Eight of the best high school football teams on the West Coast will compete in the Honor Bowl this weekend in San Diego. Cathedral Catholic High School will host the four-game showcase on Friday and Saturday. We detail the games and players to watch below.
Game 1 (Friday 4 p.m.): Valor Christian (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) (1-0) vs. Oaks Christian (Westlake Village, Calif.) (0-2)
Valor Christian has some serious talent on offense led by senior Oklahoma running back commit Gavin Sawchuk. Gavin’s brother Gabe Sawchuk, a sophomore, is also a player to watch at running back. On the offensive line, Valor Christian senior tackle Jake Maikkula is committed to Stanford.
Oaks Christian’s strength is on the defense line. Senior linebacker/defensive end Sterling Lane is committed to Arizona. Mathias Malaki-Donaldson plays on the other side of the defensive line for the Lions. He’s a senior Oregon State commit.
The pick: Valor Christian
Game 2 (Friday 7:30 p.m.): Chaminade (West Hills, Calif.) (2-0) vs. Cathedral Catholic (San Diego Calif.) (1-1)
Chaminade may not have the top recruits like some of the other teams featured, but make no mistake, the Eagles are a squad filled with really good football players. Sophomore defensive back Marquis Gallegos has received scholarship offers from Fresno State and San Jose State after two very good games to begin the season. Senior Paul Holyfield is another player to watch. In the spring, he had 34 carries for 200 yards and four TDs, 17 catches for 240 yards and three more TDs.
Cathedral Catholic came into the season as the top team in San Diego, but has struggled out of the gate. Their top players are Jaxson Moi, a senior Cal commit on the defensive line, senior receiver Rex Haynes and senior running back Lucky Sutton.
The pick: Cathedral Catholic
Game 3 (Saturday Noon): American Fork (Utah) (2-0) vs. Serra (Gardena, Calif.) (1-1)
This game features a great quarterback battle between senior Serra gunslinger Maalik Murphy, a Texas commit, and senior American Fork QB Maddux Madsen, a Boise State commit.
American Fork has a few other top recruits as well in senior tight end Carsen Ryan, a UCLA commit, senior linebacker Noah Moeaki, a BYU commit, and senior receiver Fisher Ingersoll. Ryan may miss the game through injury.
The pick: American Fork
Game 4 (Saturday 4 p.m.): Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.) (2-0) vs. Centennial (Corona, Calif.) (1-0)
The premier matchup of the weekend pits two of California’s best teams against one another. In our latest SBLive California high school football rankings, Corona Centennial is ranked No. 4 and Sierra Canyon is ranked No. 7. Both teams are loaded.
Sierra Canyon has one of the premier rushing attacks in the state with senior Jason Jones and sophomore Terrell Cooks at tailback. On the offensive line, senior Michael Wooten is committed to Oregon and on defense, senior safety Kamari Ramsey is committed to Stanford. One other player to watch is senior defensive end Zeke Larry. He led California in sacks in the spring and is committed to Yale.
Corona Centennial rotates junior quarterbacks Izzy Carter and Carson Conklin. Carter received an offer from Oregon this week. Junior Malachi Riley is a standout at receiver and the Huskies have great skill and depth on both of their lines. The strongest area of their team is in the secondary thanks to Jaden Mickey, a senior Notre Dame commit, and junior Aaron Williams, a national recruit.
The pick: Corona Centennial