WEEK 6 PREVIEW – SMITTY’S SELECTIONS
Last Week: 6-0 (1.000)
Season: 25-5 (.833)
La Jolla (10/3/2013) – For the first time ever, the San Diego Coastal Sports “Game of the Week” is venturing outside of the Coastal League. With three legitimate “cupcake” games taking place, the “Robin Leach Bowl” earns the honors, as Coronado (2-3) takes a leisurely stroll to La Jolla (1-3) in a battle of the lifestyles of the rich and famous. Kickoff time is set for 6:30 Friday night, but with it being homecoming for the Vikings, the party will start as soon as the last school bell rings.
“Everyone around campus here is fired up,” said La Jolla head coach JASON CARTER. “We know we’re better than our record shows and our kids are really excited to play in front of a big homecoming crowd.”
His new spread attack offense that’s he installed in his first year is still a work in progress, but they are fun to watch as they like to chuck the ball all over the field.
Junior quarterback COLLIN RUGG through 4 games has totaled 134 pass attempts and completed 60% of those throws for 901 yards with 8 touchdowns. NIC SKALA (30 rec, 280 yds, 4 TD) and BRANDON BONHAM (16 rec, 337 yds, 4 TD) are his two favorite targets, but Rugg has done a good job of spreading the ball around.
The Islanders are playing their first road game of the season after five straight at home and might be taking the wrong ship across the water playing themselves right into the Vikings’ hands.
If do-it-all senior ROBBY WEISSENFELS doesn’t make it off the island they are in bad shape. He started the year at quarterback, but has since been assigned to running back once JORDAN PARRAMORE got healthy. He’s also a standout on defense as a safety and is their place-kicker and punter. Without him, the entire Coronado team drowns in shallow water before even reaching the waves.
Too much is on the line for the Vikings and their homecoming crowd to slip again. They also had a bye last week so they’ve had two weeks to prepare for this one. Anyone with that kind of time should ride a wave all the way to victory….La Jolla 34-20.
Bishop Diego (4-0) vs. SANTA FE CHRISTIAN (3-2) – 2
This is the rematch every person associated with the Eagles has been waiting for. Last season, while holding a late 8-6 lead, a crucial roughing the passing penalty on fourth down extended the Cardinals’ eventual game-winning drive as they won 13-8. Not much has changed for Bishop Diego since then, as they returned 32 players off last year’s roster and are ranked No. 1 in the Southern California state rankings for small schools.
“This is obviously a huge game for us,” head coach JOHN WALLACE admitted of their homecoming showdown. “They run the ball a lot, but they do it out of a ton formations and it seems like it’s every way you can possibly run it.”
“With no disrespect to everyone else – Anthony Carter is probably the best running back we’ll face all year – he’s that good.”
Carter’s stats aren’t mind-blowing this season, but the Cardinals as a whole have produced a staggering 9.14 yards per carry and that gets even more impressive once you realize that between 13 different ball-carriers. As a team they have averaged 338 yards a game on the ground, but their schedule thus far has been suspect.
The Eagles will easily be their toughest test to date and can do their fair share of running too. Led by senior captain TONY MIRO (71 car, 537 yds, 7 TD) this Santa Fe Christian rushing attack is no joke either.
The difference will come down to whose defense, if either, will be able to contain the others ground game. Defensive star, DARRIAN BORBOA (49 tackles, 4TFL, 1 sack), will have his hands full and then some.
This has all the makings of another pitcher’s duel with all the rushing attempts adding up. A huge task awaits the Eagles, but in their two previous games against tougher competition – La Costa Canyon (17-9 L) and Carlsbad (35-0 L) – they failed to convert. Until this 2013 Santa Fe Christian squad proves they can win the big ones the slight nod goes to….Bishop Diego 14-13.
Tri-City Christian (2-2) vs. LA JOLLA COUNTRY DAY (3-1) – 7
It seems to be homecoming everywhere this week as the Torreys will be wearing all black to celebrate against the Eagles. Tri-City hasn’t been too much to write home about this season, but that’s no justification to take them lightly.
“It doesn’t matter if they are up or down,” stated head coach JEFF HUTZLER. “They’re always well coached and play as hard as they can no matter what.”
Along with a victory, coach Hutzler can also put another notch in his belt by becoming the 30th head coach in the San Diego history books to win game number 100 in just his 12th season.
If he’s going to accomplish that it’s literally going to take an entire team effort as LJCD is only dressing 17 players, but the Eagles shouldn’t be too much of a challenge to get the corks popping….La Jolla Country Day 37-6.
BISHOPS (4-1) vs. Army-Navy (2-2) – 7
Last week’s 56-28 loss to Christian is over and done with for the Knights. They sure won’t forget how it all went down and are anxious just to get back onto the field Friday night at the Warriors brand new $10 million facility.
“You can’t look back at the past and wonder what if,” said head coach JOEL ALLEN. “You have to move on. All we can control is our future and I think our kids really understand that by coming out and having a great week of practice like we did.”
Much like SFC’s Tony Miro had a look in his eyes after falling to Carlsbad, Bishop’s junior star RB/DB BULLA GRAFT had that same look after last week’s loss.
What exactly does that mean???
The next opponent is going to pay and while you’re at it – hide the wife and children because it’s not going to be pretty – Army-Navy is going to need to have all hands on deck if they have any chance of stopping the Knights’ ground game with a ton of team speed.
Sophomore A. J. BRITTANICO is leading the way with a stunning 14.9 yards per carry, but the real workhorse is definitely Graft, who has piled 118 yards per game and 7 touchdowns.
In the end, this should be a huge bounce-back game for the Knights at just the right time. They should be sweeping the Warriors’ deck all night to the tune of….Bishops 31-9.
Escondido Charter (2-2) vs. HORIZON (3-2) @ San Diego HS – 7:30
It’s no doubt the Panthers didn’t play all the way up to their potential in last week’s 41-7 win against The Rock Academy, but it’s a new week. The good news is they get to face the White Tigers which should be another walk in the park…but not so fast says their head coach.
“We are so undisciplined right now anything could happen,” first year head coach LAMONT BUTLER fumed. “That’s gotta change as soon as possible if we plan on being a good team this year.”
Escondido Charter didn’t win a single game last year. Their two victories thus far this season haven’t exactly been against top-notch competition, but there’s no doubt they’ve improved.
Running back JAMAL LEWIS should continue to add to his stat line, just like last week’s big night when he racked up a 13 car, 193 yd, 4 TD performance.
The White Tigers shouldn’t be too much of a challenge, but anything can happen. Having said that, it’s still….HORIZON 34-6.
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