No. 11 San Marcos Knights: 2019 San Diego Section high school football preview

We continue our countdown of the Top 15 high school football teams in the San Diego Section with an inside look at No. 11 San Marcos.

Links: San Marcos team page | 2019 schedule


8-2 (4-1) CIF Open Division Semifinalist


Derek Stank, 1st season


Offense – 5. Defense – 6.


WR Jalen Bainer 5-11, 180, sr.

WR Zavion Reese 6-1, 175, sr.

WR Gavin Cherveny 5-9, 160, sr.

TE Jake Bolin 6-2, 225, soph.

OL Luke Bolin 6-5, 265, soph.


LB Maverick Martin 6-0, 170, sr.

LB Nick Tiefer 6-0, 180, sr.

DE Noah Cline 6-3, 180, sr.

DB Trey Bradford 5-7, 150, jr.

DL Marley Arnaldo 6-0, 175, sr.


Jalen Bainer, wide receiver/cornerback

The third-year starter has six career interceptions and will be looking to add on to the five scholarship offers he already holds.

Zavion Reese, wide receiver/cornerback

Had 740 all-purpose yards and scored nine touchdowns in 2018, while picking up offers from Utah State and San Jose State.

Nick Tiefer, linebacker

The leading tackler from last year returns looking to add on to an impressive season that saw him collect 88 tackles, 15.5 TFL, and 5 sacks.


San Marcos returns three of their four top receivers who combined for 95 catches and 16 touchdown receptions a year ago. This should help ease the pressure on sophomore quarterback Emmett Brown in his first varsity season.

The Knights return several key pieces from last season’s Open Division Appearance, but most of them will be expected to start on both sides which could test the depth of the roster.

Their schedule offers a few winnable games early in the season that should provide the Knights with confidence as they head into Avocado League play.


8/23: at Otay Ranch, 7pm

8/30: Mira Mesa, 7pm

9/6: Oceanside, 7pm

9/20: at Carlsbad, 7pm

9/27: Mt. Carmel, 7pm

10/4: at La Costa Canyon, 7pm

10/11: El Camino, 7pm

10/18: Torrey Pines, 7pm

10/25: at Westview, 7pm

11/1: at Mission Hills, 7pm

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