North County’s game of the year is Friday night, when Oceanside and Mission Hills, ranked 1-2 in the UT-San Diego football voting, will roll in the dirt for more than just neighborhood bragging rights.
Mission Hills (4-0), which became a San Diego Section force under former Vista coach Chris Hauser, seeks its first-ever win over John Carroll’s Pirates (3-1). Oceanside holds a 5-0-1 advantage in a series that has been played regularly since 2009.
The teams tied 10-10 in 2011 and Oceanside has beaten the Grizzlies in Section finals in 2007 and 2010 and in the semifinals in 2009. The Pirates have had an average scoring advantage of 31-12 and outscored their Highway 78 rivals 185-76.
Another big game will match Cathedral and Southern Section power Murietta Vista Murietta.
The Broncos, Riverside County’s premier team and a Southern Section power, have victories of 66-28 over Downey, 52-13 over Yucaipa, and 69-21 over Redlands East Valley.
Cathedral is 2-1 and figures to be Murietta’s biggest test in the regular season.
The Top 10 still is the same at the top, but San Pasqual (4-0), and Eastlake (3-1) have been coming on.
|Team/1st Place Votes in ( )||2013 Record||Points*||Last Week|
|2||Mission Hills (6)||4-0||292||2|