Prep Football: Previews, predictions for Week 7
Rancho Bernardo (1-5) at Del Norte (2-4), Friday 7 p.m.
Last week: Rancho Bernardo d. Ramona 31-28; Del Norte lost to Valley Center 44-26.
Notes: The Nighthawks have dropped two straight and usual starting QB Isaiah McDonald is out with a dislocated collarbone, but the running game has picked up the slack. Mark Gallant (107 yards), Jared Skinner (96) and George Liang (52) combined for 255 yards last week. The trio will need to break free to give Del Norte a chance at getting its first football win over RB in school history. … Running back Ivy Adair was finally able to celebrate a huge game and a victory. Adair rushed for 265 yards a week after going for a school-record 370. Rancho Bernardo has been riding Adair’s legs, but QB Mike Searson reminded everyone of the Broncos’ aerial threat. He found Charles Ensley and Brian Riley for TDs last week. The defense finally put a game away, holding Ramona scoreless in the final nine minutes. … Expect a lot of scoring in this one and for the game to be decided in the final minutes.
Prediction: Rancho Bernardo 38, Del Norte 35.
Ramona (4-2) at No. 6 Poway (4-2), Friday 7 p.m.
Last week: Ramona lost to Rancho Bernardo 31-28; Poway d. Torrey Pines 35-0.
Notes: The Titans are playing their best football of the season. Throw in the fact this is homecoming and the Bulldogs could be in for a long one. Poway got its first shutout of the season and Ryan Sharpe’s 90-yard INT return was the first points of the year for the defense. RB Nehemiah Gross went for 165 yards and two TDs … Ramona’s four-game winning streak was snapped last week. The Bulldogs were shredded by Ivy Adair, who rushed for 265 yards. The Bulldogs rushed for 259 yards and QB Hunter McHargue threw for 124 and two TDs. … Expect Poway to stay hot and pull away in the first half.
Prediction: Poway 45, Ramona 7.
Maranatha Christian (2-3) at Army-Navy (6-0), Saturday 1:15 p.m.
Last week: Maranatha lost to Rock Academy 63-37; Army-Navy did not play.
Notes: The Eagles gave up 43 points in the first half to Rock Academy, which had scored just 76 points through its first five games. It was the first league loss for Maranatha. The challenge gets tougher this week. The Warriors have outscored their six opponents 185-64 behind a solid running game. The team has two backs (Mike Luque and Joe Naotaola) over 400 yards this season. Army-Navy is averaging 272 yards per game on the ground and 119 through the air. … Expect the Eagles to struggle stopping the run in this one.
Prediction: Army-Navy 40, Maranatha 21.
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