GAME OF THE WEEK: Norco at Roosevelt
Norco vs. Eastvale Roosevelt
At Mustangs Stadium – Eastvale (Calif.) Roosevelt HS
Kickoff: 7 p.m. PT on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016
THE LOW DOWN:
NORCO (6-3 overall, 3-1 Big VIII) got beat up last week by Corona Centennial, 49-17, so the Cougars must win their regular season finale to secure a second-place league finish before heading into the CIF-Southern Section Division 2 playoffs. Sophomore QB Nick Lasher struggled vs. Centennial, matching a season-high with two interceptions. Proving resilient, he still completed 18 of 31 attempts for 273 yards and two TDs. Senior RB Travis Dye has surpassed the 1,000-yard rushing mark with four consecutive 100-yard performances.
HEAD COACH: Chuck Chastain
EASTVALE ROOSELT (7-2 overall, 3-1 Big VIII) comes into this game riding a three-game winning streak since getting punched to the mat by Corona Centennial, 77-20, in Week 6. A win over Norco would be the Mustangs’ first since 2010. Junior QB Jeremy Moussa has blossomed into one of Riverside County’s elite passers this season with 36 TDs (against only four INTs) and more than 2,500 yards. Senior RB Christopher Newman has offered a reliable, albeit limited, option in the running game.
HEAD COACH: Tommy Leach
THE KEY PLAYERS:
Norco — QB Nick Lasher, Soph. (5-foot-10, 185 pounds) RB/ATH Travis Dye, Jr., (5-10, 185); RB/DB D.J. Ford, Soph. (5-5, 145); RB Brian Kahout, Sr. (5-9, 170); WR/DB Michael Thomas, Sr. (6-3, 190); WR Noah Bogardus, Jr. (6-1, 165); LS/DE Kyle Gibbs, Sr. (6-2, 225); LB/RB Blake Beecher, Soph. (5-10, 180); FS Noah Kelsoe, Sr. (6-foot, 200); K Lucas Havrisik, Sr. (6-2, 185).
Eastvale Roosevelt — QB Jeremy Moussa, Jr. (6-foot-2, 185 pounds); RB Christopher Newman, Sr. (5-9, 175); RB Tajh Thornton, Jr. (5-6, 145); WR Erik Brooks, Sr. (5-7, 140); WR/CB Chase Williams, Jr. (6-2, 189); WR/FS Braedin Huffman-Dixon, Soph. (6-2, 175); DT/OL Andrew Koch, Jr. (6-5, 236); OLB/DE Richard Cage, Sr. (6-3, 230); DB Jaylen Mitchell, Sr. (6-foot, 155); K/LB Bryce Hardy, Jr. (5-9, 180)
Which ever team plays better against the pass since both are likely to throw it at least 30 times. We can see this one coming down to the last possession.
THE FINAL SCORE:
Eastvale Roosevelt 47, Norco 44