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 Valley Center at El Capitan, 7: The Valley Center Jaguars come into Lakeside on a 28-21 victory over Otay Ranch last week to push their record to 2-0 while the hosts the Vaqueros look to get their first win of the season after losing on a controversial catch call and a 26-24 decision on the road at Mater Dei Catholic.

If the Vaqueros are going to pick up their first win the run game will have to help on the offensive side. They only tallied 74 total yards last week. Passing wise Wick Hauser will have to up his game as he didn’t throw any touchdowns last week but did pass for 217 yards.

Defensively the Vaqueros will look to slow down the Jaguars offense which racked up almost 400 yards. However El Capitan is up to the challenge and will look to use last games somewhat momentum and bring it this week.

Plus this is a big matchup when it comes to Division II CIF Playoff seeding and also last year Valley Center won in a close game as well in overtime.

So will history repeat itself??? Valley Center 35-28


Valhalla at Mount Miguel, 7: The Norsemen travel to Spring Valley looking to rebound from their loss a week ago to Granite Hills while the Matadors come off of a close victory.

Valhalla who only tallied 189 offensive yards a week ago will have to do better to come away with a victory. The passing game will have to pick it up to give them a chance.

Mount Miguel on the their end of the ball will have to be able to throw the ball a little more and keep the running game going behind Shemar Greene who had 156 yards last game out.

On the defensive side both teams play physical and are pretty equally matched.

The difference will be the quarterback play …. Mount Miguel 21-14


West Hills at Mission Bay, 7: The Wolf Pack travel inland a week after their big rivalry victory over cross town Santana while the host Buccaneers were shut out in their loss.

West Hills will use their momentum from last week and on offense look to continue their magic. Jordin Young will be playing his road game as quarterback but that shouldn’t stop him.

The ground game should be solid as well and continue to do what they did from last week as they ran for 153 yards.

Defensively the Wolf Pack gave up a tad over 100 yards last week against the Sultans.

With the momentum from last week the game is …. West Hills 35-14


Christian at Santana, 7: The last time these two teams met was in 2012 a 49-26 Patriots victory and 2013 also a 42-0 Patriots victory. Christian has won the previous four matchups in the series dating back to 2008.

Many experts don’t predict this year’s contest to be close at all considering what each team did last week.

Last week the Patriots steamrolled Boron 62-6 while the Sultans fell flat 34-7 to West Hills.

Offensively the Patriots should be able to score at will as Bradley Jeremiah has already thrown for over 900 yards and 14 TDs. Also the offensive unit is averaging almost 600 yards in their two games so far.

Santana on the other hand struggled mightily last week as starting quarterback Josh Oedewaldt was only 7-15 for 47 yards and offensively as a team only had 127 yards until late in the contest last week.

If the Sultans are to even be in the contest they will have to pick it up on the defensive end as they can’t allow Bradley to dictate the contest. Also Santana can’t afford to get into a scoring track meet either.

Will the game be close??? Christian 56-14


Steele Canyon at Granite Hills, 7: Both these teams play pretty physical ball and it pretty much comes down to who dictates their style.

The Cougars are looking to rebound from their loss last week against Madison. Offensively they were limited to under 100 total yards. However a new week does wonders and maybe they will have the ability to do what the Eagles did.

Granite Hills on the other hand comes into the contest off their big rivalry win against Valhalla and did that after a week of practice after losing big on the road in the season opener.

If the Cougars are to do what the Eagles did, quarterback Thomas Fishburne will have to be able to run the offense and lead things. Another key weapon will be running back DeOntae McKinney and his ability to be able to get the ground game going.

The Eagles on the other hand will have to be able to throw the ball behind quarterback Jacob Siegfried who conducted magic last week against the Norsemen throwing 10-14 for 159 yards and a score. The other key to an Eagles victory will be the repeat performance on the ground from last week when they tore up Valhalla for 248 yards.

So throw out the numbers and who will blink first … Granite Hills 28-21


Patrick Henry at Monte Vista, 7: This game is a game that can go either way. Patrick Henry is coming off a 77-0 loss to Bishops while Monte Vista is also coming off a loss to University City 27-15.

Despite the loss last week the Monarchs rebound in this contest as Jahmon McClendon runs all over Patrick Henry.

The Monarchs should have their way against the Patriots and control the game

Monte Vista 35-7


Clairemont at El Cajon Valley, 7: The Chieftains come into the contest 2-0 and off a 14-7 victory over Francis Parker while the Braves for the second straight week blow a lead and fall to 0-2.

One of these trends will change as each team has players that play both ways. The Braves last week had a big lead against the Kearny Komets only to see it slip away as the Komets scored the final 26 points.

Clairemont on the other hand will look to keep the game in their control via the ground game. Last week against Francis Parker they rushed for 246 yards on 40 carries as a team and only passed for 80 yards.

So what will give in this even matchup …. Clairemont 28-20


Hilltop at Grossmont, 7: The Hillers come into the contest off a victory over another South Bay team Olympian while Hilltop comes in off a loss to Eastlake.

Last week Foothillers quarterback Jamie Odom showed his abilities as he went 15-25 for 318 yards and 3 touchdowns. The ground game led by Shevell Sterling Jr who had 112 yards and a score finished with 158 yards.

The Lancers were held to only a score in their 21-7 loss. So this bodes well for the Foothiller defense who tallied 5 sacks last week. Also they picked off two passes.

Look for the Foothillers to continue from last week in front of their home crowd. Grossmont should be able to control the tempo of the game offensively and this will allow both Odom and Sterling to have once again have big games.

Defensively this game should be one that Grossmont uses a springboard to show they are a top unit in the county. However Coach Westling’s teams aren’t ones to be overlooked.

Will there be a possible upset??? Grossmont 35-17



Last Week: 6-4 (.600)

Season: 16-6 (.727)



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