League Titles & Bitter Rivals: Prep Football Games to Watch in Week 11
League championships, postseason implications, and bragging rights between familiar adversaries will be up for grabs during the final week of the regular season.
Games of the Week
Grossmont Hills League Championship
#1 Helix Highlanders (8-1, 4-0) at #5 Steele Canyon Cougars (9-0, 4-0)
Last year, Steele Canyon stunned Helix 22-21 in the regular-season finale to force a three-way tie for the league title. There will only be one champion this year as the Highlanders look for payback, while the Cougars fight to maintain their perfect record and a berth in the Open Division Playoffs.
After holding an explosive Grossmont offense to just a field goal last week, Steele Canyon senior Chance Johnson boasted that his team had the No. 1 defense in the county. With his group only giving up an average 7.7 points per game this season, and 14 being the most they've allowed in a single outing, Johnson may have a legit argument.
While Johnson is one of the major contributors on defense, lately he's been a factor on special teams, recording four returns for touchdowns in two games (Week 8 & Week 9).
Despite losing four-year varsity starter Elelyon Noa to a season-ending injury, the Helix offense continues to roll. Since Noa's absence, sophomore Christian Washington has had five straight games where he finished with over 100 yards rushing. Delshawn Traylor, Kamryn Brown, and Keonte Scott can also deliver highlight-reel plays on offense.
Much like Steele Canyon, the Highlanders' defense has also been a force to be reckoned with this season. They'll be looking to standout linebackers Jeremiah Fletcher and John Carroll to help slow down the explosive running ability of junior Wesley Neely III.
Elia Kirisimasi will be back under center for the Cougars following a solid varsity debut last week.
Metro-Pacific League Championship
Castle Park Trojans (9-0, 2-0) at Montgomery Aztecs (8-1, 2-0)
If Castle Park can defend their crown, they'll finish the regular season undefeated for the first time since 1996, the year they won the Division II section title. Junior running back Erik Hernandez has been the work-horse for the Trojans' ground game, putting up over 1,000 yards and 16 scores.
Montgomery is seeking its first 9-1 finish since 1982. Quarterback Alexander Dixie was responsible for seven touchdowns in last week's win over Southwest. Most of his production came from the ground game as he rushed for 200 yards on 13 carries.
Bell Game / Imperial Valley League Championship
Brawley Wildcats (7-2, 4-0) at Central Union Spartans (7-2, 4-0)
For the second straight season, the Imperial Valley League will come down to the annual Bell Game. While Brawley has a 19-5 record in the series since 2000, Central has been victorious in the last two meetings.
Freshman quarterback Ethan Gutierrez leads the Brawley offense along with leading rusher Krigbaum Blake, who has 19 touchdowns on the ground this year. Linebackers Omar Chavez and Jose Gutierrez, who has 48 total tackles each, will help anchor the defense.
The Spartans return quarterback Deniro Osuna, who is passing for over 1,500 yards and 20 touchdowns, plus another five scores on his feet. Central's rushing attack is a three-headed monster that features Angel Nava-Esparza, Johnathan Medina, and Carlos Gomez.
Nava-Esparza is also a standout on defense with a team-leading 87 total tackles (13 for loss) and three sacks.
Best of the Rest
Eastern League Championship
Christian Patriots (5-4, 2-1) at La Jolla Vikings (5-4, 3-0)
Pacific League Championship
La Jolla Country Day Torreys (7-2, 3-0) at Francis Parker Lancers (4-5, 3-0)
La Costa Canyon Mavericks (4-5) at Torrey Pines Falcons (4-5)
El Camino Wildcats (3-6) at Oceanside Pirates (6-3)
Discovery Bowl San Marcos Knights (4-5) at Mission Hills Grizzlies (7-2)
Poway Titans (6-3) at Rancho Bernardo Broncos (6-3)
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