2012, Week 2: Helix Dominates

Coach Troy Starr’s Helix Highlanders received all 27 first-place votes for a maximum 270 points in the North County Times sportswriters-sportscasters poll after defeating Vista 43-7 last week.

Helix had 13 first-place votes in the preseason poll and 20 after games of Week 1.

The Highlanders take on a third, ranked opponent from the San Diego Section when hit plays host to Cathedral this week.

Coach Troy Starr’s Helix Highlanders received all 27 first-place votes for a maximum 270 points in the North County Times sportswriters-sportscasters poll after defeating Vista 43-7 last week.

Helix had 13 first-place votes in the preseason poll and 20 after games of Week 1.

The Highlanders take on a third, ranked opponent from the San Diego Section when it plays host to Cathedral this week.

LaCosta Canyon moved up to second from fifth after a 10-9 victory over Poway and is home this week to San Clemente, which defeated the Mavericks 58-6 in 2011.

First-place votes in parenthesis

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

+Record +Points +Last Week

  1. Helix (27) 1-0 270 1
  2. La Costa Canyon 2-0 226 5
  3. Oceanside 1-1 178 2
  4. Mission Hills 1-1 146 6
  5. Poway 1-1 136 4
  6. Cathedral Catholic 1-1 124 3
  7. Valley Center 2-0 103 7
  8. St. Augustine 2-0 81 10.
  9. Eastlake 1-1 67 8.
  10.  San Pasqual 2-0 36 NR.

WHAT DID HE REALLY THINK?

“It was a mess offensively,” said quarterback Josh Harris, describing Helix’ victory over Vista.

How will Harris feel after the “mess” is cleaned up?

The Scots’ signal caller lost two fumbles but also completed 15 of 22 passes for 298 yards and four touchdowns.  “We did some good things, but we have a lot of things to improve,” said Harris.

DOWN GOES OCEANSIDE

Two offensive linemen were out and quarterback Tofi Paopao was not 100 per cent.  Temecula Chaparral, a strong Southern Section squad Oceanside defeated in 2010 and ’11, slapped the Pirates with a 40-30 defeat, the final score closer than the difference between the teams.

Chaparral is 3-0 with a big game coming up against the Las Flores Tesoro Titans.   The Pumas also defeated San Bernardino Cajon 42-0 and Moreno Valley Valley View 48-0.

A better read on Oceanside may be forthcoming after Chaparral plays the 4-0 Titans,  No. 6 in the Los Angeles Time Top 25 (Tesoro topped Chaparall 17-14 the following week).   

HOOVER HONORS MR. B

The refurbished Hoover High Stadium was renamed in honor of  Bob Breitbard, a 1937 Hoover graduate who founded the Breitbard Athletic Foundation out of an office at his father’s California Laundry business in 1946.

Breitbard played baseball and football at Hoover, was co-coach of the football team in 1944, and held the position of cheerleaders’ coordinator.  He honored San Diego athletes and promoted  sports in San Diego for more than 70 years.

The Cardinals dedicated Bob Breitbard Stadium, with new, permanent lights before a 27-14 home-game victory over Brawley in their first home game in two years.  Breitbard’s daughter and son-in-law took part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

For more than 60 years the Hoover gridiron was in a South-to-North configuration, end zones facing the gymnasium and Monroe Street. The wooden bleachers on the home, East side burned down in 1949. Steel-framed seating with lights were completed before the 1950 season and stood for years.

Several years ago the gridiron was reconfigured and now faces East and West.

SHADES OF ’58 SWEETWATER…ALMOST

Crawford used 13 minutes, 39 seconds of playing time, driving 75 yards in 26 plays, and converted three third downs and three fourth downs on its opening possession against San Pasqual Academy.

The Colts stalled at the Dragons’ 13-yard line and came up empty.

It would be difficult to find a longer possession or more total plays, but Sweetwater won an epic, 1958 playoff game at Anaheim with a touchdown drive of 24 plays and 83 yards, taking ball possession with two minutes remaining in the third quarter and scoring with two minutes left in the game.

The touchdown made the final score 7-7, but the Red Devils advanced to the Southern California semifinals with a 14-9 advantage in first downs.  The late Wayne Sevier, Sweetwater’s quarterback, once recalled  that the Red Devils won six third-down measurements and converted  a fourth and 24.

The fourth-and-forever,  drive-saving first down came on a flea-flicker pass  Sevier passed laterally to Mike Fogelsong, who threw back across the field to Sevier, who lumbered down the sideline.  “We made it by six inches,” Sevier said.

Also in the backfield for that Sweetwater team was Gil Warren, still coaching, and winning, at Olympian.

 

 

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