Video: Top 10 Games of the WeekTwo California clashes highlight the nation's 10 best games.
California powers take on two New Jersey squads, two Arizona stalwarts and one Utah juggernaut to highlight the California Top 10 Games of the Week for the second weekend of action.
The Honor Bowl in San Diego hosts three of the Top 10 games with all California teams taking on out-of-state squads.
week, California split two meetings with out-of-state powers as St.
John Bosco easily handled Maryland juggernaut DeMatha 35-7.
MaxPreps California rankings included with these match-ups.
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
beating DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) 35-7 last week, the Braves get a
second-straight out-of-state opponent. Uiagalelei finished with over 300
yards passing and two touchdowns last week and the defense was lights
out led by Williams, Jon Jon Vaughns
, Ma'a Gaoteote
and Kobe Pepe
. If the Ironmen want to pull off the upset they're going to need a monster night from Berger and Monangai.
Saturday, 4:30 p.m. at Cathedral Catholic High School (San Diego)
JSerra Catholic opened the year with a 24-14 win over East (Utah)
thanks to a big showing from Street rushing for over 100 yards and two
scores. St. Joseph Regional has the talent to repeat as Non-Public Group
IV champs and opens the year against one of the top Southern California teams.
Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
The finale of the Honor Bowl figures to be a high-scoring affair, but then again, Saguaro is absolutely loaded on defense. Arizona's top team, just outside the national Top 25, boasts 11 of the top 57 seniors in Arizona, according to 247Sports. Of those, half play defense and kicker Parker Lewis (No. 42 recruit) has committed to USC. The Sabercats breezed to a 63-0 win over Poston Butte to open the season while Dons used about everybody in a 42-9 win over La Costa Canyon.
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Friday, 7 p.m.
Christian was the first small school (Division III) state champion when
the CIF began the State Bowl format in 2006. It has since grown, with
just more than 1,000 high school students, which is more than
triple that of Grace Brethren, the defending state 2-AA champion. Both
teams had solid opening-night wins, Grace Brethren over Aquinas (San
Bernardino) 42-18, and Oaks Christian over Chaminade (West Hills) 13-7.
Saturday, 1 p.m.
Utah's second-ranked teams arrives in Southern California to face one of the nation's most talented teams. Narbonne is coming off a 32-7 win at Buchanan (Clovis) after scoring the game's final 32 points. Lone Peak, the defending state 6A champion, has gone 46-9 since 2015.
Friday, 7 p.m. at Granada Hills
A rematch of a tremendous 25-22 home win for Lawndale last season when Jalen Wilmore rushed for 282 yards and three touchdowns for the winners. Wilmore has graduated, so the Cardinals will need to find another big threat. This is the season opener for Lawndale, while Sierra Canyon opened with a 26-7 victory over Westlake. The Trailblazer lost their first two games of 2018 before advancing all the way to the CIF Division 1-A championship game.
No. 19 Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks) vs. Desert Vista (Phoenix)
Saturday, noon at Cathedral Catholic High School
The Honor Bowl's opener, Desert Vista hopes to pick up steam from its opening-game 44-34 win over another California squad, Palm Springs. In that game, Navarro passed for 289 yards and three touchdowns, two to Ervin (3 catches, 148 yards). Grubbs rushed for three scores. This is Notre Dame's opener under longtime and legendary coach Kevin Rooney, whose team is looking for its first double-digit win season since 2008.
Friday, 7 p.m.
A great Southern California vs. Northern California match-up pitting a record-breaking passing game vs. the locomotive running game of Saint Francis, led by the team's massive front line. Last week Garbers, a 6-2, 190-pound Washington commit, threw for 491 yards and an Orange County record eight touchdowns in a 57-20 win over Downey. Humphreys, a Stanford commit, had seven catches for 163 yards and three scores. This is the season opener for St. Francis, which returns four starters from last season. The Lancers won a state championship in 2017.
Thursday, 7 p.m.
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Rancho Cucamonga has a little score to settle after getting dumped 42-13 at Calabasas last season when Casey threw for 263 yards and three touchdowns, all to different receivers. He's now throwing to perhaps the best set of receivers in the country. Stroud threw for 381 yards and five touchdowns in an opening-night 50-31 win over Roosevelt. The Cougars piled up more than 600 yards of offense.
Friday, 7 p.m.
The two teams that have won the most CIF State championships since the Bowl Series started in 2006, square off for a second time after De La Salle won last year's game 35-7 in Concord. The Spartans are hurting following a winnable 24-14 loss to national No. 8 St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.). Garrett rushed for 189 yards in that game but didn't get into the end zone. Central Catholic dropped a 26-22 game at home to Clovis West. Both teams are hungry for a victory. De La Salle has won seven bowl game titles and Central Catholic owns four.