EC Preps




By Adam Paul

HELIX (3-1) @ BONITA VISTA (0-5) @ SOUTHWESTERN COLLEGE, 7PM – The Highlanders travel down to the South Bay to take on the winless Barons at Southwestern College in a non-league contest.

Helix who is coming off their big dominating 35-7 victory over Saint Augustine shouldn’t have any issues in this contest. They will look to start fast early again as they did last week and put the game away by halftime and have running clock in the second half. Bonita Vista who lost a 24-21 contest to Chula Vista last week hasn’t put up much scoring at all this season having only scored 34 points in their 5 games.

Last week Helix quarterback Carson Baker passed for 210 yards on 11 of 17 attempts and had a 2 touchdowns. This week will be pretty much a stat game if they decide it to be.

Also since the Highlanders will be up big this will be a game for the backups to get some playing time.

The Barons defensively won’t be a big hurdle for the Highlander offense as they have given up 226 points in their 5 games.

Look for Baker, Noa, Scott, Taylor and company to have another feast.



OTAY RANCH (2-3) @ VALHALLA (2-2), 7 PM – The Mustangs come up to El Cajon to take on a East County opponent for the second straight week in the Valhalla Norsemen.

Otay Ranch who last week took on the Steele Canyon Cougars at home unfortunately were on the end of a 14-13 loss in which they were driving for the go ahead score and fumbled which gave the Cougars the victory.

Valhalla on the other hand took a hard 38-7 loss to Eastlake down in Chula Vista and were never really in the contest.

Last week the Mustangs could only muster 48 total yards passing but had better results on the ground as they pounded out 332 yards behind senior running back Gus Espiritu who tallied 124 yards on 22 carries and also senior back Alfredo Garcia who rushed for 116 yards on 7 carries.

The Norsemen against the Titans of Eastlake could only muster 111 yards receiving and 51 yards on the ground in the loss.

Otay Ranch is coming off back-to-back close losses while Valhalla is coming off the blowout loss. Also this contest is important when it comes to playoff seeding for Division II CIF.

Will the Norsemen finally figure things out in front of their home crowd?



SANTANA (3-2) @ MAR VISTA (3-2), 7 PM – Another contest that will decided playoff seeding for CIF Division III the Sultans come into the game ranked a spot ahead of the Mariners at No. 9 according to the Maxpreps rankings.

The Sultans come into the game off of a shootout 50-43 over Vincent Memorial down in the desert last Friday. Santana was led by a fresh face making his varsity debut at running back in sophomore Brooks Moutaw who had 170 yards on 23 carries and scored 4 TDs.

Mar Vista on the other hand comes off the big victory over University City 28-21. In that contest senior quarterback Jacob Beck scored 3 touchdowns.

These teams have played each other tight the last couple of years with Santana winning last year 49-35 and the year before Mar Vista 27-21.

This contest always seems to come down to who can stop the other and take advantage of their opportunities.

For the Sultans if they are to have a shot, senior quarterback Josh Oedewaldt will have to play flawless and also the defense will have to be able to stop the run game of the Mariners.

Mar Vista on the other hand will have to do what they did against University City with ball control and time of possession.

So who will take advantage of their opportunities??



MOUNT MIGUEL (2-3) @ MADISON (4-0), 7 PM – The Matadors will face their biggest test of the season to date as they take on the NO. 2 ranked Madison Warhawks in a non-conference game. The Warhawks have an average win margin of 30 points.

Mount Miguel last week defeated the Imperial Tigers 20-14 down in the desert behind the 214 yards passing of Mugabe Miller and also his 2 TDs, and 111 yards on the ground by Shemar Greene.

Madison on the other hand took on the No. 8 Dixie Flyers out of St. George Utah and were able to come away with the 24-14 home victory. On the ground Keontae Springs tallied 164 yards on the ground and scored 2 touchdowns.

Madison already has a victory over a couple of teams from East County. The first week of the season they handled El Capitan 47-19 and a week later they rolled Steele Canyon 41-10.

Mount Miguel will look to just make the game competitive as last year’s result was a 48-0 blowout in favor of the Warhawks.



MIRA MESA (4-0) @ STEELE CANYON (2-2), 7 PM – The Marauders of Mira Mesa come into Spring Valley off of a 50-20 victory over the Falcons of Scripps Ranch while the Cougars come off of a last minute hard fought 14-13 victory over Otay Ranch.

Both teams will be jockeying for playoff positions as Steele Canyon comes in ranked at a spot ahead of Mira Mesa at NO. 9 according to the Maxpreps power rankings.

For the Cougars, Thomas Fishburne and the offense will have to clean up the penalties etc against Mira Mesa. It was an ugly game last week against Otay Ranch as each team had double digit penalties.

Fishburne will also be a threat to run as well. Receiving wise Jordan Anderson and Michael Munane will have to have big games.

Mira Mesa beat Scripps behind the passing of Noah Tumblin as he passed for 300 yards on 12 of 18 and had 5 touchdown passes. On the ground, Elijah Thomas had a couple touchdowns and 100 yards while Tumblin also ran for 110 yards.

Defensively for the Cougars, Mikel Oliver looked back in the form that SDSU loved when they recruited him, so if he plays like he did last week with double digit tackles etc that will be a huge plus for Steele Canyon and be a problem for Mira Mesa.

It will also be homecoming for Steele Canyon so that is always considered a distraction but Coach Longerbone will have his team ready to play and focused.



GRANITE HILLS (2-2) @ EL CAPITAN (2-2), 7 PM – The Eagles come into the game off of a loss to Valley Center 29-7 a week after having a bye. The Vaqueros are coming off of a bye after beating Patrick Henry 42-35 in a shootout.

Granite Hills will have last year’s contest against the Vaqueros as motivation as they lost on a last second blocked extra point.  Besides that they will want to have some momentum going into league next week and also the game is a key one when it comes to CIF Division II playoff seeding.

The only highlight for Granite Hills against the Jaguars last week was the 18-yard touchdown run by Tyler Gonzalez. The defense gave up a lot of yards to the Jaguars.

If the Eagles are to redeem themselves Jacob Siegfried and Will Burton will have to have a big impact in the game. Also the defense of the Eagles behind Burton, Garrett Curran and company will have to stop the Vaqueros offense.

Granite Hills if they are to pull out the victory will have to take advantage of their opportunities on offense and the defense will have to play like they did against Valhalla and somewhat against Steele Canyon.

For El Capitan, Antonio Olivieri who is still at the quarterback position filling in for the injured Wick Hauser will have to keep doing his thing to give the Vaqueros a chance. Last week against Patrick Henry he threw for 230 yards and two touchdowns, he also ran for 71 yards and a two scores which earned him ECPREPS.COM Player of The Week honors. The defense led by the Lovato brothers Chase and Chance also will have to keep playing the way they have the last two games which includes a win against Valley Center. In the contest against Valley Center picked off a pass for 36 yards and Chance closed things out with a pick to halt the potential game winning drive by the Jaguars.

El Capitan will have to try and play the ball control game if they want to stand any chance at a victory.

On paper this is a pretty even matchup as the last two contests have been decided by three points or less, last year it was 17-16 in favor of El Capitan and in 2015 it was a 10-7 decision in favor of the Eagles.

With everything in mind …. GRANITE HILLS 21-17




SANTA FE CHRISTIAN (1-3) @ CHRISTIAN (4-0) @ GRANITE HILLS HIGH, 7 PM – In a game that really looks like a mismatch on and off paper the Eagles will look to even stay in the game.

Santa Fe Christian is coming off of a 35-10 loss to Bishop Diego despite gaining 446 yards of total offense. The Eagles only trailed 21-13 a couple of minutes into the fourth quarter before Bishop Diego put the game away.

Christian on the other hand is coming off of a bye but the week prior they rolled the Warriors of Fallbrook 39-0 in which they tallied 430 total yards. Led by Brad Jeremiah who threw for 354 yards on 29 of 39 and 5 TDs.

Brad Jeremiah continued his torrid pace in the last game against the Warriors and for the season has thrown for 1619 yards and 22 TDs and has only been picked off once. The receivers all either have or almost have 30 receptions.

Defensively they have limited the amount of points the last couple of games and also the yards on the ground as well.  Led by CJ Kirwan who on the season has 44 tackles and Bryce Riepl who has 35 tackles the Patriots will use their athleticism to maul the Eagles.

For the Eagles to have any shot in the game they will have to play ball control and take advantage of their opportunities and rely on the defense to stop the powerful Patriots offense.

Unfortunately I don’t see the Patriots offense slowing down in the contest and this is a game that will probably see some playing time for players who don’t normally do.


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