Recapping Week 2

#1 Torrey Pines was victorious in week two, in a game that will likely be a candidate for best of the year. Both teams traded scores for much of the game with the Falcons trailing by a touchdown at intermission. With 50 seconds remaining in the game, Jason Heine found Evan Galuzzi across the middle for a Torrey Pines touchdown. An extra point would tie the game, but the Falcons called their last timeout to draw up a play for the 2-point conversion and likely win the game. Their run up the middle was stuffed. They recovered the onside kick and a few plays later found themselves on the left hash of the 24 yard line with eight seconds on the clock. Senior Ted Merrifield calmly knocked the ball through the uprights giving the Falcons a dramatic 47-45 victory over San Clemente.

#2 La Costa Canyon headed north to Vista and did what was largely expected. The defense was stout and the offense did their part in the 27-7 win. It gets tougher for the Mavericks this week when they will play San Clemente, who certainly won’t be happy.

#3 Madison had some trouble win week one, scoring late to take down Rancho Bernardo at home. They rolled in week two handling Bonita Vista, 62-0, giving the Barons their 14th consecutive loss. The Warhawks have El Capitan and Palos Verdes the next two weeks before the schedule picks up significantly.

#4 Helix had a bad taste in their mouth after a 40-point loss in the opening week. They returned home and handled business with a 34-3 win over Arroyo Grande. The Highlanders will play in The Honor Bowl on Saturday against Saguaro of Scottsdale, Arizona. They’ll return six days later to play Cathedral Catholic.

#5 Mission Hills continued their early season gauntlet as they hosted Westlake. The Grizzlies offense struggled, falling 28-13. The schedule provides no relief as this week they play host to Chaminade, a team ranked in the top fifteen in California, that features two future Pac-12 linebackers in Blake Antzoulatos and Michael Erhart. After that they’ll play a fourth straight home game, beginning league play with Carlsbad.

#6 San Marcos showed a lot of toughness in week two. They went on the road to face a good Grossmont team and trailed 21-0 just before the half. When the game had ended, San Marcos was able to score 32 unanswered points giving them a 32-21 win to shock the Foothillers. They’ll travel to Oceanside this week and will surely hope to avoid an early deficit.

#7 Ramona showed that after two weeks they don’t appear to be among the county’s top ten. They traveled to Point Loma and couldn’t contain the Pointers falling 41-27. The Bulldogs will hope to bounce back with consecutive home games coming up against Poway and Mt. Carmel.

#8 Cathedral Catholic didn’t look like the team in week one that came into the season with a lot of hype. They went to work to change that around in their home opener taking down El Camino, 56-7. They’ll be challenged in their next two weeks facing Serra of Gardena before welcoming in Helix to continue the rivalry.

#9 Carlsbad looks to be a dark house in the loaded Avocado League, but suffered a slip up in week two. An early two-touchdown lead was surrendered en route to a 33-21 loss at the hands of Desert Vista of Arizona. The Lancers will have Sweetwater this week before diving into league play with back-to-back road games to start.

#10 Lincoln put themselves in a hole when they traveled to Balboa Stadium to face the Cavers. After going down 13-0, the Hornets made their way back and ended up winning 20-13 in overtime. Their home opener is this week when they welcoming in long time rival Morse.

8/20-8/26 Week in Review

Recruiting:

  • 2019 Mission Bay G Boogie Ellis was moved up to #25 in the national rankings by 247 Sports, elevating him to 5-star status.
  • 2019 Torrey Pines G Bryce Pope picked up offers from Navy and UCSD.
  • 2019 Cathedral Catholic K Dean Janikowski picked up a preferred walk-on offer from Washington State.

Football:

  • Torrey Pines received 22 of the 30 1st place votes in the Union-Tribune Media Poll to take over the top spot in the county rankings after week 1.
    • The Falcons defeated San Clemente with a last second field goal in week 2. Video of their last possession here!
  • 2020 La Costa Canyon LB Ozzie Nicholas was named the SoCal Defensive Player of the Week after his huge opening week performance against Cathedral Catholic.

Alumni:

  • 2015 Santa Fe Christian grad Jake Bailey, a Punter at Stanford, was named a Preseason 2nd Team All-American by the Associated Press.
  • 2015 Oceanside grad Matt Romero, a Quarterback at New Mexico State, started the season opener for the Aggies against Wyoming.

Recapping Week 1

  • Preseason #1 Helix made the trek north to take on a Top-50 nationally ranked Cajon team of San Bernardino. Cajon quarterback Jayden Daniels, an Elite 11 Finalist, had his way as he went 10 of 11 through the air for 5 touchdowns and ran for another as he gave the Cowboys a 43-3 halftime lead, which ended up being the final score.
  • Preseason #2 Torrey Pines headed south to open the season at #9 Eastlake. The Falcons had the ground game working as they got 120+ rushing games out of running backs Mac Bingham and Evan Galluzzi. Quarterback Jason Heine had a touchdown run, but the Falcons weren’t able to finish drives scoring only 13 points. Luckily for them the defense picked up the slack, forcing several Titan turnovers and pitching an opening week shutout. The Falcons will see several first place votes this week after opening with a 13-0 win.
  • Preseason #3 Cathedral Catholic challenged themselves with an early season road game against #6 La Costa Canyon. The Dons suffered an early injury to running back Shawn Poma and committed two early personal foul penalties. The Mavericks added two early field goals before Marshall Eucker found Trevor Gonzales in the end zone just before the half. Cathedral got on the board in the fourth quarter when Shawn Poma scored on 4th and goal from a few yards out. The Dons got the ball back but fumbled it away on the 2nd play leading directly to a Karson Lippert 46 yard touchdown run that put the game out of reach. Maverick Juniors Marshall Eucker, Trevor Gonzales, and Ozzie Nicholas (5.5 sacks) all had impressive starts to the season and should make the Mavs a top team for the next two seasons.
  • Preseason #4 Mission Hills has set themselves up with a very challenging opening month of the season. They welcomed Paramount in week one. Mission Hills didn’t have much answer to the Pirates passing game as Kingston Hala threw for 307 yards and 4 TD’s. Star receiver Darius Wallace, a 4-star in the ’20 class, impressed by catching 7 passes for 179 yards and 2 TD’s. The Grizzlies scored late, but Paramount held on 26-18. Mission Hills will have to bounce back quickly as they host Westlake (Westlake Village), Chaminade (West Hills), and Carlsbad over the next three weeks.
  • Preseason #5 Madison (who I voted #1) opened at home with a solid Rancho Bernardo team. The Broncos had all eyes on Warhawks star running back Kenan Christon, holding him to 60 yards rushing, but that allowed teammate Daniel Stokes to run for 149 yards and a TD on only 8 carries. The two teams were tied at the half, but the Broncos added a safety to take a lead after three quarters. Madison added a 4th quarter touchdown to go ahead for good en route to a 19-15 opening week win.
  • Preseason #7 San Marcos hosted Otay Ranch. The Mustangs started quickly, holding a lead after the 1st quarter as well as halftime, but San Marcos added a touchdown in each of the last two quarters to hold on for a 24-21 win. Both teams will be presumably tested again in week #2. The Knights will head south to take on a Grossmont team that took down Bishop’s in week #1, while the Mustangs will play host to a Valley Center team that scored 57 points in their opener.
  • Preseason #8 Ramona welcomed Mater Dei Catholic up to the hill. The Bulldogs, led by new quarterback Derek Diamond, a Stanford baseball commit, had a strong effort on both sides of the ball that en route to a 28-0 victory. They’ll have a long trip this next week when they head to Point Loma. The Crusaders will be back in similar territory when they head to take on El Capitan.
  • Preseason #10 Steele Canyon faced a tough test coming off of a state title as they traveled to play unranked Carlsbad (who I had ranked #8). The Lancers showed they belong in a strong Avocado League this season and routed the Cougars 41-13. Carlsbad will welcome in Desert Vista from Phoenix next week while the Cougars will return home to host Brawley.
  • NOTES: It was a tough opener for Bishop’s as they fell to a Grossmont team they had beaten in the opener a year ago, but the worse news was losing 5-star sophomore quarterback Tyler Buchner on the opening series of the year. His knee injury is expected to cost him the remainder of the season.

8/13-8/19 Week in Review

Recruiting:

  • 2019 Mission Bay G Boogie Ellis announced his final 8 schools.

  • 2019 Cathedral Catholic TE Jake Mitten picked up an offer from Morehead State.

Football:

  • In Episode #2 of the SDPI In-depth Podcast, I caught up with 2019 San Marcos QB Miles Hastings, who’s committed to play at UC-Davis. Listen here!
  • As the 2018 High School Football Season gets started, here are the committed football prospects from San Diego.

Alumni:

  • 2012 Poway grad Kevin Newman, who was a 1st round pick out of Arizona in 2015, was called up to the major league roster for his debut by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
  • 2013 Cathedral Catholic grad Stephen Gonsalves, a 4th round pick of the Minnesota Twins out of high school, was called up to the majoe league roster, and will make his debut on the mound on Monday night.
  • 2013 grads Darren Carrington, a wide receiver out of Horizon HS and Jacob Alsadek, an offensive lineman out of Torrey Pines HS both signed with the Dallas Cowboys this past week. Both players went undrafted in the 2018 NFL Draft after having successful college careers in the PAC-12.
  • Christian Chapman, a 2014 Carlsbad grad and 5th year senior quarterback at San Diego State, was named a candidate for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.
  • Rancho Bernardo had two grads square off on the mound when the Pirates hosted the Cubs earlier this week.

  • 2015 San Marcos grad Cody Meyer, an offensive lineman who walked-on at Montana, was awarded a scholarship as the Grizzlies wrapped up fall training camp.

8/6-8/12 Week in Review

Recruiting:

  • 2019 Mission Bay G Boogie Ellis picked up offers from Oklahoma and Memphis.
  • 2019 Torrey Pines OL-DL Payson Campisano committed to Cal Poly.
  • 2018 Torrey Pines LHP Kendall Burnett committed to Pacific.
  • 2019 Torrey Pines G Bryce Pope picked up an offer from Army.
  • 2019 Cathedral Catholic OF-RHP Jake Connelly committed to Utah.

On Episode #2 of the SDPI In-depth Podcast, I sat down with San Marcos QB Miles Hastings to preview the upcoming season. Listen here!

Alumni:

  • 2012 Poway grad Kevin Newman, a shortstop in the Pittsburgh Pirates Organization, went 5-5 and hit for the cycle on Tuesday for the Indianapolis Indians.
  • 2011 Lincoln grad Norman Powell, a guard with the Toronto Raptors, hosted his annual camp at his Alma mater.
  • 2017 Helix grad Scott Young is has been reinstated with the football team at Arizona, but will be suspended for the season opener.

7/30-8/5 Week in Review

Recruiting:

  • 2019 Mission Bay G Boogie Ellis picked up offers from Gonzaga and Colorado.
  • 2019 Foothills Christian F Derrick Carter-Holinger picked up an offer from UC-Riverside.
  • 2019 University City WR Casey Granfors picked up an offer from Air Force.
  • 2019 La Jolla Country Day G Ryan Langborg committed to Princeton.
  • 2019 Eastlake OL Vincent Santos picked up an offer from Navy.
  • 2019 La Costa Canyon RB Karson Lippert picked up an offer from Air Force.
  • 2019 Parker LS Peter Bowden committed to Wisconsin.

Football:

  • With the football season only a few days away (scrimmages are this week!), I talked with Torrey Pines Running Back Mac Bingham, a USC Baseball commit, who is looking to build on last season’s performance that saw his run for 1,200 yards and find the end zone 18 times. LINK!

Alumni:

  • 2011 Rancho Buena Vista grad Johnny Dee has signed to play professionally for Real Betis in Spain’s Top Division.

https://twitter.com/RealBetisEPlus/status/1026531127639633921

  • 2014 St. Augustine grad Trey Kell has signed professionally to play for KK Igokea in Bosnia and Herzegovina.