Prep Preview: Santiago at Roosevelt

I’m covering the Corona Santiago-Eastvale Roosevelt varsity football game tonight for The Press-Enterprise and HSGametime.pe.com. The best part of this assignment will be the opportunity to see Santiago QB Michael Darr for a second time this season.

THE LOW DOWN:
This game serves as a playoff outlier, as both teams have a shot at the No. 2 spot behind Centennial in the (not so) Big VIII League. The Sharks smell blood in the water. Can the Broncos continue to buck their 0-4 start?

Santiago (3-3 overall, 1-0 Big VIII) defeated Norco 32-26 for the second consecutive season in Week 6, cementing their status as perhaps the only (ahem) contender to Centennial. Darr was sensational in the victory, completing 18 of 35 pass attempts for 268 yards and one TD and rushing for 118 yards and two more TDs on the road in CowTown. Make not mistake, it a huge win for Darr, but he’s once again the team’s leading rusher. Senior WRs Dorion Barnett and Adam Brooks have proven to be reliable targets, but the team lacks another reliable runner to take the whole offensive load off Darr’s shoulders.

Roosevelt (2-4 overall, 1-0 Big VIII) nipped Riverside King 27-20 last week as Coach Tony Barile begins to resurrect his new team from its shambolic 0-4 beginning. Senior RB Dearmie Street ran for 116 yards and two TDs, and senior RB Devon Scott added 76 yards an another score in the victory, which followed up a dreamy 24-0 victory at La Quinta. Did something happen to the team’s chemistry in that long bus ride to the desert that day? Junior QB Joseph Muriel has completed a combined 25 of 43 pass attempts for 364 yards and three TDs the last two weeks.

THE KEY PLAYERS:
Santiago
 — QB: Michael Darr, Sr. (6-foot, 185 pounds); RB: Kaion Turner, Sr. (5-9, 165); Tyrone Willis (5-8, 175); WR: Dorion Barnett, Sr. (6-3, 205); Adam Brooks (5-10, 180); A.J. Moews, Sr. (6-foot, 165); Jordan Millidge (6-foot, 170); OL: Chris Lacroix, Sr. (6-2, 265); Dale Cogliano (6-1, 235); Darien Haratyk, Jr. (6-4, 265); Robert Beebe, Sr. (6-3, 210); DL: Geo Villareal, Sr. (5-11, 240); Andrew Poitras, Sr. (6-2, 210); Sutton Navarro, Sr. (5-11, 210); LB: Derryck Lowrie, Sr. (6-2, 220); Skylar Schalip, Sr. (5-10, 200); Jason Sebor, Sr. (5-11, 195); Jose Bucio, Sr. (5-11, 190); DB: Micah Hunter, Sr. (5-11, 186); Mychek Irving, Sr. (6-foot, 190); Dylan Merchant (6-foot, 205); Darryl Graham, Sr. (6-foot, 175). K: Dylan Roberts, Sr. (5-11, 170).

Roosevelt — QB: Joseph Muriel, Jr. (6-2, 196); RB: Devon Scott, Sr. (5-9, 168); RB/DB: Dearmie Street, Sr. (5-8, 196); FB: Kirk Barrow, Jr. (5-9, 175); FB/LB: Arthur Tuason, Jr. (5-10, 220); WR/DB: Kionce Roberts, Jr. (5-9, 152); Zac Smith, Sr. (6-2, 168); Anthony Spencer, Jr. (6-foot, 174); Justin Pearson, Jr. (5-7, 145); Praise Obiezu, Jr. (5-11, 173); Evan Tyler, Soph. (6-foot, 158); TE/MLB: Gable Deiro, Sr. (6-foot, 215); LB: Bryant Cunningham, Sr. (5-10, 180); OL: Jakob Rivera, Soph. (6-4, 225); DE/OL: Tyran Shaw, Sr. (6-4, 275).

THE DIFFERENCE:
Which ever team plays better defensively. There would be 100 points scored in this game is the offenses were a little better. On the other side of the ball, that’s how bad both teams are. Best to hope for a magnificent shootout.
THE FINAL SCORE: Santiago 42, Roosevelt 35

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