John Kral 9 a.m., July 29
Week 2 High Five
Game of the Week
Santa Fe Christian (1-0) at No. 2 Helix (1-0) Friday 7 p.m.
An intriguing cross-division matchup highlights this week’s action, when Santa Fe Christian travels down to La Mesa to face Helix. Both teams rolled to victories in their openers – the Highlanders beat Rancho Buena Vista 52-0 and the Eagles dropped Mater Dei 38-7 – and will be looking to win two straight to start the season. The game will provide a contrast in styles – Helix will look to throw the ball with quarterback Brandon Lewis (251 yards and three touchdowns last week) and Santa Fe Christian will stay grounded with their Wing-T attack, featuring running back Jarrod Watson-Lewis (152 yards last week). A win for either team would make a big statement.
Best of the Rest
No. 9 Torrey Pines (1-0) at No. 8 Cathedral Catholic (0-1) Friday 7 p.m.
After losing their season opener at Steele Canyon last week, Cathedral Catholic can’t afford to stay down for long, as the Dons probably won’t get much sympathy from Del Mar Heights Road neighbors Torrey Pines. After going 10-20-2 the past two seasons, the Falcons were a popular preseason pick to turn things around and they didn’t disappoint in their opener, blanking Paloma Valley 35-0. Which team’s opening week result was for real? This game will give a pretty good indication.
No. 6 Eastlake (1-0) at Lincoln (1-0) Friday 6:30 p.m.
Eastlake delivered a message with a three-point win over Moorpark – that they will put up a strong defense of their Division I title. The Titans travel to Lincoln in a matchup that won’t be short on athleticism. Last season, the Titans and Hornets turned in one of the most exciting games of the season, a 35-35 thriller that Eastlake led 28-8 after the first quarter.
San Juan Capistrano St. Margaret’s (1-0) at Francis Parker (1-0) Friday 7 p.m.
Can a September game have state bowl implications? It can when it features two of the best small school programs in Southern California. The Lancers and Tartans sport a combined 53-5 combined record over the last two seasons and represented the south in each of the two state bowl games. Revenge will be on the minds of the visitors from Orange County – last year the Lancers handed St. Margaret’s their first and only loss since 2005.
Valhalla (1-0) at Mount Miguel (1-0) Friday 7 p.m.
Valhalla delivered one of the most surprising performances of the opening weekend, a 38-0 win over defending Division IV champ Mission Bay. Can the Norsemen keep it going against a former league foe? The Matadors hung on to beat Morse 21-20 last week led by running back Derrick Dunn’s 111 yards and two touchdowns. Valhalla has won the last two meetings, including a 36-29 decision last season.
Also in the Red Zone
San Ysidro (0-1) at Hoover (0-1) Friday 4 p.m.
Point Loma (1-0) at Patrick Henry (0-0) Saturday 6:30 p.m.