Tustin (3-1, 7-2) averages 375 yards per game rushing out of its Texas full-house option, while averaging only three passes per game. El Dorado (4-0, 8-1) totals 350 yards per game with a mix of run, pass, and return.
will have to bring surprises for Placentia El Dorado on Thursday when the two
meet in a effort to settle the Century League championship.
talent level for this contest is such that the stands at the Valencia High
Stadium could reach nearly 5,000, including many college recruiters whose beat
runs the western region.
(3-1, 7-2) averages 375 yards per game rushing out of its
full-house option, while averaging only three passes per game.
(4-0, 8-1) totals 350 yards per game with a mix of run, pass, and
offensive line has come a long way and if they take the run away, we'll pass,"
coach Jeff Bailey.
Golden Hawks lone loss came in its season opener to state-ranked Anaheim
Esperanza, 32-14. Their star RB Phillip Van Holland was hurt after pulling a
hamstring on the game's opening kickoff and was lost for two
lost its two games by a total of eight points, including a 13-7 loss last week
to Century League rival Anaheim
The Tillers lost its season opener 17-15 on a last second field goal by
power Moreno Valley Rancho Verde.
is a very good team and are a great running team," said Bailey. "They have a
280-pound full back (Brian Lambert) who is tremendous."
Javes Lewis and Michael Clemmons are one of the best 1-2 punches in the
Southland, combining for a season total of 34 TD's and 2,500 yards rushing.
Tillers coach Myron Miller says Lewis is as strong and fast as one of former
pupil's, DeShaun Foster.
and Clemmons run behind the surprisingly quick Lambert, who is close to
300-pounds and serves as a pulling guard out of the
will win this game, however with Lambert in the backfield, it will be an ugley
win in more than one way for the Golden Hawks.
QB Nick Gniadek is an X-factor in this one. He has thrown almost exclusively to
Lewis, who has pulled down 11 receptions for 300 yards and 5 TD's. Gniadek
serves as the third option out of the wing and has run for 7
helped orchestrate important nonleague wins over Santa Ana Foothill, Anaheim
Western, and Los
has been saying the same thing before winning most of his games for nearly 20
years. "I'm sure our opponent knows what to expect, I've been running the stuff
since 1989. It works half the time," said Miller.
late addition of Clemmons to the Tustin
squad, gave Miller his first legitimate punt returner in years. Clemmons and
Lewis are also standouts as defensive backs, and Lambert plays DE and will play
that position at the Division-I level next year.
guys have made me a better coach. With Clemmons in the backfield, we've got two
guys who can pop it," said Miller.
isn't going to throw unless forced to. Like every other
will play the safety blitz. Linemen Cody Hilgenberg, Clay Leyton, and Anthony
Lorezi have led a defense that allows 10 points per game. Golden Hawks defenders
have intercepted 17 passes, with Justin Di Tolla swiping
defense has been playing very well and has been stingy against the run," said
this game, Tustin
will have to rely on the element of surprise to dethrone the defending Century
League champs and that could come from Miller's use of Lewis, who was
QB last year.
senior QB Michael Coulter puts the Golden Hawks in a favorable position on every
snap. He can throw to Matt Cardenas, who has a league leading 32 catches for 634
yards, 10 TD's, in only seven games, or he can hand off to Van Holland, who has
been running for 3 and 4 TD's per game of late.
Holland has finally healed and has totaled 17 TD's, basically in the past month.
He also has 3 INT's. "Van Holland has been a 4-year player for us," said Bailey.
"He's just unbelievable. He returns punts and plays safety,
was out all last season with an injury, but has come back strong by completing
83 of 129 passes, 1,300 yards, 16 TD's, 3 INT. Coulter has aided in the Golden
Hawks 34-per game scoring average and directed shocking 38-0 and 35-0 wins over
Valencia and Anaheim Canyon.
has converted all 41 of his PAT's for El
and gone 3 for 3 on FG attempts.
defense has been sneaky good as well, limiting the opposition to an 11
point-per-game average, while scoring a median of 35 points.