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Compton (-6.5) vs. Millikan
The Compton Tarbabes are tied for the best winning percentage in the entire country at 5-0 and they made it look easy. This looks like the Compton of old when James McConico and Roger Jones were running the football about a decade ago. New names this year, same great athletes.
Folks, Compton will probably win a CIF-SS championship in Division 10 – you heard that here first. But they have to battle through the rough part of the Moore League schedule starting with Millikan this week. The Rams haven’t looked great this season, especially on offense, but they’ve been in every game and have found ways to win. Crazy to think that if you get your athletes the ball a lot, you can score a lot of points. Millikan has weapons, they just have to touch the football.
This is a HUGE matchup with absolute STUDS on both rosters. This has to be a coin flip, but if I needed to pick a winner, I’d take Compton at home. The Tarbabes band is ELECTRIC and a serious advantage – just ask any opponent, ever. Compton quarterback Jesse Brew finds the end zone twice. Start him on your fantasy team. Millikan covers though behind a big game from Jaylen Jefferson. Compton 28 Millikan 24.
Cabrillo vs. Poly (-27.5)
Poly is starting to look like Poly again. Glad to see head coach Stephen Barbee has finally figured it out after six weeks of the season. The Jackrabbits have out-physical’d teams since Calvin Broadus went to school there (because people forget that Snoop Dogg is a Poly alum) and they’re back to smashmouth football. Elijah Juarez is a load in the backfield for the Jackrabbits and may not gain less than 10 yards per carry for the rest of the season.
Cabrillo looks a little overmatched in this one, but honestly, not really. If we’re talking the story of The Tortoise and the Hare, the hare starts fast and loses in the end. Cabrillo is off to a slow start this season at 1-4, but just in time for an epic comeback. And they’re playing the Jackrabbits, which is basically the hare’s cousin. Coincidence? Probably, but you never know.
I absolutely love the Brandon Vazquez to Marlo Fernando connection in this one for Cabrillo. They’ll hook up for a touchdown, but the Poly defense is way too much. Both Kejuan Markham and Keon Markham will have multiple scores for Poly. TWINS, Basil! Poly 48 Cabrillo 7.
Wilson (-13.5) vs. Jordan
Wilson got sick with the Poly flu last week, but we’ve all been there (except for me in 2009 – some have forgotten that). The Bruins are always better off of a loss anyway so it was a pretty good play, in my opinion. This is a must-win matchup this week against Jordan.
The last time Joel Bitonio and the Cleveland Browns won a football game was in 2016 when Amazon’s Alexa wasn’t born and Fortnite hadn’t made adults hate millennials yet. Wilson also beat Jordan 50-0 that year. Flash-forward to this week’s matchup, the Browns won another football game so will the Bruins hang another 50-burger?
This Jordan team is different, though. Anthony Scott and Deshon Harris can play with anybody in the Moore League and if Chris Carrillo can get some pressure on Wilson’s Ryan Pettway, then Jordan will be in business.
I just don’t see it happening this week. Coach Zig’s boys took their Theraflu. Take Wilson favored by 13.5. Two rushing touchdowns by Marcos Nottingham as the Bruins roll. Wilson 35 Jordan 7.
St. Anthony at Harvard-Westlake (-13.5)
I’ve been wrong on just about every single pick for St. Anthony this season so you might want to go with the opposite of this take.
All I know is, if you didn’t read the words Harvard-Westlake and immediately think of rich kids with matching warm-up suits, then where have you been the last 20 years? Harvard-Westlake screams, “I went to school with an actor’s son or daughter.” And this makes complete sense now that I know Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal are alumni.
I don’t dislike Harvard-Westlake, I just kinda hate them a lot. But what I do like is St. Anthony on the road with the points in this one. The drive to Harvard-Westlake might take six hours, which is good for the Saints because that means less time in class and less time to fry their brains. They’ll come off the bus fresh.
Expect huge days from Myles Aguero on defense and Victor Lopez on offense. St. Anthony covers. Harvard-Westlake 30 St. Anthony 20.
Lakewood at Camarillo (-17)
Lakewood and St. Anthony should carpool together. Camarillo couldn’t be further away. Actually, it could. It could be in Florida, but the Lancers already took their trip to Florida this season. Lakewood might have the toughest schedule in America.
Camarillo is undefeated this season tied with Compton with the best winning percentage in the country, but I like the Lancers to cover in this one. They love controlling the clock with the ground game and James Voorhies has been electric since he’s become the workhorse for Lakewood’s offense.
Voorhies will have two touchdowns in this game and if he doesn’t I’ll Venmo $1 to anyone who requests it. @pslater3, that’s how confident I am. Camarillo 34 Lakewood 21.
Poly (4-2) 42 Wilson (3-3) 6
Millikan (3-2) 28 Lakewood (1-4) 24
Compton (5-0) 46 Jordan (3-3) 18
Agoura 41 St. Anthony (1-5) 25
Cabrillo (1-4) BYE