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High School Football Week 8 Preview

Lolita's High School Football Hour with John Kentera

Braden Surprenant
October 05, 2018 - 11:10 am

Last week was the start of the league championship races, and they did not disappoint! Cathedral Catholic made a strong case to be the number one team in the county, after dismantling Madison 49-7 to open up the Western League. In the Avocado League there were some tight battles and some upsets. Carlsbad took #1 Torrey Pines to overtime before coming up just short and Oceanside was able to knock off Mission Hills. The win of the week had to be San Marcos defeating (5-0) La Costa Canyon in what was a low scoring, hard fought game! I expect week two to be just as good as we have some great games to preview.

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           6-0               vs #11 Mission Hills (2-4)

2. Cathedral Catholic      5-1               @ #7 St. Augustine (5-1)

3. Helix                           3-3               vs #61 Valhalla (0-6)

4. La Costa Canyon        5-1              vs #26 Valley Center (4-2)

5. Eastlake                      5-1              @ #35 Mater Dei (3-4)

6.San Marcos                 5-1              @ #25 El Camino (1-5)

7. St. Augustine             5-1              vs #2 Cathedral Catholic (5-1)

8. Madison                    4-2              @ #15 Point Loma (4-2)

9. Granite Hills             6-0              @ #31 Grossmont (2-4)

10. Carlsbad                 3-3              vs #13 Oceanside (3-3)

Last week we went (6-4) in game picks, which gives us (54-22) record on the season. Rankings outside the top 10 are according to It is also October, which means predicts every score so the previews will now include the “spread” for each game.

Game of the Week: The “Holy Bowl”

#2 Cathedral Catholic (5-1) @ #7 St. Augustine Saints (5-1)

Series: Cathedral (34-23); LM: 2017 Saints Won 45-6

Cathedral Catholic (-12)

The biggest rivalry in San Diego continues this Friday night at Mesa College, as the Cathedral Catholic Dons will take on the St. Augustine Saints for the 57th time since 1967. The game was originally called the “Charity Bowl” as the two schools would raise money and collect donations for Charities throughout San Diego. It was not until recent history, with the development of the Prep Pigskin Report on KUSI, did the name of the game change to the “Holy Bowl.”

Whether you call it the Charity Bowl of the Holy Bowl, one thing is certain...this rivalry game is the biggest game in the county year in and year out. With the exception of the last two seasons, the games have been close despite what rankings and records may say.

This game has been evenly matched for the past two decades. Since 2000, Cathedral is only 11-10 in the Holy Bowl. In fact, no home team has won in this series since Cathedral Catholic in 2011 in a tight 17-3 victory over the Saintsmen.

As far as 2018 is concerned there are two playmakers that are going to severely impact this contest. For St. Augustine, it is their junior quarterback Angelo Peraza. Peraza came on to play quarterback midway through his sophomore season and has impressed ever since. He has the ability to make plays down the field with his arm, but is a chore for teams to tackle when he is scrambling in the pocket. For Cathedral Catholic, senior running back Shawn Poma is a nightmare for defenses. Poma has the ability to score anytime he touches the ball, and is also a load to bring down. Poma is not the biggest player on the field, but he sure runs like he is. This season he has already scored twice on the first play from scrimmage, and has a great opportunity to continue that on Friday.

St. Augustine has played great defense so far this season, with the exception of one game against Helix. Helix’s running back is very similar to Cathedral’s Shawn Poma. Poma is the x-factor in this contest as he didn’t play in last year’s meeting. I think Poma has a big game and the Dons cover the spread.

Cathedral Catholic 31-19 over St. Augustine

Imperial Valley League: #36 Imperial Tigers (3-3) @ #60 Calexico Bulldogs (3-3) 7pm

Series: Imperial (18-9-1); LM: 2017 Imperial Won 58-0.

Line: Imperial (-29)

After a loss last week to Brawley, Imperial looks to bounce back against familiar desert foe, Calexico. Imperial has owned the series the past decade as they have won 11-straight meetings between the two schools, outscoring the bulldogs 478-83, which is an average score of 44-8.

Imperial should have a good offensive performance backed by quarterback Santiago De La Torre. Last week De La Torre was 14-of-29 passing for 162 yards and 2 TDs. He also rushed for 57 yards on the ground with a touchdown, and had 7 tackles defensively. Wide receiver, Mike Martinez will look to build off his 5 catches for 69 yards and a TD night last week against Brawley, and Ethan Ramos will lead the Imperial defense after a 15 tackle performance a week ago.

Imperial 49-7.

Palomar League: #42 Del Norte Nighthawks (4-2) @ #21 Vista Panthers (4-2) 7pm

Series: Vista (4-0); LM: 2017 Vista Won 52-0.

Line: Vista (-34)

This game provided the most interesting series history stats of the week, if not the whole season. As it reads above, Vista is 4-0 all time against Del Norte. Not only that Vista has had some pretty lop-sided scores in all of their contests against the Nighthawks outscoring them 146-0. Yes, you read that correctly, DEL NORTE HAS NEVER SCORED AGAINST VISTA. Let that sink in for just a second.

Del Norte is relatively a brand new school, as it was built in 2009 so that stat becomes a little understandable. Vista however, has not been the Dick Haines, Big Red, ready to knock your teeth out when you get off the bus Vista during that time frame. In fact, Vista has many question marks as far as the identity of their team in 2018. They have the ability to light up the scoreboard on any given night, but have also faced some struggles against some top teams in the county.

Del Norte is not a top team in the county, but they are better than they have been in years past. The Nighthawks are off to their best start in school history, and need to win two of their next four games to secure their first winning season in school history.

We expect Vista to pull out the win, but Del Norte will score.

Vista 42-17.

Non-League: #71 Southwest Raiders (3-3) @ #44 Mar Vista Mariners (4-2) @7pm

Series: Mar Vista (18-17), LM: 2017 Mar Vista Won 41-8

Line: Mar Vista (-29)

From a school trying to have their first ever winning season, to a school trying to have their first winning season since 1992. That’s right, the Southwest Raiders are off to a good start in 2018 and need three more wins to secure their first winning season since before all of their current players were born. They look to start that streak on Friday night against familiar South Bay foe, Mar Vista.

The Mariners and Raiders have been playing since 1977, and the series has gone through decades of dominance. Although it seems tight in the overall record, Mar Vista has dominated the last decade as they have won 10-straight against the Raiders.

Southwest has drastically improved over the past couple seasons. It was only three years ago that they snapped a 28-game losing streak and having a 1-29 record from 2013-2015. Since taking over in 2015, Head Coach Paco Silva has done a great job improving the Raiders program over time. Even if they do not get a victory on Friday, Southwest is in a great spot to not only have a winning season but also hoist a league championship banner for the first time since 1980 and the second time ever in school history.

Southwest has a rating of -28.1, which may seem bad but it is the best rating for any team in their league, which just so happens to be their three final games of the season. After Mar Vista, Southwest plays San Ysidro (-49.7), Castle Park (-32.7), and Montgomery (-28.2). If the games play out the way they should, Southwest will have a winner take all league championship game at their place against Montgomery. However, that is still weeks away. As for this week?

Mar Vista 35-14.

Grossmont Valley League: The Mayor’s Cup

#52 Santana Sultans (4-3) @ #40 West Hills Wolf Pack (5-1) 7pm

Series: West Hills (21-8); LM: 2017 West Hills Won 34-7.

Line: West Hills (-11)

The Holy Bowl is not the only rivalry game happening this week. The Battle for Santee and Mayor’s Cup supremacy is also this Friday on the smurf turf that is West Hills. West Hills has been on the winning side of this matchup six years’ straight, which ties their longest winning streak against the Sultans.

In order for the Wolf Pack to make it a record setting 7-straight wins over their rivals to the East, they are going to have to rely heavily on some brotherly love. West Hills has a set of twin brothers on the team as well as two other brothers on their team this season. Quite a family affair. The twins Kip and Kole Klingerman both scored touchdowns last week for the Wolf Pack, one on a reception and another on a blocked kick. The other set of brothers, the Oberg brothers, also had great games last week. Trent Oberg had an interception and freshman sibling Braden Oberg scored his first varsity TD.

Look for the family ties to have continued success for the Wolf Pack tonight in the matchup between Santee “brother” schools West Hills and Santana.

We expect a lot of howling on Friday after Wolf Pack TDs.

West Hills 35-17.

Eastern League: #8 Christian Patriots (6-0) @ #29 Morse Tigers (4-2) 6:30pm

Series: Christian (4-0); LM: 2017 Christian Won 28-20.

Line: Christian (-14)

Not ranked in the Union Tribune Top 10, but ranked 8th in the computer rankings are the Christian Patriots. Perhaps overlooked by the majority of the county due to the size of the school and the competition they have played so far, Christian is the most underrated team in San Diego County right now. Regardless of being a private school and the competition they play, only having an enrollment of 380 students and winning the games they win is truly remarkable.

Morse on the other hand, started off really strong in 2018 but has faltered ever since. The tigers are 2-2 since their 2-0 start and are now in a must win situation, when it comes to league title aspirations. If there is any team that can snatch the Eastern League title away from Christian, it is ground and pound Morse.

Morse is a tough physical team that is going to line up against you and just try to stuff the ball down your throat. Last week running back Isaiah Thompson successfully did just that for the Tigers as he racked up 215 yards on 19 carries, scoring 5 TDs. UCLA-commit and starting quarterback for the Tigers, Shamar Martin also ran the ball efficiently as he had 10 rushes for 205 yards and a TD. All together, Morse had 608 yards rushing last week against La Jolla which comes in as the seventh highest all-time in the section.

That type of rushing attack is the recipe to defeat a Christian team that likes to air it out with quarterback Owen Easley.

If Morse can control the clock and rush the ball efficiently against Christian, they will have a great opportunity to pull out a win on Friday night. Mix that with the possibility that Christian might be overlooking Morse with Cathedral Catholic on deck, this will be a close ballgame.

Christian still prevails 24-22.

Quick Hits

#10 Carlsbad over #13 Oceanside

#9 Granite Hills over #31 Grossmont

#8 Madison over #15 Point Loma

#6 San Marcos over #25 El Camino

#5 Eastlake over #35 Mater Dei

#4 La Costa Canyon over #26 Valley Center

#3 Helix over #61 Valhalla

#1 Torrey Pines over #11 Mission Hills

For a more in depth on these games listen to the High School Football Hour with John Kentera HERE or below, as well as our videos on Facebook. Be sure to tune in to 97.3 The Fan every Thursday night at 9pm as Coach John Kentera and Braden Surprenant break down High School football in San Diego!