It’s Week 4 and Christmas has come early for San Diego high school football fans. Our gift is a match-up between two of the top powerhouses in the county, Helix and Cathedral Catholic. Helix faces what seems to be their toughest test of their brutal regular season schedule. After opening the season hosting Cajon (San Bernadino) and a tough lost to the #6 team in the state of Utah, Herriman, in week 2, the Highlanders have their third straight home game versus Cathedral. Cathedral is the #9 team in the nation #3 in the state of California and unanimous #1 team in San Diego. Helix is coming off a week 3 bye and we spoke with senior captain and Helix linebacker Jeremiah Fletcher to gain insight on how the Highlanders prepared for tonight’s match-up.
Jeremiah Fletcher is a 3 year varsity lettermen who recently made the move from defensive end back to his natural position, at linebacker. At 6’0 215 lbs Jeremiah is a smart, selfless, aggressive linebacker that plays every down like it’s his last. He’s instinctive with a great motor and plays with relentless pursuit. Jeremiah has thrived on the Highlander defense and even had the game sealing interception in the opener versus Cajon adding 14 tackles, 1 forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
(Jeremiah in game photo versus Cajon)
Coming off the bye week Fletcher is completely focused on the task at hand and believes he and the Scotties are ready for tonight’s fight.
“We’ve studied all of [Cathedral’s] plays and if we all play together and execute I believe we can win. We all were upset after the lost to Herriman and going into the bye week we all talked together as a team, and we all decided that we all have to step things up as a team. We went harder in the weight room and even harder at practice to be ready. We have what it takes physically, that’s not the problem. We need to turn our mentality up and know we can beat them and know we can win,” explained Jeremiah.
The mentality definitely has to be there if the Scotties want to steal this game at home because Cathedral is loaded with a talented roster and has been tested early this season. Cathedral is 3-0 with impressive victories over really good football teams in La Costa Canyon, Saguaro (#1 ranked team in Arizona) and Corona Centennial (3 team in the nation, #2 in California at the time). Since 2009 these two programs have faced off each year and the record stands 6-5 in favor of Helix (Cathedral has forfeit vs Helix in 2012). However, Cathedral bested Helix with a 30-21 victory in week 4 of last season but Fletcher believes that lost fuels the Scotties til this day.
“Cathedral beat us last year and we are definitely coming into the game with that, we have to win mentality. We have something to prove to California, especially San Diego, ourselves and everyone else. We play them each year so we know they like to run the ball and we are looking to stop it and force them to beat us throwing,” explains Jeremiah.
Tonight’s game will be one of the best match-ups in week 4. Normally you have to wait until playoffs to get two teams this stacked and highly rated to face off but we get it tonight. If one thing is for sure Jeremiah is not bothered by the outside noise and/or expert opinions that praise and rank Cathedral. He simply wants to end the night with the win.
The game is a home game at Helix high school at kickoff starts at 7PM.