San Diego running back Raiden Hunter looks to make it past Clairemont cornerback Devon Rensfield.
This week’s predictions for 10 selected games:
CATHEDRAL CATHOLIC vs. ST. AUGUSTINE
Holy Bowl 56 at San Diego Mesa College is also a key Western League game with postseason implications. No. 2 Cathedral Catholic (5-1, 1-0) has won five in a row since an opening loss to La Costa Canyon. The Dons have outscored those five opponents — which include Gardena Serra, Helix and Madsion — 213-62. RB Shawn Poma, who has 805 yards rushing and 135 receiving, and QB DJ Ralph are the keys to the offense. The only loss for No. 7 St. Augustine (5-1, 1-0) is to Helix. QB Angelo Peraza has thrown for 1,046 yards and RB Byron Cardwell has 636 rushing yards. LB JT Penick has 49 tackles and 51/2 sacks. The Saints defense has allowed just 58 points. The series started in 1966 and Cathedral Catholic leads 33-22. Over the last five years, the Saints hold a 3-2 advantage. St. Augustine was a 45-6 winner last season with Cathedral winning 35-0 in 2016. Cathedral is ranked No. 19 in California, St. Augustine is No. 56. The game has been tabbed as a part of the Great American Rivalry Series by the United States Marines with players and alumni from both schools being recognized.
Prediction: Cathedral 27, St. Augustine 21
SAN DIEGO at SCRIPPS RANCH
San Diego (3-2, 1-0) got a jump on the City League with a win over Mission Bay last week. The Cavers are led by RBs Mo Jackson and Raiden Hunter.
Prediction: San Diego 31, Scripps Ranch 24
BISHOP’S at ORANGE GLEN
This is a key Coastal League game, featuring Bishop’s QB Dominic Haley, who was a center a month ago. The Knights (3-3, 1-0) have some big offensive weapons in RB Amaan Banks, WR Clarence Freeman and do-everything Clay Petry. Orange Glen (5-1, 1-0) is led by QB Ethan Villalobos and RB Cael Patterson, who has 145 carries for 1,157 yards and 15 TDs.
Prediction: Bishop’s 34, Orange Glen 27
MONTE VISTA at MOUNT MIGUEL
Led by QB Jacob Laverdiere, Mount Miguel (2-4, 1-0) got off to a fast start in the Grossmont Valley League with a win over Santana. Bolstered by RB Jahmon McClendon, Monte
Prediction: Monte Vista 37, Mount Miguel 17
SWEETWATER at MONTGOMERY
Sweetwater (2-4) is led by QB Luciano Estopier. Montgomery (2-4) is led by QB Keoa Gumataotao.
Prediction: Sweetwater 28, Montgomery 24
POINT LOMA at MADISON
Prediction: Madison 28, Point Loma 24
WESTVIEW at RANCHO BERNARDO
Westview (1-5, 0-2) has played two overtimes the last three weeks, including an OT loss to Del Norte in last week’s Palomar League opener.
Prediction: Rancho Bernardo 31, Westview 17
EASTLAKE at MATER DEI CATHOLIC
Eastlake (5-1, 0-0) can pound it behind RB Parker Merrifield and wing it with QB Richard Colmenero, who has big-play WRs in Darius De Los Reyes and Kevin Bateman. Mater Dei Catholic (3-4, 1-0) is looking to make it two wins in a row in the Metro Mesa League after beating Bonita Vista last week.
Prediction: Eastlake 35, Mater Del Catholic 24
GRANITE HILLS at GROSSMONT
Granite Hills (6-0, 1-0) is one of the county’s surprise teams, finally cracking the Top 10 after a Grossmont Hills League win over Steele Canyon last week. The Eagles are led by QB Cristopher Ostreng, who has 1,329 total yards. DB Ethen Bishop has 58 tackles and 2 interceptions. Grossmont (2-4, 1-0) is led by QB Jaime Odom, who has thrown for 1,064 yards. He has a slew of WRs, including big-play man Brody Schicker.
Prediction: Granite Hills 31, Grossmont 17
OCEANSIDE at CARLSBAD
Every week in the Avocado League is a must-win game. This is no different.
Prediction: Carlsbad 31, Oceanside 28
Last week: 7-3. Season: 53-17.