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ECPREPS PIGSKIN PICK’EM WEEK 10

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ECPREPS PIGSKIN PICK’EM

By Adam Paul

The final week of the regular season is here and there are a few teams vying for playoff positioning. So here are previews for the regular season finale.

HELIX (8-1, 4-0) @ VALHALLA (2-7, 0-4), 6PM

PREVIOUS MEETING:  2016 – HELIX 40, VALHALLA 13

Last week in their rivalry victory the Highlanders put the game away after the first quarter and Elelyon Noa ran for a 186 and multiple scores. On the other side the Norsemen were dominated in their rivalry game against Steele Canyon.

Last year these two teams met, once in the regular season and then in the first round of the Open Division Playoffs which was a closer score of 14-0.

The Highlanders on the season have given up a total of 24 points to San Diego teams while posting 3 shutouts. The regular season finale between the two according to the experts is expected to be a blowout as Valhalla is only averaging about 15 points a contest.

Look for starters to be out early for Helix as they get ready for their playoff quest.

HELIX 52, VALHALLA 3

 

EL CAPITAN (3-6, 1-3) @ STEELE CANYON (5-4, 2-2), 7PM

PREVIOUS MEETING: 2016 – Steele Canyon 15, El Capitan 7

This contest has big playoff implications as Steele Canyon right now is currently ahead of Granite Hills but that will likely flip as the Eagles beat the Cougars earlier while the Vaqueros are on the outside looking in at the No. 13 spot just right behind the Vista Panthers at the No. 12 spot.

If the Vaqueros win and Vista loses they might slip into that last spot for the Division II playoffs. The Cougars are in but they are playing for seeding purposes.

Last week the Cougars demolished the Valhalla Norsemen in their rivalry game while the Vaqueros lost a heartbreaker to West Hills 10-3.

This contest can go either way and it will depend on who breaks out first. If the Cougars can use their speed like they have the last couple of games than they will have the edge in the contest. El Capitan on the other hand will have to play the dirty (not in a bad way) and gritty type of football that they have been the last few weeks.

Both teams are very well coached and have a lot of talent on the sidelines. Tempo will dictate the outcome of this game.

STEELE CANYON 28, EL CAPITAN 24

 

GROSSMONT (6-3, 3-1) @ WEST HILLS (6-3, 2-2), 7PM

PREVIOUS MEETING: 2016 – Grossmont 48, West Hills 14

The Foothillers are coming of their loss to the Highlanders in the annual Musket rivalry game while the Wolf Pack are coming off of their 10-3 defensive victory over the El Capitan Vaqueros last week.

Grossmont is playing for playoff seeding while the Wolf Pack are also playing for seeding in the Division II playoffs.

On paper this contest looks to be a mismatch as Grossmont has all the speed but the Wolf Pack are pretty crafty at home and last week used the defense to do the job.

Despite the defense playing well lately the Foothillers should get back on track offensively behind quarterback Jamie Odom, tail back Shevell Sterling JR. and company.

West Hills will look to neutralize that speed behind Ryan Jewell, Cade Weaver and company. Also West Hills will look to slow down the game and run a controlled offense behind Jordin Young.

Also another key to victory will be the turnover battle. Whichever team can limit those and also penalties will be a step closer to victory.

GROSSMONT 48, WEST HILLS 21

 

GROSSMONT VALLEY LEAGUE

SANTANA (4-4, 1-2) @ MOUNT MIGUEL (3-6, 1-2), 7PM

PREVIOUS MEETING: 2016 – Mount Miguel 47, Santana 41

Both teams are playing for playoff positions as both are right next to each other with the Matadors in the 8 spot while the Sultans are in the 9 spot.

The winner of this game will flip and position themselves in a possible home game in the Division III playoffs.

If Mugabee Miller is healthy and playing for the Matadors that will give them a boost on offense along with Shemar Greene and company. For the Sultans they will have to limit the mistakes on offense meaning no turnovers if they want to have any shot at winning.

Unlike last year when the contest was a track meet both teams don’t have the offenses to do such a thing this year.

For the Sultans, Josh Oedewaldt will have to play a flawless game for them to have any chance and the defense will have to step up. Also the running game will have to take some of the load off Oedewaldt on the offensive side.

Game is pretty evenly matched but in the end … MOUNT MIGUEL 35, SANTANA 17

 

EL CAJON VALLEY (2-7, 0-3) @ GRANITE HILLS (7-2, 3-0), 7PM

PREVIOUS MEETING: 2016 – Granite Hills 49, El Cajon Valley 8

In the battle for Madison Avenue as the two schools are about a mile or so apart and I believe they play for the Feather the Eagles will look to put the game away early.

Granite Hills should easily wrap up the Grossmont Valley League crown solely with the victory as El Cajon hasn’t played well since early on in the season. Despite some flashes last week against the Sultans it was their lack of numbers that did them in.

The Eagles led by Jake Siegfried and company should have their way early and often and put the contest away by half and call it a night and a running clock in the second half.

GRANITE HILLS 52, EL CAJON VALLEY 3

 

NON-LEAGUE

VALLEY CENTER @ MONTE VISTA, 7PM

PREVIOUS MEETING: 2016 – Valley Center 17, Monte Vista 0

Both the Jaguars and Monarchs are playing for playoff positioning as Monte Vista in Division IV will look to solidify a top 2 seed while the Jaguars will look to keep their No. 3 spot.

The Jaguars will look to use their speed on the defense and also on offense they will look to use their balance to bend the Monarchs to their will.

Monte Vista on the other hand will rely on their run game led by Jahmon McClendon and also their defense which kept them in the game for a while last week against Granite Hills.

However if the Monarchs end up tiring like they did last week they will be in for a long night.

VALLEY CENTER 28, MONTE VISTA 14

 

POINT LOMA @ CHRISTIAN, 7PM (GAME TO BE PLAYED AT EL CAJON VALLEY HIGH)

PREVIOUS MEETING: 2016 – Christian 31, PT. Loma 21

In a contest that can go either way as the Pointers who in the previous three games have beaten some good teams in Cathedral, Madison and Mira Mesa while the Patriots are coming off of a dominant victory over Scripps Ranch.

Playoff wise Point Loma is in the top spot for Division I and is playing for that position while the Patriots are currently sitting in the No. 9 spot in Division II so a victory over Point Loma will definitely help them.

This contest will be interesting as the Patriots have had some issues with teams that are bigger than them. So if the Patriots are to be able to win they will have to set the tempo early with Brad Jeremiah and company.

On the other side the Pointers run and pass the ball a little bit as they have ran for over a thousand yards on the season and have passed for almost a thousand yards.

The one common opponent between the two is Lincoln. The Pointers won a narrow 36-34 contest while the Patriots were handled pretty good 20-7.

POINT LOMA 28, CHRISTIAN 24

 

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