EC Preps


Photo by Don Demars Photography


By Adam Paul

Many coaches in the county see the entire football season as parts, and will break the season down into parts. For many teams throughout the County the first part or non-league portion of the schedule is done and the second season begins aka the league schedule.


NO. 3 HELIX (4-1) @ STEELE CANYON (3-2), 7 PM – The Highlanders come into the Spring Valley off of a 65-0 drubbing of the Bonita Vista Barons in which it was running clock early on in the second half. Carson Baker only completed 11 of 13 passes 175 yards and 3 TDs. Delshawn Taylor who came into replace Baker led all rushers with 124 yards and 3 scores.

The Highlander defense tallied 4 INTs including 2 by Rashad Scott. The first stringers were replaced by the backups in the second half and they did the job putting up some points and keeping the Barons off the board.

The Cougars on the other hand defeated the Mira Mesa Marauders 52-26 at home on homecoming night. Starting quarterback Thomas Fishburne passed for 268 yards on 18 of 25 passes and 4 TDs and ran for 78 yards. The defense tallied 5 turnovers against the Marauders including 2 fumble recoveries.

Defensively for the Cougars, Darin Walton had 8 tackles, 2 sacks and 3 tackles for a loss.

Steele Canyon who has won 2 in a row will again be the home team and will again have to get off to a fast start and serve notice early to set the tone. The defense will have to set the tone as well and get pressure on Baker to have any type of impact. Mikel Oliver and Walton and others will have to make sure that Helix isn’t able to get the all-important yards after catch and also not miss on tackles.

The Highlanders will just have to make sure they don’t overlook the hungry Cougars who are looking to make a statement with a victory.

Will an upset occur? HELIX 42, STEELE CANYON 21


VALHALLA (2-3) @ WEST HILLS (4-1), 7 PM – The Norsemen come into Santee to take on the West Hills Wolf Pack on a 2 game losing streak having lost last week 21-7 to Otay Ranch. The Wolf Pack come off of a bye but have a 4 game winning streak.

The offense for the Norsemen is going to have to come alive if they are going to do anything against the Wolf Pack. Dennis Dahlin and Bryan Madriz will have to step up their games and make things happen.

For the Pack, Jordin Young will have to continue his magic along with guys like Cade Weaver, Ryan Jewell etc.

Valhalla will have to sustain long drives to keep their defense fresh and on the defensive side contain Young as he likes to pass and run.

West Hills will be in front of their home crowd and will be coming off the week break. Will time off affect the Wolf Pack or will the Norsmen play a complete game?



GROSSMONT (3-2) @ EL CAPITAN (2-3), 7 PM – For the 2017 version of this contest the Foothillers will travel to lake side to take on the El Capitan Vaqueros.

The Vaqueros are coming off a 28-7 road loss to Granite Hills while Grossmont is coming off of a bye week.

El Capitan once again will have Antonio Olivieri at quarterback who passed for 171 yards and a touchdown last week.

Olivieri along with Connor Roosa will have to keep the offense on the field for the Vaqueros as Grossmont likes to run the fast up-tempo style of offense. If the Vaqueros are not able to play the ball control game than they will be in for a long night.

Defensively for the Vaqueros the Lovato brothers, Chance and Chase along with Olivieri.

Grossmont on the other hand has Jamie Odom who threw 4 touchdown passes against Buena Park. Also Josh Moala who has 6 TD receptions so far will look to do his thing against the Vaqueros along with Shevill Sterling JR.

The Foothillers have shut out the Vaqueros over the last couple of years, however the Vaqueros will look to avenge the shutouts the past couple of years.

By the way El Capitan leads the all-time series 28-22-5 which started all the way back in 1959 and was even played at the famous El Cajon Speedway in 1960 was played continuously except 2010-13.

Will Grossmont keep their two game winning streak alive against the Vaqueros or will El Capitan make things interesting?




GRANITE HILLS (3-2) @ SANTANA (3-3), 7 PM – The Eagles come into Santee fresh off a big 28-7 victory over the El Capitan Vaqueros while the Santana Sultans come into the contest off a 34-28 loss to Mar Vista.

Last year the Eagles soundly defeated the Sultans at home on homecoming 35-13 which was the twelfth time in a row since 2005 when Santana last won 7-0.

For the Eagles, Jacob Siegfried will have to keep playing the way he has been. Last week against the Vaqueros he ran the ball for 228 yards and 3 scores. This week he will have to pass more as he only threw for 39 yards on 6 of 9 passing.

Tyler Gonzlez and William Burton both will have to have big games as well along with Cris Ostreng.

Santana will have to pick up the pieces after turning the ball over six times last week against the Mariners. Senior quarterback Josh Oedewaldt will have to have a better game and also the running game will have to be a factor as well.

For the Sultans to have any shot at winning and pulling the upset they will have to pretty much play a flawless game where they don’t turn the ball over and take advantage of their opportunities.

Series wise the Eagles lead 36-7. including as mentioned 12 in a row.

On paper this doesn’t look to be a very good matchup as Granite is the more physical team on both the offensive and defensive line and also has the better athletes.

Will any of this matter to the Sultans? GRANITE HILLS 42-14


MOUNT MIGUEL (2-4) @ MONTE VISTA (2-3), 7 PM – In the East County version of the Backyard Brawl or as many people know it as the Battle of Spring Valley two teams separated by less than 5 miles will square off.

The Matadors come into the contest off the loss to Madison while the Monarchs come off of a bye.

The contest will be homecoming for the Monarchs who ruined Mount Miguel’s homecoming last year 36-21.

Big changes this year for the Matadors as Mugabe Miller who played receiver will now be at quarterback. Mount Miguel will also rely on the ground game led by Shemar Greene who last year missed due to a sprained ankle.

Miller with the help of the ground game will use that to air it out to Santino Pecheco who also is on the defensive side of the ball.

Monte Vista will look to get a boost from the homecoming crowd including past football alumni. The Monarchs are led by the big guy Jahmon McClendon who will look to keep the Matadors off the field.

In the end who controls the ball more will be the victor …. MOUNT MIGUEL 24-21



CHULA VISTA (3-3) @ EL CAJON VALLEY (1-4), 7 PM – The Spartans come inland from the South Bay to take on the Braves in a non-league contest.

In a contest that looks like a mismatch on paper as the Spartans despite coming off the 35-0 loss to Eastlake last week have the numbers and offense to put up some big numbers against the Braves.

El Cajon Valley on the other hand has been bitten by the injury bug which is not good for them as they don’t have quite the numbers the Spartans do.

Will the Braves find a way to pull things out … CHULA VISTA 21-7



CHRISTIAN (4-1) @ MISSION BAY (0-5), 6 PM – Last week the Patriots ran into a buzz saw known as the Santa Fe Christian Eagles who snapped the Patriots 4 game winning streak.

Before the loss the Patriots were rolling like a fine tuned machine. However the Eagles had the plan to shut down the machine.

Last year’s contest between the two was a thirty point victory for the Patriots 51-21 and this year’s contest looks to be the same.

Jeremiah will put up the big numbers and the defense will shut down the Buccaneer offense as the Buccaneers don’t put up many points.

Look for the running clock to be introduced as well … CHRISTIAN 48-14




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