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PREP FOOTBALL: Week 8 capsules

03/04/2013, 2:34pm PST
By The Californian



No. 2 Vista Murrieta (2-5, 2-0) at Great Oak (4-3, 1-1)

No. 5 Murrieta Valley (6-1, 2-0) at Murrieta Mesa (4-3, 0-2)

  • Kickoff: 7 p.m.
  • Last meeting: In 2010, Murrieta Valley won 49-16.
  • At a glance: Despite winning five straight games, the Nighthawks have yet to creep into the Inland Division top-10. Last week, two fourth-quarter touchdowns ---- a 1-yard run from Jacob Augustin and a 6-yard catch by Cale Novak ---- carried Murrieta Valley to a 28-21 win over Great Oak. ... QB Andrew Blake was back to playing mistake-free football last week for the Nighthawks. He completed 20-of-30 passes for 185 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. RB Jack Magpusao continues to be a dynamic weapon. Though he picked up just 36 yards on 10 carries, he led all receivers with 118 yards and a TD on 11 catches. ... Murrieta Mesa QB Chase Chambers (1,575 yards, 17 TDs) is expected to play after exiting last week's 56-7 loss to Chaparral with an injured throwing hand. X-rays came back negative, Rams coach Justin Schaeffer said. ... Rams WR Khalil Sharpe leads the Southwestern League with 576 yards on 36 catches.
  • Prediction: Murrieta Valley 27, Murrieta Mesa 13

Chaparral (3-4, 1-1) at Temecula Valley (4-3, 0-2)


Lakeside (2-5, 1-1) at No. 8 Heritage (6-1, 2-0)

No. 9 Elsinore (6-1, 2-0) at Perris (3-4, 0-2)

Paloma Valley (4-3, 1-1) at Temescal Canyon (2-5, 0-2)

  • Kickoff: 7 p.m.
  • Last meeting: In 2010, Temescal Canyon won, 41-20
  • At a glance: Here is an intriguing battle of contrasting styles with the winner getting an inside track to a playoff berth out of the Sunbelt League. Both teams are smarting from tough losses last week to ranked teams -- Paloma lost to Heritage, 28-14 ; Temescal Canyon was shut out by Elsinore, 10-0 . ... Wildcats sophomore QB Brent Boehm has stepped for the injured Logan Tutwiler and is already ranked sixth in the Valley in passing with 894 passing yards, 7 TDs and 3 interceptions. ... Titans RB Terry Jones enjoyed a breakout game last week, running for 62 yards on 21 carries.
  • Prediction: Temescal Canyon 34, Paloma Valley 27


Tahquitz (1-6, 0-2) at No. 5 Citrus Hill (7-0, 2-0)

  • Kickoff: 7 p.m.
  • Last meeting: In 2010, Citrus Hill won, 48-19
  • At a glance: Tahquitz's defense struggled in a 61-34 rout at the hands of West Valley last week, and this week isn't likely to be any easier. Citrus Hill is back to being the class of Mountain Pass League. The Hawks have been nearly unstoppable, scoring more than 40 points in all but two games, and holding all of its opponents to 14 points or less. Senior RB Davien Payne has 788 yards rushing and four consecutive triple-digit efforts.
  • Prediction: Citrus Hill 55, Tahquitz 14

Hemet (1-6, 0-2) vs. Beaumont (2-5, 0-2)

  • Site: San Gorgonio Middle School
  • Kickoff: 7 p.m.
  • Last meeting: In 2010, Beaumont won, 34-14
  • At a glance: This is essentially an elimination game, as the loser falls to fifth place in league, while the winner can stay in the chase. After a promising start, the Bulldogs have allowed 35 points or more in four consecutive games. Beaumont may be an easier team to corral; with the exception of romps past struggling Cathedral City and Banning, the Cougars have been kept to less than 20 points. ... Hemet spreads it around -- nine different ballcarriers have rushed for the Bulldogs this season. ... This game is slated to be the final Beaumont game at San Gorgonio Middle School before the team moves to a new on-campus stadium next year.
  • Prediction: Beaumont 24, Hemet 20

West Valley (2-5, 2-0) at San Jacinto (6-1, 2-0)

  • Kickoff: 7 p.m.
  • Last meeting: In 2010, West Valley won, 21-17
  • At a glance: The Mustangs have a golden opportunity to take a huge step toward the playoffs if they can sneak out a win here. It won't be easy; the Tigers have really surged since an opening-night loss to Heritage. ... West Valley's offense has three consecutive 40-point-plus performances. RB Chris Anderson ranks fifth in the Valley with 814 yards on 117 carries.
  • Prediction : San Jacinto 44, West Valley 28


Linfield Christian (4-2-1, 2-0) at Ontario Christian (4-2-1, 2-0)

  • Kickoff: 7 p.m.
  • Last meeting: In 2010, Linfield Christian won 14-7.
  • At a glance: DB Nick Marino's two interceptions paced Linfield's defensive effort in a 31-0 win at Arrowhead Christian. Not that the offense didn't make any noise ---- Zach Hope caught six passes for 159 yards and a score and QB Taylor Syvertsen threw for 263 yards and two scores. ... All told, Marino has seven interceptions on the season, tied for the Valley lead. ... Ontario Christian has won four of the six meetings since 2001, though Linfield Christian has won the last two.
  • Prediction: Linfield Christian 17, Ontario Christian 14

Calvary Murrieta (3-4, 0-2) at Aquinas (5-2, 1-1)

  • Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.
  • Last meeting: In 2010, Aquinas won, 48-8
  • At a glance: Four turnovers doomed Calvary Murrieta to a 13-7 loss to Western Christian last week , with the last ---- a 61-yard interception returned for a TD ---- giving Western the go-ahead score with 4:08 left in the game. ... Warriors K Luke Voss is among Valley leaders with 35 total points, which include five field goals. ... RB Austen Taylor has rushed for 657 yards and eight TDs on 109 carries. ... Aquinas has won both games played against Calvary Murrieta since 2001, including a 40-0 win Christian League match in 2006.
  • Prediction: Aquinas 31, Calvary Murrieta 17


Hamilton (3-4, 1-1) vs. Sherman Indian (0-6, 0-2)

  • Kickoff: 7 p.m.
  • Last Meeting: In 2010, Hamilton won 27-20.
  • At a glance: After a rough 2-3 start to the season for Hamilton, the Bobcats have picked up the pace in Arrowhead League play capturing its first two contest which included a 24-23 win over Ribet Academy last Friday. Sherman Indian is still looking for its first win of the season, and has only scored a combined eight points in its first two league games.
  • Prediction: Hamilton 35, Sherman Indian 3



Cornerstone Christian (6-1) at Cal Lutheran (4-3)

  • Kickoff: 4 p.m. Saturday
  • Last Meeting: In 2009, Cal Lutheran won 48-12.
  • At a glance: The past two times the crosstown 8-man rivals have met, Cal Lutheran has dominated winning by a combined 100-12 score. This year, Cornerstone Christian is hoping to bring more of a challenge to the contest as they enter the game with only a single blemish on their record. In last week's 34-8 victory over Warner, the Crusaders used a pair of 100 yard rushing performances from Joe Cody and Terrence Harts. Cal Lutheran enters the contest off an unexpected bye week after Victor Valley Christian forfeited. The C-Hawks have not played since a 44-8 loss at the hands of Excelsior Christian on Oct. 14.
  • Prediction: Cal Lutheran 40, Cornerstone Christian 28

--- Brian Haas, Landon Negri and Jeff Sanders

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