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John Maffei's prep football picks

10/19/2017, 7:00pm PDT
By John Maffei

Eastlake quarterback Daniel Amon looks for a receiver.

EL CAMINO at MISSION HILLS

El Camino (4-3, 1-2) has some weapons and speed in QB Jaden Casey, RB Chris Brown and WRs Wayne Steward, Malachi Russell, Demarcus Griffin and Kameron Bullock. Top-ranked Mission Hills (7-0, 3-0) leads the Avocado League. Ranked No. 12 in the state, Mission Hills is led by QB Jack Tuttle and big-play WRs Chris Olave and Maurice Jones.

Prediction: Mission Hills 34, El Camino 21

LA COSTA CANYON at SAN MARCOS

No. 4 La Costa Canyon (5-2, 2-1) lost a hard-fought 24-13 decision to Mission Hills last week. The Mavericks lean on QB Jake Neufeld and RBs Karson Lippert and Jaquan Carroll. No. 8 San Marcos (6-1, 3-1) needs a win to keep pace with Mission Hills in the Avocado League and make the last week of the season important when the two teams meet. The Knights are led by QB Miles Hastings, RB Josh Bornes, WR Kyle Philips and kick returner Ethan Cline.

Prediction: La Costa Canyon 27, San Marcos 24

LINCOLN vs. CHRISTIAN

Two of the county’s top offenses meet in a key Eastern League game at Granite Hills. No. 9 Lincoln (6-1, 2-0) averages 415.3 yards a game. QB Asante Hartzog has thrown for 1,493 yards and 19 TDs with only 3 interceptions. Jailen Bailey has 21 catches for 562 yards and 8 TDs. RB Kenyon Sims has 85 carries for 856 yards and 14 TDs. QB Brad Jeremiah leads Christian (6-1, 2-0), which averages 413.9 offensive yards a game. The senior has 171 completions for 2,277 yards and 31 TDs with only 4 interceptions. Jeremiah has four targets in Jesse Matthews (37 catches, 580 yards), Alonzo Richardson (30-545), Alexander Gonzalez (42-478) and Nashom Carter (30-409).

Prediction: Lincoln 42, Christian 38

STEELE CANYON at GROSSMONT

Steele Canyon (4-3, 1-1) stayed in the Grossmont Hills League race with a 28-10 win over West Hills last week. Grossmont (5-2, 2-0) averages 422.7 yards a game offensively, led by QB Jamie Odom and RB Shevell Sterling. LB Daisean Crawford has 83 tackles. The team has won three in a row and plays No. 2 Helix next week.

Prediction: Grossmont 35, Steele Canyon 31

CORONADO at CRAWFORD

After three years of Crawford playing its home games on the road, the Colts’ new on-campus stadium is ready. Kickoff is 6:30 p.m. This is a must-win game for both teams to stay in the Central League race. Coronado (3-4, 0-1) is led by QB Bryce Alexander, who is a threat with his arm and legs. The Islanders, however, have scored just 89 points. FS Braeden Laughlin leads the defense with 61 tackles. Crawford (5-2, 0-1) is led by QB Shawn Balala on offense and sack master Devonti Brown on defense.

Prediction: Crawford 31, Coronado 21

MATER DEI CATHOLIC at EASTLAKE

Mater Dei Catholic (4-3, 1-0), which has won two in a row, needs a win to keep pace with Otay Ranch in the Metro Mesa League. Two of the Crusaders’ losses are to No. 1 Mission Hills and No. 3 Ramona. Eastlake (5-2, 0-1) is coming off a 31-28 loss to Otay Ranch. The Titans are led by QB Daniel Amon and MLB Joshua McCurty, who has 103 tackles and 3 sacks.

Prediction: Eastlake 31, Mater Dei Catholic 21

MADISON at POINT LOMA

No. 5 Madison (6-1, 1-1) was upset 19-10 by St. Augustine last week in a Western League game. The Warhawks look to rebound behind the running game of Kenan Christon and Ke’ontae Springs, who have 1,347 combined rushing yards and 16 TDs. Point Loma (4-3, 1-1) is coming off a 35-6 win over Mira Mesa. The Pointers lost to St. Augustine 54-34 in their league meeting.

Prediction: Madison 35, Point Loma 21

SD SOUTHWEST at MONTGOMERY

The Metro Pacific League has only four teams, so every game is magnified. Southwest (2-5, 0-0) comes into league play off a 41-8 loss to Mar Vista. RBs Joshua Sanchez and Leonard Hoar have combined to run for 1,177 yards, and Sanchez has 230 yards receiving. Montgomery (4-3, 0-0) is led by QB Hunter Joseph. The Aztecs have won two in a row, beating Calipatria and Francis Parker.

Prediction: Montgomery 28, Southwest 21

HILLTOP at CHULA VISTA

QB Daniel McPherson, RB Jeremiah Rivera and do-everything Gus Ferreira lead Hilltop (3-4, 0-0) into the Metro South Bay League opener. Chula Vista (4-3, 0-0) has thrown just 64 passes this season while rushing 274 times. Victor Agraz and Kajahan Duncan lead the ground game.

Prediction: Hilltop 24, Chula Vista 23

RANCHO BERNARDO at WESTVIEW

Rancho Bernardo (2-5, 2-1) has only scored 95 points this season, but the Broncos broke out with a 24-7 Palomar League win over Vista last week. RB Tahj Martin is the key to the offense. Westview (4-3, 2-1) attacks behind QB Beau Nelson. Both teams have a league loss to Ramona.

Prediction: Rancho Bernardo 23, Westview 21

Last week: 6-4

Season: 56-24

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