WEEK THREE PREVIEW — SMITTY’S SELECTIONS
Last Week: 5-1 (.833)
Season: 8-4 (.666)
San Diego (9/10/2015) – If there was an award show last season to name the “Game of the Year” around the entire county, no one would have to look any further than the La Jolla-Fallbrook game. The two teams combined for 107 points and the final score was 55-52, but the Warriors (1-1) claimed the victory in the final 30 seconds of the game. That’s why this year’s Week 3 rematch is the Coastal Sports “Game of the Week.”
Even though the Vikings (1-1) had a quarterback setting records last season, they still could never win the close games late. Ending the season 6-6 wasn’t the tough part. The tough part would be where they would rack up 680 yards on offense only to lose on the opponents final possession.
La Jolla head coach JASON CARTER still has nightmares about that particular loss. To make matters worse, only 130 of those 680 yards last year were by an underclassman. Two-way star TRENTON FUDGE made 9 receptions for 130 yards and a touchdown in that game, but with a whole new offense around him, the senior needs more than an entire Game of Thrones cast to back him up to survive this battle….Fallbrook 38, La Jolla 27.
SANTA FE CHRISTIAN (1-1) vs Big Bear (2-0) – Saturday 1:30
There’s several rumors floating around the coast that the coaching staff of the Eagles scheduled a game up in Big Bear for a weekend round of golf and other shenanigans. It may look like that on the outside, but it’s actually the Eagles’ principal that has ties leading to this inaugural meeting of the two schools.
“This is the first time we’ve ever played them so I’m just going completely off of what I see on film,” said head coach JON WALLACE. “They run the triple option well so we have to be discipline on defense.”
I have a feeling that this particular Santa Fe Christian squad is much more than about the X’s and O’s of the game. They are coming off a crushing 29-21 loss against one of the best small schools in So. California year-after-year in a game they held a 21-10 lead versus Bishop Diego while starting 22 juniors.
“I really feel like we are going to definitely have some tough growing pains like last week with such a young group,” Wallace added. “They are so well-knit though we are going to get better faster than you can imagine.”
From what I’ve seen from SFC so far this season, they might be a year away from greatness, but it wouldn’t surprise me if they figured things out quickly and made a push for the Coastal League crown. I’m not exactly ordering a Fritos pie yet, but I’m definitely drinking the Eagles’ Kool-Aid….Santa Fe Christian 35, Big Bear 14.
Classical Academy (0-1) vs LA JOLLA COUNTRY DAY (1-1) – 7
The Torreys have a Division V match-up against a team that is the complete opposite of them. Running the ball and trying to control the clock is right up Classical Academy’s alley. However, boding well for QB BRAXTON BURMEISTER is that their defense gave up an average of more than 400 yards of offense a game last season and they still made it to the semifinal round against a team LJCD beat for the title.
“I think we should be able to move the ball really well against these guys,” said a hopeful head coach TYLER HALES. “Our focus is to really try and get the running game going this week. That would really open up the field even more for us if we can crack that code.”
LJCD is also honoring local law enforcement with a special tribute for the anniversary of 9/11. At halftime any fan that donates by buying a nerf football with a tail has a chance to throw it into a trash can at midfield for prizes. It’s sadly going to take even more of a hail mary shot for Classical Academy to pull off a Tchaikovsky “1812 Overture”….La Jolla Country Day 48, Classical Academy 18.
Tri -City Christian (0-1) vs HORIZON (0-2) @ San Diego HS – 7
It’s the first week of school for the Panthers’ kids on their Clairemont campus. Oddly enough, it’s also homecoming week as well. In the long run, that doesn’t guarantee anything on the field, but no matter the outcome it should be an entertaining time.
“We’re going to be in every game this year,” said head coach LAMONT BUTLER. “Even though we haven’t posted a victory yet, our defense is playing great. If they keep that up and we start producing some points we are going to be good.”
The Panthers’ defense has only allowed 16 points this season, but their offense is still learning on the fly. Like I said last week, Horizon must win a game with their anemic roster to get the nod….Tri-City 12, Horizon 10.
Mater Dei (2-0) vs FRANCIS PARKER (0-2) – 7
For a first year head coach taking over for a legend, the early season schedule couldn’t be much tougher than it is for the Lancers. Scrambling to find players is a very odd feeling on the Linda Vista campus. The Crusaders aren’t going to make things much easier....Mater Dei 35, Francis Parker 7.
Escondido Charter (0-2) vs CORONADO (1-1) – 7
The Islanders showed up last week and made a statement. It’s just unclear exactly what that statement was. Senior stud CHRISTOPHER HAAS rushed for 205 yards and 2 scores on 23 carries leading them to a 16-0 shutout over Village Christian. Now the White Tigers are being let loose on the Island, but unless your name is Siegfried or Roy that’s not much of a scary thought….Coronado 40, Escondido Charter 6.