Narbonne (Calif.) at Palos Verdes (Calif.) at 3 p.m.
City-Section Champion Narbonne opens its season against a tough Palos Verdes
team. Both teams are rebuilding from stellar 2012 campaigns with Narbonne enduring
particularly heavy losses including starting quarterback Troy Williams
(Washington). Narbonne is not barren of talent though as the Gauchos return a
pair of seniors with D1 offers including linebacker Uchenna Nwosu and defensive
back Khalil Rashad-Brown. Nwoso claims an offer from Oregon State, and Rashad-Brown
lists a San Diego State offer. (@ScoutKennedy)
Peoria (Az.) Centennial at Chandler (Az.) at 7 p.m.
This game will be won in the trenches and it should be a great battle.
Centennial has the state's top offensive line with three-star tackle Layth Friekh and two-star guard Kamryn Bennett leading the charge. Keep an eye on two up and coming underclassmen. Sophomore guard Marshal Nathe will start his first game and two-way RB/OLB Dedrick Young will get his first opportunity to carry the load after scoring 15 times as a reserve as a sophomore. Chandler had the most players taken in this year's NFL Draft and the Wolves are still loaded. Defensive tackles Jordan Hoyt and Cruz Flores are stout up front while Chandler has one of the state's best secondaries led by Arizona commit J.R. Hunt. Despite having multiple offers, this will be QB
Bryce Perkins' first start for Chandler. (@jason247scout)
Upland (Calif.) at Mater Dei (Calif.) at 7 p.m.
Upland benefited from several off-season transfers headlined by junior quarterback Tyler Hilinski and junior safety Kameron Powell, both members of the 2015 Scout 300. Oregon State and Washington have offered Powell and fellow junior Elijah Jones, another 2015 Scout 300 member has an offer from San Diego StateTwo-way standout Jeff Farrar committed to Virginia and should be a force at receiver and safety and freshman wide out Nathan Tilford was offered by USC after starring at their summer camp. Mater Dei has a pair of 2015 Scout 300 members as well in tight end Kyle Penniston and two-way standout Ben Humphries. Quarterback Chase Forrest is one of the state's top signal callers and Washington commit Jonathan Lockett is one of the nation's elite corners and will also be asked to carry the load at receiver this year.
Central (Fresno, Calif.) at Hanford (Calif.) at 7:30 p.m.
Central is loaded with BCS talent and boasts one of the best prospects in the country in five-star receiver Michiah Quick. Quick is an explosive 5-foot-11 receiver that should remain uncommitted for quite some time with four official visits set to Oregon, Oklahoma, Notre Dame and Alabama. USC, UCLA and California all remain in play for Quick in terms of in-season visits. Looking beyond Quick, Central has a trio of Arizona commits in four-star running back Nick Wilson, three-star defensive tackle Sharif Williams and three-star safety Devon Brewer. Williams is likely out for the season and a scratch for the Hanford game because of a knee injury suffered in the opener. The talent does not stop there for Central, which needs a strong showing from four-star USC defensive tackle commit Tashon Smallwood. Smallwood committed to the Trojans six months ago but visited other schools during the spring and summer. Class of 2015 cornerback Dehlon
Preston holds a verbal offer from Houston and Hanford starting quarterback Jake
Young has interest from many regional schools but no offers. (@SamHellmanFox)
Upland (Calif.) at Mater Dei (Calif.) at 7p.m. (Prepzone)
Upland hasn't lost a regular season game in over two years, but the Scots
haven't faced a challenge like they will get against a deep and experienced
Mater Day team. Mater Dei returns 15 starters from a Pac-5 final team including
quarterback Chase Forrest who helped lead the Monarch run in the playoffs.
Washington verbal commitment Jonathan Lockett is a triple threat as a receiver,
defensive back and return man for the Monarchs. Mater Dei tight end Kyle
Penniston has already gotten a scholarship offer from Florida State as a
junior. Upland lost a lot of talented players including quarterback Nate Romine and
sackmaster Joe Mathis, but the Scots lost a lot off of their 2011 team and still
went 13-1 last year. Junior quarterback Tyler Hilinski joined the Scots last
year from Notre Dame and will make his first start for Upland. He will have
talented senior athlete Jeff Farrar to throw to. Farrar is headed to Virginia
next year. One of the most intriguing players to watch could be freshman
receiver Nathan Tilford who already claims offers from Arizona State and USC.
Crenshaw (Calif.) at Long Beach Poly (Calif.) at 7 p.m. (Prepzone)
Poly's league schedule leaves a lot to be desired, so the Jackrabbits load up
their non-league schedule with local powers including perennial City-Section
power Crenshaw this week. The Jackrabbits got off to a rough start in 2012 only
to rebound and win the prestigious Pac-5 Championship over Mater Dei. Poly has
the best defensive back tandem in the country in senior safety JuJu Smith and
junior cornerback Iman Marshall. Smith is a highlight reel waiting to happen at
defensive back and receiver. He doesn't get the press time of his highly
recruited teammates, but linebacker Caleb Tucker is one of the top high school
players in the state. Crenshaw returns dynamic quarterback Ajene Harris. Harris is undersized for
the college level, but that doesn't help anyone trying to slow him down on
Friday Nights. Harris returns his top weapon in running back Jacob Knight, and
the defense is spearheaded by linebacker Corey Walker and defensive lineman
Kenneth Davis. (@ScoutKennedy)
Serrano (Calif.) @ Paraclete (Calif.) at 7p.m. (Prepzone)
Serrano and Paraclete both had terrific seasons in 2012 advancing to the CIF
Finals in the Eastern and Mid-Valley Divisions respectively. Paraclete brings
back an especially impressive team with 40 players returning from last season
including 16 starters. New quarterback Brett Nelson has big shoes to fill as
Tyler Carvolho has graduated, but big play receiver Triston Brown comes back
after posting 14 touchdowns and four interceptions on offense. Serrano has more of a rebuilding job with nine starters returning including
athlete Jay Henderson who is committed to San Diego State. Henderson posted 82
tackles and 6.5 sacks on defense and sees some time at receiver as well.
Linebacker John Mackesy is only a junior, but he still led the team in tackles
with 160 as a sophomore. (@ScoutKennedy)
South Anchorage (Alaska) at Moorpark (Calif.) at 7 p.m. (Prepzone)
And you thought your road trip was tough? South Anchorage endures the 2300+
miles flight to take on Moorpark. The Wolverines have already played two games,
and that experience could prove to be the difference as Moorpark will be shaking
off the rust. Moorpark has a new quarterback in Anthony Upshaw, but they return
Marmonte League lineman of the year Tyler Puccio who claims offers from Fresno
State and Utah State. (@ScoutKennedy)