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John Maffei's prep football picks

09/28/2017, 7:30pm PDT
By John Maffei

CHULA VISTA, September 8, 2017 | Olympian's quarterback Nico Mendoza warms up before playing Poway a

CLAIREMONT at SAN DIEGO

Clairemont (3-2) opens Central League play coming off a win over Montgomery. The Chieftains are led by QB Griffin Catarius and RBs Devon Rensfield and Austin Rice. San Diego (4-0) is trying to go 5-0 for the first time since 1994. QB Quinn O’Connor has thrown for 518 yards with one interception and 9 TDs. Raiden Hunter has 298 yards rushing and Jayden Wickware 263. The Cavers are averaging 9.3 yards on 101 rushing attempts.

Prediction: San Diego 28, Clairemont 21

MIRA MESA at STEELE CANYON

Mira Mesa (4-0) is trying to go 5-0 for the first time since 1990. QB Noah Tumblin leads the team with 1,203 yards — 837 of that passing with 10 TDs. WR Artyom Harr has 16 catches for 386 yards. Steele Canyon (2-2) bounced back from two straight losses with a 14-13 win over Otay Ranch.

Prediction: Steele Canyon 21, Mira Mesa 20

CATHEDRAL CATHOLIC at OLYMPIAN

Cathedral Catholic (1-3) is off to its worst start since 2010, but the Dons’ losses are to three teams in MaxPreps’ state top 100. QB Nico Mendoza leads Olympian (3-2) with 989 yards passing. Three backs are over 240 yards, led by David Tirey’s 338. WR Isaiah Williams has 29 catches for 412 yards.

Prediction: Cathedral Catholic 34, Olympian 31

MISSION BAY vs. BISHOP’S

Mission Bay (0-4) has scored just 27 points this season and has been shut out twice. Bishop’s (4-0) is ranked No. 7 in the county. QB Jeffrey Jackson has thrown for 1,061 yards and 16 TDs. Mozes Mooney is the San Diego Section all-time leader in catches (231) and TD receptions (56). He scored six times last week against Monte Vista, including a 96-yard kickoff return.

Prediction: Bishop’s 37, Mission Bay 14

EL CAPITAN at GRANITE HILLS

After losing its first two games, El Capitan (2-2) has bounced back to beat Valley Center and Patrick Henry. QB Jacob Siegfried has 886 yards total offense to lead Granite Hills (2-2). RB David Gonzalez has 217 yards rushing.

Prediction: El Capitan 34, Granite Hills 27

HILLTOP at ESCONDIDO

Hilltop (2-3) attacks on multiple levels. QB Daniel McPherson has thrown for 601 yards while Jeremiah Rivera has 402 rushing yards. Gus Ferreira has 427 yards on receptions and kick returns. Max Ugarte has 18 catches for 245 yards. Escondido (2-3) is led by TB Kevin Rodriguez.

Prediction: Hilltop 24, Escondido 21

SERRA at SWEETWATER

Sophomore QB Timmy Zebroski, who has 902 total yards, leads Serra (2-2). RB Myles Bryant has 439 yards on 54 carries. Four WRs have more than 100 yards. MLB Kieve Curry has 51 tackles. Sweetwater (1-3) was blanked by Carlsbad and Lincoln before beating El Cajon Valley 46-7 last week.

Prediction: Serra 24, Sweetwater 21

FALLBROOK at HOOVER

Fallbrook (0-5) has lost nine in a row, going back to a 48-0 win over Hoover last season. The Warriors have scored just 21 points this year. Hoover (1-3) has scored just 30 points this season.

Prediction: Fallbrook 17, Hoover 14

CASTLE PARK at SAN PASQUAL

Castle Park (0-5) has been outscored 203-68. San Pasqual (3-2) has scored 60 against Orange Glen and 52 against Granite Hills. This game was scheduled to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 1997 San Diego Section Division II championship game, won by San Pasqual over Castle Park.

Prediction: San Pasqual 41, Castle Park 14

CLASSICAL at ARMY-NAVY

Classical (2-2) is coming off a huge win over Maranatha Christian. The Caimans attack on the ground behind Jake Gilbert, who has 55 carries for 630 yards. Army-Navy (2-2) is led by QB Dylon Zipse, WR John Hart and RB Hadi Assi.

Prediction: Classical 34, Army-Navy 21

Last week: 8-2

Season: 36-14

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