Big VIII League

It’s separation week in the Big VIII. Centennial has obviously separated themselves from the pack, but the four 2-1 league teams will all square off against one another this week creating a second tier in this league. Corona travels to Roosevelt, while King will take its chances against Norco.

King is led by a stout rushing game averaging 262 yards a game. Todd Handley is the Wolves best back averaging 159 yards a game, not to mention leading the offense in receiving too. He’s being recruited by California and Fresno State, so this will be another chance for him to prove he’s worthy of a D-1 scholarship. On the other side of the field is RB Kelsey Young, who committed to Stanford, and Norco. Young got his team back on track with a 49-21 victory last week against Santiago after losing a little bit of a shocker to Roosevelt the week before. With the all-important Centennial game on the horizon, this could be a classic trap game for the Cougars, but I think they are still more talented and will pull the game out.

Prediction: Norco 35 King 21

The other big game features Roosevelt taking on Corona. Roosevelt has a balanced rushing attack with three different players averaging more than 50 yards a game. Joey Legere (114 yards/game) has scored nearly half of the team’s touchdowns, so it would be wise for Corona to key on him the most. Sam Boyd is the leader in the passing game. He’s caught a team-high 19 catches for 421 yards, while also picking up a scholarship offer from Nevada along the way. Corona’s DeVante Wilson will try to disrupt the offensive flow. He just received a scholarship offer from USC this past week and will have to wreak havoc in the backfield early and often for Corona to pull out the victory. Offensively, the Panthers are led by their dual-threat QB Marquis Starks, who has 10 passing TDs to five rushing. Eric Kyle is also a stud. I was so impressed with him when I saw him against Mission Viejo earlier this season. He’s the ultimate smash-mouth runner, who doesn’t ever give up. He rushed for 181 yards on only 12 carries in that game against one of the top five programs in California. I really like the job John Brandom has done with this team after a disappointing 2-8 2009 campaign. They were picked to finish seventh in the league by the Press Enterprise, but I will go with them for my upset pick of the week on the road.

Corona 28 Roosevelt 24

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