EC Preps


Photo by Don Demars Photography


By Adam Paul

Staff Writer


WEST HILLS (5-2, 1-1) @ NO. 2 HELIX (6-1, 2-0), 7 PM


First Meeting: 1990 – Helix 38, West Hills 7

All-Time Series: Helix leads 14-0

The Wolf Pack come into La Mesa losing to Steele Canyon which was their first game since the first week snapping a 5 game winning streak. They now have to travel to La Mesa to take on the No. 3 Highlanders who are coming off a 51 point victory over El Capitan last week.

The Highlanders pretty much put last week’s contest away by the half and had the starters out early on. West Hills on the other hand were manhandled by the speed of Steele Canyon and never recovered.

Unfortunately this week’s contest will be more of the same as the Highlanders are too much upfront on both sides of the ball for the Wolf Pack.

HELIX 48-7


EL CAPITAN (2-5, 0-2) @ VALHALLA (2-5, 0-2), 7PM


Valhalla leads 3-2

Both teams are pretty even on paper in this contest. The Vaqueros unfortunately ran into a buzzsaw of the Highlanders last week. The Norsemen hung with Grossmont last week and actually trailed 21-20 in the third quarter when the Foothillers retook all the momentum.

For the Vaqueros their defense has been pretty good keeping them in ball games for a while but unfortunately the offense hasn’t done their part sustaining drives and putting points on the board.

The Norsemen know they can play as they showed last week against Grossmont and with it being homecoming this week that will be an extra incentive.

This game is really close to call so VALHALLA 28-21

STEELE CANYON (4-3, 1-1) @ GROSSMONT (5-2, 2-0), 7PM


Grossmont leads 3-2

These two teams come into this contest off of big wins and also battling it out for playoff positions in their respective Divisions.

The Cougars who stand right now to host a home playoff contest and with a win look to push into a high seed for Division II.

Grossmont on the other hand is playing for a first round bye and home field advantage.

Last week the Cougars used their speed to manhandle West Hills which saw them score on a defensive touchdown included.

The Foothillers meanwhile last week were able to overcome adversity of penalties and also the momentum of the Norsemen. The offense which racked up over 400 yards led by Shevell Sterling Jr and his 170 yards and 4 scores.

For the Cougars Thomas Fishburne who does pretty much everything will need to use his athleticism to keep the Cougars in the game. His supporting cast of Nathaniel Gorden and Perry Steele will have to get involved as well if the Cougars are to keep Grossmont on its toes.

Grossmont on the other hand at home will have to get going offensively sooner and the likes of Andrew Lira and Josh Moala along with quarterback Jamie Odom use that high tempo offense to their advantage.




GRANITE HILLS (5-2, 1-0) @ MOUNT MIGUEL (3-5, 0-1), 7PM

Last season the Eagles defeated the Matadors 36-13.

The Eagles come into Spring Valley looking to inch closer to a league title showdown with Monte Vista. They come off of a 34-20 victory over Hilltop which saw them start off slow before being able to get it going in the second half.

The defense last week scored as they procured a safety by William Burton. They also managed to hold the Lancers to field goals a couple other times in the red zone.

Granite Hills offensively will have to start off better behind Jake Siegfried and company. Siegfried will look to use his athleticism to open holes for the running game that had crushed opponents before last week.

Keyvon Martin the Helix transfer who is considered a legitimate threat to score every time he touches the ball along with Tyler Gonzalez will have to be factors as well. Combined with the run game behind the big backs, Siegfried will look to get both Chris Ostreng and Will Burton the ball through the air.

For Mount Miguel who is coming off a blowout victory over El Cajon Valley and hasn’t had Mugabe Miller in the lineup the last couple of weeks will look to gain momentum early.

Now there is a possibility that Miller will be back at quarterback which will give the Matadors another weapon that is needed. However if he isn’t back than Shemar Green will have to be the guy at running back and carry the offense.

In the end it’s going to be GRANITE HILLS 35-14


MONTE VISTA (4-3, 2-0) @ EL CAJON VALLEY (2-5, 0-1), 7PM


Monte Vista leads 4-1

The Monarchs themselves will look to get through this contest healthy and in tack as they will undoubtedly get their shot at a league crown against Granite Hills.

Last week in their hold on 24-17 victory over the Sultans, Jahmon McClendon ran for 186 yards and 2 scores.

With the win Monarchs Coach Ron Hamamoto moved past another East County Coaching legend in former Helix ball coach Jim Arnaiz who retired with 213 wins. Hamamoto now has 214 career victories. The next coach on the list is former

El Cajon Valley on the other hand ever since they won the game against Clairemont which they dedicated to outgoing coach Parris Pisiona things have gone all downhill.

Monte Vista should roll and ring up a running clock early … MONTE VISTA 42-3


NO. 9 LINCOLN (6-1, 2-0) @ CHRISTIAN (2-0, 6-1) (GAME AT GRANITE HILLS, 7PM)


Christian 2-0

In one of the more exciting and interesting contests on the nights schedule and is for the Eastern League lead as the winner will be in the driver’s seat for the league crown.

It was last year that Christian won the regular season contest 35-17 and claimed the league crown by a game and they met again in the playoffs in a 35-34 thriller won by Christian.

The Hornets are guided by senior quarterback Asante Hartzog who has led the offense to about 10 yards on pretty much every play. He has thrown 19 touchdown strikes to just 3 interceptions. One of his top receivers is Jailen Bailey who has hauled in 8 touchdowns. On the ground the speedster Kenyon Sims has ran for 856 yards and 14 scores.

Meanwhile the Patriots are led by senior quarterback Brad Jeremiah who has thrown for around 30 touchdown strikes. Offensively his numbers have been near the top of the state leaderboards as well. In the game against the Morse Tigers last week he threw for 144 yards which was season low. Picking up the slack last week was the running of Nashom Carter who had a highlight reel play on the night in which he ran for 87 yards and a couple of scores.

The Patriots who looked like a juggernaut a few weeks ago were defeated soundly by Santa Fe Christian and thus giving a blueprint on how to potentially stop Jeremiah and company. The Hornets have the speed to match on both sides of the ball.






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