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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
Torrey Pines senior RHP Kyle Hurt was drafted by the Phillies in the 34th round of the 2017 MLB Draft. Hurt has signed a National Letter of Intent to USC.
With the 81st pick in the 2017 MLB Draft, the Oakland A’s selected Francis Parker SS Nick Allen.
With the 40th pick in the 2017 MLB Draft, the Tampa Bay Rays selected Westview HS senior RHP Michael Mercado, a Stanford-signee.
2.40– Michael Mercado – RHP – Westview HS – Tampa Bay Rays (Highlights) (SIGNED for $2.132 Million)
2.50– Calvin Mitchell – OF-1B – Rancho Bernardo HS – Pittsburgh Pirates (SIGNED for $1.357 Million)
2.68– Cory Abbott – RHP – Serra HS/Loyola Marymount – Chicago Cubs (SIGNED for $901k)
3.81– Nick Allen – SS – Francis Parker School – Oakland Athletics (Highlights) (SIGNED for $2 Million)
3.99– Riley Adams – C – Canyon Crest Academy/University of San Diego – Toronto Blue Jays (SIGNED for $542k)
7.225– Ricky Tyler Thomas – LHP – Mira Mesa HS/Fresno State – Chicago Cubs (SIGNED for $175k)
8.234– Jayson Rose – RHP – Granite Hills HS/Utah – Milwaukee Brewers (SIGNED for $164k)
9.266– Sean Bouchard – 1B – Cathedral Catholic HS/UCLA – Colorado Rockies (SIGNED for $143k)
10.296– Austin Bernard – C – Valley Center HS/Pepperdine – Colorado Rockies (SIGNED for $72k)
10.298– Beau Sulser – RHP – Ramona HS/Dartmouth – Pittsburgh Pirates (SIGNED for $5k)
10.304– Brett Seeburger – LHP – Vista HS/San Diego State – St. Louis Cardinals (SIGNED for $3k)
13.378– Fred Schlichtholz – LHP – Coronado HS/Fresno State – San Diego Padres (SIGNED for $60k)
16.480– Chris Hudgins – C – Valhalla HS/CSU-Fullerton – Kansas City Royals (SIGNED for $125k)
16.481– Adrian Tovalin – 3B – Otay Ranch HS/Azusa Pacific – Houston Astros (SIGNED for $125k)
19.571– Roman Garcia – 1B – Eastlake HS/University of San Diego – Houston Astros (SIGNED for $1,000)
21.635– Jordan Pearce – 3B – El Camino HS/Nevada – Detroit Tigers (SIGNED for $90k)
22.646– Christian Broussard – RHP – Ramona HS/CSU-Los Angeles – Minnesota Twins (SIGNED for $40k)
23.680– Troy Conyers – LHP – El Capitan HS/University of San Diego – Atlanta Braves (SIGNED for $10k)
24.711– Slater Lee – RHP – Carlsbad HS/Cal Poly – Oakland Athletics (SIGNED for $1,500)
27.805– Brandon Sandoval – OF – Fallbrook HS/Vanguard University – Anaheim Angels (SIGNED for $3,000)
31.945– Ramsey Romano – INF – Valhalla HS/Long Beach State – Chicago Cubs (SIGNED for $10k)
32.962– Alika Williams – SS – Rancho Bernardo HS – New York Yankees
32.963– Ryan Garcia – 1B – El Camino HS/Point Loma Nazarene – Seattle Mariners (SIGNED for $5k)
32.971– Taylor Ahearn – RHP – St. Augustine HS/CSUSM – Boston Red Sox (SIGNED for $5k)
33.998– Ryan Wilson – LHP – Carlsbad HS/Peppedine University – Baltimore Orioles (SIGNED for $125k)
34.1013– Kyle Hurt – RHP – Torrey Pines HS – Philadelphia Phillies (Highlights)
35.1038– Kevin Abel – RHP – Madison HS – San Diego Padres
35.1065– Ben Ramirez – SS – Eastlake HS – Chicago Cubs
38.1149– Marcus Reyes – LHP – Rancho Buena Vista HS/San Diego State – Toronto Blue Jays (SIGNED for $1,000)
38.1153– Jake Boone – SS – Torrey Pines HS – Washington Nationals
39.1177– Noah Nunez – RHP – Santana HS – New York Mets (SIGNED for $100k)
40.1209– Sean Ross – OF – Granite Hills HS – Toronto Blue Jays