Two things learned in Week 1:
Helix might be less and St. Augustine might be more.
The No. 1 Highlanders, ranked ninth in the state in Cal-Hi Sports’ preseason Top 25, was surprised, 28-21, by Timpview of Provo, Utah, in a home game that marked the debut of coach Robbie Owens.
Timpview is no chump, with a flock of state championships and a 115-18 record the last 10 seasons, but Helix, 102-22-2, in the last decade, figured to get the measure of a travel-weary squad that had come more than 700 miles.
The Scots are out of the top position in the San Diego Union–Tribune ratings and St. Augustine, No. 2 last week, moved to No. 1 after scoring a touchdown on every possession until taking a knee in the final minute of a running-clock, 62-13 rout of usually representative Ramona.
My only quibble with voting colleagues was their giving too much cred to Mission Hills, which defeated middling Los Angeles Crenshaw, 21-20, on the road. The Grizzlies, perhaps living on their strong reputation, jumped from ninth to sixth.
Mission Hills’ rise bumped Madison from sixth to seventh, but the Warhawks on the road played tough Vista Murrieta, the Los Angeles’ Times‘ No. 7 team, 12-2 in 2015, to a 20-9 loss in a game tied, 6-6 at the half.
First-place votes in parenthesis.
Points awarded on basis of 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1.
|1.||St. Augustine (11)||1-0||246||2|
|5.||Rancho Bernardo (1)||1-0||168||5|
|8.||La Costa Canyon||1-0||90||7|
Others receiving votes: Poway, 1-0, 15; 10, Grossmont, 1-0, 11; El Camino, 1-0, 8; San Marcos, 1-0, 7; Torrey Pines, 1-0, 4; El Capitan, 0-0, 1.
Twenty-seven sportswriters, sportscasters, and other representatives comprise the voting panel: