9/17-9/23 Week in Review

Recruiting:

  • 2019 Mission Bay PG Boogie Ellis picked up an offer from Duke.
  • 2019 Eastlake OL Vincent Santos committed to Navy.
  • 2019 Madison RB Kenan Christon committed USC.
  • 2019 Monte Vista RB Jahmon McClendon flipped his commitment from San Diego State to UCLA.
  • 2020 Canyon Crest LHP-1B Cole Colleran committed to USD.
  • 2022 San Ysidro G DJ Dudley picked up an offer from USD.
  • 2019 San Diego DB Jayden Wickware picked up an offer from Cal Poly.
  • 2021 San Marcos PG Chris Howell picked up his first offer, from USD.
  • 2019 San Diego ATH Raiden Hunter picked up a preferred walk-on offer from SDSU.
  • 2019 Imperial ATH Santiago De La Torre picked up an offer from USD.
  • 2019 Carlsbad DB Asa Turner, a Washington commit, was named to the 2019 All-American Bowl.

Basketball:

  • Carlsbad will be hosting a 1-day showcase on December 15th featuring eight games with top teams from San Diego playing against some of the best from the Southern Section.

Alumni:

  • 2011 Mt. Miguel grad Cory Littleton blocked a punt against the Chargers that was recovered for a Rams touchdown.

Recapping Week 5

#1 Torrey Pines started Avocado League play by hosting El Camino and turned in another solid effort. The Falcons led 27-0 at the half and wrapped up the victory, 38-14. Mac Bingham had another big game rushing for 128 yards and 3 touchdowns.

#2 La Costa Canyon welcomed in Oceanside for their second straight league game. The Mavericks jumped out to a 24-6 halftime lead while having to deal with the dual-threat ability of Pirates QB Kyrin Beachem. A late score made the score look closer, as La Costa Canyon wrapped up a 31-20 win to stay unbeaten on the year.

#3 Cathedral Catholic – BYE Week

#4 Helix bounced back from consecutive losses and an early deficit to St. Augustine, thanks to 177 yards on the ground from Eleyon Noa. The Highlanders went on a 28-0 2nd half run to take down the Saints, 35-14.

#5 Eastlake has continued their impressive run since dropping the season opener. Sophomore QB Richard Colmenero threw for 207 yards and 4 TD’s in the most recent win, a 52-0 drubbing of Valhalla. The Titans added 220 rushing yards and 3 more touchdowns on the ground.

#6 Madison faced their second consecutive out of section opponent when they hosted Vista Murrieta. The result went against the Warhawks as they found themselves trailing 28-0 at the quarter, and salvaged 6 points in the 4th quarter before falling 34-6. They’ll have a BYE this week before heading to Cathedral Catholic.

#7 St. Augustine had been rolling, but hadn’t faced an opponent of Helix‘s quality. The Saints held an early lead but the Highlanders owned the 2nd half for a 35-14 win. Byron Cardwell led the Saints with 97 rushing yards and a touchdown.

#8 Lincoln hosted Dorsey from the Los Angeles City Section, and came out swinging. The Hornets led 21-0 at the quarter break and finished strong after a 20-point fourth quarter gave them a 55-26 victory. Lincoln will have their BYE this week before heading to Mesa College to face St. Augustine in two weeks.

#9 San Marcos suffered their first loss of the season when they hosted Carlsbad to begin the Avocado League. A back and forth first half found the Knights with a 24-21 lead, but the Lancers made second half adjustments to shutout San Marcos and cruise to a 35-24 win.

#10 Mission Hills played their 5th straight home game to start the season, and collected their 2nd consecutive win. Joey Armentrout threw for two touchdowns, and Joe Smith added 228 total yards and two touchdowns giving the Grizzlies a 21-13 win over Ramona.

 

9/10-9/16 Week in Review

Recruiting:

  • 2022 San Ysidro G DJ Dudley picked up his first offer, from Eastern Washington.
  • 2019 Cathedral Catholic K/P Dean Janikowski committed to Washington State.
  • 2019 Madison RB Kenan Christon will be announcing his college commitment tomorrow night on KUSI.
  • 2019 Mission Bay G Boogie Ellis took an official visit to Georgia Tech.

Alumni:

  • 2008 La Costa Canyon grad David Quessenberry was signed to the Tennessee Titans Practice Squad, giving the Mavericks four current NFL Players.

Recapping Week 4

  • #1 Torrey Pines kept up with their recent trend by recording their 3rd shutout in four weeks. The Falcons scored touchdowns on their first five possessions of the game leading to a 35-0 victory over visiting San Pasqual.
  • #2 La Costa Canyon got their Avocado League schedule started by hosting El Camino. The Mavericks were never tested and cruised to a 41-21 victory to remain unbeaten.
  • #3 Madison made the trip north to take on Palos Verdes. The Warhawks got a rushing touchdown from Gabe Battaglia to go along with touchdown catches from Jaden Dir and Keontae Springs in the 21-10 road win.
  • #4 Cathedral Catholic welcomed in #8 Helix for their annual battle and it lived up to the hype. A back and forth game found the Scotties leading 14-7 at halftime. A long touchdown run in the fourth quarter gave Helix a 21-20 lead. The Dons responded with 10 unanswered points in the last 8:32 to give them a 30-21 win.
  • #5 San Marcos had their BYE week before they jump into Avocado League play.
  • #6 St. Augustine has their defense off to an incredible start this season. The Saints are off to a 4-0 start on the season and have recorded shutouts in three of them, featuring victories over Bonita Vista, Santa Fe Christian, and Otay Ranch. The offense hasn’t slowed down either, averaging almost 37 points per game. They’ll face the stiffest test this week as they travel to face a Helix team that won’t be intimidated.
  • #7 Eastlake has bounced back from getting shutout in week one when they hosted top-ranked Torrey Pines. They’ve won three straight most recently taking down Grossmont 34-0. Their schedule sets up nicely as they head towards the season finale against Otay Ranch.
  • #9 Lincoln faced a Sweetwater team in week three that just isn’t on the same level as the Hornets. Lincoln was coming off back-to-back weeks in which they took down San Diego and Morse by single digits. Their opening season shutout over Bloomington is now in the books as a forfeit loss. They’ll host Dorsey of Los Angeles this Friday.
  • #10 Mission Hills hosted Carlsbad, while trying to get their first win on the season. A slow game found the Grizzlies leading 17-7 with just under three minutes to play. The Lancers then found Asa Turner for a touchdown catch to slice the lead to three. They then recovered the onside kick and drove back down again, this time finding Noah Vella for a 29 yard touchdown reception with 1:07 to play. Mission Hills completed a couple long passes and finished off the game winning drive with a Joey Armentrout QB keeper that gave the Grizzlies the lead for good in one of the best fourth quarters you’ll see.

9/3-9/9 Week in Review

Recruiting:

  • 2019 Mission Bay G Boogie Ellis took an unofficial visit to San Diego State.
  • 2019 Point Loma ATH JL Skinner took an official visit to Boise State.
  • 2019 Morse DB Shamar Martin, a UCLA commit, picked up an offer from California.

Baseball:

  • 2019 Cathedral Catholic 1B/OF Garrett Frechette, a San Diego State commit, has transferred and enrolled at Orange Lutheran, in Orange County.

Alumni:

  • A list of San Diegans in the NFL to start the 2018 season.

  • ’10 La Costa Canyon grad Kenny Stills caught a Touchdown in the season opener for the Miami Dolphins.

  • ’10 Eastlake grad Tony Jefferson caught an interception in the season opener for the Baltimore Ravens.

  • ’14 Mission Hills grad Fred Warner, a rookie out of BYU, collected 12 tackles and forced a fumble in his NFL Debut for the San Francisco 49ers.

Recapping Week 3

#1 Torrey Pines did what was expected in week three. They traveled to the South Bay for the second time this season and jumped out to a 28-0 halftime lead over Olympian. A last minute interception sealed their second shutout of the season in a 35-0 victory.

#2 La Costa Canyon made the trip north to “Southern Section” territory and became the second straight San Diego team to take down San Clemente. The Mavericks grabbed an early lead, but trailed at halftime. A 15-point 4th quarter plus a San Clemente missed field goal at the end of regulation gave them a 38-35 victory.

#3 Madison hosted El Capitan in week three and quickly jumped out to a 49-14 halftime lead. Senior running back Kenan Christon had one of the best stat lines you’ll see all season: 4 carries for 214 yards and 3 touchdowns before taking his visit to UCLA the next day. The Warhawks cruised to a 56-27 win.

#4 Cathedral Catholic hosted the annual Honor Bowl and played a Gardena Serra team that is always ranked among the tops in the State. Shawn Poma had a big night with three touchdowns and the defense added a pick-six from Jalen Dye en route to the Dons coming up big with a 42-21 victory.

#5 San Marcos got their Avocado League schedule started by traveling to Oceanside and proceeded to take down the Pirates on the road for the second consecutive season. Miles Hastings had a big night leading the Knights to a 23 point 4th quarter that led to a 49-42 victory. Pirates Quarterback Kyrin Beachem did all he could though scoring five touchdowns and compiling 482 total yards in defeat.

#6 Helix played on Saturday in the Honor Bowl, matching up with perennial top Arizona team Saguaro of Scottsdale. The Highlanders dug an early hole for themselves and trailed 28-7 after fumbling the 2nd half kickoff. They did however force four turnovers but the offense never found a rhythm as they went down 28-21. Quarterback Daniel Amon went down with a 2nd half injury that sounds like it will keep him out for some time.

#7 St. Augustine faced Loyola for their annual battle, traveling to Los Angeles this season. The Saints held a 21-0 halftime lead and finished strong with a 28-10 victory. Quarterback Angelo Peraza, a USD baseball commit, completed twelve passes for 289 yards and found junior tight end Michael Ambagtsheer for three touchdowns.

#8 Eastlake got a good test in week three. They hosted Santiago of Corona and found themselves down 10-0 early in the 3rd quarter. The Titans outscored their foes 21-0 from that point on en route to a 21-10 win. Eastlake had no problem moving the ball though, totaling 464 yards led by Parker Merrifield’s 117 rushing yards and two touchdowns.

#9 Lincoln faced rival Morse in the annual Unity Bowl. The Hornets jumped out a 21-0 halftime lead and finished off a 28-22 victory to remain undefeated. The Hornets will host Sweetwater and Dorsey in consecutive home games the next two weeks before league play starts at the end of the month.

#10 Ramona jumped back in the Top 10 this after a hosting Poway in a back-and-forth game. Sean McDonald scored late for the Bulldogs as they held on to win 20-14. Ramona was able to shut down the Titans passing game holding them to 3/11 for 7 yards.

8/27-9/2 Week in Review

Recruiting:

  • 2019 Torrey Pines G Bryce Pope committed to UC-San Diego.
  • 2019 Foothills Christian F Derrick Carter-Hollinger committed to Montana.
  • 2019 Francis Parker punter/kicker Ryan Sanborn committed to Stanford.
  • 2019 Mission Bay G Boogie Ellis took an official visit to USC and picked up an offer from North Carolina.
  • 2019 San Pasqual SS Elijah Jackson committed to Kansas State.
  • 2020 Torrey Pines F Brandon Angel picked up his first offer, from UC-San Diego.
  • 2019 Madison RB Kenan Christon took an official visit to UCLA.

Football:

  • I caught up with Helix Linebacker Michael Shawcroft, a San Diego State commit, for Episode 3 of the SDPI In-depth podcast. You can listen below!

Recapping Week 2

#1 Torrey Pines was victorious in week two, in a game that will likely be a candidate for best of the year. Both teams traded scores for much of the game with the Falcons trailing by a touchdown at intermission. With 50 seconds remaining in the game, Jason Heine found Evan Galuzzi across the middle for a Torrey Pines touchdown. An extra point would tie the game, but the Falcons called their last timeout to draw up a play for the 2-point conversion and likely win the game. Their run up the middle was stuffed. They recovered the onside kick and a few plays later found themselves on the left hash of the 24 yard line with eight seconds on the clock. Senior Ted Merrifield calmly knocked the ball through the uprights giving the Falcons a dramatic 47-45 victory over San Clemente.

#2 La Costa Canyon headed north to Vista and did what was largely expected. The defense was stout and the offense did their part in the 27-7 win. It gets tougher for the Mavericks this week when they will play San Clemente, who certainly won’t be happy.

#3 Madison had some trouble win week one, scoring late to take down Rancho Bernardo at home. They rolled in week two handling Bonita Vista, 62-0, giving the Barons their 14th consecutive loss. The Warhawks have El Capitan and Palos Verdes the next two weeks before the schedule picks up significantly.

#4 Helix had a bad taste in their mouth after a 40-point loss in the opening week. They returned home and handled business with a 34-3 win over Arroyo Grande. The Highlanders will play in The Honor Bowl on Saturday against Saguaro of Scottsdale, Arizona. They’ll return six days later to play Cathedral Catholic.

#5 Mission Hills continued their early season gauntlet as they hosted Westlake. The Grizzlies offense struggled, falling 28-13. The schedule provides no relief as this week they play host to Chaminade, a team ranked in the top fifteen in California, that features two future Pac-12 linebackers in Blake Antzoulatos and Michael Erhart. After that they’ll play a fourth straight home game, beginning league play with Carlsbad.

#6 San Marcos showed a lot of toughness in week two. They went on the road to face a good Grossmont team and trailed 21-0 just before the half. When the game had ended, San Marcos was able to score 32 unanswered points giving them a 32-21 win to shock the Foothillers. They’ll travel to Oceanside this week and will surely hope to avoid an early deficit.

#7 Ramona showed that after two weeks they don’t appear to be among the county’s top ten. They traveled to Point Loma and couldn’t contain the Pointers falling 41-27. The Bulldogs will hope to bounce back with consecutive home games coming up against Poway and Mt. Carmel.

#8 Cathedral Catholic didn’t look like the team in week one that came into the season with a lot of hype. They went to work to change that around in their home opener taking down El Camino, 56-7. They’ll be challenged in their next two weeks facing Serra of Gardena before welcoming in Helix to continue the rivalry.

#9 Carlsbad looks to be a dark house in the loaded Avocado League, but suffered a slip up in week two. An early two-touchdown lead was surrendered en route to a 33-21 loss at the hands of Desert Vista of Arizona. The Lancers will have Sweetwater this week before diving into league play with back-to-back road games to start.

#10 Lincoln put themselves in a hole when they traveled to Balboa Stadium to face the Cavers. After going down 13-0, the Hornets made their way back and ended up winning 20-13 in overtime. Their home opener is this week when they welcoming in long time rival Morse.

8/20-8/26 Week in Review

Recruiting:

  • 2019 Mission Bay G Boogie Ellis was moved up to #25 in the national rankings by 247 Sports, elevating him to 5-star status.
  • 2019 Torrey Pines G Bryce Pope picked up offers from Navy and UCSD.
  • 2019 Cathedral Catholic K Dean Janikowski picked up a preferred walk-on offer from Washington State.

Football:

  • Torrey Pines received 22 of the 30 1st place votes in the Union-Tribune Media Poll to take over the top spot in the county rankings after week 1.
    • The Falcons defeated San Clemente with a last second field goal in week 2. Video of their last possession here!
  • 2020 La Costa Canyon LB Ozzie Nicholas was named the SoCal Defensive Player of the Week after his huge opening week performance against Cathedral Catholic.

Alumni:

  • 2015 Santa Fe Christian grad Jake Bailey, a Punter at Stanford, was named a Preseason 2nd Team All-American by the Associated Press.
  • 2015 Oceanside grad Matt Romero, a Quarterback at New Mexico State, started the season opener for the Aggies against Wyoming.

Recapping Week 1

  • Preseason #1 Helix made the trek north to take on a Top-50 nationally ranked Cajon team of San Bernardino. Cajon quarterback Jayden Daniels, an Elite 11 Finalist, had his way as he went 10 of 11 through the air for 5 touchdowns and ran for another as he gave the Cowboys a 43-3 halftime lead, which ended up being the final score.
  • Preseason #2 Torrey Pines headed south to open the season at #9 Eastlake. The Falcons had the ground game working as they got 120+ rushing games out of running backs Mac Bingham and Evan Galluzzi. Quarterback Jason Heine had a touchdown run, but the Falcons weren’t able to finish drives scoring only 13 points. Luckily for them the defense picked up the slack, forcing several Titan turnovers and pitching an opening week shutout. The Falcons will see several first place votes this week after opening with a 13-0 win.
  • Preseason #3 Cathedral Catholic challenged themselves with an early season road game against #6 La Costa Canyon. The Dons suffered an early injury to running back Shawn Poma and committed two early personal foul penalties. The Mavericks added two early field goals before Marshall Eucker found Trevor Gonzales in the end zone just before the half. Cathedral got on the board in the fourth quarter when Shawn Poma scored on 4th and goal from a few yards out. The Dons got the ball back but fumbled it away on the 2nd play leading directly to a Karson Lippert 46 yard touchdown run that put the game out of reach. Maverick Juniors Marshall Eucker, Trevor Gonzales, and Ozzie Nicholas (5.5 sacks) all had impressive starts to the season and should make the Mavs a top team for the next two seasons.
  • Preseason #4 Mission Hills has set themselves up with a very challenging opening month of the season. They welcomed Paramount in week one. Mission Hills didn’t have much answer to the Pirates passing game as Kingston Hala threw for 307 yards and 4 TD’s. Star receiver Darius Wallace, a 4-star in the ’20 class, impressed by catching 7 passes for 179 yards and 2 TD’s. The Grizzlies scored late, but Paramount held on 26-18. Mission Hills will have to bounce back quickly as they host Westlake (Westlake Village), Chaminade (West Hills), and Carlsbad over the next three weeks.
  • Preseason #5 Madison (who I voted #1) opened at home with a solid Rancho Bernardo team. The Broncos had all eyes on Warhawks star running back Kenan Christon, holding him to 60 yards rushing, but that allowed teammate Daniel Stokes to run for 149 yards and a TD on only 8 carries. The two teams were tied at the half, but the Broncos added a safety to take a lead after three quarters. Madison added a 4th quarter touchdown to go ahead for good en route to a 19-15 opening week win.
  • Preseason #7 San Marcos hosted Otay Ranch. The Mustangs started quickly, holding a lead after the 1st quarter as well as halftime, but San Marcos added a touchdown in each of the last two quarters to hold on for a 24-21 win. Both teams will be presumably tested again in week #2. The Knights will head south to take on a Grossmont team that took down Bishop’s in week #1, while the Mustangs will play host to a Valley Center team that scored 57 points in their opener.
  • Preseason #8 Ramona welcomed Mater Dei Catholic up to the hill. The Bulldogs, led by new quarterback Derek Diamond, a Stanford baseball commit, had a strong effort on both sides of the ball that en route to a 28-0 victory. They’ll have a long trip this next week when they head to Point Loma. The Crusaders will be back in similar territory when they head to take on El Capitan.
  • Preseason #10 Steele Canyon faced a tough test coming off of a state title as they traveled to play unranked Carlsbad (who I had ranked #8). The Lancers showed they belong in a strong Avocado League this season and routed the Cougars 41-13. Carlsbad will welcome in Desert Vista from Phoenix next week while the Cougars will return home to host Brawley.
  • NOTES: It was a tough opener for Bishop’s as they fell to a Grossmont team they had beaten in the opener a year ago, but the worse news was losing 5-star sophomore quarterback Tyler Buchner on the opening series of the year. His knee injury is expected to cost him the remainder of the season.