Prep football title games draw good crowds

The San Diego CIF Football Championships were a big hit, drawing 14,827 people to seven games at Snapdragon Stadium, Escondido High and Southwestern College.

The biggest draw was an estimated 6,200 for the Open Division championship game between No. 1 Lincoln and No. 2 Carlsbad at Snapdragon Stadium.

The game was played on a Friday night, opposite semifinal playoff games in all the other divisions.

CIF officials had hoped to have the Open Division on a Saturday night in Snapdragon, but were told there was a music festival there on that Saturday.

The music festival fell through, but the CIF was stuck with the Friday date.

• The Division I game between Mission Hills and Mater Dei Catholic drew 2,525 at Southwestern College.

• The Division II game between Granite Hills and Ramona at Escondido, drew 1,932.

• The Division III game between University City and Point Loma at Southwestern, drew 1,234.

• The Division IV game between Palo Verde Valley and Fallbrook at Escondido, drew 1,332.

• The Division V game between Crawford and Classical Academy at Escondido, drew 1,143.

• The 8-man Championship between Victory Christian Academy and St. Joseph Academy at Escondido, drew 461.

Coaching openings

With the prep football season drawing to a close, there are three openings for head coaches.

Oceanside, Escondido and Valley Center are looking for head coaches.


Bill Christopher, who coached at Rancho Bernardo and Mt. Carmel, died recently.

Christopher coached three years at Mt. Carmel, Leading the Sundevils to the CIF title game in 1987, losing to Point Loma.

He moved to Rancho Bernardo in 1990, opening that school. He coached six seasons at RB, leading the Broncos to CIF championships in 1993 — a 12-3 win over Poway, and 1995 — a 27-15 win over Rancho Buena Vista.

• Sale Isaia, an All-CIF lineman at Oceanside High in 1989, died the day before Thanksgiving. He was 50.

The 6-foot-5, 320-pound Isaia went on to play at UCLA, then in the NFL for Cleveland, Baltimore and New England. He started 14 games for the Patriots in 2000.

Spanos All-Stars

The 32nd annual Alex Spanos All-Star Classic, the longest-running high school football all-star game in California, is set for Dec. 11. Kickoff at Mira Mesa High is set for 4 p.m.

The game pits the top senior players from the North and South with El Capitan’s Ron Burner coaching the South and Leigh Cole of Del Norte the coach of the North.

Pirates’ reunion

Oceanside High is planning a Pirates for Life Football Reunion for players and coaches from 1989-2014.

The gathering is set for 1-5 p.m. on Feb. 4 at the Elks Lodge at 444 Country Club Lane in Oceanside.

For more information, contact Ed Campbell at [email protected] or at (760) 845-9611.

Hall of Famer

Larry Warford, who played at Oceanside High, has been elected to the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame.

Warford, an offensive lineman, went on to play at Kentucky and for seven years in the NFL with Detroit and New Orleans,

Warford and Manti Te’o and Harry Montague-Field, the other inductees, will be honored at a dinner on Jan. 21 in Hawaii.