Week 3 Playoff Picks

Open Div:

  • Oceanside
  • Cathedral Catholic

Div 1:

  • Madison
  • St. Augustine

Div 2:

  • El Capitan
  • Rancho Bernardo

Div 3:

  • Granite Hills
  • Christian

Div 4:

  • Bishop’s
  • Mater Dei Catholic

Div 5 Finals:

  • La Jolla Country Day over Vincent Memorial

PLAYOFF PICKS: 30-8

Round 2 playoff predictions

Open Div:

  • Oceanside
  • Mission Hills
  • Helix
  • Cathedral Catholic

D1:

  • La Costa Canyon
  • Madison
  • St. Augustine
  • El Camino

D2:

  • El Capitan
  • West Hills
  • Rancho Bernardo
  • San Marcos

D3:

  • Hoover
  • Granite Hills
  • Sweetwater
  • La Jolla

D4:

  • Bishop’s
  • Castle Park
  • Central Union
  • Mater Dei Catholic

D5:

  • La Jolla Country Day
  • Vincent Memorial

WEEK 1 RECORD: 11-5

Opening round playoff picks

D1:

  • Grossmont
  • Point Loma
  • Vista
  • El Camino

D2:

  • Del Norte
  • West Hills
  • Scripps Ranch
  • Lincoln

D3:

  • Monte Vista
  • Granite Hills
  • Bonita Vista
  • La Jolla

D4:

  • Horizon Christian
  • University City
  • Orange Glen
  • Clairemont

D5:

  • Holtville
  • La Jolla Country Day
  • Classical Academy
  • Vincent Memorial

Quick Thoughts: 2014 Open Division Playoffs

Open Div:

Simply put, there are no easy games at any point in the Open Division. 3 of the 4 opening round games feature rematches from the regular season.

Oceanside took care of Carlsbad at home, 28-14, a few weeks back and will look to do the same on November 21. Can the Lancers find a way to score enough without allowing the Pirates to control the time of possession?

Common sense prevailed with the CIF Power Rankings, allowing Mission Hills a top 4 seed. Their reward is a home game with a very dangerous Eastlake team that can control the clock with their 3-headed rushing attack of Isaiah Strayhorn, Traylon Reed, and Dean Klaser. The trio combined for 2,461 yards and 28 touchdowns during the regular season. How will the Titans defend the dual-threat ability of Dakota Miller?

Helix suffered their 2nd defeat of the season on Friday, at El Capitan, a game that gave the Vaqueros the outright league title. The Highlanders played Ramona in week 5 and won 42-0, though the Bulldogs were missing a couple key players. Ramona must find a way to consistently move the ball, while slowing down Michael Austin and Nathan Stinson.

Torrey Pines traveled east on Del Mar Heights road to take on Cathedral Catholic their 3rd game of the season. The Falcons kept the Dons out of the end zone, but surrendered two field goals and a safety en route to an 8-7 loss. Both teams know each others personnel and schemes so well. Cathedral Catholic DT Ray Smith, a Boston College commit, is expected back after missing extensive time with a foot injury.

2014 CIF Football Playoffs

CIF SAN DIEGO SECTION FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS OPEN

CIF SAN DIEGO SECTION FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS DIVISION I

CIF SAN DIEGO SECTION FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS DIVISION II

CIF SAN DIEGO SECTION FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS DIVISION III

CIF SAN DIEGO SECTION FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS DIVISION IV

CIF SAN DIEGO SECTION FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS DIVISION V

Week 11 game predictions

Point Loma (8-1) vs. Madison (6-3):

Point Loma has been rolling this season, their only loss coming to Ramona, 7-6. They’ll head on the road to visit Madison. The Warhawks have won six straight games while outsocinrg their opponents 282-90 during that stretch.

Point Loma – 24 Madison – 31

St. Augustine (4-5) vs. Lincoln (5-4):

The Saints come in having not lived up to expectations so far this season. With a win, they will most likely have a first round bye in the D1 playoffs. Lincoln is sitting in the 6th spot in the D2 playoffs and most likely can’t move up. A win would give them an outright 2nd place finish in the Eastern League.

St. Augustine – 27 Lincoln – 17

Oceanside (9-0) vs. El Camino (5-4):

Oceanside has been rolling through every opponent they’ve faced so far this season. I expect that to continue on Friday as they head on the road to play their rivals from El Camino. The Wildcats have had lots of trouble scoring, managing only 30 points over their last four games.

Oceanside – 35 El Camino – 10

Torrey Pines (5-4) vs. La Costa Canyon (5-4):

Torrey Pines comes in having won 5 out of 6 games with the loss coming @ Oceanside. A win would give them an outright 2nd place finish in the Avocado West League. La Costa Canyon has yet to win a league game, and have lost 3 of their last 4 games with the win coming @ Westview.

Torrey Pines – 17 La Costa Canyon – 13

Helix (8-1) vs. El Capitan (9-0):

The Highlanders have outscored their opponents 272-17 in six games since their 9-7 loss to Cathedral. Unbeaten El Capitan will be facing their stiffest competition so far this season. QB Brad Cagle and WR Isaiah Capoocia will have to help the Vaqueros score often to stay with Helix.

Helix – 35 El Capitan – 24

Mission Hills (7-2) vs. San Marcos (9-0):

The Knights come in unbeaten on the year, but with close wins over Fallbrook, Del Norte, and San Pasqual, it could show that they aren’t among the county’s elite teams. Outside of a loss to Oceanside, the Grizzlies have been hitting on all cylinders since the beginning of the season.

Mission Hills – 42 San Marcos – 24

Carlsbad (5-4) vs. Ramona (7-2):

Carlsbad is looking good, sitting in position for the 4th seed in the Open Division playoffs, while coming off a huge 35-7 win over El Camino last week. The Bulldogs suffered the 2nd loss of the season last week at the hands of Rancho Bernardo. They look to be on the edge of getting the last spot in the Open Division, or getting the top seed in D1.

Carlsbad – 28 Ramona – 27

SEASON RECORD: 19-2

Rancho Bernardo Shocks Ramona to win the Palomar League

With star running back Tyree Range sidelined with a knee injury, JV call up Milan Grice stepped up in a big way rushing for 171 yards and a TD in his first Varsity action. The Broncos kept Ramona QB Marco Cobian off balance, sacking him several times. They went into the half tied at 14, but the Broncos came out strong in the 2nd half to hand Ramona their 2nd loss of the season.