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ECPREPS PIGSKIN PICK’EM WEEK 4

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2017 EAST COUNTY PREP FOOTBALL

 

ECPREPS PIGSKIN PICK’EM

 CATHEDRAL CATHOLIC (1-2) at HELIX (1-1), 7 PM: This will be the featured contest this week in the East County as both of these teams will be battling for County Supremacy. The Dons who come into the contest ranked No. 9 in the Union Tribune Poll while the Highlanders are ranked No. 3.

The Dons last week got into the win column with a romp over West View while the Highlanders had the bye week after their loss to Paraclete in the Honor Bowl. Cathedral Catholic won both matchups last season including the CIF Open Division Championship game. Both of those contests were one score. It was a complete flip of the previous season when Helix won both matchups.

Helix led by UC-Davis bound Quarterback Carson Baker who has thrown for 429 yards while completing 30 of 50 pass attempts and 5 TDs will look to get the ball to his plethora of receivers. The receiving corps for the Highlanders led by all everything Isaac Taylor-Stuart and Terrance Tolbert who each have 7 catches and Rashad Scott who has 6 catches will look to take advantage of the Dons defense.

Even though Cathedral scored 48 points against Westview last week the bye week for the Highlanders will be an advantage for them as they will have had a whole week to prepare and scheme.

So will the Highlanders reverse last season’s results…. Helix 35-21

 

PATRICK HENRY (0-3) at EL CAPITAN (1-2), 7 PM: The Patriots who have only scored 41 points in three games come into Lakeside to take on the Vaqueros who last week stunned the previously undefeated Valley Center Jaguars 14-13.

The Vaqueros last week against the Jaguars were without the services of their top gunslinger Wick Hauser who was injured the previous week. Taking the reigns against the Jaguars was Antonio Olivieri who completed 11 of 21 passes for 97 yards.

Henry meanwhile took on the Monarchs of Monte Vista who ran wild against the Patriots as they tallied 333 yards and 5 TDs. They actually almost came back to win the game but came up short.

If Henry is going to win than they will have to step up their defense. On the offensive side of the ball they were able to throw and run last week and will look to do so again this week.

For the Vaqueros the Lovato brothers Chance and Chase will again look to lead the defense. Last week they each made crucial plays including what ended up the game winning interception.

I don’t think it will matter who is at the helm for the Vaqueros, although Hauser would give them the ability to have Olivieri out in his normal position on offense.

Will the Patriots get their first win or will El Capitan continue their momentum … El Capitan 35-24

 

WEST HILLS (2-1) at MOUNT MIGUEL (1-2), 7 PM: The Wolf Pack travel to Spring Valley to take on the Matadors in a contest that when looking at last weeks results would seem to favor the Pack.

However Mount Miguel who lost 24-14 last week to Valhalla looks to rebound. Mugabe Miller last week threw for 268 yards on 12 of 19 passing and a score. If the Matadors are going to have a shot against the Pack who have looked pretty good the last couple of weeks they will have to get the running game going to go with the passing game.

The Wolf Pack on the other hand have the momentum as they shut out Mission Bay last week 28-0 and before that only gave up 7 points to Santana. Offensively even though they didn’t need much last week in the victory, they will need to a little more this week as the Matadors always play a physical brand of defense.

Last season the Pack won a 29-28 thrilling game against the Matadors and this year might be the same.

So will the young upstart Pack continue or will the home field advantage prevail …. West Hills 21-17

 

CLAIREMONT (2-1) at SANTANA (1-2), 7 PM: The Chieftains come into Santee to take on another East County foe in the Santana Sultans. Last week they took on the El Cajon Valley Braves and lost 32-21.

This game could go either way as the Sultans are a little banged up and will be without one of their running backs and defenders in Dale Genshaw who was hurt last week against Christian.

Clairemont who last week got shoved around on the defensive side will be going up against a bigger squad in the Sultans. They have been able to throw the ball a little bit and also run as well. Rushing wise it has been a trio of backs led by senior Austin Rice with 167 yards before last week as stats have not been inputted for the game against the Braves.

On the Sultans side, senior Quarterback Josh Oedewaldt should be able to have a better night against the Chieftains through the air. The ground game should be able to gain some good yardage as well as Clairemont gave up quite a bit last week to El Cajon.

Davon Chestnut for the Sultans should have a big night as he will be the fastest player on the field and the Chieftains are prone to giving up big plays as occurred last week.

A big X factor for the Sultans will be junior Colton Snipes on special teams and also look for him to be a factor receiving wise as well.

So with all that in mind it will be … Santana 35-17

 

CASTEEL (QUEEN CREEK, AZ) (3-0) at MONTE VISTA (2-1), 7 PM: The Colts out of Queen Creek Arizona taking the long trip out Spring Valley to take on the Monarchs.

Casteel who has ripped their first three opponents by a combined 196-0 will look to stop the Monarchs who are led by junior tailback Jahmon McClendon who last week rushed for a school record 333 yards and 5 touchdowns.

The Colts who are in Division 3A in Arizona, from talking to a couple of outlets really have not played anyone as size wise as Monte Vista. They have all underclassmen on their roster. Despite this they still have a good team according to sources. They are led by junior quarterback Gunner Cruz who has thrown for 778 yards while completing 70% of his passes and 12 TDs. Cruz also has received many college offers already including to Arizona State because of his size and arm.

Not to be overshadowed by the passing game, the running game also isn’t too shabby either. Led by junior running back Mack Johnson who has rushed for 391 yards and 6 scores.

Defensively the Colts are balanced with many players having double digit tackles.

Monte Vista on the other hand relies on their ground game as they don’t pass much. Again McClendon who set the school record last week against Patrick Henry already has double digit rushing touchdowns.

The Monarchs players play both ways so they will have to deal with the high offense of the Colts but I suspect that veteran head coach Ron Hamamoto will have a certain game plan ready to combat this.

On paper this contest looks like an advantage for Casteel as they have a balanced offense but they haven’t come across a team yet like the Monarchs who smash the ball down your throat and keep the ball away.  Will that be enough for the Monarchs?

In the end …. Casteel 28-24

 

EL CAJON VALLEY (2-1) at CRAWFORD (3-0) (GAME AT HOOVER) 4 PM: The Braves who are coming off an emotional win last week as their head ball coach Parris Pisiona was let go during the week will look to carry over that momentum. They defeated Clairemont 32-21.

Led by the tandem of Maquel Garner and Darrel Davis the Braves will again look to pound the ball against the Colts.

Davis had multiple long TD runs against Chieftains while Garner had a 62-yard scamper for a score as well.

Crawford on the other hand throws the ball a little and on the ground has averaged nearly 200 yards a contest led by senior Niko Perry who has 206 yards and 4 scores.

This game should be one of attrition as both squads don’t have numbers but both have heart.

Crawford 28-27

 

EASTLAKE (2-1) at GROSSMONT (2-1), 7 PM: Both teams come into the contest looking to make a statement as each team is fighting for a high playoff seed in either the Open Division or Division I.

Last week the Titans lost a close road game at Santiago of Corona 43-41 while the Foothillers made it look easy in their 64-3 win over the Lancers of Hilltop.

Both teams have played Hilltop with the Titans winning 21-7 and the fore mentioned Foothillers score.

For the Titans they are led by junior quarterback Daniel Amon who threw for 191 yards on 13 of 19 passing last week including 2 TDs and 1 INT while Grossmont’s quarterback Jamie Odom threw for 161 yards on 7 of 13 passing and 3 TDs.

Offense wise the Hillers Shevell Sterling Jr will have to be a big part of the offense if Grossmont is to put points on the board. Either in the backfield or out in the flat or both.

Grossmont and Eastlake each have played tough competition so far. The Hillers started things off with Bishops in a tight game while the Titans defeated Rancho Bernardo pretty easily.

Look for the contest to come down to whoever takes advantage of their opportunities and also wins the turnover battle.

Grossmont 28-24

 

CHRISTIAN (3-0) at FALLBROOK (0-3), 7 PM: The Patriots take the long bus ride all the way up to the North County to take on the Warriors in what on paper looks like a complete mismatch.

For the first time last week the Patriots failed to score 60+ points as they only scored 48 points against the Sultans. However the original trend should be back in place as Fallbrook has given up 112 points in their three games so far.

Senior quarterback Brad Jeremiah has thrown for 1,265 yards and 17 TDs on the season including 342 yards and 3 TDs last week against Santana.

Look for Jeremiah and company to put up Madden like numbers against Fallbrook and a running clock to occur as well. The only way the Madden numbers don’t occur is if the Patriots don’t score on their possessions.

Defensively the Patriots shouldn’t have any issues as the Warriors only have scored 21 points total.

Christian 63-7

 

ECPREPS PICK’EM RECORD

Last Week: 5-3 (.625)

Season: 21-9 (.700)

 

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