Previews of the featured high school football games Friday:
Game of the week: Mater Dei (9-2) vs. Mission Viego (6-5)
Winner: Mater Dei
ST. JOHN BOSCO (11-0) VS. NO. 4 SAN CLEMENTE (7-4)
Where, when: San Clemente High, Friday, 7 p.m.
Live coverage: foxsports.com/west/prep-zone
Analysis: Can anybody stop St. John Bosco? Mater Dei tried and could not. San Clemente has already toppled one reputedly superior team this season, Mission Viejo. In last week’s first round the Tritons beat Murrieta Valley, a team that beat San Clemente earlier this season, 49-26 as Tritons senior quarterback Brendan Costello was a sharp 13 for 18 for 256 yards a touchdown. St. John Bosco is a different level of superiority, a team that appears to have no flaws. The Braves are too big, too fast and too smooth. It would take a perfect game from San Clemente, combined with a string of turnovers and other mistakes by St. John Bosco, to make a San Clemente win happen. St. John Bosco is not going to let that happen.
Winner: St. John Bosco
OAKS CHRISTIAN OF WESTLAKE VILLAGE (11-0) VS. NO. 2 JSERRA (9-2)
Where, when: JSerra High, Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Live coverage: Fox Sports West
Analysis: This game, televised live by Fox Sports West, is another tough challenge for JSerra. The Lions defeated highly-seeded playoff teams Corona del Mar and Calabasas in nonleague games and beat Orange Lutheran, Servite and Santa Margarita on the way to finishing third in the Trinity League. To beat Division 1 fourth-seeded Oaks Christian the Lions likely will need junior running back Chris Street to produce like he did in their 42-9 win over Long Beach Poly last week when he rushed for 132 yards and two touchdowns. Oaks Christian has a terrific back, too – Michigan-committed senior Zach Charbonnet (6-2, 220) who is averaging 162 rushing yards a game 9 yards a carry. JSerra, No. 7 in the California top 25 compiled by CalHiSports.com, must also pay attention to Oaks Christian’s Kayvon Thibodeaux (6-5, 239), a senior defensive end who has 18 sacks and scholarship offers from Alabama, Oregon, USC and many others. Oaks Christian, No. 6 in California, might have the superior athletes. Using Street to get first downs and control ball possession could be the road to victory for JSerra.
CALABASAS (9-2) VS. NO. 12 SAN JUAN HILLS (8-3)
Where, when: San Juan Hills High, Friday, 7 p.m.
Analysis: Sea View League champion San Juan Hills got its usual number of multiple contributions from Joey Hobert plus a strong pass rush led by Cade Albright to beat Edison 22-15 in last week’s first round. Second-seeded Calabasas, which finished second to Oaks Christian in the Marmonte League, is much better than Edison. Calabasas junior quarterback Jaden Casey, who committed to Fresno State, threw three touchdown passes and Coyotes Jyden King and Johnny Williams both surpassed 100 yards rushing in a 49-7 first-round win over St. Francis of Mountain View. That offensive production makes Calabasas, No. 15 in the state rankings, the beat team in the division.
NO. 6 LOS ALAMITOS (9-1-1) VS. NOTRE DAME OF SHERMAN OAKS (8-3)
Where, when: Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks, Friday, 7 p.m.
Analysis: Sunset League co-champion Los Alamitos was its usual defensively-stalwart self last week in a 19-14 win over Westlake in the first round. Notre Dame, which finished second to Bishop Amat in the Mission League, took advantage of three second-half turnovers last week to beat La Habra 41-34. The Knights got a little lucky, too – a Notre Dame offensive lineman fell on a Knights fumble in the end zone for the winning touchdown with 12 seconds remaining. Los Alamitos’ quick, attacking defense should guide the Griffins to another win and the it’s on to the semifinals.
Winner: Los Alamitos
SANTIAGO OF CORONA (7-4) VS. NO. 14 CAPISTRANO VALLEY (8-3)
Where, when: Capistrano Valley High, Friday, 7 p.m.
Analysis: Santiago finished third, behind Centennial and Norco, in the Big VIII League. The Sharks beat Murrieta Mesa in the first round last week 24-3 as senior running back Nathaniel Castillo rushed for 150 yards and a touchdown. Capistrano Valley is the first Orange County team Santiago will have played this season. The Cougars, who finished fourth in the five-team South Coast League, were on the road in the first round last week when they beat fourth-seeded Lompoc 24-7. Capistrano Valley senior quarterback Nathan Manning, who committed to Cal for baseball, threw for 193 yards and two touchdowns. The Cougars running game furnished only 61 yards, averaging 3 yards a carry. Jayce Hunter had 14 tackles and recovered a fumble and William Burks had two interceptions. Capo’s passing attack and defense will get them to the semifinals.
Winner: Capistrano Valley
NO. 17 YORBA LINDA (9-2) VS. NO. 7 CORONA DEL MAR (9-1-1)
Where, when: Newport Harbor High, Friday, 7 p.m.
Analysis: Yorba Linda finished second to Villa Park in the Crestview League. The Mustangs last week beat Chino Hills 28-22. Yorba Linda senior Ricky Lane, a Mustangs standout since his sophomore year, had five receptions for 121 yards and two touchdowns. Top-seeded Corona del Mar, Sunset League co-champion with Los Alamitos, rolled to a 49-14 first-round win over Redondo Union. Sea Kings junior quarterback Ethan Garbers had another excellent game throwing for 362 yards and five touchdowns. Bradley Schlom had seven receptions for 113 yards and a touchdown. Corona del Mar will put up plenty of points in this one.
Winner: Corona del Mar
NO. 5 VILLA PARK (11-0) VS. SAUGUS (8-3)
Where, when: College of the Canyons, Friday, 7 p.m.
Analysis: Second-seeded Villa Park, Crestview League champion, beat Yucaipa in the first round 34-12. Spartans sophomore defensive end Zeus Alefasio had four sacks. Villa Park Purdue-committed quarterback Paul Piferi was his usual steady self completing 14 of 21 passes for 194 yards and a touchdown. Saugus finished third in the Foothill league behind Valencia of Valencia and West Ranch of Valencia. The Centurions in the first round last week beat Bishop Diego of Santa Barbara 38-35 on a 43-yard field goal by Colton Dolder in the final seconds. Villa Park looks too dominating for this to be a close game.
Winner: Villa Park
NO. 16 ST. MARGARET’S (10-1) VS. SERRANO OF PHELAN (8-3)
Where, when: Serrano High, Friday, 7 p.m.
Analysis: Second-seeded St. Margaret’s beat Huntington Beach in last week’s first round 28-17. Tartans senior running back/linebacker Koa Todd rushed for 87 yards and a touchdown on nine carries and had three sacks. The Tartans’ only loss was by one point to Grace Brethren of Simi Valley, 9-2 and seeded third in Division 4. Serrano last week beat Cypress 19-8. Look for St. Margaret’s, with an abundance of momentum, to win by a double-digit margin.
Winner: St. Margaret’s
NO. 21 GARDEN GROVE (10-1) VS. NO. 18 ALISO NIGUEL (10-1)
Where, when: Aliso Niguel High, Friday, 7 p.m.
Analysis: Big 4 League champion Garden Grove last week beat West Torrance 46-22 with its usual method – county leading rusher Mike Carrillo ran for 174 yards and three touchdowns. He has surpassed 100 yards and scored at least one touchdown in every Garden Grove game. The Argonauts have won five in a row since a 35-31 loss to Western. Aliso Niguel, which finished second in the Sea View League, has won four in a row, including a 45-20 win last week over Foothill in the first round. Wolverines senior quarterback Kyle Robertson threw for two touchdowns and ran for two touchdowns. In Aliso Niguel’s 38-0 loss to San Juan Hills the Wolverines had trouble with San Juan Hills’ team speed on defense. Garden Grove is pretty quick on defense, too.
Winner: Garden Grove
LAGUNA BEACH (9-2) VS. NORTHWOOD (8-3)
Where, when: Irvine High, Friday, 7 p.m.
Analysis: Laguna Beach, co-champion of the Pac 4 League with Ocean View and Western, beat Saddleback Valley Christian 30-21 last week. Breakers junior quarterback Andrew Johnson passed for 310 yards and four touchdowns. Two of those scoring passes went to Sean Nolan who had nine receptions for 166 yards. Northwood tied with Irvine for second place in the Pacific Coast League in which Woodbridge is the champion. Northwood’s defense was superb in the Timberwolves’ 17-10 win over Rancho Alamitos in last week’s first round. It was their first playoff win since 2010. Northwood has not faced a team that throws the ball as well as Laguna Beach.
Winner: Laguna Beach
Also Friday (all games 7 p.m.)
Valencia (10-1) at Grand Terrace (7-4)
No. 21 Katella (11-0) at Alta Loma (7-4)
No. 20 Santa ana (9-2) at Temecula Valley (6-5)
Brea Olinda (6-5) at Norte Vista of Riverside (9-2)
Irvine (5-6) at Hemet (7-4)
Western (9-2) at Jurupa Hills (8-3)
El Monte (9-1) vs. Fairmont Prep (6-5) at Yorba Linda High
Adelanto (10-1) vs. Savanna (9-2) at Glover Stadium
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