Prep Football: Poway High, Rancho Bernardo, Del Norte, Maranatha Christian game previews for Week 6
No. 6 Poway (3-2) at No. 11 Torrey Pines (3-2), Friday 7 p.m.
Last week: Poway d. Valley Center 35-6; Torrey Pines d. Mt. Carmel 44-0.
Notes: Any kind of points will be valuable in this Palomar League opener. The Titans and Falcons are two of the top defenses in the county. Torrey Pines’ defense has not allowed a point in its last three games. The offense was shutout two weeks ago against Vista, but got back on track with 44 points last week. The Falcons had 11 different rushers combine for 324 yards and QB Mike Ward was precise, completing 7 of 10 for 101 yards and two TDs. … The Titans played four quarters for the first time all season last week. The defense held its ground and QB Max Washam appeared to find his groove, hitting 10 of 13 for 171 yards and two TDs. The winner of this one will have the inside track to the crown. Expect a defensive war, where one or two big plays on offense can make the difference.
Prediction: Poway 10, Torrey Pines 7.
Ramona (4-1) at Rancho Bernardo (0-5), Friday 7 p.m.
Last week: Ramona d. Orange Glen 45-36; Rancho Bernardo lost to San Marcos 27-26.
Notes: The Broncos could easily be 3-2, but putting teams away has been an issue. RB has lost two games by a point, including last week when the team wasted a school-record, 370-yard rushing performance by Ivy Adair. With it being homecoming and the Palomar League opener, this is a chance for the Broncos to start fresh. … Ramona has excelled in close games, winning three by seven points or less. The Bulldogs rushed for 236 yards last week, 133 of those coming from Nathan Cherek. QB Hunter McHargue was solid, too, completing 7 of 10 passes for 116 yards and two TDs. … Expect RB to play inspired football on its homecoming, but for Ramona to spoil the party.
Prediction: Ramona 35, Rancho Bernardo 24.
No. 14 Valley Center (3-2) at Del Norte (2-3), Friday 7 p.m.
Last week: Valley Center lost to Poway 35-6, Del Norte lost to Westview 35-13.
Notes: The Jaguars are the defending Valley League champions and this season Del Norte feels it can hang with them. … The Nighthawks got their first win over a Division I school, Fallbrook, a few weeks ago. But with usual starting QB Isaiah McDonald out last week with a broken collarbone the offense stumbled. The good news is JV call-up QB Parker Lappin finished strong in the loss. The ground attack has been solid for the Nighthawks, as Mark Gallant had 145 yards and George Liang finished with 112 last week. … Valley Center’s rushing attack has been slowed the last few weeks. RB Austin Bernard was held to 71 yards rushing last week, but has the ability to break a long one. … Expect Valley Center to get back on track with a solid ground attack in this one.
Prediction: Valley Center 39, Del Norte 17.
Rock Academy (0-5) at Maranatha Christian (2-2, 1-0 Pacific), Friday 7 p.m.
Last week: Rock Academy lost to Horizon 69-15; Maranatha did not play.
Notes: The Eagles have won two straight and has outscored its last two opponents 55-13 behind the stellar play of QB Jake Kirby and RB Dan Duka. The defense has been the biggest turnaround, allowing 76 points through its first two games to just 13 in the last two. … Expect another huge offensive outburst for the Eagles, as Rock Academy gives up an average of 45 points per game.
Prediction: Maranatha 40, Rock Academy 10.
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