Five predictions for the East Valley football playoffs


Five predictions for the East Valley Division playoffs:

1. Which four teams will make it to the East Valley semifinals?

Grace Brethren, Brethren Christian, Calvary Murrieta, St. Margaret's.

2. Which team will win the East Valley title? Grace Brethren.

It's hard to pitch one shutout. But eight? That's almost unheard of. The Lancers defense gets after it, and in running back Zikel Reddick, Grace Brethren has one of the division's top playmakers.

3. Which team will be the "surprise team" in the East Valley bracket? St. Margaret's

Again, "surprise" is a reach because the Tartans are the defending champs and have a ton of talent on their roster. As an at-large team, the road to get back to the finals is going to be much more difficult. The Tartans will likely see No. 2 Saddleback Valley Christian in the second round, but that would be a home game for Stephen Barbee's squad. If they can edge out the Warriors, I think St. Margaret's heads back to the finals.

4. Which player will be the postseason MVP in the East Valley? Zikel Reddick, Grace Brethren.

The focal point of the Lancers offense is averaging 11.1 yards per carry.

5. Which O.C. team shouldn't be overlooked in the East Valley playoffs? Brethren Christian.

Jordan Leonard is putting up some special numbers, already eclipsing the 2,200-yard mark. If Brethren Christian makes a run, the junior running back could potentially go for more than 3,000 yards this season. Crazy to think that's not out of the question.

See archived 'Sports' stories »

SoCal Prep Legends
Search Players


Huntington Beach 59, Marina 35 - 00:00 4th QT - Completed


Huntington Beach 69, Marina 37 - 00:00 4th QT - Completed


Mater Dei 0, Santa Margarita 0 - 00:00 2nd Half - Completed


Newport Harbor 49, Fountain Valley 34 - 00:00 4th QT - Completed


Woodbridge 1, Corona del Mar 3 - 00:00 2nd Half - Completed


Sonora 0, Sunny Hills 2 - 00:00 2nd Half - Completed


Los Alamitos 53, Marina 35 - 08:00 4th QT - Completed


St. John Bosco 0, Santa Margarita 1 - 00:00 2nd Half - Completed


Newport Harbor 3, Los Alamitos 2 - 15:19 2nd Half - Completed


Santa Margarita 4, JSerra 1 - 00:00 2nd Half - Completed