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Pictured: Madison running back Pierre Cormier

Red Zone Preseason Top 10

Records from last season, division in parentheses

1. Helix (II) (12-1) – Defending state champions begin the season on top

2. Oceanside (II) (9-3-1) – Pirates are hungry after seeing title streak end

3. Poway (II) (12-0-1) – Titans return key players, face new challenge in D-II

4. Cathedral Catholic (III) (12-1) – Dons seeking sixth straight D-III section crown

5. La Costa Canyon (II) (9-3) – Mavericks looking to get over postseason hump

6. Mission Hills (I) (7-4-1) – Early D-I favorite loaded with returners

7. Vista (I) (7-6) – Panthers looking to follow up on finals appearance

8. Eastlake (I) (8-4) – Speedy Titans host Helix in season opener

9. Valley Center (IV) (12-1) – Defending champs face Poway and Oceanside early

10. Madison (IV) (10-1-1) – Skilled Warhawks open against Lincoln in city battle

Also Considered

Steele Canyon (II) (8-4), Lincoln (III) (2-9-1), St. Augustine (IV) (9-2), Mira Mesa (I) (5-5-1), Christian (V) (10-3)

Note: Part of the North County Times Sportswriters/Sportscasters Poll

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