EC Preps



Last week saw some exciting action including an overtime game, a game settled on a last second field goal and also a complete dismantling. Now that we are at the halfway point of the season, some teams will now look to position themselves for playoff runs while others will look to salvage their season. With all of this in mind, what will the new week bring the fans?


Helix (2-1) at St. Augustine (2-2), (Game to be played at Mesa College), 7 pm – Normally this would be considered a can’t miss matchup but this year both teams are at different sides of the football spectrum.

On one side you have the Highlanders who are coming off a complete dismantling of Cathedral Catholic 39-0 led by Carson Baker who was 17 of 21 for 250 yards and 4 TDs, a ground game that finished with 337 yards led by Elelyon Noa who finished with 174 yards on 19 carries. Finally one of the big things for the Highlanders last week was the fact that they scored on their final five possessions and just dominated the Dons including limiting them to 109 total yards.

While on the other side you have the Saints who are coming off a comeback 19-14 victory over the Mustangs of Otay Ranch. It took a fourth quarter JR Justice touchdown to complete the victory. Saints quarterback Ryan Thomas was 11 of 22 for 131 yards and a TD against the Mustangs while the ground game only tallied 39 yards.

With this in mind the Highlanders will look to continue their dominance into league and then the playoffs.

HELIX 35-17

One more note: The game will be live streamed on the NFHS Network at


Valhalla (2-1) at Eastlake (3-1), 7 pm – The Norseman travel down to the South Bay after having the week off. Before the bye the Norsemen defeated the Mount Miguel Matadors 24-14.

Valhalla was led by Bryan Madriz in the game against the Matadors as he tallied 120 yards in the first half. Also a returned punt for a touchdown by Ty Schimke was a big catalyst in the scoring.

The defense for the Norsemen did the job in limiting the Matadors to only 14 points despite Mount Miguel having opportunities to put points on the board.

They will have to play a different type of game if they are going to pull off the road upset. The reason being is the Titans went into Grossmont and held the Foothillers to 19 points and 273 total yards.

Eastlake’s running game led by Bernard Coe who had 155 yards on 31 carries was a big reason the Titans were able to tally 355 total yards. On the defensive side of the ball the number six was a prominent number.

The number six came up twice for the Titans defense. The defense sacked Grossmont’s quarterbacks six times and also picked them off six times.

Leading the way on the Titans defense was Micha Pietila-wiggs who picked off two passes.

So with this in mind will the Norsemen be able to take advantage of the bye … EASTLAKE 35-20


West Hills (3-1) at Serra (2-1), 7 PM – The Wolf Pack travel just a few miles up the 125 freeway to take on the Conquistadors in non-league action. West Hills comes off a gut wrenching last second thrilling 23-20 victory over Mount Miguel while Serra comes off a 42-10 loss to Escondido.

The Pack received quite a performance from senior Cade Weaver last week as he did it all with his 3 receptions for 56 yards and 2 TDs, 71 all-purpose yards, and his last second game winning field goal.

West Hills will have to get more out of the passing game from dual threat junior quarterback Jordin Young who only completed 5 of 11 passes for 58 yards. Even though he led in rushing with 84 yards the numbers thru the air will have to be higher.

Defensively the Pack were led by Ryan Jewell who did have an interception and returned it for 37 yards.

Serra on the other hand allowed 42 points to Escondido. On the offensive side of the ball sophomore quarterback Timmy Zebroski was 9 of 26 for 102 yards with a touchdown. On the ground they finished with 158 total yards.

West Hills since the first game of the season against El Centro Southwest has played a different brand of football.

Will that continue … West Hills 28-24


Santana (2-2) at Vincent Memorial (4-0), (Game to be played at Southwest High School in El Centro), 7 PM:

The Sultans take the long bus ride down to the Valley where it is supposed to be in the mid to high eighties weather wise at game time to take on the Scots of Vincent Memorial.

It has been a few years since the Sultans have taken a trip down to the Valley. It was 2012 to be exact in which they did the trip twice. The results were not too kindly to the Sultans.

Santana who is coming off a 31-0 victory over the Clairemont Chieftains will look to continue the momentum against the Scots with whom they have not played before in recent memory. The Sultans should be able to put up big numbers against the Scots who despite being undefeated have not played the competition that Santana has so far.

Since the game is down in the Valley the San Diego teams will always have to contend with Valley officials who can call the game quite differently than their counterparts in San Diego.

Josh Oedewaldt for the Sultans last week against the Cheiftains threw four touchdown passes including two to Landon Wood.

Vincent Memorial last week beat San Ysidro 49-14 behind 535 total offensice yards which included senior quarterback Eduardo Valenzuela throwing for 201 yards on 13 of 25 and 3 TDs. The ground game for the Scots got in on the action as junior back Daniel Rizzo tallied 108 yards on 13 carries. Overall the run game finished with 306 yards and 4 TDs.

Overall the Sultans should be able to up numbers against the Scots but if they don’t look out Vincent Memorial might surprise them.

In the end … SANTANA 28-14


STEELE CANYON (1-2) at OTAY RANCH (2-2), 7 PM – The Cougars travel down to the South Bay after having the week off due to the bye while the Mustangs come off a fourth quarter loss to Saint Augustine 19-14.

Before the Cougars had the bye last week they played real well in what ended up in a 43-41 last second loss to Granite Hills.

Steele Canyon led by senior quarterback Thomas Fishburne who in the game against Granite Hills finished 13 of 19 for 230 yards and 4 TDs. On the ground he rushed for over 100 yards.

Last week against the Saints, the Mustangs only completed five passes for 133 yards and 2 TDs. They as a team ran the ball for 204 yards on 37 carries. What killed the Mustangs were the penalties in which they had 13 of them for 117 yards.

For the Cougars they will have to tighten up their defense and I am sure coach Longerbone worked on quite a bit during the bye week with his squad.

The game itself is a big one as both teams are in Division II for playoffs.

With the week off to prepare the Cougars will be rested up and will look to even up their record.

Will the bye week matter …. STEELE CANYON 24-21


MOUNT MIGUEL (1-3) at IMPERIAL (1-2), 7 PM – The Matadors like the Sultans will take the long bus ride down to the Valley to take on the host Imperial Tigers.

In a crucial Division III matchup for playoff seeding the winner will most certainly have the upper hand for seeding purposes.

Mount Miguel is coming off the last second 23-20 loss to West Hills while Imperial is also coming off a close 27-20 loss to Valley Center.

Last week dual threat senior quarterback Mugabe Miller finished with 155 yards in the air on 10 of 20 passes and 2 TDs and also racked up 104 yards on the ground. Senior tail back Shemar Greene tallied 120 yards on 23 carries in the loss.

Defensively the Matadors allowed 236 total yards to West Hills.

The Tigers on the other hand were in a dog fight of their own against the Jaguars of Valley Center. The game was tied 13-13 at the half but the Jaguars would score twice in the fourth quarter to prevail.

Imperial tallied 24 first downs and had 464 total yards in the game. Passing wise they were led by junior quarterback Wyatt Rodriguez who passed for 202 yards on 15 of 26 with a TD and also an interception. On the ground the Tigers tallied 220 yards led by senior running back Brandon Hueso who scorched the Jaguar defense for 218 yards on 34 carries and a score.

Both teams are pretty evenly matched so it will probably come down to who can stop the other first. The other factor might be the officials as they have a tendency down in the desert to make some interesting calls.

In the end which team will blink …. IMPERIAL 35-31


BISHOPS (3-0) at MONTE VISTA (2-2), 7 PM – The No. 6 Knights travel to Spring Valley to take on the mighty Monarchs in a non-league clash.

The Knights come off a 24-17 over a really good Saint Margaret’s squad while the Monarchs are coming off a 28-21 loss in overtime to the Colts of Casteel out of Arizona.

Bishop’s last week were able to use a 16 point third quarter along with their defense to pull out the victory. Quarterback Jeffrey Jackson had 226 yards passing on 23 of 40 on their way to racking up 325 total yards for the game. Mozes Mooney besides having 12 catches also returned a 65 yard pick to the house for a TD.

Monte Vista relied on junior running back Jahmon McClendon as he scored a couple of touchdowns in the loss.

Defensively the Knights been able to hold opponents as they only have allowed the 17 points in the last two games. On offense they have put up 77 and 24 in the last two.

Monte Vista on the other hand on offense has scored 34 and 21. While on the defensive side they given up 27 and 28 respectively the last two games.

Both squads have players going both ways and it will be a game of attrition. However with the firepower and talent that the Knights have they should once again prevail.  The Monarchs might be able to keep the game close but too much athleticism on the Knights will overcome that.

So will the Monarchs be able to keep it close … BISHOPS 42-20


SWEETWATER (0-3) at EL CAJON VALLEY (1-3), 7 PM – Home coming night out at El Cajon Valley as the Red Devils come up from the South Bay to take on the Braves.

Last week the Red Devils ran into a buzz saw known as the Lincoln Hornets in which they were shut out 66-0. The Braves in their game last week against the Crawford Colts were also shutout 35-0.

Sweetwater on the season so far has only scored 12 points and have been goose egged the last eight quarters of football. Meanwhile the Braves have scored 76 points so far on the season.

El Cajon Valley played last week’s game against the Colts close for a while but unfortunately ran out of steam. Running back Maquel Gardner suffered an injury and hobbled throughout so will play a part, however if he is healthy he will have a big night against the Red Devils.

Overall this game is pretty even so who will prevail … EL CAJON VALLEY 32-7


GRANITE HILLS (2-1) at VALLEY CENTER (3-1), 7 PM – In a game that will be for playoff seeding in CIF Division II playoffs the Eagles of Granite Hills take the long bus ride to play the host Jaguars.

The Eagles come into the game off a bye week but before that they prevailed in one of the best football games of the year so far against Steele Canyon 43-41 in the final seconds. Meanwhile the Jaguars are coming off their hard fought 27-20 victory over the visiting Imperial Tigers last week.

Eagles quarterback Jacob Siegfried had himself a monster of a game the last time he stepped on the field. On the night against Steele Canyon he tallied 370 total yards and was involved in 6 TDs of which 3 were passing and 3 rushing.

Siegfried’s big target on the night was William Burton who hauled in 6 catches for 105 yards including the game winning TD grab with three seconds left.

So the offense for the Eagles since their week one loss to San Pasqual has been clicking on all cylinders.

Valley Center last week had a tough game against the Imperial Tigers in which they gave up 464 total yards including 244 in the air and 220 on the ground. Offensively junior quarterback Rikki Mazzetti threw for 258 yards on 16 of 32 passing with 3 TDs and one interception. Rushing wise, Mateo Sinohui ran for 144 yards on 27 carries. Overall they had 406 total yards.

Last season these two teams met at Granite Hills and the Jaguars came away with the late 27-21 fourth quarter victory. Both teams total numbers on offense were really close with Valley Center outgaining the Eagles 376-358.

Besides being an important game for determining seeding as both teams will make the playoffs the Eagles would like to avenge last years close loss and keep their momentum.

Will the layoff and long bus ride affect the Eagles? GRANITE HILLS 28-24


BUENA PARK (1-2) at GROSSMONT (2-2) – The Coyotes of Buena Park make the couple hour bus ride down the freeway to take on the Foothillers.

Buena Park comes into the East County off of a loss to the Warren Bears 51-20 in which they tallied up 304 yards of offense. The Foothillers come off their loss to Eastlake tallying 310 yards of offense.

For the Bears, junior quarterback Chris Venegas threw for 300 yards while completing 17 of 27 passes and 3 TDs with an interception. It wasn’t as successful for Foothillers sophomore quarterback Jamie Odom as he only completed 10 of 25 passes for 249 yards and 2 TDs but unfortunately was picked off 5 times.

The ground game for Grossmont was limited to a total of 52 yards by the Titans. However receiving wise both Thomas Magnum and Desmond Carter each had over 100 yards receiving on the night.

Believe this will be righted as Shevell Sterling will get his game back on against the Bears.

The defense for Grossmont was led by Daisean Crawford who had 19 tackles and a sack and also Julian Sanderlin who racked up 2 sacks and 14 tackles.

Andrew Lira was also a big part of the scoring last week for the Foothillers as he recovered a blocked field goal by Zach jones and returned it for six points.

Unfortunately the Foothillers offense was shutout in the second half against the Titans. However I think the Foothillers will work the little things in practice this week and get back to normal this week.

So will the Foothillers get back on track?? GROSSMONT 42-20


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