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PREP FOOTBALL: Week 4 capsules

03/04/2013, 1:48pm PST
By The Californian

A glance at this week's games:


No. 1 Vista Murrieta (3-0) at Encino Crespi (4-0)

  • Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday
  • Internet: foxsportswest.com
  • Last meeting: In 2010, Crespi won 45-31.
  • At a glance: The Broncos' loss to Crespi a year ago marked their first nonleague loss since falling to San Marcos Mission Hills in 2004. The Celts threw for nearly 500 yards in Vista Murrieta's loss last year. This year, the Celts are averaging 48.5 points a game and they have pitched shutouts against Los Angeles Jordan and Palisades. ... Defense has been a strength of the Broncos this year as a new-look offense gets its feet under it, and last week's 31-21 win over Rancho cucamonga Los Osos may have been a big step in the right direction. New QB Nick Stevens finished off a six-minute drive with a touchdown pass to Darion Williams to seal the win. ... Vista Murrieta is ranked No. 18 in the state, according to calpreps.com, while Crespi is ranked No. 12.  ... Crespi OL Jordan Simmons is a four-star recruit and WR Chris Harper is a three-star recruit, according to rivals.com.
  • Prediction: Crespi 27, Vista Murrieta 17

No. 4 Elsinore (4-0) at No. 10 Murrieta Valley (3-1)

  • Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday
  • Last meeting: In 2010, Murrieta Valley won 27-23. 
  • At a glance: The Tigers are riding a nine-game winning streak that dates back to 2010, when they won the CIF Southern Section Eastern Division title, and they've entered the state bowl picture at Cal-Hi Sports with a No. 8 ranking in Division II South.  Since falling to Murrieta Valley last year, the Tigers have won 12 of 13. Last year, the Nighthawks scored 13 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to secure the win over the Tigers. ... Murrieta Valley has won two straight since a lackluster loss at the hands of Escondido. ... Elsinore is ranked No. 1 in the Eastern Division poll. Murrieta Valley is unranked in the Inland Division.
  • Prediction: Elsinore 28, Murrieta Valley 24

No. 9 Heritage (3-1) at Hemet (1-3)

  • Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday
  • Last meeting: In 2010, Heritage won, 54-3.
  • At a glance: For a half, the Patriots, ranked No. 3 in the Eastern Division, hung in with Moreno Valley Rancho Verde before wilting late in a 35-21 loss last week. No matter the opponent, it seems, this team will run the ball well with RB Jamal Morrow (150 yards last week) and bulldozing FB Toni Hifo. … This will be a great test for a vastly improved Hemet squad, which got its first win two weeks ago in a 38-34 triumph over Indio.
  • Prediction: Heritage 29, Hemet 14

Paloma Valley (2-1) at Temecula Valley (3-1)

  • Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday
  • Last meeting: In 2010, Temecula Valley won 29-19.
  • At a glance: The Wildcats' bye has served them well. Since dropping a 28-17 decision to Great Oak in Week 0, Paloma Valley has outscored its opponents 99-27 in victories over West Valley and Cathedral City. Senior QB Logan Tutwiler has reportedly been lost for the season with a torn ligament in his foot. The bulk of his targets thus far had gone to WR Anthony Johnston (21 catches, 326 yards). ... Temecula Valley QB Derrick Tarin leads the Valley with 736 yards passing. He also has five TDs against two interceptions.
  • Prediction: Temecula Valley 17, Paloma Valley 14

Great Oak (2-2) at Rialto Eisenhower (2-1)

  • Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday
  • Last meeting: In 2010, Great Oak won 41-6.
  • At a glance: A year after winning one game, Eisenhower has already doubled its win total with victories over Alta Loma (36-30) and San Bernardino Arroyo Valley (21-14). The Eagles' lone loss is a 52-0 defeat at the hands of San Bernardino Cajon, the No. 2 ranked team in the CIF SS Central Division poll. ... Great Oak is coming off a 31-7 win over San Diego Section power Vista (0-3). QB Carson Luna threw four TD passes in the win and RB Jakob Certeza returned from an injury to rush for 101 yards on 24 carries.
  • Prediction: Great Oak 31, Eisenhower 10

Rancho Santa Margarita Tesoro (3-1) at Chaparral (0-3)

  • Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday
  • Last meeting: First meeting
  • At a glance: The Pumas have lost seven of their last eight nonleague games, their one win in that span a 63-0 defeat of Indio. Of course, many of those losses have come against some of the top teams in the state. Last week, it was Corona Centennial, ranked No. 13 in the state, beating Chaparral 49-14. ... Tesoro's lone loss is a 39-7 defeat at the hands of Santa Margarita, the No. 3 team in the CIF SS Northwest Division poll.
  • Prediction: Tesoro 34, Chaparral 17

Murrieta Mesa (3-0) at Indio Shadow Hills (1-2)

  • Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday
  • Last meeting: In 2010, Murrieta Mesa won 28-0.
  • At a glance: Shadow Hills, a third-year varsity program, lost nine games last year. The Knights' lone victory this year is a 14-9 win over Fontana Jurupa Hills, a second-year varsity program. ... Murrieta Mesa has already surpassed its 2010 win total, with QB Chase Chambers (680 yards, 8 TDs, 0 Int.) clicking on all cylinders.
  • Prediction: Murrieta Mesa 42, Shadow Hills 7

Jurupa Valley Patriot (1-2) at Lakeside (0-4)

  • Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday
  • Last meeting: In 2010, Patriot won, 31-7.
  • At a glance: The Lancers keep inching closer to getting their first win for new coach Kitrick Taylor, and perhaps it will happen this week. A week ago, Lakeside came up just short in a 14-7 loss to Rialto Carter. Patriot, which resides in the newly incorporated city of Jurupa Valley on Riverside County's western border, has also improved this season, playing Moreno Valley Valley View tough and defeating Moreno Valley Vista del Lago in the last two weeks. The team is coached by former Riverside North and Yucaipa coach Scott Pearne.
  • Prediction: Lakeside 17, Patriot 14

La Verne Damien (2-1) at Temescal Canyon (2-2)

  • Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday
  • Last meeting: In 2006, Temescal Canyon won, 42-16.
  • At a glance: The Titans have lost two straight since starting the season 2-0, but keep in mind they fell to two solid programs and were without RB Michael Shepherd , who is expected to miss at least the remainder of the nonleague season. Damien has yet to allow double-digit points, so this one could be a defensive battle. Spartans senior RB Jalen Castille has been their offense thus far this year.
  • Prediction: Damien 16, Temescal Canyon 13

Tahquitz (0-4) at Rubidoux (3-1)

  • Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday
  • Last meeting: In 2009, Tahquitz won, 35-0.
  • At a glance: A couple of years ago, this might have been a walkover, but this is a much better Rubidoux team. The Falcons have racked up 116 points in their last three games. Junior RBs Daniel Young and Deontre Washington have already accounted for a whopping 1,150 yards on the ground in this young season. … The Titans were shut out by Riverside La Sierra, 24-0, last week.
  • Prediction: Rubidoux 44, Tahquitz 21

Riverside Norte Vista (1-3) at West Valley (0-4)

  • Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday
  • Last meeting: In 2010, Norte Vista won, 38-35.
  • At a glance: Norte Vista, under longtime coach Ken Batdor f, hasn’t had a problem scoring. Defensively, the Braves have not been sharp, as they’ve yielded 137 points in four games. … Perhaps the Mustangs have found a bit of a stride after losing  a wild, 42-39, nonleague game to Laguna Hills last week.
  • Prediction: Norte Vista 40, West Valley 31

Linfield Christian (1-1-1) at San Diego Horizon (1-3)

  • Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. Friday
  • Last meeting: In 2010, Horizon won 42-8.
  • At a glance: Horizon is stumbling out of the gate after winning seven games a year ago. The Panthers' lone win is a 39-19 win over Escondido Charter last week. Linfield Christian beat Escondido Charter 18-14 in Week 0.
  • Prediction: Horizon 21, Linfield 17

Hamilton (1-3) vs. Calvary Murrieta (2-2)

  • Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. Friday
  • Site: Vista Murrieta High
  • Last meeting: In 2010, Hamilton won 27-18.
  • At a glance: Hamilton is coming off a 39-0 loss to Rancho Christian, a first-year junior varsity program. ... Calvary Murrieta is coming off a 28-24 loss to Mammoth.
  • Prediction: Calvary Murrieta 27, Hamilton 6

Cal Lutheran (2-1) at Bloomington Christian (4-0)

  • Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday
  • Last Meeting: In 2007, California Lutheran won 36-26.
  • At a glance: Cal Lutheran suffered its first defeat of the season last week in a 54-40 loss to Desert Christian Academy. Cal Lutheran QB Matt Correia had four touchdown passes in the game, throwing for 267 yards.
  • Prediction: Cal Lutheran 28, Bloomington Christian 24

Cornerstone Christian (2-1) at Victor Valley Christian (0-3)

  • Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday
  • Last Meeting: In 2010, Victor Valley Christian won 74-30.
  • At a glance: After losing its first game of the season, Cornerstone Christian has rallied off two victories in a row. In its first three games of the season, Victor Valley Christian has been outscored by its opponents 136-66.
  • Prediction: Cornerstone Christian 21, Victor Valley Christian 17

---- Brian Haas, Landon Negri and Jeff Sanders

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