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


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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


  • 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.


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


  • 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

9/24-9/30 Week in Review


  • 2021 Cathedral Catholic F Obinna Anyanwu picked up an offer from Texas.
  • 2019 Mission Bay G Boogie Ellis took an official visit to Arizona this weekend.
  • 2021 Bishop’s QB Tyler Buchner took an unofficial visit to Notre Dame this weekend.
  • 2020 La Costa Canyon LB Ozzie Nicholas took an unofficial visit to Cal.
  • 2020 Cathedral Catholic LB Jordan Allen took an unofficial visit to Cal.
  • 2019 Torrey Pines 3B-RHP Matt Schlesener committed to Point Loma Nazarene.
  • 2019 Point Loma ATH JL Skinner picked up an offer from Louisville.


  • #1 Torrey Pines held off a strong test on the road from Carlsbad, as they took down the Lancers in overtime, 35-28.

  • San Marcos scored a huge upset as they took down previously unbeaten La Costa Canyon, 12-8.


  • Former Oceanside standout Alijah Holder, a cornerback at Stanford, had 10 tackles and forced a fumble in the loss to Notre Dame.
  • Former Patrick Henry standout Dezmon Patmon, a wide receiver at Washington State, had 5 catches for 112 yards and a TD in the win over Utah.



Recapping Week 6

#1 Torrey Pines – BYE

#2 La Costa Canyon – BYE

#3 Cathedral Catholic hosted Olympian and got out to a quick start, leading 19-0 at the quarter and 33-0 at the half. The Eagles got on the board in the 3rd quarter, but the Dons cruised 36-6.

#4 Helix – BYE

#5 Eastlake made the trip north to face El Camino in a rematch of last year’s Division 1 Championship Game. The Titans exploded for 25 points in the 2nd quarter to put them out in front. After a late onside kick, a skirmish broke out with players and coaches running all over the field, resulting in the game being called with a final score of 46-31.

#6 Madison – BYE

#7 St. Augustine – BYE

#8 Lincoln – BYE

#9 San Marcos resumed their season after the loss of star quarterback Miles Hastings, who suffered a broken collarbone the week before. The Knights traveled to Mt. Carmel for their final non-league game and put it away quickly. San Marcos led 56-0 heading to the 4th quarter en route to a 56-7 final.

#10 Mission Hills – BYE

9/17-9/23 Week in Review


  • 2019 Mission Bay PG Boogie Ellis picked up an offer from Duke.
  • 2019 Eastlake OL Vincent Santos committed to Navy.
  • 2019 Madison RB Kenan Christon committed USC.
  • 2019 Monte Vista RB Jahmon McClendon flipped his commitment from San Diego State to UCLA.
  • 2020 Canyon Crest LHP-1B Cole Colleran committed to USD.
  • 2022 San Ysidro G DJ Dudley picked up an offer from USD.
  • 2019 San Diego DB Jayden Wickware picked up an offer from Cal Poly.
  • 2021 San Marcos PG Chris Howell picked up his first offer, from USD.
  • 2019 San Diego ATH Raiden Hunter picked up a preferred walk-on offer from SDSU.
  • 2019 Imperial ATH Santiago De La Torre picked up an offer from USD.
  • 2019 Carlsbad DB Asa Turner, a Washington commit, was named to the 2019 All-American Bowl.


  • Carlsbad will be hosting a 1-day showcase on December 15th featuring eight games with top teams from San Diego playing against some of the best from the Southern Section.


  • 2011 Mt. Miguel grad Cory Littleton blocked a punt against the Chargers that was recovered for a Rams touchdown.

Recapping Week 5

#1 Torrey Pines started Avocado League play by hosting El Camino and turned in another solid effort. The Falcons led 27-0 at the half and wrapped up the victory, 38-14. Mac Bingham had another big game rushing for 128 yards and 3 touchdowns.

#2 La Costa Canyon welcomed in Oceanside for their second straight league game. The Mavericks jumped out to a 24-6 halftime lead while having to deal with the dual-threat ability of Pirates QB Kyrin Beachem. A late score made the score look closer, as La Costa Canyon wrapped up a 31-20 win to stay unbeaten on the year.

#3 Cathedral Catholic – BYE Week

#4 Helix bounced back from consecutive losses and an early deficit to St. Augustine, thanks to 177 yards on the ground from Eleyon Noa. The Highlanders went on a 28-0 2nd half run to take down the Saints, 35-14.

#5 Eastlake has continued their impressive run since dropping the season opener. Sophomore QB Richard Colmenero threw for 207 yards and 4 TD’s in the most recent win, a 52-0 drubbing of Valhalla. The Titans added 220 rushing yards and 3 more touchdowns on the ground.

#6 Madison faced their second consecutive out of section opponent when they hosted Vista Murrieta. The result went against the Warhawks as they found themselves trailing 28-0 at the quarter, and salvaged 6 points in the 4th quarter before falling 34-6. They’ll have a BYE this week before heading to Cathedral Catholic.

#7 St. Augustine had been rolling, but hadn’t faced an opponent of Helix‘s quality. The Saints held an early lead but the Highlanders owned the 2nd half for a 35-14 win. Byron Cardwell led the Saints with 97 rushing yards and a touchdown.

#8 Lincoln hosted Dorsey from the Los Angeles City Section, and came out swinging. The Hornets led 21-0 at the quarter break and finished strong after a 20-point fourth quarter gave them a 55-26 victory. Lincoln will have their BYE this week before heading to Mesa College to face St. Augustine in two weeks.

#9 San Marcos suffered their first loss of the season when they hosted Carlsbad to begin the Avocado League. A back and forth first half found the Knights with a 24-21 lead, but the Lancers made second half adjustments to shutout San Marcos and cruise to a 35-24 win.

#10 Mission Hills played their 5th straight home game to start the season, and collected their 2nd consecutive win. Joey Armentrout threw for two touchdowns, and Joe Smith added 228 total yards and two touchdowns giving the Grizzlies a 21-13 win over Ramona.


9/10-9/16 Week in Review


  • 2022 San Ysidro G DJ Dudley picked up his first offer, from Eastern Washington.
  • 2019 Cathedral Catholic K/P Dean Janikowski committed to Washington State.
  • 2019 Madison RB Kenan Christon will be announcing his college commitment tomorrow night on KUSI.
  • 2019 Mission Bay G Boogie Ellis took an official visit to Georgia Tech.


  • 2008 La Costa Canyon grad David Quessenberry was signed to the Tennessee Titans Practice Squad, giving the Mavericks four current NFL Players.