SoCal Prep Legends Game of the Week:
Serra (4-3, 3-0) at Bishop Amat (5-2, 2-1) 7 p.m.
This game has huge league title and playoff implications. With a win, Amat would be looking pretty strong to make the Division 1 playoffs field. And the Lancers would put themselves right back in the thick of the Mission League title race with its Week 10 game against Chaminade looming larger and larger.
Amat has won two straight since its last-second loss to Loyola. The Lancers are good and getting better, but can they run around the yard with a speedy team like Serra that’s put things together in a big way after a slow start?
–Aram Tolegian (San Gabriel Valley Tribune)
WHO TO WATCH:
For Serra, the obvious talent to keep an eye on is dual-threat QB Jalani Eason, who leads the team in rushing yards along with his through the air duties. Eason has racked up close to 700 yards rushing on the season through seven games, including four games with 100 yards or more on the ground.
Wideout Kobe Smith is the threat in the passing game for Serra. Smith has 578 yards receiving and four touchdown receptions heading into the game against Bishop Amat.
Defensively, it’s Algery Mcguire III and junior Merlin Robertson that set the tone for the Cavaliers. Mcguire and Robertson have over 100 tackles combine, but other big play defensemen Tamrick Ross and Taelenuu Tuaau have five and 3.5 half sacked, respectively.
Bishop Amat will look to make plays on defense, honing in on the 10 interceptions Eason has thrown thus far this season.
But leave no doubt, the running game is ON for Amat through Dominic Barrera, whose 110 carries have led to over 500 yards and four touchdowns. With Barrera doing most of the work on the ground, the Lancers look to Jarren Ford out on the flanks to make plays through the passing game.
Leading Amat with 58 tackles is middle linebacker Jeremiah Moya. Look for Moya to command the gaps and put a big hit on Eason as often as he can.
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