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San Diego Schools in Football State Playoffs

Full Breakdown of San Diego’s So-Cal Final Matchups

Braden Surprenant
November 28, 2018 - 4:53 pm

San Diego high school football teams will start their journy towards a State Championship this weekend as six representatives will play for San Diego County. The schools that have earned their way as the best six teams in San Diego, in their respective divisions, are Cathedral Catholic, St. Augustine, Lincoln, Morse, San Diego, and Orange Glen. They are about to face tough competition against schools from Los Angeles, Orange County and even Visalia. Before we preview each game, here is Eric Sondheimer of the Los Angeles Times giving Coach John Kentera a scouting report on each school San Diego teams will face this weekend:

 

Division 1-AA

Narbonne Gauchos (Los Angeles Open Champion) (10-3) @

Cathedral Catholic Dons (San Diego Open Champion) (11-1)

Calpreps Line: Cathedral (-14)

Friday, November 30 @ 7:30pm

The biggest matchup of the weekend for San Diego resides in the Division 1-AA Southern California Final between Narbonne and Cathedral Catholic. These two teams met in the regional final, back in 2016 in which Cathedral Catholic won 35-28 in what was n instant classic of a high school football game. Cathedral Catholic returns a select few players from that 2016 team, that eventually went on to win a State Championship over Northern California St. Mary’s, in particular starting running back Shawn Poma. In 2016, Shawn Poma was a sophomore just breaking on to the high school football scene. Now a senior he has posted 1,413 yards on 138 carries, which averages 10.2 yards per carry, and 17 rushing touchdowns.

Against Narbonne in 2016, Poma finished the game with 175 yards on the ground on 23 carries and found pay-dirt four times! In order for Cathedral Catholic to have repeat success against Narbonne, Poma is going to have to have another impressive performance. He will have some help however, as Zavien Watson, Matthew Bryant and Josh Lewis have all been called upon this season to pound the ball for the Dons, in turn keeping Poma’s legs fresh.

Narbonne enters the 2018 rematch against Cathedral Catholic on a nine-game winning streak. After starting the season 1-3, the Gauchos have ripped off nine straight and a big component of that was transfer Quarterback Jake Garcia. The sophomore signal caller became eligible just in time to take on Lawndale in which the Gauchos defeated 27-14. In only eight games Garcia is 115-for-152 with 1802 yards, 13 touchdowns, and 4 interceptions.

The hardest gage on Narbonne is just how good they really are. They started the season 1-3 but were defeated by traditional California powers in Long Beach Poly and Centennial. They also traveled to Hawai’i and were defeated by St. Louis 47-7. St. Louis is the best team in the state of Hawai’i and is ranked 5th in the nation. So Narbonne has been defeated by some stiff competition. Unfortunately, Narbonne has not defeated any team that has been at the caliber of Cathedral Catholic. Lawndale is the highest rated team that Narbonne has beaten with Serra Gardena the second highest rated team to fall to the Gauchos.

Narbonne defeated Serra Gardena 27-26 in double Overtime.

Cathedral Catholic defeated Serra Gardena 42-21.

Take is much of that info in as you want, but one thing is for certain, this game is going to a must see matchup. Narbonne comes in with a high powered spread offense to take on a scrappy bend but don’t break gritty defense of Cathedral Catholic.

Calpreps.com is predicting the Dons to be victorious 35-21, but expect the score to be closer and anyone’s game come Friday night!

You can hear this game right here on 97.3 The Fan as well as the radio.com app!

Division 2-AA

St. Augustine Saints (San Diego Division 1 Champ) (10-3) vs.

Grace Brethren Lancers (Southern Section Division 4 Champ) (12-2)

Calpreps Line: Grace Brethren (-3)

Game Played at Cal Lutheran University Friday, November 30 @ 7:30pm

St. Augustine is coming off one of the most exciting championship finishes ever in San Diego. A two-point conversion stop in overtime to win the Division 1 championship is going to be hard to top in future championship games. St. Augustine was able to defeat Helix 21-20 in overtime after losing to the Highlanders early in the season 35-14. Their defense played lights out and pretty much lights out the entire season and will have their hands full on Friday against Grace Brethren. The Lancers are led by their running back Lontrelle Diggs, who has over 2262 yards rushing on 332 carries and 33 touchdowns.

It is going to be a tough task to slow down the Lancers rushing attack that averages 300 yards a game but St. Augustine has gone against some pretty impressive rushing games in Cathedral Catholic and Helix.In order for St. Augustine to win they are going to have to rely on Junior Quarterback Angelo Peraza. Peraza is going to have to have a big night and will have to hook up with standout wide out Samuel Scaife III like they did last week in the Division 1 championship. St. Augustine’s defense is going to show up but they will have a tough task in front of them after their two-hour bus trip up the five freeway. Head Coach Joe Kremer, Quarterback Angelo Peraza, and Defensive Lineman Will Simon all joined Coach John Kentera on Thursday night to talk about their game against Grace Brethren:

Division 3-AA

Lincoln Hornets (San Diego Division 2 Champ) (10-4) @

Culver City Centaurs (Southern Section Division 7 Champ)

Calpreps Line: Culver City (-13)

Friday, November 30 @ 7:30pm

THE HIVE IS ALIVE! Not only is the Hive Alive but they are also a national talking point. Sunday morning, Wide Receiver Keyshawn Smith was featured on Sunday NFL Countdown’s “You Got Mossed.” You can see the clip here:

Besides Smith making Randy Moss type moves, the Hornets are on a five-game win streak after forfeiting to Cathedral Catholic due to not having enough healthy players to play. From not having enough players to play, to being CIF Champions and now playing for a chance to potentially win a California State Championship. What a drastic change of events! A big reason for this change is the hornets defense that swarms more than their “nickname.” Defensively they came to play in a big way in the CIF Championship game, led by an outstanding performance by the defensive line and Akili Butler.

The task last Friday night was slowing down Quarterback Noah Tumblin. The task this week is slowing down Culver City Quarterback, Zevi Eckhaus who has thrown for over 3000 yards on the year and 46 touchdowns.

If there is any San Diego team that can slow down the passing attack of Culver City, it is Lincoln.

Division 4-AA

Morse Tigers (San Diego Division 3 Champs) (10-4) @

Central Valley Christian (Central Division 4 Champion) (11-2)

Calpreps Line: Central Valley Christian (-8)

Friday, November 30 @ 7:30pm

The school in San Diego that received the worst draw for the State Playoffs has to be the Tigers from Morse High School. Morse is taking on Central Valley Christian from the great city of Visalia, California. Time for a geography lesson. Visalia is just south of Fresno and is a five-and-a-half-hour drive away from Morse High School. That is like Morse traveling to Tucson, Arizona to play Sal Point Catholic.

Enough with the complaining about travel, Morse is a smash mouth football team that is going to shove the ball down your throat and play hard nose defense! They are going to have a difficult game in front of them after their long drive to Visalia as the Cavaliers are on a six-game winning streak. Eric Dragt and Jaalen Rening highlight the Cavalier offense as Dragt lights up the sky and Rening pounds the ball on the ground.

UCLA-committ Shamar Martin will be the x-factor for Morse in this game as well as just how much Morse can handle the travel.

Division 5-A

Linfield Christian Lions (Southern Division 12 Champ) (13-1) @

San Diego Cavers (San Diego Division 4 Champ) (10-2)

Calpreps Line: Linfield Christian (-1)

Saturday, December 1 @ 6pm

The shortest distance between two schools this weekend has to be Linfield Christian from Temecula and San Diego High. These two teams will meet on Saturday Night at Balboa Stadium at 6pm and Linfield Christian has a San Diego connection. Lincoln Hornet and former NFL player, Akili Smith is the offensive coordinator of Linfield Christian.

As for San Diego, Head Coach Charles James has done a tremendous job turning around a program that has been abysmal for most of the last Century. They hold on to the football rip off 4 yards a carry and just hang onto the ball to grind out victories over teams that are bigger than them. I expect nothing less on Saturday.

Division 6-A

Locke Saints (Los Angeles Division 2 Champs) (10-4) @

Orange Glen Patriots (San Diego Division 5 Champs) (9-3)

Calpreps Line: Orange Glen (-7)

Saturday, December 1 @ 6pm

First of all, hats off to Head Coach and Orange Glen alum Jason Patterson. From being 1-9 a year ago, the Patriots are now Division 5 CIF Champions and are a game away from competing for a State Championship. It all starts with the Patterson family as running back Cael Patterson is having an unbelievable year for the Patriots and is putting up huge numbers. On the year Patterson has 2196 yards on 329 carries and 26 touchdowns. He needs to have another big day if the Patriots want to win their first ever CIF Championship game.

Locke High School is no pushover. They play in a very difficult Coliseum League in Los Angeles that include the likes of Dorsey and Crenshaw. Locke lost to both of those schools however the competition is a little better than what Orange Glen faced this season. Locke is battle tested, but Orange Glen has the ability to overcome this and get a win on Saturday Night.

Head Coach Jason Patterson and son Cael Patterson, who is the running back for Orange Glen, joined Coach John Kentera on Thursday Night to talk about their great season: