Scorebook Live California’s Connor Morrissette makes his LA City Section football picks every Thursday during the high school football season. He takes a shot at predicting Week Two games below.
Narbonne vs. St. Paul
The Gauchos burned me last week, losing by 20 to Utah’s Lone Peak. Beyond motivation from that loss, I like Narbonne this week because two weeks ago they kept Buchanan star running back Kendall Milton in check. St. Paul’s tail back Trennel Ridgley is a great player, but I think Narbonne limits him and the Gauchos win.
The pick: Narbonne
El Rancho vs. Garfield
Garfield couldn’t stop the run last week against Serra, but that was Serra and this is El Rancho. Anthony Ruvalcaba should get back to his dominating ways on the defensive line.
The pick: Garfield
Taft vs. San Pedro
Taft is rebuilding and San Pedro is on its way to having its best regular season in years led by RB/LB Josh Ward.
The pick: San Pedro
Chaminade vs. Birmingham
Birmingham was routed by Crespi last week and things don’t get any easier this week. To make matters worse, the Patriots have lost multiple linebackers to injury so far this season.
The pick: Chaminade
San Fernando vs. Franklin
San Fernando trailed 23-0 to Canyon last week before coming back to win. On paper, San Fernando should win this week, but that start makes me nervous. A win for Franklin would be a huge accomplishment; we rarely see Division 2 teams beat Division 1 teams, especially when the Division 1 team made the Open Division last year. I’m taking the Tigers, but Franklin needs to be taken seriously.
The pick: San Fernando
Banning vs. Dominguez
Banning is 0-2 and Dominguez is 2-0, but Banning has played a much tougher schedule. Pilot QB Jake Otto should have a great game.
The pick: Banning
Carson vs. Cathedral
Carson lost by multiple scores to Edison last week and it looks like that will probably be the case again against Cathedral.
The pick: Cathedral
Sylmar vs. El Camino Real
El Camino Real is hosting and I think that gives them the edge.
The pick: El Camino Real
Cleveland vs. Reseda
Two high powered offenses will battle it out Friday. The victors will be crowned kings of Reseda. The Regents youth on defense makes me nervous. How will they perform against the double wing? Cleveland running backs Caleb McCarty and Kariem Muhammad have started really well in 2019.
The pick: Cleveland
Grant vs. Canoga Park
This will be a fire fight; each team possesses an explosive offense. I want to pick Grant. They lost a shootout to Cleveland last week and beat Chatsworth the week prior. Canoga Park’s mammoth shutout wins against Roosevelt and Chavez can’t be ignored though. The Hunters are legit. WR Dominic Arango-Serna is the player to watch for Canoga Park.
The pick: Canoga Park
Bell vs. Eagle Rock
Led by Alan Cisneros, Eagle Rock’s defense is stout. They’ll be too strong for Bell.
The pick: Eagle Rock
Overall pick record: 7-3