Give it up for Fallbrook!
The Warriors claimed their first league title since 2003 this week with a 31-6 victory over Orange Glen.
The Valley League championship might also get the Warriors more than a cursory look from area observers.
Quietly, almost surreptiously, Fallbrook has crept to a 7-2 record but hasn’t received one vote of a possible 190 (19 voters each week) in the first 10 weeks of the UT-San Diego Top 10 poll.
One of Fallbrook’s losses was a 47-7 zinger to El Camino, after which the Wildcats’ season went South. The other was 13-8 to San Marcos, which will take a 9-0 record into its “Discovery Bowl” city rivalry game with Mission Hills in the regular-season finale.
SHARED WITH TWO OTHERS
Fallbrook tied for first with Oceanside and La Costa Canyon in 2003 but advanced to the Divsion I final, losing to Torrey Pines, 7-3.
The Warriors were comatose from 2004-13, posting an overall record of 21-82-2 under 4 different coaches. First-year coach Kyle Williams was 2-8 in 2013, but laid the groundwork for this season’s recovery.
LIKE FATHER, LIKE…
Zack Podraza works Friday nights. His father works Sundays.
Quarterbacking Scripps Ranch, the younger Podraza threw for 308 yards and 3 touchdowns in a 62-37 loss to St. Augustine. Dad Tim Podraza has been a game official in the NFL since 2008, working as a line judge.
Valhalla won the “Jamacha Helmet for its 25-24 victory over Steele Canyon…Jamacha Road runs through San Diego and El Cajon and is near the schools…Grossmont coach Tom Karlo was on the short end of a 56-10 score against Helix, but he was the Foothillers’ starting quarterback in their last victory over Helix, 28-14 in 1991…Grossmont is 0-17 against Helix since…rampaging Christian was so far ahead of University City that the Patriots were involved in a running clock in the second half for the eighth time this season…Christian’s Adrian Petty led the way in the 42-6 victory, rushing for 174 yards and 4 touchdowns, then sitting out the last two quarters….