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Week 8: Five players to watch

10/17/2013, 9:48pm PDT
By Craig Malveaux

Standouts from North, East, South, City.


Eastlake senior linebacker Keifer Graham set a Titans school record for tackles last season.

KEIFER GRAHAM

Eastlake

Senior

LB | 5-9, 178

Storyline: With the exception of a game against Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton, Eastlake’s defense has been stingy in the points column. It completely blanketed St. Augustine and limited a Kareem Coles-led Madison Warhawks offense to 21 points. At the heart of the effort is Graham, the Titans’ team captain and returning All-San Diego Section pick. Next up for Eastlake tonight is Chula Vista.

Key stat: 108. A heat-seeker directed at the ball carrier, Graham amassed 108 unassisted tackles — a Titans all-time record — as Eastlake’s Defensive Player of the Year last season. So far this season, Graham has 37 solo tackles and 50 total stops to go with two sacks and a forced fumble.

Quotable: “Keifer has very good instincts and great speed for a linebacker, which allows him to be in the right position at the right time. Guys like him have a knack for finding the football,” said Eastlake coach John McFadden. “As leader of our defense, he sets an example for others, and that’s what you ask for from a leader.”

TRAVIS KERCHNER

Ramona

Senior

LB | 6-3, 195

Kerchner knows how to find the football. The senior averages 10.7 tackles per contest. Poway freshman quarterback Tate Martell continues to develop, so expect the Titans to rely on the ground game tonight, which means plenty of opportunities for Kerchner to wreak havoc.

BRANDON SCALES

Mar Vista

Senior

WR-FS | 5-10, 170

This jack-of-all-trades does just about everything for the Mariners. On different occasions, he lines up at quarterback, wide receiver, running back and safety, among other positions. Sweetwater has allowed 164 points thus far, so Scales could have a field day in all-purpose yards.

BULLA GRAFT

Bishop’s

Sophomore

RB | 5-7, 162

A 1,700-yard runner last season, Graft once again anchors a potent Bishop’s rushing attack, using his speed and quickness to average about 8 yards a carry with seven TDs. Santa Fe Christian must find a way to slow him down in Saturday’s Coastal League game.

BEN LOMIBAO

Mount Miguel

Senior

RB-DB | 5-10, 195

The Matadors run right at opponents, averaging north of 250 yards per contest behind the ability and vision of leading rusher Lomibao, who has accumulated 726 yards on 6.7 per carry. In addition, Lomibao averages a rushing touchdown every eight attempts.

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