Will history repeat?
Madison will play at Monrovia in the Division III State Bowl playoffs this week in the first playoff ever matching a San Diego Section team against one from the Southern Section.
San Diego’s last playoff appearance as a member of the Southern Section was in 1959.
San Diego High’s 53-0 victory over Monrovia for the Southern Division championship (Long Beach Poly won the Northern Division) was a fitting farewell for Cavers coach Duane Maley and a farewell for this area.
Thirty-one San Diego County schools broke away after 45 years in the Southern Section to form the San Diego Section in 1960.
OCEANSIDE NOT SHAFTED
Huntington Beach Edison got the nod over Oceanside to play Gardena Serra in the State Bowl II Southern playoff.
The selection of the Chargers and other bowl playoff teams was determined by the 10 CIF section commissioners, including Jerry Schniepp of the San Diego Section.
Edison was the correct choice.
Schniepp officially and Oceanside coach John Carroll unofficially said all the right things and provided some strong testimony for the Pirates, but the Orange County team had a “better” loss than Oceanside.
Edison (13-1) was beaten by Santa Ana Mater Dei, 20-14 in Week 4. Oceanside (12-1) was a 30-20 loser to Temecula Chaparral in Week 3.
Mater Dei went to the Open Division finals in the Southern Section, posting an 11-3 record and 66.8 power rating, as determined by the dot.com entities Cal Preps and MaxPreps.
Chaparral was 7-1 before flattening out to a 7-4 record and 42.7 power rating.
OCEANSIDE FEELS CHAPARRAL LOSSES
The influential newsletter, Cal-Hi Sports, the final word in state high school coverage for more than 30 years, was almost apologetic when it finally dropped Oceanside below Edison in its Southern California rankings late in the season.
Oceanside’s fortunes were going down with Chaparral’s.
Oceanside (12-1) was missing key players when it was beaten by the Pumas, but, as Cal-Hi honcho Mark Tennis pointed out, teams’ injuries situations and bad luck are given no weight when the selection committee convenes.
Oceanside had a narrow power edge, 59.8 to Edison’s 59.3.
Madison (12-1) has a power rating of 42.5. Monrovia (12-2) has a 32.0 rating.
Santa Fe Christian (10-3) is the second San Diego team in the bowl playoffs, taking on Arcadia Rio Hondo at Del Norte High. The Eagles’ power rating is 23.9. ‘Hondo’s is 25.1.
Rio Hondo has a playoff history with San Diego teams in 8-man football.
The Kares defeated Francis Parker, 55-20, in 1982, during a period in which an 8-man representative in San Diego was let into the Southern Section postseason, almost always against the top-seeded team.
Final Sportswriters/Sportscasters Poll
1. Oceanside (29) 12-1 290 1
2. Poway 10-3 221 6
3. Eastlake 10-3 195 9
4. Madison 12-1 174 8
5. Mission Hills 10-3 173 4
6. Helix 10-2 151 2
7. Lincoln 10-3 105 NR
8. St. Augustine 11-2 65 7
9. Cathedral Catholic 0-10 63 4
10. Valhalla 9-4 48 NR.
First-place votes in parenthesis
Points awarded on 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis
Others receiving votes: Olympian (41), Santa Fe Christian (20), Ramona (9), La Costa Canyon (9), Grossmont (5), Francis Parker (2), and San Pasqual (1).