The football season that almost wasn’t is now on the brink of the playoffs.
San Diego Jewish Academy, which over the summer scrambled to field a team, bolstered its position on the 8-man circuit with a 49-14 Ocean League victory over Calvary Christian Academy on Oct. 27.
The Lions improved to 1-2 in league and 4-2 overall for the season as they moved into the fourth slot in the San Diego Section 8-man Div. VI power ranking.
Their game against No. VI Rock Academy on Nov. 3 is expected to decide a playoff spot.
“A very exciting kind and kind of unexpected year,” Lions coach Skip Carpowich said.
“We did have some seniors come in and decide to play at the last minute and that was a big big factor to getting us to where we are now.”
Lions quarterback Jordan Battaglia threw for 243 yards and five touchdowns. He also rushed for142 yards and two touchdowns.
Cody Brown had 143 receiving yards and scored one touchdown and Ilan Levy had 53 receiving yards and scored two touchdowns.
Battaglia also led the Lions defensively with eight tackles, a fumble recovery and an interception.
Cathedral Catholic extended its winning streak to nine games as the unbeaten Dons defeated St. Augustine 35-0 in a Western League game on Nov. 28.
Shawn Poma rushed for 112 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries to lead the Dons.
Tate Haynes rushed for 72 yards and one touchdown on 16 carries and was 3 for 6 passing for 30 yards with one interception.
Moroni Anae led the Dons defensively with eight tackles and 2-and-a-half sacks.
Morrison Mirer had nine tackles and Jordan Genmark-Heath had three tackles and one interception.
The Dons improved to 3-0 in league and 9-0 overall for the season.
Santa Fe Christian defeated Francis Parker 62-0 in a Coastal League game on Oct. 29.
Eagles quarterback Connor Whitton completed 4 of 4 pass attempts for 71 yards and two touchdowns with no interception.
He completed scoring passes to Caleb Phillips and Matthew McRoskey from 35 and 21 yards out.
Caleb Armendariz rushed for 111 yards and two touchdowns on four carries as the Eagles rolled up 337 yards on the ground.
Demitri Washington led the Eagles defensively with four tackles and two sacks and McRoskey and Will Littlejohn each had one interception.
The Eagles improved to 3-1 in league and 7-2 overall for the season.
La Costa Canyon defeated Escondido 40-14 in a nonleague game on game on Oct. 28.
Mavericks quarterback Jake Neufield completed 10 of 14 pass attempts for 158 yards and three touchdowns.
The Mavericks improved to 5-4 overall for the season.
Torrey Pines defeated Mission Hills 33-14 in an Avocado League game on Oct. 28.
The Falcons improved to 4-1 in league and 7-2 overall for the season.
Torrey Pines defeated La Costa Canyon 3-1 (20-25, 26-24, 25-21, 25-18) in an Avocado League West match on Oct. 27.
Alexis Filippone had 15 kills and Jaden Whitmarsh had 12 kills to lead the Falcons.
Brynn Chandler and Kiara McNulty had 35 and 19 assists, respectively.
Morgan Lewis had 18 kills to lead the Mavericks and Camryn Machado had 45 assists.
Bronte Zlomek had 12 kills and Katie Lougeay had 11 kills.
The Falcons improved to 10-0 in league and 26-4 overall for the season.
The Mavericks fell to 8-2 in league and 21-9 overall for the season.
Santa Fe Christian defeated Pacific Ridge 3-0 (25-16, 25-20, 25-14) in a Coastal League game on Oct. 27.
Lexi Sun led the Eagles with seven kills and also had six digs and six assists.
Emily Hubbard had six kills, four aces and two blocks.
Kathleen Philo had eight assists and Nicolina Duhs had seven assists.
The victory followed a 3-1 league win against Bishop’s the previous day in which Sun had 33 kills and Philo had 55 assists.
Hubbard had 12 kills and Abby Phillips had 10 kills and three blocks.
The Eagles improved to 10-0 in league and 27-7 overall for the season.
Cathedral Catholic defeated Scripps Ranch 3-0 (25-20, 25-17, 25-19) in a Western League match on Oct. 26.
Cambria Galloway had 12 kills to lead the Dons and Shaney Lipscomb had 10 kills.
The victory followed a 3-0 (25-18, 26-24, 25-19) league win against Our Lady of the Peace the previous day in which Megan Faraimo and Peyton Wilhite each had 10 kills.
The Dons improved to 10-0 in league and 24-8 overall for the season.
La Costa Canyon defeated Sage Creek 8-1 in an Avocado League West game on Oct. 27.
Madison Theodore scored three goals and had one assist and Kendall Nicholas scored two goals and had one assist to lead the Mavericks.
Summer Borsack scored two goals and goalie Marina Keller had three saves.
The Mavericks improved to 5-1 in league and 18-4 overall for the season.