Prep Football Capsules: Rancho Bernardo High looks to slow down Mt. Carmel running game; Poway faces familiar foe; Tough task for Del Norte
Mt. Carmel (2-0) at Rancho Bernardo (0-2), Friday 7 p.m.
Last week: Mt. Carmel d. Fallbrook 35-14; Rancho Bernardo lost to Mission Hills 42-7.
Notes: The Sundevils beat the Broncos 30-28 on a last-second field goal last season. Expect more of the same drama this year … Rancho Bernardo is looking to get its first win of the season. The Broncos were overmatched in last week’s loss, but should have a chance to show their offensive firepower this week. QB Mike Searson has completed 76 percent of his passes and has four TD tosses to just one INT through the first two games. WR’s Charles Ensley and Brian Riley have combined for 27 catches for 315 yards and three TDs. … The run-heavy Sundevils are averaging over seven yards per carry and have three different players over 100 yards on the ground for the season. RB Robbie Halliburton leads the way with 16 carries for 171 yards … Stopping the run has not been a strength of RB thus far, but it will have to be this week in order for the Broncos to get in the win column.
Prediction: Rancho Bernardo 42, Mt. Carmel 40.
No. 4 Poway (1-1) at No. 14 San Pasqual (2-0), Friday 7 p.m.
Last week: Poway lost to La Costa Canyon 10-9; San Pasqual d. Del Norte 17-7.
Notes: These two teams will meet for the third time in less than a year. Poway eliminated San Pasqual in the Division I semifinals 51-28 last season. The Golden Eagles tied Poway 17-17 in the
other meeting. … The Titans are coming off their first loss since November of 2010 (37-7 to Vista). The nine points they scored against the Mavericks were the least since that 2010 loss. Poway’s usually dominant running game was bottled up, as the offense had gained just 18 yards at halftime. The Titans had a few opportunities to win the game late, the biggest was a 29-yard field goal attempt with 9:04 left. But that was blocked. … The Golden Eagles overcame a 7-3 halftime deficit to beat Del Norte. Kyle Hendrickson’s fumble recovery in the end zone late in the game helped San Pasqual move to 2-0. The Golden Eagles’ defense allowed 42 yards and no points in the second half. … Expect Poway’s offense to get much more than that. The Titans should be motivated to get back on track before next week’s showdown with Oceanside.
Prediction: Poway 42, San Pasqual 10.
Del Norte (1-1) at Torrey Pines (2-0), Friday 7 p.m.
Last week: Del Norte lost to San Pasqual 17-7; Torrey Pines d. Cathedral Catholic 24-17.
Notes: The Nighthawks played right with San Pasqual, a CIF San Diego Section Division I semifinalist last season, before the offense stalled in the second half. Del Norte had just 42 yards of offense and failed to score after taking a 7-3 lead into halftime. It won’t be any easier on offense with Torrey Pines up now … The Falcons scored 17 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to stun Cathedral Catholic last week. Torrey Pines’ aggressive defense posted five sacks and shutdown the Dons’ potent offensive attack — one of the best in the county. Expect Del Norte to struggle putting up any points against the Falcons in this one. The Nighthawks will need a few turnovers to pull off the upset.
Prediction: Torrey Pines 21, Del Norte 7.
Maranatha Christian (0-2) vs. Classical Academy (1-0) at Orange Glen High School, Saturday 7 p.m.
Last week: Maranatha lost to Foothills Christian 34-7; Classical Academy d. Calvin Christian 31-0.
Notes: The Eagles have had a tough start to 11-man football. The defense giving up big fourth-quarter points has been an issue. In two games combined, Maranatha has allowed 48 points in the final quarter. The Eagles trailed just 7-6 before giving up 28 points in the fourth quarter last week … Classical Academy is also in its first year playing 11-man football. These two teams met last year in 8-man football and Maranatha won that game 57-42.
Prediction: Maranatha 14, Classical Academy 13
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