9/13 Centennial (2-0) vs. Long Beach Poly (1-1) 8PM TV FOX Sports West
The FOX Sports West Game of the Week certainly lives up to its name as defending Pac-5 Champ Long Beach Poly (1-1) takes on defending Inland Champ Corona Centennial (2-0) on Friday night. The game is loaded with top players and some intriguing story lines.
One of the first things that jumps out is the contrast in play. Poly struggles to put points on the board and Centennial can's stop anyone. It's the classic case of the moveable object meeting the resistible force; something has to give.
Centennial's Tre Watson (Cal) had a whopping 466 yards and seven touchdowns just last week against St. Bonaventure. While an impressive number no doubt, the total is skewed a bit by the game itself when one considers Watson's seven touchdowns accounted for only a third of the total points in a 69-55 game. Centennial has given up 94 points in its two WINS. Poly has only scored 52 points total.
Poly got upset by a rebounding Servite team last week, but were they looking ahead, or are they looking at the very real possibility of another 1-3 start with Centennial and Bakersfield coming up in the next two weeks?
There is talent on both sides of the ball for sure. Centennial quarterback Robert Webber may be the best player in the Southern Section. At 5'11 his college options are limited, but that hasn't kept him from shredding defenses the last two years. Alabama commitment Viane Talamaivao (6'3/285) has been helping to blow open holes for Watson.
Poly features the best defensive back combination in the country in safety Juju Smith and junior cornerback Iman Marshall. They'll need some help up front from the likes of defensive lineman Joseph Wicker if they're going to slow the down the Husky express.
Prediction: Poly plays well, but succumbs to the offensive juggernaut that is Corona Centennial.
Notre Dame (2-0) @ Serra (2-0) 7PM Live Stream: Prepzone
Serra edged Notre Dame 26-23 on Prepzone last year in one of Serra's best games of the season. Notre Dame lost a lot from its 2012 squad, and Serra returns virtually everyone including All-Everything athlete Adoree Jackson and Boise State commitment Jalen Greene at quarterback. Serra is also loaded on the defensive side of the ball with linebackers Olajuwon Tucker, John Houston, and Dwight Williams forming one of the best units in the nation.
Cal commit Koa Farmer leads the Notre Dame attack as he'll line up all over the field for the Knights.
Prediction: Serra has yet to put together a full game yet are still unbeaten. The Cavs took the second half off against Desert Ridge (Ariz.) and trailed late against a good Oceanside team. Notre Dame has dominated two historically good teams in Mira Costa and Del Oro. Serra has too much talent to lose this game, but if they don't bring it for four quarters, Notre Dame is going to upset them. So, Serra is the pick.
Palmdale (1-1) @ Orange Lutheran (2-0) 7PM Live Stream: Prepzone
Palmdale was undefeated through the season in 2012 but went largely untested and got bounced in the first round of the playoffs. The Falcons have upgraded their schedule including a loss to Valencia last week and a tough Orange-Lutheran team this week. The record might not be as pretty heading into the playoffs, but Palmdale should be considerably tougher for it.
The Falcons are led by 4-Star running back Demario Richard (5'10/200). Richard is a rock solid 200 pounds and will face off against an Orange-Lutheran defense spearheaded by 5-Star junior defensive end Keisean Lucier-South (6'4/220). Lucier-South is a long, lean rush end, but he's big enough on the high school level to handle most offensive linemen in front of him.
Prediction: OLu hasn't exactly challenged themselves so far this season with lopsided wins over outmatched Woodrow Wilson and Damien. Palmdale represents a significant increase in competition, but the Lancers should prevail.
Narbonne (2-0) @ Alemany (2-0) 7PM Live Stream: Prepzone
I'm convinced Alemany has the toughest schedule in the Southern Section. The Warriors two "easy" games are behind them, and both of those were on the road @Los Osos and @Muir. Now Alemany takes on City-Section Champ Narbonne.
Alemany is explosive on offense again behind the nation's No. 3 2015 receiver Desean Holmes (5'11/170). Holmes' game is so similar to graduated Steven Mitchell that opposing defensive coordinators are going to have an unhappy feeling of deja vi as Holmes is nearly impossible to stop in the open field. Spearheading the Warrior defense is yet another Cal commitment Quentin Tartabull (6'0/200) at safety.
Prediction: Alemany has too much firepower for the City-Section Champs and the Warriors move to 3-0 before taking on Corona Centennial and St. Bonaventure in the next two weeks.
Corona del Mar (2-0) @ El Toro (1-1) 7PM Live Stream: Prepzone
El Toro is still employing its air raid attack throwing the ball 50 times in
a loss to La Habra in Week 0, but new quarterback Trey Tinsley struggled against
a good La Habra team throwing three interceptions. Tinsley settled in against
Capistrano Valley with five touchdown passes against only one interception.
Corona del Mar has beaten up on Pacifica and Laguna Hills to the tune of 70-14 combined behind the strong running of Junior Cole Martin who had 355 yards in his two starts this season.
Prediction: Corona del Mar gets its toughest test of the season but the Sea Kings prevail over El Toro.