The new divisional format based on program strength is entering it’s senior year and at this point every team is in a division based on how well their program has done in the past few years.
Crawford, Montgomery, San Ysidro, Southwest (SD) should benefit from being in division five while midsize schools like Cathedral, Ramona and St. Augustine likely all relish the opportunity to play for the top title as they are in division one based on their recent success.
New Divisional Playoff Format Working
Bonita Vista may be the best example of how the new divisional format has worked. Since 1992 the Barons have reached the playoffs every year, 24 consecutive years. But of those 24 playoff years Bonita Vista only played beyond the first round six times while playing once in the semifinals.
Last year the Barons won their first CIF title. In the old playoff format the Barons would likely have faced Cathedral or St. Augustine if in division three and Helix Charter or Oceanside if in division two last year.
Bonita Vista had a great team and a great year but the new playoff format certainly made their inaugural championship much more likely. The Barons broke the school record for most wins last year and begin their 50th year of football this season.
Another fact that proves the new divisional format is working is that Oceanside is the only team with a current streak of two straight CIF titles as opposed to the recent past when it was not unusual to have multiple teams working on a current CIF title streak.
By the Numbers
Carlsbad is looking for their 23rd consecutive year in the playoffs, since 1994, coach Bob McAllister’s first year. In the past 23 years the Lancers have won three CIF titles while only losing in the first round of the playoffs three times.
Cathedral Catholic Dons
Cathedral is another team of consistency qualifying for the playoffs in the last 25 consecutive years while raising the CIF championship trophy five times.
Christian has not had a losing season since 2003 (3-8), 12 consecutive winning seasons. 4 CIF titles in that span, Matt Oliver has had 2 losing season of 16 seasons.
Clairemont has seemingly turned around the program after a few years with night football and a new stadium. The Chief have reached the playoffs the past four years.
But the City school has not had a winning record since 2008 (6-4). Clairemont has had three winning seasons since 1988, 28 years.
Del Norte Nighthawks
Del Norte has yet to have a winning season in their first six years of football but have reached the playoffs every year except in their inaugural year of 2010.
Eastlake’s first year head coach Dean Tropp has coached under every previous head coach for the Titans, Alan Duke, Gene Alim, John McFadden and Lee Price. Eastlake is entering their 24th year of football having won two CIF titles while making the playoffs the past 18 consecutive years.
El Cajon Valley Braves
In the first 58 years of football, 1955-2012, the Braves reached the playoffs six times. But El Cajon Valley has reached the playoffs in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Tom Karlo’s team has reached the playoffs every year this century thanks in part to their high octane offense.
Helix Charter Highlanders
The Scotties have won at least 10 games in 12 of the past 16 years. Helix begins a new era with their first year coach Robbie Owens from Colorado.
La Costa Canyon Mavericks
The Mavs have won seven games each of the past four years while La Costa Canyon has reached the playoffs every year this century (16 consecutive years).
La Jolla Vikings
The Vikings have a new head coach, Matt Morrison, who has been an assistant coach at La Costa Canyon, Punahou (HI) and his alma mater Francis Parker.
La Jolla gets a new stadium this year that consists of a new press box, locker rooms, concessions and field. La Jolla has reached the playoffs for 23 consecutive years (since 1993).
Mission Hills Grizzlies
The Grizzlies have reached the semifinals every year since 2006 and have won ten or more games four of the past six years. Only once has Mission Hills missed the playoffs, in 2006.
The Pirates have won 11 CIF titles in the past 14 years and have reached the title game all 14 years. Oceanside’s last losing season was in 1996 (5-7), John Carroll’s 8th year, when the Pirates lost a close semifinal game to St. Augustine 18-14 at Torrey Pines.
Olympian enters their 10th year of football and like Mission Hills has reached the playoffs every year except in their 2nd year. Although the school’s enrollment is at it’s planned capacity there is room for more development nearby which may require another high school in the district or expansion of Olympian.
Point Loma Pointers
The Pointers will finally get lights installed but the first night game under permanent lights is still not known. If the lights are not ready in time for Homecoming there will be temporary lights for that game but Pt. Loma is hoping to play under their new lights sometime this year; construction for the new lights have begun. The Pointers are still in the Western League but now are in the toughest City Conference league that includes Cathedral, Madison and St. Augustine who have moved into the Western League.
Rancho Buena Vista Longhorns
The Longhorns enter their 30th year of football with their 5th head coach starting his first year, Joe Meyer. RBV will play in the Valley league for the first time and look to get back into the playoffs after a two-year absence that included only two wins in 2014 and 2015.
San Diego Cavers
The grandfather of high school football in San Diego enters their 126th year under second year coach Charles James. The Cavers have won four games in the past four years.
San Pasqual Golden Eagles
Tony Corley begins his 10th campaign with the Golden Eagles. San Pasqual has only had four coaches in their 45 years of football.
Santa Fe Christian Eagles
The Eagles have reached the playoffs for 23 consecutive years stretching back to 1993, coach Clark Gilbert’s last year.
The Q-Dawgs are led by first year head coach Dru Smith in their 40th year of football.
Southwest (San Diego) Raiders
This year looks to be good for the Raiders in the South Bay with running back Lenny Hoar leading the way. A playoff berth for Southwest may be in the future. The Raiders have reached the playoffs once since 1993; a 1st round loss at Brawley 32-7 in 2006. Since 1993 Southwest has never had a winning season.
The Saints are looking for their 17th consecutive playoff appearance and have won four CIF titles in the past 11 years.
Steele Canyon Charter Cougars
The Cougars have only had two coaches as they enter their 15th year of football and have only missed the playoffs in their inaugural year of 2002 (2-8, 1-4).
University City Centurions
Ryan Price begins his 2nd year leading UC in their 35th year of football. The Centurions have reached the playoffs the past four years after one playoff appearance in the previous 14 seasons.
Kyle Williams becomes the fourth coach in 14 years of Wolverine football. Westview has never lost a home playoff game while reaching the playoffs 10 of the 13 years.
Most CIF-SD Titles
Titles, School, Last Title
16 Oceanside, 2015
10 Cathedral/USDHS, 2013 (4 as USDHS)
10 Christian, 2014
9 Vista, 2010
8 El Camino, 1999
8 Lincoln, 2012
8 Helix Charter/Helix, 2015 (3 as Helix)
7 Francis Parker, 2009
6 Morse, 1994
6 Carlsbad, 2006
6 Valley Center, 2011
6 Santa Fe Christian, 2012
6 Mater Dei, Marian, 2015 (5 as Marian)
Most CIF-SD Titles Appearances
Appearances, School, Last Appearance
23 Oceanside, 2015
17 Helix Charter/Helix, 2015
16 Vista, 2011
14 Christian, 2014
13 Lincoln, 2012
13 Francis Parker, 2012
13 Bishop’s, 2015
12 St. Augustine, 2015
11 Cathedral/USDHS, 2013
11 El Camino, 2015
Longest Tenured Coaches
Years, Coach, School
22 Gary Blevins, Mira Mesa
21 Sean Doyle, Cathedral
19 Rob Gilster, Valley Center
19 Mike Hastings, Pt. Loma
17 Matt Oliver, Christian
16 George Dagnino, Palo Verde
13, Damian Gonzalez, Poway
13 Chris Hauser, Mission Hills
13 Rick Jackson, Madison
12 Willie Matson*, Mission Bay
12 Ron Burner, El Capitan
12 Damon Baldwin, Ramona
10 Tony Corley, San Pasqual
*Willie Matson also coached Mission Bay in 1984 and 1985
Section Titles by Conference
Titles, Conference, Last Title
69 North County, 2015
57 City, 2015
31 Coastal, 2015
100+ Years of Football
San Diego, 126th
60-70 Years of Football
Chula Vista, 70th
Mt. Miguel, 60th
30-50 Years of Football
Bonita Vista, 50th
Mira Mesa, 40th
Rancho Buena Vista, 30th
10 Years of Football
St. Joseph, 10th
Calvin Christian, 10th
Calvary (San Diego), 10th