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SD High School Football Week 6 Preview

Lolita's High School Football Hour with John Kentera

Braden Surprenant
September 20, 2018 - 5:30 pm

We are now at about the halfway point of the season and playoff races are in full force! Last week Helix defeated St. Augustine and got themselves back into the Open division playoff conversation. Mission Hills, who everyone thought played themselves out of competition this year, has resurrected like to almost biblical proportions and are also right on the cusp of being a dark horse in the Avocado League.

Before we get into this week’s games, here is how the San Diego Union-Tribune poll looked like entering the week:

Rank    Team               Record             Opponent This Week

1. Torrey Pines           5-0               idle

2. La Costa Canyon   5-0              idle

3. Cathedral Catholic 3-1               vs Olympian (1-3)

4. Helix                      2-3              idle

5. Eastlake                  3-0              @ El Camino (1-3)

6. Madison                  4-1              idle

7. St. Augustine         4-1              idle

8. Lincoln                   5-0              idle

9. San Marcos            3-1              @ Mt. Carmel (0-5)

10. Mission Hills       2-3              idle

These rankings are fun and I enjoy voting in the poll each and every week, but they do not matter. All the power rankings that multiple media entities and other people come up with, do not matter. The rankings that do matter are the calpreps.com rankings, as they are the ones that determine the playoffs for the CIF San Diego Section. These rankings are determined by computers that evaluate multiple factors including margin of victory as well as strength of schedule. Essentially, if your team defeats a team that has a higher rating than you, your score goes up. Beating a team with a lower rating might lower your rating if you do not win by a large enough margin. That can play a huge effect for some team’s league schedules down the road.

For an inside look at the playoff picture for each division CLICK HERE.

Since most of the Top 10 is on a bye this week we are going to feature five games outside of the top 10. Last week we went (8-4) in game picks, which gives us (45-16) record on the season. Rankings are according to calpreps.com.

Game of the Week: #11 Steele Canyon Cougars (3-1) @ #26 Mira Mesa Marauders (4-0) 7 pm

Series: 2017 only meeting, Steele Canyon Won 52-26

If you love offense and fireworks, this is the game for you! Mira Mesa is off to a great 4-0 start under new head coach Chris Thompson and seems to be firing on all cylinders offensively. Led by their senior quarterback, Noah Tumblin, the Marauders are averaging 37 points per game. Tumblin leads that charge as he is 23/33 with 552 yards and 7 touchdowns through the air. Tumblin can also get it done with his legs as he has rushed for 169 yards on 36 carries for an additional 4 touchdowns. Defensively, Mira Mesa is led by their senior all-around athlete, Marcus Dean who leads the team in tackles with 16 and interceptions with 2.

Dean is going to be busy on Friday night as the Marauder defense is going to have to slow down Steele Canyon wide receiver, Chance Johnson who is just now starting to turn it on. Johnson leads the Cougars with 9 receptions for 128 yards and 1 touchdown. The other weapon Mira Mesa is going to have to look out for is senior quarterback Nathan Barnett. Barnett is 23/44 with 320 yards and 1 touchdown through the air. Like Tumblin, Barnett also uses his legs to create offense for the Cougars. He has rushed for 325 yards on 62 carries and has scored 8 touchdowns on the ground.

The Cougars and Marauders will be running up and down Mira Mesa Blvd on Friday night. In what will be a tough game for Mira Mesa, I am going to give them the home field edge in this one.

Mira Mesa 42-38 over Steele Canyon.

#13 Christian Patriots (4-0) @ #29 Santa Fe Christian Eagles (3-1) 3:30pm

Series: Christian (15-11-1) All-Time. LM: 2017 Santa Fe Christian Won 30-7

These two teams have played each other twenty-seven times since 1978 and have been fairly back and forth, with a slight edge to Christian. I think 2018 will be much of the same. Fairly even game with a slight edge to Christian. That slight edge I keep using is going to be Christian quarterback Owen Easley who is off to a great start to his senior season. Easley is 60 for 95 with 793 yards passing and 6 touchdowns and has only thrown one interception this season.

Santa Fe Christian however, has a pretty good defensive player at the linebacker position. His name is Cade Ellis and he leads the Eagles with 22 tackles, including a tackle for loss and has even blocked a punt earlier this season. Offensively, Santa Fe Christian is going to have to feed their running back Jack Miles and get him going if they want to be successful. Christian has already slowed down a D1 prospect running back earlier this season, so we will see if Miles can power his way to the end zone this week in a Friday afternoon contest.

Christian with the slight edge 24-17.

#28 Poway Titans (3-2) @ #24 Grossmont Foothillers (1-3) 7pm

Series: Grossmont (2-0) All-Time LM: 2015 Grossmont Won 20-13

This game is the most intriguing game of the week. Poway comes in (3-2) and has shutouts in each of their three wins, and are allowing only 7.4 points per game on the year, but their strength of schedule is mediocre at best. Grossmont, on the other hand, comes in at (1-3) but have a strength of schedule of 28.1 which is one of the higher SOS in the county.

It is going to be a matchup of Poway’s shutout defense and Grossmont’s underperforming offense. Grossmont enters the game averaging only 13 points per game, and have allowed opponents to score an average of 34.5 points per game.

We will see how much the strength of schedule plays into this one. I think it will.

Grossmont 28-24 over Poway.

#68 Orange Glenn Patriots (3-1) @ #77 Army-Navy (2-2)

Series: Orange Glenn (3-0) All-Time. LM: 1966 Orange Glenn Won 49-0

As you can tell by the last time these two schools have played each other, they have been around for a long time. Speaking of a long time, it has been a long time since Orange Glenn has been one of the top programs in the county, but things seem to be looking up for the Patriots in 2018.

The Patriots have two players that are lighting up the scoreboard every Friday night, Ethan Villalobos and Cael Patterson. From the air, Villalobos is 27/50 with 355 yards passing and has four touchdowns. On the ground, Patterson has put up 628 yards on 74 carries and has made it to the promised land 10 times already this season.

Army-Navy also has a great ground attack led by Senior running back Hadi Assi. Assi has 727 yards on 92 carries and 6 touchdowns.

Look for one candle burning in the church steeple tonight as this game will be a ground attack game and a quick one at that.

Patriots head the Paul Revere’s oneth by land warning and pull out the win 56-21.

Tony Burner Memorial Cup:

#43 El Capitan Vaqueros (1-3) @ #31 West Hills Wolfpack 7pm

Series: West Hills (15-11) LM: 2017 West Hills Won 10-3

These two teams in the East County have played each other twenty-six times since 1989, but this year will be different. This season the two teams have decided to have the game be called the Tony Burner Memorial Cup to honor Tony Burners tragic passing. Tony Burner played for the Wolfpack and his dad, Ron Burner Sr. has been the head football coach at El Capitan for sixteen years. Rob at Al’s Sports on Mission Gorge Road created the trophy below:

For more on the meaning of this game John Kentera will joined by Ron Burner Sr. on the High School Football hour, Thursday night at 9:45pm on 97.3 the fan.

As far as the game is concerned there are two athletes that will be on display. For El Capitan, it is the senior wide receiver, Yaphet Yokley. Yokley is an explosive wideout that can also do damage as a ball carrier. He leads the team with 14 receptions, 227 yards, and 3 touchdowns receiving. Rushing he has 130 yards on 11 carries and a touchdown. He has also returned a kick 95 yards for a touchdown for the Vaqueros.

West Hills can pack a punch with their quarterback, Jordin Young. Young is 17 for 31 with 3 touchdowns and has thrown for 237 yards. Like most quarterbacks we have highlighted in this article, Young can make things happen with his legs. Young has 5 touchdowns on the ground on 37 carries and has rushed for 414 yards.

The game will be played with heavy hearts, but once the opening kickoff starts it will be a great game.

El Capitan 17-14 over West Hills.