WEEK EIGHT PREVIEW — SMITTY’S SELECTION’S
Last Week: 5-0 (1.000)
Season: 31-9 (.775)
San Diego (10/15/2015) – There have been a couple of blemishes for the Bishop’s Knights (4-2) this season, but now they have a chance to make a few statements before the end of the regular season. Currently they are the fourth seed in the Division IV playoff rankings and sitting right ahead of them is the University City (5-1) team they face off against Friday night in the Coastal Sports “Game of the Week.”
“We’re not worried about what happened last week or the week before or so on,” said head coach JOEL ALLEN. “We know we hold our future in our hands and we’re playing better as a team every week so we’re taking it one game at a time.”
You can name off all the Kinghts’ offensive stats until you’re blue in the face, but this defensive unit is one of the best around…
Defensive lineman DANIEL ANDERSON (6.5 sacks) is a star and demands a double-team at all times. That frees up linebackers RICHARD HAGESTAD (9.5 sacks) and JUSTIN WOODLEY (5 sacks) to do their thing. If you’re lucky enough to get the ball into the air JACK CASE (5 int) and MOZES MOONEY (4) lead a secondary that has 17 picks on the season.
The Centurions may only have one loss on their record, but they haven’t beaten anyone really good. Last year’s game (also played at UC) ended in a 42-13 win for the Knights, but this is a new year and a new team. Having said that, I think one team is starving to make a statement in the so-called “power rankings” floating around right now and I think they will….Bishop’s 35, University City 21.
FRANCIS PARKER (2-5) vs LA JOLLA COUNTRY DAY (5-1) – 7
Unfortunately for the Lancers, they are in a really down year and there are three very good Coastal League teams that they have no chance to compete against at this particular time. If that weren’t enough, for the second straight week they are faced with having to deal with a homecoming crowd. For the Torreys it’s an “Endless Summer” theme this year, but they have been making opponents feel like it has been an endless night on the field.
Junior RYAN LARICCIA leads all of San Diego county in tackles with 76 on the season and QB BRAXTON BURMEISTER hasn’t been stopped by any team this year. He’s averaging 265 yards a game through the air with 19 touchdowns to only 1 interception. On top of that, has 501 rushing yards and 15 scores on the ground.
Parker was shutout by SFC last week and now face a defense that has pitched two straight scoreless games while outscoring them 99-0. That sounds like anything but a recipe for success. It shouldn’t take the Lancers to be back soon, but for now….La Jolla Country Day 56, Francis Parker 0.
SANTA FE CHRISTIAN (5-1) vs HORIZON (1-6) @ Serra HS – 7
The Eagles only blemish this season came in a game against a top-notch Bishop Diego program in which they held a 21-10 fourth quarter lead. This young flock of juniors hasn’t dropped the ball since outscoring their last four opponents 191-16. What’s even more amazing is how well rounded their team really is because they play as a complete unit.
Their defense plays together with several helmets swarming to the ball from all over the field and every single player on offense that touches the play can score on any play. In fact, last week 8 different players reached the end zone so good luck scheming for that.
On the other hand, it’s been a long season for the Panthers to this point. They have been running around like a chicken with its head cut off not only trying to look for answers, but they are just looking for anyone that really wants to play right now. On a 15-man roster they’ve had several injuries over the last few weeks…so I think you can do the math.
Much like Parker, don’t expect this Horizon team to be on the down slide for a while. All it takes is more men on the sidelines and a few good players to do a complete 180 degree turn in the future, but in the present it’s….Santa Fe Christian 48, Horizon 6.
CORONADO (3-3) vs Kearny (2-5) – 7
The Islanders season has been pretty straight forward so far as they have beaten up on the three bad teams they faced and haven’t been very competitive against the good teams. Consider the Komets in that first group. They have losses on their resume this season to Monte Vista, Santana and even El Cajon Valley. This won’t be a blowout bit it will result in….Coronado 35, Kearny 20.
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