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Game of the Week

Lincoln (1-0) at No. 3 Eastlake (0-1) Fri. 7 p.m.

Both the Hornets and Titans will be making their San Diego debut after out-of-section road contests to open the season. In week one, Lincoln crushed Long Beach Cabrillo while Eastlake fell in overtime to Moorpark. The Hornets will be charged with stopping Eastlake star Tony Jefferson, who rushed for 135 yards and two touchdowns last week. Lincoln’s offense will also test Eastlake’s defense, which allowed 16 points per game last season. This is the first meeting between the two schools since Lincoln re-opened in 2007.

Best of the Rest

No. 9 Francis Parker (1-0) at St. Margaret’s (1-0) Fri. 7 p.m.

If Francis Parker felt they were snubbed by not getting an invite to last year’s Small Schools State Bowl Game in favor of the Tartans, they have a little shot at redemption when they make the trip up to San Juan Capistrano. The Lancers rolled Hoover in their season opener, while the Tartans beat Blair 68-0. St. Margaret’s enters the game with a 44-game winning streak that started in 2006. Lancers senior quarterback Deon Randall rushed from three touchdowns and threw for another in the win against Hoover. This game is the first of a home-and-away series between the teams.

San Marcos (0-1) at Mission Hills (1-0) Fri. 7 p.m.

Since losing in the first ever meeting between these two teams, the Grizzlies have won four straight including a 26-14 win last year. Mission Hills could not be coming into this year’s game with more momentum after notching one of the biggest wins in school history last week at Tesoro. Senior running back Chad Dobbins paced the Grizzlies in last week’s win, rushing for 140 yards on 27 carries. Knights head coach Robert Cendro is new to the rivalry, in his first year at San Marcos. Winner of this rivalry gets the Discovery Bowl trophy.

San Diego (1-0) at Hilltop (1-0) Fri. 7 p.m.

Last year, both the Cavers and Lancers finished the season with only one win. When the final whistle sounds at this game, one of these teams will be 2-0. Both teams entered 2009 with new head coaches and have started off on the right foot last week – Hilltop by knocking off Horizon 45-26 and San Diego by rolling Southwest 42-6. San Diego won the last meeting between these two teams 38-13 in 2007.

Santa Fe Christian (1-0) at Palo Verde (1-0) Fri. 7 p.m.

The Eagles open the season with consecutive road games and for this one they will make the four-hour trip from Solana Beach to Blythe to take on the Yellow Jackets. Both teams are coming off decisive victories – Santa Fe Christian beat Mater Dei 54-6 and Palo Verde beat Parker (Ariz.) 33-0 last week. Something has to give in this early season matchup of unbeatens.

Other games in the Red Zone

Paloma Valley (0-0) at Mission Bay (1-0) Fri. 3:00 p.m.

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