Helix vs Saguaro

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High School Football Week 4 Preview

Lolita's High School Football Hour with John Kentera

Braden Surprenant
September 07, 2018 - 2:03 am

Week four of the San Diego high school football season is already upon us, so here is a preview of all the top games around San Diego County.

Here is the updated Union Tribune Top 10 as voted on by the local San Diego media including 97.3 The Fan’s John Kentera and Braden Surprenant.

Rank    Team               Record             Opponent This Week

1.Torrey Pines           3-0               vs San Pasqual (2-1)

2. La Costa Canyon   3-0              vs El Camino (1-1)

3. Madison                 3-0              @ Palos Verdes (1-2)

4. Cathedral Catholic 2-1               vs. # 6 Helix Charter (1-2)

5. San Marcos            3-0              idle

6. Helix                      1-2              @ Cathedral Catholic (2-1)

7. St. Augustine         3-0              vs Otay Ranch (2-1)

8. Eastlake                  2-1              vs. Grossmont (1-1)

9. Lincoln                   3-0              vs. Sweetwater (0-3)

10. Ramona                2-1              vs. Mt. Carmel (0-3)


Game Picks: Last Week (7-4)

Game of the Week: #6 Helix Charter (1-2) @ #4 Cathedral Catholic (2-1)

Series: Helix Charter (7-5) All-time

Last: 2017 Helix Won 39-0

Both Helix and Cathedral Catholic played in the annual Honor Bowl this past Saturday. The outcomes however were a little different. Helix took on Saguaro from Phoenix, AZ in their matchup and came up just a little short as they lost 28-21. Saguaro, if you are unaware, is the third best football team in the state of Arizona. The Highlanders played the game without star running back Elelyon Noa, their best lineman, and late in the third quarter lost their starting Quarterback Daniel Amon. This week the Highlanders look to get some playmakers back as Noa is expected to return to action on Friday. Noa is going to have to be the workhorse for the Highlander’s offense since they will be without starting quarterback Amon on Friday night.

Cathedral Catholic on the other hand is coming off, what might be, the most impressive win in the history of the program last Saturday night. Cathedral was able to play a near perfect game on Saturday night to defeat the 12th ranked high school in the state of California 42-21. Honestly, the score should probably not have been even that close. The Dons jumped out to a quick 21-0 lead last week and were up 35-7 late into the fourth quarter. Running back Shawn Poma looks to be picking up where he left off two seasons ago in his sophomore campaign as he racked up 160 yards on 20 carries and 2 touchdowns.

This new rivalry will be in full force on Friday night at Manchester Stadium as it is quiet possibly a playoff game for both teams. With the Open Division playoff only consisting of four teams this year, a loss could prove devastating to both teams. This will be a battle from the start.

Cathedral Catholic probably still remembers the 39-0 defeat they took last year on the hands of the Highlanders. Oh, and they absolutely remember the hook and ladder Helix ran last year while they were up 32-0 in the fourth quarter. Look for the Dons to get some hook and ladder justice on Friday night.

Cathedral Catholic 35-32 over Helix.

Best of the Rest:

#17 Grossmont Foothillers (1-1) @ #8 Eastlake Titans (2-1)

Series: Eastlake (4-0) All-Time

Last: 2017 Eastlake Won 32-19

The Titans and Foothillers will meet for only the fifth time on Friday, as both teams try to earn a quality Division 1 win, in hopes of getting back into the Open Playoff race. Last week, Eastlake showed out and represented San Diego well as they played out of section Santiago of Corona, CA. Eastlake was able to get a 21-10 victory led by their running back Parker Merrifield, who rushed for 117 yards on 14 carries and 2 touchdowns. Look for most of the same this week against the Foothillers, as Eastlake’s Wing T offense will be able to slow down the tempo of the game and keep Grossmont’s explosive offense off the field. Grossmont is coming off an unusual bye, as their opponent failed to inform the Foothillers that they were actually not coming to play this year. We will see if the off week effects Grossmont.

I expect the Titans to remain undefeated against the Hillers.

Eastlake 42-17 over Grossmont.

#11 Carlsbad Lancers (2-1) @ #12 Mission Hills Grizzlies (0-3)

Series: Mission Hills (4-0) All-Time

Last: 2017 Mission Hills Won 35-7

It has been an extremely tough year for the Mission Hills Grizzlies after what was probably one of their best seasons in 2017. The Grizzlies have played a daunting non-league schedule to date, and have started 0-3 because of it. Off the field, the community is grieving the tragic and unexpected loss of defensive line coach Eric Quamme, who passed away earlier this week. Coach Quamme was a great husband, father, brother, and coach and his passing has rocked and effected the San Diego high school football community. This is a tragedy that hits home for many people throughout the community and our thoughts are with the Quamme family as well as the Mission Hills High School community.

Mission Hills will have to find a way to play a football game on Friday, in their first Avocado league game of the season. Expect the Grizzlies to come out hungry for their first victory and benefitting from a tough early season schedule. They will be playing extra hard this week.

Mission Hills 21-17.

#37 Mater Dei Catholic Crusaders (1-2) @ #48 Kearny Komets (2-0)

Series: Mater Dei (2-1) All-Time

Last: 2015 Mater Dei Won 30-6

This matchup on Friday is going to be a good one, and the matchup within the matchup to be on the lookout for is the battle between Kearny Offensive Coordinator, Verlain Betofe; and Mater Dei Defensive Coordinator, Jared Izidoro.

Mater Dei and Kearny have played completely different schedules leading up to tonight. Mater Dei has played a difficult schedule that has included traditional small school power Bishop’s and current Top 10 school, Ramona. Kearny on the other hand has played the #78 and #72 (out of 84 teams) team in the county. Look you have to play who is on the schedule so it is not their fault, however this week is a good tester to see just how explosive the Komets offense is. Led by a high powered scheme by Betofe, and big play quarter back Kenyon Williams, the Komets have averaged 56 points per game.

Kearny has also shutout the two opponents they have played so far this season, although neither team had a running back like Mater Dei’s Aiden Calvert.

Mater Dei 42-39.

#16 Mira Mesa Marauders (3-0) @ #46 Scripps Ranch Falcons (3-0)

Series: Mira Mesa (18-4) All-Time

Last: 2017 Mira Mesa Won 50-20

Mira Mesa and Scripps Ranch have played each other twenty-two times in the last twenty-three years. This Friday will be the first time that both schools come into the game undefeated. Scripps Ranch is drastically improved from last season’s (2-8) record. Mira Mesa has the most talented team they have had in years. Deciding factor is going to be Mira Mesa quarter back Noah Tumblin. Tumblin, who is a Scripps Ranch resident, is a dynamic dual threat quarter back that can make explosive plays with his arm and legs.

Look for Tumblin and Mira Mesa to light up the scoreboard and move to 19-4 all time in the series.

Mira Mesa 56-21.

#15 Monte Vista Monarchs (3-0) @ #22 Christian Patriots (3-0)

Series: Tied at 1-1

Last: 2016 Christian Won 20-10

A big time matchup between two east county schools. Difference? One team has 6’2”, 216 lbs. San Diego State running back commit Jahmon McClendon, and the other does not. Monte Vista has McClendon. Look for him to have a huge night.

Monte Vista 35-14

#33 Morse Tigers (2-1) @ #24 Vista Panthers (2-1)

Series: Vista (20-8) All-Time

Last: 2005 Vista Won 42-14

These two schools had a nice rivalry going in the late 80s and early 90s, when Vista and Morse were at the top of the San Diego high school football scene. Head Coach, Dick Haines of Vista and John Shacklett of Morse duked it out for county supremacy for almost twenty years. Now two new coaches have renewed what was a game of the week every year.

This year Morse looks like the better team on paper. Led by UCLA commit Shamar Martin, Morse has had a great start to their season. Head Coach Tracy McNair has been shutting teams down defensively, and the ground and pound philosophy of the Morse Tigers has paid dividends. Vista had trouble stopping the run last week in their win over RBV, it will probably more of the same in week four.

Morse 28-14.

#14 Otay Ranch Mustangs (2-1) @ #7 St. Augustine Saints (3-0)

Series: Saints (5-1) All-Time

Last: 2017 Saints Won 19-14

This is the sneakiest matchup of the week, and when I say sneakiest I mean more of a sleeper to be a great game. St. Augustine is coming off a 28-10 victory over historic program Loyola of Los Angeles last week, in what was a huge win for the Saintsmen and for San Diego. Otay Ranch is coming off a 19-17 win over Point Loma in which they scored seventeen unanswered in the fourth quarter to win the game.

St. Augustine has a lot more athletes and a great passing attack led by junior quarterback Angelo Peraza and Michael “Gronk” Ambagtsheer. Last week the two connected four times for 201 yards, and 3 touchdowns.

I expect Otay Ranch to keep it close, but St. Augustine will be marching to (4-0)

St. Augustine 42-35.

Quick Hitters

#40 Olympian over #44 Hilltop

#13 Rancho Bernardo over #26 Point Loma

#25 Valley Center over #43 Imperial

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