Spotlight on Derrick Clark

Jared Garcia–

Mission Bay running back Derrick Clark has made plenty of highlight plays for the Bucs this year, from leaping over defenders to throwing touchdown passes. Clark will take his talents to Cal Berkeley next season.

“Cal was the perfect fit for me because of academics. I have always been great in the classroom, so Cal was the right fit for me,” Clark said.

Clark also excels at baseball, hitting .398 with 5 home runs as a junior last season. When asked if he would play at Cal, Clark said it is a possibility.

Derrick Clark possesses a potent combination of speed, power, and athleticism. His skills will certainly translate into the next level, as he can run by defenders, jump over them, or run through them.

“It’s hard to tackle someone that’s 200 pounds, so I value my power. This offseason I’m going to work on my speed because it never hurts to get faster for the next level.”

Out of necessity, Clark played quarterback last year but ran the ball on most of the plays. At Cal, he figures to play running back, but he is not ruling out playing in the slot or even playing some receiver.

“Whatever Cal wants me to do, I’ll do it to help the program.”

Clark hopes to become the next NFL product from Cal, with alumni that include Aaron Rodgers, Marshawn Lynch, Justin Forsett, Desean Jackson, CJ Anderson, and Tony Gonzalez.

Mission Bay rallies from behind to reach CIF finals

Jared Garcia–

The Mission Bay Buccaneers hosted the Valley Center Jaguars in a Division 3 showdown. The Jags started out strong, leading 14-0 at the end of the first quarter and 21-6 with 2 minutes before halftime.

The Bucs, however, turned to their playmakers to inch closer. Quarterback Jaiden Correa hit Niegil Harness-Anderson and running back Derrick Clark hit Jhavari Ransom to keep the Bucs in the game, trailing 21-13 at halftime.

As the third quarter expired, Correa found Jhavari Ransom for a 47-yard touchdown connection. The 2 point conversion was good, and the game was tied at 21 entering the fourth quarter.

Valley Center’s Andrew Navarro plowed into the end zone give the Jaguars a 28-21 lead with 6:40 to go in the final quarter. On the next drive, Derrick Clark ran into the end zone from 10 yards out to tie the contest at 28 with 5:41 left.

“I was telling everyone in the huddle to calm down and I told the linemen that I believe in them, so it was easy to drive down and score,” Clark said after the game.

The Jags turned the ball over on downs and Efrain Senties kicked a field goal to give the Bucs a 31-28 advantage. Valley Center’s first passing play was intercepted by Myles Dumas to seal the victory for the Bucs.

“The game was on the line and the chance to go to the championship game was on the line, so I had to make that play,” Dumas said. “We compete very hard and our coaches get us ready, so we will be prepared for next week.”

The Mission Bay Bucs will play for the Division 3 CIF championship at Southwestern College next Saturday against Bonita Vista.

Preston, Saints Power Through to Southwestern

Mesa College–

Led by senior RB Elijah Preston’s 264 rushing yards, putting him over the 7,000 career yard mark, the Saints dismantled a previously unbeaten Mission Hills squad. The Grizzlies had their chances early, missing a 19-yard field goal, muffing a punt at midfield, and turning it over on downs in the red zone on a botched snap.

Preston ran for 9.4 yards per carry, while scoring three times on the night. Junior quarterback Rodney Thompson added 114 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.

The Grizzlies showed the ability to move the all early, with sophomore quarterback Jack Tuttle finding Justus Te’i for significant gains through the air. Senior running back Nehemiah McFarlin who had been having a breakout season was held in check throughout the night. BYU-bound athlete Troy Warner made some great plays despite being clearly hobbled by a few injuries. He was on the receiving end of a five-yard slant for a touchdown and then in the 4th quarter made a great leaping catch on a ball from Tuttle, broke loose from his defender and went 70 yards into the end zone.

The Saints will now get their opportunity to face Helix, unbeaten since their week 1 loss to Chaparral (Az.) in the CIF-SDS Open Division Championship next Saturday night at Southwestern College.

Week 3 Playoff Predictions

Open Division:

#4 Cathedral Catholic vs. #1 Helix: What changes can the Dons make from the early season blowout?

SCORE PREDICTION: Helix 35-13

#3 Mission Hills vs. #2 St. Augustine: Extra motivation for the undefeated Grizzlies who have to head on the road?

SCORE PREDICTION: Mission Hills 27-23

Division 1:

#4 Point Loma vs. #1 Oceanside: The Pointer have outscored their opponents 123-7 the last three games. Can that continue?

SCORE PREDICTION: Oceanside 27-17

#7 Steele Canyon vs. #3 El Camino: El Camino skidded their way into the playoffs, can they win at home to make the title game?

SCORE PREDICTION: El Camino 28-20

Division 2:

#4 Mt. Carmel vs. #1 Valhalla: Can the Norsemen slow down Lucas Johnson?

SCORE PREDICTION: Mt. Carmel 24-16

#6 Otay Ranch vs. #2 Rancho Bernardo: The Broncos are showcase a balanced attack and are at home.

SCORE PREDICTION: Rancho Bernardo 28-10

Division 3:

#5 Imperial vs. #1 Bonita Vista: What can the tigers do to contain the Baron’s athletes?

SCORE PREDICTION: Bonita Vista 38-13

#3 Valley Center vs. #2 Mission Bay: Will the home field advantage be the key for the Bucs?

SCORE PREDICTION: Mission Bay 35-18

Division 4:

#4 Mar Vista vs. #1 Mater Dei Catholic: The Crusaders have been dominant.

SCORE PREDICTION: Mater Dei Catholic 35-13

#3 Bishops vs. #2 University City: Can the Centurions repeat last month’s performance?

SCORE PREDICTION: University City 23-20

Division 5:

#1 Coronado vs. #2 Crawford (@ Southwestern College): Can the Colts get the running game going?

SCORE PREDICTION: Coronado 28-21

LAST WEEK: 18-4

PLAYOFF TOTAL: 35-7

Boermeester’s late field goal carries the Dons into the semifinals

Jared Garcia–

The 5th seeded Carlsbad Lancers traveled to Cathedral Catholic to play the 4th seeded Dons. As expected, the game came down to the wire.

Cathedral got on the board first, with a 2 yard run from Hogan Irwin, who will play at Columbia University next year.

The Lancers made their mark, as Troy Cassidy caught Shea Morales’ pass. The extra point was missed, and the score remained 7-6.

With 50 seconds in the first half, Cathedral Catholic quarterback Tate Haynes unleashed an 84-yard touchdown pass to Je’Von Figaro to take a 14-6 lead going into halftime.

Carlsbad was not going to be stopped, as KJ Macdonald powered into the end zone. Morales threw another touchdown pass, this time to Matt Spiering. The two-point conversion was good, and Carlsbad took a 21-14 lead.

On the following drive, the Dons fumbled the ball and Carlsbad took over with a 21-14 lead and 2:53 left in the 4th quarter. Two plays later, Carlsbad fumbled the ball and Cathedral had 2:10 left to tie the game up with a touchdown. Hogan Irwin finished off the 62-yard drive with a 33-yard touchdown run to tie the game at 21 with 1:42 left in the game.

The Lancers’ offense was stopped on their following possession, and they were forced to punt from their own 20. The punt was blocked and the Cathedral Catholic Dons had 26 seconds and 38 yards between them and the CIF semifinals. After a couple of short gains, the Dons lined up to kick a 48 yard field goal that would decide the their fate. Kevin Boermeester’s kick was good as time expired, and the Dons would be victorious, 24-21.

“I just trusted my mechanics and I’m just glad that I got the opportunity because it feels great to come out with the win,” said Boermeester.

Cathedral (7-4) takes on Helix (9-1)on the road next week, with the winner playing in the Open Division finals. In week 3, the Helix Highlanders defeated the Dons 37-7.

Helix Turns Over Madison, Wins Big

Helix used several big plays on offense and defense on Friday night enroute to eight touchdowns against Madison in their opening round victory in the CIF-SDS Open Division Playoffs.

Jihad Woods got the scoring started for the Highlanders with a fumble recovery that he returned for a touchdown.

Senior running back Nate Stinson ran for over 100 yards and added three touchdowns. Senior wide receiver Mekhi Stevenson, a San Jose State commit, had a huge night scoring on touchdown passes from 63 and 41 yards.

Week 2 Playoff Predictions

Open Division:

(8) Madison (1) Helix: Can the Warhawks create turnovers to slow down the Highlanders?

WINNER: Helix 28-20

(5) Carlsbad (4) Cathedral Catholic: The Lancers are hitting their stride as a team, but the Dons are battle tested.

WINNER: Cathedral Catholic 20-17

(6) La Costa Canyon (3) Mission Hills: Can the Mavericks score enough to keep pace with the Grizzlies?

WINNER: Mission Hills 27-14

(7) Eastlake (2) St. Augustine: A rematch of week 5. What changes will the Titans make?

WINNER: St. Augustine 35-10

Division 1:

(8) San Marcos (1) Oceanside: The San Marcos led after three quarters in week 1. Can they put together a complete game this time?

WINNER: Oceanside 24-15

(5) Poway vs. (4) Point Loma (@ Clairemont HS): Two very evenly matched teams. Will the neutral site play a role?

WINNER: Poway 21-20

(6) Torrey Pines (3) El Camino: Torrey Pines took down El Camino in the last minute during league play. What changes do the Wildcats make?

WINNER: El Camino 21-17

(7) Steele Canyon (2) Grossmont: Steele Canyon handed the Foothillers one of two losses during the season. Can they do it again?

WINNER: Steele Canyon 34-28

Division 2:

(8) Christian (1) Valhalla: The Norsemen have proven to have one of the counties best defenses.

WINNER: Valhalla 20-7

(5) Westview (4) Mt. Carmel: Can the Wolverines overcome injuries to contain Lucas Johnson?

WINNER: Mt. Carmel 20-14

(6) Otay Ranch (3) Granite Hills: Otay has a great opportunity to go on the road and get a win.

WINNER: Otay Ranch 20-13

(7) Mira Mesa @ (2) Rancho Bernardo: The Marauders need Steffon McKnight on both sides of the ball.

WINNER: Rancho Bernardo 28-13

Division 3:

(9) Patrick Henry (1) Bonita Vista: Dezmon Patmon will need to continue his performance from last week. Greg Bell has a chip on his shoulder following his omission from the Silver Pigskin Podium.

WINNER: Bonita Vista 38-13

(5) Imperial vs. (4) Santa Fe Christian (@ Torrey Pines): The Eagles have looked much better than a four seed.

WINNER: Santa Fe Christian 24-10

(6) Morse (3) Valley Center: Valley Center’s balanced offense will be the difference.

WINNER: Valley Center 34-21

(7) Fallbrook (2) Mission Bay: After starting the year undefeated, Mission Bay has been outscored 105-7 their last two games. How do they respond.

WINNER: Fallbrook 24-17

Division 4:

(9) Kearny @ (1) Mater Dei Catholic: Any reason to believe that the Crusaders will slow down?

WINNER: Mater Dei Catholic 35-7

(5) Southwest IV (4) Mar Vista: Which team can have more success running the ball?

WINNER: Mar Vista 31-20

(6) Castle Park vs. (3) Bishops: Which defense will get stops?

WINNER: Bishops 31-30

(7) Santana (2) University City: A much closer battle than the seeds suggest.

WINNER: Santana 27-20

Division 5:

(4) La Jolla Country Day (1) Coronado: Can the Islanders slow down Braxton Burmeister?

WINNER: La Jolla Country Day 27-17

(3) Vincent Memorial (2) Crawford: The Colts have been rolling through competition since an early season loss to Monte Vista.

WINNER: Crawford 27-18

LAST WEEK: 17-3

Round 1 Playoff Predictions

D1:

(8) San Marcos vs. (9) Ramona:

WINNER: San Marcos 38-24

(5) Poway vs. (12) El Capitan:

WINNER: Poway 31-10

(6) Torrey Pines vs. (11) Olympian:

WINNER: Torrey Pines 24-13

(7) Steele Canyon vs. (10) Vista

WINNER: Steele Canyon 20-17

D2:

(8) Christian vs. (9) West Hills:

WINNER: West Hills 24-17

(5) Westview vs. (12) San Pasqual

WINNER: Westview 27-10

(6) Otay Ranch vs. (11) Brawley:

WINNER: Otay Ranch 30-13

(7) Mira Mesa vs. (10) Scripps Ranch:

WINNER: Mira Mesa 24-13

D3:

(8) La Jolla vs. (9) Patrick Henry:

WINNER: La Jolla 28-27

(5) Imperial vs. (12) Del Norte:

WINNER: Imperial 27-17

(6) Morse vs. (11) Escondido:

WINNER: Morse 24-14

(7) Fallbrook vs. (10) Hilltop:

WINNER: Fallbrook 35-21

D4:

(8) El Cajon Valley vs. (9) Kearny:

WINNER: Kearny 28-21

(5) Southwest IV vs. (12) Orange Glen:

WINNER: Southwest IV 32-16

(6) Castle Park vs. (11) Monte Vista:

WINNER: Castle Park 28-13

(7) Santana vs. (10) Central Union:

WINNER: Central 27-20

D5:

(1) Coronado vs. (8) Tri-City Christian:

WINNER: Coronado 24-20

(4) La Jolla Country Day vs. (5) Clairemont:

WINNER: La Jolla Country Day 42-14

(3) Vincent Memorial vs. (6) Army Navy Academy:

WINNER: Army Navy 22-17

(2) Crawford vs. (7) Maranatha Christian:

WINNER: Crawford 32-10

 

Mt. Carmel stuns Westview in the Battle of the 56

Jared Garcia–

AJ Leonard and the Westview Wolverines came out hot, scoring the first 13 points of the game. Early in the second quarter, TJ Sullivan caught Lucas Johnson’s pass and shook off defenders for a Sundevils touchdown. After Westview’s fumble, Kion Gould caught a pass in the back of the end zone to crawl Mt Carmel back into the game. Minutes before halftime, offensive lineman Carter Couch scored on a trick screen play to give Mt. Carmel a 21-13 lead going into the break.

Quarterback Lucas Johnson used his legs to give the Sundevils a 28-13 early in the 3rd quarter. Beau Nelson continued the trend and scampered into the end zone for a Wolverines’ touchdown. Westview was held to a field goal on their next possession to inch back into the game, trailing 28-22. The Wolverines got the ball back with over a minute left but Dylan Hunt intercepted Beau Nelson’s pass to seal the victory for the Mt. Carmel Sundevils.

Mt. Carmel received the 4 seed and a first round bye in the Division 2 playoffs, while Westview grabbed the 5 seed and will travel to the 12th seeded San Pasqual Eagles. The winner of the Westview/San Pasqual game will take on Mt. Carmel on the road.

Week 11: Previews and Predictions

#9 San Marcos #1 Mission Hills: Known as the Discovery Bowl, Mission Hills has owned this game in recent years, winning the past ten games between the two teams. San Marcos has rarely had problems scoring, but can they contain the balanced Grizzly offense led by Dakota Miller and Nehemiah McFarlin.

PREDICTION: Mission Hills – 35 San Marcos – 24

#8 La Costa Canyon Torrey Pines: The annual Beach Bowl, where the winning team claims a surfboard, was dominated in the late 90’s and early 00’s by the Falcons. Since the 2004 season, La Costa Canyon has won 9 of the 14 games between the teams. Expect a low scoring game between two run-heavy teams that always have their defenses prepared.

PREDICTION: La Costa Canyon – 13 Torrey Pines – 10

#4 Madison Mission Bay: The Buccaneers were stunned at home last week and suffered their first defeat when Point Loma jumped on them from the start. They’ll have their biggest test of the season when they welcome the Warhawks. Madison has been overwhelming their opponents since an overtime loss to Eastlake in week 4.

PREDICTION: Madison – 38 Mission Bay – 17

Poway @ #5 Rancho Bernardo:

PREDICTION: Poway – 24 Rancho Bernardo – 21

#10 Westview @ Mt. Carmel: Westview has battles injuries of late, and have dropped their last two games, to La Costa Canyon and Poway. The Sundevils bounced back last week following two league losses. Lucas Johnson has accounted for 28 touchdowns and nearly 2,500 yards this season.

PREDICTION: Westview – 20 Mt. Carmel – 14

La Jolla Country DayThe Bishops School (AT MADISON HS): The Torreys had their seven game winning streak snapped last week when Santa Fe Christian showed that they are the premier team in the Coastal League. The Knights sophomore wide receiver Moses Mooney has put up a huge season to date, collecting 15 touchdown receptions.

PREDICTION: La Jolla Country Day – 34 The Bishops School – 30

LAST WEEK: 2-3

SEASON RECORD: 28-12