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Mater Dei @ Orange Lutheran

Thursday 10/19 7PM

Orange Coast College

Live on NFHS Network

PREVIEW: Week 9 of the 2023 CIFSS Football Season kicks off with an exciting Trinity League rivalry matchup at Orange Coast College. The Orange Lutheran Lancers, currently ranked 6th in the Southern Section, are set to host the Mater Dei Monarchs, who hold the 2nd position in the Southern Section and an impressive 5th place in the MaxPreps National Rankings.

Orange Lutheran is entering this game on a high note with a 2-game winning streak. Just last week, they narrowly secured a victory against Servite with a final score of 36-33. Junior Quarterback TJ Lateef had a standout performance, throwing for 210 yards on 13 completions, including 1 touchdown. Keep an eye on Junior Running Back Steve Chavez, who had an impressive 123 rushing yards on 23 carries, accompanied by 3 rushing touchdowns.

On the other side, Mater Dei, ranked 5th in the nation by MaxPreps, is looking to bounce back from their first loss of the season. In the previous week, they faced a tough defeat to St. John Bosco with a score of 28-0. Mater Dei’s hopes for a rebound lie heavily on the shoulders of their Senior Quarterback and Stanford Commit, Elijah Brown. In the last game, Brown threw for 81 yards on 10 completions, and his performance this week will be critical for the Monarchs.

PREDICTION: Mater Dei rebounds from a week ago with a big win 42-10

Los Alamitos @ Huntington Beach

Friday 10/20 7PM

Cap Sheue Field

PREVIEW: Rivalry Week is underway in the Sunset League as the CIFSS Football Season enters its ninth week. The Huntington Beach Oilers are set to host the Los Alamitos Griffins at Cap Sheue Field.

Huntington Beach is riding high after securing their first league win just a week ago. Senior Running Back Tyler Young had a standout performance, carrying the ball 34 times for an impressive 288 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns. Additionally, Freshman Quarterback Brady Edmunds showed improvement with a solid performance, throwing for 104 passing yards on 12 completions without any interceptions.

Turning our attention to the Los Alamitos Griffins, the last time they graced Cap Sheue Field, they faced off against Fountain Valley in the opening game of the Sunset League. Although they struggled initially, the Griffins finished strong with a convincing 49-10 win. Since then, the Griffins have been on fire, putting up back-to-back games with over 60 points. In their latest game, they secured a commanding victory with a score of 69-14.

In three games within the Sunset League, Sophomore Quarterback Alonzo Esparza has been in stellar form, throwing 11 passing touchdowns on 42 completions.

PREDICTION: Alonzo Esparza and Davon Mitchel will be too much for the Oilers Defense, Griiffins win 41-7

Saddleback @ Grossmont

Saturday 10/21 1PM

Grossmont College

PREVIEW: The CCCAA Football Season enters Week 7, and it begins with the Saddleback Bobcats traveling south to El Cajon, CA to face the Grossmont Griffins at Grossmont College. This marks the Bobcats’ first daytime game of the season with a 1 pm kickoff.

Saddleback Bobcats are in great form, riding a 4-game winning streak and boasting a 3-0 start in Conference play. They’ve been successful with their two-quarterback system, relying on the talents of both Branden Berwald and Trey Kukuk. In their most recent game, Berwald threw for 189 passing yards on 15 completions, while Kukuk added 88 yards on 5 completions. Notably, Tight End Seth Lyon made a significant contribution with a 52-yard touchdown catch. On the defensive front, the Bobcats were led in tackles by Tristan McMurry, Sterling Decosta, and Enrique Amposta, each recording 5 tackles.

On the other side, the Grossmont Griffins have faced challenges throughout the season, culminating in a tough loss to the number 1 team in California, Riverside City, with a score of 63-0. Grossmont also employs a two-quarterback system with Trenton Giles and Trevor Jungman, but they struggled in their previous game, combining for only 137 passing yards and three interceptions.

PREDICTION: Saddleback takes down Grossmont on the road to improve to 5 wins in a row 52-7

Last week in Football: 18-8

This season in football: 56-14

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