Fri, Nov 09 2012 12:34 PM Posted By: Phillip Brents
Nine South County teams will be involved in this year’s San Diego Section football playoffs, including seven who will be in action during Friday’s opening round.
As every year, there were some surprises in the divisional seeding.
Olympian received the No. 1 seed in Division III. Perhaps that might not come as too much of a surprise given that the Eagles (10-0) are only one of two remaining undefeated teams in the section. But given a back seat in the divisional seeding was five-time defending champion Cathedral Catholic (8-2).
The third-ranked Dons won a state championship title in 2008 by going 14-0 and flattened Olympian by a 41-0 score in last year’s division title game.
The Eagles are a much different team than last year. But are they better than behemoth Cathedral?
That, of course, can only be determined if both teams advance to the division final Dec. 1 at Escondido High School.
Sixth-ranked Olympian gets a bye this week and will host the winner of Friday’s opener between eighth-seeded Morse (3-7) and ninth-seeded Mt. Carmel (4-6).
The Eastlake Titans also received a bye in the first round after locking up the No. 2 seed in the Division I bracket.
The Titans (7-3) will host either seventh-seeded Escondido (5-5) or 10th-seeded Torrey Pines (5-5) in next Friday’s quarterfinals.
Eastlake previously defeated Escondido, 55-27, in September. Torrey Pines, however, could be a different animal after handing Cathedral its only section loss (24-17) this season.
The 10th-ranked Titans will need to raise their energy level for the remainder of the season.
Certainly, the EHS defense appears to be playing in playoff mode after registering a team record 18 sacks in last Friday’s 27-6 victory against visiting Otay Ranch.
Elijah Campbell finished the game with a school record eight sacks, though it wasn’t until the fourth quarter that the Titans scored their first touchdown.
Around South Bay
•Sixth-ranked Olympian (4-0 in league, 10-0 overall) had a scare in the first half of its game against Bonita Vista, leading just 7-0 at halftime on a one-yard run by quarterback Christopher Humphrey. Then the roof caved in on the Barons (0-4, 2-8) in the teams’ Mesa League finale. The Eagles scored 20 points in the third quarter and tacked on 13 more in the fourth.
Isaiah Gibson (three carries, 67 yards) and Andrell Snowden (nine carries, 72 yards) each scored rushing touchdowns while Humphrey (117 passing yards) tossed a pair of TDs to Sergio Bailey (four catches, 73 yards). Gibson, who electrified the home crowed with a 90-yard kick-off return, also finished the game with two TDs.
Defensively, Snowden had one interception while Rey Osuna and Zac Norton each had fumble recoveries.
•Eastlake’s game against visiting Otay Ranch was a defensive struggle through three quarters, with field goals making the difference in a 6-3 Titan lead. But the floodgates opened in the final quarter as the hosts put up 21 points to nail down a 27-6 Mesa League victory.
Eastlake (3-1, 7-3) set a team single-game record with 18 sacks, including a school record eight by Elijah Campbell. Blake Wilson had five sacks and 14 tackles (11 unassisted) while Keifer Graham led the victors with 17 unassisted tackles. Aaron Baltazar (18 carries, 133 yards) and James Morones each scored rushing touchdowns while Joseph Carpizo caught a scoring pass from Ty Stevens (118 passing yards).
•Castle Park (2-1 in Metro-Pacific League, 3-7 overall) defeated visiting Montgomery, 35-6, to capture this year’s Warrior Bowl. Aaron Leon (12 carries, 74 yards) led the winners with three touchdown, including two rushing scores, while Jordan Danielson (two carries, 40 yards) scored one rushing TD and David Anderson (five catches, 74 yards) matched Leon with one receiving score.
Juan Luna completed seven of 10 passing attempts for 134 yards. The Trojans limited the Aztecs (0-3, 1-9) to just 62 total offensive yards (35 rushing yards, 27 passing yards). Daniel Hernandez, Darian Harraway and Angel Juarez each recorded sacks for Castle while Leon and Rey Garza each had interceptions.
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