Monday, November 23, 2015

2015 Prep Football Rankings (Playoff Update)

The top four teams will compete for the San Diego Section's most prestigious prize: 
The Open Division Championship

#4 Cathedral Catholic Dons (7-4) at #1 Helix Highlanders (9-1)

Cathedral Catholic will enter Benton Hart Stadium this Friday as a heavy underdog, as they did prior to their previous visit to Helix in week four. The Dons suffered a 37-7 loss that night, but if they hope to make their first-ever appearance in the Open Division title game, the second time must be the charm.

Since suffering a 23-19 defeat to Chaparral (Scottsdale, AZ) in the season opener, the top-seeded Highlanders are riding a nine-game winning streak. The last Helix team to win nine straight games during a season was the 2011 squad that earned the Division II State Championship.

#2 Mission Hills Grizzlies (11-0) at #3 St. Augustine Saints (9-2)

The second semifinal contest of the bracket features a matchup that has serious Game of the Year potential. Both teams appear to be evenly matched as they get set to face off for the first time ever.

The attendees at Merrill Douglas Stadium on the San Diego Mesa College campus should be in for a treat as three finalist for the KUSI Silver Pigskin Award (San Diego Prep Football's Heisman Trophy) will try to lead their respective team to the finals.

Nehemiah McFarlin (Mission Hills) and Elijah Preston (St. Augustine) has the second and third most rushing yards in the section this season, while Troy Warner (Mission Hills) has established himself as one of the county's most feared playmakers on both sides of the ball.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Toreros hold on to clinch share of PFL title

Photo Courtesy of @USDFootball

TORERO STADIUM (11/21/2015) Brain Riley caught six passes for 139 yards and two touchdowns to help the University of San Diego Toreros (9-2, 7-1 PFL) end the 2015 season with a thrilling 28-27 victory over the Butler Bulldogs (6-5, 4-4 PFL) Saturday afternoon.

With the win, the Toreros earned a share of its 7th Pioneer Football League championship.

With USD leading 28-21 with 16 seconds left, Bulldogs' lineman David Tawari recovered quarterback Matt Sjiltz's fumble in the end zone.

Butler decided to go for the lead with a two-point conversion, but Shiltz's pass was intercepted by Yogi Hale who nearly returned it the other way.