age of 80.

The 6-foot-6 Mickelsen served as an assistant coach at SDSU under George Ziegenfuss and later as the head basketball and head baseball coach at Grossmont College.

He was a 4-year letterman in both baseball and basketball at San Diego State from 1953-56. He attained a career pitching record of 25-10 with a 2.8 ERA.

His 25 victories rank fifth best in SDSU history. His ERA is eighth best on the SDSU list for pitchers throwing 200 or more innings, and his 1.6 ERA during his 1955 junior season is the fifth best ever for an Aztec.

Mickelsen was named All-Californian College Athletic Association first team as a junior and senior, and second team All-CCAA as a freshman. He ranked fourth on the career innings pitched list with 294 innings, and ranked ninth in career strikeouts with 195 innings.

In his basketball career he was the team captain his final three years at SDSU and recorded 642 career rebounds for the Aztecs – the seventh most for the team.

Mickelsen went on to play in the Milwaukee Braves organization as a pitcher, then came back to San Diego to coach under Ziegenfuss, and went on to start the basketball and baseball programs at Grossmont College. Grossmont College Baseball field is named after him – his name is emblazoned on the back of the Griffins press box.

“He was a sports fixture for a long time in San Diego East County, and helped a lot of kids along the way,” noted his son Jay Mickelsen.



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