No. 1 St. Augustine Saints: San Diego Section 2019 high school football preview

We wrap up our countdown of the Top 15 high school football teams in the San Diego Section with an inside look at No. 1 St. Augustine.

Links: St. Augustine team page | 2019 schedule | Roster

2018 IN REVIEW

10-4 (2-2) CIF Division 1 Champions

COACHING RESUME

Joe Kremer, 2nd season, 10-4 overall record

RETURNING

Offense – 9. Defense – 9.

TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYERS

RB Byron Cardwell 6-0, 200, jr.

TE Michael Ambagtsheer 6-4, 248, sr.

WR Sam Scaife 6-2, 206, sr.

QB Angelo Peraza 5-9, 160, sr.

OL Nick Sylvester 6-0, 270, sr.

TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYERS

LB Connor Heffler 5-11, 205, sr.

DB Tyson McWilliams 6-2, 170, sr.

DB Eavan Gibbons 5-10, 185, sr.

DL Christian Gaeta 6-1, 280, jr.

LB Malcolm Williams 5-11, 215, jr.

THREE TO SEE

Byron Cardwell, running back

His breakout sophomore season included 1,521 all-purpose yards and 15 touchdowns with offers from USC, UCLA and five others arriving shortly after.

Michael Ambagtsheer, tight end

The two-way star caught six touchdown passes last season while also recording 4.5 sacks. He’s closing in on 20 offers from schools across the county.

Tyson McWilliams, cornerback

One of the county’s top corners, McWilliams has seven career interceptions while also being a top target at wide receiver. Nebraska, Iowa State, and San Diego State are among his double digit offer list.

OUTLOOK

In what may be the most experienced team in San Diego, the Saints return 18 starters from last year’s team that beat Helix in the CIF D-1 Championship before falling to eventual state champion Grace Brethren in the D2-AA Regional Finals.

With 80-percent of their total yards returning plus a deep postseason run under their belts, the Saints offense should be even better in 2019.

The Holy Bowl matchup versus Cathedral Catholic in October will likely determine a Western League Title, and could also be a preview of the Open Division Championship.

2019 SCHEDULE

8/23: Bonita Vista, 7pm

8/30: at Eastlake, 7pm

9/6: Loyola, 7pm

9/13: at Otay Ranch, 7pm

9/20: Helix, 7pm

10/4: at Morse, 6:30pm

10/11: at Lincoln, 6:30pm

10/18: at Cathedral Catholic, 6:30pm

10/25: Madison, 7pm

11/1: Point Loma, 6:30pm

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