EC Preps







 Valhalla at Granite Hills, 7: Last week both teams opened their seasons and on one spectrum the Eagles were blown out on the road in the North County against San Pasqual and on the other spectrum Valhalla won their opener against the Falcons of Scripps Ranch.

These two teams don’t like each other much and it will be a physical contest. The Eagles will look to rebound while the Norsemen will look to keep their momentum. Valhalla last season only allowed 14 total points which included a touchdown in this game last season in the first six games.

Granite Hills will have to try and get their offense going which only 226 yards last week of which only 46 was thru the air. Valhalla on the other hand gained over 300 yards last week against the Falcons.

Valhalla has won the previous two contests in the rivalry including a 37-7 victory last season. However with the home crowd and it being their first home game the Eagles will look to draw off of that.

Will the Norsemen make it three in a row or will the Eagles figure it out? Granite Hills 28-21


Madison at Steele Canyon, 7: The Warhawks come into their contest against the Cougars riding a 6 game winning streak dating back to last season’s playoffs. Last week they easily won against another East County foe in El Capitan 47-18.

Steele Canyon on the other hand will play in front of their home crowd after a hard fought victory down in the desert against the Brawley Wildcats in which they were able to hold on 24-20.

The Cougars have pretty much everyone healthy for this year’s contest against the Warhawks but in the end will it be enough? Madison 35-21.


Santana at West Hills, 7: The annual Battle of Santee also known as “The Mayors Cup.” This will be the 28th edition of this annual contest. The Wolf Pack have won 20 of the 28 battles including a 31-20 victory last season. The Wolf Pack also comes into the contest having won the last 5 dating back to 2011 when Santana last won.

However the Sultans come into the game with a lot of confidence after dispatching Castle Park last week in which Josh Oedewaldt threw 3 touchdowns and Davon Chestnut caught 9 balls for 133 yards.

West Hills on the other hand will look to rebound after losing to El Centro Southwest as they gave up five rushing touchdowns.  They lost last season in the opener against the Eagles and then the following week won the rivalry game against the Sultans.

Will the Pack keep this trend? To make sure that happens Wolf Pack quarterback Jordin young will have to use the tools around him and the run game will have to improve.

The atmosphere at West Hills will be electric as usual as the entire town pretty much shows up and both teams feed off of that.

In a game where some luck always comes into play via momentum or what have you in a rivalry battle as what bad can happen usually always rears its ugly head, the question that will be on the minds of people the rest of the week. Will history repeat itself? …  Santana 28-24.


Olympian at Grossmont, 7: In a contest of two high caliber ball clubs the Eagles come into the game pulling out a wild 41-38 victory while the Foothillers lost a close contest 22-13.

The Foothillers will look to reverse the mistakes and missed opportunities from last week and keep the defensive momentum from the second half of last week’s game going. Offensively the Foothillers had a tad over 400 yards total.

Offensively, Grossmont should be able to move the ball as the Eagles gave up a bunch of yards to Santa Fe Christian last week. Look for Shevell Sterling Jr to have a big game as well as Desmond Carter.

Head ball coach Tom Karlo will have his club ready to roll in front of the home crowd once again. Despite the Eagles putting up almost 50 points and a lot of yards last week the Hills defense just won’t allow that.

Will the week to fix things be enough for the Hillers…. Grossmont 35-21


El Capitan at Mater Dei Catholic, 7: The Vaqueros come into the contest looking to rebound from a 47-18 loss in the season opener as do the Crusaders who also lost 41-7.

Vaqueros gunslinger Wick Hauser coming off a 10-18 game last week will surely continue his passing brilliance as Ramona shredded Mate Dei. Hauser who had 148 yards in the air will definitely have more options this time around receiving wise as only two receivers Antonio Olivieri and Yaphet Yousif had more than two catches.

The Crusaders lost a lot of offensive power from a year ago and struggled mightily last week. I believe the slight edge goes to… El Capitan 28-24.


Chula Vista at Mount Miguel, 7: The Matadors played in a close game last week in which they lost in waning minutes 26-19 to Morse in their home opener. Last season the Chula Vista Spartans defeated the Matadors 35-30.

However the Spartans in their opener gave up 54 points in the loss to Lincoln. Mount Miguel will be licking their chops as Shemar Greene on the ground will look to run through the Spartans on his way to another 100+ yard game.

With a game under his belt Mugabe Miller at quarterback will be more comfortable in the offense and is ready to unleash more of his athletic ability and continue his terror from last week when he scored 3 times.

Defensively the Matadors will be hungry and looking to erase the loss in the season opener.

Will the momentum swing in the favor of the Matadors?? Mount Miguel 42-28


El Cajon Valley at Kearny, 6:30: The Braves come into the contest against the Komets looking to rebound after getting trounced 40-16 in which they trailed 16-8 at one point early on. On the other side the Komets won easily 40-3 over Francis Parker in their opener.

Last year the Braves won 40-22 in the season opener but the majority of that team graduated. The Komets on the other hand will look to gain the advantage on the ground as Brenton Bell rushed for over 200 yards last week. Their offense looked pretty good against the Lancers.

Another thing is revenge for the Komets. Will the Braves allow for that to occur…

Kearny 42-6


Monte Vista at University City, 6:30: Both teams come off of wins but it was the Monarchs who pulled out the close one last week 28-21.

The Monarchs will use the talent of Jahmon McClendon who had 4 touchdowns last week in the victory and over 100 yards. Defensively they will have to shore up the run defense as they allowed 21 points and many yards on the ground.

The Centurions on the ground were led by E’lonie Rico who rushed for 199 yards and 2 TDs in their victory.

Who will blink first??? University City 35-28

Boron (Boron, CA) vs Christian at Cathedral Catholic, 4:30 (Honor Bowl): The Patriots led by Brad Jeremiah who threw for 532 yards and 7 touchdowns last week, which both put him into the CIF Section record Book look to continue their monster roll.

The Baron Bobcats lost their opener 14-11.

Christian last week had three guys with over 100 yards receiving led by Alexander Gonzalez who tallied 207 yards on 6 catches and 4 touchdowns.

Defensively the Patriots gave up a lot of points and yardage but this week after a week of practice they look to shore that up.

In the end… Christian 48-17


Saturday Sept. 2nd

Paraclete vs Helix at Cathedral Catholic, 12 noon (Honor Bowl)

Another big matchup in the Honor Bowl see the Spirts of Paraclete from Lancaster take on the Highlanders of Helix High.

Both teams come off of victories by double digits.

The Highlanders were led last week by the 4 picks by Rashad Scott and 264 yards passing and 4 TD strikes by Carson Baker. The defense did its job as they shutout Herriman.

Helix who is considered one of the top teams in the state will look to use this game as a springboard and show they are one of the teams to contend with when it comes to the State playoffs.

The Spirits might put some points on the board as game time temps will be scorching according to some weather reports.

Will the warm temperatures slow down the Highlanders??? Helix 42-14


It was a double-digit pick’em for the ECPREPS CREW as opening night contests went pretty much as foreseen.


Last Week 10-2 (.833)

Season 10-2 (.833)

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