Prep Football: 5 Games to Watch in Week 7
#7 Lincoln Hornets (4-1) at #9 Madison Warhawks (3-2)
Coming off a "revenge win" at previously-undefeated Grossmont, the Warhawks will have its fourth straight game against a San Diego opponent who was ranked in the U-T Media Poll Top 10 at some point this season. Lincoln was a heavy favorite against host Mater Dei last week, but needed to overcome a 23-7 deficit and a nail a last-second field goal to pull off a 31-28 win. Lincoln leads the all-time series by a narrow 11-10.
Publisher's Pick: Madison
#6 Oceanside Pirates (4-1) at #8 Mission Hills Grizzlies (3-2)
Following a convincing win at Olympian, the Pirates look to hold on to their first-place tie in the Avocado League when they visit San Marcos to take on Mission Hills. The Grizzlies have already faced a setback in league play, so they must win to have a chance to stay in the race. Oceanside holds a 8-5-1 all-time record in this series.
Publisher's Pick: Oceanside
#5 Steele Canyon Cougars (5-0) at #15 Granite Hills Eagles (4-1)
Grossmont Hills League play opens with a matchup between two of its three 2018 co-champions. Granite Hills pulled off a 30-27 win over the Cougars last season, which would eventually help force a three-way tie for the title. Steele Canyon currently has a commanding lead in the all-time series, 11-5.
Publisher's Pick: Steele Canyon
Mater Dei Catholic Crusaders (3-3) at Eastlake Titans (1-5)
Eastlake will look to bounce back following a forgettable non-league slate as they get set to defend their Metro-Mesa League crown. The Titans had a 3-0 lead on El Camino entering the 4th quarter last week, but the Wildcats put up 14 unanswered points to steal the win. Mater Dei's tough effort against Lincoln came up short due to a last-second field goal.
Publisher's Pick: Eastlake
Santana Sultans (6-0) at Mount Miguel Matadors (3-2)
This will be a battle between two of the best quarterbacks in the East County, Santana's Nathan Temple and Mount Miguel's J.D. Laverdiere. Off to its best start since their 2011 run to the CIF Section Finals, the Sultans visits Spring Valley looking to keep its undefeated streak going by beating the Matadors for the first time since 2002.
Publisher's Pick: Santana