High School Football Week 5 Preview

This week on the High School Football Podcast, Braden Surprenant and Top Dawg talk about transfers and the rules that come with transferring and whether or not they need to change. They also talk about an incident that happened between Steele Canyon and St. Augustine, while recapping some games from Week 4. Finally, they give their new Top 10 dominated by the Western League and pick the few games that are happening this week in San Diego County.

San Diego Union Tribune Sportswriters/Sportscasters Poll
(First-place votes in parenthesis)

Points awarded on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis

Team; Record;Points;Last Week
1. Madison (16); 4-0;275;1
2. Lincoln (5); 4-1;254;2
3. Carlsbad (3);3-1;230;4
4. Cathedral Catholic; (6);2-3;223;3
5.Helix; 4-1;183;5
6. Poway; 5-0; 146; 6
7. Granite Hills;4-1;71;9
8. La Costa Canyon;3-2;60;10
9. Mater Dei Catholic; 0-4;59;7
10. Mira Mesa;3-1;52;8

Others receiving votes
Rancho Buena Vista (5-0, 24 points), Mission Hills (2-3, 14 points), El Camino (3-2, 10 points), Fallbrook (4-1, 3 points), Central Union (2-2, 1 point).

Calpreps.com Top 10 (power rating)
1. Cathedral Catholic (41.8)
2. Lincoln (41.7)
3. Madison (36.4)
4. Carlsbad (36.0)
5. Helix (34.2)
6. Poway (34.0)
7. Granite Hills (26.0)
8. Mira Mesa (23.9)
9. Mater Dei (23.5)
10. La Costa Canyon (22.8)

Below is a tweet thread that lays out what the playoffs will look like based on the CIF rating system that is used to seed the playoffs, as well as using calpreps.com's prediction system to determine the outcome of each team's season. This will update weekly.

Games of the Week
Game of the Week:
#7 Granite Hills Eagles (4-1) at #3 Madison Warhawks (4-0) 7pm

I mentioned last week that Granite Hills is a good record football team that no one is talking about. I also posed the question "Is Granite as good as their record?" and if they beat Central that they might be. Well, Granite Hills beat Central and beat them convincingly, by a score of 42-7 so I guess they are that good. They have been good, so there is no surprise here that Head Coach Kellen Cobbs earned a milestone victory last week. With last week's win, Coach Cobbs became the winningest football coach in Granite Hills history as he notched his 73rd victory surpassing Paul Wargo who was the head man at Granite from 1978-87. Now is the biggest test for the Eagles all season as they take on the #3 Ranked Warhawks from James Madison High School. Madison is ranked #1 in the Union Tribune Poll and is Top 3 in San Diego County throughout every ranking system there is. While everyone is talking about Lincoln and Cathedral Catholic battling it out for a Western League title, Madison is just taking care of business and racking up wins convincingly. Head Coach Rick Jackson, like Kellen Cobbs also is the leader for most wins in his programs history and has put together a 154-55-1 record in his 18 years at Madison. Madison is the real deal and Granite is looking to try to be in the category on Friday. These two teams have only played two times in their history with Madison being (2-0) after a 33-14 win for the Warhawks last season.
Calpreps.com Prediction: #3 Madison 26 #7 Granite Hills 19

North County Game of the Week:

#21 Mt. Carmel Sundevils (3-1) at #14 RBV Longhorns (5-0) 7pm

Rancho Buena Vista is off to their best start in football since 1993 when they also started the season 5-0 before losing to...guess who? Mt. Carmel 45-7. Before that RBV has only had a 5-0 start to a season one other time and that was back in 1988 when the Longhorns had the only perfect season in school history going 13-0 and winning a AA CIF Championship over San Pasqual 21-10 at Jack Murphy Stadium in Mission Valley. Dave Roberts, Manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers was the backup QB of the Longhorns that season, before leading the Longhorns to a CIF Championship the following year in 1989 against the Morse Tigers. A lot has changed since the last time RBV was atop the football scene in San Diego and they will try to do something on Friday that the team in 1993 couldn't do and that is beat Mt. Carmel to go 6-0. Mt. Carmel had a magical season last year in Head Coach Drew Westling's 1st year, and although they started the season off 0-1, they are on a 3 game winning streak entering Friday. The Sundevils had to replace a decent amount of firepower from their 10-2 team a season ago but will be ready to upset the Longhorns on Friday if they are not careful. Especially since they beat RBV a year ago 42-0. This will be the second time the two teams will play each other since they no longer became league rivals back in 2002. RBV leads the overall series (9-4)
Calpreps.com Prediction: #14 RBV 41 #21 Mt. Carmel 21

City Game of the Week:

#25 La Jolla Vikings (3-2) at #19 Pt. Loma Pointers (4-1) at 7pm

Morse was a little too much for La Jolla in last week's City Game of the Week, but La Jolla has an opportunity to bounce back against Point Loma. Point Loma is having themselves a great start to the season as it is their best since 2014 when they also started (4-1) and finished 2nd in the Western League. Now in the City League and in year 3 of the Joel Allen transition, Pt. Loma is starting to return to form. In the shortened Spring Season, the Pointers were unable to field a Varsity team then went 4-6 in the following year. A little change in the offense and the Pointers are rolling and looking to earn arguably their first signature win of the season against La Jolla. Two of some of the oldest football programs in San Diego (Point Loma 1926, La Jolla 1924), these schools have played each other 72 times dating back to 1926 when they tied 6-6, but haven't played each other since 2015, a 44-7 win for Point Loma. Point Loma has dominated the series (46-21-5) and La Jolla has not beat Point Loma since 2003, as the Pointers have won the last 12 meetings. Not one current Viking was alive the last time La Jolla beat Point Loma.
Calpreps.com Prediction: #19 Point Loma 31 La Jolla 21

East County Game of the Week:

Servite Friars (Anaheim, CA) (1-3) at #5 Helix Highlanders (4-1) 7pm

We do not usually pick out of town games to be games of the week but it is a good chance for a local team to maybe beat a team from the best league in the nation in the Trinity League in Orange County. Servite comes down to San Diego County to take on the 5th ranked Highlanders, and according to calpreps, a Highlanders team that has a similar rating to Servite. Last season, Servite had one of their best teams in recent years and it was a magical season as they upset the traditional apple cart of St. John Bosco playing Mater Dei for a Southern Section Championship. That being said they are not the same team they were last season, a team that beat Helix 42-7 at Orange Coast College. This season, Servite has played #27 rank in state Rancho Cucamonga, #5 Mission Viejo, & #6 Los Alamitos with their only win coming against #98 La Mirada (equivalent rating to LCC). Helix is ranked #43 in California with Servite being ranked #33. They are close in rating but we will see if the Highlanders will have enough on Friday to shock the school from the Trinity League.
Calpreps.com prediction: #5 Helix 28 Servite 17

Other Notable Games w/calpreps.com prediction:
THURSDAY GAME
MONTGOMERY AZTECS (4-1) AT CASTLE PARK (1-3) 6:30

Friday September 22nd:
Escondido Charter White Tigers (4-0) AT Santa Fe Christian (4-1) -10 7PM
Steele Canyon Cougars (1-4) AT #1 Cathedral Catholic Dons (2-3) -41 7PM
#9 Mater Dei Crusaders (0-4) AT St. Augustine Saints (2-3) -4 7PM
Liberty Patriots (3-1) -17 AT #4 Carlsbad Lancers (3-1) 7:30

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