EC Preps


A lot of movement in the final UT Top 10 Poll for the football season. The reason for all the movement was due to teams winning championships and also due to how they finished the season in the playoffs.

The movement starts at the top as there is a new number one team in San Diego. Moving back into the top spot are the Helix Highlanders who was originally ranked in the top apot at the beginning of the regular season but after the loss to Paraclete was number two until this past weekend. This past weekend the Highlanders took care of business in their game against the previous number one team the Mission Hills Grizzlies in the CIF Open Division Championship on Saturday night. With their 26-19 victory, the Highlanders move back into the top spot while the Grizzlies are bumped down to number two. Moving into the third spot are the San Marcos Knights despite losing the Highlanders in the Open Division Semi-Finals 62-41. The Knights move up from the fifth spot to the third. The Falcons of Torrey Pines are next up in the fourth position. They were previously in the ninth spot. Next up are the El Camino Wildcats who were unranked but find themselves in the four spot after their 20-10 victory over Eastlake in the CIF Division I Championship.

Next up in the top 10 are the Steele Canyon Cougars. They were previously unranked but this past weekend after defeating the top seeded Ramona Bulldogs in the Division II Championship 33-29 the Cougars earned the fifth spot in the polls. The Cougars made school history with their victory as it was the first CIF Championship for football in the school’s history. Next up are the Ramona Bulldogs whose undefeated ended with their defeat by the Steele Canyon Cougars in the Division II title game. Despite the loss the Bulldogs made the sixth spot. Madison was slotted at the eighth position which they were previously ranked. Coming into the ninth spot is Southwest-El Centro who like Steele Canyon made history in claiming their first ever CIF Championship with their 35-28 victory over Santa Fe Christian in the Division III title game. For the final spot in the poll it is the Eastlake Titans who were previously unranked but after their loss to El Camino the Titans were well thought of by the voters.

In the others category making it from the East County were the Monte Vista Monarchs who in my opinion should have been top 10 after their Division IV Championship victory. Finally the other team from the East County are the Grossmont Foothillers who gave the top seeded and ranked at the time Mission Hills Grizzlies all they could handle in the first round of the Open Division in the 52-42 loss.





First-place votes in parenthesis

Points awarded on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis

Rank;Team;Record;Points;Last Week

1. Helix (28);12-1;280;2
2. Mission Hills ;12-1; 251;1

3. San Marcos;9-3; 174 ;5

4. Torrey Pines; 7-5;  173;9

5. El Camino;8-5; 157;NR
6. Steele Canyon;10-4;129;NR

7. Ramona; 12-1; 104; 3

8. Madison ; 8-3; 86; 8

9. Southwest-El Centro;13-0;47;NR

10. Eastlake;10-3;42;NR

Others receiving votes: La Costa Canyon (7-4*, 39 points), St. Augustine (7-4, 23 points), Monte Vista (8-5, 10 points), Bishop’s (9-1, 8 points), Oceanside (6-7, 4 points), Grossmont (7-4, 3 points), Carlsbad (6-6, 2 points), San Diego (12-1, 2 points), Lincoln (9-3, 1 point), Santa Fe Christian (8-5, 1 point).

* Includes 1 forfeit loss


 Voters: 28 sportswriters, sportscasters and officials – John Maffei (Union-Tribune), Terry Monahan, Don Norcross, Tom Saxe, Rick Hoff, Jim Lindgren (freelance writers),  Paul Rudy, Brandon Stone, Rick Willis (KUSI-TV), Adam Paul (, Ramon Scott (,  Bodie DeSilva (, Ted Mendenhall, Taylor Quellman (The Mighty 1090), Steve Brand (Hall of Champions), Troy Hirsch (Fox 5), Rick Smith (, Jerry Schniepp, John Labeta, Carlton Hoggard (CIF San Diego Section), Raymond Brown (, Montell Allen (MBASports-SDFNL Magazine), Bob Petinak (1360 Radio), John Kentera (Prep Talent Evaluator), Steve Dolan (Mountain Country 107.9-FM), Jim Arnaiz, Mike Dolan, John Carroll (CIF Football Tournament Directors).


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