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High School Football: LCC Tournament Preview

La Costa Canyon Tournament Saturday June 22

Braden Surprenant
June 22, 2018 - 8:55 pm
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LCC Tournament Preview

High school football is back in San Diego county. How can that be it is only June? Well it is time for the summer passing league tournaments, or 7-on-7.

Lincoln High School is already off to a hot start, as they are every year around this time. After winning the Tony Jefferson 7on7 tournament, in which they took home the grand prize of $10,000, they went on to win the San Diego State passing tournament. Lincoln then went up north and competed very well in the University of Southern California passing tournament, which earned ATH Don Chapman a scholarship offer from the Trojans.

Lincoln however is not in the La Costa Canyon Tournament which starts tomorrow at La Costa Canyon High School. There are sixteen teams participating, broken into four different pools. After pool play, all schools will be seeded #1-16. Top 8 seeds advance to GOLD division. Bottom 8 seeds advance to GREEN division. Here is what to look for.

POOL 1

St. Augustine Saints

Mission Hills Grizzlies

Vista Panthers

Scripps Ranch Falcons

Favorite: Mission Hills.

The Grizzlies had a great season last year that ended in the Open Division Final against Helix, where they lost 26-19. They look to get back there again in 2018, unfortunately that will be without star quarterback Jack Tuttle, and playmaker wide receiver Chris Olave. Both players have graduated and are now playing at Utah (Tuttle), and Ohio State (Olave). The big question surrounding this team is whether or not they can replace multiple players on both sides of the ball. Joey Armantrout looks to take over at quarterback this season for the Grizzlies, while tight end Jaden Washington looks to be a big contributing piece offensively. Mission Hills have also scored two transfers, Chrishawn Gordon from Valley Center, and Jonah McGranahan from Temecula Valley. It will be interesting to see how they fit in at Mission Hills

Position Battle to Watch: Scripps Ranch

Quarterback play has been hard to come by for the Falcons ever since Tate Forcier left. However, it might be one of the most interesting battles this summer in San Diego. Junior Dillon Gebase, and Senior Sean Field are going to be battling it out all summer for the starting quarterback job. Field brings varsity experience and the ability to extend plays with his legs. Gebase throws better in the pocket, and is more careful with the ball than Field. Both are good options for the Falcons.

POOL 2

Mt.Carmel Sun Devils

West Hills Wolf Pack

Valley Center Jaguars

Torrey Pines

Favorite: Torrey Pines

The other Falcons in this tournament reign from Torrey Pines and they are a huge favorite to win the Open Division Championship later in the year. They are returning most of their team from last year, which took Mission Hills down to the wire twice last year. They have the talent to win this pool but they are a Wing T squad built for running the ball. That will translate to wins on Friday nights but not in a passing league tournament, but I am fairly certain Torrey Pines is ok with that.

Sleeper: Valley Center

Do not be surprised if Valley Center is on top of Pool 2 when it is all said and done. They are led by their quarterback Rikki Mazzetti and went to the final of this tournament last year. Coach Gilster always puts a good squad together with the limited numbers that he has at Valley Center. The Jaguars will be contenders in the Fall and contenders on Saturday.

POOL 3

El Capitan Vaqueros

San Marcos Knights

Cathedral Catholic Dons

Del Norte

Favorite: San Marcos

Passing league is San Marcos’ bread and butter. They are a high powered offense that likes to throw, throw, throw. Why not? They have the best quarterback in San Diego county in UC Davis commit Miles Hastings and many weapons to suit him. Not to mention Head Coach Jason Texler has a knack for calling offenses. San Marcos has some question marks going into the season, but are a threat to make the Open playoff.

Player to Watch: El Capitan

The Vaqueros have a gem in a player that no one knows about and his name is Yaphet Yoakley. Ask Coach Banister about him or go to LCC Saturday and watch him play, you will know his name by the end of the regular season. I have already told you too much.

Are They Back? Cathedral Catholic

The Dons had their worst season last year in about twenty years. They finished the season 5-7, failed to make the Open playoff, and were eliminated from the playoffs before Thanksgiving for the first time since 2005, when Ryan Lindley led El Capitan Vaqueros beat the Dons 52-28. Cathedral are many people’s pick to win the Open Division final this season, but what has drastically changed since last year? First off, arguably one of the best running backs in the county, Shawn Poma is back after suffering a knee injury last year. His quickness, explosiveness and ability to run out of tackles makes him a headache for defenses to prepare for. Quarterback play was down for Cathedral, but transfer DJ Ralph has sparked the position since joining the team in January. The biggest asset for the Dons, is depth. Zion Sorani, and DJ Justice are poised to have big years at the wide out position. Zavien Watson, Ryan Kilpatrick, Josh Lewis, and Matt Bryant join Shawn Poma in the backfield. Jordan Allen highlights the defense as he has already received offers from Syracuse and Arizona State as he enters his junior season. They, like Torrey Pines, run the Wing T so no need to worry about them…for now.

Pool 4

Rancho Buena Vista Longhorns

Westview Wolverines

Oceanside Pirates

La Costa Canyon Mavericks

Favorite: La Costa Canyon

According to Scotty Gange of San Diego Prep Insider, Head Coach Sean Sovacool thinks he has one of his best teams in years. The Mavericks have already won a passing tournament this Summer, as they took home the Escondido tournament a couple weeks ago. They also made it to the final of the San Diego State tournament, where they lost to Lincoln. Karson Lippart, one of the fastest players in the county, is going to be a name to know moving through this tournament and throughout the season, as he lights it up in the Mavericks backfield.

Player to Watch: Rancho Buena Vista

Dorian Richardson is a sleeper running back in San Diego. While all eyes are on Shawn Poma, Kenan Christon, and Jahon McClendon, Richardson will be breaking even more records. Last season he put himself on the map when he rushed for 8 touchdowns on 499 yards against Santana. Look for Richardson to have a big day Saturday.

Projected Top 8:

Mission Hills, Saint Augustine, Valley Center, Torrey Pines, San Marcos, Cathedral Catholic, La Costa Canyon, and Oceanside.

Projected Winner:

San Marcos

Nothing ever seems to go according to prediction when it comes to passing league tournaments, but one thing is guaranteed, it is going to be a long day and you never know who will come out on top. Tournament starts Saturday at 8am at La Costa Canyon.