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There are several big games on the schedule for Week 10 of the football season, and OCVarsity's Steve Fryer takes a look at the best of the bunch and makes predictions on who will win.

Fryer on football: Week 10's games

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GAME OF THE WEEK

South Coast League

NO. 2 EL TORO (9-0, 3-0) VS. NO. 1 MISSION VIEJO (9-0, 3-0)

Where, when: Mission Viejo High, Friday, 7 p.m.

The last time: 2005 — Mission Viejo 48, El Toro 7

The series: Mission Viejo leads, 20-12

The coaches: El Toro, Robert Frith (35-12); Mission Viejo, Bob Johnson (146-27-1 at Mission Viejo, 267-92-1 overall)

Outlook: This one has it all. These are the top two teams in the Orange County rankings. It has south county animosity, which is second only to Catholic school animosity in Orange County football. Playoff seedings will be affected by the outcome. Two outstanding offenses, and two terrific defenses. It not only is the game of the week, but the game of the year. The unit that will be most challenged is the Mission Viejo defense. El Toro has the county's best quarterback, by far, Conner Manning. Last year's county offensive player of the year, Manning, a 6-foot-2 and 195-pound senior who committed to Utah, is averaging a state-leading 392 passing yards a game. He has a touchdown-interception ratio of 38-3 that the NFL's Mannings would love to have. He has completed 67 percent of his passes, and has a great assortment of receivers. Three of the top six figures in Orange County receptions belong to El Toro players. Dominic Collins has a county-leading 77 receptions, and Alec Shoffeitt and Cody White have 54 apiece. Blake Murphy has 44 receptions, and his 12 touchdown catches are second on the team to White's 14. Running back Jacob Furnari is averaging 116 rushing yards a game and 6 yards a carry. Mission Viejo's defense has some standouts, too, with lineman Garrett Marino and back Max Redfield, a USC commit, leading the charge. And there's nothing wrong with the Diablos offense. Running back Alex Suchesk is averaging 92 yards a carry and has a county-leading 22 touchdowns. Marcus Collins has rushed for 12 touchdowns. Mission Viejo quarterback Ian Fieber also has a fine group of receivers: Sean Modster has 29 receptions for 90 yards a game, Redfield has 28 catches for 78 yards a game, and Frank Schnicker has 18 for 41 yards a game. Both teams face plenty of challenges. Here is what will determine the outcome: Mission Viejo quickly gets to the El Toro receiver on those quick outs and bubble screens, limiting the yardage after catch that are so crucial to the Chargers offense; the Diablos anticipate, i.e. guess correctly, the long pass plays, and blitz Manning effectively; the Mission defense does not let the El Toro hectic, no-huddle offense stop the Diablos defensive players from adhering to their assignments; and Mission has to get points on darn near every possession. El Toro's offense is as close to unstoppable as we've seen in Orange County these past couple of decades. Mission Viejo is about the only team in Southern California up to the challenge.

Winner: Mission Viejo

THURSDAY'S GAMES

Sunset League

NO. 13 NEWPORT HARBOR (5-4, 3-1) VS. NO. 16 LOS ALAMITOS (6-3, 2-2)

Where, when: Veterans Stadium, Long Beach, 7 p.m.

Outlook: The winner of this game is guaranteed a playoff berth in the CIF-Southern Section Southwest Division playoffs. The loser will probably go to the playoffs, too, as the Sunset League's No. 4 team will be the top contender for one of the division's two at-large berths. Newport Harbor is playing its best football of the season the past three weeks, with consecutive victories over Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach and Marina. The Sailors have this game's best offensive player, too. Running back Tala Teaupa is averaging 140 rushing yards a game and 6 yards a carry. When people think of a Newport Harbor running back, they usually think of some between-the-tackles prodder, and Teaupa can go that route but he has plenty of speed, too. Los Alamitos stumbled last week, losing to Huntington Beach, 28-7. Los Al's offense is averaging a fine 24 points a game in league play, but is giving up 18 points a game in league. Newport's defense is giving up 17. This one has all the markings of being a close game. We're going with momentum.

Winner: Newport Harbor

Century League

NO. 25 EL DORADO (4-5, 3-2) VS. BREA OLINDA (4-5, 3-2)

Where, when: Brea Olinda High, 7 p.m.

Outlook: If El Dorado wins, it will get the league's third and final guaranteed playoff berth. If Brea wins and Esperanza loses, then a three-way coin flip would determine the league's No. 3 team because head-to-head results could not separate the three. These close games — El Dorado 24, Esperanza 21 and Esperanza 21, Brea Olinda 20 — look pretty big now, don't they? Brea lost to Foothill, 38-14, last week to follow a tough, 31-26 loss to league-leading Villa Park. El Dorado was idle last week, giving the Golden Hawks the opportunity to heal injuries and study up for Brea. Brea running back Josh Vizcaya is a good one. He is averaging 100 yards a game, and rushed for 74 against Foothill. El Dorado's rushing leader is quarterback Cory Wildhagen, who is averaging 83 yards rushing and 93 yards passing a game. El Dorado's defense has been shaky. The Golden Hawks allow 35 points a game in league. But Wildhagen's dual-threat skills could be the difference in this game.

Winner: El Dorado

Also today (all games 7 p.m.)

Empire League

Kennedy (2-7, 1-4) at No. 6 Tustin (9-0, 5-0)

Pacifica (5-4, 3-2) at Yorba Linda (7-2, 3-2)

Garden Grove League

Santiago (3-6, 1-3) vs. Rancho Alamitos (6-3, 2-2) at Bolsa Grande High

Golden West League

Orange (5-4, 2-2) vs. Santa Ana (0-9, 0-4) at Segerstrom High

Orange League

Savanna (1-8, 0-4) vs. Katella (7-2, 4-0) at Glover Stadium

Orange Coast League

Laguna Beach (8-0-1) vs. Costa Mesa (4-5, 2-2) at Estancia High

Godinez (3-6, 2-2) vs. Saddleback (3-6, 1-3) at Santa Ana Stadium

Pacific Coast League

University (2-6-1, 0-4) vs. Northwood (3-6, 2-2) at Irvine High

San Joaquin League

Southlands Christian of Walnut (2-5, 1-3) vs. Capistrano Valley Christian (7-2, 3-1) at San Clemente High

FRIDAY'S GAMES

SONORA (5-4, 3-1) VS. NO. 18 LA HABRA (6-3, 4-0)

Outlook: What's this? La Habra's five-year run as Freeway League champion threatened? The last time the Highlanders did not win the league title was in 2006. That was also the most-recent season La Habra lost a league game (to Troy). La Habra also went undefeated in league in 1999, 2000, '02, '04 and '05. Troy gave the Highlanders quite a scare Oct. 5 when the Warriors lost to La Habra by only one point, 20-19. Sonora lost to Troy, 27-20, and beat Buena Park, Fullerton and Sunny Hills in other league games. People see that "3" in the La Habra loss column and think the Highlanders are slipping. But two of those losses were to very good teams, La Mirada and Orange Lutheran (the other was to St. Paul of Santa Fe Springs, St. Paul's only 2012 victory). This is a young La Habra team, especially on defense. Sonora is better than it was last year and has clinched a playoff berth. The Raiders probably are not as good as the 2010 team that played in the Southwest Division semifinals, in which they lost to La Habra. But this still looks like La Habra's league.

Winner: La Habra

Golden West League

WESTMINSTER (5-4, 4-0) VS. SEGERSTROM (8-1, 3-1)

Where, when: Segerstrom High, 7 p.m.

Outlook: Segerstrom was on top of the CIF-Southern Section Southern Division rankings two weeks ago. Then the Jaguars lost to Orange, 45-33, and are at No. 4 in the division, behind, in order, Corona del Mar, Laguna Beach and Garden Grove. Westminster quarterback Steven Anderson is the league's leading passer, completing 59 percent and averaging 115 yards a game. The Jaguars have a very good running backs tandem. David Perkins is averaging 148 rushing yards a game and 12 yards a carry. Sonny Roa is averaging 109 rushing yards a game and 12 yards a carry. Westminster beat Orange, 13-7, in a league opener Oct. 4. So, if Westminster beat Orange, and Orange beat Segerstrom, then Westminster should beat Segerstrom. Right? Wrong. That Orange victory over Segerstrom was, for Orange, just one of those magical nights you can see a team experience in high school football. Those games make fools of people who try to predict high school football games. Westminster and Segerstrom are going to the playoffs. Westminster has clinched a share of the league championship, and can win it outright with a victory over the Jaguars. Segerstrom's running attack should be enough to get the Jaguars their share of the league title.

Winner: Segerstrom

Pacific Coast League

WOODBRIDGE (4-5, 2-2) VS. IRVINE (5-4, 2-2)

Where, when: Irvine High, 7 p.m.

Outlook: Corona del Mar has clinched the league championship. There is a four-way tie for second place, with these teams all at 2-2 — Beckman, Irvine, Northwood and Woodbridge. We won't go into all of the playoff scenarios, because we have other stories to publish and eventually you do have to eat today. For certain, the winner of this game enhances its opportunity to get into the playoffs. The one that loses might get into the playoffs, too, as the Southern Division's at-large team (this division has only one at-large berth). This game's most-productive offensive player is Woodbridge running back Austin DeFreitas. He is averaging 170 rushing yards a game and 7 yards a carry, and has run for 14 touchdowns. Warriors quarterback Matt Callahan has been good, too, completing 51 percent of his passes for 124 yards a game and 14 touchdowns with three interceptions. Irvine has won two of its last three games, including a 21-18 triumph over Northwood last week. Woodbridge lost to Northwood, 21-10, Oct. 5, and is coming off of a 33-16 loss to Corona del Mar. Knowing that Irvine beat Northwood, and Northwood beat Woodbridge, logic states that Irvine will beat Woodbridge. Logic might be a big deal if you have pointy ears and reside on Vulcan. But this is Orange County football, which is as easy to figure out as is the Klingon language. Woodbridge has the offense to win this game.

Winner: Woodbridge

Sea View League

SAN JUAN HILLS (7-2, 1-2) VS. NO. 21 DANA HILLS (3-6, 2-1)

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

Outlook: San Juan Hills is one of the more-improved teams in county football, going from 0-10 last year to 7-2, so far, this year (Valencia was 1-9 last year, and is 5-3 going into this week). Yes, Stallions coach Aaron Flowers will be in the county coach of the year discussion. San Juan Hills lost to Capistrano Valley, 24-7, last week, but still is in the hunt for a playoff berth. Even a Stallions loss might not kill their playoff chances. There are a couple of scenarios by which San Juan Hills can get one of the Sea View League's two guaranteed Southwest Division playoff berths, and it just might be that the league's No. 3 team will get one of the division's two at-large berths (the other at-large berth likely will go to the Sunset League's No. 4 — but no guarantees). Dana Hills has to recover from last week's loss to Laguna Hills. The Dolphins had a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter but lost, 31-27. Laguna Hills scored two touchdowns in the game's final 4:12. Before that game, Dana Hills beat Capistrano Valley, 31-0. San Juan Hills has a good quarterback, Jacob Gibson, who has completed an impressive 70 percent of his throws for 199 yards a game and 16 touchdowns with four interceptions. Dana quarterback McCain Vail is a good one too. Dana Hills has the superior defense, which should lead the Dolphins to victory.

Winner: Dana Hills

Trinity League

NO. 5 SANTA MARGARITA (8-1, 3-1) VS. ST. JOHN BOSCO OF BELLFLOWER (5-4, 4-0)

Where, when: St. John Bosco, 7 p.m.

Outlook: If not for that El Toro-Mission Viejo game, this would be the game of the week. Santa Margarita is No. 7 in Cal-Hi Sports' state rankings. St. John Bosco is No. 5. The Braves are 9-0 on the field, but they had to forfeit four nonleague victories for using an ineligible player. They beat Mater Dei, 27-19, two weeks ago. Santa Margarita lost to Mater Dei, 24-7, three weeks ago. It's been a remarkable season for the Eagles. All of those outgoing transfers and the loss of ace quarterback Johnny Stanton, and Santa Margarita still is going strong. And it would be just like Santa Margarita to win this game. The Eagles still have All-County running back Ryan Wolpin, an outstanding offensive line, a good corps of receivers and an excellent defense led by linebackers Sammy Gibbs and RJ Mazolewsi. Bosco might have more overall team speed, and the Braves have speed where it works best — on defense. Fast players on defense can really mess up an opposing offense. And that could be the deciding element of this game. Expect a wild finish.

Winner: St. John Bosco

Also Friday (all games 7 p.m. unless noted)

Century League

No. 12 Foothill (7-2, 4-1) vs. Canyon (3-6, 1-4) at El Modena High

No. 8 Villa Park (8-1, 5-0) vs. Esperanza (6-3, 3-2) at Yorba Linda High

Empire League

Cypress (4-5, 2-3) at Valencia (6-3, 4-1)

Freeway League

Sunny Hills (3-6, 0-4) vs. No. 20 Troy (6-3, 3-1) at Fullerton High

Fullerton (2-7, 1-3) at Buena Park (5-4, 1-3)

Garden Grove League

Los Amigos (6-3, 3-1) vs. La Quinta (4-5, 2-2) at Bolsa Grande High

Bolsa Grande (1-8, 0-4) at Garden Grove (7-2, 4-0)

Golden West League

Ocean View (4-5, 2-2) vs. Loara (2-7, 1-3) at Glover Stadium

Orange League

Century (3-6, 1-3) vs. Santa Ana Valley (6-3, 3-1) at Santa Ana Stadium

Magnolia (3-6, 2-2) vs. Anaheim (4-5, 2-2) at Western High

Pacific Coast League

No. 25 Corona del Mar (7-2, 4-0) vs. Beckman (3-6, 2-2) at Tustin High

San Joaquin League

Fairmont Prep (4-5, 2-2) vs. Saddleback Valley Christian (5-4, 4-0) at St. Margaret's High

Sea View League

Aliso Niguel (5-4, 0-3) at No. 23 Capistrano Valley (7-2, 2-1)

San Juan Hills (7-2, 1-2) at No. 21 Dana Hills (3-6, 2-1)

South Coast League

No. 14 Trabuco Hills (4-5, 0-3) at No. 10 San Clemente (5-4, 1-2)

Sunset League

No. 19 Fountain Valley (3-6, 0-4) vs. Marina (3-6, 0-4) at Westminster High

No. 15 Huntington Beach vs. No. 4 Edison (8-1, 4-0) at Huntington Beach High

Academy League

St. Margaret's (8-1, 2-0) at Sage Hill (0-8, 0-2)

Brethren Christian (5-4, 1-1) at Crean Lutheran (5-4, 1-1)

Orange Coast League

Calvary Chapel (3-6, 0-4) at Estancia (6-3, 3-1)

Trinity League

No. 7 Orange Lutheran (6-3, 1-3) vs. No. 17 JSerra (5-4, 0-4) at Saddleback College

No. 3 Mater Dei (8-1, 3-1) vs. No. 11 Servite (3-6, 1-3) at Angel Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

Olympic League

Whittier Christian (6-3, 3-0) at Valley Christian of Cerritos (2-6, 1-2)

Nonleague

Tesoro (6-3) at Chula Vista (6-3)

8-man

Division 2 playoffs

Liberty Christian (3-6) at Desert Chapel of Palm Springs (6-2)

SATURDAY'S GAMES

8-man

Division 2 playoffs

St. Michael's Prep (5-2) at Marywood-Palm Valley of Rancho Mirage (5-3), 2 p.m.

Fryer on Football last week: 8-1. Season to date: 49-32.

Rankings note: The Register media poll provides the 1-10 rankings. Teams ranked 11-25 are Steve Fryer's personal rankings.

Contact the writer: sfryer@ocregister.com


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