We start this week with incredibly sad news. The San Diego Sports Community is mourning the loss of Granite Hills HS Senior William Burton. Burton was a standout on the football field and baseball diamond for the Eagles, earning a spot on the All-CIF 1st Team Defense this season. William was killed in an auto accident on Monday night heading home from the Football Team’s banquet.
San Diego State offered 2018 Eastlake OL Billy Dunkle, who plans to make his college decision on Monday night.
Colorado offered 2019 Madison RB Kenan Christon.
California offered 2018 Madison LB Chris Fatilua.
2018 Madison DL Cesar Nillaga committed to The University of Pennsylvania.
San Diego State offered 2018 Helix QB Carson Baker, who is currently committed to UC-Davis.
UCLA offered 2018 Morse ATH Martell Irby, who is currently committed to Arizona.
Tennessee offered 2018 Mission Hills WR Chris Olave.
Tennesee had an in-home visit with 2018 Helix DB Isaac Taylor-Stuart.
2018 Prospects Ike Hall LB/St. Augustine HS, Mozes Mooney WR/Bishop’s School, and Michael Azevedo DE/Clairemont HS all took an official visit to Columbia University this past weekend.
Mission Hills Senior Quarterback Jack Tuttle was this years recipient of the KUSI PPR Silver Pigskin Award. Tuttle plans to enroll early at The University of Utah.
Foothills Christian got back on the winning track with an 81-51 win over Canyon Crest and a 91-51 win over La Jolla.
The Sweetwater Lions Club Classic begins tomorrow at Sweetwater HS. Participating teams include: Crawford, Helix, Jurupa Hills (Fontana), Morse, San Dieguito Academy, Sweetwater, El Camino, Hoover, Mission Bay, Mira Mesa, Southwest SD, and Point Loma.
The Torrey Pines Holiday Classic will begin on December 26th with three tip-off games featuring San Diego’s Top Teams.
5:00pm– Mission Bay vs. La Jolla Country Day
6:30pm– Torrey Pines vs. St. Augustine
8:00pm– Foothills Christian vs. Mater Dei Catholic
Tyree Robinson of Lincoln HS and Royce Freeman of Imperial HS finished up their collegiate careers for the University of Oregon this past weekend in the Las Vegas Bowl.
2011 Rancho Buena Vista grad Johnny Dee, who averaged 32.8 ppg in his senior season, had a 34 points outburst in a recent game while playing for Araberri in Spain. He’s averaging 16 ppg for the season.
Otay Ranch grad Luis Perez never played quarterback during his time as a Mustang, but after a stop at Southwestern College he won the Harlon Hill Award this season as the best Division-2 Football Player in the Country, while playing for Texas A&M-Commerce. A nice profile of Perez from ESPN.
Be on the lookout for a significant local basketball transfer to be announced later this week.
Santa Clara HC Herb Sendek visited Mission Bay HS to see 2019 guard Rejean “Boogie” Ellis.
2019 Foothills Christian wing Derrick Carter-Hollinger picked up an offer from Montana.
It was a very successful week for the remaining High School Football Teams in San Diego.
Helix got it started with a 28-13 win @ Oaks Christian. The Highlanders picked off three passes, including a pick-six from future-Aztec Rashad Scott to begin the 2nd half. They advanced to the D1-AA State Championship this next weekend on the campus of Sacramento State. They’ll take on undefeated Folsom HS, who in 2014 started their season with a 55-10 win over Cathedral Catholic, and ended it in the State Title with a 68-7 victory over Oceanside.
El Camino had their game moved from Friday to Saturday, and then had it moved to San Clemente HS due to the ongoing wild fires in Northern San Diego County. The Wildcats battled Crenshaw, but came up short with a 13-10 loss.
Steele Canyon traveled to Anaheim to play El Modena HS and kept the season going with a 28-26 victory. They will host Half Moon Bay HS (14-0) in the D3-A State Title this coming Saturday. As of now the game is to be played at Steele Canyon High School, but could be moved to a bigger venue within San Diego.
Monte Vista headed north to face Katella HS in the D5-A Regional Championship and got out to an early 35-7 lead. Unfortunately they allowed 29 consecutive points and had their season ended with a 36-35 loss.
Southwest El Centro hosted San Joaquin Memorial of Fresno in the D4-A Regional Championship. SJM made the six and a half hour drive to the Imperial Valley and came up short. Southwest EC won 31-28 to extend their perfect season and will play on Saturday for a State Championship. They’ll be hosting Milpitas High School (13-1) from the San Jose Area.
Vincent Memorial started quickly and had lots of success in their game against Huntington Park, winning 40-18. They advanced to the D6-A State Championship and will be hosting Galileo High School of San Francisco this upcoming Saturday night at Calexico High School.
Vista (5-1) won the West Hills Tournament over Mater Dei Catholic, 63-52, avenging a loss to them earlier in the tournament. Dartmouth-signee Taurus Samuels was named MVP.
Torrey Pines (5-0) won the Coast News Classic over La Jolla Country Day, 67-55. Senior Point Guard Finn Sullivan was named MVP with 25 points in the Final.
Poway (4-1) secured an early season upset by defeating San Marcos 57-47 in the Championship of the Game On Challenge. Senior Guard Zach Reiter was named MVP.
Mount Miguel (6-0) defeated Bonita Vista, 88-72, to win the Baron/Matador Classic.
La Jolla (4-1) defeated Otay Ranch, 59-48, to win the Hilltop Tournament.
2014 Helix grad Jalen Davis was named a 1st Team All-American by Walter Football.
The Pac-12 Football 2nd-Team included WR Darren Carrington (Horizon/Utah), RB Royce Freeman (Imperial/Oregon), CB Quenton Meeks (Del Norte/Stanford), and P Jake Bailey (Santa Fe Christian/Stanford)
2010 La Costa Canyon grad Kenny Stills was named the Miami Dolphins nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year.
1976 Kearny grad Alan Trammell was selected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, after spending many years on the ballot.
2003 Helix grad Reggie Bush was on the sidelines for the Helix Football State Playoff Game.
Spotted Reggie Bush at the Helix/Oaks Christian playoff game.
He's been giving tips to Helix players and cheering in huddles – definitely very invested in his alma mater. pic.twitter.com/lyxHIsdtzW
The Helix Highlanders made a crucial stop on 4th down in Saturday nights Open Division Championship at Southwestern College to win their 2nd Open Division Title in School History. The Highlanders were led on the ground by Sophomore Running Back Elelyon Noa, who ran for 164 yards and 3 TD’s. Senior QB Carson Baker, a UC-Davis commit, was 8-12 for 110 yards and a TD.
Mission Hills was led senior quarterback Jack Tuttle, a Utah-commit, who had four of his future coaches in attendance. Tuttle was 23-43 for 295 yards and a TD. Senior wide receiver Chris Olave had a huge night with 12 catches for 150 yards and a TD.
Monte Vista Running Back Jahmon McClendon had an excellent junior campaign, but his breakout performance came in the Division 4 CIF Title Game vs. San Diego HS on Friday Night. The 6’2″ bruising runner ran early and often. McClendon finished with 383 rushing yards and tied the CIF-SDS record with 8 rushing touchdowns. The Monarchs running game was too much for the Cavers to overcome, though they kept fighting back and made several impressive downfield catches.
The 5th ranked Torrey Pines Falcons gave a great effort on Friday night at Ed Burke Field, while hosting the top-ranked and undefeated Mission Hills Grizzlies. The Falcons went into the half with a 10-7 lead in a game that featured several lead changes. On 4th and 10 from the 12 yard line, quarterback Jason Heine scrambled around before finding Jack Nelson in the back of the end zone. Just over a minute remained, but the Falcons called timeout and decided to go for the two-point conversion and possibly the win, instead of tying the game up and playing for overtime. The snap was bobbled which led to Jason Heine being sacked. The Grizzlies recovered the ensuing onside kick and held on for a 24-23 win to remain unbeaten. Both teams will head into the week 11 with big rivalry games on the schedule. The Falcons will host La Costa Canyon (6-3) and the Grizzlies will return home to host San Marcos (8-1).
The link below shows the sequence from the end of the game.
Two early El Camino turnovers gave San Marcos the ball in plus territory setting up two short touchdown runs. The Knights continued the strong first half with a 27-7 halftime lead, en route to a 36-14 victory to move to 5-0 on the season.
Mission Hills Senior Quarterback Jack Tuttle got the Grizzlies into a rhythm starting on their second drive on Friday night en route to a 35-7 victory over the 5th-ranked and previously unbeaten Carlsbad Lancers. Tuttle found senior wide receiver Chris Olave on a double-move from 31 yards out and later added three more touchdown passes.
As the 2017 NFL season gets started, San Diego once again has a strong list of current players that have made way to the NFL following in the footsteps of former players like Marcus Allen, Terrell Davis, Ricky Williams, Junior Seau, Brian Sipe and many others. Below is a list of current players on NFL teams to start the season.
With two seconds remaining on the clock, Granite Hills Senior Tight End William Burton reeled in a touchdown catch in the back of the end zone to stun the Cougars and get to 2-1 on the season. Granite Hills led Steele Canyon 28-7 late in the 2nd quarter, but the Cougars worked there way back to even things up and eventually take a lead with just over a minute to play.