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2014 Week 15-16: San Diego Teams Face High Scorers

Rick : December 14, 2014 2:06 pm : Football

Oceanside and El Capitan forged a Division I & III parlay into the state championships with convincing victories in the Southern California regional playoffs but now will take on two, explosive 15-0 teams  this week in Carson.

Oceanside (14-0) ran Central Section champion Fresno Edison off the field, 30-6  at halftime, and cruised, 37-22, last week, while El Capitan (14-0) overcame a slow start with 28 second-quarter points in a 41-0 victory over Paso Robles of the Southern Section.

Both San Diego teams can put up  points, El Cap averaging 38 and Oceanside 33, but they’ll be facing almost unprecedented firepower.

Moraga Campolindo of the North Coast Section, which averaged 46.7 points and scored 701 total, will meet El Capitan in D-III Saturday at Noon at the StubHub Center.

Oceanside faces the most daunting task as it seeks a third state championship against Folsom Friday night at 8.Folsom logo

The Bulldogs  scored 847 points, averaged 56.5 (San Diego observers saw a preview in a 55-10, opening-game Honor Bowl victory over Cathedral), and rolls with quarterback Jake Browning, who has thrown for 85 touchdowns.

That’s 85 for the year, not his career.

Browning’s three-season total is 223 and he’ll be aiming for at least a tie for the national record of 91 in one season, set by Corey Robinson of Lone Oak High in Paducah, Kentucky,  in 2010.

With apologies to  Johnny Cash and his 1956 hit, “Folsom Prison Blues,” Oceanside is going to “hear the train a comin'”, but coach John Carroll’s seasoned and tough Pirates make this game the attractive as any of the weekend.


Folsom ranks third and Oceanside fifth in Cal-Hi Sports‘ latest ratings.  The computer service gives Folsom a 71 rating and Oceanside 65.9.

Campolindo logoEl Capitan would seem to be the favorite against Campolindo, with a 59.5 rating to the Cougars’ 49.7.

Cal-Hi‘s No. 1 (13-0 Concord De La Salle) and 2 (12-2 Corona Centennial) teams will meet in the Open Division championship.

North Coast champion  De La Salle has a 71.3 rating.  Centennial is at 76.8 but has a 43-42 loss to national No. 1 Las Vegas Gorman and 28-18 defeat by Santa Ana Mater Dei, which the Huskies topped in a Southern Section playoff rematch, 27-24.

Division II pairs the Southern Section’s Redlands East Valley, 14-1 with a 51.2 grade,  against the North Coast’s Concord Clayton Valley, 15-0 and 54.9, respectively.

San Juan Capistrano St. Margaret, which eliminated Christian, 48-21, in the regional last week, takes a 15-0 record and 31.8 computer rating against Modesto Central Catholic, 11-3 and 41.4 in D-IV.

Central Catholic won a division mismatch in 2012, routing Santa Fe Christian, 66-7.

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2014 Week 15: Oceanside No. 1 Here, 5th in State

Rick : December 9, 2014 9:06 am : Football

Oceanside was the unanimous choice of 19 voters as the No. 1 San Diego Section team in the final UT-San Diego poll.

The Pirates are fifth in Cal-Hi Sports‘ state rankings with a state playoff game against Fresno Edison this week and potentially a State Division I championship game in two weeks.

The Pirates were helped in the Cal-Hi poll when some teams ahead of Oceanside throughout the season were toppled in their respective section playoffs.

Conversely, Oceanside played a tough intersectional schedule, waded through 13 opponents without a loss,  and could move higher in the season’s final two weeks.

Other San Diego Section teams in the top 25 were El Capitan, now 17th after moving up from 20th, and Helix, now 24th, down from 21st.  Mission Hills, Cathedral, and St. Augustine enjoyed, if that’s the right word, “On the Bubble” status.

El Capitan, second to Oceanside locally, plays Paso Robles, and Christian, eighth locally, plays Capistrano St. Margaret in other state playoffs.

# Team (1st place votes) W-L Points* Previous
1 Oceanside (19) 13-0 190 1
2 El Capitan 13-0 160 3
3 Helix 10-3 150 5
4 Mission Hills 9-3 118 4
5 Cathedral 10-2 107 2
6 St. Augustine 8-5 84 NR
7 Rancho Bernardo 10-3 64 7
8 Christian 13-0 64 8
9 Madison 9-4 43 NR
10 Eastlake 7-4 27 6

*Awarded on 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. NR–Not ranked.

Others receiving votes:    The Bishop’s 17; San Marcos, 6; Hoover, Torrey Pines, Ramona, 2 each; El Camino, 1.

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2014 Week 15: 3 Good to Go in State Playoffs

Rick : December 7, 2014 7:46 pm : Football


That’s the way pairings shook out for San Diego Section teams today when CIF state commissioner Roger Blake announced that three area squads will host games in the first round of the state playoffs.

Officially titled the 2014 CIF Regional Championship Bowl games, the schedule calls for two games here Friday night, Dec. 12, and one on Saturday, Dec. 13.

The Southern Section’s San Juan Capistrano St. Margaret (14-0) will be at Granite Hills High for a Division IV game to take on Christian (13-0) Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Oceanside (13-0) will play host to Fresno Edison (12-1) of the Central Section in a D-I contest at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

El Capitan (13-0) is home on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. against Paso Robles (13-1) of the Southern Section.

San Diego teams have never numbered three in the state playoff series. The area was represented by two teams each in 2009, 2010, and 2012.

Games were played at the Home Depot/Stub Hub Center in Carson.

School Opponent Year Division Score
Oceanside Novato 2007 II 28-14
Cathedral Stockton St. Mary’s 2008 II 37-34
Francis Parker Modesto Christian 2009 IV 40-44
Oceanside San Jose Bellarmine  2009 I 24-19
Madison Escalon 2010 III 14-30
The Bishop’s Stockton Brookside 2010 IV 40-14
Helix Loomis Del Oro 2011 II 35-24
Madison @Monrovia 2012 South III 21-17
Madison Kentfield Marin Catholic  2012 III 37-34
Santa Fe Christian Arcadia Rio Hondo @Del Norte  2012 South IV 30-28
Santa Fe Christian Modesto Central Catholic  2012 IV 7-66
Mission Hills Bakersfield 2013 South I 28-35

Edison, second oldest school in Fresno, having opened in 1906, has sent a number of players to the NFL, but never has visited this area.

(Fresno High pulled out of a scheduled game with San Diego in 1946 and Fresno Sunnyside defeated Torrey Pines, 22-21, in 2009).

The Edison Tigers won the County Metro League championship this season, with only a 15-14 loss to Sanger.

Edison defeated Bakersfield Liberty, 21-14, to get here and also holds a 15-14 win over Bakersfield, last year’s state D-I champion.

Oceanside won state championships in 2007  and in 2009  before advent of the Southern California regional bracket.


El Capitan had not been to a San Diego Section championship game in 51 years, much less win and host a state playoff.

The Paso Robles Bearcats, who’ve been around since 1901, will make a 331-mile journey South and hope for some clear skies.

The far North Southern Section team advanced by defeating Newbury Park, 13-10, on a muddy field at the Paso’s Flamson Middle School park, the gridiron of which is natural grass.

Cathedral topped 11-3 Newbury Park, 42-28, on the road in Week 5.

The Bearcats’ only loss was on the road in Week 10, 28-18, to 10-3 Atascadero.


St. Margaret, which opened in 1979, has faced many small school teams in the San Diego Section, but this is its first meeting with Christian.

The Tartans will face a Patriots team that has won 20 games in a row and still smarting, somewhat, from the administrative politics which prevented them from competing in the state event in 2013.

Coach Matt Oliver’s team was an enrollment fit for Division IV but was considered only for a D-III bid which it did not receive.

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2014 Week 14: Champions Await State Invites

Rick : December 6, 2014 7:44 pm : Football

John Carroll hasn’t won 247 games for nothing.

Thrown off by Helix’ speed and quick start, Carroll, coaching from the Southwestern College press box, went to a no-huddle offense late in the third quarter and Oceanside scored the game’s last 17 points to put away Helix, 20-13, in the San Diego Section Open Division final.

“We had the up-tempo in the game plan the whole time,” Pirates quarterback Matt Romero told John Maffei of the Union-Tribune.  “I’m not sure why we didn’t use  it in the first half, but we came out second half and did it and it was successful.”

Warhorse Josh Bernard gouged out 84 yards in 18 carries and made 13 tackles on  defense for the Pirates.

Nate Stinson had Helix looking good after a 76-yard touchdown run in the first quarter gave the Highlanders a 10-0 lead.

Carroll now is 6-2 against Helix in the finals.

This was Oceanside’s 15th section championship, dating to the first won by Herb Meyer’s 1963 squad.


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2014: Elena Casanova Cota, Matriarch of Athletic Family

Rick : December 6, 2014 7:07 am : Football

The St.Charles Borromeo Church was filled to its football-field-sized capacity Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, as family members and friends said goodbye to Elena Casanova Cota, who accomplished much in her 94 years.

Mrs. Cota raised five sons and a daughter and three of those sons created an athletic legacy at St. Augustine High.

Eldest son Paul was a standout half-mile runner at St. Augustine and San Diego State. Paul and younger brothers Ron and Richard helped their designer father, a civil engineer, assemble the track and field facilities at the school.

Richard was the Eastern League mile champion at 4:26.8 in 1964 and was a member of outstanding teams at Mesa College and San Diego State, where he lowered his best time to 4:12.

Ron was a first-team all-San Diego Section linebacker on the 1961 Saints team that posted a 6-1-1 record.  Ron also played at Cal Poly (Pomona).  His son, Stephen, was a second-team all-section choice as a linebacker and played on the 13-0 Point Loma team of 1987.

Stephen ‘s nephew and Ron’s grandson lettered in football on Point Loma’s 2013 squad.

“Above all, our mother was always there, for all of us,” said Ron.

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2014 Weeks 13-14: It’s Oceanside and Helix, Again

Rick : December 1, 2014 10:51 am : Football

The San Diego Section could get as many as three teams and as few as none in the upcoming state football playoffs.


Oceanside, now ranked fifth in Cal-Hi Sports’ top 25  (the highest a San Diego Section team has been since the ‘Side finished third in 2009), is a probable lock for a Division I berth if it can get past Helix in the San Diego Open final.

The Pirates (12-0) struggled in the semifinals, falling behind Mission Hills, 28-14, before overcoming the Grizzlies, 38-31.

Helix (10-2) defeated Cathedral (10-2), 27-5, reversing an early-season loss to the Dons.

Oceanside Logo 160x160Oceanside has been gaining in the Cal-Hi Sports’ poll, moving up three spots in recent weeks as teams in front of the Pirates have been eliminated in the Southern Section playoffs.

Oceanside would take a 13-0 record into the state playoffs if it knocks off Helix, No. 21, according to Cal-Hi Sports, but the Pirates aren’t a candidate for the State Open Division.

The South opponent for the North’s Concord De La Salle will be the winner of the Southern Section Open final between Bellflower St. John Bosco and Corona Centennial. Those teams rank 1-2 in Southern California.  Oceanside is third.

With two losses, 9-7 to Cathedral in September and 27-17 to El Capitan in the Grossmont Hills title game, Helix could beat Oceanside but not advance.

Oceanside is making its 23rd trip to the finals, Helix its 16th.  The teams have met in the championship seven times in the last 14 seasons, coach John Carroll’s Pirates leading, 5 games to 2.

Kickoff is Saturday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. at Southwestern College, site for all five championships.


Helix 24, Oceanside 17.


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2014 Week 12: Heady Atmosphere for Some Qualifiers

Rick : November 23, 2014 4:44 pm : Football

No less than seven teams still alive in the San Diego Section playoffs haven’t been this far in at least 10 years.

Sixteen teams are preparing for eight semifinal games this week, with the computer-oriented seeding process playing out well, but not much differently than when  it was with coaches hollering and screaming on Selection Saturday.

El Capitan, the 24th-ranked team in the state, has not been to the semifinals since 1991. Morse is making its first foray since 1996, followed by El Camino and Hoover (2000), Mater Dei (2003), and Castle Park and Rancho Bernardo (2004).

El Camino made plays such as this interrception by C.J. Simmons to upset Steele Canyon as UT-San Diego cameraman  Misael Virgen focused his lens on one-handed snatch.

El Camino made plays such as this interrception by C.J. Simmons to upset Steele Canyon. UT-San Diego photographer Misael Virgen focused his lens on one-handed snatch.

Pairings-wise, the Open Division is perfectly aligned with No. 1 Oceanside (11-0) acting as  host to No. 4 Mission Hills (9-2) and No. 2 Cathedral (10-1) welcoming No. 3 Helix (9-2).

The stars also are positioned in D-II with 1 El Capitan (11-0) at home to 4 Brawley (9-2) and 3 Rancho Bernardo (9-2) at 2 San Marcos (10-1).  Same for D-IV, with 4 Castle Park (8-3) at 1 The Bishop’s (11-0) and 3 El Centro Central (6-5) at 2 Mater Dei (6-5).

There were some quarterfinals surprises.

Actually, a big surprise  when 11 Morse (6-6) shut down 3 Sweetwater’s run-crazy Wing T offense and ushered the Red Devils out, 12-0,  ending their winning streak at 19 consecutive games.

D-I No. 7 El Camino (7-5), a loser of 4 in a row at the end of the regular season and outscored 106-28 during that span, won its second straight playoff, edging 2 Steele Canyon, 34-33, on a field goal by Antonio Garcia with six seconds left.

The Wildcats face 5 St. Augustine (6-5) while 4 Madison (8-3) visits 1 La Costa Canyon (7-5).

Morse now tries again against No.2 Christian (11-0) in D-III, while 5 Granite Hills (9-2) goes to 1 Hoover.


In surviving a game which saw six lead changes in  the second half and 31 fourth-quarter points, El Camino coach John Roberts forged an interesting matchup.

Roberts was on the staff of Richard Sanchez’s at St. Augustine before taking over the Oceanside school’s program this season.

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2014 Week 12: Playoffs Essentially Begin This Evening

Rick : November 20, 2014 11:03 am : Football

The real racing in the San Diego Section playoffs, including competition in the Open Division, begins tonight with quarterfinals games on fields drying out from recent rain.

Teams with championship hopes also have their sights set beyond, to the state playoffs which begin in  three weeks,  following section championships.

Oceanside is seventh in Cal-Hi Sports‘ Top 25 for the third consecutive week, with Cathedral  17th, and El Capitan 24th.

Oceanside is fifth in Division I South, El Capitan first in D-III South, and Christian first in D-IV South.

Cathedral is 13th in D-I South, while Helix, Eastlake, and Mission Hills tread cautiously on the bubble.

San Diego’s Open Division champion, be it Oceanside or Cathedral, likely will get strong consideration for a berth in the State D-I playoffs.

Oceanside would be a longshot for a state Open invitation, logically because Southern Section contenders for the Open would have gone through a competitively much tougher playoff run.

Cathedral  would not be considered  even if it won San Diego’s Open.  The Dons would not be able to live down the 55-10, season-opening loss to Folsom.

El Capitan would be favored for a D-III state playoff berth should it win out in D-II in San Diego.   Christian, because it has less than 500 students, would drop from D-III to D-IV if it gets that far.

Rancho Bernardo, Sweetwater and San Marcos rank 8, 9, and 10 respectively in D-III South.

State playoff divisions are determined in part by enrollment, “competitive equity” (good wins vis-a-vis bad losses, strength of schedule), and politics.

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2014 Weeks 11-12: First Round Like Regular Season

Rick : November 15, 2014 12:18 pm : Football

Sixty-four playoff teams became 32, but the action was more like an 11th regular-season game, everyone awaiting the real postseason.

It all should change this week, with Open Division competition beginning in the quarterfinals and with some decent offerings.

Eastlake (7-3), seeded fifth in the Open, visits No. 4 Mission Hills (8-2).

Division I sends 6 Vista (6-5) to 5 St. Augustine (5-5).

D-IV  has 4 University City (7-4)  at 5 Castle Park (7-3), and 3 Classical (9-1) goes to 2 Calexico Vincent Memorial (9-1) in D-V.


saints logo deuce–Has St. Augustine recovered enough from mid-season injuries and a loaded schedule to stop rising Vista, which has outscored its last two opponents, 76-21.

–What’s with Oceanside, averaging a touchdown less a game in its last three, after averaging 37 points in its first seven?  The ‘Side labored  in a 28-14 win over Carlsbad in Week 8 and take on the Lancers again.

–Can 9 seed  Francis Parker pull off the longest of long shots against 1 seed Hoover in D-III? Always low in  numbers, the Lancers, struck by a veritable tsunami of injuries,  morally  forfeited a mid-season game to Morse. They bounced back and were impressive in a 41-21 win over 8 Monte Vista.

ScrippsRanch–Will Scripps Ranch have another kookie comeback up its sleeve when the No. 11 Falcons take on almost-neighbor Rancho Bernardo, the 3 in D-III?  Coach Joe Meyer’s birds of prey were out of it, 20-0, at 6 Valley Center, then scored 27 points in the final 8:47 to win, 27-20.

–Can Madison  run the table after 3 losses to start the season?  The Warhawks have won their last seven and take on Point Loma, which they rousted, 36-14, for the Western League championship two weeks ago.

–Is 9-1 San Marcos to be discounted or is Mission Hills that good?  The Knights took a 55-13 shellacking from the Grizzlies two weeks ago and now meet 6-5 Lincoln, whose Hornets are up and down but pack a sting.


Favorites won 70 per cent of first-round games, 14 of 20.  Seeds 1 through 5 escaped disaster.  Most significant reversals were by Scripps Ranch and Morse,  which topped 6 Bonita Vista, 14-7, in overtime in another 6-11 game.Fallbrook

Buying or selling?  No. 5 Granite Hills (8-3) at No. 4 Fallbrook (7-3) in D-III.  The East County Eagles have scored 159 points in their last three game and are averaging 38.8.

Buying or selling? No. 10 La Jolla (6-5)  at 1 Christian (10-0) in D-III.  The Vikings look overmatched against the powerful Patriots, but La Jolla has scored 121 points in its last two games and is averaging 39.

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2014 Week 11: Top Teams, Enjoy Your Week Off

Rick : November 10, 2014 7:15 pm : Football

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 (; 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 (; Steve (Biff) Dolan, Rick (Red) Hill (Mountain Country 107.9 FM); Bodie DeSilva (; Drew Smith (


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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  1. Billy Ervin says:

    Nothing about that 1979 Morse High Tigers break away backfield QB Keith Magee.
    RB Dino Babers, RB Billy Ervin, FB mark Kennedy, who made the Tribune athlete
    of the week……1978* 79 Tigers finished 11-1 and is not recognized……how can I find my

  2. John Carter says:

    I just read about this website from this morning’s paper in Nick’s column, what a great find! I played on Kearny’s 1973 undefeated CIF Champioship team, and our 1973-74 basketball team was undefeated and CIF champions as well. I’ve always wondered if there has ever been a year where both football and basketball teams were undefeated and champions in San Diego County history? Thank you for all your work with high school sports history over the years!

    • Rick says:

      I thanked Nick. And I thank you. I don’t think there have been undefeated football and basketball teams at the same school.
      It’s just too tough a double. Undefeated football teams are more common. I’ll do some research.

  3. Buzz Ponce says:

    Interesting overview on St. Augustine for this upcoming season. Frank Buncom IV, however, is a cornerback, not a linebacker. His grandfather, as I know you are aware, was the original number 55 for the San Diego Chargers and is in the team’s Hall of Fame. Very interestingly, the other iconic number 55 for the Chargers — Junior Seau — has a nephew on St. Augustine’s team that also plays linebacker. Quinn Seau and Buncom IV have roots that parallel the greats in Chargers history. You can read a chapter on Buncom IV and Quinn Seau’s similarities in my book, “Finding Frank: Full Circle in a Life Cut Short.”

    • Rick says:

      I missed on Buncom IV’s position, but I don’t think he’s a cornerback. He’s more of a “monster” in that he’s all over the field, almost a strong safety. I’ve heard of your book. I also interviewed Frank Buncom, Jr., after Chargers games when I was a sports writer at the Evening Tribune. Nice man. Tragic ending.

  4. holly bryant says:

    1978 — Dan Henson was the coach at Christian
    2007 — Grossmont was 2-1 for 2nd place (West Hills was 3-0)

    • Rick says:

      Thank you for the info on Christian’s coach in 1978.. I could not find coaching listings for some schools in late seventies, as the CIF San Diego office does not have directories for those years. I also corrected the Grossmont-West Hills standings. For some reason the 5 teams in the Grossmont North played only three league games instead of four, so there’s no round-robin format.

  5. Absolutely awesome site. I just discovered it by accident right now. Love it. I am 2nd generation born, raised, played and coached in the South Bay of San Diego. I have always loved the CIF-SDS history. I’ll be spending a lot of time (I already have spent a lot) surfing this site.
    Thank you,

    Justin J. Schaeffer
    Resource Teacher
    Head Football Coach
    Murrieta Mesa High School
    (951) 677-0568 ext. 6421

    GO RAMS!!!!!
    Character, integrity and hard work breed opportunity.
    see us at

    • Rick says:

      Thanks for the very kind words, coach, and for subscribing. We have an article going today on three San Diego Section championship games yesterday.

  6. Bob Dexter says:

    I thought it might have been a misprint. Thanks, Rick for checking -still an impressive offensive show by La Jolla.

    • Rick says:

      Impressive indeed, Bob. The 63 points is a La Jolla record for one game, surpassing a romp in which it whacked Kearny, 61-20, in 2002. Last week’s win also ties a 57-0 rout of Coronado in 1990 for largest point differential. Adding to that, back in the heyday of Dan Berry and Butch Taylor the Vikings beat San Dieguito, 57-7 in 1961,. Those are the three highest scores in school history. La Jolla has been punishing U. City for years, including 56-7 in 2012.

  7. Bob Dexter says:

    I saw a score from last Friday. There were no details just the line score. At the end of 3 quarters La Jolla and University City were tied 0-0. The final was La Jolla 63, University City 6. High school quarters I believe are 12 minutes. How did La Jolla score 9 touchdowns in 12 minutes? (9 one play drives?) Does anyone have details on this game?

    • Rick says:

      I wondered about that, too, but a check with Jesse Kearney at UT-San Diego revealed that the actual score by quarters was La Jolla, 19-20-10-14–63 and U. City, 6-0-0-0–6. Sixty-three points in one quarter? That’s 9 touchdowns and 9 PAT attempts and 3 PAT in 12 minutes I suppose anything’s possible. Perhaps it’s happened in 8-man or 6-man. Thanks for writing, Bob.

  8. Jasen Boyens says:

    Orange Glen has gone the way of Sweetwater, Morse, Lincoln; victims of changing demographics over time. For OG it all started to fall apart when Valley Center HS opened, and the Patriots lost all those corn-fed farm boys! So many good players came out of VC, as evidenced by Rob Gilster’s sustained success with the Jaguars. Orange Glen was also victimized by the Escondido School District, whose board members were largely Escondido HS alums – implementation of a free-for-all transfer policy within the district, intended to bolster the Cougars’ fortunes. Despite the courageous Early family’s laudable decision to keep Andy and Austin home at OG, in hopes of bolstering Patriot fortunes, the football program remains decrepit. Dick Disney was a great man whose impact on many lives, including my own, continues through the decades.

    • Rick says:

      Jasen, very interesting comments. You could add several other city schools to that mix. Orange Glen did have it going. I think there have been 3 or 4 NFL players, Salisbury, Lenny McGill, I think, and maybe a couple others.

  9. BoyensJC says:


    Thought you might find this photo [ed: of the OG QB club] interesting;

    We had some pretty good quarterbacks come through Orange Glen for a spell there in the late 70’s through the early 1990’s. Lead by Salisbury, of course, but Doug Disney (and his older brother, Rick), Jon Mitchell, and Cree Morris were all San Diego CIF.

    • Rick says:

      What’s happened with Orange Glen football? Patriots had it going back then. I remember Dick Dinesy as an all-star at Point Loma, then later as an assistant for Chick Embrey at Escondido before he opened O.G. Last I heard Sean Salkisbury was in radio in Chicago. Thanks for writing.

      • Buzz Ponce says:

        Dick Disney also was the first varsity football coach at San Marcos High School when it opened in 1961, following his stint at Escondido HS with Chick Embrey. He was at San Marcos (which was then in the Escondido Union HS District) until Orange Glen launched in 1962-63. He was an incredible coach, and an incredible person. After his retirement at OG, he was elected to the Escondido Union HS District Board of Trustees where he served until his death in 1997.
        RIP, Coach Disney.

      • Rick says:

        I met Disney when he assisted Chick with the 1960 team that won the first San Diego section championship. I always wondered how he got to Escondido, considering he was a big name in high school in the city at Point Loma. thanks for writing, Buzz.

  10. Bob Dexter says:

    Rick, Thank you for the kind comments. Coach Leslie was definitely the right man to get our program going. That 1971 season was a lot of fun!

  11. Bob Dexter says:


    Regarding your article on the best defenses in history, the 1971 Patrick Henry Patriots went 11-1 outscoring the opposition 267-53 an average of 4.4 points. We had 5 shutouts and never allowed more than 8 points in any one game. We lost to Grossmont 8-7 in the championship game but it was a great season.

    I became aware of your great website from Henrik.

    • Rick says:

      Bob: The writer posed a question involving only “championship” teams. I researched from that angle but should have taken it further and included all teams. A one-point loss to Grossmont doesn’t dim the luster of that 1971 Patrick Henry club. Coach Russ Leslie got the new school up and running very quickly. The Patriots reached the San Diego Section finals in their third varsity season and were in the finals three times from 1971-74.

  12. malcolm pusey says:

    Great info. But I would like read tidbits for every season. How about a list of the greatest players (by position), teams and coaches of all time?
    I am just trying to help.

    • Rick says:

      Malcolm, great idea. I have been thinking somewhat along those lines. I guess I would start with Charlie Powell at one of the ends although he played fullback one year at San Diego High. Jack Mashin and Duane Maley would be near the top of my coaches’ list, but I’m first concentrating on the yearly reviews and the yearly scoring leaders. Are you related to Duane Pusey, 13-foot pole vaulter at Grossmont in 1949?

  13. Rick says:

    Mark: I’m not familiar with Jimmy Anderson. Ernie Zampese’s son, Ken, is on the Bengals staff and graduated from University High. I think Dante Scarnecchia played at Cal Western, later USIU.
    I see Lenny arevalo at breakfast every Thursday, so tell me his story and I’ll surprise him. Were you with Shacklett and Mendoza at Morse?

    • Mark Monroe says:

      Len’s story is set in 1973 the first year Jimmy Anderson was hired to teach at Morse and coach the defensive line for Shack. While the two of them were out for a jog around the neighborhood Jim asked Len “where do you see yourself in 10 years” Len replied “here @ Morse, I like what I am doing, why where are you gonna be?” Jim says ” I am going to be coaching in the NFL” and he still is as one of the longest tenured assistant coaches in the NFL. Coach Anderson is the innovative mind behind the warm up Morse would do before and after games known as “Tiger Jays” A tradition that has lasted from 1974 to 2011. Len can tell you the story about Dante. Bob, Len and I recently had lunch with Coach Anderson and Len told that story. Yes I had the pleasure of working with Coach Shack, Mendoza and Arevalo at Morse for 24 years. It was kind of weird working there since I graduated in 1971 and knew them as my idols. Thanks for the reply, Coach Monroe.

  14. Mark Monroe says:

    Wow great job! I worked at Morse for 24 years and have a story Len Arevalo likes to tell about Cincinnati running back coach Jimmy Anderson and New England line coach Dante Scarnecchia. Interested?

  15. Todd Tobias says:

    Great stuff, Rick! I will be reading daily. I bet I’ll find some good crossover stuff for potential AFL stories!

  16. John Walker says:

    Will you be adding a section for All-CIF and All-League players. The reason I’m asking is because I was a 2nd team All Eastern League linebacker for Patrick Henry in 1984 and I lost the newspaper clipping.

    • Rick says:

      John: I’m trying to get these narratives written for each year, plus finding scoring leaders for every year. In time I hope to get to the “all” teams. Thanks for writing.

  17. Albert Oliver says:

    Hi Rick. I played in the 1961 Lincoln/ Saints game losing 13 to 6 to Lincoln.
    Your parents Doug & Jane knew mine Al & Virginia Oliver ( Both Dads in the fishing industry).
    Just wanted to say hi.
    Still live in San Diego..( El Cajon).
    Al Oliver…12/07/2012

    • Rick says:

      Al: Good to hear from you. I see Ron Cota and John Nettles often. I think that was the game in which John made a one-handed catch. Willie Shaw and Vernus Ragsdale combined for about 225 yards rushing in that game.

  18. Richard Houk says:

    Just discovered your wonderful site (thanks to Don Norcross). It is wonderful to see a comprehensive listing of San Diego County’s proud history. I was a part of the 1965 San Dieguito Mustangs and noticed that you may have the wrong score entered for the San Dieguito/Poway game. I believe San Dieguito won, 19-14. It is entered correctly on San Dieguito’s record but not Poway’s. Thank you for putting all of this together!

    • Rick says:

      Richard: The score has been corrected. Game played Sept. 24, 1965. I’ll come up with the scoring summary and send. Thanks for commenting.

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