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South County prep pigskin tourney gets passing grade Phillip Brents | Sat, Jul 21 2012 11:54 AM

Spectators who followed last weekend’s South County Passing Tournament at Southwestern College received an up close and personal look at the upcoming high school football season as 31 prep teams took the field in the sixth annual event.

“It’s been a lot of fun,” said Southwestern head football coach Ed Carberry, who served as tournament director. “It’s a chance for the high school teams to get together during the summer and for everyone to compete and have fun. It also gives us a chance to show off our facilities here at Southwestern College.”

Defending State Bowl champion Helix provided the pigskin royalty at last weekend’s tournament, though the Lincoln Hornets ended the Highlanders’ four-year dominance by engineering a 35-21 victory in the championship game.

Cathedral Catholic defeated Mt. Carmel, 42-26, to earn bragging rights as the consolation bracket champion.

Most of the games over the weekend were exceedingly close and hotly contested — the perfect prelude to upcoming training camps.

The Hilltop Lancers advanced to the consolation semifinals while the Castle Park Trojans and Bonita Vista Barons both made it as far as the consolation quarterfinals.

The Chula Vista Spartans carried the torch for South County teams by advancing as far as the quarterfinals in the championship bracket. The Spartans defeated the Eastlake Titans, 28-19, before going on to post a narrow 21-18 loss to eventual tourney champ Lincoln.

Bonita Vista coach Greg Raby, whose team dropped a 31-18 playoff encounter against Mt. Carmel, said summer passing tournaments offer teams a chance to develop cohesiveness.

“We have a very, very young team,” he said. “It’s a great learning experience to build on our strengths and find out what our weaknesses are.”

Olympian and Otay Ranch also qualified to compete in the championship playoff bracket while the Southwest Raiders, San Ysidro Cougars, Montgomery Aztecs and Mater Dei Catholic Crusaders all qualified for the consolation playoffs.

Carberry noted there were more than 2,000 people on campus for Saturday’s second day of competition. “A great day for a ‘community’ college,” the SWC coach said.
The Spartans will host an eight-team passing tourney on Saturday, starting at 9 a.m.

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