WEEK TWO PREVIEW — SMITTY’S SELECTION’S
Last Week: 3-3 (.500)
Season: 3-3 (.500)
Mission Bay (9/3/2015) – There’s never been a season in recent memory where we learned so much in the first week of the season for each team involved. So much was the case for La Jolla in that it was the system – not the individuals – head coach JASON CARTER is using.
Record-setting numbers that were posted by the Vikings’ offense meant nothing to the Knights of Bishop’s last season and it feels like they won’t be that impressed with another Week 2 rematch of last season after their 42-7 drumming on La Jolla’s home field a year ago in the San Diego Coastal Sports “Game of the Week.”
Yes COLLIN RUGG threw for 46 touchdowns last year for La Jolla, but when you speed up the game like the new era of high school coaches are doing…throw out the old record books.
In my time, I’ve seen at least 20 better quarterbacks at passing the ball than Grossmont’s ANTHONY LAWRENCE and he now holds all the San Diego C.I.F. marks.
NEWS FLASH….stats will become a little absurd in those types of conditions on both sides of the ball. Just like last year though, the Bishop’s coaching staff is more focused on the defensive side of things.
“This more than the first game will really let us know where we are as a team,” said head coach JOEL ALLEN. “This is a great bunch of kids/athletes and I think if everyone buys into doing their jobs we are going to have great results again…they are that talented as a group.”
If the Knights’ are going to parlay last season into a 15-game winning streak it first and foremost relies on linebacker JUSTIN WOODLEY and defensive tackle DANIEL ANDERSON to anchor their defense. All-around stud MOZES MOONEY can turn any play into a touchdown and that’s why I’m voting for….Bishop’s 38, La Jolla 27.
Bishop Diego (1-0) vs SANTA FE CHRISTIAN (1-0) – Saturday 2
The Cardinals from Santa Barbara are one of the top rated small schools in California year after year. They never seem to fall off, they just reload. The two teams have faced each other the last 3 seasons with Bishop Diego winning all three, but two came down to the final play.
It was widely known that Sweetwater was in a true rebuilding mode this season, but the way the Eagles dominated them was eye-popping to say the least. Starting 22 juniors, they all rose to the occasion. If that was considered a pop quiz, then this one is a final accounting for the majority of your grade.
“We’ve played them tough over the years with a few heart breakers in there,” head coach JON WALLACE recalled. “Last week was a great win for this group, but now we really get to see what these guys are made of.”
Quarterback CONNER WHITTON has a touch on the ball SFC fans haven’t seen in a while and are excited about. Fellow Coastal Sports “Player of the Week” CALEB PHILLIPS is a force to be reckoned with and should be a household name sooner than later in the Solana Beach area.
It took 14 fourth quarter points for the Cardinals to win their opener 14-9. That Righetti team might be better than Santa Fe Christian, but the young flock of Eagles can make a huge statement throughout all the small schools of California with a victory. Look for SFC to go toe-to-toe for 12 rounds in this one, but they need to show they can hang with the heavyweights and provide the knockout punch before they officially get the nod. This one reads on the judges scorecard….Bishop Diego 12-9.
LA JOLLA COUNTRY DAY (0-1) vs Flintridge Prep (1-0)
@ Occidental College – Saturday 7
The Torreys played their hearts out in their offensive shootout with La Jolla last week. What was lost in that mix though, was the efforts of junior middle linebacker RYAN LARICCIA. To put it bluntly…he was in BEASTMODE, but no Skittles were involved. He finished the 52-42 defeat with 23 tackles (14 solo, 9 ast), 1.5 sacks, one interception, a forced fumble and a blocked extra point.
“He really is the quarterback of our defense and to see how much he’s grown since the beginning of last year is really special,” admitted a proud head coach TYLER HALES. “He’s also our backup quarterback so he can really read the field on both sides of the ball.”
The Big Blue of La Jolla Country Day aren’t nearly facing another opponent like last week’s. If the Rebels were in San Diego County they would be just another Division V team the Torreys would dismantle with quarterback BRAXTON BURMEISTER at the helm. Anything but a double digit victory would be shocking….La Jolla Country Day 49, Flintridge Prep 27.
HORIZON (0-1) vs Maranatha Christian (1-0) – 7
After dropping a big thud in the season opener, the Panthers look to rebound against an Eagles’ squad that breezed to a 42-0 victory last week. Horizon looked lost at certain points last week and will need to cut down on the mistakes to have any chance at winning. Still with a roster of 12, maybe 13 they need to prove they can win one before they get the nod….Maranatha 28, Horizon 20.
FRANCIS PARKER (0-1) vs Hoover (1-0) – 7
This definitely doesn’t seem like a good time for the young and rebuilding Lancers to go up against one of the fastest teams in the county. In many ways it just doesn’t seem fair either. The Cardinals beat Monte Vista 37-26 in Week One and the score board might look worse this week if Parker doesn’t find some answers and quickly….Hoover 42, Francis Parker 7.
Village Christian (1-0) vs CORONADO (0-1) – 7
No one ever knows what to make of the Islanders, unless they are really good. That’s the only time people around the entire island get excited about football and show up to root on their team. The Crusaders pounded out 330 yards on the ground in their season opener against a tough team from Nevada. Unless, Coronado truly shows they care about football again don’t expect much in return….Village Christian 28, Coronado 13.
MORE PREVIEW TO COME…
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