Previews & Predictions for Week 8’s Best Games – Orange County Register
GAME OF THE WEEK
NO. 10 YORBA LINDA (7-0 overall) VS. NO. 11 FOOT (7-0)
Or when: Tustin High, Friday, 7 p.m.
Analysis: This is the first league week for four-team leagues like the Crestview League. These two undefeated teams have quality wins. Yorba Linda beat Orange, who is No. 13 in Orange County’s Top 25, and No. 15 in San Juan Hills. Foothill beat Orange, No.14 Cypress and No.18 Tustin. Yorba junior quarterback Linda Reyn Beal completed 70 percent of her passes averaging 251 yards per game with 20 touchdowns and just one interception. Running back Tyler Kovalcin ran for 523 yards and 10 touchdowns, and in the win over Orange, he returned a 90-yard kickoff for a touchdown. In the Mustangs 49-20 win over Canyon last week, linebacker Wyatt Mosier had nine tackles and two of their six sacks. Foothill senior quarterback Brody Jones has returned to action after missing all of September with injury. He threw for 230 yards and three touchdowns against El Dorado. The Knights have a talented receiving pool that includes speedsters Austin Overn (35 receptions for 832 yards and 13 touchdowns) and Brady Schrank (29 receptions for 331 yards and four touchdowns). Schrank and Overn will make big plays. If Yorba Linda can stay the course on them, which means putting pressure on Jones, the Mustangs will win this crucial championship game.
Winner: Yorba Linda
OTHER BEST GAMES
IRVINE (7-0, 0-0) VS. DANA HILLS (6-1, 0-0)
Or when: Dana Hills High, Friday, 7 p.m.
Analysis: The four Pacific Hills League teams, those two and Laguna Hills and Portola, have a combined 26-2. Irvine has won their last four shutout games and outscored those four opponents 133-0. Irvine’s best win was against Troy, which appears to be the second or third best team in the Freeway League. Cameron Goods of Irvine had 868 yards and 14 touchdowns. Dana Hills’ offensive firepower comes mostly from senior quarterback Bo Kelly. He leads Orange County in passing yards (2,173) and touchdown passes (30). Teams that are skilled at pitching football are problems for opposing defensive coordinators and these teams can play return football. This gives Dana Hills the edge.
Winner: Dana Hills
NO. 9 CORONA DEL MAR (6-1, 1-1) VS. NO. 7 EDISON (4-3, 1-1)
Or when: Huntington Beach High, Friday, 7 p.m.
Live: Bally Sports West Prep Area (Live Stream)
Analysis: This game last year required five overtime before Edison emerged with a 44-41 victory. Edison’s three losses are against No.2 Servite, No.6 Orange Lutheran and 35-28 against No.5 Los Alamitos. As usual, the Chargers employ a balanced attack and offense defense. Edison Parker Awad’s junior quarterback is averaging 242 passing yards and running back Troy Fletcher rushed for 640 yards and 12 touchdowns. Corona del Mar beat Huntington Beach 35-8 last week after a 42-14 loss to Los Alamitos, a game in which Los Alamitos played so well that few teams would have beaten the Griffins. Sea Kings junior quarterback David Rasor is averaging 190 passing yards. Edison’s defense will control this game and lead the Chargers to victory.
NO. 15 HILLS OF SAN JUAN (2-5, 0-0) AT NO. 12 SAN CLEMENTE (5-2, 0-0)
Or when: San Clemente High School, Friday, 7 p.m.
Analysis: No Orange County football team has gone from bad to good as dramatically as San Juan Hills. The Stallions started 0-5 before handing No.21 El Toro their first loss and followed with a stunning 66-13 victory last week over No.20 Capistrano Valley. Michael “Butter” Tollefson, a freshman at San Juan Hills, has been, well, smooth. In wins over El Toro and Capistrano Valley, he completed 24 of 32 passes for 530 yards and seven touchdowns. San Clemente’s losses were to No.9 Corona del Mar 7-3 and No.7 Edison 42-0. The Newts generally play well at home and likely will in this one too, at least defensively. But it doesn’t look like their offense can tie the points with the San Juan Hills offense.
Winner: San Juan Hills
NO. 21 EL TORO (6-1, 0-0) VS. NO. 20 CAPISTRANO VALLEY (4-3, 0-0)
Or when: Capistrano Valley High, Friday, 7 p.m.
Analysis: The Sea View League looks like one of the most competitive leagues in county football. Trabuco Hills beat Tesoro last week and Aliso Niguel’s three losses were against the top 25 teams. This first league game is difficult to predict. El Toro was undefeated before his 42-13 loss to San Juan Hills. The following week, Capistrano Valley lost to San Juan Hills 66-13. This game brings together two of the best quarterbacks in Orange County. El Toro senior Blake Miller averaged 217 passing yards and has 15 touchdown passes. Capistrano Valley junior Trey Kukuk is averaging 281 passing yards and 20 touchdown passes. Examining these teams’ scores against San Juan Hills is enough to pick El Toro to win it.
Winner: El Toro
NO. 14 CYPRESS (5-2, 2-0) VS. NO. 25 PACIFIC (6-1, 1-1)
Or when: Bolsa Grande High School, Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Analysis: Cypress figured out how to replace quarterback Dylan Eldredge, who three weeks ago suffered a knee injury that ended his season, putting Matt Morrell in the quarterback for much of the win 35 -27 Centurions vs. Tustin last week. Morrell, a great athlete who entered Oregon state baseball as an outfielder, threw for 119 yards, rushed for 101 yards and had three receptions for 59 yards. Pacifica also had to change the quarterback’s plans for their game against Valencia last week. Noah Salas threw a school record seven touchdown passes in the Mariners’ 45-42 win. Usual starting quarterback Darius Cowens, a superb pass and runner, should be back for this one. Cypress has superior defense for both of these teams, and an extra week of training with Morrell at quarterback will help. It looks like Cypress will go 5-0 in the league.
Fryer on football last week: 4-2
Season to date: 31-17