Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Three 2013 CIF Section Champions Crowned

The season-long debate over who's the No. 1 team in the county has finally come to a close. Mission Hills made it perfectly clear after defeating Oceanside to claim the first-ever San Diego Section Open Division title at Qualcomm Stadium.

2013 CIFSD Open Division Champions
Mission Hills Grizzlies (12-1)
Defeated Oceanside 36-14

Prior to the 2013 season, Mission Hills had never beaten Oceanside or won a CIF section championship despite three appearances in the finals. The Grizzlies left Qualcomm Stadium Monday night with their second-straight win over the Pirates and the first section title in their ten-year history.
The Pirates led 14-10 at halftime, but turnovers and miscues in the second half helped the Grizzlies put the game away with 26 unanswered points.

Ricky Liuchan had a big night for the Grizzlies on both sides of the ball. The senior rushed for 112 yards on 19 carries and scored off a 35-yard interception return.
2013 CIFSD Division I Champions
Cathedral Catholic Dons (11-2)
Defeated San Pasqual 37-31

After a 17-17 tie at the end of regulation, San Pasqual and Cathedral answered each other's touchdowns for two overtimes.

In the third overtime, Dons linebacker Jack Onstott decided that he had seen enough. The junior picked off Sebastian Tengan's pass at the 2-yard line and returned it 94 yards for the game-winning touchdown.

It was the first time in San Diego Section championship history that a football game was decided in overtime.

Senior running back Chris Moliga led the Dons' ground attack with 168 yards and two touchdowns.
2013 CIFSD Division II Champions
St. Augustine Saints (11-2)
Defeated Mission Bay 49-0

Sophomore running back Elijah Preston rushed for 160 yards and a 50-yard touchdown to help his Saints win their fourth section title in school history, the first since 2006.

Saints quarterback Joe Joe Hudson led the offense with three touchdown passes (33, 31, and 17 yards) and a 31-yard scramble for six.

In their shutout performance, the Saints’ defense came away with six sacks and five turnovers including Tyler Herburger’s 98-yard interception return for a touchdown.
2013 CIFSD Division III & IV Championships
San Diego Mesa College
Saturday, December 7th, 2013
D-IV: Sweetwater Red Devils (8-4) vs. Monte Vista Monarchs (7-5) 3:00 p.m. PT
D-III: Christian Patriots (11-1) vs. San Marcos Knights (9-4) 7:00 p.m. PT

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