Cathedral Catholic opened its 2008 season much like it ended 2007.
The defending San Diego Section Div. III champions started the season with a frantic first half, scoring six touchdowns on their way to a 48-7 romp over host Steele Canyon of Spring Valley in a non-league game on Sept. 5.
The Dons were led by standout running back Tyler Gaffney, who rushed for 112 yards on 11 carries. Gaffney, considered one of the area's most coveted Div. I prospects, scored three touchdowns - two rushing, and one receiving.
Parker Hipp excelled in his new starting quarterback role for the Dons, completing 6-of-8 pass attempts for 104 yards with no interceptions. He also rushed for 52 yards on five carries.
The Dons set the tone early, taking a 21-0 lead on Gaffney scoring runs from the 2, 6, and 1-yard lines.
They broke the game open in the closing minutes of the first half, with Gaffney scoring on a 16-yard pass from Hipp, and Sam Zimmer and Brien Moynihan scoring on interception returns from 15 and 51 yard out, respectively.
Then for good measure, Roman Ferriera punched in field goals from the 44 and 26-yard lines in the third quarter, extending Cathedral Catholic's already insurmountable lead to 48-0.
Other key contributors for Cathedral Catholic included Brad Harrington, who caught two passes for 46 yards, and Derek Thomas, who rushed for 53 yards on four carries.
The victory extends the Dons winning streak to eight games going back to last season, which culminated with a 41-3 trouncing of Point Loma of San Diego in the Div. III title game at Qualcomm Stadium.
Torrey Pines opened the season with a 41-0 thrashing of Roosevelt of Los Angeles in a non-league game on Sept. 5.
The Falcons rolled up 357 rushing yards as they took an early lead and never looked back.
Brock Ringo's three first-half touchdowns set the tone for the win. Ringo, who finished with 68 rushing yards on seven carries, scored on runs from the 12, 1 and 29-yard lines to give Torrey Pines a 21-0 halftime lead.
The Falcons broke the game open in the third quarter on big runs from Robert Murray and Kyle Middleton.
Murray scored on a 50-yard scamper, and Middleton from 48 yards out.
Shervin Ghannadian scored on a run from the 5-yard line for Torrey Pines in the fourth quarter, extending the Falcons lead to 41-0.
Murray led the Falcons with 132 rushing yards, and Middleton contributed 86 rushing yards.
The Falcons attempted just five passes on the night with quarterback Lenny McGill completed three of them for 82 yards with no interceptions.
The Falcons defense had an outstanding game, holding Roosevelt to just 184 yards of total offense. The Falcons defense was especially dominant against the run, limiting their opponent to just 24 rushing yards in the game.
Bobby Wenzig kicked a 47-yard field goal to lead Westview to a dramatic 27-24 come-from-behind victory over Parker of San Diego in a non-league game on Sept. 5.
Westview rallied from deficits of 17-0 in the second quarter and 24-14 late in the third quarter.
The Wolverines didn't get on the scoreboard until Tyler Musco scored on a 58-yard run in the second quarter.
Westview's Steven Sousa connected with Luke Burcher on a 47-yard scoring strike that closed the Wolverines to within 17-14.
The Wolverines trailed 21-14 late in the third quarter when Wenzig kicked a 31-yarder that got the Wolverines back into the game.
Mitchell Bartolo scored on a 6-yard run for Westview early in the fourth quarter that tied the game at 24.
Westview quarterback Tommy Hansen was 15 for 27 passing for 194 yards with one interception.
Cathedral Catholic is off to a 0-2 start despite some excellent individual showings.
The Dons lost to Huntington Beach 228-248 in a non-league opener for both teams on Sept. 3. They suffered a 225-251 loss to Poway on Sept. 4.
Joyce Kim shot a 42 for the Dons on a 9-hole par-36 course at Meadowlark Golf Course in Huntington Beach and Claire McGovern contributed a 45 score.
McGovern was the medalist in the Poway match, firing a 40 on the 9-hole par-36 course at Stoneridge Country Club in Poway.
Kim contributed a 42 score for the Dons.
Westview broke open a scoreless deadlock in the second half, scoring three goals to secure a 3-0 victory over University City of San Diego in a non-league opener for both teams on Sept. 5.
Elre Ancheta was involved in all three Westview goals, scoring one and assisting the two others.
Emily Baker and Holly Hayes each scored one goal for the Wolverines.