Mission Hills players take a break on the bench during a warm, humid day at Cathedral Catholic High.
Scouting reports, key players and schedules for all the teams.
It brings a tear to your eye to think something so special, so entertaining, was born out of tragedy.
But that's the genesis of the Under Armour Brothers in Arms High School Football Classic, a 25-game, nationwide event that includes six games in San Diego this weekend.
Four of those games are at Cathedral Catholic High on Friday and Saturday.
The Friday schedule at Cathedral Catholic includes Corona Del Mar vs. La Costa Canyon at 5 p.m. and Folsom vs. host Cathedral at 8 p.m.
The Saturday games are Timpview (Utah) vs. Mission Hills at 5 p.m. and Ventura St. Bonaventure vs. Helix at 8 p.m.
In addition, Desert Ridge (Arizona) plays at Eastlake and Pleasant Grove (Utah) plays at Torrey Pines on Friday.
These games, as well as those across the country, are played as a fund-raiser for the Brothers in Arms Foundation, which was created to honor the legacies of fallen soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines.
The foundation honors the memory of Lt. Brendan Looney, a U.S. Navy Seal and 2004 Naval Academy graduate - where he played football and lacrosse. Looney was killed in Afghanistan when his Black Hawk helicopter crashed during combat operations in 2010.
Funds raised, according to Brothers in Arms Foundation Chairman Eric Beach, will be used for scholarships for military personnel and their families.
"We want to provide financial aid wherever we can," Beach said. "The best way we knew how to do that was through football.
"In San Diego, we have a great partnership at Cathedral Catholic. It's a great venue, a college-type campus that can be enjoyed by the players and fans."
Last year, the Brothers in Arms action included four games Saturday at Cathedral.
Beach said with heat and humidity that was too many, so Eastlake and Torrey Pines were awarded home games under the foundation's umbrella.
In addition to California, Brothers in Arms games include teams from Maryland, Ohio, Washington, D.C.,
Virginia, New Jersey, New York, South Carolina, Texas, Georgia, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Kentucky and Florida.
"Under Armour is proud to partner with the Brothers in Arms Foundation to pay tribute to those who have given everything to protect our freedom," said Sean Sullivan, director collegiate sports marketing for Under Armour. "The Brothers in Arms Football Classic will go a long way to benefit military families
through a premier grassroots football platform."
Beach said he not only looks for the best teams for the classic, but the best programs.
"I think you can tell by the San Diego teams that are playing," Beach said.
Timpview is busing from Utah. The team took is staying near Marine Corps Air Station Miramar and will tour the base.
In addition, it attended Wednesday's Brewers-Padres game in Petco Park and spent a day at Sea World.
"We think this offers young athletes to learn more about leadership and sacrifice," Beach said. "We hope it inspires a generation of future leaders."
GAMES AT CATHEDRAL CATHOLIC
Corona Del Mar vs. La Costa Canyon, 5 p.m.
Corona Del Mar is coming off a 16-0 season and is ranked No. 47 in the state by Cal-Hi. The Sea Kings return 10 starters off a defense that allowed just 155 points and pitched four shutouts. ... LCC finished 7-4 last season and is ranked No. 9 in San Diego in the preseason poll. The Mavericks return 12 starters.
Folsom vs. Cathedral Catholic, 8 p.m.
Folsom is ranked No. 14 in the country on the Freeman ratings and is No. 17 on the MaxPreps Xcellent 25 as well as No. 3 in the state by USA Today and CalPreps. The Bulldogs have had back-to-back 14-1 seasons with the only losses coming to Concord De La Salle. Folsom is 64-8 over the last five years and was the state champ in 2010. QB Jake Browning has committed to Washington and has passed for more than 10,000 yards in his prep career. He was 440-of-579 for 5,737 yards and a state record 75 TDs last season with 17 interceptions. OL Cody Creason (6-4, 260) has committed to Arizona. .... Cathedral is ranked No. 3 in San Diego and No. 22 in the state by CalPreps. The Dons were 11-2 last season and won the San Diego Section Division I title. The team is led by 6-foot-5 QB Clayton Dale, who threw for 1,311 yards last season.
Timpview, Utah vs. Mission Hills, 5 p.m.
Timpview is ranked No. 2 in the state by MaxPreps. The Thunderbirds, who are coming off a 13-1 season, opened last week with a 27-14 win over Sky View. LB Devin Kaufusi, who is committed to BYU, is the leading returnee. ... Mission Hills is ranked No. 4 in San Diego and No. 12 in the state by Cal-Hi. The Grizzlies are coming off a 12-2 season and a San Diego Section Open Division title. DB-WR Dechaun Holiday is one of the most-heavily recruited players in the county.
Ventura St. Bonaventure vs. Helix, 8 p.m.
St. Bonaventure finished 8-4 last season. The Seraphs are ranked No. 10 in the state by CalPreps and No. 18 by Cal-Hi. There are only two returning starters on defense, but the offense returns 10 starters, including 6-foot-4 QB Ricky Town, who has committed to USC. OL Nick Capella (6-4, 265) is a top college recruit. ... Helix is ranked No. 1 in San Diego in the preseason as well as No. 22 in the State by Cal-Hi and No. 29 by CalPreps. The Highlanders finished 9-3 last year with a young team. QB Michael Austin threw for 1,529 yards last season. The lines are huge, led by Northern Arizona commit Jaylin Kuykendall (6-1, 295), Christian Chavez (6-1, 265) and Kevin Moore (6-1, 250). End Luke Holloway and LB Jihad Woods lead the defense.
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