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Previews and predictions for Week 8’s top games – Orange County Register

Previews and predictions for Week 8’s top games – Orange County Register


NO. 10 YORBA LINDA (7-0 overall) VS. NO. 11 FOOTHILL (7-0)

Where, when: Tustin High, Friday, 7 p.m.

Analysis: This is the first week of league play for the four-team leagues like the Crestview League. Both of these undefeated teams have quality wins. Yorba Linda has defeated Orange, which is No. 13 in the Orange County top 25, and No. 15 San Juan Hills. Foothill beat Orange, No. 14 Cypress and No. 18 Tustin. Yorba Linda junior quarterback Reyn Beal has completed 70 percent of his passes for an average of 251 yards a game with 20 touchdowns and only one interception. Running back Tyler Kovalcin has rushed for 523 yards and 10 touchdowns, and in the win over Orange he returned a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown. In the Mustangs’ 49-20 win over Canyon last week linebacker Wyatt Mosier had nine tackles and two of their six sacks. Foothill senior quarterback Brody Jones has returned to action after missing all of September because of injury. He threw for 230 yards and three touchdowns against El Dorado. The Knights have a talented group of receivers that includes speedsters Austin Overn (35 receptions for 832 yards and 13 touchdowns) and Brady Schrank (29 receptions for 331 yards and four touchdowns). Schrank and Overn will make big plays. If Yorba Linda can keep a cap on them, which means pressuring Jones, the Mustangs will win this crucial league game.

Winner: Yorba Linda


IRVINE (7-0, 0-0) VS. DANA HILLS (6-1, 0-0)

Where, when: Dana Hills High, Friday, 7 p.m.

Analysis: The four teams in the Pacific Hills League, these two and Laguna Hills and Portola, are a combined 26-2. Irvine has won its past four games by shutout and outscored those four opponents 133-0. Irvine’s best win was against Troy, which looks like the second- or third-best team in the Freeway League. Irvine’s Cameron Goods has rushed for 868 yards and 14 touchdowns. Dana Hills’ offensive firepower comes mostly from senior quarterback Bo Kelly. He leads Orange County in passing yards (2,173) and touchdown passes (30). Teams that are adept at throwing the football are problems for opposing defensive coordinators and such teams can play comeback football. That gives Dana Hills the edge.

Winner: Dana Hills

NO. 9 CORONA DEL MAR (6-1, 1-1) VS. NO. 7 EDISON (4-3, 1-1)

Where, when: Huntington Beach High, Friday, 7 p.m.

Live coverage: Bally Sports West Prep Zone (live streaming)

Analysis: This game last year required five overtimes before Edison emerged with a 44-41 win. Edison’s three losses are to No. 2 Servite, No. No. 6 Orange Lutheran and 35-28 to No. 5 Los Alamitos. As usual, the Chargers employ a balanced offense and an attacking defense. Edison junior quarterback Parker Awad averages 242 yards passing a game and running back Troy Fletcher has rushed for 640 yards and 12 touchdowns. Corona del Mar last week defeated Huntington Beach 35-8 following a 42-14 loss to Los Alamitos, a game in which Los Alamitos played so well few teams would have beaten the Griffins. Sea Kings junior quarterback David Rasor is averaging 190 yards passing. Edison’s defense is going to control this game and lead the Chargers to victory.

Winner: Edison

NO. 15 SAN JUAN HILLS (2-5, 0-0) AT NO. 12 SAN CLEMENTE (5-2, 0-0)

Where, when: San Clemente High, Friday, 7 p.m.

Analysis: No Orange County football team has gone from bad to good as dramatically as San Juan Hills. The Stallions started 0-5 before handing No. 21 El Toro its first loss and followed with last week’s stunning 66-13 win over No. 20 Capistrano Valley. San Juan Hills freshman Michael “Butter” Tollefson has been, well, smooth. In the wins over El Toro and Capistrano Valley he completed 24 of 32 passes for 530 yards and seven touchdowns. San Clemente’s losses were to No. 9 Corona del Mar 7-3 and No. 7 Edison 42-0. The Tritons usually play well at home, and likely will in this one, too, at least defensively. But it does not look like their offense can match points with the offense of San Juan Hills.

Winner: San Juan Hills

NO. 21 EL TORO (6-1, 0-0) VS. NO. 20 CAPISTRANO VALLEY (4-3, 0-0)

Where, when: Capistrano Valley High, Friday, 7 p.m.

Analysis: The Sea View League looks like one of the more competitively-balanced leagues in county football. Trabuco Hills last week beat Tesoro, and Aliso Niguel’s three losses were to county top 25 teams. This league opener is a tough one to forecast. El Toro was undefeated before its 42-13 loss to San Juan Hills. The following week, Capistrano Valley lost to San Juan Hills 66-13. This game brings together two of Orange County’s better quarterbacks. El Toro senior Blake Miller averages 217 yards passing a game and has 15 touchdown passes. Capistrano Valley junior Trey Kukuk averages 281 yards passing and has 20 touchdown passes. Examining the scores for these teams against San Juan Hills is enough to pick El Toro to win it.

Winner: El Toro

NO. 14 CYPRESS (5-2, 2-0) VS. NO. 25 PACIFICA (6-1, 1-1)

Where, when: Bolsa Grande High, Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Analysis: Cypress figured out how to replace ace quarterback Dylan Eldredge, who three weeks ago incurred a knee injury that ended his season, by putting Matt Morrell at quarterback for much of the Centurions’ 35-27 win over Tustin last week. Morrell, a great athlete who committed to Oregon State baseball as an outfielder, threw for 119 yards, rushed for 101 yards and had three receptions for 59 yards. Pacifica, too, had to change quarterback plans for its game against Valencia last week. Noah Salas threw a school-record seven touchdown passes in the Mariners’ 45-42 win. Usual starting quarterback Darius Cowens, a superb pass and runner, is expected to be back for this one. Cypress has the superior defense of these two teams, and an additional week of practice with Morrell at quarterback will help. It looks like Cypress will go 5-0 in league.

Winner: Cypress

Fryer on Football last week: 4-2

Season to date: 31-17

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