Recapping Week 9

#1 Torrey Pines was trailing #5 San Marcos 10-7 at halftime, when the game was postponed due to lightning strikes in the area. The Avocado league decided to rule a “no contest”, and all their teams will play a nine game schedule.

#2 Cathedral Catholic was leading Christian 21-0 when the lightning postponed the game, and both teams agreed to call the game at that point and make it a final.

#3 Helix was leading Grossmont 27-0 at the half when the game was postponed. Both teams agreed to call the game and make it official with that score.

#4 La Costa Canyon was leading Mission Hills 7-0 at the end of the first quarter when officials stopped the game for lightning. The game was not resumed and will be a “no contest”.

#6 Eastlake jumped out quick on Bonita Vista and they were able to finish their game with the Titans winning big, 49-7.

#7 Madison was trailing #10 St. Augustine, 24-7 with under a minute to play in the 3rd quarter when lightning forced the game to be postponed. They came back on Monday to resume it, and the Warhawks came to play. Madison responded with 20 unanswered points capped off by an incredible catch by Daniel Stokes in the corner of the end zone to provide the most dramatic win of the season.

#8 Carlsbad was trailing El Camino on the road when lightning stopped the action in the 2nd quarter with the Lancers winning 13-7. A “no contest” is the official ruling.

#9 Granite Hills went into halftime with a 28-14 lead over El Capitan when weather decided to stop the game. The teams agreed to call the score official at that point and keep the Eagles undefeated on the campaign.

10/8-10/14 Week in Review

Recruiting:

  • 2019 Mission Bay G Boogie Ellis took an official visit to North Carolina.

  • 2019 Christian F Jackson Larsen committed to Northern Arizona.
  • 2020 La Costa Canyon LB Ozzie Nicholas picked up an offer from Washington State.

Football:

  • Many of this week’s games were cancelled or postponed due to lightning on Friday night. Several games decided to end with the score at the point of interruption, some decided to finish up on Saturday, Madison and St. Augustine will finish up on Monday afternoon, while the Avocado League decided to rule a “no contest” and move ahead to week ten of the schedule.

Alumni:

  • Horizon grad Darren Carrington, a wide receiver who played at Oregon and Utah, signed with the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL.
  • Mater Dei Catholic grad CJ Verdell, a running back at Oregon, ran in a walk-off touchdown as the Ducks beat Washington in overtime.

Recapping Week 8

#1 Torrey Pines held on late against Mission Hills, as they passed the test in round three of the Avocado League. They’ll host San Marcos next week before finishing the regular season with back-to-back road games.

#2 Cathedral Catholic looked dominant in this year’s edition of the Holy Bowl. The Dons scored early and often as they continue to roll through league play, beating #8 St. Augustine, 34-14.

#3 Helix dominated their 2nd straight Grossmont – Hills League opponent when they took down Valhalla, 56-6. The Highlanders only ran 19 offensive plays on the night. The competition picks up as they’ll play Grossmont, Granite Hills, and Steele Canyon to finish out the regular season.

#4 La Costa Canyon took a week off from the gauntlet of the Avocado League, to host an underrated Valley Center team in a non-league game. The Jaguars put up a good fight, trailing 14-12 at half before falling to the Mavericks 30-19.

#5 Eastlake made the short drive to Mater Dei Catholic, and found their offense clicking on all cylinders. They scored in every quarter, with Sophomore QB Richard Colmenero throwing for 377 yards and 5 TD’s.

#6 San Marcos got off to a slow start going on the road to El Camino, but rebounded strongly with 21 unanswered in the 2nd half to escape with a 28-21 victory.

#7 Madison found themselves in a shootout with Point Loma, but got a big effort from running back Kenan Christon, a USC commit, who ran for 153 yards and 3 TD’s. Keontae Springs added 69 yards and a TD, as Madison was victorious 45-33.

#9 Carlsbad hosted rival Oceanside for their homecoming game and found themselves in another Avocado League battle. Luke Armstrong led the Lancers with 168 rushing yards, and Cole Wright came up big with 6 catches for 134 yards. The Lancers defense also held Kyrin Beachem in check, limiting him to 132 total yards and hung on for a 23-21 win.

#10 Granite Hills traveled to Grossmont and jumped out quickly, leading 21-0 at the quarter break. Senior Chris Ostreng did it all for the Eagles compiling 301 total yards and 5 TD’s to lead Granite to a 44-20 win. The league battle with Helix looms large two weeks from now.

10/1-10/7 Week in Review

Recruiting:

  • 2019 Mission Bay G Boogie Ellis took an unofficial visit to Memphis for Midnight Madness.
  • 2019 Brawley LB Casey Kline took an official visit to Boise State.
  • 2019 Westview F Rico Hopping committed to Azusa Pacific.
  • 2019 San Diego DB Jayden Wickware picked up an offer from Idaho State.
  • 2022 Coronado IF Ryan Ward committed to Arizona.

Football:

  • I caught up with local trainer Dorian Crawford, who played at Scripps Ranch, in the latest episode of the SDPI In-depth podcast.

Alumni:

  • Art “Hambone” Williams, a 1959 San Diego HS grad, passed away from a stroke earlier this week. Williams was the So Cal Prep Basketball Player of the his senior season after taking up basketball the year before. Williams played eight seasons in the NBA, winning a Championship with the Boston Celtics in 1974.

Recapping Week 7

#1 Torrey Pines survived a tough road test at Carlsbad. The Falcons jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead and held a 28-14 4th quarter lead before surrendering back-to-back Lancer Touchdowns, the latter coming with just over two minutes to play. The Falcons scored on 3rd and goal in the first overtime period and batted away a 4th down attempt by Carlsbad to move along in Avocado League Play.

#2 Cathedral Catholic got off to a quick start against Madison in what was expected to be a close fought league game. Any chance of that was shot down when the Dons jumped out to a 35-0 halftime lead and coasted to a 49-7 victory.

#3 Helix traveled to El Capitan and quickly did what was expected, rolling along to a 41-7 victory. The Highlanders will have to stay in top form if they hope to make an Open Division run this season.

#4 La Costa Canyon traveled on the road and couldn’t get the offense flowing with the loss of running back Karson Lippert for the season. San Marcos had their defense ready to play and emerged with a 12-8 win in the always competitive Avocado League.

#5 Eastlake – BYE

#6 San Marcos

#7 St. Augustine hosted Lincoln and struggled offensively for much of the game. The Hornets only trailed 12-6 when they entered the 4th quarter, before the Saints exploded for 22 points en route to a 34-13 final. Might they have been looking ahead to this week’s Holy Bowl?

#8 Madison

#9 Granite Hills had run the table through six weeks, but hadn’t faced a ton of competition. They’ve answered enough questions now to cement their spot in the Top 10 poll. The Eagles scored 24 2nd half points on the road at Steele Canyon that saw them head home with a 30-27 victory.

#10 Carlsbad