2014 Week 8: Oceanside Faces Tough Final 4

Can anyone topple No. 1 Oceanside?

We’ll just stick with the regular season for now.

The Pirates’ last 4 opponents have a combined 16-8 won-loss record.

On paper, no  other team in the UT-San Diego weekly top 10 (see below) has a  more difficult month ahead except No. 9 El Camino and No. 4 El Capitan, whose final 4 opponents also are 16-8.

No. 2 Cathedral would appear to have the best opportunity to move up, with a final three that has posted a combined 8-6 mark.

Not so quick.  Two of Cathedral’s last three are Lincoln (4-2) and Catholic rival St. Augustine, which seems better than its 2-4 record.

Of course, it’s all on paper.  Anything can happen now that league play is on in earnest.

Oceanside begins its stretch run this week with an Avocado West opener against 4-2 Torrey Pines.

These are not the Falcons of the Ed Burke era, but  Torrey won its last 3 games by an average score of 33-12, and they played it close in losses to Mission Hills (17-21) and Cathedral (7-8).

The table lists the remaining opponents for this week’s Top 10:

=League. @Away.

Team Opponents Combined
1 Oceanside (6-0) =Torrey Pines, =Carlsbad, =@La Costa Canyon, =@El Camino 16-8
2 Cathedral (6-1) =Lincoln, =@St. Augustine, =@Mira Mesa 8-6
3 Helix (5-1) =@Mount Miguel, =Valhalla, =Grossmont, =@El Capitan 16-9
4 El Capitan (6-0) =Valhalla, =Steele Canyon, =@Mount Miguel, =Helix 16-8
5 Mission Hills (4-2) =Rancho Buena Vista, =Del Norte, =@Vista, =@San Marcos 13-11
6 San Marcos (6-0) =Del Norte, =@Vista, =San Pasqual, =Mission Hills 10-14
7 Ramona (5-1) =Westview, =@Poway, =@Rancho Bernardo, Carlsbad 9-15
8 Eastlake (3-3) =@Chula Vista, =Bonita Vista, =@Olympian, =Otay Ranch 11-15
9 El Camino (5-1) Vista, =Torrey Pines, =@Carlsbad, =Oceanside 16-8
10 Christian Hilltop, =@Clairemont, =@University City, Santa Fe Christian

Poll result after Week 7:

# Team (1st place votes) W-L Points* Previous
1 Oceanside (19) 6-0 190 1
2 Cathedral 6-1 159 2
3 Helix 5-1 148 4
4 El Capitan 6-0 127 5
5 Mission Hills 4-2 120 2
6 San Marcos 6-0 83 6
7 Ramona 5-1 69 9T
8 Eastlake 3-3 42 9T
9 El Camino 5-1 31 NR
10 Christian 6-0 20 NR

*Awarded on 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis.

Others receiving votes:   Sweetwater, 18;  Steele Canyon, 12; La Costa Canyon, 8; Point Loma, 5; Granite Hills, St. Augustine,  The Bishop’s, 2, each. Rancho Bernardo, 1.

Nineteen sportswriters, sportscasters, and CIF representatives from throughout San Diego County vote in the weekly poll: John Maffei, Kirk Kenney, UT-San Diego; Terry Monahan, Tom Saxe, Rick Hoff (UT-San Diego correspondents); Bill Dickens (eastcountysports.com); Steve Brand (San Diego Hall of Champions); John Kentera, Ted Mendenhall, Bob Petinak, (The Mighty 1090); Jerry Schniepp (CIF San Diego Section); Rick Willis, Brandon Stone, (KUSI-TV); Bruce Ward (San Diego City Schools); Rick Smith (partletonsports.com); Steve (Biff) Dolan, Rick (Red) Hill (Mountain Country 107.9 FM); Bodie DeSilva (Sandiegopreps.com); Drew Smith (sdcoastalsports.com).

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