Royce Freeman is about to become the most famous Imperial High athlete and eventually perhaps its most notable alumnus.
Freeman ran for 315 yards and 4 touchdowns in a 42-21 victory over Sweetwater and is nearing the San Diego Section career rushing record. Freeman has 5,638 yards. Rickey Seale of Escondido set the record in 2009 with 6,694.
Prominent graduates from the Imperial Valley School include Robert Thomas, a linebacker at UCLA who was a No. 1 draft choice of the NFL St. Louis Rams in 2002, and Jim Arnaiz, a 1958 graduate and four-sport star who went on to play at Cal Poly-Pomona and become an all-time coach in San Diego County, winning 213 games at Helix.
WEIRDNESS OF POLLS
So much for Poway in the Top 10.
The Titans took a down-the-smokestack, direct hit last week, losing to rising San Pasqual, 45-7, and will undoubtedly exit the U-T San Diego poll, which appears on this site tomorrow.
Although Poway, a Division II finalist a year ago and a reputed program, didn’t make the preseason Top 10 poll, I looked at its 17-7 victory over La Costa Canyon in the opener and was one of those who voted the Titans ninth last week.
Maybe I put too much credence in the win over La Costa Canyon, usually a formidable North County squad. We’ll find out more about the Mavericks this week when they meet San Clemente.
We’ll also learn more about Cathedral this week. The Dons take on Vista Murrietta, a tough, intersectional foe from Riverside County.
Results of the voting for this week will be on the site tomorrow.
My ballot for the Week 4 poll:
1–Mission Hills (3-0). Collision looms on California Highway 78, Grizzlies and Oceanside in Week 5.
2–Oceanside (2-1). Nice bounce back win against Temecula Chaparral.
3–Madison (3-0). Passing all tests so far.
4–Helix (2-1). “A year away?” Tell it to Cathedral.
5–Eastlake (2-1). Rebuilding? Maybe they’re reloading.
6–Cathedral (2-1). Had more players dressed than home team.
7–San Pasqual (3-0). Destroyed 2012 Division II finalist.
8–St. Augustine (2-1). Abused little brother Marian.
9–Ramona (3-0). Damon Baldwin-coached Bulldogs are sharp.
10–Hilltop (3-0). Improved to 13-43 in all-time series with Chula Vista.
HELIX BURNER SHRUGS OFF CRAMPS
Jalen Davis scored on a 60-yard punt return and on a 61-yard fumble and made a gorgeous, over-the-top catch for an interception as Helix defeated Cathedral 21-14.
Davis also came off the field on four occasions to be stretched out for apparent cramps, which didn’t slow the feisty, wideout-defensive back who is one of only 12 seniors the Highlanders listed for their game with the Dons.
San Marcos overcame 125 yards in penalties and six, count’ em, six, personal fouls in a wild, 51-46 victory over Westview…the teams combined for 46 first downs…most surprising aspect of Week 3 may have been Ramona’s 52-22 win over No. 6 Grossmont…the Bulldogs slapped the Foothillers for 503 total yards and led 25-0 early in the second quarter….