First, the Cathedral Catholic football team laid out on the midfielder mat at Escondido High’s Wilson Stadium for a photoshoot following the Dons’ convincing 48-19 Open Division victory over Carlsbad. Then they collected trophies and patches that they will sew onto their Letterman jackets.
Then the Dons walked over to their rowdy student section of Los Locos, rocking to Bill Withers’ “Lean On Me”. (There’s something really cool about singing teens to a 49-year-old song.)
Then the Dons lined up from sideline to sideline on Saturday night through the 50 and sprinted south, diving and stomachs falling into the end zone.
“It’s a Dons tradition,” said quarterback Charlie Mirer, pitcher and first baseman in baseball. “My head first slide is not as good as my feet first slide, but you have to go head first into the end zone.”
In a sport where there are 11 players per team, it was appropriate that the head coach of the cathedral Sean doyle ran his record at 11-0 in San Diego Section Championship games. The titles of Dons sous Doyle were released in 1998, ’99, 2007, ’08, ’09, ’10, ’11, ’13, ’16, ’18 and ’21.
Knowing he was surrounded by talented athletes and assistant coaches, Doyle responded on Sunday morning with a two-word text: “Certainly blessed. “
The thought among rival trainers was that in order to upset Cathedral, you had to load the box defensively, commit to stopping the run, and have No.12 beat you, with No.12 being Mirer.
On Saturday night, Mirer was at his best, completing 5 of 7 passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns.
“It’s amazing. It’s the best thing ever,” said the 6-foot-6, 220-pound quarterback. “Because people say you’re a Wing-T quarterback and you can’t not throw the ball. “
Mirer is the son of former Notre Dame and NFL veteran quarterback Rick mirer, the second pick in the 1993 NFL Draft. Charlie said daddy wasn’t putting any pressure on him.
“He’s like my best friend,” said Charlie, who has a Michigan stock market offering. “He’s one of the few people who understands what the role of a quarterback looks like. He tells me to be me.
Famous Dad # 2
# 2 for Donations is a 6ft 4in wide receiver Rex haynes, son of the defensive back of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Mike Haynes. Haynes has been slowed down all season by right hamstring strain, first injured in June on the athletics track.
Haynes did not play in the Dons’ semi-final victory over Mission Hills. But on Saturday night, he caught four passes for 115 yards, including 51 and 19 yard touchdowns.
Haynes said, “I’ve been waiting all year to have a breakout game and there’s no better time than the CIF title.”
Even with the loss, it was a pretty good week for Carlsbad athletics. The women’s golf team finished fifth at the state championships on Tuesday. On Saturday night, the women’s volleyball team finished second in the Div. II state volleyball championships and the football team reached the game for the open division football title.
I just say
Carlsbad’s sophomore quarterback Julien sayin has pulled scholarship offers from several Power 5 programs and it’s easy to see why. Against a physical defense from the cathedral, Sayin completed 25 of 31 passes for 251 yards and two touchdowns.
He finished the season with 2,750 passing yards and 34 touchdowns.
“He’s the rare high school quarterback who can go through his first read to his second read and put the ball straight to the money,” Cathedral defensive coordinator said. Jean Montali. “He’s got a lot of playoff wins in his future for sure.”
The independent sports writer Union-Tribune was not present on Saturday Jim lindgren. A sixth-grade teacher in the Santee School District, Lindgren has covered high school football since 1985.
He was on the sidelines for Lincoln’s Division I semi-final victory on Friday night over Madison when he was knocked down three times after playing on the sidelines for Lincoln.
“All three times my clipboard and my paper flew,” he said.
After spending eight hours in the emergency room on Saturday morning and undergoing 18 stitches in his right shin, Lindgren said his body felt like it had been in a train wreck.
“It was like getting on a train, crashing, getting off, getting on another train and crashing again,” said Lindgren.
Still the player, Lindgren met the deadline and filed his story before heading to the hospital. He said on Sunday that he was still in pain but felt better than on Saturday.
By the numbers
8 – Doyle is now tied with Gil Warren as the eighth-most victorious coach in the San Diego section.
214 – Doyle’s total wins. His 26-year-old record is 214-96.
97 – Combined dance team members and cheerleaders on the cathedral sideline.
A group of members of the media will meet next month to select the All-CIF teams and section players of the year. After his performance on Saturday (13 races, 269 yards and TD of 4, 77 and 88 yards), Cathedral’s Lucky sutton will be the favorite to be named offensive player of the year.
Doyle said, “I don’t think there is a question.”
Sweeping for rewards?
Dons defensive end linked to Stanford Jaxson Me will be in contention for Defensive Player of the Year.
“There’s a reason he’s going to Pac-12,” Doyle said. “He’s just unstoppable.”
Before the Catholic Cathedral opened in Carmel Valley in 2005, the Dons was located in Linda Vista and was called University of San Diego High. Better known simply as Uni.
The Donations honor their past with Uni on the side of their red helmets.
Doyle said: “We have 62 years of proud tradition that we must represent.”
Norcross is a freelance writer.