Week 1 Wrap-up

Oceanside hosted St. Augustine on friday night in a game which was labeled the game of the week by many. It was a back and forth game that certainly lived up to the hype. The Pirates took down the Saints, 34-28, but I was very impressed with the performances by both teams. Elijah Preston looked very good running behind the Saints offensive line, which looks huge this year. For the Pirates, Matt Romero looks to have taken a step forward and has Johnny Arzola and Josh Bernard as big time targets this year. Washington commit Jordan Miller looked great on defense snagging two interceptions on the night.

On Saturday night, Helix took on St. Bonaventure from Ventura County. The Seraphs were led by 2015 USC QB commit Ricky Town and 2016 USC LB commit Daelin Hayes. Helix RB Nathan Stinson had a huge first half for the Highlanders but missed the second half with a leg injury. LB Jihad Woods took over for Stinson and stepped up big time. Helix took the lead for good with a 13-play, 76 yard drive with 1:59 remaining.

High School Football Opening Weekend

8/29–

St. Augustine @ Oceanside: The Saints will head to Oceanside this season, after hosting the Pirates in the 2013 season opener. Oceanside won that game, 47-28. Both teams come into this season with very high expectations. St. Augustine would love to start the season with a huge road win, while the development of quarterback Matt Romero will be the key to the Pirates season.

La Costa Canyon vs. Corona Del Mar is the opener at Manchester Field at 5pm on the 29th. The Mavericks will have a tough test going up against the Sea Kings who return running back Cole Martin (1,870 yards, 21 TD’s) after their D3 state title and 16-0 campaign in 2013. The Mavericks will be looking to replace quarterback Jake Mann (University of Montana) after the team had an up and down season before bowing out to Helix in the 1st round of the Open Division Playoffs.

Cathedral Catholic vs. Folsom will face-off in the nightcap at 8:30. The bulldogs went 14-1 last year with the lone loss coming against De La Salle in the Nor-Cal Open Division Final. QB Jake Browning, a Washington commit, is back for his senior season along with Arizona offensive lineman commit Cody Creason. Maxpreps has ranked them 17th nationally to start the season. The Dons are poised for a big season after winning an instant classic in overtime against San Pasqual to claim the Division 1 Championship last season. They return several key pieces including Boston College DT commit Ray Smith, Stanford OLB commit Casey Toohill, and QB Clayton Dale.

8/30–

Mission Hills vs. Timpview, UT will get things started on day two at Cathedral. Timpview is coming off a win in the 4A state title in Utah. The Thunderbirds are led by defensive standouts Gabe Reid and BYU commit Devin Kaufusi. The Grizzlies are back after a 12-2 season in which they captured the Open Division title in San Diego. Several big pieces are gone on offense and defense, but the secondary should be loaded with Dechaun Holiday, Fred Warner, and Martrel Holmes.

Helix vs. St. Bonaventure will finish things off in the Brothers in Arms Classic. The Seraphs went 8-4 last season but return USC quarterback commit Ricky Town, his key target Levan Alston, and several other offensive playmakers. The Highlanders finished the season at 9-3 with a 3-point loss to Mission Hills in the Open Division semi-finals. Helix was extremely young last season and will return several key players for this year’s campaign led by Michael Austin at quarterback.

Preseason Top 10 Juniors in San Diego

  1. Steffon McKnight/WR/Mira Mesa HS
  2. Troy Warner/DB/Mission Hills HS
  3. Elijah Preston/RB/St. Augustine HS
  4. Michael Austin/QB/Helix HS
  5. Quinn Seau/LB/St. Augustine HS
  6. Traylon Reed/RB/Eastlake HS
  7. Dakota Miller/QB/Mission Hills HS
  8. Jake Burton/DE/Granite Hills HS
  9. Jihad Woods/LB/Helix HS

T-10. Michael Alves/OG/St. Augustine HS

T-10.Terrell Burgess/ATH/San Marcos HS

 

2014 Football League Predictions

Avocado- East: Mission Hills

Avocado- West: Oceanside

Central: University City

City: Morse

Coastal: Parker

Eastern: Cathedral Catholic

Grossmont- Hills: Helix

Grossmont- Valley: Granite Hills

Metro- Mesa: Eastlake

Metro- Pacific: Castle Park

Metro- South Bay: Sweetwater

Palomar: Rancho Bernardo

Valley: San Pasqual

Western: Madison

Observations + Notes from the MH/PL/CC scrimmage

  • All three defenses dominated early. Point Loma was able to force Cathedral into consecutive turnover on downs on the Dons first two drives.
  • 2015 Cathedral Catholic QB Clayton Dale looked very good on a couple early drives. He has great touch on his deep throws.
  • 2016 Mission Hills QB Dakota Miller has taken over after Connor Wynn’s departure, and the Grizzlies are in good shape. He has several targets to use this season including Dechaun Holiday and Martrel Holmes. He was very accurate on Friday when he rolled out of the pocket.

Recruiting Notes

  • 2015 Mission Hills CB Dechaun Holiday
  • He plans to cut his list from 10 down to 5 in the next week or two.
  • Holiday said, “UCLA, of course”, when asked if any schools were sticking out and added “SC”.
  • On his recruitment, “I wouldn’t say that I’m wide open, but no one is at the top yet.
  • Holiday plans to make his official visits during the season.
  • 2015 Mission Hills WR Martrel Holmes
  • In addition to offers from Nevada and SDSU, Oregon State, BYU, and UCLA have begun to recruit Holmes.
  • Visited UCLA for practice two weeks ago.
  • Plans to visit SDSU on August 23rd.
  • On what he’s looking for in a school, “Mostly family oriented, good coaches, great vibe.”
  • On incentive to stay close to home, “That’s a big thing to me since they’re so close to me, right down the road. My parents can come watch my games.

Preseason Top 25 Seniors in San Diego

Players were evaluated in person and/or on film. Rankings will be updated following the 2014 football season after senior film is reviewed and in-person viewings are completed.

  1. Dechaun Holiday/DB/Mission Hills HS
  2. Frank Buncom IV/DB/St. Augustine HS
  3. Kevin Estes/OT/San Marcos HS/University of Wisconsin
  4. Quenton Meeks/DB/Del Norte HS
  5. Casey Toohill/OLB/Cathedral Catholic HS/Stanford University
  6. Jack Bailey/WR/Torrey Pines HS/San Diego State University
  7. Jordan Miller/CB/Oceanside HS/University of Washington
  8. Ray Smith/DT/Cathedral Catholic HS/Boston College
  9. Kareem Coles/QB/Madison HS/Utah State University
  10. Tommy Woo/DE/Oceanside HS
  11. Seth Collins/QB/Granite Hills HS/San Jose State University
  12. Christian Cronk/OT/Oceanside HS
  13. Tyree Range/RB/Rancho Bernardo HS/University of Montana
  14. Cedric Bigge-Duren/OT/Oceanside HS/Washington State University
  15. Martrel Holmes/WR/Mission Hills HS
  16. Chris Gesell/OL/St. Augustine HS
  17. David Faatuiese/LB/Vista HS
  18. Khaleel Jenkins/QB/Francis Parker HS
  19. Elijah Wofford/OT/La Costa Canyon HS
  20. Austin Lucht/OL/Rancho Bernardo HS
  21. Isaiah Capoocia/ATH/El Capitan HS
  22. Clayton Dale/QB/Cathedral Catholic HS
  23. Brandon Brooks/WR/Patrick Henry HS
  24. David Lewis/OLB/Morse HS
  25. Kameron Santos/S/Madison HS

 

Minor League All-Star Game

The New York-Penn (Short Season A-ball) minor league baseball league will be having their  annual all-star game in Coney Island New York on August 19th. Several former standouts at San Diego County High Schools were among those named to the team.

  • Corey Oswalt-RHP (Madison HS/New York Mets)
  • Taylor Murphy-OF (Torrey Pines High School/University of Pacific/Cleveland Indians)
  • Greg Allen-OF (Hilltop HS/San Diego State University/Cleveland Indians)
  • Nolan Gannon-RHP (Santa Fe Christian HS/Tampa Bay Rays)

Transfer Report

High School–

  • 2016 Torrey Pines guard Brandon Cyrus left Torrey Pines and will enroll at La Lumiere Academy in Indiana. He is currently playing for the Canadian U-17 in Dubai during the FIBA World Championships.
  • 2015 La Costa Canyon guard Patrick Fisher has left LCC and will enroll at Vermont Academy in addition to reclassifying into the 2016 class.
  • 2017 Poway QB Tate Martell and 2017 WR Tyjon Lindsey have left Poway and will enroll at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas.
  • 2015 Poway OF Kyle Dean, a USD commit, has left Poway and will transfer to Rancho Bernardo High School for his senior season.

College–

  • 2013 La Costa Canyon guard Jeff Van Dyke left Pepperdine after his freshman season and has transferred to UCSD where he can play right away and has three years of eligibility remaining.
  • 2013 Lincoln athlete Tyrell Robinson decided to attend Oregon out of high school along with his brother Tyree. Tyrell saw time briefly as a linebacker during his freshman season, while Tyree redshirted. Tyrell has now decided to transfer to Fresno State where he will sit out this season and have three seasons remaining. Tyree is in competition to start at safety for the Ducks.

 

Preseason CFB Notes

Here are some notes on various college football players from around the country who attended high schools in San Diego–

  • 2014 Mission Hills graduate Ricky Liuchan signed with Oregon State, but will gray shirt and join the team for Spring Football after working out an academic issue.
  • 2013 Madison graduate Pierre Cormier redshirted during his first year at Arizona. His football career is now finished after taking a medical retirement after an injury was found. Cormier was one of the leaders to become the starting running back for the Wildcats this season.
  • 2013 Poway graduate Derek Babiash has transferred from Arizona to San Diego State, where he will walk-on for the Aztecs. He saw brief playing time for the Wildcats during his lone season in Tucson.
  • 2011 Madison graduate De’Saan Hardwick left San Diego State in September, and signed with Weber State in February. He is no longer listed on their roster.
  • 2014 Oceanside graduate Jace Whittaker signed with Arizona, but will gray shirt and join the team for Spring Football after tearing his ACL in the CIF playoffs this past season.
  • 2010 Lincoln graduates Victor Dean and Davon Dunn are no longer listed on the Portland State roster. They were going into their senior seasons with the Vikings. The pair were previously kicked off the team at Fresno State.
  • 2013 Poway graduate Alec Moreno redshirted during his freshman season at Nevada. He has now transferred to the University of San Diego and is eligible immediately.
  • 2013 Oceanside graduate Israel (Tofi) Paopao has left Florida International University and transferred to Southwestern Junior College in Chula Vista.