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Week 9: Top games, predictions

10/23/2014, 7:09pm PDT
By Kirk Kenney, John Maffei

Kirk Kenney, John Maffei make their picks


El Capitan quarterback Brad Cagle has thrown 15 touchdown passes.

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CATHEDRAL CATHOLIC vs. ST. AUGUSTINE

St. Augustine has won two of the past four meetings, including 19-7 last year. The Saints hope to have junior RB Elijah Preston (811 yards, 8 TDs) back from a high ankle sprain suffered four weeks ago. No. 2 Cathedral has won seven straight.

Prediction: Cathedral 28, St. Augustine 21.

BONITA VISTA at EASTLAKE

Eastlake senior RB Isaiah Strayhorn (981 yards, 10 TDs) needs 19 yards to reach 1,000 rushing yards for the second straight season. Bonita Vista has allowed just 16 points in its past two games but will be hard-pressed to keep No. 8 Eastlake out of the end zone.

Prediction: Eastlake 21, Bonita Vista 10.

SAN MARCOS at VISTA

This is No. 6 San Marcos’ best chance to beat Vista in years. The teams haven’t played since 2003. Vista leads the series 18-3 and San Marcos hasn’t beaten the Panthers since 1975.

Prediction: Vista 26, San Marcos 14.

BRAWLEY at IMPERIAL

With the Imperial Valley League title on the line, Imperial must find a way to contain a Brawley rushing game averaging 305.4 yards a game. Imperial junior QB Aaron Bonillas (1,331 yards, 7 TDs) leads the Tigers offense.

Prediction: Brawley 28, Imperial 7.

MOUNT MIGUEL at GROSSMONT

Mount Miguel has lost four of five games since opening the season with two wins. Junior QB Calvin Farris (1,146 yards, 11 TDs) hopes to get Grossmont headed in the right direction after two straight losses.

Prediction: Grossmont 28, Mount Miguel 27.

TORREY PINES at EL CAMINO

A victory would assure El Camino of just its second winning season in the past eight years. Torrey Pines looks to get back on track after last week’s loss to top-ranked Oceanside.

Prediction: Torrey Pines 21, El Camino 14.

BISHOP’S at SFC

No opponent has come within two touchdowns of Bishop’s this season. Santa Fe Christian comes into the game riding a four-game winning streak.

Prediction: Bishop’s 36, SFC 21.

Last week: 5-2. Season: 43-13.

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STEELE CANYON at EL CAPITAN

No. 9 Steele Canyon faces a must-win Grossmont Hills League game against No. 4 El Capitan. The Cougars have given up just 110 points. El Cap has scored 288 and allowed only 70 as QB Brad Cagle has thrown for 1,465 yards with 15 TDs and two interceptions.

Prediction: El Capitan 35, Steele Canyon 31.

OLYMPIAN at CHULA VISTA

Olympian is very much in the Metro Mesa League race but can’t afford to slip against Chula Vista. The Spartans have been outscored 142-3 in their last three games, including a 45-0 loss to Eastlake.

Prediction: Olympian 24, Chula Vista 14.

CARLSBAD at OCEANSIDE

Carlsbad RB Dylan Rutledge, who has 1,014 yards and 11 TDs, is the man to stop. Top-ranked Oceanside is averaging 397 yards total offense and has scored 42 points in each of its last four games. QB Matt Romero has thrown for 1,464 yards. RB Josh Bernard has 13 TDs.

Prediction: Oceanside 42, Carlsbad 21.

LA JOLLA vs. MISSION BAY

La Jolla averages 306.7 passing yards a game, most of those by QB Collin Rugg, who has thrown 216 times. Mission Bay RB Derrick Clark has 102 carries for 907 yards.

Prediction: La Jolla 27, Mission Bay 24.

HORIZON at LA JOLLA COUNTRY DAY

The loser is out of the Coastal League race. Horizon has scored 301 points behind QB Joshua Gaudet, who has thrown for 2,603 yards. LJCD QB Braxton Burmeister has thrown for 1,566 yards and 17 TDs.

Prediction: LJ Country Day 35, Horizon 21.

PATRICK HENRY at HOOVER

The winner can take control of the City League. Henry is led by QB Cruz Samaniego, who has thrown for 1,293 yards and 20 TDs. Hoover has allowed just 59 points and has three shutouts.

Prediction: Hoover 41, Patrick Henry 24.

RANCHO BERNARDO at MT. CARMEL

RB can set itself up for a title run in the Palomar League with a win. QB Tucker Reed has thrown for 995 yards, but RB Tyree Range does the heavy lifting with 113 carries for 1,027 yards. Mt. Carmel QB Lucas Johnson has 1,360 total yards and has accounted for 17 TDs.

Prediction: RB 34, Mt. Carmel 21.

Last week: 6-1. Season: 43-13.

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