WEEK NINE PREVIEW — SMITTY’S SELECTIONS
Last Week: 2-2 (.500)
Season: 33-11 (.750)
San Diego (10/22/2015) – It’s been a rough start to this year’s Coastal League play and momma taught me a long time ago “if you don’t have anything nice to say, then say nothing at all.” Finally, we will get some competition in the last three weeks of the regular season and that starts Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. When Bishop’s takes on Santa Fe Christian in the Coastal Sports “Game of the Week.”
The Knights (4-3, 1-0 Coastal League) would like to erase last week’s game from their memories forever. They won the turnover battle 4-1 over University City, but thanks to 8 sack and 5 failed attempts on fourth down they were shutout in the second half of a 20-19 defeat.
That can’t be good news for their next opponent, no matter who it is…
It’s going to be a odd scene in Solana Beach and the pre-game ceremony for “Senior Night” should be short and sweet considering only one starter will be honored on an almost all underclassmen team.
Flying high on a 5-game win streak, the Eagles’ (6-1, 2-0 CL) offense enters the game on a roll. Having said that, they haven’t faced a defense like this or even close so far this season. It will be interesting to see how they react when they aren’t scoring at will and actually have to play a tough team.
The biggest match-up of the game will be Bishop’s MOZES MOONEY vs. the SFC secondary. The sophomore has virtually been uncoverable this season and the Eagles haven’t stepped onto the field against anyone close to his level of talent. They shouldn’t focus on stopping him because that won’t happen, instead they just need to try and contain him.
It definitely helps when CALEB PHILLIPS is the leader of the defense that gets faced with that challenge. Heading into last week’s game he led the county in tackles and currently sits third with 89. He’s also a threat as one of QB CONNOR WHITTON’s favorite targets offensively. Both will need to lead their respective units better than they have all year long and they are more than capable of it.
This will be the second straight year the game will be hosted by Santa Fe as the Knights have to play every game on the road this season while La Jolla HS get a new field. Bishop’s is the favorite to win it’s second straight league crown, but an Eagles’ upset isn’t really as far-fetched as you might think. However, to be the champ you have to beat the champs and until that actually happens it’s….Bishop’s 34, Santa Fe Christian 27.
LA JOLLA COUNTRY DAY (6-1, 2-0 CL) vs HORIZON (1-7, 0-2 CL)
@ Helix HS– 7
The Torreys are an unstoppable force right now and have yet to meet an immovable object. That’s not good news for the Panthers and unluckily their long season is only going to get worse this week. Expect a lop-sided score on the board at the end of the night because if no one else can stop the Torreys right now, don’t expect that to change this week….La Jolla Country Day 56, Horizon 6.
LA JOLLA (3-4, 0-1 WL) vs #8 Madison (5-2, 2-0 WL) – 6:30
The Western League is going to be decided on the final night of the regular season when undefeated Mission Bay and the Warhawks collide with it all on the line. The Vikings have only put together one good win all season and that was a shocking upset over a No. 9 ranked Christian team at the time. Don’t expect them to pull off another Top-10 miracle this time around….Madison 42, La Jolla 13.
CORONADO (3-4, 0-2 CL) vs Clairemont (4-3, 1-0 CL) – 6:30
The Islanders season has been unpredictable and they have lost some games they probably shouldn’t. Kearny embarrassed them last week and being winless in the Central League can’t be a good feeling, no matter who you are. Still they don’t have enough in them to go on the road and win one….Clairemont 21, Coronado 13.