Thursday, November 3, 2022

Prep Football: First Round Playoff Schedule, Division 1 Preview, and Predictions

Publisher's Pick in Bold


Friday, November 4th, 7:00 pm

Steele Canyon (2-8) at La Costa Canyon (6-4)

Steele Canyon deserves praise for consistently putting together difficult non-league schedules that test their players, even though no team wants to be 2-8. Despite the team's difficulties, running back Major Givens finished his senior year with 1,534 rushing yards (third in the county) and 12 touchdowns, further demonstrating why he is among the best in the county. Last week, Givens scored three touchdowns and racked up 454 yards in the final regular season game of his prep career. La Costa Canyon, which placed fourth in the fiercely competitive Avacado League, will be trying to earn its first playoff victory since 2019. Mater Dei Catholic awaits the winner.

Scripps Ranch (2-8) at El Camino (7-3)

Since moving up to Division I, the reigning Division II champions have struggled. Following the season-ending injury to their star quarterback Jax Leatherwood during opening week, Scripps Ranch went on to experience its first losing campaign since 2017. Fortunately for the Falcons, every Division I team advances to the postseason and gets a fresh start. El Camino may be one of the hottest teams in the playoffs after winning five of its last six games. For the Wildcats, quarterback Carson Howard threw eight touchdown passes, six of which went to top receiver Tate Reid. On defense, junior Ryan Speltz leads the Avocado League in interceptions with four. The winner travels to La Mesa to take on No. 4 seed Helix.

St. Augustine (3-6) at Eastlake (3-7)

Out of 12 teams in the Division I bracket, five have losing records. This will be the only game where both of the opponents are below the .500 mark. Brady Palmer, the Saints' freshman quarterback, helped lead one of the county's youngest rosters, putting up 964 passing yards and 9 touchdowns. Eastlake won three of its last four games after starting the season 0-6. In the quarterfinals, the winner will face top-seeded Mission Hills.

Rancho Bernardo (5-5) at Torrey Pines (3-7)

Under a first-year head coach, Torrey Pines has had a tough outing and will aim to capitalize on a clean slate. Eli Edwards has been a crucial ironman for Rancho Bernardo, gaining over 700 yards on the ground and recording 30 tackles on defense. If the Falcons win, they will only have to travel less than two miles to the quarterfinals to meet rival Cathedral Catholic.

Byes: #1 Mission Hills (7-3), #2 Cathedral Catholic (5-5), 
#3 Mater Dei Catholic (6-4), #4 Helix (7-3)


Friday, November 4th, 7:00 pm

Mt. Carmel (6-4) at Brawley (7-3)
Santa Fe Christian (8-2) at La Jolla (5-5)
Otay Ranch (3-6) at Mira Mesa (7-3)
Valley Center (4-6) at San Marcos (4-6)

Byes: #1 Granite Hills (8-2), #2 Central (6-3), 
#3 Ramona (6-4), #4 Christian (6-4)


Friday, November 4th, 7:00 pm

Patrick Henry (2-7) at Imperial (7-3)
Morse (6-4) at El Capitan (8-2)
Santana (5-5) at Rancho Buena Vista (5-5)
West Hills (6-4) at San Pasqual (7-3)

Byes: #1 University City (8-2), #2 Point Loma (8-2), 
#3 Del Norte (6-4), #4 Bishop's (8-2)


Friday, November 4th, 7:00 pm

Calexico (7-3) at Chula Vista (6-4)
Francis Parker (4-6) at Hilltop (5-5)
Westview (1-9) at Mission Bay (6-4)
Mount Miguel (4-6) at Palo Verde Valley (9-1)

Byes: #1 Fallbrook (7-3), #2 La Jolla Country Day (6-3), 
#3 Coronado (6-3), #4 Montgomery (8-2)


Friday, November 4th, 7:00 pm

Southwest El Centro (1-9) at Castle Park (3-6)
Clairemont (3-7) at El Cajon Valley (4-6)
Hoover (4-6) at Mar Vista (5-5)
Vincent Memorial (6-3) vs. Mountain Empire (3-6) at Southwest (El Centro)

Byes: #1 Crawford (9-1), #2 Escondido Charter (8-2), 
#3 Classical Academy (7-3), #4 Army & Navy Academy (9-1)


Friday, November 4th, 6:30 pm

Coastal Academy (8-2) at San Pasqual Academy (5-2)

Saturday, November 5th, 3:00 pm

Foothills Christian (5-3) vs. Rock Academy (8-1) at Francis Parker

Byes: #1 Victory Chrisitan (9-0), #2 St. Josephs Academy (8-1)

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