WEEK FIVE PREVIEW — SMITTY’S SELECTIONS
Last Week: 6-1 (.857)
Season: 19-6 (.760)
Coronado (9/24/2015) – There’s not a whole lot of intriguing match-ups in Week Five this season. For the first time in recent history, every Coastal League team will be favored in their respective games. That’s why we’re crossing over San Diego’s most well known bridge and hitting the island to see La Jolla take on Coronado in the Coastal Sports “Game of the Week.”
The Vikings (1-3) could be considered in somewhat of a down year, but their schedule has hardly been anything to scoff at. After graduating a quarterback in that set a record for touchdowns, they are still trying to find their niche…they just never expected it to be on both sides of the ball.
Just ask Chip Kelly and he’ll say for sure that up-tempo spread offense is all fun and games if it’s working – but when it’s not – your defense is on the field more than they should be and through 4 weeks they have allowed on average 46 points. Even in their lone win on the season they allowed 42.
Close your eyes and forget everything you just read…La Jolla will win this game and here’s why.
The Islanders (3-1) might be the most one-dimensional team in the county. After their best player from last year’s team transferred to a school in Texas, it appears that all they have is a tremendous talent in running back CHRISTOPHER HAAS. The competition has been suspect, but still he has amassed 671 yards, 9 TD’s (10 total) on 72 carries.
What’s haunted La Jolla in the early part of the season is teams that can throw the ball. They have been even more susceptible against dual-threat QB’s that have the option to throw or run. Fortunately, Coronado doesn’t have that and is a one-man show.
The Vikings have won this match-up in each of the last 3 years by an average of 30-10. Unless the star of Coronado’s real name is Clark Kent and there’s a phone booth nearby expect it to….La Jolla 34, Coronado 20.
Rancho Christian (2-2) vs HORIZON (1-3) @ Helix HS – 7
For the second straight week the Eagles from the Temecula area will be facing off with a member of the Coastal League. Last week they were buried by SFC 51-10 and left for dead. The Panthers are coming off a similar type defeat after having their worst game of the year in a 49-7 loss to Santa Clarita Christian.
“Our guys are really anxious to get back on the field,” said Horizon head man LAMONT BUTLER. “We’ve had a really good week of practice and have noticed a lot of things they do on film that we should be able to exploit.”
The Panthers roster size is slowly sneaking up the charts. It started at 12, then hit 14 and now sits at 18. Rancho Christian might be rolling 40 deep, but they didn’t impress too many people last week and that’s why the slight nod goes to….Horizon 20, Rancho Christian 16.
Montgomery (0-4) vs LA JOLLA COUNTRY DAY (3-1) – 7
The school’s motto on the LJCD campus reads, “Scholar Artist Athlete of Character.” It will be put to the ultimate test at Friday night’s home game versus the Aztecs marks their first annual “Celebration of the Arts.” Marching bands, ranging from 1st grade to high school will be performing at the half and there will be paintings and visuals all around the stadium for the crowd to take in that were made by the Torreys’ students.
“Our arts department is really fired up,” said head coach TYLER HALES of the event. “It’s a great thing for the entire school and it should be a blast for everyone.”
Sure the Aztecs are much bigger in size, but with losses already on their resume to El Cajon, Santana and Clairemont something tells me it won’t be a blast for them. Unless they are familiar with the works of Art Vandelay, they might want to ever visit an art museum or gallery for the rest of their lives….La Jolla Country Day 41, Montgomery 6.
SANTA FE CHRISTIAN (2-1) vs Classical Academy (0-3) – 7
The Eagles have a bye week coming up, but they might as well sit around a fire singing “Coombiya” and roasting smore’s than worry about what the Gators have coming for them. This junior class from SFC is one bad half against Bishop Diego away from being undefeated and one of the top-ranked small schools in the state. One request at halftime from the Classical Academy band might be Prince’s “1999,” because that’s how much a highlight film might cost Eagles’ fans from this game when it’s all said and done….Santa Fe Christian 49, Classical Academy 0.
BISHOP’S (2-1) vs Hilltop (2-2) – 7
The Knights are coming off a disappointing 42-35 overtime loss and the Lancers are in no way a slouch if they don’t take them serious. They very easily could’ve hung 70 points on St. Margaret’s last week without all their mistakes, so it will be interesting to see how they will respond.
There’s not a soul in the world that could convince me head coach JOEL ALLEN and his staff won’t have them ready to….Bishop’s 41, Hilltop 7.
Santa Clara (0-2) vs FRANCIS PARKER (1-3) – 7
It’s definitely been an odd start to the new era of Lancers football. Obviously, in a huge state of transition without seeing it in person makes it all the more difficult to figure out. They did however get their first victory of the season last week over Calexico and now a new unknown opponent makes it’s way to Linda Vista. The Saints have been blown out twice so far this season, but that was against a pair of much bigger schools. Having said that, my faith lays in the new Lancers’ regime….Francis Parker 20, Santa Clara 10.