Thousand Oaks at Newbury Park

THOUSAND OAKS at NEWBURY PARK – This is the Marmonte League game of the week. The loser will drop to 0-2 in league play and could be in a stat of panic, while the winner will be right back in the thick of race. Both teams figured they would contend for a playoff spot this year and now here is their chance early in the season to avenge a tough loss from the previous week proving that they’re worthy. Thousand Oaks (1-1, 0-1) proved they could score a lot of points in week one, but after getting completely shut down by Westlake, you have to wonder if their confidence has been hit a little bit. They may go with a two-quarterback system, considering backup QB Jackson Lucht has seen the field as much as starter Avondre Bollar. In college this type of thing usually splits the locker room and kills teams, but if the Lancers employ this tactic, Coach Mike Leibin will hope to see the best of both worlds from his two quarterbacks. Lucht has completed 82 percent of his pass to just 55 percent by Bollar. Regardless of the QB situation, RB Rickey Minyard is explosive with 207 yards on 30 carries and Oregon State bound WR Richard Mullaney is dynamic with 11 catches for 130 yards. Newbury Park will try to forget their fourth quarter collapse against Moorpark. The Panthers (1-1, 0-1) are led by QB Jake Geringer (631 yards) and his favorite target Dakota Dunlea. (285 yards) Both are D-1 caliber athletes with Geringer already committed to FCS Sacramento State, while Dunlea still weighs his options. If Geringer continues to average 315 yards a game in the brutal Marmonte League, he may have to reconsider that commitment because FBS schools should come knocking on his door.

Prediction: Thousand Oaks 31 Newbury Park 24

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