The High School Football Season in San Diego will kickoff this Friday. I will be at Cathedral Catholic for five games over two days, as part of the Brothers in Arms Classic. The two-day event will feature five of the preseason top ten teams in the county to start the year.
The first game at Manchester Field will feature two of San Diego’s top 10 teams–
#8 El Capitan vs. #6 Madison: 5:00pm, Friday
The Vaqueros lost a lot from last season’s State Runner-Up team including QB Brad Cagle, WR Isaiah Capoocia, and RB DJ Smith. The Warhawks lost dual-threat QB Kareem Coles to Idaho, but junior QB Terrell Carter looks to have weapons at receiver led by Shaheed Madyun. Junior LB Sampson Niu is one of the best linebackers in the county and will lead the defense.
#3 Cathedral Catholic vs. Rancho Santa Margarita: 8:00pm, Friday
The “Host” Dons did not have much success in this event last year, losing to eventual state champion Folsom, 55-10. They have a new quarterback, Tate Haynes, the son of NFL Hall of Famer, Mike Haynes. Columbia commit Hogan Irwin, will be the featured back in the Dons Wing-T commit. The defense will be led by senior LB Tyson Maeva, a Boise State commit, and DB Hunter Allen, son of Eric Allen.
The Santa Margarita Eagles are primed for a huge season, as the #10 team in the state to start the season. Their QB, KJ Costello, placed 3rd in the Elite 11 this summer. The future Stanford signal-caller chose the Cardinal over USC and Michigan. He will get a huge boost with transfer WR Dylan Crawford, one of the best receivers in the nation. Junior OG Brett Neilon is a rising prospect. Tanner Matthews leads the defense and is a heavily recruited LB for the Eagles.
#1 Helix vs. Chaparral (AZ): 2:00pm, Saturday
The Highlanders start the season as the premier team in San Diego. They return their QB Michael Austin, RB Nate Stinson, and receivers Mason Vinyard and San Jose State commit Mekhi Stevenson. They only return one player on the offensive line though, and will need to find a way make room for Austin and Stinson. The defense features LB’s Ezekiel Noa and Washington State commit Jihad Woods. Junior Scott Young is a big-time player at safety. The Chaparral Firebirds have a pair of UC-Davis commits in DE Brandon Jamison and TE Christian Skeptaris. Junior QB Grayson Berry will be the full time starter after having success playing several games as a sophomore.
Bakersfield vs. Mountain Pointe (AZ): 5:00pm, Saturday
#10 Carlsbad vs. Brophy Prep (AZ): 8:00pm, Saturday
The Lancers, who won’t play a home game until week five, are led by LB Troy Cassidy, a highly sought over prospect on the West Coast. RB Layth Haddad and WR Kellen Peat will move into prominent roles after contributing as juniors. OT Zach Thomas is an anchor on the offensive line that will to protect senior QB Shea Morales, who played in seven games as a junior. Brophy started their season last week with a 45-0 win. QB Cade Knox, a Harvard commit, is back after throwing for 24 TD’s a season ago as is RB Ryan Velez, who has run for over a 1,000 yards each of the last two years. DE Connor Murphy, brother of Redskin’s LB Trent Murphy, is a highly rated recruit.
OTHER GAMES TO WATCH:
- #5 Oceanside @ San Marcos: The Pirates have lost a lot from last season including legendary coach John Carroll. Can the Knights start the season with a bang?
- #9 Torrey Pines @ Steele Canyon: The Falcons begin the season in the top 10 for the first time in several years. Can they survive the trip south before a brutal schedule begins?
- #4 St. Augustine @ Ramona: The Saints look to have some powerful pieces on both sides of the ball, but Ramona may have the most hostile environment in San Diego.