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ECPREPS PIGSKIN PICK’EM OPENING ROUND PLAYOFF EDITION

ECPREPS PIGSKIN’EM OPENING ROUND PLAYOFF EDITION

By Adam Paul

Thursday (11-9-17)

The second season known as the playoffs start early on Thursday evening due to the Veterans Day Holiday on Friday which sees schools across the county all closed for the Holiday.

CIF DIVISION I

(10) Valhalla (2-8) @ (7) Rancho Bernardo (5-5), 7pm

The Norsemen come into the contest against the Broncos banged up as Bryan Madriz will likely still be out at quarterback. So Kyle Grysiel will still be under center as he was the last game.

The Norsemen have had trouble putting points on the board without a consistent passing game and have to rely on Ty Schimke to move the ball on the ground.

The Broncos on the other hand behind sophomore quarterback Noah Morris who has thrown 10 TDs in the last 5 games will look to take advantage of their opportunities as Valhalla has given up 350 points on the season.

The defense for the Broncos is fast and is led by MLB Luke Manos who accumulated 79 tackles along with a couple of sacks and a couple of interceptions.

If Valhalla is to have any shot in this contest they will have to set the tempo early and make the first punch.  So they will have to put up more than the 1.5 that they about average in the first quarter.

RANCHO BERNARDO 42-10

 Friday (11-10-17)

CIF DIVISION II

(11) West Hills (6-4) @ (6) Granite Hills (8-2), 7pm

The last time these two teams met was back in October of 2015 in which the Eagles won 20-14. However this time around the stakes are a little higher as this is the playoffs and a spot in the quarterfinals.

The Wolf Pack are coming off a loss to Grossmont 42-0 in which they turned the ball over multiple times. They had opportunities to score as Jordin Young marched the offense down the field but could punch anything in.

On the other side the Eagles are coming off a 45-0 victory over El Cajon to clinch their third straight Grossmont Valley League title.

West Hills on offense is led by dual threat QB Jordin Young who has thrown for 739 yards and 12 TDs so far this season. He can also run the ball if he has to.

Young will have to find his receivers Ryan Jewell and Cade Weaver among others if they want to be able to open up the offense.

The Pack defense also will play a key role in that they will have to set tempo by creating turnovers as they did against El Capitan whom they defeated 10-3 and was a key victory to land in the playoffs.

On the other side the Eagles led by crafty Jacob Siegfried who is also a dual threat as he has rushed for almost 1,000 yards and in the air has thrown for almost 1,000 as well. He has a total of 23 TDs for the season through the air and on the ground.

However Siegfried also has a couple of choices to hand the ball off to as well in Keyvon Young who has been a spark since transferring from Helix. Since his debut he has run for just a tad under 500 yards on 54 carries and also 6 TDs. The other big back is David Tyler Gonzalez who has rumbled his way to 606 yards on 75 carries and 6 TDs.

Aerial wise for the Eagles, William Burton the big guy who has caught 26 balls for 274 yards and also 6 TDs will look to be the monster that he can be. The other guy is Christopher Ostreng who has caught 15 passes for 222 yards and a couple of scores.

Defensively the Eagles are big and fast led by Burton, Garrett Curran, Gonzalez, Ethan Bishop among others.

The Pack will have to come out early and get going if they want to stand any chance. Granite Hills will look to tire the Pack down with the ground game and then air it out a little.

Many say this will be close but I am not so sure … GRANITE HILLS 35-17

 

(10) Mira Mesa (5-5, 0-4 Western) @ (7) Steele Canyon (6-4, 3-2 GHL), 7PM

The last time these two teams met at Steele Canyon the Cougars were able to prevail 52-26 on their homecoming behind forcing multiple turnovers.

Also in that contest Thomas Fishburne threw for 4 TDs and 268 yards and also ran for 44 yards. Isaiah Thomas also ran for almost 100 yards in the contest as well.

Mira Mesa coming in has lost 5 of their last 6 games while Steele Canyon has won their last 2 ball games.

Like last time the Cougars will have to use their speed and force turnovers and set the tempo early. Unfortunately for the Cougars they will likely be without star Mikel Oliver who is questionable with a knee injury.

But the Cougars still have a lot of talent and speed on the defense to get the job done and they will be at home in front of their rabid fans to cheer them on.

In the end will it be DÉJÀ VU again??? STEELE CANYON 42-24

 

(9) WestView (6-4, 4-2 Palomar) @ (8) Christian (8-2, 3-1 Eastern) (At El Cajon Valley High), 7PM

The Patriots come into the contest having gotten the monkey off their backs as many had said the Patriots couldn’t beat a bigger foe. Well they proved people wrong with their wild 44-37 victory over Point Loma in the regular season finale.

Brad Jeremiah in the contest against the Pointers threw 6 TDs and 439 yards. On the season he has thrown for over 3,000 yards and 41 TDs. He is the first ever Patriots quarterback to ever throw for over 3,000 yards in the regular season.

His targets include Alexander Gonzalez who has caught 62 balls for 713 yards, Jesse Matthews who has hauled in 48 balls for 778 yards and Alonzo Richardson who has caught 39 passes for 738 yards.

Westview on the other hand are led by Beau Nelson who will be one of the top all-time passers in CIF history when his career is over as he has thrown for over 5,000 yards.

Christian will have to keep their aerial game going along with mixing in the run and on the defensive side use their speed to their advantage to force the turnovers.

Interestingly enough these two teams have never met before so there isn’t really any familiarity. But that won’t matter as the Patriots showed they can play with the big boys.

CHRISTIAN 42-21

 

CIF DIVISION III

(11) Santana (4-6, 1-3 GVL) @ (6) Rancho Buena Vista (5-5, 2-2 Valley), 7PM

It has been a long while since the Sultans have traveled to the North County. In fact it has been over a decade since they have. The last time was when Doug Coffin was roaming the sidelines as they routinely used to go and scrimmage various teams in the North County.

But looking at everything this game is a pretty well matched contest. The Sultans are led by Quarterback Josh Oedewaldt who hasn’t quite put up the numbers from last season but this year has thrown for a pretty decent 1,448 yards and 13 TDs.

His targets include Cameron Kane who has hauled in 31 balls for 414 yards and 4 scores and Davon Chestnut who has hauled in 38 catches for 551 yards and 5 scores.

Defensively they are led by Landon Wood who has tallied 96 tackles, 7 sacks and has caused 2 fumbles and has recovered 2 fumbles as well.

The Longhorns of RBV are led by speedy Dorian Richardson who can dash through a defense if given the chance to.

However the offense for the Longhorns doesn’t quite put up points as they only average less than 3 points a quarter.

Santana coming all the way up from the East County will have to get used to the type of officiating in the North County and also the defense will have to pick up its game and not give the Longhorns opportunities.

In the end looking at the stats will it be a close game??? RBV 24-21

 

(9) Mount Miguel (4-6, 2-2 GVL) @ (8) Escondido (4-6, 1-3 Valley), 7PM

The Matadors almost blew their game last week as they held onto beat the Santana Sultans 26-24 as they stopped the Sultans on a last ditch effort. Before they allowed the Sultans to comeback the Matadors really were able to somewhat control the contest.

These two teams have historically only have met once in 54 years back in 1963 which was a 19-6 victory by the Cougars.

On paper the two teams are pretty evenly matched. The Cougars are led by tail back Jake Frankfather who last week scored on a 76-yard run in their 30-13 loss to San Pasqual.

The Matadors on the other hand are led by Mugabee Miller at quarterback, Shemar Greene at running back and Santino Pacheco at wide receiver. Pacheco really got his workout last week as he returned 2 punts for scores against the Sultans.

If the Matadors are going to pull out the victory they will have to not allow the Cougars back into the game when having a nice lead.

With everything close on paper and looking at the numbers … MOUNT MIGUEL 28-13

CIF DIVISION IV

(9) El Cajon Valley (2-8, 0-4 GVL) @ (8) Serra (5-5, 1-3 City), 7PM

The last time these two teams met was way back early on in which Serra won convincingly 40-16 and the last time these two met in the post season was last year in which Serra won a nail biter 24-22 in which they had to hold.

The Conquistadors will look to put this game away early so they can call it a night and move on. The Braves on the other hand will look to run their way through the Serra defense but don’t look for much offense if any.

In the end the lack of numbers for the Braves will be a disadvantage.

SERRA 48-3

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