It is Championship Week in San Diego! The 2016 CIFSDS Division I Championship matchup is as good as it gets when it comes to High School Football in San Diego. The Top-Ranked Madison Warhawks will be the home team versus #2 St. Augustine Saints on Friday night at Southwestern College.
This is familiar territory for The Saints. It is their 5th consecutive trip to a CIFSDS Title game. After moving up to the Open Division last year, in which they lost a hard-fought battle with Helix in the Championship game, St. Augustine finds themselves in a rematch from 2014's Division I Championship and 2012's Division IV Championship against The Warhawks. In the latter, The Saints won that shootout with a score of 49-42.
The Saints depend on both a passing game, with Quarterback & 2016 Silver Pigskin Fan-Vote Finalist, Rodney Thompson under center, and a ground game with Darrell Broussard leading the way for St. Augustine.
For The Madison Warhawks, this is their 4th trip to the finals in the last 7 years. They are lead by Middle Linebacker and 2016 Silver Pigskin Finalist, Sampson Niu. Niu was by far the most sought-after athlete in San Diego with 27 college offers. He settled for The Uniersity of Oregon, making his announcement live on KUSI Sports.
As mentioned, the Warhawks are looking to avenge their loss versus St. Augustine in the 2014 title game, and instead repeat what they did in 2012... beating the Saints in the Championship game on their way to to a State Title.
Scoring will not be a problem in this game, so be prepared for a high-scoring shootout. Madison score more than 40 points in 9 out of their previous 12 games, while St. Augustine had 3 games in which they scored more than 55 points.
The game is on Friday night at 7pm at Southwestern College. You can catch highlights and postgame interviews on KUSI's All-Sports Report at 10:45pm.