The computer and the writers, broadcasters, and administrative honchos are in agreement. The elite, top 10 teams in the UT-San Diego poll won’t be asked to mingle with the proletariat in the first round of the Division I-V postseason.
The CIF’s computer-based seedings byed each team, from Oceanside to San Marcos. The top 10 clubs have a combined, 89-11 record.
The poll vote after Week 11:
|#||Team (1st place votes)||W-L||Points*||Previous|
*Awarded on 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis.
Others receiving votes: Madison, 18; Ramona, 15; The Bishop’s 10; Hoover, 5; Torrey Pines, 4; Steele Canyon, 3; West Hills, 2; Bonita Vista, 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).
Why not Mar Vista?
The Mariners were 6-4 but were unable to crash the D-III lineup, which included five teams with 5-5 records and another with a 4-6.
Tyler Arciaga’s team won two intersectional games and played undefeated Sweetwater to a 24-13 loss.
The computer wasn’t impressed.
EL CAP 10-0 BUT IN D-II
Ron Burner’s Vaqueros became the unexpected kings of the East County after beating Helix, 24-17, for Grossmont Hills championship.
Why wouldn’t El Capitan go into the Open Division, what with its victory over Helix and that Helix is a No. 3 seed in that alignment?
Because teams were slotted by a formula which weighed their overall success during the previous five years (see Mar Vista, but that doesn’t make sense; the Mariners were 35-22 from 2009-13).
The five-year rule was established in 2013, not to overwhelming approval.
WHY LA COSTA CANYON NO. 1 IN D-I?
It couldn’t be that the computer also was affected by the perceived bias of the North County media? Could it?
La Costa Canyon finished with a 5-5 record and won the top seed, over Madison (7-3), Steele Canyon (7-3), and St. Augustine (5-5).
The Mavericks biggest win I suppose was 21-13 over Rancho Bernardo, the No. 3 seed in D-II.
La Costa Canyon defeated lower-level Orange County squad Trabuco Hills, 34-7, and came up soft against Newport Beach Corona Del Mar, 38-0, and Oceanside, 35-6.
St. Augustine and Madison played much tougher schedules.
Off the five-year comparisons!
CAN YOU TOP THIS?
Don Carlos Stafford was an all-San Diego Section fullback at St. Augustine in 1962, but Stafford took a backseat to his nephew last week.
Torrey Pines wide receiver, Jack Bailey, headed to San Diego State, one-upped his uncle and caught 4 passes for 217 yards in the Falcons’ 13-0 victory over La Costa Canyon. Included was a 70-yard touchdown and gains of 74, 12, and 61 yards.