SoCal Prep Legends Game of the Week: Calabasas at Valencia

The Calabasas football team takes the field for a nonleague football against Salesian Friday, September 2, 2016.(Andy Holzman/Los Angeles Daily News)
The Calabasas football team takes the field for a nonleague football against Salesian Friday, September 2, 2016.(Andy Holzman/Los Angeles Daily News)

SoCal Prep Legends Game of the Week:
Calabasas (5-0) at Valencia (3-1) 7 p.m.

A majority of the big hitters like No. 3 St. John Bosco, No. 2 Mater Dei and SCPL No.1 ranked Corona Centennial are on BYEs this week. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t great matchups out there this Friday night.

Buena Park is visiting St. Francis (last week’s winner in the SCPL Game of the Week); Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks) is hosting No. 13 Bishop Amat; Norwalk is traveling to No. 9 La Mirada; and a couple others sprinkled around the Southland.

No. 10 Calabasas will travel up the 5 freeway to take on the Valencia Vikings, whose football history runs much deeper than the new-on-the-scene Coyotes.

WHO TO WATCH:

For Calabasas, there is talent EVERYWHERE, it starts with Army All-American Darnay Holmes, who is uncommitted, but ranks among one of the best recruits in the country. His ability to make plays on both sides of the ball, and break for the occasional special teams touchdown makes #5 a jersey spectators must keep an eye on.

The Coyotes also have a pair of future Nebraska Cornhuskers, QB Tristan Gebbia and WR Keyshawn Johnson Jr..  Gebbia has over 1,300 yard passing and 19 touchdown passes already through five games.

Junior standout Brendan Radley-Hiles is another defensive back that the Coyotes lean on to make plays on both sides of the ball, Radley-Hiles was also voted as this week’s SCPL Play of the Week.

The Vikings are coached by Larry Muir, a man that knows his football.

Valencia will look to senior quarterback Aaron Thomas and junior running back Moises Haynes. Haynes is the stud in the stable for the Vikings offense, with over 500 yards rushing on 74 carries and nine touchdowns already through four games.

Valencia’s toughest test came against Chaminade earlier this season in Week 1 and lost 42-15, so look for the Vikings to take this opportunity against Calabasas as a night to prove they belong on the same field with the top-ranked football teams in SoCal.

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