Prep football: Poway High to Division II creates potential for loaded section playoff field; Titans beef up schedule
By Michael Bower
High School football fans from all around San Diego wanted to see the best teams collide in the CIF San Diego Section championships last year.
But it didn’t happen because the top-ranked teams (Helix, Cathedral Catholic and Poway) were all in different divisions. That might not be a problem this year, according to the current football divisions on the CIF SDS website.
The addition of the defending SDS Division I champion Titans to Division II easily makes it the most stacked division in the SDS. The division features some of the toughest teams in the county including Helix, Oceanside and La Costa Canyon. Cathedral Catholic is still in Division III.
The move for Poway to Division II is due to its enrollment number of 2,413. The enrollment number for Division I is 2,520 and above. Many wanted to see Helix and Poway tangle last year, as both had pretty good arguments to claim the top ranking in the San Diego County.
Helix went 13-1 on its way to capturing the CIF SDS Division II title and the Division II state championship. Poway went 12-0-1 on its way to winning the SDS Division I crown. The Titans were overlooked by the CIF Bowl Selection Committee for a spot in the state championship game. It was probably because of its one tie against San Pasqual and not enough strength in the schedule.
That should not be a problem this season with the Titans slated to play Oceanside, La Costa Canyon and Valley Center in non-league games. Combine that with a tough Division II playoff field and the inaugural year of CIF State SoCal and NorCal Regional Championship games and Poway should be able to decide its own fate on the field.
Rancho Bernardo is still in Division II and Del Norte stays in Division IV. The Nighthawks made their first playoff appearance in school history last season and should be even stronger this upcoming year.
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