Sunday, November 12, 2023

Prep Football: Granite Hills and Lincoln will meet at Snapdragon for the Open Division Final

After two exciting overtime playoff games, the 2023 CIF San Diego Open Division Championship will come down to the No. 3 Granite Hills Eagles (11-0) and the No. 1 Lincoln Hornets (11-0). Two defending state champions boasting outstanding win streaks will clash on San Diego Prep Football’s biggest stage next Saturday at Snapdragon Stadium.

Lincoln extended its section-leading streak to 23 straight wins following a thrilling 45-38 double-overtime victory over No. 4 seed Helix (9-2) in Friday night's semifinal. Granite Hills pushed their streak to 20 after eliminating previously undefeated Carlsbad 39-38 in double overtime on Thursday night.

The Highlanders trailed 21-10 at halftime before battling back to force overtime. Aden Jackson rushed for three touchdowns for the Hornets, while Donald Reed III chipped in with two. In the second overtime, the Hornets took the lead for good when Reed III scored on a 10-yard run. Helix had a chance to answer, but could not convert on 4th down as Lincoln's defense held strong to clinch their second straight appearance in the Open Division title game.

With both the Eagles and Hornets fielding dominant squads, this game shapes up as another must-see matchup. Lincoln will be seeking the to be the division's first back-to-back champions, while Granite Hills aims to become the new No. 1 team in the San Diego Section.

2023 CIF San Diego Playoffs

Friday, November 17th

Division I Semifinals

#3 El Camino (7-4) at #2 Mission Hills (8-3)
#9 Madison (6-6) at #5 St. Augustine (8-4)

Championship: Nov. 24 @ Southwestern College, 7:00 p.m.

Division II Semifinals

#5 Point Loma (8-4) at #1 Del Norte (9-2)
#3 La Jolla (9-2) at #2 Rancho Bernardo (6-5)

Championship: Nov. 25 @ Southwestern College, 7:00 p.m.

Division III Semifinals

#6 La Jolla Country Day (9-3) at #2 Fallbrook (5-6)
#4 Grossmont (6-5) at #1 Mission Bay (8-3)

Championship: Nov. 25 @ Southwestern College, 2:00 p.m.

Division IV Semifinals

#4 Santana (5-6) at #1 Mount Miguel (10-1)
#3 Westview (7-4) at #2 Chula Vista (9-2)

Championship: Nov. 24 @ Southwestern College, 2:00 p.m.

Division V Championship

#1 Vincent Memorial (9-3) vs. #2 Sweetwater (6-6)
Escondido High, 7:30 p.m.

8-Man Championship

#1 Foothills Christian (8-2) vs. #2 St. Joseph Academy (8-2)
Escondido High, 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 18th

Open Division Championship

#1 Lincoln (11-0) vs. #3 Granite Hills (11-0)
Snapdragon Stadium, 7:00 p.m.

Division V-AA Championship

#1 Holtville (8-2) vs. #2 Army & Navy Academy (8-3)
Escondido High, 1:00 p.m.

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