David Delgado will be looking this season for the interesting matchups that aren’t drawing attention like the high-profile games. He will preview the great battles, hilarious rivalries and intriguing stories that take place outside of the Top 25 rankings.
Delgado’s Picks for Week 5
Magnolia (0-4) at Westminster (4-0), Friday, 7 p.m.
What is the attraction: The undefeated Westminster defense is going for its fourth straight shutout.
The Lions, who have shut out Savanna (42-0), Anaheim (48-0) and Los Amigos (35-0) in the past three weeks, have a great opportunity to extend their shutout streak.
“We’ve really made it a point of emphasis, especially in the preseason, to try to limit our guys to going one way,” Westminster head coach Steven Anderson said of his team’s defense. “They are fresh, they are really specialized in their roles. It’s not something we’ve been able to do in the last three or four years, just by the numbers, but we’re starting to see it pay off, especially in the third and fourth quarters.”
When these two teams met last season, Westminster won 14-0. Anderson sees this game as another springboard on the road to a league title.
Westminster’s aim this week is to play solid, intelligent and disciplined football. The Lions will then build on that momentum to challenge Laguna Beach for the Pac 4 League championship.
On offense, the Lions will need quarterback Alex Solano, running backs Will Pardue and Ezekiel Cedillo and wide receiver Jason Pham to continue their stellar play.
Westminster should win big.
El Toro (2-3) at Tesoro (2-2), Friday, 7:00 p.m.
What is the attraction: We want to see what happens when a team that is suddenly hot (El Toro) takes on a team that has been struggling (Tesoro).
Will both streaks continue? Or are they about to end?
El Toro is 2-0 since losing its first three games of the season, but faces a tough test at Tesoro, which has lost its last two games and is coming off a bye week.
Both teams will rely on their running game to succeed. The Chargers have senior running back Thomas Frum, who had 441 all-purpose yards and six touchdowns in a 41-38 win over Capo Valley.
The Titans will rely on Travis Wood, who had a solid first half against La Serna on Sept. 9 before Tesoro was dominated by the Lancers in the second half and lost 28-21.
Expect a competitive game as the young Chargers are showing that they have improved a lot since their 38-0 loss to Fountain Valley in their opener.
It’s hard for me to pick against Tesoro though, especially after he blew a 21 point lead in his previous game. I think the Titans will be motivated and bounce back.
Stay (2-2) vs. Santa Ana (2-3) at Estadio Santa Ana, Friday 7 pm
What is the attraction: Will this be the season Estancia finally defeats the mighty Santa Ana of the Orange Coast League?
The Eagles are 0-6 against the Saints, according to MaxPreps, including a 59-7 setback last fall.
Estancia wants to be in contention for second or third in the league standings, and a win over the Saints would help.
Santa Ana started 0-3 this season but beat St. Margaret’s 35-21 last week in their first league game.
The matchup to watch on Friday will be the Saints’ defense against the Eagles’ offensive line and running back Noah Aires. Aires is averaging over 102 yards per game on the ground.
If guys like Michael Hughes, Kevin Osorio, Julian Plascencia set the tone physically for Santa Ana, the Saints should continue their dominance over Estancia.