Helix (La Mesa, CA)

Nickname: Highlanders
Colors: Green/Black/Gray
Coach: Troy Starr
League: Grossmont - South
Section: San Diego
Playoff Division: I
Playoff Division Rank: #1
CA Bowl Division: South 1 (not yet official)
CA Bowl Division Rank: #4

Returning Offensive Starters: 6
Returning Defensive Starters: 7
2007 JV Record: 6-3
Starting Quarterback Returning: yes
Top Running Back Returning: yes

2007 Final Power Rating: 36.6
2007 National Rank: #800
2007 State Rank: #69
Off-Season Rating Adjustment: +16
2008 Starting Power Rating: 52.6
2008 National Rank: #107
2008 State Rank: #10
Dynasty Rating (Average 2003-2007 Rating): 24.9
Dynasty National Rank: #1161
2008 Rating vs. Dynasty Rating Comparison: better by 27.7
Dynasty Record: 40-18-2 [42-16-2 on the field] (19-4-1 in league)

2007 Overall Record: 8-2-1
2007 League Record/Finish: 4-0 (1st)
2007 Points For Average: 28.9
2007 Points Against Average: 7.8
2007 Differential: +21.1
2007 Wins: #57 Oceanside (28-20), #2862 Steele Canyon (Spring Valley) (35-7), #3645 Lone Peak (Highland, UT) (14-7), #4066 West Hills (Santee) (35-7), #4066 West Hills (Santee) (35-0), #5907 Monte Vista (Spring Valley) (48-7), #7133 Granite Hills (El Cajon) (49-0), #7423 Valhalla (El Cajon) (43-0)
2007 Losses: #357 Mission Hills (San Marcos) (17-14), #372 Carlsbad (14-10)
2007 Ties: #4643 Santa Fe Christian (Solana Beach) (7-7)
2007 Opponents W-L: 62-53-1
Recent League Championships: 2007, 2006, 2003 (Grossmont South)
Winning Streak Entering 2008 Season: none

2008 Schedule: 9/5 Rancho Buena Vista (Vista), 9/12 at Mira Mesa (San Diego), 9/19 at Carlsbad, 9/26 Otay Ranch (Chula Vista), 10/3 at West Hills (Santee), 10/17 Valhalla (El Cajon), 10/24 at Mount Miguel (Spring Valley), 10/31 at Granite Hills (El Cajon), 11/7 Steele Canyon (Spring Valley), 11/14 Monte Vista (Spring Valley)
Highest-Rated 2008 Regular Season Opponents: Rancho Buena Vista (Vista) (37.2), Carlsbad (35.7), Mira Mesa (San Diego) (35)
Lowest-Rated 2008 Regular Season Opponents: Granite Hills (El Cajon) (-4.4), Monte Vista (Spring Valley) (2), West Hills (Santee) (8.8)
2007 Regular Season Schedule Strength: 17.8 (23.2 overall)
2008 Regular Season Schedule Strength: 18.9
2008 vs. 2007 Schedule Strength Comparison: +1.1
2008 Projected Regular Season Record: 10-0
2008 Projected League Finish: 1st
2008 Undefeated Regular Season Probability: 75%
Opener: 9/5 Rancho Buena Vista (Vista) [projection: 35-17 win]

Outlook: The defending Grossmont-South League champs, Helix High School, has an interesting claim to fame. They were the only team to defeat CIF State D-II champion, Oceanside, last year. A semifinal loss to San Marcos prevented a rematch in the San Diego Section D-II finals. This year's team appears to be much more formidable than that of '07. What is going to make this team so good? Well, for one, 13 starters return, including QB Ty Culver, RB Travon Van, OL/DL Anthony Larceval, WR/FS Trelan Taylor, and FB/LB O.J. Auimatagi. Next, the Highlanders already have 2 players verbally committed to Pac-10 schools, TE/DE Levine Toilolo (Stanford) and OL/DE Anthony Anderson (Oregon). Finally, their new Head Coach has a pretty remarkable track record of success. Those in the Los Angeles area will know this name well, Troy Starr. He had a 139-36-1 record while coaching at Taft High School, winning the 1998 LA City Section title and making the finals 7 times. One of the interesting changes for Helix is the move to D-I for the San Diego Section playoffs, which means that there will be no rematch with Oceanside and also that the Highlanders will likely open as one of the favorites to take home the divisional title.