The football championships will return to Qualcomm Stadium this year thanks to the San Diego Chargers. The top three divisions, open, D1 and D2 will play their title games on Monday, December 2nd while the semifinals will be Wednesday, November 27th; the day before Thanksgiving.
Last year the finals were held at Escondido high school because of the Charger’s schedule while Mesa College and Southwestern College were not available.
For 2013 the Chargers were planning on beginning the installation of a new field on Monday, December 2nd after their game on Sunday. But the Chargers are willing to wait until late Monday night to start tearing up the field, which gives them less than six days before the next Charger game on December 8th.
The three title games at Qualcomm will likely be earlier in the day so that the open division game is completed by early evening. This will give the grounds crew several hours on Monday night to begin their work and they will likely work through the night to complete their tear down with installation of the new field sometime Tuesday.
The D3 and D4 title games will be at Mesa College on Saturday, December 7th while the D5 game will be at Mesa College on Saturday, November 30th.
The Rolls Royce of Running Backs
Imperial RB Royce Freeman, who is committed to Oregon, is not only the top overall prospect in San Diego but considered one of the top RB in the nation. Freeman has the desirable combination of power and speed with a 5-11, 215 lb. frame while running the 40 in 4.58, while being able to change direction quite efficiently for his size.
Freeman will likely finish top 10 all-time in San Diego for career rushing yards and career TD. Royce Freeman will be considered one of the great RB to come out of San Diego, which includes Heisman Trophy winners Reggie Bush (Helix), Marcus Allen (Lincoln), Rashaan Salaam (La Jolla Country Day) and Ricky Williams (Patrick Henry).
Imperial will only make one trip to the San Diego area before the playoffs this year with a game at Mater Dei on Friday, September 20. Imperial also plays San Diego area teams Sweetwater and Olympian at Imperial this year.
Although Royce Freeman is likely the San Diego Section player of the year he may not get the award because no player from the Imperial County has ever won the award. Although most of the Imperial County schools only started playing in the San Diego Section since 2000 so there isn’t a long history.
State CIF Looking for All-Century Teams
In anticipation of the upcoming 100th anniversary celebration the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) is now accepting nominations for its All-Century Teams. All former student-athletes that demonstrated significant athletic contribution in CIF approved high school athletics are eligible and anyone can nominate a student-athlete they feel is worthy.
During the 2014-15 school year voting for the All-Century Teams will take place to determine the final team. The state CIF was established in 1914 and will be celebrating the 100th anniversary next school year.
Nominations for the CIF All-Century Teams will be accepted on the cifstate.org website. Fall sports nominations will be accepted September-November; Winter sports nominations will be accepted December-February; and Spring nominations will be accepted March-May. Visit the State CIF website for more information.
Additionally, the CIF is gathering stories of former student-athletes on how high school sports had an impact on their life. That is the real story of the CIF and we need the public’s help to gather those stories. Visit the State CIF website for more information.
“We are eager to begin the festivities for the 100th anniversary celebration and get everyone’s input on who’s who in education based athletics in California,” said CIF Executive Director Roger L. Blake. “We also look forward to hearing the stories as told by our former student-athletes on how high school sports impacted their lives.”
CIF-San Diego Section Football Championship Games
Division: Day, Location
Open: Monday, December 2 at Qualcomm Stadium
D1: Monday, December 2 at Qualcomm Stadium
D2: Monday, December 2 at Qualcomm Stadium
D3: Saturday, December 7 at Mesa College
D4: Saturday, December 7 at Mesa College
D5: Saturday, November 30 at Mesa College