EC Preps





By Adam Paul

La Mesa (8-24-17) – It’s that time of the year again and on Friday night out in the East County the season kickoffs with 12 football games on Friday (Aug.25th).

Herriman (Utah) at Helix, 7: One of the big games in the East County will be when the Highlanders host the Herriman Mustangs of West Herriman Utah who are ranked No. 14 in the state of Utah at 7 p.m.

The Highlanders who come into the contest ranked as the preseason No. 1 in the county guided by second year coach Robbie Owens will look to start their quest to the top on the right foot. Herriman who has already played a game and lost to Lone Peak 26-13 will be no match for the high powered Highlanders.

Helix has too many weapons on both sides of the ball led by quarterback Carson Baker, Rashad Scott, and Isaac Taylor-Stuart who are just among the cast of stars.

Helix 42-14


Bishops at Grossmont, 7: The other main event of the evening will feature two of the top teams in the county. The Bishop’s Knights will travel to La Mesa to take on Grossmont in a clash of elite in non-league action at 7 p.m.

The Knights feature Mozes Mooney who is one of the top receivers in the county and Jacob Jackson who each had over 1,000 yards receiving last season. The quarterback Jeffrey Jackson threw for over 4,000 yards and 46 TDs a season ago.

Grossmont returns Shevell Sterling who had 787 yards rushing last season along with 6 TDs, Joe Williams at DB who amassed 54 tackles and 3 sacks, Andrew Lira who had 77 tackles and 3 INTs. The Foothillers also feature eight other returners who are very talented as well.

Both teams come into the contest looking to prove they are considered one of the best teams in the county and a victory will put them on the right path. Fans who attend the game will be in for a treat if they are looking for offense as I suspect this will be a track meet and the first to blink I believe will be on the wrong end.

So with that in mind will the Foothillers defense be able to stop the powerful Knights offense and will their offense be able to go toe-to-toe with the Knights defense?

Bishop’s 42-28

Steele Canyon at Brawley, 7: The Cougars will take the bus ride down to the Valley in what figures to be triple digit temperatures where they will take on the Wildcats at 7 p.m.

Steele Canyon who is healthy right now and has speed on both sides of the ball and also a returning starting quarterback in Thomas Fishburne who last season threw for 2,000 yards and 17 scores. The running back duo of Deontae McKinney and Isaiah Thompson will look to give the Wildcats fits with their speed.

The Wildcats will look to throw more out of their Wing-T offense led by Casey Kline who is 6-5 and shifted from his end spot. Kline also is a talented at the LB position which has him being scouted by many Pac-12 schools.

Going down to and playing in the Valley is always tricky for teams from San Diego as the officiating always seems to come into play somehow but I believe the Cougars can overcome that and do what they do best.

Defensively the Cougars feature quite a few experienced returners and will be too fast for the Wildcats.

Steele Canyon 35-21


Granite Hills at San Pasqual, 7: This contest again features to be a war of attrition and the usage of each teams ground game will be a big reason they win.

Last year these two teams played twice with Granite Hills claiming both times. The first was opening night and was a thriller 14-12 and the second time was in the Playoffs which Granite won 30-14.

Granite Hill returns their starting quarterback Jacob Siegfried who is a threat to pass and run as he showed last season when he passed for 1,833 yards and ran for almost 1,000 yards. The big monsters of Garrett Curran and William Burton whom are each receiving looks from Pac-12 schools will look to give Siegfried time to do his thing. Tyler Gonzalez who plays both running back and also on the defense will also play his role as well.

San Pasqual returns great players as well and will definitely have revenge on the mind.

However the tale of the tape goes to…. Granite Hills 21-14


Southwest EC at West Hills, 7: Last season the Wolf Pack traveled to the desert and unfortunately lost a heartbreaker in the final minute 24-21 on opening night. This time the Wolf Pack get the Eagles on their own home turf at 7 p.m.

The Eagles return their quarterback and top receiver who is also plays running back. The defense returns three key players from last year’s squad. Southwest El Centro will look to use its experience to its advantage when they come up from the Valley.

West Hills on the other hand has a new quarterback this season in Jordan Young who played on the 9-0-1 JV team last season. He will be joined by Ryan Jewell who at the receiver position caught 22 balls last season and has some speed. The Pack will have strength on the line as Jake Hallahan, Ryan Clark and Zach Bell will anchor it.

Defensively the Pack will have a mixture of returners and guys coming up from the JV ranks.

Will the Pack get their revenge… West Hills 28-24


Madison at El Capitan, 7: The Vaqueros had a rough time against Eastlake in the SDFNL Kickoff Classic but the contest was just to see what they had and to work on stuff.

However the big news came out the other day when it was announced that the JV program would fold due to not enough players due to injuries etc. So it was decided that the remaining would be brought up to the varsity and that there would be only be freshman and varsity.

Madison on the other hand is one of the top teams in the county despite graduating a lot of talent last year. However Coach Jackson still has his team with a lot of talent this year and will probably run the ball more as there is no outright quarterback.

Offensively Wick Hauser will do his best to get the air game going and Antonio Olivieri and Connor Roosa will help also offensively.

El Capitan on the defensive side of the ball has the capability of keeping the game close for a while but in the end the speed catches up.

Madison 35-14


Monte Vista at Mar Vista, 7: The Monarchs have some new toys to play with in quarterback transfer but it will be the old if it isn’t broke philosophy that will get things going for them.

Meaning why pass more when you can run the ball with your rock and superstar sophomore Jahmon McClendon.

Other helpers for the Monarchs will be Torrey Mack and Earnest Dawn.

The Mariners graduated quite a lot of talent but do return a few talented players.

However the Monarchs will pull out the contest that comes down to the last couple of minutes.

Monte Vista 24-17

Santana at Castle Park, 7: A year ago the Sultans jumped out a quick 28-0 lead within the first five minutes and cruised to the 42-0 victory in which it was running clock the entire second half as Josh Oedewaldt threw for 5 touchdowns in the contest.

Santana on the defensive side should be able to control the Trojan offense as Landon Wood and Dale Genschaw move all over the field.

Castle Park has players coming back and the makings of a good line but it won’t be enough.

Santana 35-14


Scripps Ranch at Valhalla, 7: Last year the Norsemen dominated the Falcons as they won 30-0. This season Valhalla looks to replicate last season when the defense gave up a paltry 14 points over the first six weeks as they made the Open-Division Playoffs.

Josh McNish-Heider, Jace Manning, Dylan Marsh and Ty Schimke will look again to dismantle the Falcons and use it as a building block.

Offensively at the quarterback position Dennis Dahlin and Bryan Madriz will both see playing time and this has worked well this offseason.

Even without the veterans on the offense the Norsemen should still come out on top

Valhalla 21-7


Morse at Mount Miguel, 7: The Tigers will bring their squad to Spring Valley and hope to replicate the success from last season. Mount Miguel on the other hand will look to get on the right foot as this is the first of four home games in a row.

The Tigers feature speedy Martell Irby, Tim Patrick and company. However the Matadors have Shemar Greene and newcomer Mugabe Miller.

Last weekend both Miller and Greene hooked up for a score in the SDFNL Kickoff Classic against Christian. Santino Pacheco showed his skills in the game as well.

Both teams will be looking to make a statement but in the end it will be …. Morse 35-21


El Cajon at Serra, 7: The Braves and the Conquistadors met last year in the CIF D4 playoffs and the Conquistadors were able to eek out the victory in the final minute despite giving the ball to Braves on a turnover.

Brandon Robinson who had a key reception in that contest is the Braves leading returning receiver. They will also rely on senior running back Maquel Garner.

Starting at quarterback will be Deandre Kelmon.

On the other side, Serra has some returners as well and will look to spread the ball with their playmakers.

Serra 28-21


Christian at Hurricane (Utah), 7: The Patriots decided to leave the state for their season opener trekking to Utah via bus. Hurricane already has a game under their belt winning 30-6 against Mountain View (Utah).

Last weekend the Patriots fine tuned their squad in the SDFNL Kickoff Classic against the Mount Miguel Matadors in which quarterback Brad Jeremiah threw for 5 scores.

The running game was in force as Alex Gonzalez broke for a long run in the contest. Also the receiving game was on target with Bryce Riepl and Jesse Matthews each hauling in a score.

Defensively the Patriots looked pretty good against a Matador squad that had some speed on it. The defense features Garrett Rosenthal and C.J. Kirwan at safety. Both will look to show the Tigers who is boss on the field.

Look for the Patriots to show Utah what San Diego ball is about.

Christian 35-21


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