Friday, September 29, 2023

Prep Football: Games to Watch (Week Seven)

Game of the Week

#2 Carlsbad Lancers (5-0) at #5 Mission Hills Grizzlies (4-1)

Carlsbad dominated the non-league portion of their schedule, outscoring opponents 220-36. Julian Sayin, has been on fire, completing 78.9 percent of his 95 passes for a total of 1,026 yards, 13 touchdown passes with no interceptions. The Lancers' passing game is also powered by an outstanding receiving corps consisting of Josh Ball, Jason St. Paul, Will Cianfrini, and Griffin Rosenbloom. On the defensive side of the ball, Carlsbad features a formidable lineup led by Thomas McCormick, Luke Ferrelli, Jude McLellan, and Josh Draher.

Mission Hills, led by sophomore quarterback Troy Huhn, has also been on a tear, having outscored their opponents 121-60 this season. Their only setback came in a 27-17 loss to the No. 3 Granite Hills in their season opener. The Grizzlies rely heavily on the contributions of receivers Jayden Williams, Ryder Ridill, and Keaton Smith. Additionally, their defense is anchored by standout players such as defensive end Jonathon Class and defensive back Jalen Veasey.

Both teams split their last six meetings with a 3-3 record. However, the Lancers have the momentum coming into this game, having won the last three matchups. Last season's contest ended in a 16-10 result in favor of Carlsbad.

Publisher's Pick: Carlsbad

Best of the Rest

#16 Torrey Pines Falcons (3-2) at #7 El Camino Wildcats (4-1)

Since dropping its season opener to Mission Viejos, El Camino has won four straight and kept its opponents under 10 points. The latest was a 49-8 triumph over rival Oceanside where quarterback Carson Howard put up five touchdowns. Torrey Pines started the season 0-2 but is now on a three-game win streak heading into their Avocado League schedule.

Publisher's Pick: El Camino

Poway Titans (3-2) at #6 La Costa Canyon Mavericks (4-1)

The Titans make their Avocado League debut following 20 seasons in the Palomar. After a shutout loss to San Clemente, La Costa Canyon held their next two opponents to just seven points each. The Mavericks are led by a talented offense powered by quarterback Quinn Roth and running back Andrew Maes. Poway is led by junior quarterback Ty Hurst, who has 631 yards and eight touchdown passes this season.

Publisher's Pick: La Costa Canyon

Brawley Wildcats (5-0) at Scripps Ranch Falcons (3-2)

This game was supposed to take place in week one, but it was postponed due to the threat of a hurricane. Scripps Ranch is coming off a dominant 37-7 victory over Crawford, with Cash Campbell throwing three touchdown passes. Stephen Bousquet emerged as his top target, finding the end zone twice. Brawley, off to its strongest start since 2020, aims to maintain its undefeated record after a convincing 47-15 triumph over Gila Ridge in Yuma, AZ. Junior quarterback Matthew Gutierrez has been outstanding for the Wildcats, amassing 765 yards and 12 touchdowns in the 2023 season.

Publisher's Pick: Scripps Ranch

Mira Mesa Mauraders (2-3) at La Jolla Vikings (3-2)

Mira Mesa quarterback Tyson Line is having a solid season, putting up 1,116 passing yards and five touchdowns. His go-to receiver Chris Brown is having a great year as well, totaling five touchdowns of his own. La Jolla's quarterback, Jackson Diehl, has amassed 1,120 total yards and four scores throughout five games, with 720 yards passing. His brother, Carson Diehl, has 21 receptions on the offense and five interceptions on defense. In the run game, Aidan McGill has contributed with 363 yards and a score.

Publisher's Pick: La Jolla

Quick Picks

#1 Lincoln Hornets (6-0) at #9 Madison Warhawks (2-3)
Publisher's Pick: Lincoln

Point Loma Pointers (3-3) vs. Christian Patriots (4-2)
Publisher's Pick: Christian

Grossmont Foothillers (3-2) at Steele Canyon Cougars (3-2)
Publisher's Pick: Steele Canyon

La Jolla Country Day Torreys (5-1) vs. Bishop's Knights (2-3)
Publisher's Pick: Bishop's

Holtville Vikings (3-2) at El Cajon Valley Braves (4-1)
Publisher's Pick: El Cajon Valley

Week 6 Record: 5-5
2023 Record: 38-22

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