2014 Week 11: Top Teams, Enjoy Your Week Off

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
1 Oceanside (18) 10-0 189 1
2 Cathedral (1) 9-1 167 2
3 El Capitan 10-0 152 4
4 Mission Hills 8-2 121 5
5 Helix 8-2 122 3
6 Eastlake 7-3 66 7
7 Rancho Bernardo 8-2 48 10
8 Christian 10-0 47 8
9 Sweetwater 10-0 39 9
10 San Marcos 9-1 31 6

*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.


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.


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!


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.

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4 Responses to 2014 Week 11: Top Teams, Enjoy Your Week Off

  1. jg says:

    Sounds like you’re pissed off at the selectors, with good reason. Looking at today’s ut preps preview, of the forty teams playing , 14 have losing records and 12 are 5-5. Only fourteen are deserving of being in the tournament based on rewarding winning teams as it should be. It’s sad that these people don’t use the human element when choosing who is to play.

  2. Greg says:

    The San Diego Section has painted themselves into a corner in the opening round of the playoffs. Just think if they did not have an open division and took the top 16 teams that were in D-1 before splitting off to the Open division. You would have all the top teams playing in the first round with some decent games. Include El Capitan, too.

    Three of the four opening round games in the Open are rematches! Most games include teams with losing or .500 records. Enough to make anyone pay 9 dollars or so to watch these fiasco of teams? In games I don’t think the kids want to play in?

    Outdated already!
    Southern Section offers many attractive matchups tonight [Nov 14, 2014], as every team that qualified for the playoffs is in action.

    San Diego Section again is left behind.

    • Rick says:

      I’m obviously old school, but I remember when the playoffs were a privilege, not a right. Too many bad teams, whose presence diminishes the importance of good won-loss records and league championships. The CIF has a vested financial interest. The more teams the merrier.

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