Prep Football: Previews, predictions for Week 9
By Michael Bower
Carlsbad (3-5) at No. 6 Poway (6-2), Friday 7 p.m.
Last week: Carlsbad lost to El Camino 31-28; Poway d. Westview 45-0.
Notes: The Titans posted their second shutout of the season and clinched at least a share of the Palomar League crown last week. QB Max Washam tossed three TD passes. Derek Babiash hauled in two of those and returned an INT 29 yards for a TD. Poway did take a hit with backup running back Lance Mudd breaking his arm in the win. That means two-way starter (DB/RB) Nehemiah Gross could get more work come playoff time. … Carlsbad has dropped three in a row, but to outstanding opponents in Oceanside, La Costa Canyon and El Camino. The Lancers are led by RB Shawn Cameron, who has rushed for 848 yards on 115 carries. Aaryn Dorsett has also been steady on the ground, rushing for a team-high seven TDs. … Poway’s run defense is one of the best in the county and it should show this week.
Prediction: Poway 38, Carlsbad 10.
Westview (6-2, 1-1) at Rancho Bernardo (1-7, 1-1), Friday 7 p.m.
Last week: Westview lost to Poway 45-0; Rancho Bernardo lost to Torrey Pines 24-7.
Notes: The Broncos still control their own destiny in the Palomar League, but it will be a tough climb with Westview and Poway still on deck. RB has lost two straight since winning its first
game of the year. The Broncos have dropped three games by seven points or less. Ivy Adair has gone over 100 yards on the ground for four straight games. The defense is allowing 29 points per game. … Westview had just 123 yards of offense last week. The 45 points the Wolverines allowed were the most it has given up all season. Eric Kremp is averaging over five yards per carry and QB Nate Ketteringham is completing 56 percent of his passes. … The Broncos should not have trouble on offense, but the defense will need to step up to win this one.
Prediction: Westview 28, Rancho Bernardo 21.
Orange Glen (4-4, 1-1) at Del Norte (3-5, 0-2), Friday 7 p.m.
Last week: Orange Glen d. El Cajon Valley 21-15; Del Norte lost to San Marcos 41-17.
Notes: The Nighthawks’ defense was torched just one week after getting their first victory over Rancho Bernardo in school history. Del Norte allowed 509 yards of offense to San Marcos. The 41 points allowed is the second most the Nighthawks have given up in a game this season. Del Norte is still searching for its first league win. … The Patriots feature a run-heavy offense, led by Austin Early, Roger Rickman and George Loa. QB Early has also thrown for 688 yards this season. … Expect this one to come down to the wire.
Prediction: Del Norte 24, Orange Glen 21.
Maranatha Christian (2-5, 1-3) at Calvin Christian (3-5, 1-2), Friday 7 p.m.
Last week: Maranatha lost to Tri-City Christian 40-6; Calvin Christian d. San Diego Jewish Academy 38-21.
Notes: The Eagles have lost three straight and have been outscored 149-49 in those contests. Maranatha will try to leapfrog Calvin Christian in the league standings with a win Friday. The Eagles have been led by RB Dan Duka, who is averaging over 6.5 yards per carry for the season. Jack Olmstead leads the team with 24 catches for 382 yards and four TDs. … The Crusaders snapped a three-game losing streak with last week’s win. QB James Petro threw for 117 yards and a TD, while John Jacobi rushed for 105 yards and two TDs on just nine carries. He will be the guy to stop for the Eagles. … Look for Maranatha to breakout of its offensive funk in this one.
Prediction: Maranatha 28, Calvin Christian 21.
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