I was perfect up until my San Diego picks. Those San Diego teams are sneaky.
Let’s let to my picks.
Last Week’s Overall Record: 18-2
Current Overall Record: 110-30
MANNY’S INLAND EMPIRE
Last Week IE Record: 5-0
Overall IE Record: 27-8
Santiago of Corona (3-3, 0-1) at No. 15 Norco (5-1, 1-0), Friday, 7pm
Manny’s Pick: Norco
QB Nathaniel Castillo will look lead the Sharks, who are looking to avoid going 0-2 in the Big VIII. That’s a tough task with RB DJ Ford and QB Shane Illingworth leading that powerful Cougars offense. Norco takes the win.
Redlands East Valley (3-3, 0-1) vs. Yucaipa (4-2, 1-0) at Citrus Valley of Redlands, Friday, 7pm
Manny’s Pick: Redlands East Valley
The battle for second place in the Citrus Belt League is on. QB Myles Herrera and LB Brady Sheehan should lead Redlands East Valley over QB Keo McChesney and the Thunderbirds.
Rancho Cucamonga (2-4, 1-0) at Etiwanda (4-2, 1-0), Friday, 7pm
Manny’s Pick: Rancho Cucamonga
The Cougars are making the best of a tough schedule right now in league. This will be a close one with S Mark Perry leading Rancho Cucamonga over Jerome Wilson Jr. and the Eagles.
Ayala of Chino Hills (5-1, 0-1) at Colony of Ontario (3-3, 0-1), Friday, 7pm
Manny’s Pick: Colony
The Bulldogs need this one, but I have to go with KB Jacob Hayes and the Titans in this matchup. Colony takes the win.
Notre Dame of Riverside (4-2) at Valley View of Moreno Valley (2-4), Friday, 7pm
Manny’s Pick: Notre Dame
QB Jacob Barlage will look to get Valley View a win since they need all the wins they can get before they enter Ivy League play. In the end though, the Titans should hang on to a close victory.
MANNY’S LOS ANGELES GAMES OF THE WEEK
Last Week LA Record: 5-0
Overall LA Record: 29-6
No. 8 Orange Lutheran (4-2, 1-0) at No. 2 St. John Bosco of Bellflower (6-0, 1-0), Friday, 7pm
Manny’s Pick: St. John Bosco
OLu is riddled with injuries, so it will be tough for QB Ryan Hilinski to overcome QB DJ Uiagalelei and DB Chris Steele and the Braves. Bosco gets the win.
Serra of Gardena (3-3, 0-1) at No. 12 Bishop Amat of La Puente (5-1, 1-0), Friday, 7pm
Manny’s Pick: Bishop Amat
The Lancers are coming off a big win over Chaminade of West Hills. QB Blake Archuleta will look to take the momentum for Bishop Amat and handle WR Max Williams and the Cavaliers, which are looking to bounce back from the tough loss to Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks. Serra takes another loss and Bishop Amat keeps on rolling.
No. 13 Calabasas (5-1) vs. Sierra Canyon of Chatsworth (5-2) at Granada Hills, Friday, 7pm
Manny’s Pick: Calabasas
While the Trail Blazers have WR Corey Jones, Calabasas has a boatload of receivers themselves. WR Mycah Pittman and Johnny Wilson will lead the Coyotes to victory.
Chaminade of West Hills (2-4, 0-1) at No. 16 Alemany of Mission Hills (5-1, 1-0), Friday, 7pm
Manny’s Pick: Chaminade
The Eagles have been going through the toughest part of their schedule and facing Alemany is no different. QB Ryan Stevens will look to have a much better game while LB Blake Antzoulatos leads the Chaminade defense. RB Omari Gary will hope to lead the Warriors to another league win, but i’m going with Chaminade in this one.
Moorpark (5-1, 1-0) vs. Grace Brethren of Simi Valley (5-2, 1-0) at Moorpark College, Friday, 7pm
Manny’s Pick: Moorpark
I have to go with WR Drake London and the Moorpark offense over LB Stanley Taufoou and the Grace Brethren defense. The Musketeers take the win in a game that could decide the Camino League title.
MANNY’S ORANGE COUNTY GAMES OF THE WEEK
Last Week OC Record: 5-0
Overall OC Record: 28-7
Capistrano Valley of Mission Viejo (6-0) at No. 4 Mission Viejo (7-0, 1-0), Friday, 7pm
Manny’s Pick: Mission Viejo
Capo Valley has been on a tear, but now they face tough territory. QB Joey Yellen and RB Akili Arnold will look to lead the Diablos to another win and give QB Nate Manning and the Cougars their first loss. Mission Viejo for the win.
Sunny Hills of Fullerton (5-1, 1-0) at La Habra (2-4, 1-0), Friday, 7pm
Manny’s Pick: La Habra
Sunny Hills will be the Highlanders toughest league opponent. WR Rai Peace will look to lead the Lancers in what is basically the Freeway League title. WR/DB Clark Phillips and QB Ryan Zanelli will lead La Habra to victory.
Aliso Niguel of Aliso Viejo (6-0) at San Juan Hills of San Juan Capistrano (4-3, 1-0), Friday, 7pm
Manny’s Pick: San Juan Hills
The Wolverines are off to one of their best starts in awhile, but it will be tough to get by the San Juan Hills offensive line with OT Sean Rhyan leading the way. I’m going with the Stallions in a battle for the Sea View League title.
Woodbridge of Irvine (3-3, 1-0) vs. Northwood of Irvine (5-1, 1-0) at University of Irvine, Friday, 7pm
Manny’s Pick: Northwood
Northwood has turned their season around and I am ordering the upset special over WR Jacob Nash and the Warriors. I’m going with the Timberwolves, but expect the Pacific Coast League to be a mix up in the end.
Rancho Alamitos of Garden Grove (3-3, 1-0) vs. Los Amigos of Fountain Valley (3-3, 0-1) at Bolsa Grande of Garden Grove, Friday, 7pm
Manny’s Pick: Los Amigos
The Lobos are looking to bounce back off a very tough loss to La Quinta of Westminster and LB Andrew Contreras should lead Los Amigos over RB Nathan Kangavong and the Vaqueros to keep the Garden Grove League interesting.
MANNY’S SAN DIEGO GAMES OF THE WEEK
Last Week San Diego Record: 3-2
Overall San Diego Record: 26-9
Mission Hills of San Marcos (2-4, 1-1) at No. 7 Torrey Pines of San Diego (6-0, 2-0), Friday, 7:15pm
Manny’s Pick: Torrey Pines
Last time these two teams faced off was in the CIF-San Diego Open Division semifinals and Mission Hills snuck by to the finals. I’m sure the Falcons remember that and will want revenge. QB Jason Heine will lead Torrey Pines to victory over WR Quinton Hadnot and the Grizzlies.
No. 11 Cathedral Catholic of San Diego (5-1, 1-0) vs. St. Augustine of San Diego (5-1, 1-0) at Mesa College of San Diego, Friday, 7pm
Manny’s Pick: Cathedral Catholic
The Holy War is on! This one is going to be huge and I’m going with RB Shawn Poma and DL Miles McCormick and the Dons over TE Michael Ambagsteer and St. Augustine in a huge Western League battle.
Point Loma of San Diego (4-2) at Madison of San Diego (4-2, 0-1), Friday, 6:30pm
Manny’s Pick: Madison
The Warhawks are on a two game losing streak and are looking to make that end against Point Loma. RB Kenan Christon, WR Daniel Stokes and Madison will get their win over WR JL Skinner and the Pointers.
Oceanside (3-3, 1-2) at Carlsbad (3-3, 1-2), Friday, 7pm
Manny’s Pick: Carlsbad
This is an important Avocado League matchup. A loss will push someone down in the standings. I have to go with WR Asa Turner and the Lancers over QB Kyrin Beachem and Oceanside. Carlsbad for the win.
University City of San Diego (4-2) at Mira Mesa of San Diego (4-2, 1-0), Friday, 6:30pm
Manny’s Pick: University City
In an important Eastern League matchup, I have to go with Centurions WR Casey Granfors over CB Marcus Dean and Mira Mesa. I have to go with University City in this one.