Scott Kennedy's CIF-SS Scouting Report (10/15)
No. 1 Vista Murrieta let Great Oak keep it relatively interesting with only a 37-14 lead before putting the Wolfpack down by a final of 65-14 with 28 unanswered in the second half. This week should be much more entertaining for the Broncos as they travel to 7-0 Murrieta Valley. Vista Murrieta should be able to take care of business on Friday night, but they can't afford to coast against Murrieta Valley.
No. 2 Mission Viejo made quick work of San Clemente in its first League game of the season. The 45-7 final score wasn't indicative of just how dominant the Diablos were. Mission Viejo held a 42-0 halftime lead after decimating the Tritons in the first half in every phase of the game. About the only positive a neutral observer could take away for San Clemente was that their punter was solid. The trip to Tesoro this week looks less daunting then it did at the beginning of the season as Tesoro has been average most of the season while winning against a relatively weak schedule before falling to El Toro last week.
No. 3 Mater Dei was going to be a handful for Santa Margarita with Johnny Stanton at the helm. Without him, the Eagles had no chance against Mater Dei. The Monarchs won a slugfest by a comfortable final margin of 24-7. There is now a clear front runner for the Trinity League Championship. Mater Dei hosts St. John Bosco this week. Another Monarch win over a Bosco team that barely beat JSerra last week will all but wrap up the Trinity League.
No. 4 St. Bonaventure was in an envious position on Friday night having already played the toughest parts of its schedule, sitting back and watching everyone else slug it out. The Seraphs are a two-point conversion away from possibly being the No. 1 team in the CIF-SS, and they're well deserving of being in the Top 5. St. Bonaventure should coast through the next two weeks against Newbury Park and Royal and should face Oaks Christian for the Marmonte League Championship.
No. 5 St. John Bosco got a scary reminder that they must finish the drill. Up 24-0 on JSerra, Bosco put it in cruise control too early and it almost cost them a League game. The Braves were able to prevail in overtime, but it never should have come to that. We'll forgive Bosco for looking forward just this once as this week's showdown with No. 3 Mater Dei will likely decide the Trinity League.
No. 6 Corona Centennial survived a scare of its own on a trip to Norco. The Huskies needed a last second field goal to prevail, 38-37. Centennial's schedule eases up the next two weeks with games against King and Roosevelt before lining up against Corona Santiago to decide the Big VIII League Champion. In reality, the Huskies likely just survived their only real regular-season threat in the Big VIII and should cruise into the Inland Playoffs.
No. 7 Upland had a much easier go of it against Glendora, taking a 32-7 lead into the half before winning by a final of 47-26. Senior QB Nate Romine has taken over the Highlander squad, and he makes their offense more dangerous every week. Upland travels to Los Osos this week; a game that shouldn't cause Upland much difficulty.
No. 8 Bishop Alemany scoffs at the notion that defense wins championships. The Warriors have given up 77 points in their last two victories including a 56-35 win over Bishop Amat last week. Alemany now sits alone atop the Serra League standings at 2-0 and the Warriors have a week off before traveling to Crespi.
No. 9 Oaks Christian had the week off to prepare for its final run in the Marmonte League that will include a walk in the park against a hapless Calabasas team this week before lining up against Moorpark. Moorpark has strolled through the Marmonte's Western Division just as easily as Oaks Christian. Those of us writing the St. Bonaventure/Oaks Christian Championship in ink pen, may want to switch to pencil as Moorpark won't go quietly.
No. 10 Santa Margarita may not be a Top-10 team right now, but they still have the potential to make some noise the rest of the season should they fully recover from their Johnny Stanton mourning period and get even adequate play from the quarterback position. The talent is there at virtually every other position to be a Top-5 squad, but right now they're a donut team - a big hole in the middle. There is no rest for the weary as Santa Margarita is now simply fighting for a spot in the Pac-5 playoffs and a date with Orange Lutheran this week could be make or break.