Prep Preview: Kaiser at Temescal Canyon

I’m covering the Fontana Kaiser-Lake Elsinore Temescal Canyon CIF-Southern Section Central Division Quarterfinal Round game tonight for The Press-Enterprise and HSGametime.pe.com. The best part of this assignment is that the game will be a contest of teams with very similar styles.

THE LOW DOWN:
Matching two-yard-and-a-cloud-of-dust offensive playbooks with physical run-stuffing defensive systems, tonight’s winner will emerge bloody and worse for wear. Also, the winner of this game plays the Menifee Heritage-Riverside Arlington winner in a semifinal round game.

Kaiser (9-1 overall, 4-1 Sunkist League) comes in as the No. 2 seed in the Central Division but may now be the favorite after No. 1 seed Fontana Summit’s 22-3 loss to Menifee Paloma Valley last week. In the 1st Round, the Cats forced Riverside North to play their style and held on for a 14-7 victory. If this defense can hold an explosive offense like North’s to just seven points, what can it do to the likes of Temescal Canyon? The RB tandem of Marquette Washington and Taleeb Isom are Kaiser’s Thunder & Lightning, respectively, and will need to carry the load.

Temescal Canyon (5-4 overall, 3-2 Sunbelt) had to beat Paloma Valley in Week 9 in order to qualify for the playoffs, and made the most of it by defeating Palm Springs, a finalist in the Central Division last season, 21-3 in the first round. First-year coach Mike Sands has had his ups and downs this season; at one points during an impressively difficult stretch, Temescal Canyon won just two of six games and looked all but out of the playoff picture. The Titans spread the ball around to any number of tough runners. Key among them is senior RB Dawson Lindeman, who has rushed for 12 TDs and nearly 700 yards this season while also accounting for more than 100 tackles.

THE KEY PLAYERS:
Kaiser
 — QB: Raymond Padilla, Jr. (6-foot, 175 pounds); RB: Marquette Washington, Sr. (5-10, 205); Taleeb Isom, Sr. (6-foot, 180); WR: Desmond Ferrer, Sr. (5-9, 185); LBs: Kevin Trujillo, Sr. (6-foot, 220); Anthony Seanz, Sr. (6-1, 230).

Temescal Canyon — QB: Sean Trimble, Jr. (6-foot-1, 172 pounds); RB/S: Dawson Lindeman, Sr. (5-10, 178); RB/LB: Tylar George, Sr. (6-1, 203); RB/S: Jacob Zinda, Jr. (6-foot, 180); WR: Marcus Kirkpatrick, Jr. (5-10, 166); OL/DL: Grant Gooselaw (6-4, 223).

THE DIFFERENCE:
Kaiser’s swarming defense. The Cats play that kind of aggressive, swarm-to-the-ball brand of ‘D’ that was instilled and perfected under former coach Dick Bruich and that continues to this day under no-nonsense coach Phil Zelaya.
THE FINAL SCORE: Kaiser 20, Temescal Canyon 16

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