Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro at Tempe (Ariz.) Marcos de Niza at 7 p.m.
Two of the state's top quarterbacks will square off in this game and it could be a high scoring affair. Marcos' Josh Eckley may be the state's best player without a scholarship offer. He does it all for the Padres and their offense hit a slump when Eckley was out with an injury. Saguaro's Luke Rubenzer hasn't thrown an interception in eight games and has his team poised for a playoff run. The Cal commit has dangerous weapons to throw to in senior J.T. Nettleton and junior Top 50 prospect Christian Kirk.
Seattle (Wash.) Cleveland vs. Bellevue (Wash.) Eastside Catholic at
Seattle Memorial Stadium at 5 p.m.
Eastside Catholic is loaded with underclassmen to watch, on both sides of the
ball. Heading the list is 2016 quarterback Harley Kirsch, part of a
talented trio of prospects in the 2016 class. Behind him is 2016 running
back Brandon Wellington and Kirsch's top target is 2016 receiver Devon Arbis-Jackson.
Up front, 2015 center Alex Neale leads the offensive line. Defensively,
2015 defensive end Cody Baker anchors the front seven for the Crusaders. (@BrandonHuffman)
Glendale (Ariz.) Cactus at Peoria (Ariz.) at 7 p.m.
This is one of the state's top rivalry games as the two schools are just a few miles apart and the stadium gets full and rowdy. Peoria is looks to finish the regular season undefeated and has one of the state's top weapons to help them. Wide receiver Darius Aguirre just received his first offer from Texas Southern and is vastly under-rated. The Cactus Cobras feature a strong running attack led by two juniors in Jaylon
James and Austin Marshall. (@jason247scout)
Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei at Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco at 7 p.m.
Washington commit Jonathan Lockett is one of the nation's elite corners and will also see time at receiver and is a threat to take it to the house returning punts and kicks as well. The Monarchs have a pair of 2015 Scout 300 members in tight end Kyle Penniston and two-way standout Ben Humphries. Humphries missed the last five weeks of the season with a knee injury but will be back for this one and should be a factor on both sides of the ball. He's a talented receiver and a playmakers at outside linebacker. Penniston has an early offer from Florida State and is a tough red zone matchup. Quarterback Chase Forrest is one of the state's top signal callers with an offer from Eastern Washington and running back Justin Allen is one of the most under-rated players in the state. Bosco has an embarrassment of riches with 13 players holding Div I offers. Jaleel Wadood is the No. 3 corner in the west but the California commit will play safety for the Braves and is one of the most dynamic players in the region. Naijiel Hale, the No. 5 corner in the region, has committed to Arizona and rush end Malik Dorton, among the state's top pass rushers, has committed to USC. Wide out Shay Fields recently switched his commitment from Boise State to USC and cornerback Chandler Hawkins has committed to Air Force. The top recruit on the team is massive offensive lineman Damien Mama. Mama is the nation's top guard prospect and has his choice of any school in the country. Jacob Tuioti-Mariner has gained 20 pounds since last season and has established himself as one of the region's premier defensive lineman and talented quarterback Josh Rosen is the No. 2 signal caller in the 2015 class and was just offered this week from Texas.
Seattle (Wash.) O'Dea vs. Seattle (Wash.) Nathan Hale at Seattle
Memorial Stadium at 7:45 p.m.
O'Dea is the No. 2 in 3A in Washington and has all kinds of talent, namely
three-star 2015 running back Myles Gaskin, who's the guy for the Irish this year
in the backfield. Opening holes for him is 2014 fullback Jack Flor and
quarterback Pierre Le Dorze runs the Irish offense. But the strength of
the Irish is in the trenches and Jarius McDade, their 2014 defensive tackle with
a handful of offers, paces their defense. (@BrandonHuffman)
FOX Sports West Prepzone at 7 p.m. (Prepzone)
FOX Sports West features four games per week streamed live on the internet with broadcasters and color analysts, and multi-angle cameras. This week Prepzone Live will feature host Kevin Barnett and Director of Scouting Scott Kennedy, highlighting the action from each of the four games as well as other news and notes across the Southland. Here is a look at this week's action on FOX Sports West's Prepzone.
Friday: La Canada (Calif.) St. Francis at Gardena (Calif.) Serra at 7 p.m.
On paper this game matches the two best records as St. Francis and Serra both come into the game without a defeat. St. Francis is led by quarterback Ty Gangi who had an early offer from Bowling Green, and senior running back Joe Mudie has rushed for nearly 1,000 yards on the season. The list of D1 talent for Serra is long but distinguished. All-Everything athlete Adoree Jackson returns kicks, plays corner, running back and receiver for the Cavaliers. Quarterback Jalen Greene is headed to Boise State. There are a pair of D1 linebackers in John Houston '15 and Dwight Williams, and this will be our first look at outside linebacker/defensive end Olajuwon Tucker on Prepzone since he made his commitment to USC.
Friday: Valencia at Newhall (Calif.) Hart at 7 p.m.
Valencia is coming off of a big win against Canyon setting up the showdown with Hart on Friday. Both teams are undefeated in league play and the winner should win the Foothill League. Valencia isn't loaded with D1 talent, but defensive end Josh Stanton had early offers from Texas State and Wyoming. Hart has a wide open attack capable of putting 40+ on just about anyone. 4-Star junior quarterback Brady White leads the attack, and 4-Star wide receiver Trent Irwin and Duke commitment Davis Koppenhaver are two of White's favorite targets.
Corona (Calif.) Santiago at Corona (Calif.) Centennial at 7 p.m.
Two of the highest scoring teams in the Southern Section lock horns in Corona on Friday. Centennial is back on track since getting beaten by Long Beach Poly and Alemany early in the year, and Santiago has reeled off four straight wins since a heartbreaking one point loss to Upland in September. Centennial is led by quarterback Robert Webber who is one of the most productive players in the nation. He's over 2,000 yards passing this season, and at 400 yards rushing, his numbers are actually a little down this year. The reason they're down is running back Tre Watson (Cal) will go over 2,000 yards in this game. Opening the holes for him is Alabama commit Viane Talamaivao, and UCLA wide receiver commit Barry Ware helps stretch the defenses. The defense is led by USC commitment Austin Maloata. Santiago has seen their 4-Star junior quarterback Blake Barnett battle injuries this year. When he's healthy, wide receiver Jordan Huffman is a dangerous target. Safety Ron Robinson (UCLA) leads the defense.
Friday: Huntington Beach (Calif.) at Los Alamitos (Calif.) at 7 p.m.
Los Alamitos is having a bounce back season after going 6-5 and 6-4 the last two years. Huntington Beach is having a disappointing year, especially the devastating 48-6 loss at the hands of their rival Edison. Los Alamitos beat Edison last week, and while one game against a common opponent doesn't necessarily predict the future with 100% accuracy, it's hard to pick against Los Alamitos in this one.