Maffei’s Prep Predictions

John Maffei’s prep football playoff predictions

John Maffei

Games 7 p.m. unless noted

OPEN DIVISION

Quarterfinals — Friday

(8) Grossmont (7-3) at (1) Mission Hills (10-0)

Preview: Grossmont is led by QB Jamie Odom (1,868 yards passing) and RB Shevell Sterling (938 yards rushing). Mission Hills is counting on Utah-bound QB Jack Tuttle and highly recruited WR Chris Olave. These teams met in the quarterfinals last season when Mission Hills scored with 24 seconds to play for a 49-48 win.

Prediction: Mission Hills 41, Grossmont 21

(5) Torrey Pines (6-4) at (4) La Costa Canyon (7-3)

Preview: RBs Mac Bingham (1,073 yards) and Sully O’Brien (718 yards) lead Torrey Pines. La Costa Canyon is led by versatile QB Jake Neufeld. LCC scored 21 fourth-quarter points when these teams met on Nov. 3 for a 27-21 win.

Prediction: Torrey Pines 24, La Costa Canyon 21

(6) St. Augustine (7-3) at (3) San Marcos (8-2)

Preview: St. Augustine has won five in a row since Angelo Peraza took over at QB. San Marcos is led by 2,379-yard QB Miles Hastings, UCLA-bound WR Kyle Philips and San Diego State-bound RB-LB Josh Bornes.

Prediction: St. Augustine 31, San Marcos 28

(7) Madison (8-2) at (2) Helix (9-1)

Preview: Defending state Division 2-AA champion Madison is led by 1,233-yard RB Kenan Christon. Helix, which has won eight in a row, is led by QB Carson Baker, who has 29 TD passes. The Highlanders defense has five shutouts and has allowed just 47 points, 23 of those in a loss to Lancaster Paraclete (10-1).

Prediction: Helix 35, Madision 21

Semifinals — Nov. 24

Final — Dec. 2, 7 p.m., Southwestern College

DIVISION I

Quarterfinals — Friday

(8) Olympian (6-5) at (1) El Camino (5-5)

Preview: Led by QB Nico Mendoza, Olympian beat Poway 28-14 last week. El Camino has multiple weapons in QB Jaden Casey (2,399 yards passing), Malachi Russell (1,083 yards receiving), Wayne Steward (764 yards receiving) and power back Chris Brown (680 yards rushing).

Prediction: El Camino 35, Olympian 24

(5) Oceanside (5-6) at (4) Point Loma (6-4)

Preview: Game starts at 6:30 p.m. Freshman RB Kavika Tua has given Oceanside a boost along with QB-WR Kyrin Beachem and QB Alex Miller. The Pirates beat Bonita Vista 35-19 last week. Point Loma lost to Christian in its final regular-season game, snapping a three-game winning streak.

Prediction: Point Loma 35, Oceanside 32

(6) Cathedral Catholic (5-6) at (3) Carlsbad (5-5)

Preview: Cathedral Catholic, the defending state Division 1-AA champion, beat Mt. Carmel 63-0 last week. Carlsbad is led by QB Troy Bloomquist, who has thrown for 1,903 yards and 20 TDs.

Prediction: Carlsbad 21, Cathedral Catholic 20

(7) Rancho Bernardo (6-5) at (2) Eastlake (8-2)

Preview: Sophomore QB Noah Morris has led Rancho Bernardo to five wins in a row, including 23-6 over Valhalla last week. Eastlake, which is on a three-game winning streak, is led by QB Daniel Amon and the versatile Micah Pietila-Wiggs. These teams played in Week 1 with Eastlake winning 21-3.

Prediction: Eastlake 27, Rancho Bernardo 17

Semifinals — Nov. 24

Final — Dec. 1, 7 p.m., Southwestern College

DIVISION II

Quarterfinals — Friday

(9) Westview (7-4) at (1) Ramona (10-0)

Preview: QB Beau Nelson threw a pair of TD passes and Westview upset Christian 21-14 last week. Ramona has multiple weapons in QB Casey Buggeln, RB Sean McDonald and do-everything Tristan Stacy, who has 1,314 total yards and 17 TDs. Ramona beat Westview 42-13 on Oct. 6.

Prediction: Ramona 35, Westview 17

(5) Lincoln (9-2) at (4) Otay Ranch (7-3)

Preview: Lincoln averages 448.1 yards on offense behind QB Asante Hartzog and RB Kenyon Sims. The Hornets beat Vista 40-20 last week. Otay Ranch, which averages 384.5 yards offensively, is on a five-game winning streak.

Prediction: Lincoln 32, Otay Ranch 31

(6) Granite Hills (9-2) at (3) Valley Center (9-1)

Preview: Led by QB Jake Siegfried, who has 1,817 yards and has accounted for 24 TDs, Granite Hills has won seven in a row, including 35-10 over West Hills last week. Valley Center has also won seven in a row behind QB Rikki Mazzetti, RB Mateo Sinohui and WR Zachary Mahrenholz. Valley Center beat the Eagles 29-7 on Sept. 22.

Prediction: Valley Center 31, Granite Hills 27

(7) Steele Canyon (7-4) vs. (2) Bishop’s (9-0)

Site: La Jolla

Preview: Steele Canyon has won three in a row, including 36-22 over Mira Mesa last week. Record-setting QB Jeffrey Jackson, who has 35 TD passes, leads Bishop’s. WRs Mozes Mooney and Jacob Jackson are his favorite targets.

Prediction: Bishop’s 41, Steele Canyon 28

Semifinals — Nov. 24

Final — Dec. 2, 3:30 p.m., Southwestern College

DIVISION III

Quarterfinals — Friday

(9) Mount Miguel (5-6) at (1) El Centro Southwest (10-0)

Preview: RB Shemar Greene, who has 1,066 yards, leads Mount Miguel, which upset Escondido 27-18 last week. Southwest is led by RB Tyler Saikhon, who has 1,148 yards and 19 TDs. The Eagles defense has five shutouts and has allowed only 48 points.

Prediction: Southwest 37, Mount Miguel 14

(5) Imperial (5-6) at (4) Hilltop (6-4)

Preview: Imperial, which is led by RB Brandon Hueso (1,495 yards and 16 TDs), beat Patrick Henry 41-0 last week. Hilltop counters with RB Jeremiah Rivera, who has 1,333 yards and 11 TDs.

Prediction: Hilltop 24, Imperial 21

(6) RBV (6-5) at (3) San Pasqual (6-4)

Preview: Rancho Buena Vista RB Dorian Richardson went off last week in a 62-43 win over Santana, rushing 38 times for a San Diego Section-record 499 yards and 8 TDs. San Pasqual, which has won two in a row, beat RBV 48-6 on Oct. 27.

Prediction: San Pasqual 35, Rancho Buena Vista 21

(7) La Jolla (6-5) vs. (2) Santa Fe Christian (6-4)

Site: Torrey Pines

Preview: QB Trevor Scully, who has 2,361 yards and 29 TDs passing, leads La Jolla. The Vikings beat Mar Vista 28-0 last week. Santa Fe Christian is led by QB Michael Linguadoca. SFC beat La Jolla 58-14 on Sept. 15.

Prediction: Santa Fe Christian 42, La Jolla 21

Semifinals — Nov. 24

Final — Dec. 2, noon, Southwestern College

DIVISION IV

Quarterfinals — Friday

(8) Serra (6-5) at (1) University City (9-1)

Preview: QB Timmy Zebroski, who has thrown for 1,687 yards, leads Serra. The Q’s have won three in a row, including 50-9 over El Cajon Valley last week. University City is led by 2,471-yard QB Gunnar Gray, RBs Marcel Patterson (1,080 yards) and E’Lonie Rico (1,106 yards) and WR Casey Granfors (1,002 yards). The Centurions beat Serra 56-3 on Oct. 13.

Prediction: University City 45, Serra 17

(5) Chula Vista (7-4) at (4) Monte Vista (5-5)

Preview: Chula Vista has won three in a row, including a 37-0 decision over Coronado last week. Monte Vista has lost two in a row to playoff teams Granite Hills and Valley Center, allowing 92 points.

Prediction: Monte Vista 27, Chula Vista 21

(6) Kearny (9-2) at (3) Central (9-1)

Preview: Kearny QB Kenyon Williams has thrown for 2,080 yards and 27 TDs, while RB Brenton Bell has 1,769 yards and 18 TDs and WR Devon Jones has 56 catches for 1,019 yards and 15 TDs. The Komets beat Calexico 45-6 last week. Central, which has won four in a row, is led by QB Deniro Osuna, who has thrown for 2,231 yards.

Prediction: Central 35, Kearny 24

(7) LJ Country Day (5-5) at (2) San Diego (10-0)

Preview: LJCD has two great weapons in QB EJ Kreutzman and WR Anthony Bland. The Torreys beat Clairemont 52-6 last week. San Diego atttacks behind QB Quinn O’Connor and 1,054-yard RB Raiden Hunter. The Cavers’ defense has allowed just 71 points.

Prediction: San Diego 35, La Jolla Country Day 24

Semifinals — Nov. 24

Final — Dec. 1, 3:30 p.m., Southwestern College

DIVISION V

Semifinals — Friday

(4) Classical (5-5) vs. (1) Vincent Memorial (9-2)

Site: Calexico

Preview: RB Jake Gilbert leads Classical, which edged Maranatha Christian 13-7 last week. Vincent Memorial QB Eduardo Valenzuela has thrown for 3,212 yards and 39 TDs with 20 of those TDs going to Juan Pablo Ruiz. The Scots have won five in a row, including 43-8 over San Diego Southwest last week.

Prediction: Vincent Memorial 42, Classical 31

(6) Tri-City Christian (6-5) at (2) Crawford (7-4)

Preview: Led by QB Zach Reitmeyer and RB Roman Gonzalez, TCC charged by Montgomery 52-14 last week. Crawford, led by QB Shawn Balala, beat Army-Navy 34-16 last week.

Prediction: Tri-City Christian 27, Crawford 21

Final — Nov. 25, 7 p.m., Southwestern College

Last week: 17-3

Season: 97-33

John Maffei’s Week 10 Prep Football Picks

John Maffei’s prep football picks

11/02/2017, 8:40pm PDT
By John Maffei

Escondido quarterback Robbie Ramos looks to pass down field with Rancho Buena Vista’s Max Gordon in

Week 11 predictions for 10 selected games:

SAN MARCOS at MISSION HILLS

A pair of 2,000-yard quarterbacks and no fewer than five Division I college prospects will be on the field for the Discovery Bowl between these crosstown rivals. QB Miles Hastings leads San Marcos (8-1, 4-1) in a game that will decide the Avocado League championship. His favorite target is UCLA-bound WR Kyle Philips. RB-LB Josh Bornes has committed to San Diego State and OL Andrew Meyer is considered a college prospect. Mission Hills (9-0, 5-0) is led by Utah-bound QB Jack Tuttle. Big-play WR Chris Olave is drawing interest from programs like Ohio State and Michigan. WR-DB Maurice Jones and RB Damon Wigand have college potential. San Marcos is ranked No. 44 in the state by MaxPreps and No. 3 in the San Diego Section Open Division. Mission Hills is No. 12 in the state and No. 1 in the Open Division.

Prediction: Mission Hills 24, San Marcos 17

LA COSTA CANYON at TORREY PINES

How good is the Avocado League? The Beach Bowl — with the Golden Surfboard as the prize to the winner — features La Costa Canyon (7-2 on the field but 6-3 after a forfeit, 3-2) against Torrey Pines (6-3, 3-2), which took Mission Hills to the wire last week before losing by a point. LCC fell 24-13 to Mission Hills. Torrey Pines stands No. 4 in the Open Division. LCC is No. 5.

Prediction: Torrey Pines 23, La Costa Canyon 21

LA JOLLA at UNIVERSITY CITY

La Jolla (5-4, 3-0) will lean on QB Trevor Scully in this game for the City League championship. Scully, who has thrown for 1,950 yards and 23 TDs, has a pair of top-flight WRs in Gabe Solis, who has 45 catches for 859 yards, and Michael Wells, who averages 20 yards on 20 catches. University City (8-1, 3-0) is led by QB Gunnar Gray, who has 2,332 yards and 27 TDs. WR Casey Granfors is his favorite target with 45 catches for 939 yards and 12 TDs. RB E’Lonie Rico has 882 yards while Marcel Patterson has 803. La Jolla sits at No. 5 in Division III. University City is No. 1 in Division IV.

Prediction: University City 35, La Jolla 27

POINT LOMA vs. CHRISTIAN

Point Loma (6-3) has won three in a row and is on the rise heading into this nonleague game at El Cajon Valley. Christian (7-2) is led by QB Brad Jeremiah, who has thrown for 2,757 yards and 35 TDs. Six of his receivers have 415 or more yards. Point Loma is No. 1 in Division I but has a chance to move into the Open Division. Christian is No. 9 in Division II.

Prediction: Point Loma 27, Christian 24

LA JOLLA COUNTRY DAY vs. BISHOP’S

LJCD (4-4, 2-1) is the last Coastal League team that has a shot at slowing down Bishop’s (8-0, 4-0). LJCD has gotten a boost from QB EJ Kreutzmann, who has thrown for 1,178 yards in five games. WR Anthony Bland has 1,310 yards receiving and on returns. DB Spencer Alligood has 108 tackles. The Bishop’s offense is an air raid, led by QB Jeffrey Jackson, who has 2,058 yards and 35 TDs. WR Mozes Mooney has 62 receptions for 891 yards and 16 TDs while Jacob Jackson has 48 catches for 712 yards and 11 TDs. The Knights have 25 sacks, led by Charlie Mossy’s six. LJCD is No. 6 in Division IV. Bishop’s is No. 2 in Division II.

Prediction: Bishop’s 44, La Jolla Country Day 21

LINCOLN at MORSE

The Diamond District Rivalry features a pair of Eastern League foes. Lincoln (7-2, 3-0) needs a win to secure the league title and wants to bounce back after a nonleague loss to Madison last week. Morse (4-5, 1-2) blanked Mission Bay 36-0 last week. Lincoln sits at No. 5 in Division II. Morse is No. 16 in Division II and very much on the playoff bubble.

Prediction: Lincoln 35, Morse 24

BRAWLEY at CENTRAL

The annual Bell Game is in its 74th year with Brawley (6-3, 3-1) holding a 47-25-1 lead in one of the oldest series in the country. On a team that averages nearly 320 yards a game rushing, RB Michael Moreno, a 1,300-yard back, leads Brawley into this Imperial Valley League game. Central (8-1, 3-1) is led by QB Deniro Osuna, who has thrown for 2,006 yards. Thadeo Campbell is his top target with 46 catches. Brawley is No. 15 and on the bubble in Division II. Central is No. 4 in Division IV.

Prediction: Brawley 24, Central 21

MONTGOMERY at SAN YSIDRO

Montgomery (6-3, 2-0) wins the Metro Pacific League title with a victory. The Aztecs, who have won four in a row, are led by 1,300-yard RB Hunter Joseph. San Ysidro (3-6, 1-1) is fighting for a spot in the Division V playoffs after a loss to San Diego Southwest last week. Montgomery is No. 5 in Division V, while San Ysidro is No. 12 in a 10-team bracket and is on the playoff bubble.

Prediction: Montgomery 24, San Ysidro 13

SAN PASQUAL at ESCONDIDO

San Pasqual (5-4, 2-1) averages nearly 30 points a game, attacking on the ground behind a unique option attack. Escondido (4-5, 1-2) has a bright future with freshman Robbie Ramos at QB. RB Jake Frankfather has emerged as a reliable back. San Pasqual is ranked third in Division III. Escondido is No. 8 and is playing for a first-round home game in Division III.

Prediction: San Pasqual 28, Escondido 21

ST. AUGUSTINE at CATHEDRAL CATHOLIC

The Holy Bowl is perhaps the most-intense rivalry in the county. St. Augustine (6-3, 3-0) is hot, winning four in a row. QB Angelo Peraza has thrown for 417 yards in four games. RB Deandre Daniels has 1,029 yards and 14 TDs this season. LB Andrew Alves leads the defense with 74 tackles. A win wraps up the Western League title for the Saints. A loss and St. Augustine must share the crown with Point Loma. Cathedral Catholic (4-5, 1-2) has struggled with injuries while playing a tough schedule. Cathedral beat the Saints 35-0 last year en route to a 15-0 season and a state championship. St. Augustine sits at No. 8 in the Open Division. Cathedral is No. 5 in Division I and fighting for No. 4 and a first-round bye.

Prediction: St. Augustine 21, Cathedral 17

Last week: 9-1. Season: 73-27.

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EL CAMINO at MISSION HILLS

El Camino (4-3, 1-2) has some weapons and speed in QB Jaden Casey, RB Chris Brown and WRs Wayne Steward, Malachi Russell, Demarcus Griffin and Kameron Bullock. Top-ranked Mission Hills (7-0, 3-0) leads the Avocado League. Ranked No. 12 in the state, Mission Hills is led by QB Jack Tuttle and big-play WRs Chris Olave and Maurice Jones.

Prediction: Mission Hills 34, El Camino 21

LA COSTA CANYON at SAN MARCOS

No. 4 La Costa Canyon (5-2, 2-1) lost a hard-fought 24-13 decision to Mission Hills last week. The Mavericks lean on QB Jake Neufeld and RBs Karson Lippert and Jaquan Carroll. No. 8 San Marcos (6-1, 3-1) needs a win to keep pace with Mission Hills in the Avocado League and make the last week of the season important when the two teams meet. The Knights are led by QB Miles Hastings, RB Josh Bornes, WR Kyle Philips and kick returner Ethan Cline.

Prediction: La Costa Canyon 27, San Marcos 24

LINCOLN vs. CHRISTIAN

Two of the county’s top offenses meet in a key Eastern League game at Granite Hills. No. 9 Lincoln (6-1, 2-0) averages 415.3 yards a game. QB Asante Hartzog has thrown for 1,493 yards and 19 TDs with only 3 interceptions. Jailen Bailey has 21 catches for 562 yards and 8 TDs. RB Kenyon Sims has 85 carries for 856 yards and 14 TDs. QB Brad Jeremiah leads Christian (6-1, 2-0), which averages 413.9 offensive yards a game. The senior has 171 completions for 2,277 yards and 31 TDs with only 4 interceptions. Jeremiah has four targets in Jesse Matthews (37 catches, 580 yards), Alonzo Richardson (30-545), Alexander Gonzalez (42-478) and Nashom Carter (30-409).

Prediction: Lincoln 42, Christian 38

STEELE CANYON at GROSSMONT

Steele Canyon (4-3, 1-1) stayed in the Grossmont Hills League race with a 28-10 win over West Hills last week. Grossmont (5-2, 2-0) averages 422.7 yards a game offensively, led by QB Jamie Odom and RB Shevell Sterling. LB Daisean Crawford has 83 tackles. The team has won three in a row and plays No. 2 Helix next week.

Prediction: Grossmont 35, Steele Canyon 31

CORONADO at CRAWFORD

After three years of Crawford playing its home games on the road, the Colts’ new on-campus stadium is ready. Kickoff is 6:30 p.m. This is a must-win game for both teams to stay in the Central League race. Coronado (3-4, 0-1) is led by QB Bryce Alexander, who is a threat with his arm and legs. The Islanders, however, have scored just 89 points. FS Braeden Laughlin leads the defense with 61 tackles. Crawford (5-2, 0-1) is led by QB Shawn Balala on offense and sack master Devonti Brown on defense.

Prediction: Crawford 31, Coronado 21

MATER DEI CATHOLIC at EASTLAKE

Mater Dei Catholic (4-3, 1-0), which has won two in a row, needs a win to keep pace with Otay Ranch in the Metro Mesa League. Two of the Crusaders’ losses are to No. 1 Mission Hills and No. 3 Ramona. Eastlake (5-2, 0-1) is coming off a 31-28 loss to Otay Ranch. The Titans are led by QB Daniel Amon and MLB Joshua McCurty, who has 103 tackles and 3 sacks.

Prediction: Eastlake 31, Mater Dei Catholic 21

MADISON at POINT LOMA

No. 5 Madison (6-1, 1-1) was upset 19-10 by St. Augustine last week in a Western League game. The Warhawks look to rebound behind the running game of Kenan Christon and Ke’ontae Springs, who have 1,347 combined rushing yards and 16 TDs. Point Loma (4-3, 1-1) is coming off a 35-6 win over Mira Mesa. The Pointers lost to St. Augustine 54-34 in their league meeting.

Prediction: Madison 35, Point Loma 21

SD SOUTHWEST at MONTGOMERY

The Metro Pacific League has only four teams, so every game is magnified. Southwest (2-5, 0-0) comes into league play off a 41-8 loss to Mar Vista. RBs Joshua Sanchez and Leonard Hoar have combined to run for 1,177 yards, and Sanchez has 230 yards receiving. Montgomery (4-3, 0-0) is led by QB Hunter Joseph. The Aztecs have won two in a row, beating Calipatria and Francis Parker.

Prediction: Montgomery 28, Southwest 21

HILLTOP at CHULA VISTA

QB Daniel McPherson, RB Jeremiah Rivera and do-everything Gus Ferreira lead Hilltop (3-4, 0-0) into the Metro South Bay League opener. Chula Vista (4-3, 0-0) has thrown just 64 passes this season while rushing 274 times. Victor Agraz and Kajahan Duncan lead the ground game.

Prediction: Hilltop 24, Chula Vista 23

RANCHO BERNARDO at WESTVIEW

Rancho Bernardo (2-5, 2-1) has only scored 95 points this season, but the Broncos broke out with a 24-7 Palomar League win over Vista last week. RB Tahj Martin is the key to the offense. Westview (4-3, 2-1) attacks behind QB Beau Nelson. Both teams have a league loss to Ramona.

Prediction: Rancho Bernardo 23, Westview 21

Last week: 6-4

Season: 56-24

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MISSION HILLS at LA COSTA CANYON

Top-ranked Mission Hills (6-0, 2-0) travels for a key Avocado League game. Ranked No. 14 in the state, the Grizzlies are led by QB Jack Tuttle and big-play WR Chris Olave. But Mission Hills also plays stout defense, outscoring opponents 257-38. No. 4 La Costa Canyon (6-0, 2-0) is led by QB Jake Neufeld and speedy RBs Karson Lippert and Jaquan Carroll. The Mavericks have outscored opponents 231-69.

Prediction: Mission Hills 34, La Costa Canyon 31

SAN MARCOS at CARLSBAD

San Marcos (5-1, 2-1), ranked No. 8 in the section, fell from the ranks of the unbeaten last week, losing 38-21 to Torrey Pines. No. 10 Carlsbad (4-2, 1-2) got back in the Avocado League race with a 31-20 win over Oceanside.

Prediction: Carlsbad 27, San Marcos 21

ST. AUGUSTINE at MADISON

Both teams attack on the ground in this key Western League contest. St. Augustine (3-3, 1-0) uses RBs Deandre Daniels, who has 481 yards, and Brendan Silvia, who has 310. LB David Ambagtsheer has 61 tackles. Madison (6-0, 1-0), ranked No. 3 in San Diego and No. 19 in the state, counts on RBs Kenan Christon, who has 698 yards, and Ke’ontae Springs, who has 629.

Prediction: Madison 35, St. Augustine 31

MIRA MESA at POINT LOMA

Mira Mesa (5-1, 0-0) is led by QB Noah Tumblin, who has 1,170 yards passing and 476 rushing. He has accounted for 17 TDs. WR Artyom Harr has 29 catches for 552 yards and seven TDs. QB Kyle Grady, a threat with both his arm and legs, leads Point Loma (3-3, 0-1). Both teams need a win to keep pace in the Western League.

Prediction: Point Loma 35, Mira Mesa 28

OLYMPIAN at OTAY RANCH

The Metro Mesa League lead is on the line here. Olympian (4-3, 1-0) counts on the passing combo of QB Nico Mendoza to Isaiah Williams. Mendoza has 1,140 passing yards. Otay Ranch (4-3, 1-0) is coming off a 31-28 win over Eastlake last week. RB Gus Espiritu, who has 520 rushing yards, is the offensive catalyst.

Prediction: Otay Ranch 24, Olympian 21

CRAWFORD at CLAIREMONT

Crawford (5-1, 0-0) needs a Central League win this week and next week against Coronado to make later games against San Diego and Kearny meaningful. QB Shawn Balala, who has 13 TDs, is the leader. Clairemont (3-3, 0-1) is coming off a 28-7 loss to San Diego last week after shutting out Montgomery.

Prediction: Crawford 23, Clairemont 14

SAN DIEGO at KEARNY

This is a throwback Central League game to an era when San Diego and Kearny were county powers. San Diego (6-0, 1-0) is led by QB Quinn O’Connor, who has 13 TDs and only one interception. RB Raiden Hunter has 493 yards and eight TDs. The Cavers, who are trying to go 7-0 for the first time since 1958 (when they were 10-0 before a loss to Long Beach Poly), have allowed just 42 points. Kearny (6-0, 1-0) is trying to go 7-0 for the first time since 1991. QB Kenyon Williams has thrown for 982 yards and 12 TDs with only three interceptions. RB Brenton Bell has 1,192 yards and 14 TDs.

Prediction: Kearny 31, San Diego 27

STEELE CANYON at WEST HILLS

Steele Canyon (3-3, 0-1) has had an up-and-down season — beating Mira Mesa, but losing to Helix — and now faces a must-win Grossmont Hills League game. West Hills (5-1, 1-0) opened league play with a 24-21 win over Valhalla. QB Jordin Young has accounted for 802 yards passing and running and 14 TDs.

Prediction: Steele Canyon 31, West Hills 21

MORSE vs. CHRISTIAN

QB Brad Jeremiah leads Christian (5-1, 1-0) into this Eastern League game. The senior has 153 completions, 2,153 yards and 30 TDs. Jeremiah has four big-time targets in Jesse Matthews (36 catches for 570 yards), Alonzo Richardson (27-509), Alexander Gonzalez (34-433) and Nashom Carter (27-382). Morse (3-3, 0-0) is coming off a 28-20 loss to Mira Mesa last week.

Prediction: Christian 34, Morse 24

VALLEY CENTER at SAN PASQUAL

This one is for first place in the Valley League. Valley Center (5-1, 1-0) is led by QB Rikki Mazzetti, who has thrown for more than 1,600 yards, RB Mateo Sinohui and WR Zach Mahrenholz. San Pasqual (4-2, 1-0) has outscored opponents 203-62, with three straight shutouts. This is San Pasqual’s Hall of Fame Game, at which the Eagles will honor field hockey player Kelli Gannon, football player Todd Sheppard and coach and administrator Art Warren. The ceremony is at 5:30 p.m. in the school’s multipurpose room.

Prediction: Valley Center 23, San Pasqual 21

Last week: 6-4

Season: 50-20