WEEK SIX PREVIEW — SMITTY’S SELECTIONS
Last Week: 5-1 (.833)
Season: 24-7 (.774)
Chula Vista (10/1/2015) – It’s a light week on the schedule with non-league games wrapping up and bye weeks’ are being used by several teams. There is however one huge game taking place by two very familiar foes. Bishop’s (3-1) and Mater Dei Catholic (4-0) faced off twice last season and the Knights won both, including a 19-16 overtime thriller in the San Diego Division IV C.I.F. Championship Game. So it’s no doubt that it’s the obvious choice for the Coastal Sports “Game of the Week.”
After the last two weeks, it’s unclear what to make of the Knights. They could’ve easily won against St. Margaret’s if they hadn’t made so many mistakes. Last week – perhaps in a “sandwich” game – they just as easily could’ve lost against Hilltop in a game they were heavy favorites coming in and hung on by a missed field goal as time expired.
Now we really get to see what this year’s Bishop’s team is made of because hardly no one believes they have what it takes to win this game….I might be the lone naysayer and I have my reasons.
The Crusaders running attack is nothing new to their defense. In fact, they struggle much more against the pass, so it almost plays into their hands and their defense led by DANIEL ANDERSON and JUSTIN WOODLEY can shut down anyone on any given night.
Mater Dei also hasn’t seen a quarterback that can get the ball to MOZES MOONEY like JEFFREY JACKSON does. There’s a smooth connection between the two that looks like they are a pair of NFL vets that have been playing together their entire careers, but they’re only sophomores.
After their last two games, this is a major gut-check time for the Knights. If they want to regain the respect around the county that they’ve had in the past, this is the first step. They were six inches away from being a .500 team heading into this one and maybe all the media attention has gotten to their heads.
If they expect to walk onto that field and be anointed a win just for stepping onto the field they will go home with their tails tucked between their legs, but if they want to make something of this season and pull their heads out they can make a major statement. I’m still taking the latter of the two….Bishop’s 34, Mater Dei Catholic 28.
LA JOLLA (2-3) vs #9 CHRISTIAN (3-1) @ Granite Hills HS – Saturday 7
No one expected the Patriots to have a loss early in non-league play, but now the rest of their opponents on the schedule have to suffer because of it. The Vikings are coming off their first win since opening weekend and gave Christian a huge scare in last year’s 42-38 playoff game. This year’s squad is nowhere near coming that close again….Christian 42, LA JOLLA 13.
HORIZON (1-4) vs Palo Verde Valley (1-2) – 7
The Panthers are coming off a very disappointing loss last week in a game they thought they could win. Now they have to travel to Blythe and the hot desert heat to take on a Yellowjackets’ squad that practices every day in it. As if that weren’t enough, numerous injuries have key players out at key positions on a team that has had a roster of no more than 16 guys at any point this season. It sound likes a swarm is brewing….Palo Verde Valley 27, HORIZON 14.
University City (1-3) vs FRANCIS PARKER (2-3) – Saturday 3
The carnival that takes place on the Linda Vista campus every year is supposed to be a big celebration that ultimately ends in a huge football game with major ramifications on the line. That won’t exactly be the case this season. The Lancers are looking for answers in what can only be called a rebuilding year and it might not be pretty this time around….University City 35, FRANCIS PARKER 13.