Daniel Powell 8:36 a.m., Dec. 21
Week 10 High Five
Game of the Week
Poway (5-3, 3-0 Palomar) vs. Carlsbad (5-3, 3-0) at La Costa Canyon HS Friday 7 p.m.
The winner of this game can claim at least a share of the Palomar League title and would have the inside track to a playoff bye. Both teams come in playing their best football of the season following slow starts – the Lancers started 1-3 and the Titans 2-3. While Poway relies on running back Nick Ricciardulli (1377 yards, 14 touchdowns, Carlsbad leans on which has allowed 10 points per game during its four-game win streak. The Lancers beat Rancho Bernardo in their other “home” game played at La Costa Canyon. These teams last met in the 2006 Division I final, which Carlsbad won 43-6.
Best of the Rest
Valley Center (7-1, 3-1 Valley) at Oceanside (8-0, 4-0) Friday 7 p.m.
The Pirates looked nearly unbeatable in the month of October. Oceanside won their five games last month by an average of 42 points – none more decisive than their 62-6 win at Orange Glen last Friday. Quarterback Jordan Wynn is one of three passers in the section that has thrown for more than 2000 yards. While their offense looks unstoppable, Oceanside’s stout defense could be challenged this week by the Jaguars duo of Tyler Bernard and James Johnson. Bernard has found Johnson 34 times for 683 yards and 10 touchdowns. This is the first meeting between of the season between two defending section champions.
Chula Vista (6-2, 3-0 Mesa) at Otay Ranch (5-2-1, 2-1) Friday 7 p.m.
The Mesa League is the second-best league in the section, and the Spartans and Mustangs are two of its top three. Both teams rely balanced offensive attacks and have dialed up the defense in league play – Chula Vista has allowed 14 points per game and Otay Ranch has allowed 11. The Mustangs have won the each of the last two meetings between.
Ramona (7-1, 3-1 Valley) at Westview (7-1, 3-1) Friday 7 p.m.
The Bulldogs started their toughest three-game stretch of the regular season with a loss against Valley Center last week. This week travels to play the Wolverines, whose only loss this season came against Oceanside. Ramona’s defense (allowing seven points per game) will have to slow down Westview’s offense (34 points per game) to avoid two straight.
La Costa Canyon (6-2, 3-0 Avocado) at Fallbrook (4-4, 2-1) Friday 7 p.m.
The Mavericks have not lost within the section this season and they have the inside track as the Avocado League’s only unbeaten. La Costa Canyon’s “Gang Green” defense has been the key in their current four-game winning streak, allowing just more than 10 points per game. The Warriors are starting to get healthy and have won four of their last five. In Fallbrook’s 37-7 win against Torrey Pines last week, quarterback Tim Welsh completed 18-for-22 passes for 261 yards and three touchdowns.
Other Games in the Red Zone
Hoover (4-4, 1-2 Western) at Point Loma (3-4-1, 1-1) Friday 2:30 p.m.