California’s Top 50 high school football teams: Charlie Mirer, Lucky Sutton lead explosive offense for No. 4 Cathedral Catholic

SBLive is previewing the Top 50 high school football teams in California ahead of the fall 2021 season. Here’s an inside look at the Cathedral Catholic Dons of the CIF San Diego Section, the No. 4 team in our countdown.

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(Lead photo by Josh DaFoe)

CATHEDRAL CATHOLIC TEAM PAGE | 2021 FALL FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

CATHEDRAL CATHOLIC HEAD COACH

Sean Doyle, 26th season (209-94)

2021 SPRING AT A GLANCE

  • 5-0 overall record
  • 3-0 in Western League (1st)

2021 FALL SCHEDULE

  • Aug. 20 @ Torrey Pines – 7:15PM
  • Aug. 27 @ Corona Centennial – 7:15PM
  • Sep. 3 vs. Chaminade – 7:30PM
  • Sep. 10 vs. Helix – 7PM
  • Sep. 17 @ De La Salle – 7:30PM
  • Sep. 24 @ Steele Canyon – 7PM
  • Oct. 1 @ Madison – 7PM
  • Oct. 15 vs. St. Augustine – 7PM
  • Oct. 22 vs. La Jolla – 7PM
  • Oct. 29 @ Lincoln – 7PM

RETURNING STARTERS

  • 9 on offense
  • 6 on defense

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Jaxson Moi (Senior-DL) (6-2, 260) (Cal commit)

Jaxson Moi

Coach Doyle: “The guy has great acceleration off the ball and a great motor.”

Tano Letuli (Senior-LB) (6-1, 210)

Harmon Savaiinaea (Senior-LB) (6-1, 215)

Coach Doyle: “Just have a relentless desire to get to the football with (Tano and Harmon)”

Charlier Mirer (Senior-QB) (6-6, 235)

Coach Doyle: “He’s got to lead us and he’s got a great arm and he knows how to run our offense.”

2021 spring stats: 559 passing yards, seven passing touchdowns

Lucky Sutton (Senior-RB) (6-1, 205)

Darian Whaley (Senior-RB) (5-11, 205)

Coach Doyle: “Unbelievable speed, acceleration and power with (Lucky and Darian).”

Lucky 2021 spring stats: 721 rushing yards, six touchdowns

Darian 2021 spring stats: 100 rushing yards, one rushing touchdown

Rex Haynes (Senior-WR) (6-4, 195)

Coach Doyle: “A six-foot-four wideout with great speed.”

2021 spring stats: Eight catches, 264 yards, four touchdowns

Offensive Line

Coach Doyle: “All of them are pretty dang good.”

IMPACT TRANSFERS IN

  • Rambo Mageo – 2022 OL (Tohopekaliga, FL) (San Diego State commit)
  • Victory Johnson – 2023 LB (Bishop’s)

WHAT’S THE QUARTERBACK SITUATION?

Charlie Mirer will be the Dons starting quarterback for the second straight season. He first stepped in as a sophomore when an injury to DJ Ralph forced Mirer to lead the Dons in their final three games of the 2019 season.

HOW DID THE SPRING SEASON AFFECT CATHEDRAL CATHOLIC?

Cathedral Catholic went undefeated during the spring 2021 season, finishing 5-0, while allowing only 14 total points. Coach Doyle shares how the Dons handled the spring:

“We ran it like a regular season, we leaned towards our seniors definitely a little bit more. We wanted the most out of it for the kids, they deserved it. Whatever it was five, six or ten games they deserved it, so we went after it.”

BEST-CASE SCENARIO FOR CATHEDRAL CATHOLIC

The Dons appear to be the top team in the San Diego Section by a significant margin and have the looks of a team poised to make a run at a state championship. They’ve certainly challenged themselves in the non-league portion of their schedule with trips to Corona Centennial and De La Salle in the first few weeks of the season. If they make it through those two contests unbeaten, they’ll put the rest of the state on notice to take the Dons seriously come postseason time. The Dons enter the season at No. 24 in SBLive’s Power 25.

MOST REALISTIC SCENARIO

It would be a huge shock to see the Dons drop a game to a San Diego Section opponent this season, though they’ll take on Lincoln, St. Augustine, and La Jolla in Western League play who all begin the season ranked in the top six in SBLive’s San Diego Section Top 10 Football Rankings. When the San Diego Open Division bracket comes out in November, expect to see the Dons as the top seed.

COACH SAID

“I would say experience on our offense (is the strength), especially our offensive line. That makes a huge difference with all the adjustments that we make in any different game.”

“I would say the newcomers on defense and learning what the relentless desire to get to the football means at our level and what we want out of them. I just said to them, we gave up 14 points all last season in five games against five pretty good teams and those guys had a ridiculous desire to get to the football, so they’ve just gotta learn it.”

— Head Coach Sean Doyle

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