GAME OF THE WEEK: Hillcrest at Norte Vista

THE DETAILS:
Riverside Hillcrest vs. Riverside Norte Vista
At Zack Earp Stadium – Norte Vista HS, Riverside (Calif.)
Kickoff: 7 p.m. PT on Friday, Oct. 28

HillcrestLOGOTHE LOW DOWN:
RIVERSIDE HILLCREST (6-2 overall, 3-0 River Valley) is riding a program-long five-game winning streak, but all signs to the Trojans taking their first loss since Week 2 at Chino High. Coincidently, Norte Vista and Chino have similar philosophies and similar strengths. That is, to break the will of their opponents with physicality in the running game. So unless Hillcrest’s coaching staff was able to correct a lot of what went wrong vs. Chino, a similar result would seem to be in the offing vs. Norte Vista. Junior QB/RB Cornell LaBrie is phenomenal (1,166 passing yards, 1,036 rushing yards) but he’s something of a one-man show.
HEAD COACH: John Brandom

nortevistaLOGORIVERSIDE NORTE VISTA (6-2 overall, 3-0 River Valley) has come on strong since making major changes to their offensive personnel early in the season. The Braves got hot with a 35-32 win over then-ranked Fontana Summit in Week 5 and hasn’t lost since, beating steadily-improving Riverside Ramona, 31-7, last week. Now winners of four consecutive, NoVi looks like a sure bet to capture another league title. Senior RB Eric Melesio is now getting plenty of headlines – and rightfully so – but let’s not forget that nobody had heard about him before he got behind Batdorf’s beefy offensive line. Senior DT/FB Stanton Manumaleuna is a monster on both sides of the ball and a sure NCAA talent.
HEAD COACH: Ken Batdorf

THE KEY PLAYERS:
Riverside Hillcrest
– QB/RB Cordell Labrie, Jr. (5-foot-11, 185 pounds); WR/DB Elijah Dominguez, Jr. (5-8, 150); WR Drew Dixon, Sr. (6-3, 179); TE Dylan Alford, Jr. (5-10, 150); DE Michael Noble, Sr. (5-10, 205); LB/WR Joshua Ford, Soph. (5-11, 178); CB/WR Aaron Howard, Sr. (5-9, 150); FS/LB Isaiah McClenton, Sr. (5-8, 176); K Nick Lawson, Jr. (5-11, 150)

Riverside Norte Vista – QB/DB Isaiah Hughes, Sr. (6-foot, 160 pounds); RB Eric Melesio, Sr. (5-9, 165); RB/OLB Martin Solano, Sr. (5-11, 175); FB/MLB Omar Godoy, Sr. (6-foot, 245); RB/OLB Adam Garcia, Sr. (5-9, 170); DT/C Solomon Iosefa, Sr. (6-1, 285); DT/FB Stanton Manumaleuna, Sr. (6-2, 295); OL/FB Andrew Davidson, Sr. (5-10, 240); K Alberto Aguiliara, Soph. (6-foot, 180)

THE DIFFERENCE:
It’s not going to be pretty but Norte Vista’s interior is going to create space. How do the Braves do that? Xs and Os and utilizing every pound and tactic of an experienced offensive line.

THE FINAL SCORE:
Norte Vista 42, Hillcrest 35

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