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Pregame Madness: Countdown to Friday night kickoff
For high school football fans, Friday is the best day of the week.
The only hard part: waiting for kickoff.
OCVarsity is here to help get you ready for kickoff tonight its Pregame Madness. It’s the ideal mix of football information and Fandemonium photos.
The information below is from Steve Fryer. He has previews and predictions for tonight’s top games.
The photos are a collection of recent photos that show Orange County fans in Fandemonium mode - full of passion and energy as they cheer for their teams.
If you’ll be looking for score updates tonight, we’ll have those too. OCVarsity reporters will be at nearly every game tonight, and we’ll have updates on Twitter. Follow us (@OCVarsity) and search for #ocvupdates.
FRYER’S PREVIEWS AND PREDICTIONS
GAME OF THE WEEK
South Coast League
NO. 9 SAN JUAN HILLS (8-1, 2-1) VS. NO. 4 TESORO (7-2, 2-1)
Where, when: Tesoro High, Friday, 7 p.m.
Coaches: San Juan Hills, Aaron Flowers (29-23 at San Juan Hills); Tesoro, Matt Poston (25-8 at Tesoro)
Last time they met: 2014, Tesoro 45, San Juan Hills 14
Series: Tesoro leads, 1-0
Analysis: Mission Viejo, which has a bye this week, clinched the South Coast League championship and will go to the CIF-Southern Section West Valley Division playoffs as the top-seeded team in the division the Diablos won last year. San Juan Hills and Tesoro are battling for second place, or, in the lexicon of CIF-SS playoffs, the designation as the South Coast League’s No. 2 playoff representative. That’s important, because only the Nos. 1 and 2 teams from the five-team South Coast League get guaranteed playoff berths. The No. 3 team will be left to hope that the CIF-SS football at-large committee grants it one of the division’s two at-large berths. While it is almost a certainty that the at-large selection points formula will give the South Coast’s No. 3 team an at-large berth, no team wants to leave their playoff status in the hands of a committee or a formula. Don’t worry, be winners. This game matches two prime candidates for All-Orange County quarterback recognition: Tesoro’s Devon Modster and San Juan Hills’ Patrick O’Brien. They are similar – both have excellent arms and both can throw on the run. O’Brien also is a power runner, with a team-leading 542 yards (and 7 yards a carry). Modster is third in Orange County passing (behind, in order, Aliso Niguel’s Nick Chapman and St. Margaret’s George Krantz) with 2,349 yards with a completion rate of 69. O’Brien’s 2,341 yards are the fifth-most in O.C. His completion rate is a semi-ridiculous 77. Tesoro is averaging 56 points a game and allowing 23 points a game. San Juan Hills is averaging 45 points a game and allowing 23 points. Tesoro in this game will make timely big plays on defense and wins the field-position battle.
SONORA (8-1, 3-1) VS. BUENA PARK (7-2, 3-1)
Where, when: Buena Park High, 7 p.m.
Analysis: La Habra has secured the league championship and will be the Freeway’s No. 1 playoff representative. This game is for second place and the No. 2 representative tag. It’s better to be a No. 2 than a No. 3. A No. 2 team will play another league’s No. 2 or 3 team in the first round, and it might be a first-round home game. A No. 3 is going on the road against another league’s No. 1 team or, less likely, a No. 2. Sonora’s only loss was to La Habra, 35-7. Raiders running back Jacob Fimbres is having a terrific year. He is second in the county in rushing with 1,695 yards. Buena Park might have the team speed on defense to control him. The Coyotes’ losses are to teams in the O.C. top 10 - No. 8 La Habra, 48-14, and No. 10 Edison, 38-0. When the Coyotes win, they often win big – by 23 points over Troy last week, by 29 over Sunny Hills the week before that. This will be a closer Buena Park win.
Winner: Buena Park
North Hills League
CANYON (5-4, 1-1) VS. BREA OLINDA (5-4, 2-0)
Where, when: Brea Olinda High, 7 p.m.
Analysis: If Brea wins, the Wildcats get the league championship and are the league’s No. 1 playoff representative. If Canyon wins, then Canyon and Brea are league co-champs (and with El Modena, too, if El Modena beats El Dorado). Canyon thus would be the league’s No. 1 playoff representative because of all the North Hills League teams Canyon has the best record (3-1) against the Crestview League teams in the eight-school Century Conference. If Canyon plays with the level of spirit shown in wins over Foothill and Yorba Linda, the Comanches will prevail.
Sea View League
TRABUCO HILLS (3-6, 2-1 VS. LAGUNA HILLS (6-3, 1-2)
Where, when: Laguna Hills, 7 p.m.
Analysis: Is it a must-win game, or not? The winner gets the league’s No. 2 playoff spot in the five-team league that gets only two guaranteed playoff spots. (San Clemente locked away the No. 1 designation.) The loser is No. 3 and will be in the pool of at-large berth candidates in the Southwest Division. The Southwest has three at-large berths to distribute to its five leagues. Looking at the formula the at-large selection committee uses, the Sea View No. 3 team will have a strong chance at getting one of thre division’s three at-large berths. But it’s better to win this game. Trabuco Hills beat Capistrano Valley by 34 points. Laguna Hills lost to Capo by 11. So …
Winner: Trabuco Hills
NO. 2 MATER DEI (7-2, 2-2) VS. NO. 6 SANTA MARGARITA (5-4, 1-3)
Where, when: Trabuco Hills High, 7 p.m.
Analysis: Both teams are coming off losses that were, to some degree, upset losses. Mater Dei and Santa Margarita lost to fellow Trinity League teams, so it’s not like they got beat by drastically inferior opponents. Mater Dei, which lost to JSerra last week, has a lot of non-seniors in key positions, and sometimes it takes those youngsters a tough lesson to understand you’d better be ready to rock every night in the Trinity League. Santa Margarita lost to Servite, which for decades has beaten more-talented teams when the Friars have their brotherhood thing going. JSerra blitzed the heck out of Mater Dei freshman quarterback JT Daniels. Look for Santa Margarita to do the same, and the Eagles have the linebacking crew to do that. Look for Mater Dei to be ready for that.
Winner: Mater Dei
NO. 3 ORANGE LUTHERAN (5-4, 2-2) VS. JSERRA (6-3, 1-3)
Where, when: Saddleback College, 7 p.m.
Analysis: JSerra’s Jim Hartigan was 2014 county football coach of the year because he game-planned the Lions to wins you wouldn’t think would be wins. Hartigan pulled the same magic last week in the 35-28 win over Mater Dei. Can he do it again? Probably not. Orange Lutheran actually got added some confidence last week, although the Lancers lost to St. John Bosco, 31-12. But they hung in there with Bosco through the first half. Nobody else has done that this year. Lutheran quarterback Lj Northington’s mobility is going to be a huge factor in this one.
Winner: Orange Lutheran
FOOTHILL (6-3, 1-1) VS. YORBA LINDA (3-6, 1-1)
Where, when: Yorba Linda High, 7 p.m.
Analysis: Foothill led Villa Park until the final minute of their game last week. Yorba Linda kept its playoff chances alive with its 21-7 win last week over Esperanza. Villa Park will be the league’s No. 1 playoff representative. That leaves these two to battle for the No. 2 designation, the final guaranteed playoff berth in the four-team Crestview League. Yorba Linda has looked good some weeks and has struggled mightily in others. This could be a low-scoring game. Foothill’s defense, led by Ryan Munck and Chris Yaghi, will lead the Knights to the win.
Orange Coast League
ESTANCIA (3-6, 2-2) VS. SADDLEBACK (5-4, 2-2)
Where, when: Santa Ana Stadium, 7 p.m.
Analysis: The winner takes the Orange Coast League’s third and final guaranteed playoff berth. The loser will be in the pool of candidates for the Southern Division’s two at-large berths. Saddleback last week beat Costa Mesa, 42-7, as Geovanni Estrada rushed for 202 yards and four touchdowns on 41 carries. Estancia lost to Godinez, 49-21, last week as Godinez’s Bryan Ibarra rushed for 265 yards and five touchdowns. If Saddleback’s running game is like it was last week …
REST OF THE FRIDAY SCHEDULE
Tustin (7-2, 3-1) vs. Kennedy (5-4, 3-1) at Western High
Troy (5-4, 2-2) at No. 8 La Habra (8-1, 4-0)
Sunny Hills (4-5, 0-4) at Fullerton (4-5, 0-4)
Garden Grove League
Bolsa Grande (0-9, 0-4) vs. Rancho Alamitos (7-2, 3-1) at Bolsa Grande High
Los Amigos (3-6, 3-1) at Garden Grove (7-2, 4-0)
Golden West League
Santa Ana (7-2, 2-2) vs. Orange (4-5, 1-3) at El Modena High
Loara (0-9, 0-4) at Ocean View (4-5, 1-3)
Sea View League
Aliso Niguel (3-6, 1-2) at No. 10 San Clemente (7-2, 3-0)
No. 10 Edison (6-3, 4-0) at Newport Harbor (4-5, 2-2)
Huntington Beach (3-6, 1-3) vs. Fountain Valley (6-3, 3-1) at Westminster High
Los Alamitos (4-5, 2-2) vs. Marina (1-8, 0-4) at Huntington Beach High
North Hills League
El Modena (5-4, 1-1) vs. El Dorado (0-9, 0-2) at Valencia High
Heritage Christian of Northridge (4-5, 1-2) vs. Whittier Christian (3-6, 0-3) at Whittier College
Anaheim (4-5, 2-2) at Santa Ana Valley (3-5-1, 3-1)
Magnolia (3-6, 1-3) vs. Savanna (3-6, 1-3) at Glover Stadium
Orange Coast League
Laguna Beach (2-7, 0-4) vs. Godinez (5-4, 3-1) at Segerstrom High
Calvary Chapel (6-3, 4-0) vs. Costa Mesa (5-4, 1-3) at Estancia High
Pacific Coast League
Beckman (3-6, 1-3) vs. Northwood (2-7, 1-3) at Irvine High
Woodbridge (5-4, 3-1) at University (8-1, 3-1)
South Coast League
El Toro (4-5, 0-3) at Dana Hills (0-9, 0-3)
San Joaquin League
Capistrano Valley Christian (4-5, 3-1) vs. Southlands Christian of Walnut (6-3, 2-2) at Damien High of La Verne
Webb of Claremont (5-4, 1-3) vs. Saddleback Valley Christian (9-0, 4-0) at San Juan Hills High
Victor Valley of Victorville (4-5) at St. Margaret's (7-2)
Bassett of La Puente (6-3) at Sage Hill (1-8)