Cathedral Catholic, Mater Dei, Helix, Scripps Ranch, Patrick Henry and Palo Verde Valley try to advance to state finals
Southern California Regional Championships in football will be held Friday and Saturday.
Tickets: $12 general admission. $8 students, seniors and children over 5
Parking: Varies by location
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Note: State rankings are from MaxPreps.
When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
(9) Cathedral Catholic vs. (5) Orange Lutheran at Orange Coast College
Preview: Cathedral Catholic (10-2) is the San Diego Section Open Division champion and has won 7 in a row and 20 of its last 24. The Dons are led by RB Lucky Sutton, who has 188 carries for 2,220 yards and 32 TDs. He had 13 carries for 269 yards and TD runs of 4, 77 and 88 yards in the Open Division title game against Carlsbad. QB Charlie Mirer has completed 86 of 161 passes for 1,472 yards with 18 TDs and 6 interceptions. WR Rex Haynes has 26 catches for 629 yards and 8 TDs with 4 catches for 115 yards and TDs of 19 and 51 yards against Carlsbad. The defense is anchored by Stanford-commit Jaxson Moi, Tano Letuli and Harmon Savaiinaea. … Orange Lutheran (10-4) is the Southern Section Division 2 champion, beating Bishop Alemany in the title game. The Lancers, who have won four in a row, are led by 3-star QB Logan Gonzalez, who has thrown for 3,371 yards with 7 interceptions and 38 TDs. Dartmouth-commit RB Desmin Jackson has rushed 180 times for 1,018 yards and 11 TDs and has 50 receptions for 535 yards and 5 TDs. Highly recruited WR Pierce Brown has 46 receptions. MLB Gabe Morin, a big-time recruit, has 118 tackles.
Big-time opponents: Cathedral Catholic’s losses are to No. 4 Corona Centennial and No. 12 Concord De La Salle. Orange Lutheran, which plays in the ultra-competitive Trinity League, has losses to No. 1 Santa Ana Mater Dei, No. 2 Servite, No. 4 St. John Bosco and No. 10 Santa Margarita, and wins over No. 7 Alemany, No. 11 Sierra Canyon and No. 25 Corona del Mar.
Points for/against: Cathedral Catholic 451-220. Orange Lutheran 415-414.
Up next: Winner plays the winner of NorCal championship (No. 21 Folsom-No. 8 Concord De La Salle) at 8 p.m. next Friday at Saddleback College.
Prediction: Cathedral Catholic 31, Orange Lutheran 28
When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
(40) Helix at (33) Mater Dei Catholic
Preview: Helix (9-3) is the San Diego Section Division I champion, beating Lincoln 28-21 behind a 43-carry, 181-yard, 4-TD game from Christian Washington. For the season, Washington has 251 carries for 2,032 yards and 21 TDs with 10 100-yard games. Sophomore QB Ryland Jessee has completed 121 of 187 passes for 1,569 yards with 12 TDs and 4 interceptions. WR Xavier Van has 28 catches and 6 TDs with 5 interceptions on defense. … Mater Dei Catholic (11-0) is the San Diego Section Division III champion with a convincing win over Ramona. QB Dominic Nankil has completed 171 of 272 passes for 2,933 yards with 37 TDs and 4 interceptions. He has 5 WRs — Surahz Buncom, Cruz Estrada, Chris Snyder, Jerry McClure and Rollin George — with more than 400 yards receiving. McClure had two long TDs against Ramona. RB Nico Mosley has 97 carries for 965 yards and Anthony McMillan has 63 carries for 682 yards. The defense, led by LB Tre Edwards and DE Jason Harden, has allowed just 69 points.
Big-time opponents: Helix has losses to No. 2 Servite, No. 6 Mission Viejo and No. 9 Cathedral Catholic. Mater Dei Catholic hasn’t played a team above No. 110 Ramona. Helix was scheduled to host Mater Dei Catholic on Sept. 3, but the game was canceled after the Crusaders had a COVID-19 outbreak.
Points for/against: Helix 322-313. Mater Dei Catholic 489-69.
Up next: Winner plays winner of NorCal championship (No. 57 Fresno Bullard-No. 31 Modesto Central Catholic) at 4 p.m. next Friday at Saddleback College.
Prediction: Mater Dei Catholic 27, Helix 24
When: Saturday, 6 p.m.
(74) Scripps Ranch at (56) Valencia
Preview: Scripps Ranch (11-1) is the San Diego Section Division II champion, beating La Jolla 42-0 in the title game. The high-scoring Falcons attack on the ground and through the air. RB Jalen Shaw has 116 carries for 1,109 yards and 17 TDs, including 25 carries for 170 yards and 3 TDs against La Jolla. QB Jax Leatherwood has completed 203 of 282 passes for 3,121 yards with 43 TDs and just 2 interceptions. WR Conor Lawlor has 66 catches for 1,149 yards and 17 TDs, while Noah Richards has 24 catches for 622 yards and 7 TDs. The defense has allowed only 26 points over the last 4 games. MLB Hudson Wanner has 70 tackles and OLB Xander Medina has 61. A healthy MLB Dylan Stoney has made a huge difference. … Valencia (8-4) is the Southern Section Division 5 champion. The Vikings, who were 2-3 after the first 5 games, have won five in a row and have outscored four playoff opponents 121-54, including a 28-14 win over Oaks Christian in the title game. QB Trey Erickson has thrown for 957 yards and 12 TDs with 2 interceptions. RB Giorgio Spiropolous has 80 carries for 558 yards and 5 TDs. WR Zamondre Merriweather has 22 catches for 430 yards and 4 TDs, 4 interceptions and has blocked a pair of FGs and 3 PATs. LB Reid Farrell has 22 TFL and Jack Gieser has 20 TFL and 5 sacks.
Points for/against: Scripps Ranch 567-201. Valencia 341-199.
Up next: The winner plays winner of NorCal championship (No. 64 Manteca-No. 70 Santa Clara Wilcox) at 4 p.m. Dec. 11 at Saddleback College.
Prediction: Scripps Ranch 35, Valencia 27
(124) Lake Balboa Birmingham at (113) Patrick Henry
When: Saturday, 6 p.m.
Preview: Birmingham (8-5) has won eight in a row after losing its first five by a count of 167-48. The Patriots are the Los Angeles City Section Open Division champions. QB David Jordan-Oliveros leads the offense along with RBs Peter Cortes and Delmonte Barnes and WR Arlis Boardingham. Barnes and Boardingham lead the defense along with DB Timothy Jackson, who has 7 interceptions. … Patrick Henry (10-2) is the San Diego Section Division IV champion with a 49-21 win over University City in the title game. Henry has won eight in a row behind QB Malachi Ghitman, who has 1,533 yards passing with 24 TDs and 4 interceptions, and RBs Elijaih Lux, who has 1,903 yards and 19 TDs, and Tobias Harris, who has 889 yards and 7 TDs. Lux had 28 carries for 350 yards and 4 TDs against University City as Henry piled up 562 yards total offense. The team averages 9.7 yards on 362 rushes. On defense, LB Hassan Noureddine has 119 tackles, 10 tackles for a loss and 10 sacks. LB Jayden Davis has 68 tackles and 12 sacks.
Points for/against: Birmingham 426-194. Patrick Henry 554-247.
Up next: The winner plays at the winner of NorCal championship (No. 100 Moraga Campolindo-No. 108 Oakland McClymonds) at 6 p.m. Dec. 11.
Prediction: Patrick Henry 42, Birmingham 28
When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
(302) Quartz Hill at (330) Palo Verde Valley
Preview: Quartz Hill (9-4) is the Southern Section Division 12 champion, beating Compton in the title game. The Royals, who have won five in a row, are led by QB Chalin Crawford, who has 1,850 yards passing and 650 yards and 18 TDs rushing. RB Ashtin Dupleasis has 206 carries for 1,473 yards and 20 TDs. … Palo Verde (11-2) is the San Diego Section Division V champ, beating Mission Bay in the title game, and has won nine in a row. The Yellow Jackets have thrown fewer than 3 passes a game and have a pair of 1,000-yard rushers in Markus Macon, who has 147 carries for 1,589 yards and 27 TDs, and Xzavier Bejarano, who has 177 carries for 1,607 yards and 15 TDs. The defense has 17 interceptions and 21 sacks.
Points for/against: Quartz Hill 385-329. Palo Verde Valley 412-208.
Up next: The winner plays at the winner of NorCal championship (No. 233 Petaluma St. Vincent de Paul-No. 241 Jackson Argonaut) at 6 p.m. Dec. 11.
Prediction: Palo Verde Valley 35, Quartz Hill 31
Last week: 3-2