EC Preps




By Adam Paul

Staff Writer

We are in the home stretch of the season with only three remaining games before playoffs start and last week some teams via the results showed why the standings were the way they are. Some surprising results as well but overall still some answers are needed.


EL CAPITAN (2-4, 0-1) @ HELIX (5-1, 1-0), 6 PM – In one of the toughest tasks of the evening the El Capitan Vaqueros travel to La Mesa to take on the No. 2 Helix Highlanders. The Vaqueros come into the contest having lost their last two contests to Granite Hills and last week to Grossmont 51-7 in the league opener.

Helix on the other hand last week in their league opener against Steele Canyon dominated their way to a 41-7 victory. Carson Baker only threw for 107 yards in 2 quarters of action last week. The leader for the Highlanders was Isaiah Wooden who returned two 60-yard punt returns for touchdowns and also caught a score.

This game doesn’t look to be a contest and could again be an early running clock for the Highlanders. However the Vaqueros have been known to be resilient and have hung around for a while with teams that were picked to win big.

The Highlanders also have won their last 37 of 38 league games with the Vaqueros handing them their last loss back in 2014.

HELIX 42-10

 GROSSMONT (4-2, 1-0) @ VALHALLA (2-4, 0-1), 7 PM – Two teams on the opposite of scales collide in Rancho San Diego in a contest that looks like it could be one sided possibly.

The Foothillers come in riding a two game winning streak while the Norsemen come in on a three game losing streak.

Last week against the Vaqueros, sophomore quarterback Jamie Odom passed for 239 yards and ran for 115 yards. He had 2 touchdowns on the night. The running was on track as Shevell Sterling tallied 118 yards on 17 carries and scored three times.

Valhalla on the other hand in their wild 24-21 loss to West Hills tallied 230 total yards on offense.

This is one of those games where it just depends on what Valhalla team shows up. If the team that can move the ball and play solid defense than they will stand a chance and more than likely pull off the upset. However if the team that until last week wasn’t really able to do anything on offense shows up than they will stand no shot.

Grossmont on the other hand behind Coach Karlo’s guidance won’t let complacency occur as this game means a lot in the playoff picture and they have played really well the last couple of weeks.

This game could be a defensive battle as the Norsemen are capable of showing flashes.

Last year the Foothillers won 48-13.

Will it be a repeat? GROSSMONT 35-17

 STEELE CANYON (3-3, 0-1) @ WEST HILLS (5-1, 1-0) – Definitely one of the most intriguing games on the evenings slate in the East County as Steele Canyon looks to get back on track and the Wolf Pack look to continue their winning ways.

The Cougars last week against Helix were completely outmanned as their general Thomas Fishburne didn’t play as he was under concussion protocol. But looking at the numbers etc from the game the Highlanders were on a roll.

West Hills on the other hand is looking to show that their record is legitimate and that they can be considered a contender. In a wild and wacky game against Valhalla that came down to the final thirty second they were able to pull things out on a perfectly played double pass.

It’s pretty certain that Fishburne will be back under center for the Cougars so that will give them one of their greatest weapons. Also coming back to play will be Hayden Roach who last week filled in for Fishburne. Roach a former Wolf Pack will look to be a part of the action.

The defense of the Cougars will have to step up like they did against Mira Mesa a couple of weeks ago and force turnovers and take advantage of opportunities.

West Hills on the other hand will be led by their quarterback Jordin Young who last week threw for 103 yards on 14 of 18 passing and a TD. The Pack will have to get their run game in on the action If they want to have any chance.

This year the Cougars will be healthy as last season they played with a lot of injuries so that will be a huge difference.

It will be a battle between these two squads on defense as the Cougars have Mikel Oliver and company while West Hills has Ryan Jewell and company. Last season the Wolf Pack won 27-14.

West Hills has not lost since opening night and part of that reason is the defense. Steele Canyon has shown they can play defense as well.

This game more than likely could come down to the wire as both teams are stingy.

Will that occur? STEELE CANYON 28-24



SANTANA (3-4, 0-1) @ MONTE VISTA (3-3, 1-0), 7 PM – The Sultans travel to Spring Valley to take on the Monte Vista Monarchs in a crucial contest for playoff seeding.

The Sultans are coming off a 40-10 loss to the Granite Hills Eagles where they were completely dominated in the second half as they were held scoreless and couldn’t get anything offensively done.

Monte Vista on the other hand soundly defeated their cross town rival Mount Miguel 35-0 on homecoming behind stingy defense limiting the Matadors to 44 yards on the evening and also a sound running game.

Last week Jahmon McClendon ran all over the Matador defense to the tune of 168 yards on 19 carries and three scores.

If the Sultans are going to have any chance, Josh Oedewaldt will have to do more than his 9 of 21 for 116 yards passing from last week. Also the running game which lost Dylan Hanslick to injury last week will hopefully have bodies returning because if not the Sultans will be one dimensional and that spells trouble.

The Sultans know they have to stop the Monarchs running game as well. The big bruisers have been an issue for Santana as the Eagles wore them down in the second half and ran all over.

Monte Vista will also be looking for some revenge as the Sultans beat them twice last season. In the regular season the score was 46-40 and in the Division IV Semi-Finals at Monte Vista the Sultans prevailed in the last minute 35-32.

Santana has two in a row while the Monarchs look to continue their momentum.

Despite the mismatch will history repeat itself … MONTE VISTA 35-17

 MOUNT MIGUEL (2-5, 0-1) @ EL CAJON VALLEY (1-4, 0-0), 7 PM – The Matadors travel inland to take on the Braves.

Mount Miguel coming off the shutout loss to Monte Vista will look to put this one away easily with their athleticism and size. Mugabe Miller if he plays as he got hurt last week against Monte Vista, Shameer Greene, Santino Pacheco and company will be licking their chops as they will look to put up big numbers.

The Braves on the other hand are playing their first league game after losing 40-20 to Chula Vista last week.

Both on paper and on the field this is a mismatch according to experts as the Braves are undermanned and undersized compared to the Matadors.

El Cajon Valley will be competitive for a while as they usually are but attrition will take over.



MORSE (3-3, 0-0) @ CHRISTIAN (5-1, 1-0) GAME AT GRANITE HILLS HIGH SCHOOL, 7PM – The Tigers led by senior running back Martell Irby come inland to El Cajon looking for the big upset against Christian.

Morse who are led by Martel Irby who is one of the best players in the county come off a close loss to Mira Mesa 28-20 while Christian comes off their 68-6 drubbing of Mission Bay.

The Tigers can put up points as they have shown with their 20,24 and 48 in the last couple of weeks. The Tigers unfortunately can’t afford to get into a track meet with the Patriots as they have a small roster.

The Patriots on the other hand have a lot of weapons led by Brad Jeremiah who set an EAST COUNTY Record with his 8 touchdown passes against the Buccaneers. The defense did their part as well as they limited the Buccaneers on the offensive side and also scored as well.

Last year when these two teams met the Patriots won 37-27.

So with everything taken into consideration … CHRISTIAN 35-21


GRANITE HILLS (4-2, 1-0), @ HILLTOP (3-3, 0-0) GAME AT SOUTHWESTERN COLLEGE, 7 PM – The Eagles travel down to the South Bay to take on the Hilltop Lancers in a game that some experts see as a mismatch.

The Eagles come off a 40-10 victory over league foe Santana while the Lancers come off of a bye but before that they had won 2 in a row against Escondido and Castle Park.

A key to a big victory for the Eagles will be to have little to zero penalties as last week they were flagged numerous times and it hindered their momentum. Also the run game again will be a big factor as it will help wear down the Lancers defense. Last week the Eagles ran for 417 yards led by Keyvon Martin who made his debut. This will allow for Jacob Siegfried to work his magic.

The defense with its cast of Will Burton, Garrett Curan, Tyler Gonzalez etc will have to be stingy and eat up the line of scrimmage.

For the Lancers to have any shot they will have to be able to run the ball and also mix in the pass to keep the Eagles on their toes.  Hilltop has already played an East County team in Grossmont and it didn’t go well as they were dominated 64-3.

Granite Hills up until last week at Santana had not played well on the road and will look to continue the momentum established last week.

So with everything in mind will the Lancers keep things in check??? GRANITE HILLS 35-14


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