Los Alamitos @ Fountain Valley
Thursday 9/28 7PM
Cap Sheue Field
PREVIEW: Sunset League Play is officially upon us, and it couldn’t have kicked off with a more classic rivalry. The Fountain Valley Barons are set to host the Los Alamitos Griffins, a matchup that has seen the Griffins reign supreme for the past eight years. The last time Fountain Valley emerged victorious against the Griffins was at Vets Stadium in Long Beach, back when the current Los Alamitos coach, Ray Fenton, led the Barons.
For the Fountain Valley Barons, they enter this contest with a 3-2 record following a bye week. Their senior quarterback, Noa Banua, boasts two years of starting experience and currently leads the county in passing yards with an impressive 1,221 yards. He’s supported by top receiver Nolan Olivares, who is having a stellar season himself, racking up 588 receiving yards and 8 touchdowns. The Baron offense appears significantly improved from the previous season.
Shifting our attention to the Los Alamitos Griffins, they also stand at 3-2, having enjoyed a bye week before this showdown. The Griffins appear poised to contend for the Sunset League championship once more. Despite facing a challenging two-game losing streak against formidable opponents like Servite and Mission Viejo, they remain hungry for a win.
As Sunset League Play begins, anticipation is high for this classic rivalry clash, with both teams eager to make their mark in the league.
PREDICTION: Los Alamitos 42 Fountain Valley 14
Huntington Bsach @ Newport Harbor
Friday 9/29 7PM
Watch: Tar TV
PREVIEW: In what may potentially mark the final showdown between these two teams as Sunset League rivals, a rivalry that traces its roots back to the inception of the Sunset League, the most significant clash in recent memory was in 2013 for the CIFSS Southwestern Championship, where Huntington Beach emerged victorious.
Fast forward to the present, and both teams are gearing up for league play after a week off. Huntington Beach boasts a promising duo in the form of their Freshman Quarterback, Brady Edmunds, and the seasoned senior running back, Tyler Young. Young currently leads the Sunset League in rushing yards, with supporting receivers Musashi Ray and Hunter Gray primed for action. They are all set to take on the Sailors and aim to kick off their league campaign with a win. If the Oilers’ offense can find its rhythm early on Friday night, they could be a prime candidate for an upset.
Turning our attention to the Oilers’ defense, in their last game, Zack James secured his first interception return for a touchdown of the season, while Brandon Soleau recorded his first scoop and score of the season.
On the Newport Harbor Sailors’ side, they have the talented Sophomore Quarterback, Jaden O’Neal, who boasts an average of 206.8 passing yards per game. Joining him is Josiah Lamarque, who has had a stellar first half of the season with 441 receiving yards and 6 touchdowns.
The Sailors have had a decent start to the season, entering Sunset League play with a 2-3 record, albeit against formidable opponents such as St. Paul, San Juan Hills, and St. Augustine, all of whom handed them losses. The Newport Harbor Sailors are determined to kickstart their league campaign with a victory and aim to secure that crucial 1-0 start.
PREDICTION: Newport Harbor hangs on in a close one at Davidson 28-24
San Diego Mesa @ Saddleback
Saturday 9/30 6PM
So Cal College Sports
PREVIEW: Last year, this matchup delivered a thrilling finish, with Saddleback initially leading 20-0 but failing to seal the deal as San Diego Mesa staged a remarkable comeback, scoring 21 unanswered points to secure the victory.
Now, shifting our focus to the previous week, both San Diego Mesa and the Saddleback Bobcats celebrated significant wins. The Bobcats had a standout performance against Southwestern, notching their first 50+ point game since 2019 when they faced Orange Coast. Meanwhile, San Diego Mesa began their conference campaign with a strong showing against Grossmont, posting 45 points to launch their season 1-0.
As we look ahead to Saturday’s clash, both teams enter the contest with a 1-0 record. Saddleback may continue to employ their effective two-quarterback system, which has proven successful over the past two weeks, featuring Trey Kukuk and Brandon Berwald. On the other side, San Diego Mesa will rely on James Odom at quarterback. In their recent game against Grossmont, Odom completed 10 passes out of 18 attempts and contributed with a passing touchdown. It promises to be an exciting matchup as these teams strive to maintain their winning momentum.
PREDICTION: Saddleback 35 San Diego Mesa 28
Other Game Picks:
CIFSS Orange County Football picks:
Villa Park @ El Dorado
PREDICTION: Villa Park
Corona Del Mar @ Edison
Servite @ Mater Dei
PREDICTION: Mater Dei
Tesoro @ San Juan Hills
PREDICTION: San Juan Hills
Estancia @ St Margaret’s
PREDICTION: St Margaret’s
Woodbridge @ Laguna Hills
PREDICTION: Laguna Hills
Cypress @ Pacifica
Orange Lutheran @ J Serra
PREDICTION: J Serra
St John Bosco @ Santa Margarita
Prediction: St John Bosco
SCFA Football Picks:
Citrus @ Golden West
PREDICTION: Golden West
LA Valley @ Santa Ana
PREDICTION: Santa Ana
Last week in football: 12-0
This season in football: 14-5