Friday, November 6, 2015

Prep Football Games to Watch (Week 11)

Grossmont Foothillers (7-2, 2-2) at #8 Valhalla Norsemen (7-2, 3-1)

When the 2015 Playoff Pairings are announced this Saturday, Grossmont could have a high seed in Division I or a low seed in the Open Division. Coming off a gruesome loss to top-ranked Helix, the Foothillers will visit Valhalla for a battle between two of the best teams from El Cajon. The Norsemen rolled to a 28-10 triumph over rival Steele Canyon last week, and are now looking to clinch the top seed in Division II. So far their highly-touted defense has surrendered a league-low average of 10.6 points per game. They'll be tasked with trying to slow down receiver Khaleed Davis, who hauled in nine catches for 106 yards against Helix last week. The senior's total of 863 receiving yards rank third in the county.

San Marcos Knights (7-2, 3-0) at #2 Mission Hills Grizzlies (9-0, 3-0)

Discovery Bowl bragging rights and the Avocado East League title will be on the line when these crosstown rivals hit the gridiron for their 12th meeting. San Marcos was victorious in the first outing in 2004, but have loss 10 straight in the series since then. This game features four players who are among the top five in the county's major stat categories. Senior Terrell Burgess is having an outstanding season for the Knights on both sides of the ball, but he stands out on offense where he has 56 catches for 1,087 yards (2nd) and 16 touchdowns (1st). Anchoring San Marcos' defense is senior Joah Robinett, who is fifth in the county with 8.5 sacks. He'll need to help stop an explosive ground attack powered by Nehemiah McFarlin, the county's leader in rushing touchdowns (23) and fourth in rushing yards (1,431). Knights quarterback Bryson Bolin tops all San Diego Section passers in yards (2,947) and touchdowns (30).

El Camino Wildcats (5-4, 0-3) at Oceanside Pirates (5-4, 1-2)

The Wildcats have loss four straight games after starting the season 5-0. To end the regular season on a winning note, they must defeat the arch-rival Pirates for the first time since 2010. While Oceanside has seen its share of struggles in their first campaign without longtime head coach John Carroll, they still have a chance to clinch one of the final spots in the Open Division playoffs with a win. The Pirates should be playing with a new set of confidence coming off a 22-7 victory over ninth-ranked La Costa Canyon.

#4 Madison Warhawks (7-2, 3-0) at Mission Bay Buccaneers (8-1, 2-1)

For the ninth straight season, the Warhawks will finish their league schedule with at least a share of the crown. The Buccaneers, who are coming off their first loss of the season, will try to bounce back by defeating Madison for the first time since knocking them out of the 2012 Division II Playoffs. The Warhawks have been on a five-game tear since a 37-36 loss at Eastlake, outscoring their opponents 274-26 during the streak. Terrell Carter has passed for 1,185 yards and 19 touchdowns in his first season as Madison's starting quarterback. His top target Brandon Lewis leads all Warhawk receivers with 22 catches for 419 yards and nine trips to the end zone.

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