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Helix quarterback transfers to Oceanside

08/19/2013, 7:55pm PDT
By John Maffei

Senior Josh Harris helped lead the Highlanders to a 10-1 record last season.

Playing for Helix last season, quarterback Josh Harris was 129-of-219 passing for 2,013 yards and 18 touchdowns.

Quarterback Josh Harris, who helped lead Helix High to a 10-1 season a year ago as a junior, has transferred to Oceanside.

Pirates coach John Carroll said Harris is on the team. The senior arrived at the school last week.

Oceanside, the defending San Diego Section Division II champion, lost quarterback Tofi Paopao to graduation. The Pirates played in summer passing leagues with junior Matt Romero and sophomore Dakota Miller at quarterback. Romero played on the JV team last season. Miller, a left-hander, is a transfer from Arizona.

The Pirates are loaded at the skill positions with four players having already committed to Division I college programs. They have at least two other Division I prospects.

Helix Athletic Director Damon Chase referred inquiries on the transfer to the California Interscholastic Federation’s San Diego Section office.

John Labeta, assistant commissioner of the San Diego Section, said “this is a valid change of residence.”

“He hasn’t been totally cleared yet because we’re still checking on a couple of things,” Labeta said. “The father is now working in North County, and we want to make sure that’s what motivated the move. We’re doing our diligence on every high-profile athlete that transfers.”

The 6-foot-5, 210-pound Harris is high profile. He completed 129-of-219 passes for 2,013 yards, 18 touchdowns and eight interceptions last season.

“Josh is a very nice young man,” said Helix coach Troy Starr. “He had a nice summer with us, but so did Michael Austin.”

A mobile sophomore, Austin now figures to be the starter, Starr said. He’s in competition with junior Dashawn Keirsey, who also plays baseball.

More football

The high school football season kicks off Aug. 30, but fans will have a chance to check out teams at scrimmages this weekend.

Some of Friday's highlight scrimmages include Torrey Pines at Oceanside (7 p.m.), Cathedral Catholic at Mission Hills (6 p.m.), Madison at Westview (7 p.m.), Helix and Vista at Rancho Bernardo (6 p.m.), Del Norte at St. Augustine (6 p.m.), Eastlake and Mar Vista at Mt. Carmel (6 p.m.), Rancho Buena Vista at La

Costa Canyon (6 p.m.), Poway at El Camino (6:30 p.m.), Ramona at San Pasqual (6 p.m.) and Olympian at Steele Canyon (6 p.m.).

Thursday at 5 p.m. Morse is at Grossmont.

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