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by Christopher Mohr


(RANCHO SAN DIEGO) - This Friday, we head to Rancho San Diego to cover the home opener between the Steele Canyon Cougars and the visiting Eastlake Titans.


Steele Canyon (1-1) comes off a 2008 season where they finished 7-6, but won three out of their last four games, going deep in the playoffs. Only a loss to Valhalla kept the Cougars from making a December visit to Qualcomm Stadium.


In their season opener, the Cougars lost to Cathedral Catholic 27-7, but came back the following week with a convincing 48-28 at West Hills. Running back Alex Perlin has four touchdowns and Jake Wragg has two including a 99-yard kickoff return.


Eastlake (1-0-2) is coming off a successful 2008 season, where they finished with a 9-3 record. They had an unusual start to this season as their first two games ended in ties. In their season opener, the Titans traveled to Moorpark High School in Ventura County and tied the Musketeers, 21-21.


The following week, the Titans hosted the Lincoln High Hornets and played to a 35-35 tie. The experience was frustrating to say the least for Eastlake as they scored 28 points in the first quarter and thought they had the game well in hand.


Last Friday, the Titans earned their first win of the season against Mission Hills, 40-14. Tony Jefferson scored three touchdowns in the game to lead the scoring barrage. So far he has six touchdowns this season, while David Diaz is another scoring threat with four touchdowns.


This matchup between two playoff contenders starts at 7 PM at Steele Canyon High School. Don't miss it!


Other East County games (East County teams in all caps) :


Friday, September 25
MT. MIGUEL at Serra, 6:30
Sweetwater at CHRISTIAN (at Granite Hills HS) 7:00
Clairemont at WEST HILLS, 7:00
HELIX at Otay Ranch, 7:00
MONTE VISTA at Lincoln, 7:00
Morse at EL CAPITAN, 7:00ditor@eastcounty
SANTANA at Central (El Centro), 7:00
VALHALLA at Ramona, 7:30

Saturday, September 26
GROSSMONT at Santa Fe Christian, 2:00


Christopher Mohr is a freelance writer in the San Diego area. He writes articles for and is a huge Chargers, Padres and Detroit Red Wings fan.