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High School Football Week 5 Preview

Lolita's High School Football Hour with John Kentera

Braden Surprenant
September 14, 2018 - 12:20 am

Another week of high school football is in the books in San Diego as we get ready for week 5! Last week we went (7-4) in game picks, which brings us to (37-12) on the season. That being said, let us take a look at the San Diego Union Tribune’s Top 10 for week 5: (All rankings past #10 are according to calpreps.com)

Rank    Team               Record             Opponent This Week

1.Torrey Pines           4-0               vs #14 El Camino (1-2)

     2. La Costa Canyon   4-0              vs #22 Oceanside (1-2)

    3. Madison                 4-0              vs #39 Vista Murrieta (1-2)*

    4. Cathedral Catholic 3-1               idle

    5. San Marcos            3-0              vs #13 Carlsbad (2-2)

    6. St. Augustine         4-0              @ #8 Helix (1-3)

    7. Eastlake                  3-1              vs #57 Valhalla (0-3)

   8. Helix                      1-3              vs. #6 St. Augustine (4-0)

   9. Lincoln                  4-0              vs. Dorsey (0-3)

 10. Mission Hills       1-3              vs. #20 Ramona (3-1)

*Vista Murrieta is ranked 39th in the state of California


Game of the Week: #6 St. Augustine Saints (4-0) @ #8 Helix Highlanders (1-3)

Series: Helix (7-2) Last Meeting: 2017 Helix Won 35-7

This game is going to have a playoff atmosphere out in La Mesa. Helix is on life support when it comes to an open playoff bid come November. St. Augustine on the other hand is looking for another marquee win to add to their computer based resume to also secure a coveted spot in the open playoff.

Despite Helix being (1-3) on the year, they are not a (1-3) football team. In their first game against Cajon, their star running back, and arguably best running back in the county, Elelyon Noa suffered an injury on the first drive of the game. The Highlanders were then boat raced by the now #29 team in the country. Noa would not have been enough to win the game, but he most definitely would have made the game a lot closer. The same can be said about their second loss of the season against Saguaro, AZ. Noa did not participate in the game and their starting quarter back, Daniel Amon, suffered in injury late in the second half. Helix ended up losing 28-21.

Good news for Helix this week? Both Daniel Amon and Elelyon Noa are back and playing on Friday night. They are going to have a tough task on Friday as they take on a St. Augustine defense that has only allowed 10 points in four games this season. Saints pitched shutouts against Santa Fe Christian, Bonita Vista, and Otay Ranch who they beat 40-0 last Friday. In the 40-0 win for the Saintsmen, they held Otay Ranch to a measly twenty-seven yards of offense and thirteen yards rushing. It does not matter who you play that is impressive.

The Highlanders come into Friday’s game with the highest ranked strength of schedule in San Diego with a 43.8 rating of difficulty. St. Augustine comes in at fifteen in the county with a 12.7 rating.

I expect the difficult schedule and having Amon and Noa back to be the deciding factors in this contest…

Helix over St. Augustine 24-21

Games in the Top 10: #22 Oceanside Pirates @ #2 La Costa Canyon Mavericks

Series: Oceanside (13-2) LM: 2017 LCC Won 21-0

It has been awhile since the Oceanside Pirates were the best team in San Diego County. A team that used to be completely unbeatable has now found themselves in a situation where they are battling just to stay in the middle of the pack in their league. Granted, the Avocado is probably the best league San Diego has to offer, but Oceanside has played better in years past.

While Oceanside has been trending downward, La Costa Canyon has been trending in the complete opposite direction. The Mavericks are off to a (4-0) start to their season in which they have knocked off Cathedral Catholic and Orange County foe San Clemente. Led by their running back Karson Lippert, La Costa Canyon should cruise to an easy victory.

Quarterback for Oceanside, Kyrin Beachem, might have something to say about that as he is very explosive and can extend plays with his legs. Oceanside might be able to keep it close for a quarter, but I expect La Costa Canyon to win big!

49-21 La Costa Canyon

Vista Murrieta Broncos (1-2) @ #3 Madison Warhawks (4-0)

Series: Vista Murrieta (1-0) LM: 2016 Vista Murrieta Won 20-9

Another powerful Southern Section team roles into town on Friday night, as the Vista Murrieta Broncos head down to Madison High School to take on the Warhawks. The Broncos are off to a (1-2) start but have lost to two big time Southern Section teams in Orange Lutheran and Norco. Their one win came against Los Alamitos, a team that if played in San Diego would be a top 5 team in the UT poll.

Madison is no stranger to teams from out of section, as they were able to beat Palos Verdes last Friday on the road. Kenan Christon looks to be a big factor in Friday’s game. Christon is off to a great start on the season and will actually be making his commitment soon on where he will be playing football next season. Christon has narrowed his twenty-one plus offers down to a final four, which includes USC, UCLA, Notre Dame, and Alabama.

Look for Kenan Christon to have a big game if the Warhawks expect to win. A win would give San Diego a huge boast of confidence for State playoffs, but I think the Broncos pull it out.

Vista Murrieta 35 Madison 24

#13 Carlsbad Lancers (2-2) @ #5 San Marcos Knights (3-0)

Series: San Marcos (19-11) LM: 2017 San Marcos Won 38-12

Besides Saints and Helix, this game between Carlsbad and San Marcos has the most playoff implications. If Carlsbad defeats San Marcos, based on how the computer ranking system works, Carlsbad would end the Avocado League’s chances of getting two teams into the open playoff. In order for the Avocado league to get two teams into the playoff they need San Marcos to be undefeated for as long as possible in order to strengthen their strength of schedule.

Torrey Pines and La Costa Canyon both enter this week as owners of open playoff spots, however their remaining schedules do not do them any favors. With El Camino, Oceanside and Carlsbad limping into league play, LCC and Torrey Pines are going to lose rating points by playing those schools, regardless if they win or win by a large margin. There is still a lot of season left before we dive into crazy playoff scenarios.

Carlsbad enters the game on Friday coming off a tough loss to a very emotional Mission Hills team. San Marcos had two weeks to prepare for the game after coming off a bye week last week. Both schools need this win in hopes of an Avocado league championship.

Led by UC Davis commit, Miles Hastings I expect San Marcos to pull this one out.

27-24 San Marcos

Around the County: #69 Coronado Islanders (3-1) @ #70 Mountain Empire Redhawks (3-1)

Series: Coronado (8-0) First Meeting: 1927 Last Meeting: 1991 Coronado Won 34-7

Head Coach for Coronado, Kurt Hines tweets out before every game that he is looking for a street fight. Come Friday night, Mountain Empire is going to give him and his Islander team all they got!

Led by standout player Dallas Price, the Redhawks are going to try and be more physical than the Islanders in what should be a fairly even game. With the teams having identical records, and being right next to each other in the calpreps.com ratings, expect this game to be a back and forth battle to the end.

Long trip ahead of Coronado tomorrow might be the deciding factor. Ill pick with history.

Coronado wins 38-35

#64 Vincent Memorial Scots (3-0) @ #52 Santana Sultans (3-1)

Series: Santana (1-0) LM: Santana Won 50-43

Although Santana bested Vincent Memorial last season, the Scots are coming off a division five championship a year ago. If Santana is going to win they are going to have to slow down Vincent Memorial running back Daniel Rizzo who has rushed for 318 yards on 45 carries and 3 touchdowns in three games played. Santana is also going to have to try and stop wide receiver Emilio Abizaid. Abizaid leads the Scots in receiving this season with 248 yards, and 3 touchdowns on 7 catches.

Expect the Scots to avenge their loss to the Sultans last year behind Rizzo and Abizaid.

Vincent Memorial in a shootout 52-47

#10 Otay Ranch Mustangs (2-2) @ #12 Steele Canyon Cougars (2-1)

Series: Steele Canyon (2-1) LM: 2017 Steele Canyon Won 14-13

Otay Ranch is looking to bounce back offensively after they were shutout and held to 27 yards of offensive against St. Augustine last week. They are going to need a better performance out of quarterback Jonte Stewart as he was held to 14 yards passing last week.

Look for Otay Ranch to bounce back and get a win.

Otay Ranch 24-14

Quick Hits

#39 Bonita Vista over #64 Patrick Henry

#45 Mt. Carmel over #18 Vista

#26 Central over #58 Tri-City Christian

#42 Escondido over # 62 Fallbrook

#32 San Pasqual wins Battle for Bear over #71 Orange Glenn

For full break downs of all these games be sure to check out yesterday’s High School Football Hour with John Kentera (below)! The show can be heard every Thursday night at 9pm on 97.3 The Fan!