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Steve Fryer has previews and predictions for some of the top games on the schedule for Week 3 of the high school football season.
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NO. 2 MISSION VIEJO (3-0) VS. LONG BEACH POLY (2-0)
Where, when: Veterans Stadium, Long Beach, Friday, 7 p.m.
Analysis: This is a beautiful matchup. Mission Viejo is No. 5 in the state rankings and Poly is No. 6. Mission Viejo’s superb coaching staff will figure out matchups and tendencies to exploit, and that will be the key if the Diablos win, which they are certainly capable of doing. The feeling here, though, is Poly’s team speed on defense will stymie those plans.
Winner: Long Beach Poly
NO. 15 SAN JUAN HILLS (2-1) VS. NO. 8 EDISON (2-1)
Where, when: Huntington Beach High, Friday, 7 p.m.
Analysis: San Juan Hills lost a tough one to Capistrano Valley, 14-7, last week. Edison cruised to a 38-0 win over Canyon without All-Orange County quarterback Griffin O’Connor who was ill. O’Connor should be good to go against the Stallions.
NO. 16 YORBA LINDA (2-0) VS. NO. 12 CAPISTRANO VALLEY (3-0)
Where, when: Capistrano Valley High, Friday, 7 p.m.
Analysis: Yorba Linda, CIF-SS Division 8 champion last season, will play the rest of the season without All-CIF senior quarterback Luke Wilson who tore an ACL last week in the Mustangs’ win over Troy. Yorba Linda coach Jeff Bailey is confident that 6-foot-3 sophomore Nolan Doyle will be a fine replacement, but that’s still a terrific quarterback to replace. The Mustangs have a fine running back, Jaydyn Webb, the 2017 CIF-SS Division 8 offensive player of the year who has rushed for 269 yards, but they will be going against a terrific Capistrano Valley defense led by All-CIF defensive ends Nolan Reeve and Zach Ritner. The Cougars, the CIF-SS Division 5 runner-up in 2017, have allowed only single touchdowns in each of their three wins, against Valencia, La Mirada and San Juan Hills.
Winner: Capistrano Valley
NO. 25 TRABUCO HILLS (2-1) VS. NO. 17 TUSTIN (3-0)
Where, when: Tustin High, Friday, 7 p.m.
Analysis: Trabuco Hills has won two in a row since a 27-0, season-opening loss to Pacifica that now looks like it mostly revealed Pacifica’s high quality. The Mustangs were 2-8 last year, so they have already equaled their 2017 wins total. Getting No. 3 won’t be easy, because after playing Tustin, the Mustangs have nonleague games against Capistrano Valley and Corona del Mar before they take on the South Coast League part of their schedule. Tustin has its usual tailback phenom, KC Carr III, who is second (to Sunny Hills’ Alex Jung) in O.C. rushing with 553 yards and leads the county in rushing touchdowns with 12. Tustin’s defense is good, too. The Tillers should move the chains and control the clock for another win.
NO. 19 EL TORO (1-2) VS. NO. 14 TESORO (1-2)
Where, when: Tesoro High, Friday, 7 p.m.
Analysis: These are two of the three best teams in the county with a 1-2 record. (La Habra is the other.) El Toro’s losses are to Green Valley of Henderson, Nev., which is 3-0, and to Corona del Mar, which is 2-1. The Chargers were better in last week’s loss to Corona del Mar than the 39-15 score would indicate, because Corona del Mar was so outstanding in that game. Tesoro lost a one-point game to Edison, lost big, 45-14, to La Habra and then handled Huntington Beach, 55-13, last week. Two outstanding quarterbacks are in this one, El Toro’s Cooper Jones and Tesoro’s Chase Petersen. The Titans will come out on top in this high-scoring game.
MURRIETA VALLEY (2-1) VS. NO. 7 SAN CLEMENTE (3-0)
Where, when: San Clemente High, Friday, 7 p.m.
Analysis: After predictably one-sided, back-to-back wins over CIF-SS Division 7 teams Huntington Beach and Fullerton, the Tritons play a CIF-SS Division 1 team. Brendan Costello has been good at quarterback for the Tritons, completing 59 percent of his passes for 639 yards and nine touchdowns. But it’s the running game and back Austin Whitsett (252 rushing yards, six touchdowns) that will be essential to the Tritons winning this one.
Winner: San Clemente
NORCO (0-2) VS. NO. 3 ORANGE LUTHERAN (3-0)
Where, when: Orange Coast College, Friday, 7 p.m.
Analysis: Norco has lost to two state-ranked teams, No. 15 Servite, 35-21, and No. 9 Rancho Cucamonga, 28-21. Lutheran is No. 12 in the California top 25 compiled by CalHiSports.com. Lancers quarterback Ryan Hilinski is Orange County’s passing leader with 1,221 yards. He has completed 71 percent of his passes. He could have another big night against Norco.
Winner: Orange Lutheran
SEGERSTROM (2-1) VS. GODINEZ (1-1)
Where, when: Santa Ana Valley High, Friday, 7 p.m.
Analysis: These teams, so far, are the two best football teams in Santa Ana. Both teams had a chance to get into the Orange County top 25 last week, but both lost – Godinez to Sunny Hills, 31-28, Segerstrom to El Modena, 28-0. Godinez beat Santa Ana, 23-13, in its season opener and should get that second win in this one.
BECKMAN (1-1) VS. CREAN LUTHERAN (1-2)
Where, when: Irvine High, Thursday, 7 p.m.
Analysis: Crean Lutheran has lost to two good, undefeated teams, St. Anthony’s of Long Beach and Aquinas of San Bernardino. Beckman, which beat Santa Ana Valley and lost to Elsinore of Wildomar, is not as good as those two. The Patriots still should be superior to Crean.
NO. 1 MATER DEI (3-0) VS. BERGEN CATHOLIC OF ORADELL, NJ (1-1)
Where, when: Mission Viejo High, Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Analysis: This game is part of the Brothers In Arms Classic series of games that continues through the end of this month at various locations. Bergen Catholic is ranked No. 3 in the New Jersey Super Football Conference. The Crusaders play in the Super-United Red League, which sounds like a group of Marvel super heroes. Bergen might need the help of The Incredible Hulk and Thor to beat Mater Dei, which has super quarterback JT Daniels, iron men on the offensive line and receivers who have the agility of spider guys.
Winner: Mater Dei
ALSO THIS WEEK
(All games 7 p.m. unless noted)
Mayfair vs. (3-0) vs. No. 5 Santa Margarita (3-0) at Laguna Hills High
Westminster (2-0) vs. Katella (2-1) vs. Westminster at Glover Stadium
Costa Mesa (2-1) vs. Los Amigos (1-1) at Bolsa Grande High
Saddleback (0-1) at Western (1-2)
Santiago (1-1) vs. Ocean View (2-0) at Garden Grove High
Northwood (0-3) at Santa Ana Valley (0-3)
Calvary Murrieta (1-2) vs. Capistrano Valley Christian (0-3) at Capistrano Valley High
San Diego Jewish Academy (2-0) at St. Michael’s Prep (0-1), 3:30 p.m.
No. 4 JSerra (3-0) at Vista Murrieta (0-3)
No. 10 Los Alamitos (1-1) at Banning of Wilmington (2-1)
No. 11 Corona del Mar (2-1) at Newport Harbor (0-2)
No. 18 Pacifica (3-0) at Garden Grove (1-2)
Fullerton (0-2) at No. 20 El Modena (2-0)
No. 22 Aliso Niguel (3-0) at Valley View of Moreno Valley (2-1)
Bishop’s of La Jolla (2-0) at No. 24 St. Margaret’s (3-0)
Orange (2-0) at Laguna Beach (1-2)
Foothill (0-2) vs. Fountain Valley (2-1) at Westminster High
El Dorado (1-1) at Valencia (1-2)
Marina (2-1) vs. Santa Ana (1-1) at Santa Ana Stadium
Esperanza (0-2) vs. Sonora (2-0) at La Habra High
Huntington Beach (0-3) at Long Beach Wilson (1-2)
Rancho Alamitos (1-1) vs. Anaheim (0-2) at Glover Stadium
Estancia (0-2) at Irvine (2-1)
Diamond Bar (0-3) at Brea Olinda (0-2)
Woodbridge (1-2) at Laguna Hills (1-2)
Calvary Chapel (0-3) at University (2-0)
Bolsa Grande (1-2) at Century (2-0)
Santa Monica (0-3) at Dana Hills (0-3)
Magnolia (0-3) vs. Kennedy (1-2) at Western High
Loara (1-1) vs. La Quinta (2-0) at Bolsa Grande High
Whittier Christian (1-2) at Bell (1-1)
Escondido Charter (0-3) vs. Saddleback Valley Christian (2-0) at Trabuco Hills High
Fairmont Prep (0-1) vs. Workman (0-3) at Los Altos High of Hacienda Heights
Sage Hill (3-0) at East Valley of North Hollywood (0-2)
Oak Grove of San Jose (0-2) vs. No. 9 La Habra (1-2) at Mission Viejo High, 1:30 p.m.