Preview of Servite vs. Villa Park
Steve Fryer has previews and predictions for some of the top games on the schedule for Week 3 of the high school football season.
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NO. 2 MISSION VALLEY (3-0) VS. LONG BEACH POLY (2-0)
Where, when: Veterans Stadium, Long Beach, Friday, 7 p.m.
Analysis: This is a beautiful matchup. Mission Viejo is No. 5 in the state rankings and Poly is No. 6. Mission Viejo’s superb coaching staff will figure out matchups and tendencies to exploit, and that will be the key if the Diablos win, which they are certainly capable of doing. The feeling here, though, is Poly’s team speed on defense will stymie those plans.
Winner: Long Beach Poly
NO. 15 SAN JUAN HILLS (2-1) VS. NO. 8 EDISON (2-1)
Where, when: Huntington Beach High, Friday, 7 p.m.
Analysis: San Juan Hills lost a tough one to Capistrano Valley, 14-7, last week. Edison cruised to a 38-0 win over Canyon without All-Orange County quarterback Griffin O’Connor who was ill. O’Connor should be good to go against the Stallions.
NO. 16 YORBA LINDA (2-0) VS. NO. 12 CAPISTRANO VALLEY (3-0)
Where, when: Capistrano Valley High, Friday, 7 p.m.
Analysis: Yorba Linda, CIF-SS Division 8 champion last season, will play the rest of the season without All-CIF senior quarterback Luke Wilson who tore an ACL last week in the Mustangs’ win over Troy. Yorba Linda coach Jeff Bailey is confident that 6-foot-3 sophomore Nolan Doyle will be a fine replacement, but that’s still a terrific quarterback to replace. The Mustangs have a fine running back, Jaydyn Webb, the 2017 CIF-SS Division 8 offensive player of the year who has rushed for 269 yards, but they will be going against a terrific Capistrano Valley defense led by All-CIF defensive ends Nolan Reeve and Zach Ritner. The Cougars, the CIF-SS Division 5 runner-up in 2017, have allowed only single touchdowns in each of their three wins, against Valencia, La Mirada and San Juan Hills.
Winner: Capistrano Valley
NO. 25 TRABUCO HILLS (2-1) VS. NO. 17 TUSTIN (3-0)
Where, when: Tustin High, Friday, 7 p.m.
Analysis: Trabuco Hills has won two in a row since a 27-0, season-opening loss to Pacifica that now looks like it mostly revealed Pacifica’s high quality. The Mustangs were 2-8 last year, so they have already equaled their 2017 wins total. Getting No. 3 won’t be easy, because after playing Tustin, the Mustangs have nonleague games against Capistrano Valley and Corona del Mar before they take on the South…