No. 9 Roswell faces Lassiter in battle of Georgia unbeatens
Roswell’s defense has been ridiculously difficult to score on. The Hornets (5-0) are allowing only 3.2 points a game. That could rise this week as the Trojans (5-0) are averaging nearly 30 points a game. The test for Lassiter will be slowing down Roswell’s one-two punch of quarterback Malik Willis (739 yards and seven touchdowns passing and 329 yards with two touchdowns rushing) and running back Sheldon Evans (652 yards and seven touchdowns rushing). Both teams like to grind it out on the ground, so it could be a close-scoring game, especially with rain in the forecast. This is the first AAAAAAA-Region 4 game of the season for both teams.
No. 3 Mater Dei gets first league test
Unbeaten No. 3 Mater Dei (Santa Ana) opens up Trinity League play Friday with 4-1 Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita). Mater Dei’s Monarchs, led by quarterback JT Daniels’ high-powered passing game (1,925 yards and 28 touchdown passes), have been unstoppable. On top of that, the Monarchs’ defense has pitched three shutouts and is only allowing 4.2 points a game. Santa Margarita is no slouch on offense, as the Eagles are averaging 39.8 points a game, but this season Mater Dei seems to be operating on a different level.
No. 10 St. John Bosco takes on Servite
St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) also opens Trinity League play and it could get a test in Servite (Anaheim). Bosco’s Braves (4-1) have won four consecutive Trinity League titles. The Friars are 3-2, but have shut out two teams and are allowing only 14.8 points a game on offense. They also came oh-so-close to defeating De La Salle (Concord). St. John Bosco is led by dual-threat quarterback Re-al Mitchell (eight touchdowns passing and six rushing) and the Braves are looking to see if they can put up 55 points on the board for a third consecutive game.
No. 19 Warren Central won’t look past Carmel
Warren Central (Indianapolis) has a big game in two weeks with St. Xavier (Cincinnati). However, the Warriors (6-1) have plenty to focus on this Friday when they play host to Carmel (4-3). Greyhounds running back Jerome Harsell is averaging nearly 90 yards a game and the Warriors need to keep him in check in a key game for playoff seedings. Carmel (4-3) won its last two matchups against the Warriors, 30-20 last season and 17-10 the season before.
How will No. 17 John Curtis respond to off-week rest?
John Curtis (River Ridge, La.) had off last week and faces a scrappy Jesuit (New Orleans) team on Friday. Jesuit is 3-2 but is allowing only 10.4 points a game and looked good in a 38-0 defeat of Holy Cross (New Orleans) last week. The Patriots (4-0) haven’t blown anyone out, but they don’t make many mistakes and they haven’t forgotten their 17-14 state championship defeat last season to Jesuit. John Curtis running back Marquese Albert is averaging 95 yards a game.