Saturday, August 20, 2016

2016 Prep Football Preseason Rankings: #3 Cathedral Catholic Dons

#3 Cathedral Catholic Dons

Location: San Diego, CA
School Colors: Red & Gold
Division: I
League: Western
Championships:  1 (State), 10 (Section), 10 (League)
Head Coach: Sean Doyle (21st Season)

2015 Recap: 7-5 (2-1 Eastern, 2nd)

After a sluggish 1-3 start, Cathedral Catholic finished the regular season well enough to earn an Open Division playoff berth, but for the second straight year, the Dons' season ended with a devastating loss to Helix in the semifinals.

2016 Outlook

After spending the last 16 seasons in the Eastern League, where they earned six titles during that span, Cathedral Catholic makes a move to the Western League this season.

They'll be joined by usual suspects Mira Mesa and rival St. Augustine, and get a competition boost from Madison and Point Loma.

The Dons return eight starters on offense, including quarterback Tate Haynes, who returns after a productive junior year. 

Adam Eastwood will succeed Hogan Irvin as the feature back in the run-oriented Wing-T formation, but Haynes will have big-time passing targets in Jack Thompson, Antoine Lee, and Patrick Brown, who is arguably the best tight end in the county.

The offensive line returns four of five starters from 2015, including All-CIF selection Graham Valentine, Chance Sears, Jacob Isen, along with Kyle Caliver and Drew Gallup fighting for the final spot.

Cathedral should have a great defensive backfield anchored by safeties Jordan Genmark-Heath and Morrison Mirer, while Nick Doyle and Je’Von Figaro man the cornerback spots.

The linebacking group will be without top defender Tyson Maeva, but they'll feature Matt Stuppiello and Alec Simas on the inside, assisted by Moroni Anae and Jake Lynch playing outside.

Jack Cavellier, Miles McCormick, and Sihao Yan will make up the Dons' defensive line.

* League Opponent
(R) Revenge Game
(#) Rivalry Game

Impact Losses

C Hunter Allen
LB Tyson Maeva
RB Hogan Irvin

Impact Returners

Senior TE Patrick Brown
Senior RB Adam Eastwood
Senior QB Tate Haynes
Senior FS Jordan Genmark-Heath 
Senior WR Jack Thompson


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