2017 CIF-SDS Football Playoffs







Torrey Pines Falls Just Short vs. Top-ranked Mission Hills

The 5th ranked Torrey Pines Falcons gave a great effort on Friday night at Ed Burke Field, while hosting the top-ranked and undefeated Mission Hills Grizzlies. The Falcons went into the half with a 10-7 lead in a game that featured several lead changes. On 4th and 10 from the 12 yard line, quarterback Jason Heine scrambled around before finding Jack Nelson in the back of the end zone. Just over a minute remained, but the Falcons called timeout and decided to go for the two-point conversion and possibly the win, instead of tying the game up and playing for overtime. The snap was bobbled which led to Jason Heine being sacked. The Grizzlies recovered the ensuing onside kick and held on for a 24-23 win to remain unbeaten. Both teams will head into the week 11 with big rivalry games on the schedule. The Falcons will host La Costa Canyon (6-3) and the Grizzlies will return home to host San Marcos (8-1).

The link below shows the sequence from the end of the game.




Mission Hills Aerial Attack Buries Carlsbad

Mission Hills Senior Quarterback Jack Tuttle got the Grizzlies into a rhythm starting on their second drive on Friday night en route to a 35-7 victory over the 5th-ranked and previously unbeaten Carlsbad Lancers. Tuttle found senior wide receiver Chris Olave on a double-move from 31 yards out and later added three more touchdown passes.

San Diego to the NFL

As the 2017 NFL season gets started, San Diego once again has a strong list of current players that have made way to the NFL following in the footsteps of former players like Marcus Allen, Terrell Davis, Ricky Williams, Junior Seau, Brian Sipe and many others. Below is a list of current players on NFL teams to start the season.

San Diegans in the NFL— 2017 Season

Granite Hills Strikes Late to Defeat Steele Canyon

With two seconds remaining on the clock, Granite Hills Senior Tight End William Burton reeled in a touchdown catch in the back of the end zone to stun the Cougars and get to 2-1 on the season. Granite Hills led Steele Canyon 28-7 late in the 2nd quarter, but the Cougars worked there way back to even things up and eventually take a lead with just over a minute to play.

Helix Hammers Herriman in 2017 Season Opener…

The 2017 version of the Helix Highlanders got off to a fast start on Friday night against the visiting Herriman Mustangs of Utah. Helix got two first quarter interceptions from Rashad Scott and three first half touchdown passes from UC-Davis bound QB Carson Baker to help them to a 28-0 halftime advantage. Rashad Scott finished the game with four interceptions and also caught a touchdown from Baker en route to a 35-0 Helix victory. The Highlanders will be back in action next Saturday vs. Paraclete in The Honor Bowl at Cathedral Catholic.

Top 5 Most Anticipated HSFB Games in San Diego during 2017

  1. September 22nd: Helix @ St. Augustine; The preseason top-ranked Highlanders will be well tested by week four, traveling for their first true road game of the season. Former Saintsman Isaac Taylor-Stuart will be making his much anticipated return to Mesa College as a member of Helix. His former teammates and the Saints Pit will definitely have this game circled on the schedule.
  2. November 3rd: El Camino @ Oceanside; The Wildcats have not beaten their “rival” Oceanside Pirates for the City Championship since the ’10-’11 season. Is this the year that Christopher Brown and crew get it done?
  3. November 3rd: San Marcos @ Mission Hills; This years version of the annual “Discovery Bowl” figures to be a high scoring one. There will be no lack of future college talent on display, featuring Utah commit Jack Tuttle, Navy commit Samuel Dixon, uncommitted wide receiver Chris Olave, UCLA commit Kyle Philips, and San Diego State commit Josh Bornes.
  4. September 1st: Orange Lutheran @ Cathedral Catholic; The reigning CIF State Champions come into the season riding a 15-game winning streak. They’ll face a stiff test in the opener traveling to perennial Nor-Cal Power (Loomis) Del Oro HS, who also appeared in last season CIF State Title, falling to San Clemente HS. When they return home for the Honor Bowl they’ll be pitted against an Orange Lutheran team with big expectations led by c/o 2019 standouts Ryan Hilinski, Ethan Rae, and Kyle Ford.
  5. October 6th: Cathedral Catholic @ Madison; Both teams come into the season as reigning CIF State Champions but will have to replace numerous impact players on both sides of the ball. Madison lost to the Dons last season to end the regular season, before running off five wins in a row en route to the California State Title.

BONUS: September 2nd: IMG Academy (FL.) vs. Corona Centennial (@ Cathedral Catholic HS, 7:30pm)– A rematch of last years thriller, when IMG took down Centennial 50-49 in an epic game. Centennial returns their tall, strong-armed QB Tanner McKee, who was a 2017 Elite 11 Finalist. IMG though features the most talented roster in the country, and it might not even be close. The Ascenders feature 23 college commits, and have at least six more that have several Power-5 offers but have yet to commit. Their defensive line alone features commits to Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Georgia Tech, Arizona, and Georgia. Their quarterback, Artur Sitkowski, is committed to Miami, where he will pair up with teammate Brian Hightower next season. Their senior running back, TJ Pledger, an Oklahoma commit, is joined in the backfield by juniors Trey Sanders (Alabama commit) and Noah Cain, who has offers LSU, Miami, Michigan, Nebraska, and Ohio State among others.

San Diegans in 2017 MiLB All-Star Games


Tom Eshelman – RHP – Carlsbad HS/Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (Philadelphia). Eshelman, a 2nd round pick of the Astros in 2015, possesses some of the best control of any pitcher in the minor leagues. He posted excellent numbers in 11 starts since being promoted to AAA. 7-2, 1.96 era, 78 innings. The AAA All-Star game will be played in Tacoma, WA in July 12th.


Garrett Stubbs – C – Torrey Pines HS/Corpus Christi Hooks (Houston). Stubbs, who won the Johnny Bench Award (Top Collegiate Catcher) during his senior season at USC, made his 2nd All-Star game in his second full minor league season. During the game he hit a 3-run triple and was hit by a pitch in 5 innings of work. Since the start of the 2016 season, Stubbs has hit 14 home runs to go along with his highly-acclaimed defense. He came into the season ranked as the Astros 10th best prospect by ESPN.com.

Cade Gotta – OF – Santa Fe Christian HS/Montgomery Biscuits (Tampa Bay). Gotta, who was a 26th round selection out of San Diego Christian College in 2014, has quickly made his way through the Rays system. Gotta was hitting .311/.390/.475 for the Biscuits before he was promoted to AAA in late June. Unfortunately for the Southern League, their All-Star game was rained out back in June.

Corey Oswalt – RHP – Madison HS/Binghamton Rumble Ponies (New York Mets). Oswalt, a 7th round pick of the Mets in 2012, has put together his strongest professional season so far. He’s posted a 2.45 era in 69.2 innings with 57 k’s. The Eastern League All-Star game will take place on July 12th.


Alex Jackson – C – Rancho Bernardo HS/Florida Fire Frogs (Atlanta). The former Bronco and one of the best power hitters in San Diego history got a fresh start this season after being traded from Seattle to Atlanta. Jackson, who signed with the Mariners for $4.2 Million in 2014, had been playing in the outfield with Seattle but has moved back behind the plate with Atlanta. Jackson had been hitting .301/.359/.575 with 10 home runs before going down with a hand injury that caused him to miss the Florida State League All-Star Game.

Cody Poteet – RHP – Christian HS/Jupiter Hammerheads (Florida). The former 4th round pick out of UCLA was off to a nice start this season with a 2.53 era in 42.2 innings, before an injury shut him down in the end of May that caused him to miss the FSL All-Star Game. Poteet has since come back and is making rehab appearances for the GCL Marlins.