GAME OF THE WEEK
ST. JUAN BOSCO (6-0 aggregate, 1-0 league) VS. NO. 1 MATER DEI (6-0, 1-0)
Where when: Santa Ana Stadium, Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Live coverage: West Bally Sports
Analysis: It’s the game of the year, unless the CIF Southern Section Division 1 championship game on Nov. 26 at the Rose Bowl is a rematch between St. John Bosco and Mater Dei. St. John Bosco will win this game if the Braves pressure Mater Dei quarterback Elijah Brown. The junior hasn’t faced much pressure thanks to the Monarchs’ standout offensive line, which includes 6-foot-5, 335-pound left tackle DeAndre Carter, and a rapidly opening receiving corps. Brown has completed 69 percent of his passes for 1,376 yards and 17 touchdowns with just two interceptions. Mater Dei can also execute it. The Monarchs are averaging 183 yards per game, led by sophomore Jordan Davison’s 114 yards per game. St. John Bosco also has its share of offensive stars. Senior quarterback Pierce Clarkson, who is committed to Louisville, has thrown for 904 yards and 13 touchdowns. However, it’s the running game that fuels the Braves’ offense. They average 222 rushing yards in a game and last week rushed for 248 yards in a 49-3 win over Servite. Junior Bosco Cameron Jones is averaging 85 yards per game and 11 yards per carry. Senior receiver DeAndre Moore, also committed to Louisville and transferred from Los Alamitos, had 107 receiving yards and two touchdowns on three receptions against Servite. Mater Dei’s defensive forward seven will be at their best, not only because of talented linebacker Levitcus Sua’a, but also because of the preparation of top big-game coaches, defensive coordinator Eric Johnson and head coach Bruce Rollinson. Expected final score: Mater Dei 35, San Juan Bosco 21.
Winner: Mater Dei
NO. 2 LOS ALAMITOS (4-2, 1-0) VS. NO. 11 CROWN OF THE SEA (5-1, 1-0)
Where when: Newport Harbor High, Thursday, 7 p.m.
Analysis: The Alamitos scored 69 points in a victory over Santa Margarita on September 15. The Griffins followed up last week with a 61-21 victory over Newport Harbor. USC committed senior quarterback Malachi Nelson threw for 249 yards, three touchdowns and rushed for a TD in the win over Newport Harbor. Los Alamitos running back Damian Henderson continues to defend countywide honors. He rushed for 163 yards and three touchdowns on just six carries against Newport Harbor. Corona del Mar senior quarterback David Rasor, who missed a few games due to an ankle injury, returned to the starting lineup last week in the Sea Kings’ 42-7 victory over Fountain Valley. Rasor played just three drives but completed 7 of 13 passes for 91 yards and two touchdowns. His presence makes the Sea Kings a much better team. But they’re up against a much, much better team in this Sunset League game. The Alamitos, after a couple of glitchy games last month, now have everything under control, and the recent addition of defensive end TA Cunningham makes an excellent team even better.
Winner: Los Alamitos
NO. 7 JSERRA (3-3, 0-1) VS. NO. 6 SAINT MARGARET (4-2, 0-1)
Where when: Saddleback College, Friday, 7 p.m.
Analysis: Santa Margarita and JSerra each lost a Trinity League opener last week. They both looked good, though. JSerra lost to Mater Dei by a score much closer than expected 21-13. Santa Margarita outplayed Orange Lutheran for much of their 28-26 loss to the Lancers, who made big plays in critical moments. JSerra’s other two losses are to Chaminade 6-0 and Centennial 5-1. Many of JSerra’s best players aren’t veterans, like junior middle linebacker Clarence Chaney, who leads the team in tackles with 32, 21 of them solo tackles. Leading rusher George Perez is a sophomore and quarterback Zander Singh is a junior. Santa Margarita senior quarterback Jaxon Potter is having a terrific season. Against Orange Lutheran he completed 23 of 30 passes for 249 yards and two touchdowns, both caught by Emmett Mosley, who had eight receptions for 106 yards. Santa Margarita will play as well as last week, with fewer errors.
Winner: Saint Margarita
NO. 4 EDISON (6-0, 1-0) VS. NO. 12 NEWPORT HARBOR (4-2, 0-1)
Where when: Newport Harbor High, Friday, 7 p.m.
Analysis: Edison defeated Orange Lutheran and San Clemente in non-league play before starting Sunset League play last week with a 42-8 win over Huntington Beach. The Chargers created 545 yards of total offense against Huntington Beach. Edison quarterback Parker Awad continued his excellence in the senior season by throwing for 300 yards and five touchdowns. Newport Harbor also has an excellent quarterback in Colton Joseph, and Kashton Henjum is among the best receivers in the county. Safety Carson de Avila leads what had been an effective defense before Los Alamitos stomped the Mariners, 61-21 last week. Edison doesn’t seem to have any weaknesses. The Chargers play Los Alamitos next week. They need to take Newport Harbor seriously, and they will.
NO. 15 CANNON (6-0) VS. NO. 17 VILLA PARK (2-4)
Where when: El Modena Secondary School, Friday, 7:00 p.m.
Analysis: Canyon senior quarterback Christian Lundsberg and Comanche wide receivers continue to make football games look like catch games. Lundsberg has completed 73 percent of his passes for an Orange County-leading 1,954 yards with a county-high 30 touchdowns. Fox Haugen has 39 receptions for 537 yards and nine touchdowns. Colin Chu has 35 catches for 385 yards and six touchdowns. Kayvon Monfared has 23 receptions for 588 yards, an average of 26 receiving yards and nine touchdowns. Villa Park struggled to get their offense flowing in last week’s 28-13 loss to Modena. That has been true for a few other games. Villa Park’s defense is better than their offense, but that defense will struggle with Lundsberg and his teammates.
Fryer on football last week: 5-0
Season to date: 24-11