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The Oceanside Pirates are the defending section and state champs in Division II and they have been dominant in defending their title. Quarterback Jordan Wynn leads Oceanside's high-flying offense and is second in the section in passing yards with 1850 to go with 17 touchdowns. The Pirates defense is also outstanding, led by linebacker Jake Fely and defensive end Bashari Washington. Oceanside has beaten their opponents by an average of 28 points per game - a list that includes Eastlake, Mira Mesa and Westview.

Think another team is better than Oceanside? Let's hear it.

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JustWondering Oct. 30, 2008 @ 2:57 p.m.

The 2008 Division III Cathedral Catholic DONS are also undefeated as of week seven. Division III, and the Eastern League is recognized as the Section’s most challenging in terms of sheer talent and competition. Led by senior QB Senior Parker Hipp, powered by running back Tyler Gaffney, and finessed by tight end Brad Harrington, Cathedral has been a scoring machine averaging over 44.8 points a game.

All of this offense has been possible due to outstanding work of the DONS massive and motivated offensive linemen. These young men are behemoths who defend their QB while being a defensive coordinator's worse nightmare.

Opening holes wide enough to navigate a Hummer H1 has allowed Gaffney to scamper for nearly 1300 yards and a Section leading 22 rushing touchdowns. Gaffney earned four more TDs courtesy of the pinpoint passing by quarterback Parker Hipp who’s completed 65% of his passes with two interceptions and nine touchdowns. Five of those TDs have can be attributed to senior TE Brad Harrington who’s one of Hipp’s favorite targets. He’s caught passes totaling nearly 400 yards so far this season.

When those guys are covered, Hipp goes back to his toolbox where he blessed to find what seems to never ending array weapons to challenge confuse, confound and contort any defense.

Okay enough about their offense; Cathedral’s “D” has held teams the likes of Lincoln, Carlsbad, Otay Ranch and others to an average of 14 points a game. You accomplish this feat of football proficiency when you play hard, but more importantly, when get 60 kids “working” as a team. Led by linebackers Junior Jordan Lance and Senior Ryan Downing who leads the team with 60 tackles, the defense has been responsible for 17 QB sacks, three fumble recoveries and eight interceptions in their seven games.

Let's not forget about the kicking game. Cathedral's Roman Ferriera’s foot has been busy this season and responsible for 54 of the team's 314 points. His punts average more 40 yards each, pinning back offenses. But it’s Roman’s leg strength getting the nod as his kick-offs are rarely returned. Kick returners helplessly find themselves looking up and over there shoulder pads as Ferriera sends the ball out of end zone frequently. Not bad for a kid who is 5ft 7 and 145lbs soaking wet.

It’s too bad the poll leading DONS and Pirates won’t get a chance to play each other this season. Sure Cathedral was last year’s Division III CIF champs domination their opponent 41-3. But 24 seniors graduated and 21 juniors had to step up to fill their cleats. The end result, San Diego CIF’s perfect storm of offensive and defensive ability and poise blossomed. Cultivated by Head Coach Sean Doyle and a talented core of dedicated coaches, trainers and staff, the 2008 Cathedral Catholic DONS are the best team in San Diego Prep Football and a pleasure to watch grow.

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JustWondering Oct. 31, 2008 @ 10:59 p.m.

Patrick Henry was buried on Halloween at Manchester Stadium as the Cathedral DONS dominated the Patriots 66-10. The Patriot’s nightmare began with their third play with a DONS inception, and returned it for a TD. Sadly, there may have been a benevolent spirit in this haunting, for the sideline judge spotted a defensive hold and nullified the turnover. No matter, as DONS QB, Parker Hipp, unleashed the hounds of an aerial attack, and Tyler Gaffney twisted, turn, leap and bounded back and forth over the carpet of synthetic turf. While full back Alan Conklin score some points for the team. In the end, Cathedral fans got the treats and Patriots followers were tricked.

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