2014: Cut Christian Some Slack?

Christian can’t get no respect.

Pardon the double negative, but maybe the UT-San Diego poll voters should train an eye on the Patriots of El Cajon.  Me included.

The Patriots are 4-0 and the No. 1-ranked Division IV team in Southern California, according to Cal-Hi Sports.

Should coach Matt Oliver’s club be ranked in the Top 10? It was 12-1 and won the D-IV championship in 2013 .  Its only loss was 24-21 to Mission Bay, the Patriots’ opponent this week.


Tradition and family run deep at Christian.

Quarterback David Jeremiah, the leader of this year’s team, is the nephew of  Dan Jeremiah, who quarterbacked Christian to D-IV titles in 1993, ’94, and ’95.

Dan’s older brother and David’s father (also named David) played at Christian in the late ‘eighties.

Another David, last name Beezer, is the athletic director at Christian and was the 23-year-old coach of the Patriots when they won in ’93.

Beezer was 30-9 in three seasons, with three titles.

Results of the voting after Week 4:

# Team (1st place votes) W-L Points* Previous
1 Oceanside (19) 4-0 190 2
2 Mission Hills 3-0 156 3
3 Cathedral 3-1 144 5
4 Helix 3-1 131 1
5 El Capitan 4-0 112 4
6 Ramona 4-0 98 6
7 St. Augustine 2-2 84 7
8 San Marcos 4-0 42 10
9 La Costa Canyon 3-1 33 NR
10 Eastlake 2-2 17 NR

*Awarded on 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis.
NR: not ranked.
Others receiving votes: Steele Canyon, 15; Granite Hills, 11; Sweetwater, 9;  Christian, 3; Rancho Bernardo, 2.

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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