8:09 p.m., July 28
Game of the Week
No. 1 Helix (2-0) at No. 7 Cathedral Catholic (1-1) Friday 7 p.m.
Defending state champion Helix hasn’t missed a beat so far this season, as the Highlanders have beaten their first two opponents by an average of 29.5 points. Senior running back Michael Adkins (237 yards, six touchdowns) leads a Helix offense quarterbacked by junior Josh Harris (431 yards, three touchdowns), and the top-ranked Highlanders have been stout on defense. Helix faces a tough test when it travels to face seventh-ranked Cathedral Catholic, who dropped in the rankings after a surprising loss to rival Torrey Pines last week. The Dons have talent and experience on both sides of the ball, and will be looking to bounce back in the only regular season matchup between 2011 section champions. Helix and Cathedral Catholic met in La Mesa last season, a 48-14 Highlanders’ victory that propelled both teams to section crowns.
Best of the Rest
No. 10 El Camino (2-0) at Olympian (2-0) Friday 7 p.m.
El Camino and Olympian have quietly gotten off to quick starts this season, and one team will be perfect through three weeks after this North County-South Bay matchup. Led by senior two-way star Justin Williams, the Wildcats opened the season with decisive wins over San Diego and Mira Mesa and are aiming to start 3-0 for the first time in 11 seasons. Olympian has rolled to victories over Point Loma and Hilltop to open the season, and the Division III runner-up from last season has impressed early on in 2012.
No. 8 St. Augustine (2-0) at Mater Dei (2-0) Friday 7 p.m.
The winner of this Catholic school clash in Chula Vista will continue an undefeated start to the season and establish itself as a title contender in Division IV. Eighth-ranked St. Augustine has a balanced offensive attack led by junior quarterback JoJo Hudson (350 yards) and junior running back Tyler Herburger (275 yards, four touchdowns), and the Saints’ defense has only allowed one second-half touchdown in its first two games. Mater Dei has beaten its first two opponents by an average of 31 points, but faces its toughest test of the early season against St. Augustine. The Saints have won six meetings in a row against the Monarchs dating back to 2006, including a 38-13 win last season.
Christian (2-0) at El Cajon Valley (2-0) Friday 7 p.m.
Defending Division V champion Christian is off to an undefeated start, but faces a challenge against big school and fellow unbeaten El Cajon Valley. Christian has won its first two games by an average of 36 points, fueled by the passing of junior Michael Carrillo (484 yards, seven touchdowns). After winning four games over the last three seasons, El Cajon Valley is one of surprising early unbeatens in 2012. The Braves have a run-heavy attack led by senior back Antoine White (208 yards, three touchdowns) and have held opponents to 10 points per game in their first two contests. Less than three miles separate these East County schools, and this game could be just as close on the scoreboard.
Westview (2-0) vs. Santa Fe Christian (1-1) Friday 7 p.m. at Del Norte High
Santa Fe Christian is one of the top small schools in the section this season, and the Eagles continue a challenging preseason slate against undefeated Westview. The Eagles bounced back from a season-opening loss by blowing out Coronado last week, a 35-0 win in which they forced five turnovers. Of all the undefeated teams in the section, no team has done so in narrower fashion than Westview. The Wolverines won their first two games by a combined six points, and scored 22 points in the fourth quarter to defeat Rancho Buena Vista 39-35 last week. These two teams met in the opening week of the 2011 season, with the Wolverines prevailing 21-0.
In the Red Zone
Clairemont (2-0) at Mission Bay (2-0) Friday 3 p.m.
A pair of city unbeatens meet in the Red Zone’s Friday matinee in Pacific Beach. Mission Bay has won its first two games with a playmaking defense and a quarterback rotation of junior Nick Plum and sophomore Devon Johnson, while Clairemont is off to its best start in a long time. Which team can keep its hot start going?
Pictured: Helix senior receiver/defensive back Kendal Keys and the Highlanders face Cathedral Catholic in the Game of the Week
Stats: East County Sports, Union-Tribune