Thursday, September 21, 2023

Prep Football: Games to Watch (Week Six)

Game of the Week

#7 Madison Warhawks (2-2) at #3 Granite Hills Eagles (4-0) 

Madison, having endured two consecutive losses, is coming off a bye week. Their offensive leaders, quarterback Ryley Parenteau and running back Jaylon Brown, are poised to ignite the Warhawks against one of the top defenses in the county. Granite Hills enters this matchup on a 14-game winning streak. Freshman quarterback Zachary Benitez put up 640 passing yards and 5 scores, while running backs Max Turner and Isaiah "Pablo" Jackson formed a dynamic duo, racking up over 700 total yards and 11 touchdowns combined. Wide receiver Brenden Lewis has also been a pivotal target with 18 receptions this season. This clash between these two formidable teams features two of the top safety tandems in the San Diego Section. Madison's Martell Hughes (free safety) and Titus Toilolo (strong safety), possess great ball-hawking skills, while Granite Hills' Jordan Glaze (FS) and Nokoi Maddox (SS) currently lead their team in tackles, adding an intriguing dimension to this eagerly awaited matchup.

Publisher's Pick: Granite Hills

Best of the Rest

#10 St. Augustine Saints (3-2) at Mater Dei Catholic Crusaders (1-3)

St. Augustine is coming off a thrilling 32-30 victory over Newport Harbor, featuring standout performances from running back Parker Johnson and edge rusher Bronx Letuligasenoa, who blocked a field goal attempt to seal the win. Mater Dei is no longer winless after defeating Point Loma 30-13, assisted by Johnny Scott scoring off a 93-yard kickoff return. Both teams are determined to continue their momentum, with the Saints aiming to extend their winning streak, while the Crusaders seek their first win against a Division I opponent before heading into their Metro Mesa League schedule.

Publisher's Pick: St. Augustine

#13 Oceanside Pirates (3-2) at #8 El Camino Wildcats (3-1)

One of the top rivalries in the county will be renewed as Oceanside and El Camino battle for the City Championship as non-league opponents. The Pirates, who moved to the Valley League, are showing promise under new head coach Fale Poumele and coming off two consecutive wins. Their offense, led by sophomore quarterback Andrew Miller and running back Georgie Nua, has been pivotal, and significant improvements on both sides of the ball add to their potential turnaround. The Wildcats enter the game on a three-game winning streak, outscoring opponents 146-14 during this run, including a record-setting 69-6 victory over Mt. Carmel last Friday. The trio of QB1 Carson Howard and running backs Devin Cerda and Leonidas Bell are leading the charge for their offense. El Camino won the last three meetings, including a convincing 41-6 victory last year.

Publisher's Pick: El Camino

#12 Army & Navy Academy Warriors (4-0) at #14 La Jolla Country Day Torreys (4-1)

Seeking their first 5-0 start since 2012, the Warriors have outscored their opponents 193-0. Quarterback Carlos Ramirez stood out with two touchdown passes and a rushing score in their recent 55-0 victory over Francis Parker. La Jolla Country Day comes off a 34-14 win against Escondido Charter, where quarterback Jaden Mangini showcased his duel-threat ability with both passing and rushing touchdowns. Davin Doak had 10 carries for 111 yards and two trips to the end zone, including a 26-yard reception.

Publisher's Pick: La Jolla Country Day

El Capitan Vaqueros (3-2) at West Hills Wolfpack (3-1)
Publisher's Pick: El Capitan

Otay Ranch Mustangs (1-4) at Olympian Eagles (2-3)
Publisher's Pick: Otay Ranch

Mount Miguel Matadors (4-1) at Rancho Buena Vista Longhorns (0-4) 
Publisher's Pick: Mount Miguel

Escondido Charter White Tigers (2-2) at Kearny Komets (4-0)
Publisher's Pick: Kearny

Mar Vista Mariners (1-3) at Coronado Islanders (2-3)
Publisher's Pick: Coronado

#15 Chula Vista Spartans (4-1) at Sweetwater Red Devils (1-4)
Publisher's Pick: Chula Vista

Week 5 Record: 4-6
2023 Record: 33-17

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