Record-setting Burmeister Flips to Ducks

The most prolific passer in CIF-San Diego History, Senior Braxton Burmeister of La Jolla Country Day School, has committed to the University of Oregon and HC Willie Taggart. Burmeister, who was twice committed to the University of Arizona will enroll in Eugene in March and participate in Spring Football with the Ducks.

Photo from Chris Smith (MBASports)

Photo from Chris Smith (MBASports)









As we get closer to National Signing Day, on Wednesday, February 1st, recruiting is picking up around the county with new offers going out, coaches visiting homes, and prospects visiting campuses.

  • 2017 Patrick Henry ATH Dominick Silvels took an official visit to Washington State.
  • 2017 Madison RB Erick Buchanan took an official visit to Sacramento State.
  • 2017 Madison OL-DL Jojo Falo took an official visit to Utah State.
  • 2017 Helix DB Scott Young took an official visit to Arizona, where he is currently committed.
  • 2017 Rancho Bernardo QB Mark Salazar took an official visit to Fresno State, where he is currently committed.
  • Former Patrick Henry DB Brandon Brooks committed to Nevada following an official visit.
  • Dixie State hosted 2017 Torrey Pines DE Jacob Schneider, 2017 Mater Dei Catholic DB Jovan Bayless and 2017 Mt. Miguel DE Anthony Yarbrough.
  • Utah had an in-home visit with 2017 Otay Ranch FS Devin Lloyd, who recently decommitted from UNLV.

  • 2017 Cathedral Catholic TE Patrick Brown, a Boston College commit, hosted Head Coach Steve Addazio for an in-home visit.


CIF State Regional Bowl Preview

Division 1-AA

Narbonne (14-0) at Cathedral Catholic (13-0)

Friday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m.

The Dons appear to have their best squad since the 2008 campaign that featured running back Tyler Gaffney, and won a CIF State Title. Coming off their first Open Division Championship, they’ve outscored their opponents by 359 points this season and have only won three games by single digits. Tate Haynes leads a powerful offense that features several options on the ground of through the air. Jordan Genmark-Heath sets the tone for a stingy defense.

The Gauchos are led by junior quarterback Jalen Chatman, who has accounted for 45 touchdowns through the air this season. He’s got two thousand-yard receivers in seniors Stephon Robinson and Tre Walker, who have accounted for 27 touchdowns between themselves. Senior Kameron Denmark is averaging eight yards per carry with fourteen touchdowns. The linebacker corps includes Junior Raymond Scott, a USC commit, as well as Anthony Pandy and Dominic Peterson. Bo Tufele leads the defensive line on a team that has 53.5 sacks on the season. The Gauchos were rolling through the competition in the regular season before being tested in the playoffs including an eight-point victory over Dorsey in the CIF Title Game.

Division 2-AA

Calabasas (14-0) at Madison (11-2)

Friday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m

Madison made a dramatic comeback effort in the CIF-SDS D1 Title game against St. Augustine. Down 31-7 at halftime, the Warhawks scored 28 unanswered points in the 2nd half capped off by a Terrell Carter in the last minute of the game. A talented group of linebackers is led by Oregon-commit Sampson Niu and includes Bryson Collins and Chris Fatilua. Air Force-commit Brandon Lewis and running back Erick Buchanan had huge seasons that led to All-CIF selections.

The Coyotes are led by former Tennessee Quarterback Casey Clausen in his third season. Their explosive offense gets started with Nebraska commit Tristan Gebbia. I doubt you will find a better receiving corp in the country than the one deployed by the Coyotes this season. Elite recruit Darnay Holmes is the top guy followed closely by Keyshawn Johnson Jr., also a Nebraska commit, and junior Brendan Radley-Hiles.


Division 3-AA

Mater Dei Catholic (12-1) vs. Paraclete (10-4) at Antelope Valley College

Friday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m.

Division 3-A

Bishop’s (13-0) at Valley Christian (12-2)

Saturday, Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m.

Division 5-A

Arroyo (13-1) at La Jolla Country Day (11-3)

Saturday, Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m.

Division 6-A

Horizon Christian Academy (7-6) at Strathmore (13-0)

Saturday, Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m.

Helix Holds Tough to End Broncos Streak at 20

Late in the fourth quarter both teams suffered tough injuries within minutes of each other. Highlander RB/LB Zeke Noa took a handoff up the middle and came up with an injured right leg/knee that forced him to miss the rest of the contest. His absence would be tough to overcome in the Championship game vs. Cathedral Catholic. Just after that Broncos running back Milan Grice caught a swing pass and immediately fumbled and went down in serious pain and was carted off with a right leg/knee injury. Tough news for two of this season’s KUSI PPR Silver Pigskin Finalists.

Saints Bounce Back to End the Regular Season

Trailing 8 to 3 midway through the 2nd quarter on a bright afternoon in Point Loma, St. Augustine handed the ball off to star junior Isaac Taylor-Stuart and watched him gash the Pointers right up the middle and into the end zone. The Saints added another touchdown on a hook and ladder with a backwards pitch to Darrell Broussard as the time expired though Broussard appeared to step out of bounds running down the sideline. Taylor-Stuart added another 67 yard touchdown run in the 2nd half before finishing with 150 yards for the game.

The defense kept the Pointers offense off balance with interceptions from Noah DiNapoli, Kaori McGowan, and Brendan Silvia. Isaac Wright added a sack. The Saints are seeded 2nd in Division One playoffs and will have a bye week before facing the winner of El Camino and Point Loma.

2016 CIF-SDS Football Playoffs









Dons Strike Quickly, Blank Saints 35-0

Three first quarter touchdowns propelled top-ranked Cathedral Catholic on Friday night to a 35-0 beat down of rival St. Augustine in the annual Holy Bowl. Touchdown runs from Shawn Poma and Tate Haynes as well as a punt return touchdown from Jordan Genmark-Heath allowed them to start quickly.

Poma and Genmark-Heath each later added touchdown runs leading the Dons to a 35 point lead before the 4th quarter began and the running clock to take affect.

St. Augustine appeared to get on the board with a 90+ yard pick-six in the last minute but a questionable illegal-block way behind the play wiped it out.

The Dons will finish out the regular season with a battle at home against 2nd-ranked Madison, who is riding an eight game winning streak. The Saints will travel to Point Loma for a 3:00pm game to finish Western League play.

Carter and Lewis Lead Warhawks to Homecoming Victory

Senior quarterback Terrell Carter and wide receiver Brandon Lewis were efficient in leading the Madison Warhawks to victory over Western League opponent Point Loma on friday night.

Lewis, an Air Force Academy commit, had a career game with 4 catches for 151 yards and 3 TD’s. He also added 110 yards on two punt returns.

Niu, the top rated linebacker in California and an Army All-American Game participant, had 9 tackles for the Warhawks. He now has 75 on the season to go with 4 sacks.

Falo had 2 tackles and a pass deflection in addition to leading the offensive line that paved the way for 297 rushing yards.


Senior running back Erick Buchanan had 123 total yards and a TD reception.

Buchanan listed new interest from Idaho in addition to his current offers from UNLV, Eastern Washington, Southern Utah, Sacramento State, and Lake Eerie.

He plans to take visits to Eastern Washington and Southern Utah in January.

San Diego to the Pros… Baseball wrap-up

It was another successful year for San Diegans playing professional baseball. Eight players and one manager who played their high school careers in San Diego made it into the MLB Playoffs.

Included in that list was Matt Bush, the former number one overall pick out of Mission Bay HS, who was selected by the Padres in 2004. Since then Bush has been with three organizations and has been arrested several times including a 2012 incident when he ran over a motorcyclist while under the influence. Bush was released from prison October 30th of last year before signing with the Rangers after a tryout. Bush made his major league debut in May and had an outstanding rookie season working his way into the setup role by seasons end. Bush finished his debut season at age 30, going 7-2 with and ERA of 2.48 and 61 strikeouts.

As usual, many other San Diegans made noise across the country in the minor leagues.

Catcher Garrett Stubbs (Torrey Pines HS/USC), an 8th rounder in 2015 put up huge numbers in A+ and AA for the Houston Astros. He hit .304 with 10 home runs, 22 doubles, and 15 steals over the two levels. Stubbs continued his hot hitting this week while hitting the first home run of the Arizona Fall League.

Phillip Evans, a 15th rounder out of La Costa Canyon HS in 2011 had a breakout season in the Mets organization. After being promoted to AA, the infielder hit .335 with 30 doubles and 8 home runs. Evans was named the MVP of the Eastern League.

2nd baseman Hutton Moyer (Cathedral Catholic HS/Pepperdine), a 7th round pick in 2015 and son of the 25 year veteran, showed off his power this season in A+ with Angels. Moyer hit 25 doubles, 14 home runs, and 3 triples.

Shortstop Kevin Newman (Poway HS/Arizona) was a 1st round pick of the Pirates in 2015 and has progressed quickly, putting together a great season in AA. He hit .320 with 21 doubles and 5 home runs.

RHP Joe Musgrove, a 1st round pick of the Blue Jays in 2011, had a great season in AA and AAA before making his major league debut with the Astros.

The Arizona Fall League got started this week and will feature six prospects from San Diego.

C: Garrett Stubbs – Torrey Pines HS/Houston Astros

RHP: Corey Oswalt – Madison HS/New York Mets

OF: Greg Allen – Hilltop HS/Cleveland Indians

OF: Brad Zimmer – La Jolla HS/Cleveland Indians

LHP: Stephen Gonsalves – Cathedral Catholic HS/Minnesota Twins

INF: Connor Joe – Poway HS/Pittsburgh Pirates

Grice Does it All, Leads Broncos to Rotary Cup

Mt. Carmel struck first on Friday with a touchdown pass from Sean Casey to TJ Sullivan to take a 6-0 lead after 1 quarter of play. Rancho Bernardo rebounded in a strong way with 23 unanswered 2nd quarter points and never looked back. Milan Grice led the Broncos on the ground with 261 yards and 3 TD’s. He also threw a TD to Christian Baker.

Fresno State commit Mark Salazar was efficient through the air going 8/9 with 119 yards and a touchdown before going down late in the 3rd quarter with a left arm/shoulder injury. Salazar appeared to be in considerable pain and did not return to the game.

TJ Sullivan led the Sundevils with 5 catches, 100 yards, and 2 TD’s.

Mt. Carmel (4-1) and Rancho Bernardo (5-0) both head into the bye week.

Haynes and Eastwood lead Dons to Furious Comeback

After allowing the visiting Helix Highlanders (2-2) a 21-0 lead midway through the 2nd quarter, the host Cathedral Catholic Dons (4-0) had serious work to do just to avoid a running clock situation.

Running back Adam Eastwood got them on the board with a touchdown just before halftime. He added another in the 2nd half, in addition to two touchdown passes from Boston College-bound Tate Haynes to Antoine Lee and Shawn Poma, respectively. Je’Von Fiagro picked off a tipped pass in the beginning of the 4th quarter and ran it back for a touchdown that gave the Dons the lead for good.