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John Maffei's prep football picks

11/02/2017, 8:40pm PDT
By John Maffei

Escondido quarterback Robbie Ramos looks to pass down field with Rancho Buena Vista's Max Gordon in

Week 11 predictions for 10 selected games:

SAN MARCOS at MISSION HILLS

A pair of 2,000-yard quarterbacks and no fewer than five Division I college prospects will be on the field for the Discovery Bowl between these crosstown rivals. QB Miles Hastings leads San Marcos (8-1, 4-1) in a game that will decide the Avocado League championship. His favorite target is UCLA-bound WR Kyle Philips. RB-LB Josh Bornes has committed to San Diego State and OL Andrew Meyer is considered a college prospect. Mission Hills (9-0, 5-0) is led by Utah-bound QB Jack Tuttle. Big-play WR Chris Olave is drawing interest from programs like Ohio State and Michigan. WR-DB Maurice Jones and RB Damon Wigand have college potential. San Marcos is ranked No. 44 in the state by MaxPreps and No. 3 in the San Diego Section Open Division. Mission Hills is No. 12 in the state and No. 1 in the Open Division.

Prediction: Mission Hills 24, San Marcos 17

LA COSTA CANYON at TORREY PINES

How good is the Avocado League? The Beach Bowl — with the Golden Surfboard as the prize to the winner — features La Costa Canyon (7-2 on the field but 6-3 after a forfeit, 3-2) against Torrey Pines (6-3, 3-2), which took Mission Hills to the wire last week before losing by a point. LCC fell 24-13 to Mission Hills. Torrey Pines stands No. 4 in the Open Division. LCC is No. 5.

Prediction: Torrey Pines 23, La Costa Canyon 21

LA JOLLA at UNIVERSITY CITY

La Jolla (5-4, 3-0) will lean on QB Trevor Scully in this game for the City League championship. Scully, who has thrown for 1,950 yards and 23 TDs, has a pair of top-flight WRs in Gabe Solis, who has 45 catches for 859 yards, and Michael Wells, who averages 20 yards on 20 catches. University City (8-1, 3-0) is led by QB Gunnar Gray, who has 2,332 yards and 27 TDs. WR Casey Granfors is his favorite target with 45 catches for 939 yards and 12 TDs. RB E’Lonie Rico has 882 yards while Marcel Patterson has 803. La Jolla sits at No. 5 in Division III. University City is No. 1 in Division IV.

Prediction: University City 35, La Jolla 27

POINT LOMA vs. CHRISTIAN

Point Loma (6-3) has won three in a row and is on the rise heading into this nonleague game at El Cajon Valley. Christian (7-2) is led by QB Brad Jeremiah, who has thrown for 2,757 yards and 35 TDs. Six of his receivers have 415 or more yards. Point Loma is No. 1 in Division I but has a chance to move into the Open Division. Christian is No. 9 in Division II.

Prediction: Point Loma 27, Christian 24

LA JOLLA COUNTRY DAY vs. BISHOP’S

LJCD (4-4, 2-1) is the last Coastal League team that has a shot at slowing down Bishop’s (8-0, 4-0). LJCD has gotten a boost from QB EJ Kreutzmann, who has thrown for 1,178 yards in five games. WR Anthony Bland has 1,310 yards receiving and on returns. DB Spencer Alligood has 108 tackles. The Bishop’s offense is an air raid, led by QB Jeffrey Jackson, who has 2,058 yards and 35 TDs. WR Mozes Mooney has 62 receptions for 891 yards and 16 TDs while Jacob Jackson has 48 catches for 712 yards and 11 TDs. The Knights have 25 sacks, led by Charlie Mossy’s six. LJCD is No. 6 in Division IV. Bishop’s is No. 2 in Division II.

Prediction: Bishop’s 44, La Jolla Country Day 21

LINCOLN at MORSE

The Diamond District Rivalry features a pair of Eastern League foes. Lincoln (7-2, 3-0) needs a win to secure the league title and wants to bounce back after a nonleague loss to Madison last week. Morse (4-5, 1-2) blanked Mission Bay 36-0 last week. Lincoln sits at No. 5 in Division II. Morse is No. 16 in Division II and very much on the playoff bubble.

Prediction: Lincoln 35, Morse 24

BRAWLEY at CENTRAL

The annual Bell Game is in its 74th year with Brawley (6-3, 3-1) holding a 47-25-1 lead in one of the oldest series in the country. On a team that averages nearly 320 yards a game rushing, RB Michael Moreno, a 1,300-yard back, leads Brawley into this Imperial Valley League game. Central (8-1, 3-1) is led by QB Deniro Osuna, who has thrown for 2,006 yards. Thadeo Campbell is his top target with 46 catches. Brawley is No. 15 and on the bubble in Division II. Central is No. 4 in Division IV.

Prediction: Brawley 24, Central 21

MONTGOMERY at SAN YSIDRO

Montgomery (6-3, 2-0) wins the Metro Pacific League title with a victory. The Aztecs, who have won four in a row, are led by 1,300-yard RB Hunter Joseph. San Ysidro (3-6, 1-1) is fighting for a spot in the Division V playoffs after a loss to San Diego Southwest last week. Montgomery is No. 5 in Division V, while San Ysidro is No. 12 in a 10-team bracket and is on the playoff bubble.

Prediction: Montgomery 24, San Ysidro 13

SAN PASQUAL at ESCONDIDO

San Pasqual (5-4, 2-1) averages nearly 30 points a game, attacking on the ground behind a unique option attack. Escondido (4-5, 1-2) has a bright future with freshman Robbie Ramos at QB. RB Jake Frankfather has emerged as a reliable back. San Pasqual is ranked third in Division III. Escondido is No. 8 and is playing for a first-round home game in Division III.

Prediction: San Pasqual 28, Escondido 21

ST. AUGUSTINE at CATHEDRAL CATHOLIC

The Holy Bowl is perhaps the most-intense rivalry in the county. St. Augustine (6-3, 3-0) is hot, winning four in a row. QB Angelo Peraza has thrown for 417 yards in four games. RB Deandre Daniels has 1,029 yards and 14 TDs this season. LB Andrew Alves leads the defense with 74 tackles. A win wraps up the Western League title for the Saints. A loss and St. Augustine must share the crown with Point Loma. Cathedral Catholic (4-5, 1-2) has struggled with injuries while playing a tough schedule. Cathedral beat the Saints 35-0 last year en route to a 15-0 season and a state championship. St. Augustine sits at No. 8 in the Open Division. Cathedral is No. 5 in Division I and fighting for No. 4 and a first-round bye.

Prediction: St. Augustine 21, Cathedral 17

Last week: 9-1. Season: 73-27.

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